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It seems quite obvious to me that Maricopa County is getting preferential treatment when it comes to the COVID vaccine.
At least a million people marched peacefully in Washington, DC on the 6th while a group of agent provocateurs incited a ‘riot.’
Municipal versus unincorporated attitudes remain the same. Times haven’t changed at all.
We will be forever grateful to Page Springs Living owners Rick and Dione Cozens and all the members of their staff.
While I myself am not a user of weed, if it’s legal, make the best of the situation.
I ask that you also give us all the results decided upon and approved or not approved as the legislature moves through each one.
It’s not about you, it’s about your family, your friends and your neighbors.
I would like to offer my support to any effort to recall Paul Gosar from his position as my district’s representative.
Recreational marijuana. Many in the community don’t agree with it. It was voted upon and will now be legal.
Reply to Shirley Isaacson’s question in the January 6 Verde Independent, “When you hear someone say, ‘I am not going to wear a mask; nobody can tell me what to do,’ what age do you think that person is?”
According to the logic of one of your Letter to the Editor writers about lack of mask-wearing, Rosa Parks must have been childish for refusing to give up her seat to a white man, and not move to the back of the bus when she was told to.
The Code of Conduct for Town Council members must be updated to prevent this type of behavior by a council member and be strictly enforced so that another citizen will not be subjected to this type of public humiliating treatment.
As a history buff, this is a very special edition and keeps the general public, especially newcomers to the Verde Valley, apprised of our heritage.
When you hear someone say, “I am not going to wear a mask; nobody can tell me what to do,” what age do you think that person is?
Vaccinating people like this could cut down on costs and perhaps the logistics of distributing the vaccine.
The governor has ensured that Maricopa and Pinal counties get Covid 19 vaccine, however no one has an idea when he might release it to us in the north.
I was thinking of my mom this morning and how much she loved this time of year.
I join other readers in taking exception to Dan Engler’s “Mind Your Own Business” editorial in the December 20, 2020 edition to the Verde Independent.
What a shameful editorial in last Sunday's (Dec. 20) paper.
Regarding the recently signed "agreement" between Danza del Sol and YCSO, dropping dozens of dogs off at a busy vet practice is a recipe for disaster for all concerned.
Regarding the editorial on the Spring Creek annexation, the author seems to be outraged that anyone that doesn't live in Cottonwood should have a voice.
Mr. Engler, you do seem to want to stir things up in our Verde Valley, when you attack unincorporated communities for their views on Cottonwood’s annexation ideas.
So the top Public Health Official in Arizona (Cara Christ) chooses to totally ignore the mountain of worldwide evidence that indicates that substantial community spread of the Covid 19 virus occurs in bars and restaurants.
The Clarkdale-Jerome teachers felt a welcome respite from the seemingly incessant bad news surrounding education, when recently our override was passed by the voters of Clarkdale and Jerome.
Your editorial, "Let's Put the Shoe on a Different Foot," is a very, very poor comparison.
While walking along a sidewalk in the City of Cottonwood, nearly three months ago, I suffered a serious trip-and-fall experience.
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors recently signed off on a Yavapai County Sheriff Office contract for stray animal services with a small veterinarian's practice, instead of renewing its former contract with the Verde Valley Humane Society.
The City of Cottonwood should not annex Spring Creek Ranch. Here's why.
Again, Mr. Engler puts his shoe firmly in his mouth.
I believe that we can work together to come up with a modified solution that would protect the animals, their owners, and the Yavapai County Sheriffs Office.
These are medicines that ordinary folks can use on their own, and their use will keep folks out the hospital. I should say probably or usually for there is always that chance of something going wrong with anything humans do. The two substances are Hydroxchloroquine and Ivermectin.
We are very fortunate to have such kind people in our Post Office and we wanted to thank to who did this. It probably was our mail carrier and if so, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
They did not uphold their oath of office to defend the constitution, instead they undermined our democracy and public trust.
YCSO should have used a hybrid model of vet/full service shelter to handle the issue for the community. In the end, the animals will suffer.
The vaccine doesn’t cure the virus it only prevents it. Once vaccinated you can still be a carrier. We are almost there. Support your fellow Americans. Wear your mask like it’s a flag.
I am distressed at the misinformation, disinformation, lies, and conspiracy theories that are out there. Most of the bad information comes from our president. We need good leadership.
Please show these people you care.
Arizona Department of Health Services reported Saturday December 5, 2020 – that the number of Arizona COVID cases went up by 6799 since Friday.
It’s not about politics or bravery or not being a “sheep.” It’s about protecting people who can’t protect themselves, and saving lives.
We thank Larry Green Chevrolet for donating turkeys, Big O Tires for more turkeys and Food City for proving a donation collections spot for us on Turkey Tuesday, Nov. 19 and again on Nov. 26.
This will cost the taxpayers millions of dollars, for a road we don’t need, and practically no one wants.
What’s your number? We all have one, a number that is. In past U.S. crisis’ (ie, 9/11), we collectively determined that the deaths/injuries required a collective response. We felt a patriotic duty.
I have many questions trying to make sense out of the VOCA Board handling of the Patel Hotel request for construction of their Hilton Garden Inn.
Verde Connect has been the subject of many years of discussion and planning, with full public participation all along the way. Road projects are necessarily long-term, requiring cooperation at many levels of government to succeed.
Camp Verde could do itself a huge favor if they were to turn him out next election if he is on the ticket. In other words fire the cannon.
I’m sorry you are disappointed with the VC outcome, but honestly, we never saw it as a transportation solution, and even though you directed your readers to the 2016 ADOT VV Master Transportation Plan, ADOT didn’t see it as a good solution either. Page 15 of the Executive Summary reads: "This project is not needed if Cornville Road is widened to four lanes.”
Please join me in advising our elected officials that rejoining the Paris Agreement should not be a national priority.
Thank you to the three current Yavapai County supervisors who honored the request of the three incoming supervisors to halt Verde Connect.
Please give our new supervisors a chance to guide us onward with lots of input from residents, both the supporters and those who voted otherwise.
What IS “overblown” is the fact that numerous people have now become like the proverbial ostrich, it is easier to stick your head in the sand and ignore danger than to face reality.
Conversely, if the 2020 response to the pandemic had been as poor as in 2009, we would be seeing that 1.5 million death figure.
The past two years the traffic on Cornville Road has become massive.
I have a bumper sticker on my car that says: “Not a Republican, Not a Democrat, Just an American.” I had it made because I’m so tired of division and political labelling. Little did I know when I had it made that masks would become a political issue.
Dan Engler’s editorial “Justice still waiting to be served for Marisol Gonzalez” was an incredible article; exceptionally well written.
. I hope the town continues cleaning up and giving Main Street a lift for the holiday season. Enjoy your holidays.
We are not against the Nature of Wildworks’ vision, just the location. Regardless of her intent, an unregulated business has no place in a residentially zoned area.
I am against Nature of Wildworks. It will bring noise,traffic and pollution in the Tissaw Road neighborhood.
In response to Stephanie Earls’ Nov. 3 commentary on Nature of Wildworks, I failed to see the information provided in this article to be true.
Granting Nature of Wildworks permission to operate their facility in the Tissaw Road area of Cornville will create a zoning precedence that may allow similar invasions of non native wild animals, and other non conforming uses of our residential areas.
Kudos to all who helped make ITrek an enjoyable and successful event.
Mollie Hogan indicated that wild animals are very territorial. Yes, I agree with that. Mollie is invading their territory by bringing in outsider wild animals.
Mollie should, like other business owners, go purchase appropriate land that meets her zoning needs and build her wildlife sanctuary. Residential/rural land is RESIDENTIAL and not zoned for an unregulated wildlife sanctuary business.
If given a chance Wildworks would be a good neighbor. I hope people will put aside their fear and open their hearts to these beautiful animals and the very hard-working people who care for them.
We hope the educational leaders in our school districts will address the concerns that were raised to provide a better education to our students.
The more you selfish, egocentric, posturing scum continue acting like this isn’t a problem, like the over 1 million deaths worldwide is “fake news” and that your president cares about you or has the slightest clue about what’s safe and what isn’t, the longer the rest of us are going to be stuck waiting for things to return to normal.
Let’s be decent again. Let’s open the cages and reunite children with their parents. Let’s make lying wrong again. Let’s stand with our immigrant and LGBTQ neighbors. Let’s go down in history as having been on the right side.
Is the United States really the poster child for incompetent coronavirus management because of Trump’s inaction?
I find it interesting that the owners of Spring Creek Ranch couldn't get what they wanted from the county in regards to the development, so now they go to the City of Cottonwood to peddle their agenda.
The key is communication. Even if you're bad at communicating, you can still try.
Schools do not function well in the midst of chaos or change; they function best when there is stability, especially during turbulent times.
There are no boundaries, borders or protections against this virus, yet. We must simply guard ourselves and listen to the health scientists, not the political scientists.
We need a grounded leader who embodies those qualities we expect in our president. I will back the candidate with extensive political and relevant life experiences, who understands the people and what they face, who can inspire and lead us to a better future.
However, scrutinizing the picture of the Belfry, I noted that most people were not wearing masks. This is an affront to the mayor who was also in attendance.
Deaths from COVID-19 apparently mean nothing to him.
Only it takes a community parade with a small-town float to bring it on home — we really are their front line. And, we don’t mind. It’s our job.
I try to view both sides of the equation before making a rational decision but when most opponents to consolidation seem to have a vested interest I can't help but wonder why.
Renewal of the override will continue funding full-day kindergarten, a full-time K-8th Art teacher, and a full-time K-8th P.E. teacher.
If Camp Verde cared about community, the town would have enacted a mask mandate and social distancing requirements.
Educators start with the end in mind. Lessons are evaluated to assess the desired result.
As we wind down this most unusual first quarter of the 2020-2021 academic school year, Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School District would like to thank our educational community for its support.
As someone who has experienced many kinds of violence firsthand, don't be fooled, violence comes in many different forms.
I would like to say that I am voting for honesty, empathy, maturity, and an ability to listen to the views of others with whom one might disagree, without demonizing them.
Freedom of speech and voting for the candidate of your choice are two of the finest rights we have as Americans.
Thank you for the that huge gift. I got to see my granddaughter hit her first home run.
You who live in a home and sleep in a bed ... while the homeless have no shelter or a bed on which to lay their head, unless it is 35 degrees or colder outside; so cold that the homeless risk dying of hypothermia.
Many airports under the same FAA guidance charge landing fees and some waive the fee under certain conditions such as purchasing fuel.
I'm voting for a return of our troops from foreign countries and the end to America's involvement in foreign conflicts.
As a junior at the U of A in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become apparent how connected we are as a community, and not always in a good way.
As a supporter of consolidation, I am taken back by the rumors that I have been hearing as to why you should not support consolidation.
As one of the neighbors of the tiny home project, you might be interested to know that the town approved the design only for the property Darin Dinsmore doesn’t own.
As a born-again, retired minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, now as a layman, I am ashamed as to the reasons the pastors of the churches of Cottonwood held that they could not, as a group, or even individually, cooperate with the National March and Day of Prayer for Our Country.
Early this morning I went to gas up my car. I tossed the keys in the car, fueled up, finished that, and then discovered that I had apparently tossed the keys hard enough to lock the entire car. What to do?
Please do not sit on your hands, or not care but rather exercise your right and responsibility by voting.
I support consolidation because I believe we can elevate education of our students in our community through a more collaborative unified model.
The formation of a new consolidated district would be governed by one board with one vision and mission. One governing body could provide the direction and focus to ensure that curriculum and instruction methods are aligned and facilitate the best educational experiences and outcomes for all students PreK-12.
A previous writer reminded us of her last words to her grandaughter: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
“The American people are perfectly capable of having their say on this issue, so let’s give them a voice. Let’s let the American people decide."
Sadly, I’m taking my business elsewhere.
Again thanks to the people of Cottonwood and the excellent staff of your community pool who make my time there so relaxing and comfortable.
We have a moral obligation to protect our citizens, and especially our young people. Please vote down this referendum.
Is this Operation Trident or something from Cottonwood’s education governing boards?
We will be voting “NO” on the consolidation of Mingus Union High School District No.4 and Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary School District No 6.
As a long-time educator at Mingus Union High School, I want to urge you to remember when discussing, investigating, or debating the finer points of school consolidation – to consider civility in this discourse and always take the high road.
Something they don’t tell you about having kids is that you will come to love many of their friends as if they were ALSO yours.
I have been closely following the debate over whether to consolidate the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union School Districts.
To that good couple and the many others out there who realize kindness is free but is worth the world, we salute you and will endeavor to follow your good example.
There are many examples of democratic socialism that do not fit the definition given in the letter by Mr. Beeler of Camp Verde.
I can’t help thinking, if I could have invested all the money I paid into Social Security and Medicare, I would be a lot better off.
In response to the letter regarding socialist programs, I remind all that Social Security is a socialist program, along with Medicare.
I am not a resident of Camp Verde, so I can’t claim to understand the attitudes of the town, as reflected in their Town Council’s recent decisions.
It’s amazing regarding some of the venomous responses sent to the Verde Independent concerning the past articles I wrote about mask wearing.
Consolidating Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District and Mingus Union High School District will not only benefit every single student by providing them with consistency in programming and aligned curricula in a Pre-K-12, but it will benefit every teacher as well.
Since its earliest days, the labor movement has sought to improve the quality of work life, create workplace democracy and participate in employer/employee decision-making.
Mr. York said on Sunday Aug. 30, the postal service is well equipped to handle November mail-in ballots. At the end of his commentary he asks a question, “Shouldn’t someone, sometime take a look at what is actually happening?”
Anybody who is a good problem solver understands that to solve a problem one has to get to the source of the problem, the primary cause.
The Spring Creek Ranch request for the City of Cottonwood to annex US Forest Service has NO effect on the future management on these FS lands.
Webster’s dictionary defines socialism as “a theory or a system of social organization in which the means of production and distribution of goods are owned and controlled collectively or by the government ... the stage following capitalism is the transition of a society to communism.”
In response to “Verde Connect takes another step forward.” I fully contest the 2016 cost statement provided by the county. It is incomplete and misinformation.
The benchmarks for hybrid learning do not suggest a full return to in-person learning.
Things will not change without mitigation which includes masks, social distancing and washing hands.
Let us be clear. There are no ‘conflicting theories’; there are the anti-science anti-maskers who falsely believe their rights are being violated, and there are those of us who believe science.
We, collectively, won’t get this virus behind us, and the economy going again, unless we all work together.
Your life and your liberty are also your property.
To any businesses, ADOT, Camp Verde in coming and current mayor, council members, town manager, organizations: We have a weed problem in the Town of Camp Verde. Dead tree problem. Overall appearance.
The political cartoon in the August 19 Verde Independent is tritely misleading.
Although my calculations show that H2N2 still appears to be slightly more lethal, remember that having occurred in 1957 means that its numbers are long closed. However, COVID-19 is still killing better than a thousand people per day in the United States.
The silent majority needs to wake up and realize by our silence we give away our freedoms, one baby step at a time.
I’ll respect anyone’s right to mask up, but don’t try to force me in giving up my rights, to the freedoms I enjoy.
Suddenly finding a handful of new ballots every day smells like voter fraud
I believe there is a virus and that it is dangerous. But the people who are disseminating the information to us have a long record of lying to and showing dismissive contempt for American citizens as a whole.
The prestige of being a Dark Sky Community comes with responsibilities, lighting regulations, enforcement rules, and community commitment. When the designation was granted, Big Park seemingly had everything in place -- but, perhaps not.
The argument that we should not do it NOW is bogus. If it will improve the quality and cost of education we should do it as soon as possible.
We went to Bashas’ in Camp Verde this morning to shop. There are signs at the entrance which reads “To Protect our Customers and Members from COVID-19, Face Coverings are Required For Entry to our Stores.”
Why anger? Wearing a mask while in a store is not much to ask to help America get through this pandemic.
Common Sense…. By now, it should be obvious to everyone that the COVID virus numbers will not just go to zero, and, like a miracle, disappear.
Places like the Verde River Nature Preserve and the Duck Pond offer a sanctuary for many.
Therefore, statues, pictures, and relics of past misdeeds are to be studied and thought about so these deeds won’t be repeated.
Take a really close look at the message being put forward by both candidates’ political parties and ignore the messenger hatred. If you do so, you will make a wise decision.
Clarkdale is in the process of design approval for 27 tiny homes to be built on 2.8 acres of Lincoln Drive. The builder wants to rent these units in a neighborhood of 25-year-old owner-occupied homes.
A few months back, after the Senate acquitted Donald Trump, Cottonwood resident Deborah Lozano stated her fears of what was likely to come next.
Muffy Vallely of Cornville attended the community's Farmers Market on July 20, and was very impressed with the social distancing that was being observed by everyone – vendors and prospective buyers.
The simple fact is that, if this consolidation is approved by you the voters, it will have the immediate and permanent effect of demanding that Clarkdale/Jerome/Yavapai Apache students pay tuition for the privilege of attending the same high school that has been serving their community for generations. While making this demand, it will also deprive these same families of the ability to vote for or serve on the governing board.
I know that people do not want to create a confrontation, but what is the sense of having a policy that you do not enforce? I think they enforce a no shirt, no shoes, no service policy, so why not masks?
If you are one of those people not wearing a mask in public, I hope you will reconsider. Masks aren’t perfect but they have efficacy and, at this time, they are pretty much all we got.
As we get ready to vote on whether to abolish Mingus Union High School District and start charging tuition to students from Clarkdale and Jerome, it’s time for the proponents of this to put their mouth where their money is.
I am of that older group that dies more easily from the effects of COVID-19. I see the virus as an enemy. I take it seriously.
As for someone touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face, the CDC clearly warns against touching your face unless your hands have been sanitized.
The duplication of resources like administration, transportation and meal services between it and the K-8 district makes no financial sense.
If you, the Council, pass this Ordinance, you are merely taking yourselves out of the equation, but your voices have been heard and I will work tirelessly to remove those from their seat who care nothing for the lives of senior citizens.
Rolene is a strong yet gentle witness to many in Camp Verde. We have seen firsthand the racism that can stir here, and we also seen her rise above the hateful words and the hateful looks because she has darker skin than them, because she is a proud Navajo Woman.
I am a lap swimmer and won’t go near a pool indoors or out.
What I think we need now is more basic teaching of citizens in how virus are spread, how items are contaminated, and what further steps you can take to protect yourself i.e. having germicidal wipes and hand sanitizer in your car, so when you are at the bank you can sanitize immediately.
I am writing today to say that I am disappointed in a local family farm-stand business. One expects the chain stores not to care about their customers, but we put our trust in “the local guy” and think that a family business has an interest in their own community.
By the way, if Trump loses so does Ducey’s political future.
Nobody ever said good governing makes you popular.
If you are not wearing a properly fitted N95 mask, you might as well wear a mask like the Lone Ranger or Batman.
“A direct line to the truth?” One who believes in science does have a direct line to the truth. One who believes in obscure conspiracy theories certainly does not.
You have to be smart and use common sense, which I have sadly noticed a lack of in this area.
I am disappointed that there continue to be business people in the Verde Valley who do not care to take precautions to protect patrons from a major health risk from Covid-19.
This is why we have legislative bodies that should be governing and not opinionated individuals taking solely on themselves to rules inflicting their own ideas or ideals on our citizens.
Yes, Don Goddard. Here we are again, right back where we were two years ago. Consolidation is still bad.
People saying it is their constitutional right to refuse to wear masks is not valid.
If a popular vote were to be collected from the whole society for every ordinance and issue, our system would grind to a halt while awaiting vote counts and challenges.
Several weeks ago, I was disconcerted to learn of the lay-offs of various city personnel which were ostensibly instituted in response to the anticipated short-fall in revenue due to the pandemic.
To the stores in Cottonwood: If you would make it mandatory to wear a mask in your establishment then people would wear a mask.
We wish to thank those who contributed roughly $2,000 to our Food Crisis Fund that allows Cornucopia to supply free PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) to staff and volunteers of emergency food providers in the Verde Valley.
I happy to say my husband received the best care and we are both home in Oklahoma — doing great. Your sweet town of Cottonwood will always have a special place in our hearts.
Please know that this is no longer being assessed, and we are making no decision about the NAH Sedona Emergency Department.
Here we go again - right back where we were two years ago.
Concerning Susan Echols’ letter to the editor, and her choice to shop in Prescott Valley (“a place that respects [her] rights” to not wear a mask) -- my uncle died that same day.
Thank you Dan Engler ... your “Just the facts” article about increase in Covid-19 cases in Arizona.
In response to Dan Engler’s request to the public to “do the right thing,” I am writing with my version of what’s “the right thing.”
I commend Doug Melton for his article in last Sunday’s Letter to the Editor, “Most masks provide only minimal protection at best.”
Being over three-quarters of a century in age, I can usually look to experience for answers.
Oak Creek at Crescent Moon Park has become so crowded since COVID-19 this year that it looks like a holiday weekend every day.
We must acknowledge the participation of your newspaper with their public support of this community endeavor and achievement with the faithful coverage of 13 annual Denim & Lace Dinner & Auction Fundraising events and beyond.
There are two characteristics of Covid-19 that make it more contagious than other viruses. It can travel on much smaller droplets than other viruses, (making it “airborne”- more like TB or measles), and it can be passed to another person even when there are no symptoms of illness.
Freeing up overhead costs makes a lot of sense in these uncertain times. Wouldn’t you prefer more dollars for the classroom and less costly overhead?
I hope the people of Cottonwood will stand behind their brave and sensible mayor and ask the city council members who have not thought this through, to rethink their ideas and vote for mandatory facemasks.
This is simply a public health issue. We need to protect the most vulnerable and one another.
As Mr. Boyer has made it a point to accuse the right-wing media of promoting “white privilege,” I will state that I feel the left-wing media and politicians have been beating the black community over the head with black-victimization for decades, with full intent on keeping them victimized.
I would like someone to explain to me, if you’re wearing a mask, and I’m not, how does that put you at risk?
Most of the masks -- which I call face diapers -- I see people wear are no good at all in either keeping the wearer from spreading the disease, or from catching it. They are simply a placebo.
Clearly Mayor Elinski has done his homework, which four of the council members did not.
I wear a mask to protect you. Will you please wear a mask to protect me?
Please think about your choices and how they might affect others.
I’m all for more local control by communities, but I do not want mayors issuing behavioral mandates based on political affiliation, no matter how noble their expressed intentions.
Kudos to Cottonwood Mayor Elinski for his decision to mandate the wearing of masks when out in public.
While NASCAR was appropriately quick to respond in support of Wallace, once again, our quick to overreact society, fueled a sensationally oriented media, seized this opportunity to exploit an already racially charged environment.
The Donald J. Trump experiment has failed. We Americans were played.
What about MY right, to not get infected by YOU, possibly ending up in the hospital or a ventilator and die?
When I go into a store and people are wearing masks and move away and give me distance and when I do the same I feel safe and cared for.
Bravo to the mayor of Cottonwood. His decision to override the council’s vote was one of courage and commitment to the health of his community.
I applaud Mayor Elinski’s courage to do the right thing when the city council failed to do so. Shame on Council Member Michael Mathews for refusing to attend future council meetings because the outcome wasn’t what he wanted.
In response to The Verde Independent article, Sunday, June 21, 2020 “Save the Middle Verde Group puts Garrison in election crosshairs,” I would like to add that Randy Garrison is a disgrace to the Republican Party for his intransigent demeanor in ignoring so much unified opposition to his own one-sided opinion.
Just for the record I will be going shopping tomorrow, but I choose to go to Prescott Valley. Prescott Valley is not IMPOSING mandated mask wearing.
Mayor Tim Elinski claims to have “exercised my separate legal authority to issue a proclamation that is similar to the policy that was voted down.”
Protesting is their right and protesting in front of City Hall was appropriate. Taking their protest to the mayor’s residence and subjecting his family to it was totally inappropriate and wrong.
I cannot say I will not get sick. But if I do, I think my immune system will help me recover.
It appears the search for white victimhood will have to continue.
Mr. Mayor, I am very disappointed that you overrode a majority vote.
People have different situations, risk tolerances, and concerns that should leave the decision to individuals and property owners.
Does anyone honestly believe that there was any serious intention by Clark’s to build a market in Rimrock?
My suggestion is that Boyer and Burke examine all of the statistics, or don’t use them. I would say the same for Lisa Rhine.
For the health of all of us, please wear masks when you enter peoples homes, and while completing reports, evaluation, treatment and transport of citizens.
The majority of residents want Rimrock to remain rural. Residents’ considerations come first.
Troops were called out in Detroit 1967, 1968 Chicago, 1992 Los Angeles, New Orleans 2005. Most recent previous deployment was by President Barack Obama in 2010. Check the facts before you post.
If ever we needed a strong and increased police presence on our streets it is now.
Remember that Trump has declared that he loves the poorly educated. Loves them? Heck, he would be nothing without them.
The issue is to take away the power of police unions. The issue is to make minorities feel safe in their own communities.
Please understand that Covid is a real threat to the health and safety of our community, our state, our nation and our world. Covid has no borders.
In the “My Turn” commentary of June 7, Dr. Rhine provided incorrect information regarding deaths of Blacks at the hands of police.
Statistics do not support the charge that police are biased against blacks. Whatever the cause(s) of racism in our country, let’s not blame the police.
I’m afraid this is a serious moment that most people won’t mark, but we’ll look back; and I don’t know what we’ll be thinking then.
It’s heart-wrenching to see the truth about the deep-seeded and systemic racism that exists in America.
I believe all citizens have a responsibility to ensure the validity of their assertions.
Reference: Arizona sets new high mark for one-day gain in COVID-19 cases: 1,127 -- Are you aware that several reliable sources within the last month (May) have reported that anyone who has had a flu shot within the last several years will test positive for COVID 19?
This Verde Connect Project connecting State Route 260 with Corneille Road and to Middle Verde Road is a terrible project.
Now that businesses are reopening I notice more and more people not following the advice of the CDC to maintain social distancing and wear a face mask.
What is the most important question in life? Today I am thinking it is this: Will I live my life governed by sacrificial love, or by some combination of fear, greed, and ambition?
This is written in reply to the recent “Freeloader” editorial in this paper. That editorial was long on empty assertions about freeloading poor but very short on actual substance.
The person who wrote the editorial about freeloaders in Sunday’s newspaper needs to see a doctor. He has no heart.
Just because some top official wants to get his name put on something, or some landowner wants to get access to their property so they can develop it, does not mean you should waste taxpayers money on a bridge to nowhere.
I have participated on Transportation Planning Committees for more than four years. During that time I found that ojur leadership does a great job at balancing the needs of the different residents of Yavapaii County.
Just wanted to say how great it was to see the article on the Haunted Group and how the Jurisin family handled the shut down of its wonderful restaurants.
I recently received a mailing from VerdeDISConnect that was very negative about local leadership. I have participated on Transportation Planning Committees for more than four years. During that time I found that ojur leadership does a great job at balancing the needs of the different residents of Yavapaii County.
At this particular time, I believe that the stated motivation of federal, state, and local governments for the personal distancing rules is the protection of the general public, including our own congregations. No one is trying to keep us from preaching the gospel.
All along I thought we had a good governor and now I am not so sure.
Perhaps the most important outcome of all of this is the fact that a great group of youngsters, with the help of their community, proved that no matter how very difficult circumstances may be, hard work, respect, cooperation and faith will bring rewards.
Your April 15th article, “Prescott’s bid to draw more groundwater threatens Verde River,” got my attention.
If Arizonans weren’t aware of the threats to the Grand Canyon from uranium mining, now is the time to be alert.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the city tennis courts were open for play.
On behalf of the community members who will benefit, we thank the members of Agave Highlands Golf Club for their gifts of food and their time to help others.
This is response to the Clarkdale Water use article.
I take strong issue with the comments by Clarkdale’s mayor, Doug Von Gausig in the Verde Independent’s “Mayors react to Ducey’s new executive order” that makes it seem like Clarkdale’s businesses are not very much affected by the issues related to COVID-19 except 4 restaurants and 1 bar.
In March of 2019 “A Time Gone By” a Grand Ole Opry-style musical production tribute to local musician, Ray Sealing was held at the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts in Camp Verde.
I realize that COVID-19 has wrecked our economy at all levels, which in turn hits our city’s revenues hard but I struggle to understand the city’s response of eliminating/furloughing so many positions.
When you’re out in public please take a minute to look around and see if you’re impinging on others.
Gas is cheaper in Tucson, which gets more Texas-produced gas, and cheaper still in northeast New Mexico, which gets its gas from New Mexico refiners, which get their oil from companies using fracking.
This is hardly the time to be partisan and divisive. We should all be trying to work together and celebrate the achievements of all of the American people, right, left or anywhere in the middle.
I want to know why, many many people have not received any help from this Arizona government. Where is the unemployment check? Where is the stimulus? Where is all the money to help small businesses?
What kind of a Catch 22 thing is this? And where is this Cares Act money, earmarked for self-employed, unemployed people, actually going?
Let's go Verde Valley. Gas stations give us a break. Stop being so greedy.
Can’t fix stupid? Yes you can, it’s called election 2020.
COVID-19 cannot be ignored – yet the county supervisors currently within the budget process ignored COVID-19 entirely through March.
I am grateful for your reporting and dedication to getting the story out there and PLEASE keep up the good work.
Together we will make this transition in a way that protects our elderly as well as the businesses that call Yavapai County home.
So what is it that the Supervisor doesn’t what us to focus on? Elections, supervisors holding meetings and making decisions with no public input.
I’m deeply concerned about the well being of our community. Especially when I see local grocery store clerks, not following the CDC Covid Guidelines.
With every coronavirus briefing, Donald Trump contradicts his own statements, sometimes during the same briefing. He gives out medical advice that leaves the medical experts horrified.
Today, I am officially divorcing myself from partisan politics.
To the members and diners at the Camp Verde Senior Center, it was a hard decision to make, but this is a very dangerous virus.
We are still being to subjected to the lack of thought by people who ignore the simple health care actions recommended by the experts. I ordered a pizza online for pickup at the drive-thru window.
Someone within the past couple of weeks ran a vehicle through the fence at Clear Creek Cemetery.
The letter to the editor dated April 5 from Diane Daniel is a perfect example of why individuals should not get their information from a single news source.
President Trump’s light at the end of the tunnel is really another runaway virus train heading his way.
Hats off to the workers for a job well done. Thank you.
After all, this is supposed to be for the convenience of the seniors.
We’re all looking for things to do and I can’t believe that in a community the size of Phoenix and surrounding areas you can’t find something to do.
Innocent health care workers, fire fighters, first responders, police and grocery store employees are going to die because we have no leaders in Cottonwood educating our community.
ditor: Regarding your most recent editorial. Nice narrative and insight. You left politics aside. Good job. Too bad certain media networks don’t.
Under President Trump’s leadership, the pharmaceutical industry is making unprecedented progress in finding a vaccine, developing cures and test equipment, for the virus.
Care and kindness will get us through this together. It starts with what we can control … ourselves.
How did these cases test positive in the Verde Valley?
How come we are not hearing from our elected officials in Camp Verde?
Thank you for reporting Supervisor Randy Garrison’s insistence to push forward a wildly expensive, contested, mis-represented road project through the approval process.
The chamber is funded by the city isn’t it? Shutting down Sedona to whatever degree legal and possible falls upon the city government.
The true character of a person is revealed during a crisis. So, we’ve been shown Trump’s.
I am a Nurse, and I am scared as everyone else is, but I am in this fight 400%. Bravo Mayor Elinski!
It is time for all Yavapai county residents and anyone who cares about our river, our farmers, our ranchers, the autonomy of our communities and responsible county government to stand up against this project.
Let’s stop pretending Dems and Reps are our saviors and that we care about each other. Government is nothing more than people with power, and power corrupts even the best.
Wildworks is NOT a zoo. It is a wildlife refuge. It is not open to the public. Instead the animals are taken to schools and organizations for educational purposes.
This could be done starting with not accepting any future reservations beyond those already booked unless extenuating circumstances are noted by the potential visitor.
They have a great manager, Tim Watts, who makes sure the local residents of our area are well taken care of.
It’s time to realize what small agricultural does in our communities and why it matters, Mr. Garrison.
The situation is critical and there is no time to waste with poor planning by the federal government.
So, here is my thank you again and if you see this, Perry Conrad at Smoke-N-Guns, would like to say thank you in person.
The issue of the 293 exit going North off the I-17 is a huge problem when one exits off the 293 to proceed into the Rimrock-Lake Montezuma communities because of bottlenecking which also involves traffic traveling from the Cornville Road to also enter the BC Road driving to Rimrock-Lake Montezuma or to enter the 293 going North.
The Az Flywheelers made a $1,000 donation to the CTE group to assist students with tuition, and presented this past month by the club President, Gary Covert and several members. Recognition to this club is in order.
The hearing will take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday March 19 at 10 South 6th Street in Cottonwood.
When people refuse to take this seriously and chuckle at Costco being out of toilet paper, they are hurting the most vulnerable of us.
Fear and anxiety about this disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions, not only in adults, but in children.
Of course there have not been any confirmed cases in the Verde Valley for the coronavirus. That is because no one can get tested.
The issue of the 293 exit going north off the I-17 is a huge problem when one exits off the 293 to proceed into the Rimrock-Lake Montezuma communities.
I saw a couple of letters where Trumpies were complaining about how evil libs were so full of hate for their dear leader.
The I-17 McGuireville/Cornville (exit 293) exit/entrance is the poorest rated interchange in Yavapai County as per ADOT. This is the main interchange for not only Rimrock but also Cornville and most likely the Spring Creek development.
I am always amazed that some people will let their hate and vitriol toward our president be displayed for their friends and neighbors to see in the local paper.
In response to Matthew Holmes’ letter to the Editor on Feb 28, I ask, where in the world did Mr. Holmes get this information and has he verified it? Now everyone is entitled to their opinion but now you will hear my mine.
Our Jewish brothers and sisters are being targeted in a rising tide of anti-Semitism.
I am so disappointed in Commissioner Jackie Baker for her behavior at the Town Council Meeting on February 19, 2020.
As a farm winery owner and operator for over 16 years, I am excited to see our legislature taking steps to foster the growth of our industry.
I am impatiently waiting for Carol German to file a complaint against Cheri Wischmeyer for Mrs. Wischmeyer’s public actions against a member of the council.
As a sixth-generation native Arizonan who was raised by a single working mother, I am disgusted and appalled by the appearance of our elected state government officials at Trump’s Phoenix rally.
The BeneVet Bowling Funfest had another successful year, 11 years in a row. Pretty good record for a two-day bowling event.
Hooray for Dorothy Pedros letter of Feb. 14. I believe far more people agree with her than not.
Let me see if I can understand, Mingus Union School Board is taking taxpayers money to hire lobbyist to oppose the taxpayers right to vote?
The amended Letter of Intent for Borowsky’s urban development of 2100 units when current zoning is approximately 140 residential will negatively affect the footprint of rural Cornville. Cornville’s present infrastructure cannot support this type of urban density.
Yet again, we have a horrendous crash on Cornville Road, one that led to the death of a young girl.
The developers of Spring Creek Ranch have submitted an amended proposal calling for 2,100 housing units: 1,500 manufactured or site-built home lots of which up to 200 may be used for recreational vehicle pads, 400 rental units and a 200 unit assisted living facility.
Mitt had a choice and with all the senators who pledged verbally and in writing I did expect them to follow their conscience.
Workforce housing is not the government’s problem. It is a business model error.
We now live in a country where our elected representatives are unwilling to compromise on basic issues which are important to every American, such as health care.
We need leaders who have a moral compass and a compassionate heart, rather than grabby hands demeaning as many women as he is allowed.
I was in attendance at the Camp Verde Town Council meeting on January 8, 2020 that has been the topic of great discussions in the local newspapers.
When there is nothing left to fear but fear itself, another impending disaster is needed to give government more power over the electorate and a larger share of its wealth.
Now, after President Trump asked the Ukraine president to reopen the investigation, the Dems are screaming that Trump is seeking DIRT on Biden.
75% of Americans which includes the Republicans, wanted witnesses in the Donald Trump impeachment trial.
If witnesses had been called, it would have led directly to the heart of the White House.
No one could have sent a better response to ‘Mr’ Garrison than Suzanne Gosar in regards to the terrible money wasting, intrusive Verde Connect.
I would hope he would not rush to judgment til all evidence is in and prove he is a trustworthy Supervisor of his county.
I am for a fair trial. Senator Schumer states that the only way the trial can be fair is to call witnesses.
It’s looking pretty grim for our democracy as we know it; if, as predicted, the Senate votes for acquittal of this president without first hearing from any witnesses at all, they will be essentially voting for a king who can do whatever he wants without consequence.
The Sedona City Council has again listed traffic as a top priority. It’s not just Sedona’s problem. It is the Village of Oak Creek’s problem also.
The decision of incorporation will be democratically determined by the residents of the VOC, not by the media or the opinions of a few who expressed their viewpoints in the January 1 edition of The Villager.
Yet again, we Village of Oak Creek residents have been told what is for our own good.
There are many items that should be on the Legislative agenda this session: legalizing marijuana, expanding rape definitions, and passing a constitutional amendment to make sure that state elected offices are filled only by Native Arizonans.
Kudos to Eric Jurisin and Bob Backus for bringing the Cottonwood City Council and management to their senses before giving the store away and providing the Marriott hotel developer with substantial “corporate welfare” on the purchase of the prime City owned land parcel at Hwy. 89-A and 6th Street.
This may only be the beginning for them to attack our town citizens. Who will be next on their agenda? I wouldn’t trust them one bit. They should be ashamed of themselves.
I have not heard one shred of defense of the President, only complaints that he was unjustly accused. If so, than PROVE it, so we can all go on with our lives.
In 2019, Verde Valley Humane Society took in 1,533 pets, returned 369 lost pets to their owners, trapped, spayed/neutered and vaccinated 138 feral cats.
I’m calling on my senator to support convicting and removing Donald Trump. After a thorough investigation, the House of Representatives voted to charge Donald Trump with both abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, demonstrating that Trump has no business in the Oval Office.
The League will come to the VOC to deliver their presentation, which will be open to all interested residents, and include budget data, projections, tax proposal and other essential information. The date, time and location will be publicized when that information is available.
Our senators need to uphold the constitution and the rule of law by holding Donald Trump accountable for his unlawful actions, behavior and lies. Our nation deserves better.
Our democracy is in danger right now and I am expecting Senator Sinema to do everything in her power to protect it as the senior senator from Arizona.
Although it is very important to determine if President Tromp is guilty or innocent of the charges being brought, I no longer believe that is the most crucial issue at stake.
Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for challenging our great nation to live up to the historic principles outlined in the Preamble of our Constitution in that all people regardless of race, color, or creed would be included in “We the People.”
Reading your Monday (1/13) issue online, I first came to ‘Drought Issues continue to challenge state lawmakers’. Comments by Rep. Regina Cobb, R-Kingman got my attention, especially when she said allowing things to go along without regulation is simply unacceptable.
I didn’t know what the radio ads meant when advocating that Congress do something about surprise medical bill ... until I got one.
Big Pharma is the top lobbying organization in Washington, DC, and spent $27.5 million on lobbying activities in 2018! Healthcare costs in this country in general for those patients without insurance is not affordable.
As Samuel Adams said: “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”
We are thrilled to see that Gary Krupa has taken up the torch to lead the VOC to incorporation.
Here we go again. Two years ago in the Spring of 2018, The Committee for Better Upper Verde Valley Schools (CBUVVS) gathered enough signatures to bring the issue of whether or not to consolidate the Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary School District No. 6 (COCSD) and the Mingus Union High School District No. 4 (MUHS) to the voters.
The second amendment is a part of the US.Constitution and the Law of the Land., notwithstanding the support of the County Supervisors. Interpretation of its meaning is reserved for Federal Judiciary, not local authorities.
The MMA (Modified Motorcycle Association) Verde Valley District, would like to extend a big thank you to all who participated in the annual Jan. 1st Run, that benefited the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Dist.’s Lunch Program.
This time Mr. Krupa and Mr. Engler want all of us to “wake up and smell the obvious.” Both articles in the Jan. 1 edition of the Villager pontificate and chide us about our failings as citizens. Even though we citizens did all the right things to voice our oppositions, the County Board failed, not us. The Board failed to respect its constituents.
Rethinking adding Verde Villages to the City of Cottonwood: Because of the many laws and decisions made in Cottonwood by the City Council I believe it would be in the best interests of the Verde Villages to once again see if they might do better becoming part of the City.
Sedona Toys for Tots would like to thank the Sedona Village Business Association for their generous donation of $250.
If you want to hold other politicians to the standard that they are not above the law, than you need to act that way yourself. Anything less is not protecting our Constitution as you profess.
It is all about and because of the first and only perfect gift, Christ as in Christ-mas!
We wanted to send a very special thank you to the Verde Valley community for their generous support of Mingus Union High School’s Hope Center.
The Immaculate Conception Conference for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul expresses its heartfelt thanks to all who helped provide turkeys and the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner to more than 100 of our community’s needy families.
Mr. Dave Williams is the Yavapai County Developmental Services Director. In his own words, describes his role as being the one to interpret county ordinances and advise the county commissioners on matters that come before that body.
I recently received a pamphlet outlining the spring courses being offered at the Yavapai college. I was appalled at the number of classes being taught in pseudo sciences at tax payers expense.
In one instance, the president, himself, even claimed that he would “love” for various current and former senior members of his administration to testify and, then in the next instance, the White House issued a directive for those officials not to cooperate.
I was so pleased to see such a large turnout to hear the proposal presented to Yavapai County Planning and Zoning regarding the zoning change request for the owners/developers of Spring Creek Ranch.
If this country is to survive we will need to find common ground again.
If you want to ‘Impeach the Liar’ you best make a long list, because every politician holding office is a ‘LIAR’.
As long as they do not harm people let them come to the country stretch between Cottonwood and Sedona this won’t change the world that much.
As residents of Cornville, we are concerned about the proposed zoning change of the Spring Creek Ranch. We would be extremely affected by this change and we ask that the change be denied.
Trump is the best president this country has ever had and will have and he will be re-elected in 2020
Over 50 years ago I took a Bible class for credit in a public high school in North Carolina.
Thank you for writing it - it’s one of the best editorials I’ve read.
As residents living next to Coconino National Forest and next to the State/County Open Ranges in Cornville, AZ for the past 17 years, we are VERY concerned about two rezoning proposals coming before the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors this Dec/Jan, 2019.
I would beg both the developers, the county and all concerned to nip this in the bud; build a sensible community and STICK TO THE PLAN!
These manufactured homes and RV sites will offer low-cost alternatives and will open doors for many who now have no where else to turn.
Jason Brooks’ article/commentary (“If life’s a drag for you, change your life”) about the LGBTQ community that was in Kudos on Nov. 27th was awesome and a breath of fresh air.
Once again, we should be ashamed of ourselves as a community for not being more open-minded about the planned Hilton Hotel, even going so far as to say that “There is going to be loss of life” (Lenore Hemingway, The Villager, Vol. 15 No. 12).
Recent editorials concerning development proposals encouraged us to let Yavapai County know what we want instead of what we don’t want. I’ll attempt to offer some guidelines.
I have lived in the Village of Oak Creek for 16 years, and like many of its residents, have seen changes over the years, some which I consider good and some bad.
The staff of Safeway couldn’t have been nicer, as he had a bit of a wait as I had to get organized to come and take him home.
Coincidentally, two separate developers have submitted plans to build huge communities almost next to each other, close to 89A near Page Springs Road, between Cottonwood and Sedona.
Article Two of the U.S. Constitution states “The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
I have become aware that there are two massive residential/commercial developments that have been proposed on property between Sedona and Cottonwood along 89A.
He suggests that we feel that this tsunami will deplete our water supply and bring overcrowding, transportation issues, crime, infrastructure problems, and other troubling matters; Mr. Burke is exactly right!
We have to appreciate all the hard work that the Forest Service does in the maintenance of our forests. They certainly have a lot of territory to cover and control.
Recent news reports told of the disastrous flooding of Venice, Italy, where high tides brought water levels close to the record high of 1966. Damage is pegged at more than $1 billion, and is predictably blamed by the city’s mayor on “climate change.”
The following people helped with the Highway 260 cleanup on Nov. 16: Peggy Barksdale, Charles Mackey, David Nelson, David Nauman, Beth Cady, Peter Bailey, Dean Koropathicki, Matt Robertson, Steven Stack, Robert Thompson, Collene Maktenicks, Mal Otterson.
Regarding private property rights, they are important, but you must also know that the Primrose developers bought a property which was already zoned. And, given its surroundings, should have little expectation of being able to rezone to high density.
What would happen if someone proposed creating in a 6,000-unit development along Wet Beaver Creek, complete with artificial lakes and five-story buildings? Would you be upset?
Does Cottonwood intend to repeat what has happened in Sedona?
The Yavapai County Education Service Agency (YCESA) was fortunate to be part of a partnership led by Brad Wright of Pinnacle Financial Services, Kari Reilly of Foothills Bank, and Lions from the Prescott Noon Lions Club and the Prescott Valley Early Bird Club in distributing 108 boxes of coats – boys and girls, multiple sizes – to 27 district and charter schools throughout Yavapai County.
On 10/21/19, Monday, at 3:30 p.m., I was entering a DMV office on 12th St. and viewed, to the north, a huge plume of smoke that filled the sky all the way down the Valley, past Camp Verde.
While we are prone to report undesirable practices by local businesses, it is equally important to recognize business practices and integrity.
I am embarrassed to say that recently, I put my cell phone on the roof of my car, forgot it, and drove onto the 17 freeway.
After President Erdogan of Turkey spoke to President Trump an inept decision was made by Trump to pull our military forces from northern Syria. This allowed Turkey to invade and attack the Kurds.
Under Canvas corporation has applied to Yavapai County for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to build a 100-tent motel out there within an existing neighborhood and right next to these remote public lands.
Our members of Congress and the president swore a sacred oath to protect and defend the United States Constitution.
Thank you Cathleen Jochim, Kenneth Bescak, Samuel Butman, Thomas Neumann and Orazio Amabile; all the doctors and nurses ‘behind the scene; the helicopter crew, the therapy department and the volunteers of VVMC for giving me the gift of yet another Christmas with my grandgirls.
A terrible decision was recently made by some of our local school leaders. This decision will have a lasting, negative impact on our young student-athletes immediately and for years to come.
If Dems have passed more than 250 bills and sent them to the Senate, how come Rep. Gosar contends the House is getting nothing done?
In case we forgot, the foundation of all laws of this land are based on the highest ideals and principles - the Constitution of the United States.
We are responding to the October 11th article in the Verde Independent in which Paul Gosar states “This President has not done anything wrong.”
The Friends of Clark Memorial Library want to thank all the ‘literary imposters’ and others who helped celebrate the second anniversary of the reopening of Clark Memorial Library on Saturday, October 19th.
These young people are our future, let’s treat them decent, give them the benefit of the doubt. Hopefully they will become adults who treat young people the same way.
The actions of the party involved were deplorable and absolutely do not reflect the attitudes or opinions of any one of us nor of anyone associated with Bread of Life.
I keep hearing reference to Halloween being a holiday. No, it isn’t. Neither are Valentine’s day or St. Patrick’s day.
Rimrock is not a wealthy area. We enjoy a quiet lifestyle, which is becoming more and more rare in Arizona. The area is generally single family residences, with a mix of site built and manufactured housing. There are very few multifamily housing units.
The Town of Camp Verde would like to thank and congratulate all of the individuals and organizations who worked together to help make Fort Verde Days such a success.
Dr. Mialocq is calling my suggestion to alleviating the traffic congestion from the Village to Sedona as bizarre.
On Sept. 27-28, a yard sale was held in Camp Verde to benefit Montezuma Veterinarian Services due to the building fire in July that affected their business.
In addition to the founders of Verde River Day, there have been several local groups who have been there since day one and the Verde Valley Rotary Club has been one of them.
Potentially for years, the bridge on the proposed route wouldn’t be connected to anything more than the currently quiet neighborhoods at the end of West Middle Verde? Could Verde Connect’s bridge potentially become the largest homeless shelter in Northern Arizona?
I don’t know about you, but I’m disgusted and tired of watching what’s happening in Washington.
Some Arizona legislators want you to think that Arizona’s sex-ed curriculum is forced on students and their parents.
I have to completely agree with Vicki Jo Anderson’s letter “A sham and a slam.”
To say recycling (printed on the front page) is simply something we do that makes us feel good, where’s the thought of our planet’s future and the responsibility to the generations coming after us?
German scientists predicted that the US-SW will run out of water. How could they tell? They did the math: for many years, the use of water by far exceeded and exceeds precipitation.
Had some of these addicts been thrown in jail in August and not been allowed the opportunity to become a snitch in exchange for freedom, countless unsuspecting residents of Cornville may not have been victimized.
Chalk one up for the good guys. The Arizona Supreme Court just ruled in favor of a Christian arts studio which, for religious reasons, didn’t want to make wedding invitations for a homosexual “wedding.”
Regarding trash collection in Cottonwood, I believe free enterprise is the basis of our economy.
The unintended consequences of Senate Bill 1350 for Sedona (and many other towns in Arizona) include making an already difficult traffic situation worse and reducing the already slim stock of affordable housing.
Wine and water supply. Although I am not a hydrologist, I often wonder about the commercial and private vineyards and dwindling water supply.
Since its earliest days the labor movement has sought to improve the quality of work life, create workplace democracy and participate in employer/employee decision-making.
O. Vogel’s August 24 letter, “NRA needs to change its name to National Republican Association,” claims the National Rifle Association is now a new branch of government controlling our elections. If true, this should have been front page news, so I felt compelled to do some research.
After reading the article in the Aug. 11 Verde Independent, I was moved to write in response.
I see that Steve Adelsman is wringing his hands publicly about what do with illegal aliens in this country other than heartlessly deporting them -- and he has no answer.
We couldn’t have done it without your help. The kids -- and the parents really enjoyed the show.
In response to Gary Mialocq’s letter that appeared in the Aug. 1 Villager, I would like everyone to know that he misrepresented me as an officer of the Big Park Council.
I do not understand how such a public occurrence as the debates among candidates for the president of the United States can be limited and not available to all of the American people.
There is much discussion lately about health care. I would like to relate my experience with Medicare that is being purported as the more popular and the best health care. As an elderly person, it is my only option.
As Trump seems to normalize violence in this country, Jeffery Goldberg, editor in chief of the Atlantic.com, recently wrote in an article entitled, He’s Getting Worse, ...”with Trump’s larger goal, it seem(s) to stoke fear among white Americans of dark-skinned foreigners”, and then he goes on to say, “It’s depressing to realize that we were correct (in endorsing Hillary, not for love, but fear of Trump) and it is depressing to think that there is no immediate way out of this crisis.”
I have attended all of the public meetings for the proposed APS substation on 89A and keep hearing about items that should have been done, but they were not.
As you are aware, APS is proposing to build a substation next to the Fire District property on 89A in Clarkdale.
There were thousands of us who worked for the contractors that did the actual development of Saturn rocket and yet the coverage infers that NASA did it all.
Years ago, as per the Verde Valley Master Transportation Plan 2016, two modest rural routes were suggested: extending West Middle Verde over the Verde River or paving Forest Route 119A.
We the people who live in Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek must stop voting for people who do not listen to what we want and what is best for us.
As a longtime student of early American history and law, and a proud descendant of pioneers who settled in America and Arizona before either formal government was formed, I have a different take on all this “love it or leave it” nonsense.
Fifty years ago this month, I was glued to my TV watching the first moon landing.
Thanks go out to the Verde Canyon Railroad for their donation of two first-class tickets to support Clark Memorial Library.
I have lived on 89A since before the roundabouts and called it the bypass road since it was built for the cement trucks and I understand with financial aid from the cement plant so the cement trucks could avoid downtown Clarkdale and Cottonwood. NOTE: Bypass and for the cement trucks.
For those of us who are truly concerned about the economic future of our Village (ie. property values, tax revenue), we should consider positive change rather than immediately oppose it.
I find that current reporting seems to hold the Catholic Church to a higher standard than what Protestant churches are held to or is it because people believe the Catholic Church has deep pockets. Let’s be fair. Report all abuse.
There is an informative publication on the FAA website that speaks to the city’s right, obligation even, to charge user fees to help make the airport financially self-sustaining.
The fact that this road never had public support as seen by the fact that Jerome, Camp Verde and most recently the Beaver Creek communities have publicly come out against it.
All the opinions seen on Verde Connect seem to be from Camp Verde residents. How about an opinion from a Cornvillian?
Many mistakes have been made throughout the Verde Connect process by both those for and against the project.
I am proud that the Town of Camp Verde Council had the wisdom and courage to recognize this proposed project for what it is: A poorly conceived, waste of taxpayer’s dollars that does nothing to deal with the very real traffic issues that exist in Yavapai County today.
I would like to comment on a couple points in the June 9th editorial regarding the “high cost” of public safety retirement pensions.
As many of my Cottonwood neighbors do, I walk most mornings. I have been very disturbed by the increased litter of plastic bags stuck to cacti, trees and throughout our beautiful desert.
The results of the Verde Valley Master Transportation Plan 2015 public participation of only 45 people from three towns should not have been accepted as credibly representative.
This project has to have a connector road from the bridge on the Verde River to Middle Verde Road. It is the main requirement of the bridge grant from the Federal Government.
We came through Sedona for the first time in late August 1969. It looked like a gorgeous place that was almost empty. We have come back to Sedona ever since and finally moved to VOC in 2012.
It is very unfair to lump the Arizona State Retirement System in with this editorial about the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System.
So let’s stop calling people names and actually talk to people as opposed to talking down to people with the idea “I’ve been here longer and know better. so shut up”.
Now, if in 2011 I had planted an Obama banner in the back of my truck and led a one-man parade, many, many, many times through our fine city, it would have been fair and balanced, and quite accurate to refer to me as a nincompoop.
President Trump has been successful with his promises and actions and has stolen the thunder in advance from Democrat hopefuls.
I just got through reading another letter from a probably newbie who thinks the best solution to our traffic problems is to rebuild the bridge across Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing.
Mr. Fairchild’s comment to “put the bridge back at Red Rock Crossing…” has one problem- there never was a bridge at Red Rock Crossing.
On behalf of Sedona Public Library, I would like to thank the entire community for support of library services and programs. There are too many people to name individually, so I will highlight groups and organizations: Big Park Regional Coordinating Council, Church of the Nazarene, Sedona Car Club, Sedona Winds Retirement Community and the Village Business Association.
Those of you who moved here, to the beautiful Village of Oak Creek, found a peaceful town with a high-rated school for our children. What happened? The Big Park Regional Coordinating Council has been trying to do what’s good for the people of the Village, with our zoning and community input.
“The American Republic, especially after the Constitution of 1787 was ratified, was a federal union. Thus a national criminal system was piled on top of the state systems. To be sure, the states -- then and now -- had the lion’s share of the crime and punishment business.
I want to thank Mr. Walter Cobler Jr. for a very heart-felt letter. I feel his dilemma. He has identified a few very important issues with the current administration, and I agree with his assessment. I have some questions for him, however.
Not all Republicans are Trumpers. Even some of his loyal base are not totally enthralled with their president. I have heard many state certain displeasures regarding his style and tweets and misrepresentations. None the less, his base seems loyal to him.
Once again Republican lawmakers want to make it more difficult for voters to have a choice on issues like the minimum wage, renewable energy, marijuana legislation, and school vouchers.
I wish to thank the seven volunteers who participated in the Verde Village section of Highway 260 on May 19. These volunteers were Gene Carrigan, Jayloy Thorkelson, Charles Mackay, David Nelson, Beth Cady, Kathleen Dusek, David Nauman, and this letter writer.
I am hearing about the many states that are initiating anti abortion laws. All I hear is about these anti-abortion sentiments and wonder where are the pro-life sentiments.
I’m a retired certified Arborist and I was horrified to pull up to my mobile home park the other day and see that our wonderful conifers across the front had been topped.
I’ve been a hard core Republican my entire life but I can’t hold back anymore and I must speak my truth. First; I will never vote for a Democrat, but I gave Trump more than a chance. Can’t I be a hard core Republican and question what’s happening with Trump?
I could go on and on with objections to the appearance and health concerns of an APS substation in our neighborhood but I think the issue is for the residents of Clarkdale to know what the town is planning and to have the opportunity for input.
Each year hundreds of birders descend on Dead Horse Ranch State Park for the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival.
We were very disappointed by the cartoon in last week’s paper, insinuating that people who don’t vaccinate their kids are stupid. And then again, in Sunay’s paper, there is an article indicating that the school system is so proud that they have achieved their goal of high vaccination rates to support “herd immunity.”
May is Bicycle Awareness Month throughout the United States. Cottonwood has been a participant for 12 years.
After reading all the comments about traffic, it seems the only thing they all agree on is to route the traffic through someone else’s neighborhood.
The Mountain Bike Club at Oak Creek School is an awesome program. I have two children who participate in the club and both absolutely love it.
I have read the new proposed amended application for re-zoning by developer Chandrika Patel.
The traffic problem in the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona is a very serious problem.
This fee is common with many cities around the United States, it helps pay for things that this city needs like Emergency Services, and local infrastructure.
I grew up across the road from an airport in Southern California that had 10 times the traffic Cottonwood Airport does and never once did I hear a single person ever complain it was too noisy.
Manzanita Outreach held its Saturday food-sharing event Saturday, April 20, in the parking lot of the Verde Valley Christian Church, located at 406 S. 6th Street in Cottonwood.
When are the whiners going to stop whining? I have worked in aviation my whole adult life, lived in many different states, worked at many different airports. If you think Cottonwood airport is noisy, go and spend some time at Deer Valley airport, Scottsdale, and Falcon Field in Mesa. I think your outlook would change.
Before starting another costly go-nowhere project, let’s fix the problems we have.
All are invited to Yavapai College District Governing Board meeting to be held next Tuesday, April 23, at the Verde campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale, room M 137 starting at 1 p.m. This is one of only two times the board actually meets in the Verde Valley.
Since 1999, AZ law has required all Az Realtors to disclose vicinity of airports on their pre-purchase disclosure forms. Did not these people know there was an airport nearby?
It will probably come as no surprise to most Cottonwood residents that our city owned airport does not produce enough revenues to cover its operating costs.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
As a 18 year resident living near the Cottonwood airport, I have a few thoughts about the recent airport controversy:
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.
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.
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.
As more and more people migrate to the wonderful climate, people, and place that is Arizona, remember that there are those who came here before you.
If I am not mistaken, Cottonwood started out as a ranching and farming community in support of Jerome’s mining industry.
Mr. David Leibforth, unfortunately, in his March 5 guest editorial,, doesn’t perceive the value of teaching the Bible for credit in high schools.
As someone who lives near the airport I have become very concerned that the City of Cottonwood is looking to increase future tourism and business by encouraging increased use of our airport.
For most of our nation’s history the Bible was taught in public education. We are not wiser than our forefathers in this regard. We owe it to our youth to let them achieve their potential by providing them the tools of knowledge and the historical context of our culture.
I belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; the most progressive denomination of Lutherans. We ordain men and women, gay and straight, to pastor our churches. We believe in inclusivity, in unity within diversity. We cherish every human being as loved by God without any superiority, inferiority, or labeling.
More jets, helicopters and training exercises? If we don’t now is the time to make our views known to the mayor and city council members as they consider their draft strategic plan for Cottonwood.
Kudos to the clean-up crew who tackled the big job of cleaning Windmill Park in Cornville after the flood.
Mr. Gosar, who previously was a practicing dentist, did not display any type of clear thoughts, thought organization, respect for others, or any type of ability to get information from the witness, which, of course, would be meaningful to the voters of District 4.
Consider the consequences if your own mother had sided with the Senate Democrats and chosen this option.
My concerns about teaching the Bible in public schools outweigh my enthusiasm for such a task.
I wish I had something important to report but I have to say that someone who was raised in central California cannot believe that the Verde Valley was shut down by snow.
Too many fall victim to substances, legal and illegal. Commonly prescribed drugs are debilitating families and leading people to the street. Kids are over-prescribed and set up for a lifetime of drug consumption.
Much debate rages over illegal immigration, border security, and “Trump’s Wall.” The issue has become highly politicized and, yes, on both sides.
Rep. Kelly Townsend is to be applauded for sounding the alarm over cellphone spying. However, such snooping is only the tip of the proverbial spyberg.
I wish to thank all of the volunteers who helped on the Highway 260 cleanup in the VVPOA section of the highway.
Though 91 percent of Republicans, 92 percent of Independents and 98 percent of Democrats favor the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the Arizona legislature is once again holding it up.
Thank you for giving us readers the commentaries by Byron York. His recent commentary on ‘co-equal’ was interesting, informative, and factual.
It is a very out-of-the-way bypass, if you can call it that. Anyone who is going to stop at Hamburger Junction is going to stop there, whether Verde Connect is built or not, as it is the only gas station/food area and everyone will have to go by there anyway, Verde Connect or not.
Tuesday, January 15th, the Cottonwood City Council ended the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) process with a 5-2 vote in support of the Parks and Recreation Riverfront Park Master Plan.
At this writing, there are two lamp posts laying on the ground and are the same ones that were knocked over less than a year ago.
My experience Wednesday afternoon on January 9 suggests an appropriate slogan for the Verde Valley would be “Land of Good Samaritans.”
Hopefully our next civil war will not last 30 years, but if we do not find middle ground I fear that this is where we are heading.
rump and the Republicans have taken our country backwards another several hundred years. Come on White House, get the government open, then work on your wall.
There is already a 200-unit senior mobile home park in place, Sedona Shadows.
I have to give grudging respect to Donald Trump and his art of the deal. Trump is very good at baiting people into his web.
I hear the talking heads claiming that the American people looked at Jim Mattis as a stabilizing influence on the president. Nah. For all the good the Press and Media do, they don’t give me that intimate a look at the workings of my government.
I’m heartened that a concerted regional effort was made to obtain this grant, but am left wondering why funds couldn’t be used for our more pressing transportation problems.
I do not need a half a page to contradict Mr. Michael Westlund. What he needs is a little common sense.
Despite any policy differences we may have, we hope we can agree that racism should find no safe harbor in the Arizona House of Representatives.
Little by little, new gods, growth, convenience, and more growth assert themselves in the Verde Valley, and soon no sacrifice is unthinkable on their behalf.
That was quite a turkey dinner that the Clarkdale Moose Lodge (No. 1449) put on for the seniors in our community last Sunday afternoon.
For 14 years, our four adult Golden Retrievers (Slim, Nancy, Joy, and Kudo) worked as Pet Therapy Dogs at Verde Valley Medical Center.
I am contacting you in reference to the amount of traffic on Pelia/Rancho Vista Way.
The family of Adelina Regina Razo-Gomez extend our most heartfelt thanks to the family and friends that have shown us love and support by joining in our celebration of life and laying to eternal rest our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.
My point is, maybe it would behoove next year’s parade organizers to consider the safety of onlookers more seriously and to provide volunteers and/or police officers to mitigate crowds and traffic, so as to avoid having a very serious accident. It may be as simple as having signs posted along certain congested streets on the parade route to keep people back, or tape off certain residential streets, to block people from parking on those streets.
During this season of giving, we need to remember those who take care of our daily/weekly needs and are often taken for granted.
The Cottonwood Society of St. Vincent de Paul recently held our annual “Turkey Tuesday” food drive at Food City.
Every holiday season thousands of seniors are poverty stricken financially and emotionally as they sit at home alone … feeling forgotten.
As a 6th generation native Arizonan I can relate to Patti Hughes Letter on the decline of Sedona. I feel the same way about the whole state and especially the state government.
Why has Cottonwood torn up 12th Street again? Two years ago, they took a long time to rebuild it and now it is a mess again with no bike lanes and a rough surface to drive on.
A short while ago this morning I was tooling down 89A toward Cottonwood, maintaining normally a steady speed of 45 mph per the posted limit.
My first visit to Sedona was in 1986. There wasn’t much here. The Rainbow Room and the Art Barn provided nightlife and culture in that order.
I am now one of your elected representatives on the MUHS school board. You overwhelmingly voted me into this position.
Following the 2016 election of Trump we saw a surge in membership in the League of Women Voters locally and nationally
I am concerned with the cars traveling down our road. For one we have no sidewalks and people use our street as a short cut to the hospital, college, cement plant or wherever they go when accessing the Willard extension.
Even though our hearts are aching at the loss of our beloved “Lefty Ortiz”, his wife, children and siblings want to extend a grateful thank you to so many people involved in Lefty’s care.
It’s rumored that in the Cold War environment of the 60s, Soviet Premier, Nikita Kruschev, said some things that add up to this paraphrase: “We will destroy the United States from within. We will introduce little bits of socialism to the American people over time and one day you will wake up, and you will already have communism.”
My concern is that on Sept. 24, I observed a gentleman come into the rec center carrying a large machete-type knife in a sheath.
The front page of The Villager on November 1, 2018 had the “Verde Valley/Sedona School Report Cards” which shows how bad the school ratings are (except for our previous neighborhood school which received an A).
In her October 21 letter to the Verde Independent regarding Proposition 445, Jai Hurst informs us Clarkdale received an average of $299,434 annually in Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF) monies during the last decade. That may be a fact, but it is not the whole story.
For 10 years the Arizona State Legislature “swept” money collected for municipal streets in Arizona to pay other statewide expenses. In fiscal year 2018 alone, $90,000 was taken from the Town of Clarkdale that would have been used to maintain our roads.
A senseless act of violence took place at a Jewish place of worship. An evil man ended lives during a service celebrating life.
Thank you, thank you, thank you again VVMC for the gift of life.
As the mayor stated, the need for a city hall large enough to house all departments has been discussed for years. The opportunity has been brought before Council that would be an excellent opportunity to move forward, and it would be the best opportunity financially. The facility would cost a lot less that finding property and building a facility.
In response to Chip Davis’ letter. I am all for considering all the facts. Facts Mr. Davis should already know as the former Yavapai County Supervisor, but the regular Clarkdale voter would not be aware of unless they did their research.
Journalists, in general, are not enemies of the American people, but they are not saintly watchdogs keeping government honest, either. Few can put aside prejudices or a desire to remain employed.
Michael C. Westlund recently wrote a letter to the world apologizing for the “despicable, detestable, degrading spectacle “of the nomination process for now justice Brett Kavanaugh.
New rules on the use of public spaces proposed by the Trump administration and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke pose a grave danger to this country’s most precious free speech rights and must be stopped.
In response to Mr. Stack’s latest missive of October 11th.
The Verde Independent reported September 22 that Tom Steyer-financed Proposition 127 would be rendered ineffective by legislation signed by Governor Ducey. While this may be true, it does not mean 127’s passage could not have negative effects, particularly as regards the Verde River.
We just can’t escape it, in the mailbox, on the television, or on our car radio, politics is everywhere. It seems every television and radio political advertisement we hear has twisted some slightly factual information into a totally different message to make us love or hate someone or some movement. For Clarkdale residents we will be voting on Proposition 445, a 10 year bond for public roads.
Prop. 445 is the Clarkdale Road Maintenance bond with a principal of 6 million dollars and bond interest and service of 1.3 million dollars for a total of $7,304,538.)
This is a historic moment for the county but in particular for the Verde Valley voter as we get to vote for our Yavapai Community College board member to represent us.
For examples of socialism that contradicts Mr. Foreman, there is Spain’s Mondragon Cooperative, Israel, & England. The Mondragon Cooperative, where workers are also owners, is the most successful socialist (or quasi-socialist) enterprise in the world. It’s not perfect, but it has not resulted in an abundance of dead.