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Editorial: 2016 election season promises dramatic change for Verde Valley
It has been decades since the Verde Valley faced such dramatic change in its political landscape as we will see this year.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Editorial: Lochte earns gold medal for Olympic stupidity
A big deal was made Friday night by the baton-passing blunder of the United States men's 4-by-100-meter relay team. It marked the ninth time since 1995 that a U.S. Men's team has been disqualified or dropped the baton in Olympics or world championship competition.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Editorial: More choppy waters ahead on Arizona education front
Something had to give sooner or later.

With recall efforts against State Superintendent Diane Douglas falling flat, the most obvious target for change on the State Board of Education was Douglas' chief rival, President Greg Miller.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Editorial: You decide if this one passes the smell test
Years ago in Flagstaff, an incumbent judge up for re-election denied any knowledge of receiving a campaign contribution from the father of a cocaine dealer who had received a surprisingly lenient sentence from the judge.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Editorial: Economic realities have dealt casualties on front lines of volunteerism
You need look no further than the fall ballot for school board races in the Verde Valley to understand why jobs and the economy represent the No. 1 pressing issue in Arizona today.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Editorial: 'State knows best' mentality now extends to Arizona Supreme Court
This spring many Arizona mayors voiced displeasure with the legislative and gubernatorial attitude that "the State knows best."


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Editorial: Coaching life lessons comes first at Mingus and Camp Verde
One of the first things veteran Mingus track and field coach Yancey DeVore does at every practice is to gather his team in a circle and ask them one question.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Editorial: Education rhetoric has nothing to do with being a county supervisor
One of the more puzzling aspects of the Yavapai County District 3 county supervisor race involves the emphasis on education.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Editorial: Search and rescue volunteers represent selfless service at its finest
There is no better example of selfless service in Yavapai County than the men and women who make up the Yavapai County Sheriff's Search and Rescue teams.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Editorial: Chagolla case a sorry excuse for justice served
This one reads like a horror story.

Or, a bad joke.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Editorial: City needs to stay ahead of game on Old Town parking
Expansion of Old Town Cottonwood's Tavern Hotel opened a can of worms that will only get worse unless the city devises sound strategies for sufficient downtown parking.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Editor: Best local education leaders are right in our own backyard
In all these examples, what is noteworthy is the fact that schools in the Verde Valley do not have to look far when searching for new leadership. The best choices for these positions more often than not exist right in our collective backyards.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Editorial: Common sense tips to avoid unpleasant encounter with police
The fallout from a 32-year-old Minnesota cafeteria worker being shot by a police officer during a traffic stop last week begs for a primer on what you should not do when pulled over by police.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Editorial: Media art program a great start toward realizing tech-ed potential in Verde Valley
Advancing career and technology education is not so much an issue of the technical opportunities that exist in the Verde Valley as it is in building relationships.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Editorial: First test of Safe Shopper Program shows exactly why we need this law
If this panhandler's only objective is to "make more money," go get a job.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Letter: How does jargon- infested administrative re-education help students succeed?
Your June 22 editorial, "We could use more leaders like Superintendent Goodwin, Mayor Currier," notes that politicians and bureaucrats are "famous for talking a lot but never saying anything of substance." I have noticed some educators in Cottonwood are particularly notable for an abundance of impressive verbiage that says little.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Editorial: Oliva del Rio a solid choice as new chamber CEO
One of the signs of a great organization involves a commitment to succession training.

In the case of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, whether by design or obvious opportunity, the chamber passes the succession test with flying colors.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Editorial: Legal eagles have to love the marijuana business
There is one medical marijuana grow facility in business now in Camp Verde on Old State Highway 279 and three more under construction.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Editorial: Hold your nose, political season is in full swing
A local politician last week described the coming month as one in which you hold your nose and dive in.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of truth in that.

It's naïve to expect there to be wholesale honor and integrity in the election process. A few candidates pull it off, but many more choose the down-and-dirty route to political success.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Editorial: We could use more leaders like Superintendent Goodwin, Mayor Currier
Politicians and bureaucrats wrote the book on political correctness. They're famous for talking a lot but never saying anything of substance.

That's why it's so refreshing to listen to Camp Verde School Superintendent Dennis Goodwin and Jerome Mayor Lew Currier.

They leave no doubt about where they stand on any given subject.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


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