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Commentary: Ball is in Michael Mathews’ court to win public trust

First-term Cottonwood City Councilman Michael Mathews is finally seeing the light when it comes to his use of private email to conduct public business.

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Editorial: Demographic trends biggest threat to Sedona public education

We’re nearing the one-year anniversary of the Sedona-Oak Creek School Board’s decision to close Big Park Elementary School. The resulting wounds to the Village of Oak Creek are slow to heal.

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Letter: Nairn, Rodriguez much appreciated by citizens opposed to airport noise

Saturday’s community information meeting hosted by our newest councilwoman, Jackie Nairn, was attended by 50 or so residents of the Vertie Valley. We applaud her efforts to hear the voices of her constituents.

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Letter: Please share your views on new road with VerdeDISConnect.com

I recently spoke with a friend who lives in the Village of Oak Creek and asked him if he had heard about the Verde Connect Project being proposed by Yavapai County. He said he was familiar with it and just looked at me and said, “Why”? That is exactly the response I have heard from others about this proposed project of a bridge/connector road.

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Letter: Is Cottonwood Airport equipped to deal with catastrophic fire?

Airplanes and helicopters refuel all day and into the night. What kind of fire suppression systems are available at the Cottonwood Airport to deal with a gas or aviation fuel spill or catastrophic fire? Do you have any CO2 tanks or foam systems to deal with an “out of control” fire?

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Letter: Clarkdale equally impacted by noise from Cottonwood Airport

I live in Clarkdale and have read all the letters to the editor of the Verde Independent re the increased noise from flights to and from the Cottonwood airport.

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Letter: Jodie Filardo an excellent choice as Clarkdale manager

We have owned a business in the Town of Clarkdale for the past 21 years; it has been a wonderful home for our business. They welcomed us in Clarkdale. We have had multiple reasons for enjoying our location, from the beautiful views looking out the windows and doors of our building, to the many services we enjoy.

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Letter: Bridge at Red Rock Crossing best solution to Sedona, VOC traffic woes

The traffic problem in the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona is a very serious problem. When one of the City of Sedona surveys, done in January, 2017, showed that 4,300 daily trips are made between the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona, again, nothing was done to alleviate the situation.

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Editorial: Mathews fails city leadership test over use of private email

For the second time in five days, first-term Cottonwood City Councilman Michael Mathews has come to his own defense over the use of private email to communicate city business.

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Letter: Airport expansion will exasperate noise pollution

As a 18 year resident living near the Cottonwood airport, I have a few thoughts about the recent airport controversy:

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Letter: Outstanding job by Camp Verde Theater Arts

Camp Verde has every reason to be proud of their high school Theater Arts department. Last weekend, it was my privilege to visit my family and they asked me to join them to see the high school performance of “Cinderella.”

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Editorial: Mathews needs to make city-related personal emails public

The right thing for Mathews to do now is provide the city with all city-related emails he has sent from his private account so the city can fulfil its obligation to maintain and store the public records he created.

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Letter: Busier airport not good for Cottonwood as it is within a mile of most city residences

I wish to thank Editor Dan Engler and the Verde Independent reporting staff for bringing to light Council Member Michael Mathews’ private views and his behind the scenes actions regarding the airport.

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Letter: Mathews is right: city obviously not ‘terribly concerned’ about residents’ complaints

I attended the March 12, Cottonwood City Council meeting to hear the unveiling of the 5-year strategic plan by the new City Manager, Ron Corbin. Following the presentation, I and several other residents within the city spoke regarding the Strategic Plan’s intent to expand the Airport as an economic driver.

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Letter: Cat is out of the bag: Council, staff not ‘terribly concerned’ over airport noise

Cottonwood City Council approved its strategic plan (April 2) . On Sunday, Cottonwood residents learned exactly what is going on behind the scenes with our elected officials, their strategic plan and the lengths they will go to see it succeed.

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Letter: Thank you Camp Verde for making March-a-Mile for Meals a success

The Verde Valley Senior Center would like to say thank you to all who participated in our 4th Annual March-a-Mile for Meals on Wheels on Saturday, March 23rd.

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Opinion: Mathews out of line speaking for entire council, city staff

If Michael Mathews correctly has his finger on the pulse of the Cottonwood City Council, the folks complaining about noise at the Municipal Airport have no business trying to fight City Hall.

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Letter: Salt mine deposits from ‘evaporated saline inland sea’ questionable

I have heard for years that the salts from the salt mine deposits are “left over for an evaporated saline inland sea”, for years. This has always struck me as very simplistic,and partially incorrect statement.

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Letter: ‘Hands Healing Hunger Fundraiser’ a valuable community service Editor:

Christ Lutheran Church in Sedona has a real commitment to help feed the less fortunate in the Verde Valley. To make this possible, they work very hard to host their “Hands Healing Hunger Fundraiser” that is extremely successful

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Letter: Make your voice heard on Camp Verde wastewater fees

In order to get our wastewater rates lowered. you can help by spreading the word and handing out flyers. Please show up at the meeting. Numbers county. Be prepared to speak.

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Letter: We’ve waited long enough for road paving project to be completed

When is the Town Council going to get on ADOT about resurfacing Hwy 260 from I-17 to the east of the White Bridge. The top layer of the Highway is coming up and in some areas a dirt road is smoother than the present Hwy.

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Letter: More history on Camp Verde Salt Mine

There are actually TWO historically important mineral deposits at that location. During prehistoric times native peoples mined the site for Sodium chloride, also known as table salt, halite, or NaCl. Much of this was widely traded throughout the Southwest. Early Verde Valley white settlers continued gathering salt here, primarily for use as a condiment, and as a supplement to livestock feed.

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Editorial Cartoon 2: April 5, 2019

Editorial Cartoon 2: April 5, 2019

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Editorial Cartoon 1: April 5, 2019

Editorial Cartoon 1: April 5, 2019

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Editorial: Forced consolidation plan faces uphill battle in Arizona

Just when you think you’ve seen the last possible way the school district consolidation ball could bounce, it takes off in a completely new direction.

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