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Editorial: Verde Valley's fall festival events a sound economic strategy
The financial numbers are still pending, but all early reports show Cottonwood's Thunder Valley Rally was a total success.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Editorial: Major test of leadership in Camp Verde
There is more we do not know than what we know involving the removal - permanent or otherwise - of Steve Darby as the head football coach at Camp Verde High School.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Editorial: Jury still out on Thunder Valley Rally
Following last year's revelations that Thunder Valley Rally was far from a "Kum Ba Yah" gathering, this year's 16th annual event will be under the microscope of public scrutiny like never before.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Editorial: Historic or not, Jerome Hill Climb has stood test of time
We experienced a little weekend social media backlash in referencing the Arizona Road Racers' annual September Jerome foot race as the historic Jerome Hill Climb.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Editorial: This week's primary a true changing of the guard moment for local politics
Politicians are a lot like professional prize fighters.

You can most always count on them to stick around for one too many fights.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Editorial: Take politics out of the job, eliminate the special interests
The structure of county government in Arizona has its roots in pre-statehood territorial days. When Arizona was granted statehood in 1912, it was convenient to simply bring in the county governments already in place. In fact, 14 of Arizona's current 15 counties were already doing business when Arizona became the 48th state in the Union.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Editorial: Old Town Cottonwood a perfect model for downtown revitalization
If there is a model to follow for successful downtown revitalization, it's hard to think of a better example than Cottonwood.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

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


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