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For the Mingus Union track and field program, the issue always has been “the track.”

By Dan Engler July 30, 2019
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What began as a request to delay the school district consolidation election for another year has ended up in a war of words over an alleged violation of Arizona’s Open Meeting Law by the Mingus Union School Board.

By Dan Engler July 25, 2019
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What began as a seemingly simple plan to re-birth some of Jerome’s nefarious history has turned into a real boondoggle for the mountainside community.

By Dan Engler July 20, 2019
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Here’s the truth about “Truth in Taxation” public hearings: They are going to tax us.

By Dan Engler July 18, 2019
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The good news is that participatory government is alive and well in Cottonwood. It’s not going to happen tomorrow, but we are getting there.

July 16, 2019
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They don’t mention this at the annual law enforcement career day. Dead guys in cars.

By Dan Engler July 6, 2019
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In two separate actions Wednesday night, Camp Verde took a big step toward solving one of the long-standing shortcomings in the Verde Valley.

By Dan Engler June 30, 2019
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Legal debates can best be summarized by the philosophical clash between “a deal is a deal” and “let’s make a deal.”

By Dan Engler June 22, 2019
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Key to personal integrity is doing what you say you are going to do.

By Dan Engler June 16, 2019
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A familiar refrain in any government decision-making process is the admonition to “let us vote on it.”

By Dan Engler June 14, 2019
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Government pension programs promote an entitlement premise that there are guarantees in life.

June 8, 2019
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Never accuse the elected officials in the Arizona House of Representatives and Senate of not being smart.

By Dan Engler May 28, 2019
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It was more than a decade ago when former Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis announced the Arizona Department of Transportation had prioritized the State Route 260 section between Cottonwood and Camp Verde for a major four-lane expansion.

May 23, 2019
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The next time you grab your cell phone and go to your favorite app store, you can easily begin a new career as a criminal.

By Dan Engler May 16, 2019
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There has been a pattern of consistency that inspired confidence during Genie Gee’s run as acting superintendent at Mingus Union High School.

By Dan Engler May 14, 2019
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It’s doubtful there will be an Upper Verde school district consolidation election this year, but that sure hasn’t stopped people both pro and con from making claims about the impacts of such a merger.

By Dan Engler May 9, 2019
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The most heart-wrenching thing you’ll ever see is a kid getting called for a false start at a state track and field championship.

By Dan Engler May 7, 2019
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We’ve come upon 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.

By Dan Engler April 30, 2019
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A year ago, school district consolidation blew through the Upper Verde Valley like a Category 5 hurricane.

By Dan Engler April 30, 2019
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“Loneliness is the penalty of leadership.”

By Dan Engler April 23, 2019
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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.

April 16, 2019
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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.

By Dan Engler April 4, 2019
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Two incidents in the past week prove that if there are policies in place to police those who seek and hold public office, there is a lot of embarrassment and ridicule to avoid in the end.

March 30, 2019
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Now, Republican precinct committeemen in Yavapai County will nominate three people to replace Stringer. The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will select from those nominees the person to replace Stringer in the Arizona House of Representatives.

By Dan Engler March 28, 2019
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City council chambers and the best bar in town used to be the primary arenas for public discourse on community issues.

By Dan Engler March 23, 2019
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The mix of residential neighborhoods with an airport is hardly a new discussion in Cottonwood.

By Dan Engler March 21, 2019
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The Mingus Union School Board should ask the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for another review and full finding of fact over the Sept. 5, 2017, Open Meeting Law infraction for which the AG previously determined Mingus was at fault.

By Dan Engler March 19, 2019
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Gaining a little control over how much is too much when it comes to political signage and the degree to which we want our roadsides to remain uncluttered could become a sign of the times here in the Verde Valley.

March 16, 2019
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For the past year, Jerome appeared -- at long last – to be embracing the idea of allowing for staggered four-year terms for the members of its elected town council.

March 14, 2019
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So much of the 2018 administrative and governance decision-making processes at Mingus Union High School were of the deer-in-the-headlights variety.

By Dan Engler March 7, 2019
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Nothing short of Mingus Mountain has ever created a divide between the Verde Valley and the Prescott communities quite like the great water war of the 1990s.

By Dan Engler March 2, 2019
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The Arizona Legislature is on to something in its attempt to prohibit elected city councils from firing the municipal magistrates they hire.

February 14, 2019
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More than 200 years ago, American statesman Benjamin Franklin said, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

By Dan Engler February 8, 2019
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When it comes to school district consolidation, we prefer clarity to confusion.

By Dan Engler February 2, 2019
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As the Camp Verde Business Alliance explores the prospect of re-establishing a chamber of commerce, there needs to be a realistic understanding of what makes small-town chambers tick.

By Dan Engler February 1, 2019
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We’ll soon be getting down to the nitty gritty on the Verde Connect project, a new local thoroughfare expected to link Beaverhead Flat Road with Arizona 260.

By Dan Engler January 30, 2019
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School district consolidation has never been a simple issue for folks in the Upper Verde.

January 22, 2019
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Until the City Council learns that “community” and “city” are not synonymous when it comes to the way these federal grant funds are spent, a lot of folks will reach the conclusion that CDBG stands for Cottonwood Deserves Better Governance.

By Dan Engler January 17, 2019
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There is no such thing as instant gratification for those whose job it is to stimulate and invigorate their community’s economy. There are more false starts in this race than finish lines.

By Dan Engler January 15, 2019
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Those involved need to make sure such a legal fiasco is avoided in the future.

January 12, 2019
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We’ve barely turned the page on the calendar to 2019 and already the renewed battle for Upper Verde school district consolidation is taking shape.

By Dan Engler January 10, 2019
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As for the ACLU-Arizona, it’s curious how the organization took up the cause of one student on this issue as a privacy rights intrusion, and then went out of its way to make sure every media outlet in Arizona knew the student’s name.

By Dan Engler January 9, 2019
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While the national focus is on who will blink first regarding funding for a border wall, there are some government money managers here in the Verde Valley counting the days for the federal government shutdown to come to an end.

January 5, 2019
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Some clarity is in order to shine the clearest light possible on the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona challenge to Mingus Union High School’s badge identification policy.

January 3, 2019
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As is the case with any conflict, there is probably a middle ground that eases the concerns about Mingus Union High School’s student identification badges short of doing away with the badges altogether.

December 31, 2018
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There are some good lessons – and some not so good – about kids and the way they establish and follow through on the goals they set for themselves.

By Dan Engler December 29, 2018
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It’s hard to imagine an elected body coming into office with more problems to solve than those confronting the Mingus Union School Board.

December 24, 2018
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Here in the Verde Valley, an abundance of Forest Service land and somewhat lax regulation created an opportunistic solution to folks challenged by the supply-and-demand realities of the local housing market.

December 18, 2018
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When the Feb. 20, 1993, Verde River flood left Cottonwood’s lone bridge crossing terribly compromised, it became obvious we needed a second bridge crossing over the river.

December 13, 2018
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Change is good and it’s been years since we’ve seen the kind of sweeping change now taking place in the Verde Valley.

December 11, 2018
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Across the mountain in Prescott, city officials are in a quandary over the efficiency with which they deliver municipal services.

December 1, 2018
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A favorite whipping boy for many Verde Valley residents is Yavapai College.

November 27, 2018
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About 30 years ago, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors approved plans for a Sizzler Restaurant in Uptown Sedona in the area where the community post office is located today.

November 21, 2018
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If there is anything to be learned about the consolidation of various fire departments in the Verde Valley as it applies to school district consolidation, it’s obviously a lot easier to accomplish when you have willing partners.

November 17, 2018
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It’s an unenviable list of tasks awaiting the new Mingus Union School Board that takes office in January.

By Dan Engler November 15, 2018
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Throughout her 16-month run as Mingus Union school superintendent, one always had to wonder if Penny Hargrove ever once had her feet firmly planted.

November 13, 2018
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We don’t get to vote on school district consolidation Tuesday, but that has not diminished the debate about the merits of merging the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union districts into one.

November 3, 2018
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For the city, Cottonwood is at a philosophical crossroads as it moves forward in the search for a city manager to succeed Doug Bartosh.

By Dan Engler November 1, 2018
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