Home | Classifieds | Place Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Kudos | Obits | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | Villager | Health Directory | Contact Us
The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona

home : opinions : editorials May 25, 2016


7/9/2013 2:25:00 PM
Editorial- Hard work ahead if Beaver Creek wants to move forward

For many years, one of the hallmarks of the Beaver Creek area has been community camaraderie. That's not to say there are not political fights - there are, and they can be foul - but many have always had the improvement of the area as the center of their efforts.

Those efforts brought the community two lovely parks, beneficial extracurricular programs at the school and even a much sounder bridge. Organizations like the Kiwanis, the Women's Civic Club and the Garden Club, sharing many members, have kept the community striving and moving forward. Their example and leadership gave Beaver Creek a great pride in place.

So it has been dispiriting to watch the huge divisions that have opened up in the wake of the Kala Pearson case. Not that grumblings weren't already there -- the crumbling foundation of the regional council was proof of that. But this situation has caused a rift that, when compounded by egos, gossip, justifications, dismissiveness, backbiting and name-calling, may never be healed again. The move forward has stalled out.

Pearson herself recognizes that ugly aspect of the fallout from her case. That reputation of community camaraderie has been trodden under foot, and the words being exchanged by residents are doing nothing to stop it.

That is a problem for Beaver Creek, not just in relationships but also in how the community is perceived by potential investors.

What Beaver Creek needs is investors who have faith in the community's amity and good deeds. The way things are now, even the temptation of the water rights belonging to the golf course will not be enough to bring a reliable entity to the community to take on some of the financial burden.

Residents were financially and emotionally wounded, and that should not be trivialized. Others are defensive over what they accomplished in gaining the Ranch House Restaurant and the golf course before it all unraveled, work that does not deserve indifference either. Do-gooders who have been innocent bystanders are now shrinking away from the scene, and the loss of their talents is obvious.

Lots of great work has been done in the Beaver Creek area over the years. Even more difficult work lays ahead if residents are to re-establish their reputation and really move forward again.

Related Stories:
• Ranch House Coalition members want to work with Beaver Creek Board


    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Police soon will have one more reason to pull you over (4526 views)

•   'A Great Celebration' -- Mingus seniors prepare for graduation, commemorate scholarships and awards (3578 views)

•   What's hot in Verde Valley job market? (2837 views)

•   Cornville man charged with child molestation seeks plea (2761 views)

•   Still no final answer on Prop. 123 (2281 views)





Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Cottonwood, AZ
Click for weather forecast


Submission Links
 •  Submit your feedback about our site

Find It Features Blogs Celebrate Submit Extras Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place Ad | Galleries | Kudos | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Find Verde Jobs | Contact Us
© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Verde Independent is the information source for Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, verdenews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved