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Thanks to all who made it happen


The Cottonwood Middle School/Oak Creek School band returned triumphantly (and exhausted) from Valencia, Calif., May 7. We performed at the Six Flags Magic Mountain Music Showcase Festival on May 5, and received a Division II Excellent rating for our efforts. A wonderful time was had by all.

I would be remiss if I did not thank all who have contributed their time, effort, and dedication to make this trip possible. Thank you to:

• The administrations of all schools whose students are in the program — Julie Larson, CMS; Sherry Villas, OC; William Kelly, Clarkdale/Jerome; Barb U’ren, CES.

• The parents, for allowing your children to participate in an event of this magnitude.

• The chaperones, who spent an almost sleepless weekend and enjoyed every minute of it.

• Toni and Dan of Mingus Union High School Transportation,, for allowing us to use the Mingus travel bus for our trip (special thanks to Dan for getting us to California and back safely and smoothly).

• The community, from whom support and patronage made this trip possible.

• And most importantly, the students. You handled yourselves with class,, dignity, and maturity not often found at this age level. I am so proud of you.

Once again, thanks to all who made this trip possible. Our students represented the Verde Valley, our school districts, and our great state of Arizona very well.

Michelle L. Miller

CMS/OC Director of Bands

Efforts of Mingus students much appreciated


As one of the bus drivers for the Verde Valley Manor, it was my privilege to attend the “Senior Prom” that was sponsored by the Mingus Union Junior Class held on Friday evening, April 28.

I wish the students and staff of Mingus could have heard the joy and gratitude in the voices of my bus passengers as they returned after the prom. It is difficult to find words that expresses the thanks of all the seniors who attended, but I hope the students will someday realize what an evening such as this means to those who attended.

I would like John Christensen, the superintendent, and Bill Hickey, the Student Leadership sponsor, and the many students who worked so hard to make this second Senior Prom such a success to know how wonderful they are.

Many of the attendees were attending their first and only prom because of wartime conditions in the country while they were attending school. One of the women spoke to this with tears in her voice and eyes.

The band, “Killer Bees” played music from the ‘40’s and ‘50’s that inspired many happy memories. The decorations were lovely and the refreshments were delightful. I was very pleased that our student chaperons went out of their way to dance with the elderly guests.

I have been associated with Mingus Union High for many years, and its students and staff have given the community and me many proud moments. The senior prom the other night was one of them. To paraphrase a statesman of the 20th Century, “This was one of their finest hours.”

Ernest Gabrielson


Speak now before it’s too late


Voters, beware. Just because you elected seven council members doesn’t mean you can relax, assume your work is over, and rely on council members to transact town business wisely.

What if council members make bad decisions, even decisions that destroy your environment and lifestyle? How much did you really know about the council members before you elected them? Not very much. Now that they’re in office, their actions reveal their true standpoints.

One of the current issues before the council is the one about trading land to the Forest Service. Actually the decision on the matter was made by the Camp Verde General Plan some time ago. Unfortunately, four council members (Mayor Barbara Miller, Mitch Dickinson, Jim Redinger, and Jackie Baker) pay no attention to the plan, ignore the will of the people, and are intent on pushing their own contrary objectives into law. Sadly, four members equal a majority. If you don’t object, if you don’t demand that these four uphold the General Plan, then you will personally suffer the consequences as well as the rest of us.

On page 2 of the Camp Verde General Plan it says: “...the influx of population has escalated and citizens are becoming concerned at the thought of their preferred country lifestyle disappearing under increasingly dense residential, commercial and industrial development. The rural, historic, western life of the Town can still be discerned, however, and residents want that retained, and in some instances, regained, as it was in earlier times.

The citizens have strongly recommended at General Plan open houses, and other meetings, that these following issues are addressed:

• Opposition to dense development and subdivisions.

• Preservation of clean air, water, soil, dark sky, and scenic vistas.”

Page 3 of the Plan says; “Vision Statement: Camp Verde will remain a town with small town rural, western character ... The community will enjoy small town prosperity, peace and comfort in pride of place, and will look confidently forward to the safeguarding of its blessings.” (A reference copy of the General Plan is available at the library.)

A lot of us moved to Camp Verde to enjoy country lifestyle, to get away from large city congestion. Now four members of the council want to destroy that country lifestyle, want to plunge us back into the dense population we fled. There are two viewpoints; either you want to retain our rural, country lifestyle or you want to destroy it.

Let’s “safeguard our blessings.” Let’s keep our country lifestyle. All in favor should oppose the Forest Land Trade. And do it vocally and specifically. Let mayor Barbara Miller, Mitch Dickinson, Jim Redinger, and Jackie Baker hear how you feel. Drop a post card or letter to them or to the city Council in general to P.O. Box 710, Camp Verde, and say, “We are opposed to the Forest Land Trade. Protect our country lifestyle.”

If possible, attend the council meeting about the Forest Land Trade on May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Those who prefer large city congestion and traffic are welcome to them. They can move to Cottonwood, Phoenix, or L.A.

Your environment and lifestyle are on the line. Voters, speak now before it’s too late.

Arden Druce

Camp Verde

Please don’t turn Mingus Avenue into high-speed thoroughfare


I must be of those people who can’t see beyond the end of his nose, according to newspaper editor Dan Engler.

I believe that turning Mingus Avenue into a high speed, traffic intensive thoroughfare is a bad idea as long as school children traverse its sidewalks.

Eric Michael Tabeling


Editor’s Note: Coming from Cornville Road, the Mingus Avenue extension will continue to have the existing two-way stop at the Mingus Avenue-Main Street intersection. That intersection most likely will be converted into a four-way stop. It very likely one day will have a traffic signal. The speed limit on Mingus Avenue west of its intersection with Main Street will remain the same, just as the speed limit on Main Street has remain unchanged despite the widening of 89A coming into Cottonwood.


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