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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
COTTONWOOD -- Mingus Union High School has supplemented core academic programs for 32 years with a voter-approved budget override.
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.
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.
‘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.”
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.
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.
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.
In an email to The Verde Independent, Krys Vogler confirmed her resignation as president of the Verde Valley Property Owners Association.
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.”
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.
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.
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.