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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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Commentary: Upper Verde education follows script of ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Former television game show host Monty Hall would love the Upper Verde Valley’s education system.

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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.

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Editorial: With staggered terms now a reality, Jerome should consider direct election for mayor

Jerome has wrestled with the idea of having staggered terms for its town council members for years, and last week it became official that this is now the law of the land for the mountainside community.

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Editorial: Social media doesn’t ruin people’s lives, people do

The old saying about “guns don’t kill people, people do” has a lot in common with the use of social media today.

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Editorial: Local voters stood firm against politics of hate and deceit

The political process has never been known as a showcase for humanity’s best qualities.

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Commentary: ‘Fake news’ does exist, let the buyer beware

The stand of unity by news professionals this past week against the mantra of “fake news” was long overdue.

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Commentary: Those pesky school board minutes a nuisance for Mingus

The case of the ever-changing school board meeting minutes continues at Mingus Union High School.

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Mingus’ ratification vote puzzling, legally questionable

In its lawsuit to halt the November election on school district consolidation, one of the primary points of contention for Mingus Union High School is that petition circulators put the cart before the horse.

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Editor: Hats off to those who choose to serve on Verde Valley school boards

Especially here in the Verde Valley over the past year, it’s been tough – very tough – to be a school board member.

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Editorial: VACTE consolidation concerns more rhetoric than reality

The concern over the future of vocational education in the Verde Valley should consolidation take place is far more anchored in rhetoric than reality.

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Commentary: Camp Verde Republicans need to go back to drawing board on candidates forum

It’s been said that an election season is the time of the year when the brains of many people turn to Jello.

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Commentary: Consolidation history lesson

Last week it was the fate of voter-approved bond and override money should consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts be approved by voters – should an election even take place.

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Editorial: Goetting chooses difficult, but not impossible, path to the mayor’s office in Camp Verde

The pool of candidates for the Camp Verde mayoral race expanded by one this past week with the addition of Alex Goetting as a write-in candidate.

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Commentary: Voter-approved school funding will not vanish with consolidation

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter this week provided clarity to one of the biggest questions concerning the proposed consolidation of the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts.

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Commentary: Mingus’ greater challenge lies in court of public opinion

Just when you thought that school district consolidation could not get any more interesting, Mingus Union elevated this fight to a whole new level by legally challenging the merits of the planned November election.

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Editorial: Marriage of consolidation also a date in divorce court

At this stage though, make no mistake about it, this betrothal is a shotgun wedding. Mingus is the reluctant groom to Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s bride. It’s you, the voters, who are holding the gun.

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Commentary: Lack of transparency continues to be part of Mingus culture

For more than a year now, Mingus Union High School officials have displayed a pattern of carelessness when it comes to complying with Arizona’s open meeting and public records laws.

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Commentary: Public vote on school district consolidation takes another forward step

Upper Verde Valley voters are now one step closer to deciding school district consolidation.

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Commentary: Volunteers, not money, the greatest need for Old Town Assn.

The similarities between the plight of Cottonwood’s Old Town Association in many ways mirrors the problems experienced in recent years by Camp Verde Promotions.

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Editorial: Residency requirement for town marshal comes back to haunt Camp Verde council

The common sentiment in Camp Verde right now is that the answer to what he should do about the Camp Verde town marshal vacancy is staring Town Manager Russ Martin right in the face.

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Commentary: Clarkdale-Jerome most interesting piece in consolidation puzzle

If the vote on consolidation is close, the voice of Clarkdale-Jerome voters may speak loudest of all.

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Editorial: Separating children from families proves America’s moral compass askew

In an era of political divisiveness as wide as the Grand Canyon, there is one point on which many Democrats and Republicans alike agree. The current practice of separating children from their families to enforce U.S. immigration policies is morally wrong.

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Editorial: No real bite in laws designed to protect animals from being left in locked cars

Three police calls in two days last week concerning dogs left in locked cars in 100-degree heat proves two things: • You cannot legislate common sense. • The laws addressing such acts are inadequate.

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Lack of volunteers not a problem unique to Jerome

The talk of getting rid of all of Jerome’s advisory boards and commissions is a sign of the times.

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Editorial: Carter’s office should shy away from Verde Valley offers of help on school district consolidation

Memo to Yavapai County Superintendent of Schools Tim Carter: Just say, “No thank you.”

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Commentary: Consolidation moves one step closer to voter decision

It’s looking more certain with each passing day that Upper Verde voters once again will weigh in on the school district consolidation question.

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Editorial: Water quality reporting a black eye for city, but problem resolved seven months ago

There are a lot of “would’ve, should’ve, could’ve” laments this week at Cottonwood City Hall following the revelations about careless, sloppy perhaps even fraudulent documentation of the water quality delivered by the city.

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Editorial: Take a ‘moment’ to remember war dead

Try to fathom the number of men and women who have died fighting our nation’s enemies over the centuries. It’s overwhelming. It’s stunning. It’s certainly worth a moment of our time.