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Editorial: Will Tilted Earth’s loss be Thunder Valley Rally’s gain?

A new wrinkle has been added to the Thunder Valley Rally decision awaiting the Cottonwood City Council Feb. 7.

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Editorial: Thunder Valley Rally debate has gone on long enough; it’s time for city council to make a decision

The back-door politics of Thunder Valley Rally played like an Olympic-caliber table tennis match last week. That little ball was bouncing all over the place.

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Editorial: City’s retreat report a solid model for future planning

The “new look” Cottonwood City Council is off to a solid start in forging its path for the future of the city and, in some instances, the entire Verde Valley.

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Editorial: Chasing dollar signs trumps equal-access to medical marijuana

Forget about providing equal access to those who ingest marijuana for medicinal purposes in rural Arizona. Instead, dollar signs seem to be the real driving force for the state’s medical marijuana industry.

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Editorial: Thorpe’s anti-college vote proposal is bad public policy

One has to wonder what Dist. 6 Rep. Bob Thorpe is thinking with his current effort to make it difficult, if not impossible, for college-age students to vote.

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Editorial: Gas tax hike not a popular subject, but clearly necessary

The discussion to raise Arizona’s levy on a gallon of gasoline is not going to win Prescott House Republican Noel Campbell many friends.

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Editorial: MLK Holiday a sad chapter in Arizona history

Short of the sense of decency that existed in Jerome, Arizona’s history concerning the MLK Holiday was a sad affair. I

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Editorial: Answering the flood of questions about ‘Stupid Motorist Law’

Questions about the applicability of Arizona’s “Stupid Motorist Law” has been the rage on the Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle Facebook pages this past week.

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Editorial: Talking politics should not be ‘hate crime’

Finally, police are investigating who was responsible for recently twisting a Menorah outside a Chandler, Arizona, home into the shape of a swastika.

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Editorial: National Monument pursuit sure to catch locals by surprise

While this latest move is indeed the embodiment of the political art of compromise, there is also some political sleight of hand at play here. The old end run.

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Editorial: Help wanted (most all the time) – school board members

In reality – especially with tiny school districts such as Beaver Creek and Clarkdale-Jerome – it’s pulling teeth to get the required number of candidates to run for office in any given election. Further, it’s not at all unusual to have deficit candidate slates, which prompts Superintendent Carter to send out “Help Wanted” notices.

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Editorial: Davis’ solid work ethic made for admirable run of county service

He began his career as a political underdog who made a lot of people eat crow.

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Editorial: Legal challenges to voter measures should come before the fact, not after

With all the hoops one must jump through to get an initiative or referendum on the state ballot, you would think part of that process would be to determine if indeed the measure is even legal or not.

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Christmas wish for the Verde Valley

Here’s a Christmas wish for the coming year:

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Time to end smoke-and-mirrors budgeting for Arizona education

Here we go again. The Arizona Legislature and governor’s office are making enhanced spending for K-12 education one of their main priorities for the new legislative session.

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Editorial: Do-overs and Mulligans define political process in Arizona

In Arizona, public policy is established in much the same manner bad golfers get through a round. Do-overs and Mulligans.

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Editorial: Barb U’Ren will leave great legacy of service to district, community

There is nothing more inspirational than a story about someone who starts at the bottom and works their way to the top.

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Editorial Intergovernmental communication, strategy essential for new Valley leaders

The new era of political leadership in the Verde Valley is now taking form.

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Editorial: If it saves just one life, suicide protection fence a good investment

Social media pundits have weighed in heavily on the multi-agency project to add protective fencing to Sedona’s Midgley Bridge.

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Editorial: Let’s hope for fresh start, end of us-vs.-them college politics

Here we go again. Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter has received applications from five people who want to be next in line to serve as the District 3 representative on the Yavapai College Board of Governors.

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Editorial: Verde Valley Christmas season would be incomplete without Verde Valley Voices, Cottonwood Community Band

The Christmas season has a way of bringing out the best in the Verde Valley and it’s hard to find anything better than two local organizations who have a combined 46 years of bringing joy to our communities.

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Editorial: Thanksgiving hope for ‘good understanding’ still survives

Our language has changed drastically, our community spirit has changed and our general purpose for the holiday has changed (family fights and football, anyone?), but Thanksgiving remains a true treasure of the American society.

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Editorial: Thunder Valley Rally a classic case of failed leadership

If ever there was a need for strong leadership in the Verde Valley, Thunder Valley Rally could surely use it.

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Editorial: A solid mission, clearly communicated, shows VACTE on progressive path

For years, the educational animal known as Verde Valley Career and Technical Education was a mystery to most people.

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Editorial: Jerome water dilemma a sign for entire Southwest

It wasn’t the kind of news folks in Jerome wanted to hear, but the town’s water supply is at historic and critical low levels thanks to the fickle moods of Mother Nature.