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Commentary: Continue to make your voice heard on Yavapai College
The citizens' initiative to have Yavapai College create an independent administrative college keeping the $12.5 million tax dollars raised annually here has been met with strong resistance.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Letters: Find a better, safer place to locate cell phone tower
Editor:

Thank you for the great coverage on the "standing room only" resident protest against the 65-foot tower being proposed close to many residential homes in Clarkdale.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Editorial: Finding perfect site for cell tower easier said than done
Cell towers fall into the category of sewers, landfills and homeless shelters.

They're needed. They're important. They make our community more complete.

OK, now try finding a location for any of the above that does not create a community uproar.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Letters: Do not locate cell tower so close to residential area
Editor:

Regarding the recent article on the proposed 65-foot cell tower, I would like to offer a few words about why my wife and I are frightened by it and to suggest an alternative.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Letters: Let's make trash collection a Verde Valley team sport
Editor:

Thank you Neil Dixon, Reese's Tire & Automotive Tire Pros and participants.

Some 102 bags of litter were collected on Highway 260 and Highway 89A this past Saturday (February 26, 2015) by the groups noted below.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Editorial: Coach Showers is teaching something more important than winning games
The template that high school sports is supposed to be for life is only as good as the coach who is teaching those lessons.

In the Verde Valley, few have taught them as well over the years as longtime Camp Verde High School girls basketball coach Mark Showers.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Letters: Cottonwood pan handlers scamming good people
Editor:

I have a big beef with a city that has so many pan handlers. The thing that really gets me is when they use their dogs and kids as bait.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Guest Editorial: Executive budget proposal again sells Arizona classrooms short
As public school leaders throughout Arizona, we are deeply concerned with the Executive Budget Proposal put forth by Governor Ducey. For the past six years, in order to balance the state budget, the majority of Arizona's classrooms have been shortchanged by the actions of our elected officials.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Letters: How about turning down the volume?
Editor:

I am disgusted that the city of Cottonwood, doesn't consider low frequency sound from a construction site generator a health issue. I live next to a construction site in Cottonwood and their generator has run day and night since last Wednesday, causing me tension headaches and nausea.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Letters: Why can't tourists clean up after themselves?
Editor:

Tourists ... The ugly cost of having them!

What percent of the trash do tourists contribute to our highways and at what cost to the residents and taxpayers? What do businesses that benefit from tourism contribute to the local Adopt-A-Highway groups that clean up the messes left by tourists?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Editorial: Teen Center off to good start, but more volunteers are needed
Teen Centers are a lot like downtown development projects.

It's a lot easier to plant the seed than it is to make it sprout.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Letters: SRP and the Corporation Commission -- just the facts
Editor:

This letter is in response to Janice Graham's letter of February 13 regarding the Arizona Corporation Commission failing to prevent SRP from spending money on college funds for their executives' children and increasing electrical rates. The reality is the Arizona Corporation Commission does not have the authority to regulate SRP.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Editorial: New schools chief wastes no time stubbing her toe
The fireworks have begun.

We are barely a month into the changing of the guard at the Arizona Capitol and already the gloves are coming off.

New State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and Gov. Doug Ducey are projecting anything but GOP unity.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Letters: Stealing is an intolerable crime, but stealing from the poor is unconscionable
Editor:

The morning of Dec. 12, 2014 and again on Jan. 2, 2015, volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store and Pantry in Cottonwood arriving at the building to start a day of serving the area's needy discovered someone broke into the building and took several items, including the computers and the cash register.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Letters: Mandating vaccines another attempt by government to control our lives
Editor:

Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet (M.D.) said that the U.S. declared that it had eradicated measles in 2000. She stated that the current re-introduction of measles was caused by the lawlessness of our government allowing illegal immigrants to cross our southern border bringing viruses, bacteria, and fungal diseases with them.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Letters: The real hero in this story is Badger
Editor:

There was an incident last week where two homeless men had a fight. But in truth, one homeless man lives in an old RV which he parks daily at the corner of 89A and Cornville/Mingus Road, and I think he finds a place to camp at night.

He's the Preacher Man and his name is Badger.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Editorial: Wheels of justice begin to budge in 260 crash case
The pace with which many criminal investigations proceed is maddening in our otherwise instant-access world.

The Nov. 21 head-on crash on Arizona 260 that sent nine people to various hospitals, and has since been determined to have caused the death of an unborn child, is a prime example.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Letters: Verde River under threat from groundwater pumping
Editor:

After reading Ed Wolfe of the Verde River Basin Partnership's article, it seems clear to me that our community is facing a slow but steady train heading towards us.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Letters: Threats to groundwater also a threat to our river
Editor:

Ed Wolfe, of the Verde River Basin Partnership in his column, "A River for the Future: Will We Have One" reminds readers of the importance of groundwater to the perennial flow of the Verde River, its tributaries, and the lifestyle we enjoy in the Verde Valley.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Letters: Stacked-deck corporation commission does not serve bests interests of public
Editor:

I thought I'd heard everything about corruption in Arizona. SRP, our second-largest utility, gives an education perk to its executives.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Commentary: 'Boots on the ground' a post-flush education
When you pay your Cottonwood Utility bill, how is that payment used? The City of Cottonwood is sponsoring a series of "boots on the ground" tours to help water and wastewater customers understand how utility systems work and where the dollars go.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Letters: Impact of governor's budget on Mingus Union High School
Editor:

Governor Ducey has presented a budget proposal for the State of Arizona. As with any budget, the devil is always in the details. Several people have asked if I have any issues with the proposed budget because it seemed to not hurt K-12 education.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Editorial: Last chance to complain
Call it the Cottonwood syndrome.

We sure like to rant and rave about everything that's wrong with a new community project while it's being done.

And then we're all busting with pride when it's completed.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Editorial: Open Meeting Law is best protection for integrity of legislative process
Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, is asking her fellow lawmakers to water down Arizona's decades-old Open Meeting Law.
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Commentary: The Oscars: A telethon for millionaires
The networks are blasting us again with specials with titles like "The Most Unforgettable Moments of 2014."

If they're so unforgettable, why do we need shows like this? In today's world, everything is an unforgettable moment.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Commentary: A River for the Future: Will We Have One?
The beginning of a new year is a good time to relish the wonder of living here in northern Arizona. Among its joys are our Verde River and its flowing tributaries in the Verde Valley - Oak Creek, Wet Beaver Creek, and West Clear Creek - all, for now, flowing year-round.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Commentary: Insuring against the myth of invincibility
As a young adult, I take offense when people say that "we" think we are invincible and therefore don't need health insurance.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Editorial: More of the same on education front from state lawmakers
It's early in the new legislative session and already we're seeing a trend that perpetuates one of the core problems with education in Arizona.
Saturday, January 31, 2015

Commentary: Productive spring semester ahead for Yavapai College
The big news for community colleges and their students is President Obama's proposal for two years of free community college tuition for American workers. We're certainly intrigued by this proposal and look forward to learning more in the months ahead.
Saturday, January 31, 2015

Editorial: County jail a classic case of 'You can pay me now, or you can pay me later'
The marketing department for Fram Oil Filters first coined the phrase "You can pay me now or you can pay me later."

It subsequently has become the mantra for just about every level of government that tries to convince voters the merits of their latest tax-and-spend plan.

Thursday, January 29, 2015


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