Photo galleries

2018 Cottonwood-Oak Creek Future Chefs

Creating specialty dishes such as Melissa’s Amazing Salad, Mango Coconut Curry and Asian Mex Salsa, the eighth annual Future Chefs Challenge was an opportunity for five Cottonwood-Oak Creek students to compete for prizes and bragging rights. Wednesday, five C-OC students prepared their Asian-inspired meals at Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary School in Cottonwood. Madison Lusebrink, a fifth grader at Mountain View Preparatory in Cottonwood, took home first place for her crunchy chicken rolls. Four judges surrendered their palates as they tasted the tasty treats prepared by Lusebrink, Cottonwood Elementary School students Caleb Thompson-Cope (third grade), Melissa Decker (third grade) and Kaylee Sharber (fourth grade), and Oak Creek School third grader Elizabeth Cowgill. Each of the competitors received a gift basket of cooking utensils, as well as a t-shirt, apron and chef’s hat. Lusebrink also received a Polaroid Snap camera, Fit Bit, a wok, a pot and pan set, measuring cups and measuring spoons, and a silicon cutting board. (Photos by Bill Helm)

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Scottsdale Prep beat Camp Verde baseball 12-5 on Thursday. (VVN/James Kelley)

Photo Gallery Loven Run 2018

Runners and walkers take off from the Blazin' M Ranch Saturday morning for the 7th annual Loven Family Run & Walk on Saturday in Cottonwood hosted by the Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

2018 Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival

The Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival is one of the town of Camp Verde’s signature celebratory events. This year, the festival was held March 17-18. Each year, Camp Verde Promotions organizes the festival, which is a combination of several community events, such as the Pecan and Wine Festival, Verde River Runoff, Native America Arts and Crafts Show, live music, vintage baseball, and a wide variety of vendors with their wares – and their foods. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Photo Gallery Sedona St Patricks Day Parade 2018

The Sedona St. Patrick's Day Parade lined the streets green on Saturday. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Bob Simbric returns to Camp Verde School Board

At their Tuesday, March 13 regular meeting, Camp Verde Unified School District’s governing board members welcome Bob Simbric back to the board. Monday, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter selected Simbric from a pool of four candidates to replace former governing board member Christine Schneider, who resigned on Feb. 14. Simbric, who began his fifth stint with the board on Tuesday, was first elected to the CVUSD governing board in 1980, and served from 1981-1988, then from 1996-2000, 2002-2008, then from 2012 until he retired in May 2016. Though Simbric was officially sworn in by Carter on Monday, the new board member took part in a ceremonial swearing-in with district governing board president Tim Roth. Simbric is also pictured walking into the meeting for the first time since 2016, leading the room in the Pledge of Allegiance, and talking with Mary Hudson, the district’s executive assistant to the superintendent. Simbric, whose appointment to the board expires on Dec. 31, is eligible to run for election in November to keep his seat on the board. (Photos by Bill Helm)

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Mingus Union softball beat Scottsdale Saguaro 9-1 on Monday at home. (VVN/James Kelley)

Photo Gallery Clarkdale Car Show

The 2018 Clarkdale Car Show lines up in downtown Clarkdale on Saturday with P.K. Gregory providing the music. There was food and beer at the free event. The Cycle Kart Club hosted the Clarkdale Grand Prix this year and was put on by The Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance and the Clarkdale Foundation. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Photo Gallery Jerome Wakes Up To Snow

The residents of Jerome woke up to about two to three inches of snow in Jerome, as the precipitation remained as rain in Cottonwood. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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Competitors ride in the barrel competition during the Central Verde Gymkhana Association event on Saturday at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

2018 Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Verde State Park

To celebrate African American History Month, Fort Verde State Historic Park held its annual Buffalo Soldiers event on Saturday, Feb. 17. Historical presenters honored the legacy of the all-black regiments that once served at Fort Verde. The Buffalo Soldier Riders of America Motorcycle Club, among others, offered history presentations to the visitors at Fort Verde. On display were 1870s military equipment and uniforms, as well as period-appropriate military encampments. Dutch oven cooking demonstrations by company cooks Bill Stafford, Bob Tenner and various volunteers yielded a hearty lunch of barbecued ribs, Cajun-boiled veggies, corn bread and peach cobbler. Though the meal was primarily geared for the Buffalo Soldiers and the 1860s-era Base Ball players, the general public was able to make a donation for a plate of food. Vintage Baseball was once again on the agenda as the Prescott Champions hosted the Mesa Miners in an Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball game. (Photos by Bill Helm)

State Wrestling Tournament Medal Rounds

Camp Verde finished third and Mingus Union 20th at the Division IV and Division III state wrestling tournaments respectively last week at the Prescott Valley Event Center (VVN/James Kelley)

Camp Verde At Sedona Red Rock Region Semifinals

Sedona Red Rock hosted Camp Verde boys basketball in the 2A Central Region tournament semifinals on Wednesday night. The Scorpions won 70-49 (VVN/James Kelley)

Sedona Marathon 2018

Runners start the Sedona Marathon's half-marathon Saturday morning in beautiful weather. More than 3,000 runners in several races. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Mingus Union Basketball Host Lee Williams

On Friday Feb. 2, Mingus Union girls and boys basketball split with Lee Williams. The girls lost 36-32 in over time and the boys won 54-45. (VVN/James Kelley)

Mother-Daughter Look-alike photo contest 2018

The Verde Independent and Bugle 2018 Mother-Daughter Look-alike photo contest entries will appear on this gallery.

Photo Gallery! Progressive Barrel Racing Fairgrounds

The turnout was amazing for the 2018 Verde Valley Progressive Barrel Racing and Pole Bending Competition on Saturday at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Mingus Union Basketball Sweeps Mohave

On Thursday night Mingus Union basketball hosted Mohave. The girls beat the Thunderbirds 51-41 and the boys won 56-47. (VVN/James Kelley)

Cottonwood Recreation Center Basketball Kids At Mingus Union

Cottonwood Recreation Center teams the Jazz and Mavericks played during halftime of the Mingus Union girls varsity basketball game on Thursday night. The CRC sponsored the Marauders’ game and will also have teams playing on Tuesday night when the Marauders host Flagstaff. (VVN/James Kelley)