A draft report that discredits school district consolidation proponent Andy Groseta and the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board has prompted two members of the consolidation study committee to resign.
The decision by Arizona teachers to walk off the job April 26 represents one of the most agonizing personal and professional decisions they’ve ever made, according to five local teacher representatives to the Arizona Education Association.
If you’ve run a community 5- or 10-kilometer race just about anywhere in Arizona, you’ve likely run under the StartLine Racing banner.
COTTONWOOD – Local runners already know the Brian Mickelsen Memorial Marathon is one of the best running events in Arizona. But it’s not just local affection for the event or the former Cottonwood city manager for whom the event is memorialized. No, the word it out. This race really is as good as it gets in Arizona.
Commentary: Mingus not trying to hold secret meeting, but district’s understanding of Open Meeting Law sadly lacking
“The sequence of events that followed the revelation about the website noticing oversight played like something straight out of the playbook of “the dog ate my homework’”
COTTONWOOD – Some of the best Northern Arizona prep track and field talent will converge on Cottonwood Friday as the Marauders play host to the Mingus Union Track and Field Invitational.
The current formula is not working. The same volunteers are stepping up and carrying a disproportionate load at every community event. It’s become abusive. They’re long past the point of burnout.
If all goes as planned, there will be a new option in getting from Point A to Point B in the Verde Valley about 10 years from now.
COTTONWOOD – The March 6 sexual-related hazing that resulted in 180-day suspensions for two Mingus Union varsity baseball players has been forwarded to the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office for a determination on whether criminal charges will be filed.
Goodyear Desert Edge’s Tyson Jones is the undisputed big shot of Arizona High School track and field this season.
Two weeks into the 2018 Arizona high school track and field season has three Mingus Union athletes sitting in the top spot in the latest Division 3 rankings.
Mingus Union tracksters DeVore, Babcock achieve automatic state-qualifying standards in season opener
One week into the 2018 track season, Mingus Union’s Hannah DeVore and Meg Babcock have punched their ticket to the “Big Show.”
Arizona Prep Track and Field
2017 provided one of the biggest assaults on the Arizona high school track and field record book in the 100-plus years the sport has been contested in the Grand Canyon State.
CLARKDALE – A volunteer baseball coach with the Mayer Unified School District was arrested Feb. 20 on allegations of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and threats resulting from an incident at the Clarkdale-Jerome School during an after-hours baseball game between Clarkdale-Jerome and Mayer Elementary, according to a Clarkdale police report.
The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Thursday arrested a Prescott man just minutes after he was accused of robbing the Camp Verde Chase Bank.
During his four years as the Mingus Union school superintendent, Tim Foist at one time or another rubbed just about everyone in town the wrong way.
COTTONWOOD – When it comes to putting together a city budget, a six-month window of time can be like the blink of an eye.
Monday marks our annual observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. It should bring back some painful and embarrassing memories for Arizona.
The Phoenix office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation made its first public statement Monday concerning the Friday shooting death of a Kansas man by an officer of the U.S. Forest Service.
The Hutchinson, Kansas, man shot and killed by a U.S. Forest Service officer Friday has been characterized in social media postings as a much-loved member of his community.
If the Mingus Union School Board eventually chooses to allow voters to decide the fate of school district consolidation, it will be a first for the Upper Verde Valley.
“I went to a fight the other night and a consolidation meeting broke out.”
It’s obvious we can throw the concept of neutrality out the window as we move forward with all involved in determining the pros and cons of school district consolidation.
COTTONWOOD -- During a 2012 presentation on the Gear Up program for the Verde Valley Leadership program, Gretchen Wesbrock was asked what she would do when the grant funding for her position expired in six years.
COTTONWOOD – The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board did not win any friends with Mingus Union after deciding last week to push the consolidation question forward to voters in November.
COTTONWOOD -- A funny thing happened after Dr. Penny Hargrove was hired in March to become Mingus Union’s 13th district superintendent in the past 24 years.
In the end, it all boils down to student interest.
COTTONWOOD – Folks in Cottonwood and Verde Village can expect to see another cell tower in the community in the coming year.
Ezra Anderson was already something of a local legend when he was just 10 years old.
To say Tim Freriks has had a good year is the most classic of understatements.
The legal arena often can be a theater of the unexpected.
The successful Yes-Yes campaign for the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union overrides this past week greatly benefited from having history on its side.
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.
Now a professional runner, Cottonwood’s Tim Freriks notches fastest-ever Grand Canyon Rim to Rim run
FLAGSTAFF – Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017: 2 hours, 39 minutes, 38 seconds.
COTTONWOOD – It’s not that $42,000 is too steep a price to pay for government transparency, but more a matter of who all should chip in for the continued telecasts of Cottonwood City Council meetings and other public service broadcasting.
COTTONWOOD -- Local runners already know this. Now the word is out. Cottonwood’s annual Brian Mickelsen Memorial is one of the most popular half marathon events in Arizona.
Both teams three weeks out from state-qualifying race
With three weeks remaining before the all-important Arizona Interscholastic Association Sectional races, both the Mingus Union and Camp Verde high school cross country teams have made significant strides this season.
There is no argument that Tasers are one of the very best tools available to law enforcement officers.
Marauders put 50-second gap between 1 and 5 runners
The mantra among cross country coaches is that you are only as good as your No. 5 runner.
The Verde Valley’s collective goodness has been clearly evident in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
With a pair of sub-20-minute 5K performances in his debut cross country season as a sophomore, Camp Verde’s Dominic Pittman showed great promise for the future of the Cowboys cross country program.
It’s back to Flagstaff’’s famed Buffalo Park for the Mingus Union High School cross country team this weekend. It’s also one of the best early season tests the team could ask for. The Sept. 16 Four Corners Invitational is a showcase of the best runners in Northern Arizona and the powerhouse reservation teams that traditionally have dominated the sport.
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.
FLAGSTAFF – There are two dominant themes so far this season in Northern Arizona high school cross country.
SEDONA – Saturday’s Midgley Bridge fall victim has been identified as a 2-1/2-year-old child, according to a news release issued by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.
COTTONWOOD – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Verde Valley Fire District responded to a rollover crash on Camino Real between Hombre Drive and Peila Avenue in Verde Village shortly before 10 a.m. Friday.
Former all-state runner Justine Sparks selected as new Marauder coach
COTTONWOOD – First, there was unbridled elation. Then, after a long pause, Jim Bostwick said, “That’s wonderful news.”
If the collapse of the historic Cuban Queen Bordello was a wake-up call for Jerome, the town’s new zoning chief is not letting the grass grow under his feet before another old building falls victim to neglect in the mountainside community.
Class does not begin at the five campuses of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District until Aug. 9.
CAMP VERDE -- A Phoenix man already being held in the Yavapai County Jail on a charge of first-degree murder now faces additional charges in an alleged murder-for-hire plot.