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2017 Fort Verde Days

The 60th annual Fort Verde Days celebration, held Oct. 13-15, was a weekend full of fun for both Verde Valley residents and visitors. The theme for this year’s celebration was Remembering the Pioneers, with events all across the Downtown corridor and at Fort Verde State Historic Park, including the annual parade, vintage baseball, arts and crafts, as well as carnival rides, games, other contests, and lots of food and vendors. (Photos by Bill Helm)

National Night Out Cottonwood

Cottonwood Police sponsor National Night Out at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

2017 Beaver Creek School's Walk To School Day

Close to 300 students of Beaver Creek School, as well as a few parents, teachers and other administrators walk about one-half mile to school Tuesday in Rimrock. Walkers met at 7:15 a.m. at the intersection of Kramer Drive and E. Beaver Creek Road and were escorted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department. Walk-to-School Day is part of the school’s annual Spirit Week, which includes other activities such as Sports Fan Day, Crazy Hair Day and Twin Day. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Special Olympics Bocce

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” That is the motto of the Special Olympics. On Sept. 29 at the home of Camp Verde residents Allan and Judy Roughton, dozens of Special Olympians competed in the Bocce Regional Tournament’s Mountain Area regionals of the Special Olympics. Whether in Italian or American English, bocce is a bowling game played on natural or asphalt courts. Competitors included several residents of Rainbow Acres. Known by the Camp Verde-based social services facility as ranchers, Rainbow Acres’ residents were like the home team as the Mountain Area regionals served as a qualifying event, as winners will move on to the Special Olympics state games. Winners at the state games would qualify for the Special Olympics USA Games. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Colonel's Daughter

Ellanor Lee Gray was named the 2017 Colonel’s Daughter in the Sunday, Sept. 24 Colonel's Daughter competition at the parade grounds of Fort Verde State Historic Park. Gray, 15, was one of nine young women who competed in the 57th annual event, as they showcased their horsemanship, poise and personality. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Mingus Union Homecoming Royalty 2017

Justin Link and Taylor Ervin were named the 2017 Mingus Union Homecoming king and queen. Photos by James Kelley

2017 Native American Week Fun Walk Run

Friday, more than a dozen members of the Yavapai-Apache Nation gathered at the Nation’s Middle Verde reservation for a 1.5-mile fun run/walk, part of the Nation’s annual Native American Week, with contests, community meals, movie night, parade and Bingo and karaoke. The morning run started at the Nation’s baseball field, next to the Yavapai-Apache Police Station. Runners of all ages either ran or walked, though one made sure to take a stroll with his baby. (Photos by Bill Helm)

South Verde High School Food Bank Volunteers

One Wednesday each month, students from South Verde High School volunteer at the Camp Verde Seventh-Day Adventist Church's food bank. From about 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., the students distribute food, sort clothing or help take boxes of food to people’s cars. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Blue Oyster Cult at 2017 Thunder Valley Rally

Blue Oyster Cult was the headlining act of Thunder Valley Rally's Day 2 of the annual Thunder Valley Rally in Cottonwood. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Mogollon at 2017 Thunder Valley Rally

Mogollon was one of several bands to play Day 2 of the annual Thunder Valley Rally in Cottonwood. According to their website, Mogollon (pronounced Mug-e-on), began in the small Northeastern Arizona town of Overgaard. The name of the band is derived from the "Mogollon Rim." (Photos by Bill Helm)

Mr Skynyrd at 2017 Thunder Valley Rally

Mr. Skynyrd a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band from Tucson, was one of several bands to play Day 2 of the annual Thunder Valley Rally in Cottonwood. According to their website, Mr. Skynyrd is "committed to providing a true tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd and their music, delivering spot-on renditions of those classic Lynryd Skynryd hits, sure to make you smile and bring you to your feet - and to that dance floor." (Photos by Bill Helm)

Mingus Football Beats Lee Williams

On Sept. 15 Mingus Union football beat previously unbeaten Lee Williams 38-0 to open Grand Canyon Region play. First 13 photos by Halie Chavez, last 6 by Vyto Starinskas

Flip City Learns Motorcycle Safety

About 40 children at the Flip City Gym and Learn Preschool in Cottonwood receive a hands-on learning experience about motorcycle safety and motorcycle awareness when members of the Verde Valley chapter of the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona show off their two-wheelers. Thursday’s event was a precursor of sorts for this weekend’s Thunder Valley Rally, as the preschool will hold a Parents Night Out to allow parents to bring their children to the preschool before the enjoy the Rally’s various festivities. For more information about Flip City’s preschool program, call 928-639-2852. (Photo by Bill Helm)

2017 Patriot Day Remembrance

Monday, American Legion Post 93 Camp Verde held its annual Patriot Day ceremony to remember the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The remembrance, held at the Camp Verde Ramada on Hollamon Street, included various presentations by the Legion, including the Striking of the Four Fives, Posting and Retrieval of the Colors, Rifle Salute, as well as remarks by Legion Commander Stewart Phelan, as well as Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German, Det. Sgt. Stephen Butler of the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, Fire Chief Terry Keller of the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority, Legion Auxiliary Unit President Karen Mealey, Sons of the Legion Squadron Chaplain Kelly Hollamon and Legion Auxiliary Chaplain Gayleen Kelsey. “Therefore, while it is certainly fitting and absolutely appropriate to honor the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001, lest we never forget on this day, let me challenge all of us present here today and the rest of our fellow Americans to pledge ourselves to alter our lives by putting aside our petty differences of politics or political affiliation; of skin color, ethnicity or race; or of professional or social class. Instead, let us dedicate ourselves to truly demonstrate what it means to be an American and be patriotic by working together to solve the vexing issues that plague us – whether it is the recovery from a hurricane, or defeating Islamic terrorism, or eradicating poverty and hunger from this great nation, or here locally,” Keller told the attendees. (Photo by Bill Helm)

Mingus Football Cactus Shadows 2017

Mingus Union football hosted Cave Creek Cactus Shadows on Sept. 1 in their home opener. The Marauders lost 21-20. Photos by James Kelley

Camp Verde Harvest Medicinal Cannabis Grow Facility

Medical cannabis is cloned, grown, and then harvested in Camp Verde by Harvest, Inc., Camp Verde’s most recent cultivation facility. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Trump Rally protestors and supporters

Tuesday night on the corner of Washington and 3rd in Phoenix, protestors of President Donald J. Trump collided with the attendees of his campaign-style rally at the Phoenix Convention Center. (Photos by Halie Chavez)

Camp Verde, Beaver Creek view solar eclipse

Students and administrators at Beaver Creek School in Rimrock learn about astronomy - and solar eclipses - from Cottonwood resident James H. Keyworth. Keyworth, originally from Montreal, visited with the school’s students and staff and let them look at Monday’s solar eclipse through his specially-filtered telescope. The Camp Verde Community Library also hosted a solar eclipse presentation and viewing on Monday. More than 100 community members looked through special solar eclipse viewing glasses supplied by the library, or for Camp Verde residents Dave Freeman and Steve Ayers, special headsets. A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and when the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. This only can happen at new moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth in alignment. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Vince's Auto Body New Building Construction

Work on the new SR 260 location for Vince's Auto Body is expected to be completed by mid-September, according to Dave Lochmann, superintendent for Tierra Verde Builders. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Mingus Football Red And Gray Scrimmage

On Friday night, Mingus Union football hosted its annual Red and Gray Scrimmage. The junior dominated red team won. (Photos by James Kelley)