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Editorial: Sense of fair play missing from Cornville P&Z decision process
The lack of fair play in the decision-making process of the association's Planning and Zoning Committee is a recurring theme for the association right now. It was clearly evident during last week's rejection of a Planned Area Development zoning request by Camp Soaring Eagle.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Editorial: Make a difference: Today is Arizona Gives Day
Anyone who has ever served on a non-profit board of directors will tell you the lifeblood of their organization is the often-times mind-boggling generosity of the people who provide their financial support.

Some people give a modest monthly contribution that at the end of the year adds up to something that is anything but modest. Some people - a surprisingly high number of whom request anonymity - think nothing of dropping single five-figure donations to the non-profits near and dear to their hears.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Editorial: Come see for yourself that city project is not a 'sewer in a park'
Critics of Cottonwood's planned construction of a Water Reclamation Facility at Riverfront Park have coined it a sewer in a park.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Editorial: Common sense planning for fire season
Some years, it seems Man is in a battle with Nature to see who can start the most wildfires in Arizona. As we head into the typically driest part of the year after an atypically dry winter, now is a good time to prepare for "fire season" by reducing risks and stopping habits that could start a fire in the first place.

March 30-April 5 is Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Editorial: Beat back bad land practices, for water's sake
There is nothing like a good drought to bring political and public attention back to water supply and population growth in Yavapai County.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Editorial: Knowing Verde Valley heritage is best guide for the future
Arizona is in the middle of Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month, which provides particularly rich opportunities for learning in the Verde Valley and Sedona. If you don't know where you've been, you can't know where you are going, and that is what makes these events so important locally.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Editorial: Should there really be two standards for animal abuse?
Few topics set off the ire in people like animal cruelty. Any normal person who has seen an animal starved or beaten cannot stand idly by. When the abuse or neglect leads to death, there are always calls for equal retribution.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Editorial: Costs of federal shutdown still matter
In case everyone in the Verde Valley or Northern Arizona forgot the inconvenience incurred from the federal government shutdown in October, the recent financial report from the Department of the Interior is a stark reminder.

It is also a warning.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Editorial: Verde Valley schools buck state trend on dismal classroom $$$
The latest report from the Arizona Auditor General's Office is another black mark on Arizona's education system.

The report shows that the share of Arizona education tax dollars filtered to classrooms in the state took another dive last year.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Editorial: No need to reinvent the wheel on legal notice requirements
Reinventing the wheel with an inferior product is the latest example of political intelligence at the Arizona Legislature.

Rep. John Cavanaugh, a Fountain Hills Republican, has introduced legislation that would require the Arizona Corporation Commission to spend $65,000 in taxpayer money to create a website where minimal information about corporate and limited-liability company filings would be posted for 90 days.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Editorial: What will an Arizona education really look like?
The theory that a camel is a horse designed by a committee explains a lot about Arizona's Senate Education Committee.

The school districts in this state have long been the plaything of politicians who seem to have everything except the education of the children on their individual agendas. The reasons behind the committee's decisions on barring the implementation of Common Core (which has already been implemented in many schools) and forcing districts to sell unused campuses shows short-sightedness and micromanagement inclination.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Editorial: From the mouths of our presidents
For Presidents Day, a few words from our Commanders in Chief:

George Washington: Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Editorial: Dedicated Verde leadership needed to turn the tide at Yavapai College
There is a lot of rumbling of late about how the Verde Valley has been short-changed by Yavapai College in its current 10-year master plan.

And next week there will be a Yavapai College 10-year Verde Valley exploratory meeting to consider the possibility of creating an administrative community college district for eastern Yavapai County.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Editorial: Perspective needed on new pollution standards for Phoenix Cement
Haze and pollution over the Grand Canyon is the straw that stirs the drink for pollution control measures in Arizona.

So it only followed suit that new standards for emission levels come on the heels of the Environmental Protection Agency's move to control emissions at the Navajo Generating Station near Page. The new standards being proposed would reduce sulfur dioxide by almost 30,000 tons a year and nitrogen oxides by 3,100 tons per year.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Editorial: 'Cold Justice' may very well bring true justice for Marisol Gonzalez
Whether it's a class assignment, a financial report, or meeting minutes for a non-profit board of directors, there is something to be said for a second set of eyes.

The same obviously now can be said for homicide investigations.

Specifically, the Cottonwood Police Department's 17-year investigation into the murder of Marisol Gonzalez and her unborn son.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Editorial: Ed Wolfe has been Verde River's most instructive steward
If the Verde River ever goes dry, no one can blame Ed Wolfe.

For years, he has been telling a cautionary tale about current and future use of the river. He has been scrupulous about keeping data correct and worked hard to explain the situation in layman's terms.

So it is a deserved honor that the new Stewardship Award created by the Verde River Basin Partnership was named for Ed Wolfe.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Editorial: Decide now to save future generations from water crisis
A stitch in time saves nine, the old saying goes. Meaning, taking care of a problem early will prevent a much bigger problem in the future. That is the status of Arizona's water supply.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Editorial: Montezuma-Rimrock, Camp Verde fire districts set good example for rest of Verde Valley
The decision by the Montezuma-Rimrock and Camp Verde fire districts to share a single fire chief could be the first falling domino to make shared services something more than just a talking point in the Verde Valley.

Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock took a calm and well-reasoned analysis of modern-day fiscal realities before making the decision to have Terry Keller serve as fire chief for both districts.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Editorial: Yavapai College needs watchdog on the board
Over the past decade, Yavapai College has had a lot of dreams that died. Broad plans to fairly serve each of its districts were either altered or fell by the wayside entirely.

The Regional Skills Center? The Sedona Film School? The Camp Verde "campus"? And that's just on the east side of Mingus Mountain.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Editorial: Always remember how far we've come on 260
Remember January 2014. Praise and applause were certainly merited when the Town of Camp Verde signed onto the State Route 260 intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation. Camp Verde was the last entity to sign on, and it was a long road back to approbation.
Thursday, January 23, 2014

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