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There are areas of Cottonwood near the fairgrounds that have long experienced a constant coating of dark dust from a large slag pile. Residents know that better than anyone.

By Verde Independent February 24, 2024
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Business growth is a delicate thing. The local economy can be impacted by something as far away as Wall Street and as gossamer as a petty rumor.

January 23, 2024
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What do they think they are doing?

January 13, 2024
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If any governing body desperately needs a Code of Conduct, it is the Cottonwood City Council.

December 26, 2023
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In a bit a tragic timing, days after a man was found dead in a Cottonwood city park, Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies released a report on the shortcomings of the country’s preparation for housing needs among an aging population.

By Raquel Hendrickson December 3, 2023
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Making the rounds through the governing boards of Verde Valley school districts over the past few weeks has been a joint resolution that would, in effect, call the Arizona School Board Association executives on the carpet for poor vetting.

November 18, 2023
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Today marks a transition for us at The Verde Independent/Camp Verde Bugle.

November 1, 2023
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Recall election is one of the most direct forms of democracy.

By Raquel Hendrickson October 25, 2023
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When it came to controversy, the Town of Camp Verde played it a lot smarter than the state of Arizona.

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

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

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

August 23, 2023
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Back in 2017, when the state of Arizona announced Rockin’ River Ranch as the next state park, national and state hiking and camping guides quickly added it to their lists for readers to plan their adventures. It was thought the new park would be at least partially open by the end of 2018.

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

July 19, 2023
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Personnel matters are touchy.

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

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

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

April 23, 2023
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Cottonwood could be in a quandary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 22, 2023
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2022 in the Verde Valley was full of important stories and interesting occurrences, triumphs and tragedies, and it would be difficult to gauge for what major story the year will be most remembered. However, there were situations and decisions made locally that will have lasting impact on 2023 and beyond.

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

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

November 27, 2022
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Coming back from the dead is not as cool as it sounds.

November 16, 2022
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If Proposition 310 is approved by voters in the General Election, fire districts in the Verde Valley will be among the most helped by the temporary tax.

October 26, 2022
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Twenty years ago, even a decade ago, talking about the future of the Verde River was all the rage.

September 28, 2022
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As a tug-o-war continues between Arizona residents and the state Legislature over taxes, the Arizona Supreme Court touched on a simple truth. Don’t like what your lawmakers are doing? Elect new lawmakers.

August 21, 2022
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The altered adage “Wine makes friends; water makes enemies” is appropriate this week as the battle over the Colorado River was at its greatest intensity.

August 17, 2022
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The City of Cottonwood’s unique situation in this year’s election should be an inspiration for all to find the next-step leadership willing to step up.

August 10, 2022
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Tuesday is Primary Election Day.

July 27, 2022
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For all the pronouncements that it is for safety reasons, a new law going into effect in September could be more hassle than it’s worth.

July 20, 2022
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A local resident trying to drive home down his narrow street encountered a group of tourists wandering down the pavement and gazing up at the old buildings, as unaware of him as a flock of wild turkeys. He had to honk and shout at them to get on the sidewalk.

By Verde Independent July 17, 2022
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A sad thing happened on the way to the election.

July 6, 2022
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This time of year in Arizona is such a combination of warnings, it may be frustrating for newcomers and visitors. Wildfire warnings, heat warnings and now - right on the dot - monsoon warnings come in succession.

By Verde Independent June 22, 2022
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A decade ago, the Bell Trail was one of the best-kept secrets in the Verde Valley. Compared to the trails around Sedona, it had moderate use and it was not unusual for a pair of hiking buddies to be the only people on the main trail for miles.

June 19, 2022
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Editorial: This year the Verde Valley saw first-hand the potential of the relationship between tribal police and federal agencies.

May 22, 2022
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City councilmembers vote on this, that and the other week after week, month after month. But their primary decision-making responsibility is the municipal budget.

April 24, 2022
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Under the guise of improving efficiency and removing politics, Camp Verde Town Council removed the Marshal’s Office from the supervision of the town manager.

By Verde Independent April 13, 2022
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Pity, fear, anger, disgust, trust – whichever way they react to the problem, Cottonwood residents see the problem is real.

April 11, 2022
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Monday is the deadline for candidates to get their signatures and paperwork in to run for city and town councils. One of the first questions we ask of those that do so is, “Why are you running?”

April 3, 2022
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The Title 42 Public Health policy is one of those cross-administration programs that was controversial under President Trump but has remained in place under President Biden.

March 30, 2022
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It’s a fact of life that airplanes and helicopters are noisy. In Cottonwood, it’s also a fact that residential areas have grown up around the municipal airport in what used to be a more remote part of the city.

March 6, 2022
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It is a question of trust, responsibility, finance and patience.

March 2, 2022
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A bill quietly moving in the state Senate could turn more Arizonans into California drivers.

February 23, 2022
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The grown-ups have shown up, but it’s a bit late in the day and anything but a sure answer to a crisis.

By Verde Independent February 16, 2022
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We are seeing yet another fallout of the failures of the community to lessen the spread of COVID-19 as nurses play hard-to-get.

By Verde Independent February 6, 2022
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If you’ve been feeling frustrated with politics and government crises – real or imagined – all around and just want your community to function the way it’s supposed to, Yavapai County has a plan.

By Verde Independent January 30, 2022
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When the Omicron variant of COVID-19 first started spreading in Arizona, some businesses started going back to their most rigorous pandemic policies out of precaution.

By Verde Independent January 19, 2022
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An idea with support from a cross-section of people is always worth serious consideration.

By Verde Independent January 12, 2022
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What do Americans really think about the First Amendment?

By Verde Independent January 9, 2022
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A common theme emerges in talks about the present and future in Verde Valley communities. It’s an old theme but a goodie: Affordable housing.

By Verde Independent January 2, 2022
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Years from now, it may be instinctive to look back on 2021 with a cringe or, for many, a moan of mourning.

By Verde Independent December 29, 2021
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In 2020, there were 1,982 deaths in Arizona attributed to opioid overdose. That was a 45% jump from the year before, indicating the public health emergency declared by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2017 has not ebbed.

By Verde Independent December 19, 2021
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You know the polls, every few months, asking people in the street how they feel about their economic stability. Back in February 2020, barely into the battle with COVID-19, nearly half of the people CNBC pollsters spoke to said their No. 1 worry was the rising cost of living.

By Verde Independent December 16, 2021
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The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday, Nov. 2, sent state lawmakers a strong message: Don’t pile multiple, unrelated issues into a single piece of legislation.

By Verde Independent November 5, 2021
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Be careful what you wish for. That is a message that applies to Arizona’s stance on the Second Amendment.

March 22, 2021
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