May 26, 2018
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Former television game show host Monty Hall would love the Upper Verde Valley’s education system.
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.
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.
Some problems just never go away.
The old saying about “guns don’t kill people, people do” has a lot in common with the use of social media today.
The political process has never been known as a showcase for humanity’s best qualities.
The stand of unity by news professionals this past week against the mantra of “fake news” was long overdue.
The case of the ever-changing school board meeting minutes continues at Mingus Union High School.
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.
Especially here in the Verde Valley over the past year, it’s been tough – very tough – to be a school board member.
The concern over the future of vocational education in the Verde Valley should consolidation take place is far more anchored in rhetoric than reality.
It’s been said that an election season is the time of the year when the brains of many people turn to Jello.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Upper Verde Valley voters are now one step closer to deciding school district consolidation.
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.
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.
If the vote on consolidation is close, the voice of Clarkdale-Jerome voters may speak loudest of all.
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.
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.
The talk of getting rid of all of Jerome’s advisory boards and commissions is a sign of the times.
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.”
It’s looking more certain with each passing day that Upper Verde voters once again will weigh in on the school district consolidation question.
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.
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.