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Over the weekend, Hurricane Harvey struck the southeastern coast of Texas.

The storm surge rose the water levels of Galveston Bay, meaning Texan rivers and waterways that drain into the Gulf of Mexico are swollen and stalled, causing massive inland flooding. Current estimates suggest more than 30,000 people could be displaced in the storm and its aftermath as rain continues to pound the area. Hurricane Katrina, which devastated southern Louisiana, especially New Orleans, continued its path northward after making landfall.

For the last two months, Americans have been abuzz about the Total Eclipse 2017.

The path of totality moved from South Carolina to Oregon on Monday, with Sedona and the Verde Valley seeing the peak around 10:30 a.m. One could only imagine how our prehistoric ancestors behaved when a total eclipse occurred: The fiery ball in the sky suddenly being “swallowed” by the moon for several minutes in the middle of the day.

Be safe on the road with school back in session.

School has resumed throughout Sedona and the Verde Valley.

In the last few weeks, readers will note that we have run several press releases from nonprofits and state agencies preparing parents and students for the return to classrooms.

The city of Cottonwood is facing yet another boondoggle regarding wastewater.

This time, the issue revolves around an almost inexplicably stupid decision to build a wastewater treatment plant at Riverfront Park predicated on the assumption that the facility could inject water back into the aquifer without drilling a test well first to see if that was even possible.

Since the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Camp Verde United School District budget has increased from $8.1 million to $9.1 million.

One would logically think this increase in budget would equate to a correlated increase in teacher salaries. After all, teachers are the men and women on the low end of the financial totem pole, spend the most time directly with our children and are most responsible for the success or failure of our schools.

The Cottonwood City Council recently renewed the contract of Magistrate A. Douglas Lasota, despite a reported review from one council member that the court could be more efficiently run without him, by contracting for services with another local court.

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