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May 4 in Williams at Elephant Rocks Golf Course, Camp Verde's Blake Pierce shot a 99 across 18 holes in the Regional Invitational Event.

By Bill Helm May 7, 2021
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Mason Rayburn named region offensive player of the year
Seven Camp Verde baseball players recognized in pandemic-shortened season

Mason Rayburn, Camp Verde High School’s multi-sport multi-dimensional athlete, is this year’s 3A North Central region’s offensive player of the year.

By Bill Helm May 7, 2021
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It took a virus of pandemic proportions – and volunteers who don’t stop volunteering – to turn a bowling fundraiser into a corn hole competition.

By Bill Helm May 7, 2021
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Mingus Union football field deemed unplayable
District explores cost of new synthetic field to replace 11-year-old artificial turf surface

One report showed deficiency in five of 10 areas on the field, the other showed deficiencies in eight of 10 areas. By deficiencies, DeVore said the synthetic surface is no longer safe for contact sport.

By Bill Helm May 6, 2021
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Wednesday, Yavapai College President Lisa Rhine said that it would likely take two or three years before baccalaureate degrees programs would launch.

By Bill Helm May 5, 2021
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Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council will consider updating the town’s policies, rules and procedures.

By Bill Helm May 4, 2021
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When I arrived at the Verde Independent newsroom in March 2013, I hadn’t written for a living. Ever.

By Bill Helm May 4, 2021
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Weekends from May 7-16, Mingus Union’s theater program, A Troupe Of Ridiculous Thespians, will perform the Addams Family Broadway Musical.

By Bill Helm May 4, 2021
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From 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, the Yavapai-Apache Nation will hold a second free COVID-19 vaccination drive for area residents ages 18 and older.

By Bill Helm April 30, 2021
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Guillen and Windes were booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center. Each has been charged with one count of child abuse, intentional; and one count of aggravated assault, causing serious injury to their daughter in the April 20 incident at their home in the 3800 block of Tumbleweed Drive.

By Bill Helm April 30, 2021
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Six Mingus Union and two Camp Verde seniors have received Class of 2021 Rotary Club of the Verde Valley and Fleischman Foundation scholarships.

By Bill Helm April 30, 2021
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Wednesday, the Camp Verde School Board voted 3-to-2 to rescind the mask mandate and temperature checks for the district’s students, staff and visitors.

By Bill Helm April 29, 2021
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Of the district’s six applicants to replace Doerksen, Westcott was the sole internal candidate, Superintendent Danny Brown said.

By Bill Helm April 28, 2021
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At 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Camp Verde School Board will consider rescinding its mask mandate and temperature checks for the district’s students, staff and visitors.

By Bill Helm April 28, 2021
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Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Buddy Schultz and his Arizona Baseball Foundation recently granted $4,300 to the Camp Verde Little League.

By Bill Helm April 27, 2021
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Camp Verde baseball sweeps doubleheader on the road
Cowboys face Fountain Hills Falcons at 1 p.m. Friday

Saturday, April 24, Camp Verde beat Page twice. First game 14-9, second game 15-2.

By Bill Helm April 27, 2021
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Tuesday, the Camp Verde Cowboys baseball team hosts Fountain Hills at home. Friday, Camp Verde faces Fountain Hills on the road.

By Bill Helm April 23, 2021
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Camp Verde sets sights on regionals
Golf team shoots 220, 204 at Prescott, Agave Highlands

Camp Verde golfers both individually and collectively had a strong week on the links.

By Bill Helm April 23, 2021
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Superintendent Danny Brown said this week that the April 8 march was wrong. He also said the students involved were “appropriately apologetic and regretful.”

By Bill Helm April 22, 2021
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Heather Vinson comes to Camp Verde’s municipal government from Prescott, where she currently works with Yavapai County Emergency Management.

By Bill Helm April 21, 2021
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Monday, Gov. Doug Ducey rescinded his mandate for face coverings in schools. Also Monday, Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Steve King said that the district’s COVID-approved mitigation plan would continue. VVN/Bill Helm

By Bill Helm April 21, 2021
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In August, Great Hearts Academies will open an online charter school – and K-8 children anywhere in Arizona are eligible to apply.

By Bill Helm April 20, 2021
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Two municipalities are expecting to receive different amounts from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 — and are at different levels of specificity as to how the money will be spent.

By Bill Helm April 20, 2021
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At 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Camp Verde softball team hosts the 7-4 Williams Vikings.

By Bill Helm April 19, 2021
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For about two hours on April 17, close to a dozen members of the Rotary Club of the Verde Valley collected trash along State Route 260.

By Bill Helm April 19, 2021
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Thursday, Camp Verde's golf squad shot a collective 215 to beat its three opponents at Elephant Rocks Golf Course in Williams.

By Bill Helm April 16, 2021
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Ian Pedersen and Josh McIver plan to open Flew the Coop Nashville Hot Chicken Shack at 1620 W. State Route 260, suite D.

By Bill Helm April 15, 2021
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Camp Verde baseball team hosts Chino at 1 p.m. Friday
Next week,Cowboys host Williams, then travel to Page

After winning its first six games, the Camp Verde baseball team has lost four in a row. The team, made up mostly of underclassmen, isn’t getting the breaks these days.

By Bill Helm April 15, 2021
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Pecan and Wine Festival this weekend
History of the Soldier event at Fort Verde State Historic Park

A year ago, Camp Verde’s Pecan and Wine Festival was one of the town’s first COVID-19 casualties.

By Bill Helm April 13, 2021
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This week, the Camp Verde Town Council meets twice as it plans to build its FY 2021-2022 budget.

By Bill Helm April 13, 2021
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At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Camp Verde School Board will meet in the district’s multi-use complex library, 280 Camp Lincoln Road.

By Bill Helm April 13, 2021
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With an eight-run third inning and a five-run fifth inning, Camp Verde beat Sedona-Red Rock on Monday, 16-1.

By Bill Helm April 9, 2021
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With Camp Verde's golf team, driving, chipping, putting and nutrition are the keys to success.

By Bill Helm April 9, 2021
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Camp Verde softball is now 2-5 on the season, but is ranked 18 of 36 teams in the 3A Conference.

By Bill Helm April 9, 2021
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On two legs or on four, or even on two wheels, Camp Verde’s newest trail offers what Steve Ayers calls spectacular views.

By Bill Helm April 9, 2021
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Camp Verde, AmeriCorps give back to community
Jason Parker helped establish town’s internal, external communication

A year ago May, with his Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University, Parker began a one-year assignment with the Town of Camp Verde through Alliance of Arizona Non-Profits, funded by AmeriCorps and its VISTA program.

By Bill Helm April 7, 2021
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Considering the COVID-19 pandemic shut down campuses and ball fields a year ago, the end result is not so much whether the student-athletes win or lose but that they get to play at all.

By Bill Helm April 7, 2021
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Chino Salas-Zorilla named region’s top offensive player
Junior playmaker led Camp Verde in scoring, steals, second in assists

Camp Verde’s Chino Salas-Zorilla was named the 3A North Central region’s offensive player of the year for the 2020-2021 basketball season.

By Bill Helm April 5, 2021
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Three of Mark Showers’ Lady Cowboys were recently named to the 3A North Central all-region basketball team.

By Bill Helm April 5, 2021
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Pass/fail at Mingus Union?
Thursday, school board will consider alternate grade option

The option, Principal Genie Gee said Monday, means that a passing grade would not adversely affect a student’s grade-point average.

By Bill Helm April 5, 2021
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Versatility is good for Camp Verde High School's baseball team. And versatility is a byproduct of selfless ball playing.

By Bill Helm April 2, 2021
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Golf is about situational play and about golfers staying within themselves, according to Patrick Peatrowsky, Camp Verde’s golf coach.

By Bill Helm April 2, 2021
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Looking back at close to 6,000 hours of community service since 2018, Weir said the project means that the Arena Association received quality work that it otherwise could not have afforded.

By Bill Helm April 2, 2021
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Over the next two years, Camp Verde will receive another $2.67 million in stimulus, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

By Bill Helm April 2, 2021
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Huey said Wednesday that the Nation hopes to administer 1,000 vaccines in its first of two vaccination drives.

By Bill Helm March 31, 2021
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Non-profit group protects, preserves dark skies
June 11 star party an educational opportunity for all ages

It’s been nearly three years since Camp Verde officially became a dark sky community.

By Bill Helm March 30, 2021
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For $1 per year, the Camp Verde Arena Association will have use of the town’s surplus equipment to maintain the equestrian center.

By Bill Helm March 30, 2021
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Camp Verde baseball team starts season 2-0
Cowboys beat Tonopah Valley 27-8 in five innings on March 23

Tuesday, the Camp Verde baseball team scored 22 runs in the first two innings to beat Tonopah Valley on the road, 27-8, in five innings.

By Bill Helm March 26, 2021
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Monday, Camp Verde golfs against Sedona and Chino Valley. Thursday, Camp Verde faces Wickenburg and Sedona.

By Bill Helm March 26, 2021
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March 23, Camp Verde softball defeated Tonopah Valley 11-2. The team is now 1-1 on season.

By Bill Helm March 26, 2021

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