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Editorial: Tribal rights mean something in the 21st century
Two big decisions in lawsuits last week turned the spotlight on Native American rights and sovereignty. On the surface, they benefited the Navajo Nation, but the decisions reach farther afield.
Saturday, September 27, 2014

Letters: Do Hell's Angels go antiquing?
Editor:

Like Nancy Burnett, I'm not a big fan of the Thunder Valley Rally either. Not this year. Maybe because the event wasn't advertised in the Arizona Republic this time ("too expensive', I'm told) but rather in "Biker Publications."
(4 comments)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Letters: It wasn't the bikes, but the bands, that thundered
Editor:

I have a somewhat different perspective on the Thunder Valley Rally than Nancy Burnett (letter 9/23/14).

My biker friends and I like loud bikes. On the afternoon of Sept. 20, we didn't notice excessive noise for a motorcycle rally.
(2 comments)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Letters: Food trucks good for the economy and the community
Editor:

The solution to allowing mobile food vendors to operate regularly in Cottonwood is just that - to let them operate. ("New rules being considered for Cottonwood mobile food vendors," September 16).

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Letters: Verde voters understand the enormous value to the Valley of a quality education
Editor:

Many of us are lifelong residents of Arizona and all of us are retired educators who taught in the very schools that are now seeking your support. We are again faced with a vote on a Mingus Union High School capital override and a capital bond for Cottonwood Oak Creek Schools.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Editorial: Verde River Day celebrates our greatest natural resource
Twenty-six years ago, the publisher and editor of The Verde Independent had a brainstorming meeting with former Cottonwood Parks Director Rick Champion and former Dead Horse Ranch State Park Manager Jon Clow.

All kinds of ideas were thrown at the wall; some of it stuck and much fell by the wayside.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Letters: I would have expected more from medical staff
Editor:

While a relative was fighting for their life in the ICU at VVMC in Cottonwood, I noticed the tone in the voices of the nursing staff to be rude, not professional, as if they were rushed and didn't want to be bothered so much with dealing with the machines going off each time my relative's blood pressure dropped.
(7 comments)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Letters: Cumulative sales tax levies a steep price to pay
Editor:

Although the jail district tax will affect the entire county, there's a unique concern for residents of the Verde Valley. That's because the majority of their shopping is done, and sales taxes are paid, in Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Camp Verde or Sedona.
(5 comments)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Commentary: Theater of war unavoidable for commander-in-chief
Maybe next time, they'll award the Nobel Peace Prize at the end of a politician's tenure rather than the beginning. There was always something mildly farcical about the Swedish committee recognizing President Obama's lofty rhetoric in advance of real achievements.

It's like awarding the Oscar before the movie's released.
(9 comments)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Letters: Clarkdale store owner shot himself in the foot
Editor:

A friend of mine attended the Aug. 26 Clarkdale Council meeting to hear Jodie Filardo's report on RAP planning. That was delayed because at the last minute a resident requested the liquor license consent item be put on the agenda so he could contest it on record. Although my friend had no interest in the license one way or the other, he came back wondering if Roy Beard intentionally scuttled his own request.
(1 comments)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Letters: Not a fan of Thunder Valley Rally
Editor:

It is 4:07 p.m. Sept 20, 2014, the very middle of Thunder Rally. This is nuts. Do we not have a noise ordinance?
(35 comments)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Letters: Town needs to hear all sides of river debate
Editor:

I want to add to the recent letters regarding the increase in utilization of the Verde River from TAPCO and the first year of the Town of Clarkdale's lease agreement with Sedona Adventure Tours granting commercial rights to run trips daily between TAPCO and the Tuzigoot bridge.
(1 comments)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Editorial: Citizenship test gets students back to basics
If you have gotten into political discussions with citizens who were firm in their convictions but did not seem to have a basic grasp of how the United States operates, be alarmed but not surprised.
(2 comments)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Letters: Protect Arizona children from sex predators
Editor:

I want to talk about a subject that people really don't want to talk about: Minor Sex Trafficking.
(1 comments)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Letters: Beyond the call at TSC
Editor:

I would like to spread the word about a new business in town and how customer service oriented they are.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Letters: ISIS is not Islamic?
Editor:

In his Wednesday night address President Obama stated, "ISIS is not Islamic." From the beginning of his administration, he and his team - including Congressional Democrats, have refused to pair the words terrorist and Islamist in the same sentence. Why is Mr. Obama so reluctant to honestly label the crisis confronting the world?
(11 comments)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Editorial: Marisol's case a long way from closure
While it has taken 17 years just to get an arrest in the murder of teenager Marisol Gonzales, that arrest does not mark any kind of closure. In fact, it is the beginning of the largest part of the case.
(1 comments)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Letters: Immigration 'reform' just campaign ploy
Editor:

Byron York (Opinion, 9/17/14) carefully avoids stating the answer to his question of why Obama and the Dems didn't pass immigration reform when they had unstoppable control over Congress (2009-2011).
(7 comments)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Letters: Don't let Verde become another Fossil Creek
Editor:

The op-ed by the Verde River Basin Partnership in the Verde Independent highlights the scope and importance of the Verde River to the cities of Prescott and the Verde Valley.
(2 comments)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Editorial: VVN web sites to modify reader comments protocol Oct. 1
Greetings readers! Our verdenews.com, cvbugle.com and kudosaz.com comments section, and all relative Western News&Info Inc. online publications, will implement a change to our article comments system Oct. 1.
(41 comments)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Commentary: Why didn't Obama pass immigration reform when he had the chance?
In light of President Obama's decision to delay his much-anticipated edict on immigration until after November's elections, some critics are asking why the president and Democrats in Congress didn't pass immigration reform back when they had overwhelming majorities in both House and Senate. It's a good question -- and a good reason to revisit 2009 and 2010, when immigration reform could have become a reality.
(6 comments)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Verde River Watershed a significant national resource
The Verde River Basin Partnership (Partnership), dedicated to the preservation of the surface water and groundwater of the Verde River Watershed (Watershed), has published a series of articles to promote and inform citizens of our valued natural resources within the Watershed and the can be found on www.vrbp.org.
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Letters: Improved access to Verde River does not add up to an improved Verde River
I am writing to you all as individuals and as organizations invested in the pilot of the TAPCO public access point this first year, of the arrangement between the Town of Clarkdale and Sedona/Verde Valley Adventure Tours.
(15 comments)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Editorial: Education's future on shoulders of next governor
Public education is the single biggest expense in Arizona's budget. Though not everyone in power understands, education is intrinsically tied to every aspect of the economy.
(4 comments)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Letters: Please support school overrides
I believe that a strong public education system is a major factor in creating a robust local economy. That is why I support the Cottonwood-Oak Creek capital bond and the Mingus Union High School capital override.
(3 comments)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Letters: What's with the Cornville Road speed limits?
I must question why, on Cornville Road, before the 89A intersection, motorists are forced to slow down to 25 mph. in what is a 50 mph zone as well as on Hwy. 89A, slow down to 35 mph when there is absolutely NO construction in either area.
(3 comments)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Letters: Cottonwood Public Library 2014 Author's Forum a success
Saturday, Aug. 23, the Cottonwood Public Library sponsored the 2014 Author's Forum for the second year in a row. And what a successful event! The purpose of this forum is to gather local authors in one place to bring attention to the fact that the Verde Valley offers excellent literary talent.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Letters: A little research makes college education affordable
Living in rural Arizona, many people believe that we miss what is going on state-wide. With all the available information, that is simply no longer true. We are in the loop and know what is going on.
(2 comments)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Commentary: Why I support the jail tax
How can it be that people like Justin James Rector, the 26-year old alleged murderer of 8-year old Isabella Grogan-Canella in Bullhead City, are walking among us? Trailed by a rap sheet of more than a dozen "priors," Rector is clearly an incorrigible criminal, yet prison is not his home.
(22 comments)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Commentary: Verde Valley businesses help beautify Arizona's roadways
On Aug. 28, American Heritage Academy - Camp Verde partnered with Tire Pro Automotive in Camp Verde and Sedona to clean 1.3 miles of Finnie Flat Road in Camp Verde. These students recovered 21 bags of trash in about two hours.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014


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