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6/28/2013 5:42:00 PM
Editorial: Fat lady has plenty to sing about as Verde Valley gets green light on 260 completion

When the Texas Aggies orchestrated a late-game rally to force a 72-72 tie with Texas Tech during the 1976 Southwest Conference basketball finals, Red Raiders Sports Information Director Ralph Carpenter proclaimed, "the opera ain't over until the fat lady sings."

The fat lady definitely exercised her vocal cords this week when the Arizona State Transportation Board opened its checkbook to the tune of $66 million for the long-awaited expansion of the widening of State Route 260 from Thousand Trails to Camp Verde.

The likelihood that this highway project would be included in ADOT's newest five-year priority plan looked rather grim just one month ago. In late May, ADOT staffers were saying 260 and the Verde Valley were not on their priority list in the coming five years.

And, who could blame them? Nine years ago, ADOT staff got a bellyful of Verde Valley politics at its worst when Camp Verde and Upper Verde leaders could not agree on the particulars of the 260 expansion. In the end, we were left with a four-lane highway leaving Cottonwood that converged into two-lanes at Thousand Trails.

Today, we've grown up considerably and the internal politics between Camp Verde and the Upper Verde are certainly more reasonable. The real hero in this latest chapter is Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin. Long before the politicking with ADOT began, Martin reached out to the leadership from Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Jerome and fully explained Camp Verde's position. Any problems that needed to be ironed out were smoothed over long before the Verde Valley began knocking on ADOT's door.

The second important lesson from all this is the value of persistence and perseverance. Just one month ago, things did not look good at all for the Verde Valley seeing the 260 project being completed anytime soon. A lot of communities would have folded their tent.

We didn't

We presented a unified voice and a united front from Camp Verde to Cottonwood. In addition, County Supervisors Chip Davis and Tom Thurman exercised their political pull with ADOT brass.

The end result is that the completion of 260 is on ADOT's radar to the tune of $66 million.

Step back folks.

The fat lady is getting ready to sing.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: Mass, energy, and social justice

Every form of public transportation for which fuel expense corresponds to weight transported should base their fares on the weight of the rider.

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: M J

Re: Fat Lady
Iffin you is fat ... then you is fat.
sayin' it ain't so ain't gonna change that...

Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

As long as the fat lady pays more in road tax
and maintenance.

Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

As one fat lady to another: Lighten up. It's hard to laugh at anyone who's laughing with you.

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Article comment by: Fat Lady

Nada, I know where the term comes from, I just think it should be left out of the English language. It is insulting to the many, many people who suffer from obesity, no matter the origin of the expression. I especially think the writers of this and other publications and the editors should think about what they write before publishing. I want an apology from the writer of the article and the editor of this publication for myself and all other persons who do not fit the standard description of "beauty", whatever that is. But thank you for commenting on my comment.

Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Article comment by: Nada Fanafat

It may not have been a good idea to refer to ADOT as "the fat lady...getting ready to sing" now that the ADOT folks have sobered up.

Also consider that the song of the typically-expansive soprano who plays Brünnhilde in Wagner's Ring Cycle signals a disastrous culmination of events.

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: Fat Lady

"Fat Lady"???!!!!! What the heck is this???? This is a derogatory term and should be removed from the English language and never, ever should have been published by this paper. "Fat" people do not like being that way, and in most cases, cannot help themselves for whatever reason. Obesity is a medical issue, not an excuse for sufferers to be laughed at. I know this term has been around for many years, but hey, grow up people, stop such derogatory and prejudiced comments!

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