Sun, Aug. 18

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Why does the town need so much land?


As a part-time employee of the Town of Camp Verde when it incorporated in 1986, I often wondered why the town took in a large chunk of Verde Valley real estate, much larger than Cottonwood's when it incorporated.

When I asked this question to the then Mayor Bob Barker and several council members, I was told it was to the town would not have to annex more land in the future and to ensure Camp Verde had enough real estate for real progress and a good future.

Camp Verde's location in the county, its present land mass including several miles of prime real estate along side the Arizona 260 and I-17 corridors should have been reason enough to have believed Camp Verde would have had better progress in the past 20 years than it has.

Instead, and despite an ever-increasing population, Camp Verde's progress has primarily been the type that benefits contractors, realtors and those who own real estate or in the rental business but of little benefit to the majority of the town residents in regards to their daily needs and job opportunities.

I cannot help but wonder if it was only coincidental that those who originally pushed for incorporation were in the real estate and contracting business. As I write these words, Camp Verde has plans to annex 237 acres, land that is over 9 miles from Main Street, Camp Verde and in Cottonwood's backyard you might say. This annexation may benefit a few but it does not benefit the vast majority of the town's citizens, nor does tax dollars from an auto dealership justify the additional burden placed upon the town's services, especially its emergency and law enforcement services, which have a large enough area of responsibility as it is. The private water company's well and tank does not have to be within the town's borders, nor would it be necessary if the facility was town owned.

To annex land at Cottonwood's back door for an auto dealerships tax dollars is not a good reason as far as I am concerned and is not real progress for the citizens of this town who deserve the type of progress Cottonwood has experienced in the past 20 years without annexation. I am sure this annexation will be carried out by the town's elected leaders and though it may be a great day for a few it will not a great day for the majority of this town's residents.

Edward W. McIntosh

Camp Verde

Sponsor the spay or neuter of at least one animal


Spaying or neutering all our animal companions is the only way to prevent surplus births and the misery of homeless animals that often end up losing their lives.

It's good for pets, their guardians and the community. Spayed or neutered pets usually enjoy better health and behavior. Guardians save on vet bills and the community saves the high cost of caring for stray animals. The savings in suffering to cats and dogs is priceless. The good news is, each of us can do our part to bring about this healthy state of affairs.

Morning Starr No-Kill Animal Sanctuary is proud to present our new Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP). Please join us in the effort to stamp out pet overpopulation by making a tax-deductible donation towards this cause.

You can save lives and tax dollars simply by sponsoring the spay or neuter of at least one animal, your own, a friend's or a feral cat. Please give generously. Make your donation to Morning Starr, write SNAP Fund on your check and send to P.O. Box 1363, Cornville, AZ. 86325.

We are now accepting applications for assistance for a spay/neuter of a dog or cat. If you would like to request an application you may call at 928-821-2420 or email us at You may also pick up an application at our Adoption Center on Saturdays at 437 S. Main St. Unit 9, in Cottonwood, Camp Verde residence may pick up an applications at the Camp Verde Veterinary Clinic.

Fran C. Freedman

President & Co-Founder

Morning Starr Animal Sanctuary, Inc.

Small-town goodness cannot be beat


Though I have been retired for a few years, I was reminded by a story recently of a long-lasting memory of something that happened when I was managing the Methodist Camp on Mingus Mountain.

A group of 130 junior high youth at camp for a week planned a three-mile hike one afternoon. One of the counselors handed me a $10 bill and asked if I could go by some store and see what I could get for one of the youth to wear, as his sneakers had fallen apart after the duct tape wore out, holding the soles together. He didn't want to go on the hike because he knew his shoes wouldn't last.

There's a small shoe store in Old Town Cottonwood that I thought I would try first. I found a pair for around $12 and was telling the story to the shop keeper, not realizing when I got to the cashier, that a lady overheard my story, and paid for the shoes without me even knowing what had occurred.

My heart was on cloud nine as I headed to the Bank of America to transact some business. I felt compelled to share the story with a teller, who called over another teller, and before you knew it, we were all in tears, and agreeing, "Where but in a small town like Cottonwood would people share their glee so freely?"

When I returned to camp with the new shoes, I returned the $10 to the counselor, and asked if I could share what had transpired with the group. He said go ahead, and when we presented the shoes to the young fellow, other kids walked over to give him a hug, and he eventually went on his hike with the others. I've often thought about that event, and wondered how it affected someone who wanted to go to camp, but when he arrived, wasn't as fortunate as most of us, to have a decent pair of shoes on his feet to even go on a hike. To see sadness turn into joy was so very special to many a soul!

So many of us take so much for granted, even the shoes we wear every day.

Paul Lidbeck