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When it came to controversy, the Town of Camp Verde played it a lot smarter than the state of Arizona.

September 24, 2023
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Want to be on the Cottonwood City Council?

September 20, 2023
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Mingus Union High School has an unenviable task ahead as the governing board contemplates changing schedules. A discussion of a four-day school week is on Thursday’s agenda.

September 10, 2023
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Every once in a while, there is a powerful reminder that the community library is the bastion of free thought.

August 23, 2023
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In fractious times, when people argue about who’s most to blame for the testiness in the public discourse, today is a good moment to step back and recognize what values we all share.

August 20, 2023
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Back in 2017, when the state of Arizona announced Rockin’ River Ranch as the next state park, national and state hiking and camping guides quickly added it to their lists for readers to plan their adventures. It was thought the new park would be at least partially open by the end of 2018.

July 23, 2023
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Over the past few months in the Verde Valley, we’ve heard some interesting monologues at community meetings.

July 19, 2023
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Personnel matters are touchy.

June 25, 2023
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Say “Civic Duty,” and many folks immediately think “Jury Duty” and cringe. Maybe even panic. However, there are less demanding forms of community involvement that can really make a difference.

May 10, 2023
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If there is anything praiseworthy in the absurdist theater surrounding the issue of selling home-cooked food items on the streets of Arizona, it is the actual effort that has gone into finding solutions.

May 3, 2023
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When it comes to the ratio of responsibilities v. public accolades, no one tops a municipal clerk.

April 23, 2023
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Cottonwood could be in a quandary.

March 28, 2023
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One of the bright spots of the double-whammy flooding in the Verde Valley over the past couple weeks was the opportunity for public safety personnel to check the emergency alert system.

March 26, 2023
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Well, that worked out about as well as anyone could hope.

March 19, 2023
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As many schoolchildren are off on Spring Break this week in the Verde Valley, let’s talk about keeping them safe.

March 12, 2023
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As a people, the residents of the Verde Valley love to see their river as both wild and scenic. But there is much more attached to the official designation than a feel-good slogan.

March 8, 2023
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Overseeing a taxing district is one of the most important, highest-obligation tasks in American governance.

February 26, 2023
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Dean Harrison made an impact as soon as he arrived in the Verde Valley.

February 22, 2023
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Newspapers have come a long way since the first publication of the Boston News-Letter on April 24, 1704, almost 319 years ago.

By By Lisa Simpson February 15, 2023
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There is plenty of reason to celebrate this week.

February 12, 2023
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“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”

January 11, 2023
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Newly sworn Gov. Katie Hobbs has many unenviable tasks ahead of her, but the state is also in a very good position economically as we stare down bearish forecasts.

January 4, 2023
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2022 in the Verde Valley was full of important stories and interesting occurrences, triumphs and tragedies, and it would be difficult to gauge for what major story the year will be most remembered. However, there were situations and decisions made locally that will have lasting impact on 2023 and beyond.

December 28, 2022
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Expect this to be an annual treat.

December 7, 2022
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Wouldn’t you love to have been a fly on the wall during Thanksgiving dinner in the homes of the contenders in Arizona’s statewide campaigns? And you thought anxiety, finger-pointing, arrogance, self-pity, jealousy and ill-humor were on the menu at your house!

November 27, 2022

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