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Dan Engler

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Here’s the truth about “Truth in Taxation” public hearings: They are going to tax us.

By Dan Engler July 18, 2019
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When told Friday that Flagstaff has become the training site of choice for long-distance runners from all over the world, Young just laughed. “We knew that 50 years ago.”

By Dan Engler July 14, 2019
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Do voter voices matter? Both Yavapai County and Town of Clarkdale voters have said no to taxes they're getting stuck with anyway.

By Dan Engler July 11, 2019
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They don’t mention this at the annual law enforcement career day. Dead guys in cars.

By Dan Engler July 6, 2019
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The community needs to step up, or else our recycling will become a bigger trash problem.

By Dan Engler July 3, 2019
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In two separate actions Wednesday night, Camp Verde took a big step toward solving one of the long-standing shortcomings in the Verde Valley.

By Dan Engler June 30, 2019
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Mingus Union High School took some unconventional steps -- by Mingus standards -- in hiring Mike Westcott as its new superintendent.

By Dan Engler June 27, 2019
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One of the biggest problems that comes with planning for a community’s future transportation needs is that plans typically outlive planners.

By Dan Engler June 25, 2019
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Legal debates can best be summarized by the philosophical clash between “a deal is a deal” and “let’s make a deal.”

By Dan Engler June 22, 2019
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Step 1 was implementing a two-year ban on camping along the State Route 260 corridor between Cottonwood and Camp Verde.

By Dan Engler June 20, 2019
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Key to personal integrity is doing what you say you are going to do.

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

By Dan Engler June 14, 2019
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Cottonwood PD issued 2,149 traffic citations last year
Officers hear ‘every excuse in the book’ from errant drivers

Knock on wood, but in the event you are pulled over by a Cottonwood police officer, there is a good chance it is for that infraction we’re all guilty of at one time or another: speeding. In all, Cottonwood officers cited people for speeding 586 times in 2018.

By Dan Engler June 11, 2019
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Controlled burns are viewed as part of the overall Forest Service management plan to spare us from raging wildfires that consume hundreds of thousands acres of forest land and leave the rest of the state buried in smoke so thick that visibility is all but lost within 100 yards.

By Dan Engler June 11, 2019
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Two bear sightings in Jerome in past week
Bagley: There are between 50 and 70 bears in the Mingus Mountain range

Friday morning, Police Chief Allen Muma said a bear was spotted near the Grand Hotel rummaging through a dumpster on Giroux Street. “They described it as small, probably the same bear that was spotted on School Street earlier in the week … I found tracks near the dumpster so I’m sure the reporting person saw a bear.”

By Dan Engler June 7, 2019
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It’s not over ‘til it’s over, but at first glance it looks as if some of the primary concerns about the Verde Connect project have been resolved.

By Dan Engler June 6, 2019
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Small bear reported in Jerome near School Street
Bagley: There are between 50 and 70 bears in the Mingus Mountain range

JEROME -- The Jerome Police Department this week received a report of a small bear seen near School Street.

By Dan Engler June 5, 2019
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In a few weeks, we’ll be saying goodbye to Gayle as Clarkdale’s town manager. There will be no shortage of accolades to describe her two decades plus of service to the town and the Verde Valley.

By Dan Engler June 4, 2019
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Never accuse the elected officials in the Arizona House of Representatives and Senate of not being smart.

By Dan Engler May 28, 2019
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Cottonwood’s Jordan Bramblett wins NAIA national marathon championship
2014 Mingus grad averages 5:51 a mile for 26.2-mile distance

GULF SHORES ALABAMA – Jordan Bramblett could not have written a better script to call it a day for the final race of his college career.

By Dan Engler May 25, 2019
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Airport ‘noise’ complaints not unique to Cottonwood
City facility does not meet FAA standard as ‘mandatory noise abatement airport’

The oft-repeated complaints about noise at the Cottonwood Airport are not unique to Cottonwood.

By Dan Engler May 23, 2019
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In Copenhagen, Denmark, a city of about 600,000 people, bicycles outnumber cars by about 5-to-1. That’s made possible by an infrastructure that actually encourages people to ride bikes instead of drive cars.

By Dan Engler May 18, 2019
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The next time you grab your cell phone and go to your favorite app store, you can easily begin a new career as a criminal.

By Dan Engler May 16, 2019
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From 100 to 1600 meters, Babcock finished her 2019 season as one of the most diverse runners in Mingus history, and certainly enters the discussion as one of the best ever at MUHS.

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

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

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

By Dan Engler May 7, 2019
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We’ve come upon the one-year anniversary of the Sedona-Oak Creek School Board’s decision to close Big Park Elementary School. The resulting wounds to the Village of Oak Creek are slow to heal.

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

By Dan Engler April 30, 2019
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With this week’s announcement that Texan Tracie Hlavinka will succeed Gayle Mabery as Clarkdale’s town manager, there comes a real seniority shift of institutional knowledge about the intergovernmental workings of the various communities in the Verde Valley.

By Dan Engler April 27, 2019
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Wednesday, Mingus Union Head Track and Field Coach Molly Westcott announced that she had made her athlete declarations for the May 3-4 state championship meet.

By Dan Engler April 25, 2019
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So dominant this season, Mingus senior thrower Kendrew Streck can have an off day and still be expected to win.

By Dan Engler April 25, 2019
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“Loneliness is the penalty of leadership.”

By Dan Engler April 23, 2019
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First-term Cottonwood City Councilman Michael Mathews is finally seeing the light when it comes to his use of private email to conduct public business.

By Dan Engler April 16, 2019
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For the second time in five days, first-term Cottonwood City Councilman Michael Mathews has come to his own defense over the use of private email to communicate city business.

By Dan Engler April 11, 2019
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The right thing for Mathews to do now is provide the city with all city-related emails he has sent from his private account so the city can fulfil its obligation to maintain and store the public records he created.

By Dan Engler April 9, 2019
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If Michael Mathews correctly has his finger on the pulse of the Cottonwood City Council, the folks complaining about noise at the Municipal Airport have no business trying to fight City Hall.

By Dan Engler April 6, 2019
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Just when you think you’ve seen the last possible way the school district consolidation ball could bounce, it takes off in a completely new direction.

By Dan Engler April 4, 2019
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UPDATE: No weapon found at Cottonwood Community School
Cottonwood Community School was on lockdown following report of gun on campus

The Cottonwood Community School, 500 Mingus Avenue, is currently under lockdown following a report of a gun on campus, according to Cottonwood police.

By Dan Engler March 29, 2019
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Now, Republican precinct committeemen in Yavapai County will nominate three people to replace Stringer. The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will select from those nominees the person to replace Stringer in the Arizona House of Representatives.

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

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

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

By Dan Engler March 19, 2019
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Two weeks into the 2019 Arizona high school track and field season and two familiar names sit atop the Division 3 state rankings for Mingus Union High School.

By Dan Engler March 14, 2019
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VERDE VILLAGE – A Verde Village man faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct after he was found punching a woman and dragging her around the front yard.

By Dan Engler March 13, 2019
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As for the City of Cottonwood not condoning violence in its city parks, the city needs to take it one step further. Refuse to tolerate it.

By Dan Engler March 12, 2019
Mingus’s Kendrew Streck tops Arizona rankings in shot put
Babcock opens season No. 1 in Division 3 400

After Week 1 of the 2019 track and field season, Mingus Union High School senior Kendrew Streck is the biggest big shot in Arizona.

By Dan Engler March 7, 2019
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So much of the 2018 administrative and governance decision-making processes at Mingus Union High School were of the deer-in-the-headlights variety.

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

By Dan Engler March 2, 2019
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According to the undeniable runners’ go-to website when planning weekend race events, runningintheusa.com reports there are at least 644 running events on the calendar for 2019.

By Dan Engler February 28, 2019

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