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Editorial: CDBG should not stand for City Designated Budget Gratuity

Until the City Council learns that “community” and “city” are not synonymous when it comes to the way these federal grant funds are spent, a lot of folks will reach the conclusion that CDBG stands for Cottonwood Deserves Better Governance.

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Editorial: Camp Verde needs to stay on pace in economic development marathon

There is no such thing as instant gratification for those whose job it is to stimulate and invigorate their community’s economy. There are more false starts in this race than finish lines.

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Editorial: A new year, and already a new focus on consolidation

We’ve barely turned the page on the calendar to 2019 and already the renewed battle for Upper Verde school district consolidation is taking shape.

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Editorial: ACLU hypocrisy on full display in Mingus ID badge dispute

As for the ACLU-Arizona, it’s curious how the organization took up the cause of one student on this issue as a privacy rights intrusion, and then went out of its way to make sure every media outlet in Arizona knew the student’s name.

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Editorial: Local government already feeling heat of federal government shutdown

While the national focus is on who will blink first regarding funding for a border wall, there are some government money managers here in the Verde Valley counting the days for the federal government shutdown to come to an end.

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Editorial: Mingus badge issue a clash between earned-privilege vs. entitlement

Some clarity is in order to shine the clearest light possible on the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona challenge to Mingus Union High School’s badge identification policy.

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Editorial: Solution to Mingus’ ACLU challenge should not involve doing away with student ID badges

As is the case with any conflict, there is probably a middle ground that eases the concerns about Mingus Union High School’s student identification badges short of doing away with the badges altogether.

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Editorial: It’s quite the mess new Mingus School Board needs to clean up

It’s hard to imagine an elected body coming into office with more problems to solve than those confronting the Mingus Union School Board.

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Editorial: Ban on boondocking is no guarantee problem will go away

Here in the Verde Valley, an abundance of Forest Service land and somewhat lax regulation created an opportunistic solution to folks challenged by the supply-and-demand realities of the local housing market.

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Editorial: Now the hard part begins on Verde Connect project

When the Feb. 20, 1993, Verde River flood left Cottonwood’s lone bridge crossing terribly compromised, it became obvious we needed a second bridge crossing over the river.

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Editorial: Winds of change blowing strong through Verde Valley

Change is good and it’s been years since we’ve seen the kind of sweeping change now taking place in the Verde Valley.

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Letter: Remember postal workers during holiday season

During this season of giving, we need to remember those who take care of our daily/weekly needs and are often taken for granted.

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Prescott issue an exact mirror of problem confronting Cottonwood

Across the mountain in Prescott, city officials are in a quandary over the efficiency with which they deliver municipal services.

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Editorial: Opportunity awaits for those who want to help select next college president

A favorite whipping boy for many Verde Valley residents is Yavapai College.

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Editorial: Willing partnerships paved way to merger of Verde fire agencies

If there is anything to be learned about the consolidation of various fire departments in the Verde Valley as it applies to school district consolidation, it’s obviously a lot easier to accomplish when you have willing partners.

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Editorial: Financial outcomes of consolidation an exercise in speculation

We don’t get to vote on school district consolidation Tuesday, but that has not diminished the debate about the merits of merging the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union districts into one.

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Editorial: Cottonwood at key crossroads in search for new city manager

For the city, Cottonwood is at a philosophical crossroads as it moves forward in the search for a city manager to succeed Doug Bartosh.

Editorial: Football playoff seeding system needs another look

The league champion Mingus Marauders open their state title quest on the road against a team they’ve previously defeated and that finished third place in their league.

Editorial: Prescott-area schools out perform Verde Valley in state grading system

“Appeal” is the rallying cry among Verde Valley educators in the aftermath of the letter grades assigned their schools by the Arizona Department of Education. Throughout the Verde Valley, local schools on average received “C” grades from the Department of Education this year.

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Editorial: Wisdom of taking ‘baby steps’ obvious in fire district merger

We’ve been hearing for years about the economy of scales benefits, or lack of, in merging our local school districts into a single unified operation.

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Commentary: ‘Business’ of running Yavapai College sadly lacking; current model of governance ineffective

It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when the Verde Valley campus of Yavapai College was a busy, bustling campus. Two of my children attended; one while attending Mingus Union High School and the other after graduation from Mingus.

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Editorial: Rarity of bond issues in Clarkdale speaks volumes about need of Prop. 445

It’s only healthy that there is back-and-forth sentiment and debate on the merits of Clarkdale’s Proposition 445, the $6 million general obligation bond designed to fund a much-needed street repair and maintenance program for the town.

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Editorial: Subjective nature of school grades makes final result suspect

Indeed, many schools throughout the state successfully petitioned ADE for a re-assessment of their grade last year. Case in point: Mingus Union High School successfully petitioned last year to have its “C” grade improved to a “B.”

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Editorial: We’ve had enough consolidation meetings; voters need to put this issue to bed

Upper Verde school district consolidation is much like a 24-hour television marathon of The Twilight Zone.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek should proceed with caution on consolidation talks with Mingus Union

Perhaps as early as this week, the members of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board will be asked to play nice with Mingus Union over development of a “reasoned, purposeful plan” for a merger of the two school districts.