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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.
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.
(2 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.
(2 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.
(1 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.
(15 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

Editorial: History repeats itself with Cottonwood's logo conflict
They say history has a way of repeating itself and that certainly proved true this past week with the decision to go back to the drawing board on the Cottonwood city logo.

Nearly 30 years ago, the city council at the time was in the crosshairs over the logo that had served the city since its earliest days of incorporation.
(3 comments)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Commentary: Another government shutdown? It's just not going to happen
A few weeks ago Washington was buzzing with predictions that Republicans will impeach President Obama.

More recently, Washington has been buzzing with predictions that Republicans will shut down the government.
(5 comments)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Editorial: Summer doldrums have passed; it's party time in the Verde Valley
Especially when you edit a publication such as our own Kudos do you realize how empty the Verde Valley's social calendar is between July 4 and Labor Day.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Letters: Stay tuned for the rest of the story
This letter comes to you from the Clarkdale Market at 915 Main Street, Clarkdale.
(3 comments)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Letters: We treat endangered animals better than we treat humans
I have seen several letters recently praising Planned Parenthood, for the good services they provide. Because of this I must speak for the unborn children, who are unable to speak for themselves.
(7 comments)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Letters: How about training the helicopter pilots properly?
I am responding to the article "Helicopter Owner" from Aug. 29, 2014. There are several points that I feel should be addressed about the article as I am mentioned in it.
(2 comments)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Letters: At what point are we at war?
It is sometimes said that it takes two to make an argument. Is the same true for war? In 1915 it took the sinking of the Lusitania, with 128 American lives. In 1941 it took the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In 2000 it took an attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
(7 comments)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Commentary: Humane Society a life study in happy endings
Sunday's front-page article regarding the struggles of the Verde Valley Humane Society (VVHS) seems to have presented the opinions of a couple of people who are unhappy with the shelter.
(5 comments)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Letters: Despite recent rains, we are still in an extended drought
It is great that the Verde Valley has received as much rain as it has. That does not mean we can stop conserving water and our elected leaders can stop looking for ways to ensure a sustainable water supply in the future.
(2 comments)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Letters: Jail is not the answer
A significantly disproportionate number of incarcerated people are mentally ill, some severely. Often their crimes are crimes of survival -- vagrancy, loitering, stealing food, panhandling. Do you know a studio apartment in Arizona costs 93 percent of an SSI or SSDI check --making housing unaffordable for adults living with serious mental illness who rely on SSI.
(6 comments)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Letters: 'Share the Road' signs obviously don't mean anything
While acknowledging that I left town shortly after the death of the MS Ride cyclist, I must admit to being somewhat taken aback by the headline in Sunday (Aug 31) paper. Maybe I need an update or clarification as this hopefully only relates to any additional charges?
(14 comments)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Guest Editorial: Yavapai Cattle Growers Association Judge said it best: Assessor abused discretion
A recent column by County Assessor Pam Pearsall bore the headline "Assessor's job is to assure fairness." Unfortunately this was the only statement in the column that was even remotely accurate.
(13 comments)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Letters: Why self control should be a part of family planning
Why self control should be a part of family planning.

I would agree with Desiree Perez in her "My Turn" column Friday 22nd that young people need to be better educated on the facts about an active sex life and the reality of the consequences. That taking responsibility for themselves is a huge step in the right direction and family support and communication is the best solution. So for the first half of the article, I could mostly agree.
(11 comments)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Commentary: Renewing, increasing Jail District levy will keep taxes down
Renewing, increasing Jail District levy will keep taxes down

Having been privileged to serve Yavapai County as the elected sheriff from 1989 to 2005, I saw many changes. Of utmost importance was the creation of a "Jail District" in 1999 to establish a consumption-based tax at the conservative maximum rate of 1/4 of a cent per dollar and for a maximum period of 20 years. This issue will again be decided by the voters this year to address current and emerging critical needs.
(6 comments)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Letters: The issue is larger than just a jail question
Related to the article by Joanna Dodder Nellans on jail tax increase.

Comments may run 2-1 in favor of the jail tax increase because the other alternative is a property tax increase and why would taxpayers vote for that? That's called a forced choice and either way taxes will go up and we will get another jail.
(5 comments)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Letters: No money for another jail to warehouse mentally ill
It is now 2014. A rather long way from the Dark Ages. Our species has now reached a point where compassion and intelligent caring of our mentally ill can be treated with a host of different therapies.

We also now have brilliant and dedicated professionals ready to serve and help heal our mentally ill sisters and brothers.

Build another jail to blindly warehouse those who should be in a humane facility instead?
(3 comments)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Letters: The threat is a complete fabrication
Mr. Gettles's letter of August 24 represents everything that's wrong with right-wing politics. He cites Executive Order 13603 as an example of Obama's "Imperial Presidency," listing all of the new powers the order gives the president.
(4 comments)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Letters: Grateful for factual information from Gary LaMaster
In the recent exchange between Gary LaMaster and Mark Gettles, the truth of the matters under discussion can be found in the factual remarks of Mr. LaMaster rather than in the opinions of Mr. Gettles.
(6 comments)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Letters: Give common sense a chance on new city logo
Please consider attending the Cottonwood City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m., at the City Council Chambers, 826 North Main Street.

This will be our last chance to express our opinion concerning the proposed LOGO for our city.
(3 comments)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Letters: Water policy and sustainability only real issues that should count
I enjoyed the op-ed by Phil Roarke of the Verde River Basin Partnership entitled, "Envisioning Water Supply Sustainability."

Instead of just ringing the warning bell about water shortages in Arizona, Mr. Roarke's commentary begins identifying specific challenges, needs, and opportunities which I believe will be instrumental in solving our water issues.
(2 comments)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Editorial: Tight-lipped Boys & Girls Club did not win any friends this year
The news this past week of the dissolution of the Cottonwood-based Boys & Girls Club of Northern Arizona was disheartening, but it hardly comes as a surprise.

The hand-writing had been on the wall since the beginning of the year.
(1 comments)

Saturday, August 23, 2014


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