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Dan Engler

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Cottonwood City Council to receive overview of 2018 budget

COTTONWOOD – When it comes to putting together a city budget, a six-month window of time can be like the blink of an eye.

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Commentary: MLK Holiday a sad chapter in Arizona history

Monday marks our annual observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. It should bring back some painful and embarrassing memories for Arizona.

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FBI: Forest Service officer involved in shooting was injured, treated by EMS

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.

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Family attorney says Miller was unarmed when shot and killed by Forest Service officer

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.

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Commentary: Consolidation a 60-year endeavor for Upper Verde

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.

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Commentary: Odds and ends on school district consolidation

“I went to a fight the other night and a consolidation meeting broke out.”

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Commentary: Neutrality, community, easier said than done with school consolidation

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.

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Gretchen Wesbrock ‘gears up’ for new role as Mingus Union director of student support services

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.

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Mingus Union will move forward with representation on consolidation study group

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.

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School board considers restructure plan for Mingus district administration

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.

Five new course offerings for Mingus students

In the end, it all boils down to student interest.

New cell tower coming to Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – Folks in Cottonwood and Verde Village can expect to see another cell tower in the community in the coming year.

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Dweller shows new dimensions, growth of Ezra Anderson

Ezra Anderson was already something of a local legend when he was just 10 years old.

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Freriks does it again, wins North Face Endurance Challenge

To say Tim Freriks has had a good year is the most classic of understatements.

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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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Editorial: Much wisdom to be gained from Yes-Yes campaign

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.

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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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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.

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Cottonwood sits tight on $$$ request for public broadcast service

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.

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Brian Mickelsen race ranked among best half marathons in Arizona

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.

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Mingus, Camp Verde cross country runners rounding into form

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.

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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.

Youth is well served for Mingus Union boys cross country team

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.

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Editorial: Jet Foley, Ken Wood go the extra mile for Hurricane Harvey victims

The Verde Valley’s collective goodness has been clearly evident in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

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Pittman pacing Camp Verde runners in early season races

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.

Mingus takes on Northern Arizona’s best in Four Corners Invite

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.

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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.

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Flagstaff again dominant in Northland prep cross country

FLAGSTAFF – There are two dominant themes so far this season in Northern Arizona high school cross country.

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Young child dies following fall from Midgley Bridge Trail

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.

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Rollover crash on Camino Real

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.

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Familiar face takes reins of Mingus Union cross country program

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.”

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Editorial: Zoning administrator has Jerome moving in positive direction

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.

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Registration begins July 24 in Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District

Class does not begin at the five campuses of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District until Aug. 9.

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Man already indicted for murder now faces murder-for-hire charges

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.

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Commentary: Report underscores need to overhaul magistrate court system

A study released this week by the Goldwater Institute and American Civil Liberties Union mirrors many of the concerns raised last month when the Cottonwood City Council renewed the contract of its magistrate.

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COMPARING PAYCHECKS: Regional government wage study shows the bigger the agency, the bigger the salary

VERDE VALLEY – One consistent message in the Cottonwood Focus on Success Economic Development Strategic Plan is that there’s good money to be made locally by landing a government job.

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Man dies after bee attack

Medical personnel were already and on scene and indicated the man had died. The man was still covered in bees, which required fire fighters to spray a foam agent over the area to kill/disperse the bees and render it safe to recover his body. Bee keepers also arrived to assist, said D’Evelyn.

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Mingus agrees to new money split with V’ACTE

Intergovernmental agreement calls for 70-30 division of V’ACTE funds for instructional purposes vs. administration

COTTONWOOD – The relationship between Mingus Union High School and the Valley Academy of Career and Technical Education is much like a rocky marriage.

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Mingus School Board calls election on budget override

COTTONWOOD -- Mingus Union High School has supplemented core academic programs for 32 years with a voter-approved budget override.

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Mingus leaders want to sit down and talk consolidation with Cottonwood-Oak Creek

If consolidation is a marriage between school districts, then we’re seeing the first signs of a courtship between Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek.

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Valley Academy begins new chapter with central campus voc-ed classes

The question over the ideal approach for delivering vocational education in the Verde Valley has always been one of having a centralized campus vs. satellite services.

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New river park may bear name of Verde’s greatest supporter, John Parsons

‘Parsons Park’ proposed in honor of man often called ‘Mr. Verde River’

During his career as a newspaper reporter, Steve Ayers once wrote that John Parsons “more than anyone, is responsible for transforming the Verde (River) from a gravel-pitted, land-filled, orphaned waif to the thing of charm and beauty it is today.”

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Commentary: District unification purely political, not the arena for administrators

The decision by the Mingus Union School Board to hold off on further district unification talks until new Superintendent-Principal Dr. Penny Hargrove begins her duties is a sign of respect.

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Schadler finishes 2nd in national championship race to close out Arizona prep career

One of the best of the bunch ran her final prep race Saturday in the Brooks PR Invitational. Allie Schadler, a 15-time Arizona state champion in track and cross country for Rio Rico High School, finished second to Wyoming’s Anna Gibson in the mile.

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Turner Washington makes strong case as most dominant track & field athlete in Arizona history

Arizona thrower wins New Balance national title in discus

In terms of single-event prowess, University of Arizona-bound Turner Washington is the most dominant high school track and field athlete in Arizona history.

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Vogler confirms resignation as Verde Village Property Owners Assn. president

In an email to The Verde Independent, Krys Vogler confirmed her resignation as president of the Verde Valley Property Owners Association.

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City goes back to drawing board on injection well plan for new Riverfront Park Reclamation Facility

Test well shows too much water for plan to work

“The good news is that we’ve got a lot of water. The bad news is we’ve got a lot of water.”

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Improvements, expansion of Cottonwood water, sewer systems will cost more than $60 million

In the case of Cottonwood’s water and sewer systems, long-term improvements to and expansion of that infrastructure carries a conservative price tag of about $68 million. It could be as high as $73 million.

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Arizona’s track elite takes on nation’s best this weekend in 2017 Brooks PR Invite

SEATTLE – This weekend’s 2017 Brooks PR Invitational will close out one of the finest careers ever by an Arizona High School track and field athlete and at the same time add to the legacy of the new kid on the block.

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Arellano closes out Aftershock career with trio of wins at USATF Jr. Olympics

MESA – There is an old saying about “best laid plans.” In the case of Allyson Arellano’s farewell performance in an Aftershock Distance Club uniform at the USATF Jr. Olympics at Mesa Community College Saturday and Sunday, the plan was for the Cottonwood runner to set a blistering pace en route to a sub 10-minute performance for 3,000 meters.