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Commentary: Judge Bluff delivers latest plot twist in Seth Collins drama

The legal arena often can be a theater of the unexpected.

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Commentary: Adventure grant, being writers at Camp Verde schools

The Yavapai-Apache Nation has received initial approval of a $1.1 million dollar Adventure Grant. 

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Commentary: Camp Verde Promotions seeks new leadership

Fort Verde Days was my last hoorah, and it may be the last hoorah for town events.

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Commentary: Our nation’s freedom guaranteed by all veterans

Saturday is a day for every citizen to remember and honor the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans.

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Commentary: Structure of consolidation committee has fox guarding hen house

Consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek, Mingus Union and sometimes Clarkdale-Jerome school districts has been batted around like a ping-pong ball over the past three decades.

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Commentary: Only collaboration will keep Verde River flowing

The Verde River is one of the last remaining healthy, perennially flowing rivers left in the arid state of Arizona. The Verde River system, including its connected streams, creeks, and groundwater resources, supports the economies of rural communities and businesses both as a vital water supply and as a driver of tourism and recreation.

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Commentary: Homelessness helping hands often only perpetuates problem

Recently, I kept noticing a man sitting on the sidewalk near the same street corner. Though I couldn’t see his cardboard sign, I assumed he was panhandling. I passed him several times over the course of a few days before I finally decided pull over and talk to him while on-duty.

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Commentary: Katie Lee’s Legacy

Lonesome places are shelters for emotional upheavals, havens for spiritual growth

My close friend Katie Lee died peacefully in her home in Jerome on November 1, 2017.

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Commentary: Credit recovery available after school and on Fridays

Any seniors who are applying to NAU, please fill out and submit the FAFSA now. Priority Deadline application to NAU is Nov. 15. If you need any help or more information, please see one of your counselors or Riccardo.

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Commentary: Reckless, outrageous, undignified behavior the new political norm

Mr. President, I rise today to address a matter that has been much on my mind, at a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than it is by our values and our principles.

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Commentary: The Wages of Civil War

President Trump says many things that are wildly exaggerated or flat-out false, but he told one of his biggest whoppers at a recent White House press conference.

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Scholars, students and staffers of the month at Camp Verde schools

The overall enrollment of Camp Verde Unified School District is 1565 as compared 1598 one year ago. Current enrollment vs. same time last year: Elementary 648 vs. 685: Middle School 366 vs. 377; Camp Verde High School 496 vs. 470: Accommodations School 25 vs. 31: South Verde High School 30 vs. 35.

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On Religion: Clergy spouse survey probes life in glass houses

Study the weekly calendars of most American churches, and somewhere there will be a reference to a “prayer group,” or words to that effect.

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The Village Idiot: How to solve a raccoon problem

My refrigerator is where cucumbers go to die. Not on purpose -- I’m not a sadist -- but from neglect and carelessness. Cucumbers seem like such a good idea when I buy them and such a lousy idea when it’s time to make dinner.

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Commentary: Arizona Makes the Top 10 – Not in a Good Way

Equifax and Yahoo data breaches. IRS and home repair scams. Small print, fine print, misleading language on contracts. While many Arizonans are vulnerable to poor data practices, scams and predatory behavior, older consumers face unique challenges and threats in the financial marketplace.

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Commentary: Talk of the Town: Explore Arizona on OHVs, but be smart

Riding off-highway vehicles (OHVs) is a great activity for families to enjoy together as they get outdoors and explore Arizona.

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State has dropped ball with schools; it’s our job to pick up the slack

I want the State of Arizona to give the schools the money they need to operate so that we don’t have to ask for override elections.

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Commentary: Good Things Happening at Beaver Creek School

The active engagement of parents and teachers in a collaborative effort to promote student success is essential for student growth.

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Commentary: After the horror of Las Vegas, no one knows what’s to come

WASHINGTON -- The investigation into the Las Vegas mass murderer who killed at least 58 people and wounded nearly 500 in a hail of gunfire is still searching for a motive for the massacre.

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Commentary: Taser-related deaths aside, in Cottonwood the show must go on

There is no argument that Tasers are one of the very best tools available to law enforcement officers.

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Commentary: The presidential response to tragedy

Ronald Reagan after the Challenger disaster. Bill Clinton after the Oklahoma City bombing. George W. Bush after the terror attacks in Washington and New York. Barack Obama after the church shootings in Charleston.

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Commentary: When it comes to water conservation, Cottonwood sets example for others to follow

I would like to thank Mr. Paul Ziebell regarding his letter to the editor in the September 23rd addition of the Verde Independent/Camp Verde Bugle. Mr. Ziebell, you are absolutely right, we live in a desert and what we pay for water delivery is reasonable and if you do a comparison of other municipalities in the northern region of the state you will find that the cost of the Cottonwood water service is not the highest or is it the lowest. In fact, the cost to Cottonwood customers is about the middle of the list.

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Commentary: National Voter Registration Day best day to ensure your voice is heard

The ongoing work of the Office of the Arizona Secretary of State and the Arizona PIRG Education Fund to increase voting in our state isn’t focused on headlines but is centered on results.

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Commentary: Good things happening in Beaver Creek School District

Curriculum Night was a success with over 130 visitors to classrooms.

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Commentary: Mingus offer on shared services fails ‘The Godfather’ test

Hmm … let’s wrap our brains around this. Mingus wants Snyder to work three days a week, at minimum, for a school district that has just one school. The other two days a week, at maximum, would be spent at a school district that has five schools.