It’s looking more certain with each passing day that Upper Verde voters once again will weigh in on the school district consolidation question.
2018 municipal primary for Camp Verde Aug. 28; general election is scheduled Nov. 6
CAMP VERDE – Local voters will have plenty to choose from in the 2018 Camp Verde Municipal Primary in August.
CAMP VERDE – Recycling bins at the Heritage Pool and Outpost Mall in Camp Verde will be removed effective June 1, according to a May 1 certified letter from Sedona Recycles Executive Director Jill McCutcheon to Town Manager Russ Martin.
A challenge last month to the Mingus Union School District’s compliance with the Arizona Open Meeting Law resulted in a comedy of errors by the MUHS administration and legal counsel.
Credit Andy Groseta with one of the biggest political coups in Verde Valley history. Wednesday, Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1254 into law.
Cottonwood City Hall became the theater of the unexpected this past week. People were showing up to City Council meetings begging that their taxes be raised. They were waving signs and actually cheerleading the idea of an increase in the city’s sales tax levy.
12 Mingus tracksters honored for maintaining perfect grades during season
COTTONWOOD – They’re fast. They’re smart
Head Coach Molly Westcott’s Mingus Union track and field team made the most of last week’s “last chance” meets to earn provisional qualifying standards for two relay teams and two boys’ 800-meter runners.
The Yavapai County Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that it will not move forward with criminal prosecution in connection with the March 6 sexual-related hazing that resulted in 180-day suspensions for two Mingus Union varsity baseball players.
Normal school hours will resume Friday, April 27
CLARKDALE -- District Superintendent Danny Brown said Monday that all classes at Clarkdale-Jerome School will be canceled Thursday, April 26.
Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Steve King announced Monday that all campuses within the school district will be closed Thursday as educators throughout Arizona will stage a walkout in protest of school funding policies in Arizona.
A draft report that discredits school district consolidation proponent Andy Groseta and the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board has prompted two members of the consolidation study committee to resign.
The decision by Arizona teachers to walk off the job April 26 represents one of the most agonizing personal and professional decisions they’ve ever made, according to five local teacher representatives to the Arizona Education Association.
If you’ve run a community 5- or 10-kilometer race just about anywhere in Arizona, you’ve likely run under the StartLine Racing banner.
COTTONWOOD – Local runners already know the Brian Mickelsen Memorial Marathon is one of the best running events in Arizona. But it’s not just local affection for the event or the former Cottonwood city manager for whom the event is memorialized. No, the word it out. This race really is as good as it gets in Arizona.
Commentary: Mingus not trying to hold secret meeting, but district’s understanding of Open Meeting Law sadly lacking
“The sequence of events that followed the revelation about the website noticing oversight played like something straight out of the playbook of “the dog ate my homework’”
COTTONWOOD – Some of the best Northern Arizona prep track and field talent will converge on Cottonwood Friday as the Marauders play host to the Mingus Union Track and Field Invitational.
The current formula is not working. The same volunteers are stepping up and carrying a disproportionate load at every community event. It’s become abusive. They’re long past the point of burnout.
If all goes as planned, there will be a new option in getting from Point A to Point B in the Verde Valley about 10 years from now.
COTTONWOOD – The March 6 sexual-related hazing that resulted in 180-day suspensions for two Mingus Union varsity baseball players has been forwarded to the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office for a determination on whether criminal charges will be filed.
Goodyear Desert Edge’s Tyson Jones is the undisputed big shot of Arizona High School track and field this season.
Two weeks into the 2018 Arizona high school track and field season has three Mingus Union athletes sitting in the top spot in the latest Division 3 rankings.
Mingus Union tracksters DeVore, Babcock achieve automatic state-qualifying standards in season opener
One week into the 2018 track season, Mingus Union’s Hannah DeVore and Meg Babcock have punched their ticket to the “Big Show.”
Arizona Prep Track and Field
2017 provided one of the biggest assaults on the Arizona high school track and field record book in the 100-plus years the sport has been contested in the Grand Canyon State.
CLARKDALE – A volunteer baseball coach with the Mayer Unified School District was arrested Feb. 20 on allegations of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and threats resulting from an incident at the Clarkdale-Jerome School during an after-hours baseball game between Clarkdale-Jerome and Mayer Elementary, according to a Clarkdale police report.
The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Thursday arrested a Prescott man just minutes after he was accused of robbing the Camp Verde Chase Bank.
During his four years as the Mingus Union school superintendent, Tim Foist at one time or another rubbed just about everyone in town the wrong way.
COTTONWOOD – When it comes to putting together a city budget, a six-month window of time can be like the blink of an eye.
Monday marks our annual observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. It should bring back some painful and embarrassing memories for Arizona.
The Phoenix office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation made its first public statement Monday concerning the Friday shooting death of a Kansas man by an officer of the U.S. Forest Service.
The Hutchinson, Kansas, man shot and killed by a U.S. Forest Service officer Friday has been characterized in social media postings as a much-loved member of his community.
If the Mingus Union School Board eventually chooses to allow voters to decide the fate of school district consolidation, it will be a first for the Upper Verde Valley.
“I went to a fight the other night and a consolidation meeting broke out.”
It’s obvious we can throw the concept of neutrality out the window as we move forward with all involved in determining the pros and cons of school district consolidation.
COTTONWOOD -- During a 2012 presentation on the Gear Up program for the Verde Valley Leadership program, Gretchen Wesbrock was asked what she would do when the grant funding for her position expired in six years.
COTTONWOOD – The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board did not win any friends with Mingus Union after deciding last week to push the consolidation question forward to voters in November.
COTTONWOOD -- A funny thing happened after Dr. Penny Hargrove was hired in March to become Mingus Union’s 13th district superintendent in the past 24 years.
In the end, it all boils down to student interest.
COTTONWOOD – Folks in Cottonwood and Verde Village can expect to see another cell tower in the community in the coming year.
Ezra Anderson was already something of a local legend when he was just 10 years old.
To say Tim Freriks has had a good year is the most classic of understatements.
The legal arena often can be a theater of the unexpected.
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.
Consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek, Mingus Union and sometimes Clarkdale-Jerome school districts has been batted around like a ping-pong ball over the past three decades.
Now a professional runner, Cottonwood’s Tim Freriks notches fastest-ever Grand Canyon Rim to Rim run
FLAGSTAFF – Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017: 2 hours, 39 minutes, 38 seconds.
COTTONWOOD – It’s not that $42,000 is too steep a price to pay for government transparency, but more a matter of who all should chip in for the continued telecasts of Cottonwood City Council meetings and other public service broadcasting.
COTTONWOOD -- Local runners already know this. Now the word is out. Cottonwood’s annual Brian Mickelsen Memorial is one of the most popular half marathon events in Arizona.
Both teams three weeks out from state-qualifying race
With three weeks remaining before the all-important Arizona Interscholastic Association Sectional races, both the Mingus Union and Camp Verde high school cross country teams have made significant strides this season.
There is no argument that Tasers are one of the very best tools available to law enforcement officers.
Marauders put 50-second gap between 1 and 5 runners
The mantra among cross country coaches is that you are only as good as your No. 5 runner.