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The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Honesty, transparency key to new leader of Verde career and tech education program
Lisa Aragon: “The first thing I have to do here is build trust. And allow the community to get to know me.” (VVN/Bill Helm)
Lisa Aragon: “The first thing I have to do here is build trust. And allow the community to get to know me.” (VVN/Bill Helm)
"We need to find out what this community needs by the way of skilled workers?" Aragon says. "And what can we provide?"

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Local | Regional | State

• Search for new Mingus superintendent starts from scratch
• American Legion #135 seeks Post home in Cornville
• Blaze erupts from panel van at gas station
• 900,000 more people crossed Arizona - Mexico ports-of-entry in 2015
• June 1 presentation explores impact on Arizona's prosperity
• Tiger trout to be stocked in Rim Lakes for Memorial Day weekend
• Clarkdale Block Party takes business to the streets
• Pearsall declares candidacy for third term as county assessor
• State Investment Board questions legality of Prop. 123 disbursements

Editorials | Letters | Commentary

• Editorial: Verde fire districts obviously put the taxpayers first
• Commentary: Working together to develop Arizona-Mexico trade
• Editorial: Exactly how much is enough for Arizona education system?
• Letter: Dismal outlook for Cottonwood's financial future
• Commentary: Passage of Prop. 123 an important first step forward
• Letters: A Great Big Thank You!
• Editorial: No surprise voters split down middle on Prop. 123
• Letter: Spinning numbers is nothing new for Yavapai College
• Letter: Still safe, for now, from predatory lending

Business & Economy

• Gourmet market finds home in Old Town Cottonwood
• Main Street T's opens in Old Town Cottonwood
• KidZaam makes dentistry fun for kids
• Verde Digital Works converts to 928MediaLab
• Larry Green receives GM 25-Year Award

What's Happening | People, Places & Past | Verde Valley's Amazing Grapes

• Adios, John McNerney
• How to turn your problems into pearls
• What's Happening: May 25, 2016
• What's Happening: May 22, 2016
• What's Happening May 20, 2016
• Jerome's Don Robertson built his dream with two bare hands, monkey wrenches and elbow grease
• What's Happening: May 13, 2016
• Five-time kayak champ Jeff Johnson on a mission
• What's Happening May 1, 2016

The Villager

• Governor's election rival throws his support behind school-funding measure
• League of Women Voters asks Arizonans to reject Prop 123
• New leadership at Big Park, Sedona-Red Rock Junior High School
• New leadership slate in place for Village of Oakcreek Assn.
• Big Park seeks Council secretary
• JD Maddy presents 'Under the Dark Skies of Sedona'
• Creating sustainable society a win-win for everyone
• Changing of the guard for SVBA
• Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off May 7

Kudos Spotlight

• Film Festival presents 'The Man Who Knew Infinity'
• Sedona Community Farmers Market readies for opening of Summer Season
• Mask-making with performance artist Pash Galbavy
• New Music this week
• Sedona Arts Center announces Summer Camp for Creative Kids
• Joe Neri Live at Studio B
• Rockin' musical menu this week at Sound Bites Grill
• 'Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius in Milan' premieres in Art & Architecture Series May 23
• Film Festival hosts 'Verdi Requiem' Legends Concert May 22

Local | Regional | Gallery: Mingus at Sedona Red Rock Hoops Classic (2015)

• Dan Razo prepares to break World Record for 4th time in bench press
• Aftershock runners battle windy conditions at AZ State Meet
• Mingus Union Youth Basketball Camp
• Mingus athletes earn All-Section nods
• Marauders fall to Alhambra, 8-7, to end State Title run
• No. 5-seeded Mingus set to take on No. 1-seeded Alhambra in AIA Division III State Playoff Semi-Finals
• NBA D-League coming to Prescott Valley
• Macafee's Monologues: Summer is approaching
• Marauders earn three medals at State Meet


• Obituary: Wilma E. Warren
• Bobbie Dean Ralston 1927-2016
• Obituary: Helen Louise 'Misty' Coumbe 1923-2016
• Obituary: Dixie Rose Hatch Amberson
• Obituary: Mary Jane Richmond 1939-2016
• Obituary: Karen Glover Hayhurst 1946-2016
• Obituary: John Nelson Sr. 1929-2016
• Obituary: Emma Jean Henry 1937-2016
• Obituary: Abbie Isabell Davis 1945-2016

Special Coverage
Galleries | Videos | Projects

• Verde Heritage -- 1913: CLARKDALE; Smelter Progress, May 24
• Verde Heritage -- 1919: THE GREEN MONSTER, May
• Life in the Slow Lane: "Always Something New"
• Verde Heritage -- 1947: Record Number of Verde Tourists
• Sedona Pathways ... Our Daily Journey May 23, 2016
• Mingus Union High School Graduation 2016
• Verde Heritage -- 1919: JEROME; Fernandez Pool Hall Closed
• Verde Heritage: News about the Verde Mining District during May
• Sedona Pathways ... Our Daily Journey May 20, 2016

Anniversaries | Births | Community Interest

• Jerome Elks Lodge Honored
• Students of the Month
• Wedding Plans
• New Arrival: Krisna Cooper Soldwedel
• New Arrival: Davina Margaret Pirtle
• New Arrival: Onyx Zaiden Cole MacDonald
• Cottonwood's Jeanne Martin crowned Ms. Senior Arizona
• Elks Honors
• New Arrival: Felise Langi David Colston

Disk Launch
Disk Launch
The City of Cottonwood Disk Golf Course gets some action Thursday morning. The course, run by the Cottonwood Recreation and Parks Department, has been gettting a lot of use and positive reviews by disk golfers. Gary Peterson of Cottonwood tees off on the 17th hole in beautiful sunshine. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

This Week's Events
Standing on Sacred Ground, Part IV: Islands of Sanctuary Film & Q&A with Dorothy Firecloud

Mask Making for Healing Workshop

5th Annual VVWC Wine Festival & Symposium

Spring Mineral and Jewelry Expo and Sale - May 28th and 29th, 2016


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