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Dan Engler

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Mingus actions prompt resignations of two members of Consolidation Advisory Committee

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.

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Verde Valley teachers say walkout a painful but necessary decision

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.

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The Bu$ine$$ of Running: Explosion of Arizona running events the perfect storm for StartLine Racing

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.

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10th Brian Mickelsen Marathon events hit the road Saturday at Riverfront Park

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. 

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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’”

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Northland prep talent showcased Friday in Mingus Invitational

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.

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Commentary: Suspension of Cornfest a reality check for Camp Verde

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.

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Commentary: New roads a double-edged sword of solving problems, and creating them

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.

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County attorney to decide criminal charges on Mingus hazing

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.

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Tyson Jones re-writes state track history in shot put

Goodyear Desert Edge’s Tyson Jones is the undisputed big shot of Arizona High School track and field this season.

Three Mingus Union athletes hold down top spots in latest state track and field rankings

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.

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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.”

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Legendary Arizona shot put record in jeopardy going into 2018 season

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.

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Volunteer baseball coach arrested for alleged disorderly conduct and threats

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.

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Prescott man accused of robbing Camp Verde Chase Bank

The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Thursday arrested a Prescott man just minutes after he was accused of robbing the Camp Verde Chase Bank.

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Commentary: Like him or not, Tim Foist was a man who earned community’s respect

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.

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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.