Photo galleries

2018 Clarkdale-Jerome School's Meet the Teachers

Though classes at Clarkdale-Jerome School started on Thursday, children, their parents and interested community members visited the school Wednesday afternoon to meet their teachers, find out which classroom is theirs, and meet other community groups. The Clarkdale-Jerome community donated more than $30,000 in parts and labor this summer for the purchase and installation of new bleachers at the soccer field at Clarkdale-Jerome School, according to District Superintendent Danny Brown. Mark Tufte, vice president and manager of Country Bank in Cottonwood, was one of the community’s donators for the project. Tufte, also an AYSO soccer coach, said Wednesday that each of the 32 new metal benches should seat approximately 14 people, which means there are about 450 seats available for the community to watch events at the field. Besides Country Bank of Cottonwood, the following community businesses and organizations also contributed to the project: Sherwin Williams, Pro Build, Benchmark Builders, Cactus Flooring, Clarkdale Police Department, Barnworks Fabrication, Backus Building Companies, Town of Clarkdale, Verde Valley Rotary Club, AYSO Soccer 232, Hale’s Roofing. VVN/Bill Helm

Photo Gallery Credit Union West Shred Event

A community shred came to Cottonwood Saturday at the Credit Union West building as the secure mobile shred truck was busy destroying local paperwork brought in steadily during the three-hour event which also featured free food from the Merkins Vineyards Tasting Room & Osterea food truck Pizza Wagon, prizes and live radio. Local organizations had booths and the Mingus Union High School cheerleaders raised donations by washing cars and were presented a check by Credit Union West. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Sedona Pink Jeep Tours

It started as a way to sell prospective property owners on Sedona’s beauty. But Don Pratt’s jeep rides in the 1950s turned into Sedona Jeep Tours. The Grand Canyon was on Jay Anderson’s bucket list. But the Naperville, Illinois family stopped in Sedona on the way to the Canyon – and took in a Sedona Jeep Tour. VVN/Bill Helm

Verde Valley Little League Majors Baseball

Verde Valley Little League's majors baseball all-stars beat Hayden-Winkelman 7-0 on July 21 in Scottsdale in the state tournament. VVN/James Kelley

Operation Back To School 2018

At the Old Town Mission, volunteers spent the morning of Tuesday, July 24 filling backpacks with pencils, paper, folders, binders, composition books, rulers, scissors and crayons. For the annual Operation: Back to School project, Old Town Mission Executive Director Kellie Wilson says that more than 1,200 backpacks will be given out from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Verde Community Church. VVN/Bill Helm

2018 Beaver Creek Summer Reading Program Finale

Maria and Henry Flurry, better known on the children’s music circuit as Sticks and Tones, perform a collection of their more playful tunes Wednesday at the Beaver Creek Library’s Summer Reading Program finale for 2018. This year’s theme, Libraries Rock, encouraged children to read with a variety of programs geared to the world of music. Children and adults alike enjoyed and participated in the musical presentation – then celebrated the end of the program by eating pizza. VVN/Bill Helm

Mingus Youth Football Camp

On July 16-18, Mingus Union football held its annual youth football camp. VVN/James Kelley

Gallery: Verde Valley gets healthy dose of monsoons

According to the National Weather Service, most of the year low-level winds in the region blow from land toward the sea. By late spring, however, solar heating causes temperatures to skyrocket and surface air pressure to fall. This forms an area of low pressure known as thermal low. Eventually, the pressure difference increases until the cooler and more humid air over the ocean is drawn to the hot, dry air on land. This occurrence eventually develops into thunderstorms.

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On July 12 Mingus Union hosted its annual alumni game. VVN/James Kelley

Recycled Music at Beaver Creek Library

On June 20, Beaver Creek’s children made musical instruments out of recycled objects. Wednesday, those children made music – recycled music at the Beaver Creek Public Library. The theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program is Libraries Rock. Local high school students – and local adults played music with and for the children Wednesday, while the children played and danced along. Beaver Creek Library is located at 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock. Hours are from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. VVN/Bill Helm

2018 Beaver Creek Independence Day Celebration

It started with pancakes and sausage, and ended with a rubber duck race. In the middle, Beaver Creek’s annual Fourth of July celebration was an opportunity to recognize America’s independence as a nation, as well as have fun on a hot summer day. Lake Montezuma resident Verna Shafer was this year’s parade grand marshal, and 15-year-old Abigail Jensen was this year’s junior grand marshal. This year, American Legion Riders from Camp Verde's American Legion Post 93 kicked off the parade, while members of the American Legion’s Honor Guard helped post the colors following the 9 a.m. parade, which traveled south on Montezuma Avenue past Rollins Park. Following the parade, folks ae plenty of hot dogs and ice cream, listened to music and played games, won prizes and cooled off thanks to water games hosted by the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority. The following is a list of winners for Beaver Creek's annual 4th of July parade: -Best of Parade – Grace Community Lutheran Church -Most Patriotic – Grace Community Lutheran Church 2nd place – Montezuma Rimrock Water Company -Most Historically Accurate – Bob Feeser with his mountain man costume 2nd place – USFS with Smokey the Bear -Most Original – The redneck 4th of July – the Cooper Kids 2nd place – Montezuma Rimrock Family Dental -Community Service – Beaver Creek Head Start 2nd place – Beaver Creek Adult Center with their mascot Murphy -Equestrian – Pistols and Petticoats 2nd place – Team of Willie & Keebler driven by Robert Bruce -Small Vehicle – Beaver Creek Adult Center 2nd place Michael Gonzales. VVN/Bill Helm

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Camp Verde boys basketball hosted the Cowboy Summer Shootout on June 29-30. VVN/James Kelley

Mingus Union 7 On 7 June 27

On June 27, Mingus Union football hosted Sedona Red Rock and Chino Valley for 7-on-7 games. VVN/James Kelley

Verde Valley Farmers Market

Through Oct. 6, come to the Verde Valley Farmers' Market in Camp Verde for your favorite produce and home-made edibles. All foods sold at the Market are grown within 50 miles of Camp Verde. VVN/Bill Helm

Photo Gallery Tilted Earth Festival 2018

The 5th annual Tilted Earth Festival returned to the banks of Oak Creek at the Page Springs Cellars Saturday. The weather was perfect in the woods next to the local vineyard as festival goers listened to music, sipped wine and ate dinner to four bands. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

2018 Beaver Creek Summer Reading

A cornucopia of fun as children escape the summer heat Wednesday, June 20 at the Beaver Creek Public Library's annual Summer Reading Program. The theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program is Libraries Rock. Wednesdays through July 18, visit the Beaver Creek Library for one of its many workshops and activities that are part of the annual reading program. Children of all ages are encouraged to read for both fun and for prizes through July 18. Beaver Creek Library is located at 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock. Hours are from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (VVN/Bill Helm)

Cottonwood Village Dads Car Show

The cars were shined up and line up at the Cottonwood Village for the Car Show For Dads, celebrating Father’s Day with a cars show. Cars were awarded by viewer’s choice and there was a free lunch. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Mingus Union Football June 13 7 On 7

On June 13, Mingus Union football hosted Payson, Flagstaff, Prescott, Snowflake and Chino Valley for 7-on-7 games, going 5-1. VVN/James Kelley