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Editorial Masterful job of public relations by Superintendent Steve King

Shortly after the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board this week agreed to close down Cottonwood Elementary School and later reinvent portions of it as an early childhood development center, a Facebook post characterized C-OC School Superintendent Steve King as “an education genius.”

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Editorial: Groom still waiting at the altar for consolidation, annexation

The governmental altar of matrimony is front and center in the Upper Verde Valley this week.

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Editorial: Last thing voters want is to have those in power tell them how to vote

The biggest problem with elected officials is that they often forget who has the last word in the popularity contest otherwise known as an election.

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Editorial: Y.E.S. The Arc plan a life-line to those who need it most

The face of Verde Valley homelessness first manifested itself in the late 1980s when a woman established a campsite residence in the Cottonwood Lions Park.

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Editorial: Annexation meeting nothing more than rumor control

As Supervisor Garrison explains, “The intent of this meeting is to dispel any stories about the City of Cottonwood pursuing annexation and to answer questions from those who fear that such a process could be undertaken without significant public participation.”

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Editorial Pro-consolidation forces need to take citizen initiative route

It’s beginning to look like the grassroots committee advocating consolidation of the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts would be better off to take matters into their own hands.

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Editorial: Christmas Story

AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

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Editorial: Retirees carry heavy load when it comes to community volunteerism

Only three of the seven members of the planning board showed up for the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting. It was only after a phone call to a fourth member that the commission met the legal quorum requirement to be able to conduct business.

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Editorial: Strange choice of words by Mingus on consolidation issue

Two different policy-making groups took up the same question regarding school district consolidation this week.

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Editorial: Camp Verde schools need Dr. Goodwin

School board must stop trend of administrative musical chairs

If indeed we are seeing the end of the Dr. Dennis Goodwin era in the Camp Verde Unified School District, it’s a good bet that one day there will be people who regret things did not work out.

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Editorial: Bold action this week by Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board

Good for the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board.

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Editorial: Thunder Valley Rally survives rough roads thanks to perseverance and compromise

The Verde Valley’s relationship with Thunder Valley Rally is much like a troubled marriage that perseveres and has something good to show for it in the end.

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Editorial Let’s hope Cottonwood-Oak Creek decision will not cause consolidation powder keg to blow

School district consolidation has always been a powder keg in the Upper Verde Valley.

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Editorial: Simplistic analysis an eye-opener for consolidation number crunchers

Currently mired down in budget analysis, the group studying the consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts should slow down, take a deep breath and simplify their work.

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Editorial: Much-needed relief coming for Verde Valley’s court system

The Verde Valley criminal-case logjam that has backed up at the doorstep of Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael R. Bluff got some much-needed relief this week.

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Editorial: More than anyone else, Collins is to blame for the mess his case has become

OK, here we are back to square one in the Seth Collins trial and there’s a lot of finger-pointing going on.

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Editorial: Dominoes obviously falling in right direction for Camp Verde

A community’s growth and development often is like the conundrum about the chicken and the egg.

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Editorial: Expert PR job by superintendent on potential school closure

The last two times we went down the road of closing an elementary school in the Verde Valley, it turned into a public relations nightmare for the school superintendent.

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Editorial: Consolidation question might best move forward as citizen initiative

The Upper Verde Valley’s history on consolidation/unification of its school districts has been divisive at best and confrontational at its worst.

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Editorial: Much wisdom to be gained from Yes-Yes campaign

The successful Yes-Yes campaign for the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union overrides this past week greatly benefited from having history on its side.

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U.S. Veterans! You are America

It was on the stroke of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 that the world celebrated the end of World War I.

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Editorial Consolidation task force a wise move for Mingus, Cottonwood-Oak Creek … with professional facilitator

If all goes according to plan, the Mingus and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school boards soon will have a special task force in place to make sense of the proposed merger of the two school districts.

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Editorial: State Education Board flunks test on grading Arizona schools

As if Arizona’s education system did not have enough problems, it’s beginning to look like the state’s new school grading system is flawed.

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Editorial Don’t be confused on override vote; your tax bill is not at threat

You should think of these ballot questions as status-quo measures.

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Editorial: Meaningful debate on gun control too much to expect

One thing we cannot depend on in the aftermath of Sunday’s horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas is meaningful, respectful dialog on gun control in America.