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Editorial: Wisdom of taking ‘baby steps’ obvious in fire district merger

We’ve been hearing for years about the economy of scales benefits, or lack of, in merging our local school districts into a single unified operation.

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Editorial: Rep. Stringer badly misses mark on ‘apology tour’

Prescott Rep. David Stringer went on the road last week to mend some fences.

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Editorial: Douglas needs to take lead from local leaders on teacher walkout

Fortunately, she does not seem to have much support on the Arizona Board of Education, but State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas’ zeal for disciplining teachers who participated in last spring’s state teacher walkout is troubling nonetheless.

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Editorial: Sedona Recycles fully plans to fulfill contractual obligations

As of June 1, the recycling bins that had long been provided in Camp Verde by Sedona Recycles will be gone.

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Editorial: 2018 political landscape taking shape in Verde Valley

The final touches on the picture will not be complete until 5 p.m. May 30, but the landscape of the 2018 Verde Valley political season already is taking shape.

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Editorial: Much can change before sales tax hike becomes official

For those still not convinced the Cottonwood City Council is acting in your best interests by raising the municipal sales tax a half-cent on the dollar, rest assured that there is still plenty of time to make your voice heard on this one.

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Commentary: Mingus agenda policy fails transparency test

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.

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Editorial: Taxation issues front and center in Verde Valley this week

Your money was in the political bulls-eye this week.

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Commentary: Passage of SB1254 brings consolidation question one step closer to local voters

Credit Andy Groseta with one of the biggest political coups in Verde Valley history. Wednesday, Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1254 into law.

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Editorial: City’s sales tax debate becomes theater of unexpected

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.