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Dan Engler

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Looking back over the years, there probably wasn’t a single hat that Lew Currier, Al Palmieri or Jane Moore has not worn in their service to the town. We’ve lost count of the times we saw former Mayor Jay Kinsella swinging a pick ax while working on town crews repairing leaking water lines.

By Dan Engler September 14, 2019
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Trash, water and sewer. For decades, in cities and towns across America, people received a monthly bill from their local municipality for these three essential services.

By Dan Engler September 12, 2019
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Summer doldrums are quickly forgotten in the Verde Valley when you turn the calendar page to September.

By Dan Engler September 10, 2019
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Without fail, Mingus Union head cross country coach Dave Moncibaez frequently reminds his freshman and sophomore runners that they are the future of his program.

By Dan Engler September 9, 2019
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What’s scary about this massive drug busts is not what was prevented from entering the Verde Valley, but what actually gets through at other times.

By Dan Engler September 7, 2019
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SEDONA – Nineteen-year-old Thomas W. Zielinski allegedly was in the parking lot of Sedona Red Rock Junior-Senior High School last week with a gun, potentially to intimidate a student. Further, he allegedly arrived on the school campus in a car Thursday after being issued a no trespassing order earlier in the day.

By Dan Engler September 1, 2019
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Social media pundits are ablaze this week with comments about the resulting smoke that has inundated the Verde Valley from the Saber Fire north of Sedona and Sheridan Fire in the Chino Valley area.

By Dan Engler August 22, 2019
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The Beaver Creek communities of Lake Montezuma, Rimrock and McGuireville have become the epicenter for the Verde Valley’s latest growth and development challenges.

By Dan Engler August 20, 2019
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With fires to the north and west, the Verde Valley found itself layered with smoke Monday morning.

By Dan Engler August 19, 2019
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There are many economic reasons to hate on APS. But its proposal to take steps to possibly reduce blackouts in Clarkdale is not one of them.

By Dan Engler August 17, 2019
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The man credited with being the driving force for the Verde Valley’s best-known environmental festival will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 30th annual Verde River Day.

By Dan Engler August 6, 2019
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When you measure results, John Parsons’ long-term contributions to the Verde Valley are the high-bar marks every local political leader should aspire to reach.

By Dan Engler August 6, 2019
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For the Mingus Union track and field program, the issue always has been “the track.”

By Dan Engler July 30, 2019
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Giving someone a gift and later asking it be returned is simply bad form.

By Dan Engler July 27, 2019
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What began as a request to delay the school district consolidation election for another year has ended up in a war of words over an alleged violation of Arizona’s Open Meeting Law by the Mingus Union School Board.

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

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

By Dan Engler July 18, 2019
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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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