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Editorial: County Attorney needs to make decision in bicycle fatality case
It's often said that the wheels of justice move slowly, but with certain cases in Yavapai County one can't help but question if they move at all.

Specifically, the vehicle-bicycle crash that claimed the life of 48-year-old Gilbert cyclist Lynn Hartline has been in legal limbo since the May 17 tragedy.


(1 comments)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Letter: Hosting exchange students has been an absolute blessing
Sometimes our quick decisions mean the most.  Last June I casually mentioned to my husband that I have always wanted to host an exchange student.  


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Letter: Corporate America has too much control of our lives ... and our dogs, too
Who's the boss? It seems that Corporate America has not only told us where to work, and how to work, but now they are dictating how we are to live.

It now seems that Corporate America is now going one step further and extending that to include our pets and their feces.


(5 comments)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Letter: If it sounds too good to be true ...
After you give the Scam Artist the number on your claims card (also called a green dot card, similar to a gift card), he or she -- within 10-15 seconds -- takes out your money, or sells your name and phone number to other scam artists.  You're robbed of $499.
(2 comments)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Commentary: Yavapai College continues to under-serve the Verde Valley
Occasionally, a skeptic appears in this newspaper who questions the view that the Verde Valley is being underserved by Yavapai College. To this doubting Thomas, I say: "Just look at the facts." If you do, you will find an unmistakable 45-year pattern of underservice. In fact, since the beginning of the County Community College system in the late 1960s, the goal has been to build a first-class community college in the Prescott area while simultaneously underserving the Verde Valley.
(1 comments)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Editorial: Register to vote Monday; local elections need your voice
Monday is the final day to register to vote in what traditionally has been called an off-year primary election.
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Letter: Questionable tactics by Verde Village Property Assn. Architectural Control Committee
I am writing this as I feel that all the Verde Village residents should be aware of the actions by a couple of directors/members of the Verde Village Property Owners' Association with regard to homeowners installing solar panels.
(18 comments)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Commentary: 'Don't Worry Be Happy' - Really?
By now most of us have come to the conclusion that after 15 years of drought and decades of population expansion the Western United States is experiencing water supply problems that will not be overcome without changing how our water resources are managed. The answers to our current and future water resource issues can only be found by seeking solutions through cooperation and recognition that our economic viability is at risk.


(10 comments)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Letter: Bad connections to alcoholism
The recent article on alcohol related deaths in Arizona ("Arizona ranked in top five for alcohol-related deaths") brought attention to a serious health and social problem.
(1 comments)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Letter: Our virtual world is fed to us by self-serving, ambitious people with personal agendas
The VI's editorial decrying Facebook's lack of respect for the users of its "free" social media service drew little debate. Apparently, there is consensus that what Facebook did was wrong. But how many users left Facebook in protest? How wrong must Facebook be before Facebook users are willing to express their displeasure with their virtual feet?
(5 comments)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Angry impasse threatens border solution
After more than a year of contentious debate, could Congress be any more divided over the issue of immigration? The answer is yes.


(21 comments)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Letter: Thank you for setting the record straight on Mingus football camp
A big Thank You to those who took the time to respond to my letter regarding the MUHS Football Team's trip to Irvine, California.
(11 comments)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Editorial: Hardy tourists deserve gratitude in Arizona
The recently released tourism numbers for Arizona in 2013 tell us three things - the government shutdown was as damaging as a natural disaster, the state's scramble to keep the Grand Canyon open paid off, and Arizona can still draw a crowd.


(2 comments)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Commentary: County "em down - MATFORCE Top 10 accomplishments of the past year
No single person, no single agency can accomplish what a community working together can achieve. By working together, we help create healthy environments, free from the devastating harms of drug abuse and addiction. MATFORCE welcomes and thanks all the voices and all the people who have come to the table to help.
(6 comments)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Letter: Mingus did not pay a dime for athletes to attend camp
In response to: Do we really need to send high school athletes to California football camp?
(2 comments)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Letter: Still waiting for justice for Marisol Gonzalez
It's been over 17 years since my sister Marisol Gonzalez and her unborn child were murdered not far from home.
(1 comments)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Letter: Players must pay their own way
The Mingus Marauder football team (along with many other schools) attends a working camp each year in California. The majority of time at this camp is spent in long and intense practices. These players are up and practicing before many people have even made it to their morning coffee. They also practice late into the evening.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Letter: Players attend football camp without a single taxpayer dollar of support
Response to: "Do we really need ... California football camp." Mr. Edgley, your misguided letter in Wednesday's paper deserves a retraction, by yourself sir, immediately.
(2 comments)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Letter: Any questions regarding Mingus finances are welcome
As Business Manager for Mingus Union High School District I felt that it was important to respond to the recent letter to the editor "Do we really need to send high school athletes to California football camp?"
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Commentary: Everyone, even ranchers, should pay fair share of taxes
As the Yavapai County Assessor since 2009, I'm not used to making headlines. I'm not much of a "politician" and I'm certainly not used to taking on powerful political interests or armies of lawyers. You may have noticed some headlines in the past few days about the Assessor's Office being sued by a powerful group of ranchers and the Cattle Growers lobby. Because that case has attracted a lot of attention, I feel compelled to set the record straight.
(23 comments)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Letter: It's a no parking zone for a reason; police officer made the correct call
This is in response to Mr. A. R. Cunningham's article entitled Bad Judgment by Cottonwood police. The Police officer was correct in giving the ticket.


(4 comments)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Letter: Days like this are best reminder of why we live in this amazing community
What an amazing Celebration of the life of Phil Holt on Saturday! It was so amazing and heartwarming to see everyone! We shared stories, memories, a lot of laughter, and a few tears.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Letter: Do we really need to send high school athletes to California football camp?
What are we paying for, Couch Young and MUHS Administrators? Property taxes primarily support our schools. MUHS was considering and "override" on your tax bill this year, as it did last year. With property taxes rising and the economy tanking, please tell us why the district is sending the NUHS football team to Irvine, California, for a team camp, from July 17 through 22.


(34 comments)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Letter: The truth about the Yavapai College Foundation
There has been some misinformation spread throughout the Verde Valley regarding Yavapai College Foundation (YCF) and the local Greater Verde Valley Chapter (GVVC), which I'd like to correct (I'm the most recent president of the GVVC and the current president of the Friends of the Southwest Wine Center).
(1 comments)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Commentary: Survey will help us meet the needs of the Verde Valley
What newspapers do you read? What websites do you visit? Where do you shop? How do you use our newspaper and our website? Answers to these and other lifestyle and shopping questions not only help Verde Valley Newspapers give you the information you need and want, but could also land you a terrific prize!
(1 comments)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Letter: Export-Import Bank and corporate welfare
Regarding the Roberts' commentary, "Failing the test on basic economics":


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Letter: What's with the gas prices?
Tell me why fuel prices are high in the Valley, can you?
(3 comments)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Editorial: Court's ruling does not mean check is in the mail for local school districts
For at least five years now, school districts in Arizona and their local taxpayers have had to make up the difference in funding formerly provided by the state.

In 2000, Arizona voters gave the go-ahead requiring the state to increase aid to public schools each year to compensate for inflation.
(6 comments)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Commentary: Failing the test on basic economics
Here's a quiz: Which politician favors reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which aids American companies that compete in world markets and last year helped support $37 billion in exports and 205,000 domestic jobs while actually turning a profit?
(1 comments)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Editorial: Political apathy certainly not a problem in Jerome
A Clarkdale Town Council member running unopposed in the August primary recently shared that he thought his unchallenged candidacy was a sign that he had done a good job.

It also could be interpreted as a sign that people are indifferent to him and the town's entire election process.
(6 comments)

Friday, July 11, 2014


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