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Dan Engler

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Commentary: Big challenges await new Mingus Union School Board

It’s an unenviable list of tasks awaiting the new Mingus Union School Board that takes office in January.

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Hargrove out as Mingus Union superintendent (with video)

COTTONWOOD – The Mingus Union School Board expeditiously ended its employment with Penny Hargrove Saturday morning.

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Sheriff’s Office: Verde Village man fires into neighborhood before turning gun on himself

A Verde Village man is dead after he first fired a gun into his neighborhood while police were attempting to execute a search warrant and then turned the gun on himself.

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Babcock the lone Mingus runner to qualify for state cross country championship race

Mingus Union High School’s cross country season came to an end Friday for all but one runner.

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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.

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Commentary: Questions abound over ‘grounding’ of Mingus Union superintendent

Like the dutiful parent whose child comes home with a lousy report card, the Mingus Union School Board grounded Superintendent Penny Hargrove last week.

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Commentary: It takes entire community to make community events successful

The experiment called Camp Verde Promotions has been a case study in the adage that no good deed goes unpunished.

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Babcock, Rogers pace Mingus effort in Bradshaw Invite

Mingus Union came home with five medalists at Saturday’s Bradshaw Mountain Cross Country Invitational.

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Commentary: ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ -- State Historian Marshall Trimble remembers ‘Lefty’ Ortiz

Reader testimonials and funeral home memorials offer ample evidence that it was a life lived well and full for Cottonwood’s Eugene “Lefty” Ortiz

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Round 4: Mingus Union School Board Q&A -- Jason Finger

Consolidation would certainly make aligning K-12 curriculum simpler. However, in the absence of consolidation, aligning K-12 curriculum with both Cottonwood and Clarkdale would require a huge amount of communication and cooperation.

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Round 4: Mingus Union School Board Q&A -- Carol Anne Teague

If we became aware that students from a specific incoming school were consistently underperforming, I would ask that Mingus’ superintendent collaborate with their administration to help the kids who were falling short. This conversation would happen because open dialogue and cooperation between all of the schools is a priority.

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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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Search and Rescue, air search teams utilized in Sedona-area rescues

SEDONA – Verde Search and Rescue teams were utilized twice in the past week for rescue operations in the Sedona area.

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Sedona Recycles discontinues service in Beaver Creek communities.

Director says recycling industry as a whole faces problems

Our truck is old, prices are abysmal and there is no way to increase funding’ -- Jill McCutcheon, Sedona Recycles Executive Director

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Round 3: Mingus Union School Board Q&A -- Jason Finger

I think that audio or video recordings would be a helpful tool in improving transparency for the Mingus Union governing board.

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Round 3: Mingus Union School Board Q&A -- Carol Anne Teague

The Arizona School Boards Association does not recommend publishing recordings of school board meetings. I believe in listening to our experts, so I would choose a different battle.

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Mingus frosh take top honors – twice – in prestigious Nike Desert Twilight Invitational

Any talk about the future of the Mingus Union cross country program brings a quick smile to the face of Head Coach Dave Moncibaez.

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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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