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Editorial: Camp Verde Council needs complete buy-in of investigative report
There are two troubling issues with the investigative report concerning alleged council member meddling into the operation of the Camp Verde Marshal's Office.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Editorial: Lawyers only ones seeing green in dispute over school financing
For months we've said that Arizona school districts should not hold their breath in hopes the state legislature will do what's right by them.
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Editorial: Now it's Camp Verde's turn to share the joy of Christmas season
Verde Valley communities do not always do the best job of coordinating their special event calendars.

But when it comes to the Christmas season, Cottonwood and Camp Verde have it down on how to effectively share holiday cheer.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Editorial: Fighting words are common talk in Camp Verde
Nearly 30 years ago during a meeting of the Camp Verde Fire Board, two members of the board took a dispute out into the parking lot.

They had a fist fight.

Today, they don't roll up their sleeves, but political in-fighting is still the norm in Camp Verde.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Editorial: Implications of Internet business a taxing dilemma
The Cottonwood City Council balked this past week at instituting a new use tax for items purchased out of state where no sales tax may apply.
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Editorial: Renzi continues to dodge finality, reality, of justice
She wears the blindfold of objectivity.

In one hand, she carries a set of scales that Bob Dylan sarcastically said "show that all's equal and that the courts are on the level."

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Editorial: Brewer's budget plan won't see light of day
Lame Duck -- an elected official in the final period of office, after the election of a successor.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Editorial: Talk about a case of misplaced priorities
There is an email making the rounds in Arizona that has a subject line titled: "Sometimes Money Talks. Sometimes It Can Make You Cry."
Saturday, November 29, 2014

Editorial: Life in prison exactly what Montiel deserves
The callousness with which Joseph Montiel described how and why he killed his estranged wife Jamie Lynn Treakle two years ago proves this guy is getting exactly what he deserves. Some would argue life in prison is not punishment enough for Montiel.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Editorial: Thanksgiving hope for 'good understanding' still survives
"Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week."
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Editorial: Tough times, tougher decisions ahead for Mingus Union District
The very fact that Mingus Union High School is already considering a possible bond election speaks volumes about the dire straits of public schools in Arizona today.
Saturday, November 22, 2014

Editorial: Recall movement against Douglas mighty quick on the draw
If Facebook was the vehicle by which we elected our leaders, Diane Douglas probably would not be waiting to take office as Arizona's new superintendent of public instruction.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Editorial: City's water rate hearings in like a lion, out like a lamb
The series of hearings on increasing Cottonwood's rate structure for water and sewer was much like the month of March.

It came in like a lion, but went out like a lamb.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Editorial: Exploration has always paid off for mankind
When some people want to discover where we as a human species came from, they dig in the earth - or, more appropriately, the Earth. To answer the same question, others look outward into the galaxy and far beyond.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Editorial: Rejection of Mingus override gives school districts much to think about
It was one up and one down for Upper Verde school districts in Tuesday's election.

Cottonwood-Oak Creek received voter approval on its $15 million bond while voters rejected Mingus Union's request for a budget override.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Editorial: Mingus students take spotlight as best in Northern Arizona, and entire state
It's not just the playing fields where winners are defined at Mingus Union High School.

Twice in the past week, Mingus students were honored as being among the very finest in Arizona in arenas outside the athletic field.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Editorial: Enough is enough; Hickey's 'surreptitious viewing' plays like broken record
Someone like Clarkdale's James D. Hickey must be the worst nightmare for a prosecutor.

He's like that Energizer bunny that keeps going and going and going.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Editorial: RTCA will test leadership, economic theory
"The principal of partnership" is the foundation of the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program, with grants that have been awarded for Cornville, Beaver Creek, Clarkdale and now Camp Verde.
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Editorial: A nod for Harrington keeps another Verde Valley voice on Yavapai College board
Yavapai College has seen a lot of drama in the past few months as dissent blossomed in the Verde Valley. Some sensed inequity in how taxpayer money was spent and called for a fix. Others called for full-blown secession.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Editorial: Justice best served by moving Cruz case out of Verde Valley
It's part of an ingrained sense of justice that we expect the trial of an accused murderer to take place in the same community in which the crime occurred.
Thursday, October 23, 2014


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