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Guest Editorial: Marijuana industry should police itself

In 2016, marijuana for personal use failed to pass in Arizona, with 51.32 percent of voters saying “no.” Voters barely allowed “medical marijuana” in 2010, with 50.13 percent giving approval.

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Editorial: Court merger deserving of close look for Cottonwood, Clarkdale

For the second time in as many years, there is talk of an overhaul of municipal court systems in the Upper Verde Valley.

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Editorial: Consolidation politics at play in Cottonwood-Oak Creek campus realignment

A consolidated Upper Verde Valley school district is still much more talk than action.

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Editorial: School board needs to quit sitting on fence regarding Danny Howe

Depending on how you look at it, the Camp Verde School District has had either a school board problem … or a superintendent problem.

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Editorial: Consensus accuracy needed on Verde Valley history

This past weekend, the Verde Valley was provided an important local history lesson courtesy of the Yavapai-Apache Nation’s annual Exodus commemoration.

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Editorial: Jail tax extension a case of pay me now or pay me later

One of the most effective advertising campaigns in American history employed a common-sense approach to regularly scheduled oil changes for your car.

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Editorial: Mingus needs to end revolving door of administrative leadership

There was a local singer-songwriter a few years ago whose lyrical license saw him poke a little fun at the Mingus Union High School superintendent’s office.

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Editorial: Annexation civility a good sign, but Verde Village must step up to make it happen

The civility that punctuated last week’s annexation discussions between the Verde Village Property Owners Association and the City of Cottonwood marked a first for the Verde Valley.

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Editorial: 70 candles for The Verde Independent

The Verde Independent’s debut issue, at 10-cents a copy, hit the streets in Cottonwood and Camp Verde Feb. 12, 1948.

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Editorial: Homestead Parkway project another feather in Camp Verde’s economic development hat

The dominoes of economic development continue to fall in the right direction for Camp Verde.

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Editorial Masterful job of public relations by Superintendent Steve King

Shortly after the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board this week agreed to close down Cottonwood Elementary School and later reinvent portions of it as an early childhood development center, a Facebook post characterized C-OC School Superintendent Steve King as “an education genius.”

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Editorial: Groom still waiting at the altar for consolidation, annexation

The governmental altar of matrimony is front and center in the Upper Verde Valley this week.

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Editorial: Last thing voters want is to have those in power tell them how to vote

The biggest problem with elected officials is that they often forget who has the last word in the popularity contest otherwise known as an election.

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Editorial: Y.E.S. The Arc plan a life-line to those who need it most

The face of Verde Valley homelessness first manifested itself in the late 1980s when a woman established a campsite residence in the Cottonwood Lions Park.

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Editorial: Annexation meeting nothing more than rumor control

As Supervisor Garrison explains, “The intent of this meeting is to dispel any stories about the City of Cottonwood pursuing annexation and to answer questions from those who fear that such a process could be undertaken without significant public participation.”

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Editorial Pro-consolidation forces need to take citizen initiative route

It’s beginning to look like the grassroots committee advocating consolidation of the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts would be better off to take matters into their own hands.

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Editorial: Christmas Story

AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

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Editorial: Retirees carry heavy load when it comes to community volunteerism

Only three of the seven members of the planning board showed up for the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting. It was only after a phone call to a fourth member that the commission met the legal quorum requirement to be able to conduct business.

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Editorial: Strange choice of words by Mingus on consolidation issue

Two different policy-making groups took up the same question regarding school district consolidation this week.

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Editorial: Camp Verde schools need Dr. Goodwin

School board must stop trend of administrative musical chairs

If indeed we are seeing the end of the Dr. Dennis Goodwin era in the Camp Verde Unified School District, it’s a good bet that one day there will be people who regret things did not work out.

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Editorial: Bold action this week by Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board

Good for the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board.

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Editorial: Thunder Valley Rally survives rough roads thanks to perseverance and compromise

The Verde Valley’s relationship with Thunder Valley Rally is much like a troubled marriage that perseveres and has something good to show for it in the end.

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Editorial Let’s hope Cottonwood-Oak Creek decision will not cause consolidation powder keg to blow

School district consolidation has always been a powder keg in the Upper Verde Valley.

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Editorial: Simplistic analysis an eye-opener for consolidation number crunchers

Currently mired down in budget analysis, the group studying the consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts should slow down, take a deep breath and simplify their work.

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Editorial: Much-needed relief coming for Verde Valley’s court system

The Verde Valley criminal-case logjam that has backed up at the doorstep of Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael R. Bluff got some much-needed relief this week.