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Editorial Cartoon: Michael Ramirez

October 5, 2022
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Coming of age is that time in each of our lives when we begin to see the possibilities.

By By The Foundation for a Better Life October 5, 2022
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Yavapai County has released a new draft of the County Comprehensive Plan. Residents of the County have 60 days to comment on it, after which final changes will be made and it will be sent to County Supervisors for review and eventual approval.

By By Craig Swanson, My Turn October 2, 2022
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In reference to the Northern Arizona Healthcare Village that is to be built in Flagstaff, for what is now estimated to cost a billion dollars -- they have thrown a bone to healthcare in the Verde Valley.

October 2, 2022
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Sometimes, we just need a friend. A buddy who will walk miles through a scorching desert, escape the perils of predators, suffer through the wind, rain and dust of monsoons with no map, GPS or cell phone, just to make it up your driveway, saunter in through your open door (or doggy door) and once again, grace your life with a visit.

By Judy Bluhm October 2, 2022
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To Thomas Bonk - Do you personally know any Oath-Keepers? While I am not a member, I do know several people who are. Your attempt at labeling them as terrorists with innuendo is so sad as to be sick.

October 2, 2022
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Who are you trying to kid?

September 28, 2022
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Pam Tully dedicates 6 months a year to rescuing baby flying foxes alongside the volunteers who help her.

By By The Foundation for a Better Life September 28, 2022
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“Sheriff Rhodes to speak to Preparedness Team, Oath Keepers”: A complete whitewash of the facts.

September 28, 2022
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Twenty years ago, even a decade ago, talking about the future of the Verde River was all the rage.

September 28, 2022
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September is National Voter Registration Month and September 20 marked the 10th anniversary of National Voter Registration Day.

By By Diane E. Brown, Guest Commentary September 25, 2022
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In the Sunday, Sept. 18, edition of The Verde Valley Independent, there was a front page article titled “4th time’s the charm.” The article is about a fourth attempt to put a 2,050-home development at the corner of 89A and Cornville Road.

September 25, 2022
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A big thank you to the Verde Valley Fire District rescue paramedics and the doctors and nurses at Verde Valley Medical Center.

September 25, 2022
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Goodbye, Ma’am. We will miss you. With 70 years of service, a stabilizing force in an ever-changing world, you defined an era.

By Judy Bluhm September 25, 2022
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As many of you know, I am a native of Arizona and was raised here in Yavapai County.

By By DAVID RHODES, My Turn September 21, 2022
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Editorial Cartoon: Michael Ramirez

September 21, 2022
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James (not his real name; he prefers not to be known for his work off the field) is a college football coach. He knows that in football, you are judged by winning and losing. But in life, character endures. So James focuses on teaching players about their past so they can improve the future.

By By The Foundation for a Better Life September 21, 2022
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My colleague reluctantly moved to a new city to be closer to her daughter. She is shy and worriedly asked, “where can I meet friends?”

By Judy Bluhm September 18, 2022
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I was enjoying Olivia Dow’s “Slither and Bound” article about snakes and Sonoran desert toads in the 9/14 Verde Independent, expecting her to at least touch on the serous issue of toad licking.

September 18, 2022
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What has happened at the Cottonwood Airport is happening again at Arena Del Loma in Camp Verde.

September 18, 2022
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Once upon a time, Sedona was considered an artists’ town. It was a space for creatives to come and immerse in nature, drawing inspiration from ethereal beauty. Guess what? It still is an artists’ town, but the artists are facing increasing challenges.

September 17, 2022
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Cottonwood Fire Department and Cottonwood Police Department want to publicly thank those individuals who graciously donated funds and components to finish the restoration and build of the motorcycles for the sons of Jody Makuch.

By Cottonwood Police & Fire Departments September 14, 2022
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I have lived in Camp Verde since 1981. Arena del Loma has always been a place for rodeos, bull bashes and other events, even including Colonel’s Daughters contest. For the people around Arena del Loma to be complaining, they should have known before they moved in there that it was a working arena.

September 14, 2022
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Interesting article in Sept. 11 paper regarding the millions of dollars from the federal infrastructure bill aimed at improving AZ water systems but fall far short of what is needed. Why hasn’t Arizona been able to tackle some of these water issues without federal assistance by using its own tax money?

September 14, 2022
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Pass It On: No matter who you are, you can always help
The day Muhammad Ali rushed to save a stranger about to take his own life.

We all like our heroes bigger than life. Muhammad Ali looms large not only because of his incredible boxing skills but also because of how outspoken he was.

By By The Foundation for a Better Life September 14, 2022

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