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Dan Engler

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Tucson’s Joe Batiste, South Mountain’s Dwayne Evans to be inducted into nat’l high school track and field Hall of Fame

One of the first Arizona high school track and field athletes to gain national prominence and another who achieved Olympic fame as a teen are among the 2019 inductees in the National High School Track and Field Hall of Fame.

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Editorial: CDBG should not stand for City Designated Budget Gratuity

Until the City Council learns that “community” and “city” are not synonymous when it comes to the way these federal grant funds are spent, a lot of folks will reach the conclusion that CDBG stands for Cottonwood Deserves Better Governance.

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Editorial: Camp Verde needs to stay on pace in economic development marathon

There is no such thing as instant gratification for those whose job it is to stimulate and invigorate their community’s economy. There are more false starts in this race than finish lines.

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Editorial: A new year, and already a new focus on consolidation

We’ve barely turned the page on the calendar to 2019 and already the renewed battle for Upper Verde school district consolidation is taking shape.

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Editorial: ACLU hypocrisy on full display in Mingus ID badge dispute

As for the ACLU-Arizona, it’s curious how the organization took up the cause of one student on this issue as a privacy rights intrusion, and then went out of its way to make sure every media outlet in Arizona knew the student’s name.

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Clarkdale police report vehicle rolls into Verde River

Saturday at about 3 p.m., Clarkdale police were alerted to a vehicle partially submerged in the Verde River at the Tuzigoot River Access Point.

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Resolutions without road map a dead-end street

There are some good lessons – and some not so good – about kids and the way they establish and follow through on the goals they set for themselves.

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Jerry Riopelle’s drunken ballet never went out of fashion in Arizona (with video)

Arizona music legend passes

If I could, I would build an Arizona musical Mount Rushmore.

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Mingus Union School Board gets AG reprimand for September 2017 Open Meeting Law violation

A failure to properly notice a Sept. 5, 2017, executive session and then having the meeting without an attorney present has earned the Mingus Union School District a letter of reprimand from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

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UPDATE: Area agencies, businesses included in nationwide bomb threat

Cottonwood police and other area emergency responders are currently at the Yavapai County Annex in Cottonwood following a threat of a bomb placed in the county assessor’s office, according to a report on the Cottonwood police scanner.

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Verde Connect project gets $25 million jump start for new bridge over Verde River

“We just hit a home run with this project,” Garrison said Wednesday morning after receiving news that the county had been awarded a $25 million federal transportation grant for construction of a bridge over the Verde River to pave the way for a new east-west corridor in the Verde Valley.

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Sheriff’s deputies, Verde Valley Fire District crews combine efforts to rescue woman from Verde River

Saturday around 12:45 p.m., the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a call regarding a kayaker trapped in the Verde River near Thousand Trails Park just outside Cottonwood.

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Commentary: Big challenges await new Mingus Union School Board

It’s an unenviable list of tasks awaiting the new Mingus Union School Board that takes office in January.

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Hargrove out as Mingus Union superintendent (with video)

COTTONWOOD – The Mingus Union School Board expeditiously ended its employment with Penny Hargrove Saturday morning.

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Sheriff’s Office: Verde Village man fires into neighborhood before turning gun on himself

A Verde Village man is dead after he first fired a gun into his neighborhood while police were attempting to execute a search warrant and then turned the gun on himself.

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Editorial: Cottonwood at key crossroads in search for new city manager

For the city, Cottonwood is at a philosophical crossroads as it moves forward in the search for a city manager to succeed Doug Bartosh.

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Commentary: Questions abound over ‘grounding’ of Mingus Union superintendent

Like the dutiful parent whose child comes home with a lousy report card, the Mingus Union School Board grounded Superintendent Penny Hargrove last week.

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Commentary: It takes entire community to make community events successful

The experiment called Camp Verde Promotions has been a case study in the adage that no good deed goes unpunished.

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Babcock, Rogers pace Mingus effort in Bradshaw Invite

Mingus Union came home with five medalists at Saturday’s Bradshaw Mountain Cross Country Invitational.

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Commentary: ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ -- State Historian Marshall Trimble remembers ‘Lefty’ Ortiz

Reader testimonials and funeral home memorials offer ample evidence that it was a life lived well and full for Cottonwood’s Eugene “Lefty” Ortiz

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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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