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Dan Engler

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Round 4: Mingus Union School Board Q&A -- Jason Finger

Consolidation would certainly make aligning K-12 curriculum simpler. However, in the absence of consolidation, aligning K-12 curriculum with both Cottonwood and Clarkdale would require a huge amount of communication and cooperation.

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Round 4: Mingus Union School Board Q&A -- Carol Anne Teague

If we became aware that students from a specific incoming school were consistently underperforming, I would ask that Mingus’ superintendent collaborate with their administration to help the kids who were falling short. This conversation would happen because open dialogue and cooperation between all of the schools is a priority.

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Editorial: Subjective nature of school grades makes final result suspect

Indeed, many schools throughout the state successfully petitioned ADE for a re-assessment of their grade last year. Case in point: Mingus Union High School successfully petitioned last year to have its “C” grade improved to a “B.”

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Search and Rescue, air search teams utilized in Sedona-area rescues

SEDONA – Verde Search and Rescue teams were utilized twice in the past week for rescue operations in the Sedona area.

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Sedona Recycles discontinues service in Beaver Creek communities.

Director says recycling industry as a whole faces problems

Our truck is old, prices are abysmal and there is no way to increase funding’ -- Jill McCutcheon, Sedona Recycles Executive Director

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Round 3: Mingus Union School Board Q&A -- Jason Finger

I think that audio or video recordings would be a helpful tool in improving transparency for the Mingus Union governing board.

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Round 3: Mingus Union School Board Q&A -- Carol Anne Teague

The Arizona School Boards Association does not recommend publishing recordings of school board meetings. I believe in listening to our experts, so I would choose a different battle.

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Mingus frosh take top honors – twice – in prestigious Nike Desert Twilight Invitational

Any talk about the future of the Mingus Union cross country program brings a quick smile to the face of Head Coach Dave Moncibaez.

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Q&A: Jason Finger seeks seat on Mingus Union School Board

In an effort to foster trust and transparency with your constituents, using district email accounts should be the only method for conducting board business.

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Q&A: Carol Anne Teague seeks seat on Mingus Union School Board

The solution for those who want to respond to official business in a timely manner is to either just use their personal emails or to create an email address dedicated to MUHS through an accessible server like gmail that will work on mobile devices.

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Commentary: Upper Verde education follows script of ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Former television game show host Monty Hall would love the Upper Verde Valley’s education system.

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Mingus boys cross country 7th in Ray Wherley Invitational; Peterson sisters sweep top two spots in frosh-soph race

The Mingus Union High School boys and girls cross country teams had their best performance to date Saturday in the Ray Wherley Invitational at Prescott’s Embry Riddle University.

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Carol Anne Teague seeks seat on Mingus Union School Board

I characterize the operations of Mingus Union High School as strong and stable.

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Jason Finger seeks seat on Mingus Union School Board

MUHS is a small district that offers incredible programs to their students in a wide range of areas from its award-winning drama department to the wide range of competitive sports opportunities to their vast offerings with its CTE partnerships.

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Mingus cross country off and running

Mingus Union cross country runners turned in solid performances in Wednesday’s season opener at the 14-school Payson multi-meet.

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Commentary: ‘Fake news’ does exist, let the buyer beware

The stand of unity by news professionals this past week against the mantra of “fake news” was long overdue.

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UPDATE: Dr. Daniel Bright teacher arrested for alleged sex with 17-year-old boy

A middle school teacher, 22-year-old Isabella Miller-Bowman, at Dr. Daniel Bright School, was arrested Thursday for an alleged sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy.

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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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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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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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Consolidation fiscal analysis shows negligible impacts on property tax bills

Slight increase for Mingus, Cottonwood-Oak Creek in 2020; declines for property owners in Clarkdale-Jerome

Should a consolidation of the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts be approved by voters in November – barring a court order to cancel the election – Upper Verde property owners will see negligible change in their annual tax bills.

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Second man arrested in connection with alleged drive-by shooting in Verde Village

A second man has been arrested in connection with an alleged drive-by shooting in Verde Village Tuesday night.

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Aaron Martin, 20, arrested in connection with alleged drive-by shooting in Verde Village

Sheriff’s Office reports a second arrest expected sometime Wednesday

A 20-year-old Verde Village man was arrested early Wednesday morning following an alleged drive-by shooting in Verde Village.

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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: ‘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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Cottonwood man arrested for alleged rape of 14-year-old girl

A 55-year-old Cottonwood man has been arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 14-year-old Prescott girl.

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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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Clarkdale’s Gayle Mabery receives 2018 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Award as ‘Community Builder’

TUCSON – Clarkdale Town Manager Gayle Mabery has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Award in the Community Builder division for communities with populations less than 100,000.

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Commentary: Mingus’ greater challenge lies in court of public opinion

Just when you thought that school district consolidation could not get any more interesting, Mingus Union elevated this fight to a whole new level by legally challenging the merits of the planned November election.

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Commentary: Lack of transparency continues to be part of Mingus culture

For more than a year now, Mingus Union High School officials have displayed a pattern of carelessness when it comes to complying with Arizona’s open meeting and public records laws.

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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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Cottonwood City Council Election 2018: Doug Hulse

Question: Are city employee salaries too high? If yes, what do you base this position on and what comparisons have you made that support your opinion?

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Cottonwood City Council Election 2018: Michael Mathews

Question: Are city employee salaries too high? If yes, what do you base this position on and what comparisons have you made that support your opinion?

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Kyla Allen: Cottonwood City Council Election 2018

Question: Are city employee salaries too high?  If yes, what do you base this position on and what comparisons have you made that support your opinion?

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Cottonwood City Council Election 2018: Bill Tinnin

Question: Are city employee salaries too high? If yes, what do you base this position on and what comparisons have you made that support your opinion?

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Clarkdale Town Council Q&A: Bob Ingulli

As a proud and recent graduate of the Verde Valley Leadership program, Class 11 I had the privileged experience to learn the importance of pronounced leadership.

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Clarkdale Town Council Q&A: Ben Kramer

We have been blessed with the knowledge, investment and intuition we have found with Town Manager Mabery.

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Clarkdale Town Council Q&A Bill Regner

Finding and hiring someone of current town manager Mabery’s competence and dedication will be a monumental task.

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Clarkdale Town Council Q&A: Eileen Sydow

The Clarkdale Town Manager has a very important and complex leadership position. Skills and experience for this position include:

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Woman who claimed she was kidnapped arrested in Prescott homicide case

Sharalyn Stura’s false statements prompted manhunt in Rimrock

A woman who reportedly claimed she had been kidnapped by a suspected murdered that sparked a manhunt in the Rimrock area Thursday has been arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Jail on one count of first-degree murder, according to a news release from the Prescott Police Department.

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Cottonwood City Council Election Q&A: Jackie Narin

If there is too much growth, that small city feeling goes away and so may many of our citizens who left big cities to live here.

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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.

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Cottonwood City Council Election Q&A: Michael Mathews

Above all, city council should provide guidance to city staff based on what their constituents’ concerns are regarding economic development.

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Cottonwood City Council Election Q&A: Doug Hulse

The role of the City Council is to ensure a diversified economy that supports base industries, service suppliers, tourism, medical services, education, construction, recreation, and other key sectors. It is the responsibility of the City Council to foster an inviting environment and to promote these industries in our city.

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Cottonwood City Council Election Q&A: Kyla Allen

Regulating growth is quite a tight-wire act.

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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Kyla Allen seeks seat on Cottonwood City Council Q&A

Most pertinent are my service to the Library and Police Detectives Unit for the City of Anaheim, and my 23+ years of service to the City of Cottonwood.

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Doug Hulse seeks seat on Cottonwood City Council Q&A

No previous political experience. Extensive advisory experience in various positions in law enforcement in Arvada, CO.

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Michael Mathews seeks seat on Cottonwood City Council Q&A

I have worked for one of the largest water districts in the United States.(Valley Center Water District in Valley Center, CA). Several years as a residential electrician. 10 years as a truck driver. 14 years as a real estate developer,broker/investor. Four in the USAF as an aircraft maintenance specialist (honorably discharged)

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