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Dan Engler

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Q&A: Jason Finger seeks seat on Mingus Union School Board

In an effort to foster trust and transparency with your constituents, using district email accounts should be the only method for conducting board business.

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Q&A: Carol Anne Teague seeks seat on Mingus Union School Board

The solution for those who want to respond to official business in a timely manner is to either just use their personal emails or to create an email address dedicated to MUHS through an accessible server like gmail that will work on mobile devices.

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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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Mingus boys cross country 7th in Ray Wherley Invitational; Peterson sisters sweep top two spots in frosh-soph race

The Mingus Union High School boys and girls cross country teams had their best performance to date Saturday in the Ray Wherley Invitational at Prescott’s Embry Riddle University.

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Carol Anne Teague seeks seat on Mingus Union School Board

I characterize the operations of Mingus Union High School as strong and stable.

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Jason Finger seeks seat on Mingus Union School Board

MUHS is a small district that offers incredible programs to their students in a wide range of areas from its award-winning drama department to the wide range of competitive sports opportunities to their vast offerings with its CTE partnerships.

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Mingus cross country off and running

Mingus Union cross country runners turned in solid performances in Wednesday’s season opener at the 14-school Payson multi-meet.

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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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UPDATE: Dr. Daniel Bright teacher arrested for alleged sex with 17-year-old boy

A middle school teacher, 22-year-old Isabella Miller-Bowman, at Dr. Daniel Bright School, was arrested Thursday for an alleged sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy.

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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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School District Consolidation: You decide which side carries the most clout

It’s fair to call this group a current and former “Who’s Who of Verde Valley Educators.”

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Consolidation fiscal analysis shows negligible impacts on property tax bills

Slight increase for Mingus, Cottonwood-Oak Creek in 2020; declines for property owners in Clarkdale-Jerome

Should a consolidation of the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts be approved by voters in November – barring a court order to cancel the election – Upper Verde property owners will see negligible change in their annual tax bills.

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Second man arrested in connection with alleged drive-by shooting in Verde Village

A second man has been arrested in connection with an alleged drive-by shooting in Verde Village Tuesday night.

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Aaron Martin, 20, arrested in connection with alleged drive-by shooting in Verde Village

Sheriff’s Office reports a second arrest expected sometime Wednesday

A 20-year-old Verde Village man was arrested early Wednesday morning following an alleged drive-by shooting in Verde Village.

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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: ‘Sauce for the goose’ a good lesson for Arizona lawmakers (with video)

The essence of personal credibility involves playing by the same rules you expect of others.

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Cottonwood man arrested for alleged rape of 14-year-old girl

A 55-year-old Cottonwood man has been arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 14-year-old Prescott girl.

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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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Clarkdale’s Gayle Mabery receives 2018 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Award as ‘Community Builder’

TUCSON – Clarkdale Town Manager Gayle Mabery has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Award in the Community Builder division for communities with populations less than 100,000.

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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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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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Editorial: Consolidation fact-finding mission in very good hands

While the Upper Verde Valley’s efforts at reaching consensus and educating the community on school district consolidation were plagued by turf protection and institutional bias, it’s refreshing to see the no-nonsense approach being employed by Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter to achieve the same goal.

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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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Cottonwood City Council Election 2018: Doug Hulse

Question: Are city employee salaries too high? If yes, what do you base this position on and what comparisons have you made that support your opinion?

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Cottonwood City Council Election 2018: Michael Mathews

Question: Are city employee salaries too high? If yes, what do you base this position on and what comparisons have you made that support your opinion?

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Kyla Allen: Cottonwood City Council Election 2018

Question: Are city employee salaries too high?  If yes, what do you base this position on and what comparisons have you made that support your opinion?

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Cottonwood City Council Election 2018: Bill Tinnin

Question: Are city employee salaries too high? If yes, what do you base this position on and what comparisons have you made that support your opinion?

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Clarkdale Town Council Q&A: Bob Ingulli

As a proud and recent graduate of the Verde Valley Leadership program, Class 11 I had the privileged experience to learn the importance of pronounced leadership.

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Clarkdale Town Council Q&A: Ben Kramer

We have been blessed with the knowledge, investment and intuition we have found with Town Manager Mabery.

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Clarkdale Town Council Q&A Bill Regner

Finding and hiring someone of current town manager Mabery’s competence and dedication will be a monumental task.

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Clarkdale Town Council Q&A: Eileen Sydow

The Clarkdale Town Manager has a very important and complex leadership position. Skills and experience for this position include:

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Woman who claimed she was kidnapped arrested in Prescott homicide case

Sharalyn Stura’s false statements prompted manhunt in Rimrock

A woman who reportedly claimed she had been kidnapped by a suspected murdered that sparked a manhunt in the Rimrock area Thursday has been arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Jail on one count of first-degree murder, according to a news release from the Prescott Police Department.

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Cottonwood City Council Election Q&A: Bill Tinnin

My understanding of the city councils roll in economic development is that they should do research on, and possibly shop for the best possible business opportunities to come to the Verde Valley, look at the facts, then make logical (not personal or emotional) judgment.

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Cottonwood City Council Election Q&A: Jackie Narin

If there is too much growth, that small city feeling goes away and so may many of our citizens who left big cities to live here.

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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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Cottonwood City Council Election Q&A: Michael Mathews

Above all, city council should provide guidance to city staff based on what their constituents’ concerns are regarding economic development.

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Cottonwood City Council Election Q&A: Doug Hulse

The role of the City Council is to ensure a diversified economy that supports base industries, service suppliers, tourism, medical services, education, construction, recreation, and other key sectors. It is the responsibility of the City Council to foster an inviting environment and to promote these industries in our city.

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Cottonwood City Council Election Q&A: Kyla Allen

Regulating growth is quite a tight-wire act.

Commentary: Legal challenge to consolidation all part of checks and balances

The clock is ticking toward the Upper Verde’s first school district consolidation election in 10 years, and our fourth such election since 1959.

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Kyla Allen seeks seat on Cottonwood City Council Q&A

Most pertinent are my service to the Library and Police Detectives Unit for the City of Anaheim, and my 23+ years of service to the City of Cottonwood.

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Doug Hulse seeks seat on Cottonwood City Council Q&A

No previous political experience. Extensive advisory experience in various positions in law enforcement in Arvada, CO.

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Michael Mathews seeks seat on Cottonwood City Council Q&A

I have worked for one of the largest water districts in the United States.(Valley Center Water District in Valley Center, CA). Several years as a residential electrician. 10 years as a truck driver. 14 years as a real estate developer,broker/investor. Four in the USAF as an aircraft maintenance specialist (honorably discharged)

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Jackie Nairn seeks seat on Cottonwood City Council Q&A

I have been on the Cottonwood Library Advisory Board for about a year and a half.

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Bill Tinnin seeks seat on Cottonwood City Council Q&A

I joined the Army out of high school in 1972. Spent nearly eight years overseas in Berlin, Germany.Most of my professional careers has been as an Arizona Realtor.

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Autopsy shows no drug evidence in man shot by Forest Service officer

PRESCOTT – An autopsy report by the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office shows no evidence of illegal or prescription drug abuse or excessive alcohol use by a Kansas man shot and killed in Oak Creek Canyon in January by a U.S. Forest Service.

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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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Wildlife expert fully expects bear sightings in Verde through August

No tigers, but lions and bears......oh my

There have been bear sightings -- and in some cases, the animals have been euthanized -- in Payson, Show Low, Yarnell, Pinetop, Mesa, Anthem and Munds Park this year, according to Game and Fish.

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