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Commentary: Those pesky school board minutes a nuisance for Mingus

The case of the ever-changing school board meeting minutes continues at Mingus Union High School.

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Commentary: Good things happening at Beaver Creek School District

The Blended Learning program in 5th-8th grades is off to a great start. Students are engaged and excited to learn using our new systems and tools. Mrs. Diana Iverson and Mr. Jimmy Womack secured the company for deepening the well. The work has been completed.

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Mingus’ ratification vote puzzling, legally questionable

In its lawsuit to halt the November election on school district consolidation, one of the primary points of contention for Mingus Union High School is that petition circulators put the cart before the horse.

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Commentary: We need to hear candidates’ views on wide variety of subjects

First off, I get that when you ask a question of a candidate at a forum, whether political or otherwise, you are simply trying to get that person’s perspective on a subject, trying to learn how they might think about other things, based on their answer.

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School District Consolidation: You decide which side carries the most clout

It’s fair to call this group a current and former “Who’s Who of Verde Valley Educators.”

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MY TURN: ‘ICE’ extremely valuable to Arizona, Yavapai County law enforcement

As Yavapai County Sheriff, my top priority is public safety. As such, I would like to address the call to “abolish ICE” by a minority of elected officials.

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My Turn: Passage of Home Rule a positive vote for Sedona’s future

Sedona is in the middle of a primary election. Ballots go out on August 1; Election Day is August 28.

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Commentary: Camp Verde Republicans need to go back to drawing board on candidates forum

It’s been said that an election season is the time of the year when the brains of many people turn to Jello.

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Commentary: Self-imposed term limits offers chance to serve community in new way

Elections are nearing and I wanted to take this time to thank the people of the Town of Camp Verde for allowing me the opportunity to represent them on the Town Council. It has been a privilege and hope that I have been of service.

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Commentary: ‘Sauce for the goose’ a good lesson for Arizona lawmakers (with video)

The essence of personal credibility involves playing by the same rules you expect of others.

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Commentary: Students will be better off with consolidated district

As the chairman of the Consolidation Advisory Committee for Mingus Union High School and Cottonwood-Oak Creek School, I have been asked by a number of potential voters as to whether I thought that 1: should the issue of consolidation between MUHS and COCSD be decided by the voters and 2: would the proposed consolidation be of benefit to our children (or, in my case, grandchildren).

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Commentary: Consolidation history lesson

Last week it was the fate of voter-approved bond and override money should consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts be approved by voters – should an election even take place.

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Commentary: Consolidation provides best outcome for all students

Full disclosure: When it comes to educational issues, I have an agenda. I am not neutral. I have and always will support any decision and/or policy that I believe promotes the best possible educational opportunities for ALL children.

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Commentary: Voter-approved school funding will not vanish with consolidation

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter this week provided clarity to one of the biggest questions concerning the proposed consolidation of the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts.

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Commentary: There is strength in numbers and Beaver Creek Community Association needs you

Are you a member of the Beaver Creek Community Association (BCCA)? Does it matter If you are?

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Commentary: Public vote on school district consolidation takes another forward step

Upper Verde Valley voters are now one step closer to deciding school district consolidation.

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Commentary: Volunteers, not money, the greatest need for Old Town Assn.

The similarities between the plight of Cottonwood’s Old Town Association in many ways mirrors the problems experienced in recent years by Camp Verde Promotions.

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Commentary: Price paid for freedom can never be repaid

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Commentary: Newsroom shooting another example of violent regression in American culture

Thursday marked a devastating day for American journalism.

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Letter: VOC needs alternate route to West Sedona

After reading that Yavapai County is studying building a new roadway connecting Cornville Road to State Route 260, I was intrigued. One reason cited was it could reduce emergency response times and relieve congestion. I haven’t seen any congestion on Cornville Road except when it’s closed for the occasional cattle crossings.

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My Turn: Keeping on right clean-energy course for Arizona

The fight over a so-called clean-energy ballot measure from California billionaire Tom Steyer has been in the news a lot lately.

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Commentary: Host of issues provide long-term benefits to Cornville, Verde Valley

Two announcements last week, along with renewal of a trails coalition, have big implications for the Cornville community.

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Commentary: Investing in Arizona’s water future

Last week, state lawmakers had a chance to hear firsthand the concerns Verde Valley residents have about our water future. Arizona House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources held a water forum in Camp Verde, as part of a statewide listening tour to learn more about the solutions local communities support.

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Commentary: Clarkdale-Jerome most interesting piece in consolidation puzzle

If the vote on consolidation is close, the voice of Clarkdale-Jerome voters may speak loudest of all.

Commentary: Legal challenge to consolidation all part of checks and balances

The clock is ticking toward the Upper Verde’s first school district consolidation election in 10 years, and our fourth such election since 1959.

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