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Tuesday, Camp Verde Unified announced precautions the district will take at its June 2-4 celebrations, which include South Verde and Camp Verde Accommodation School graduations at 6 p.m. June 2 in the Philip England Performing Arts Center, as well as the eighth-grade promotion ceremony at 6 p.m. June 3, and Camp Verde High School graduation at 7 p.m. June 4, both at Sam Hammerstrom Field.

By Bill Helm May 26, 2020
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It’s no surprise that Yavapai College has moved its annual College for Kids program online.

By Bill Helm May 26, 2020
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The Yavapai Cattle Growers Association – YCGA – present $1,000 to Mingus Union junior Brynley Taylor for her Best Bred and Fed Steer shown at the 2020 Verde Valley Virtual Fair.

By Bill Helm May 26, 2020
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“It’s positive because we get to honor more students and the work that they’ve done,” Freeman said. “There are people who like the valedictorian model, it’s what they do. But if we’re about all of our kids, the more we can distinguish, the better.”

By Bill Helm May 22, 2020
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At 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, Camp Verde High School’s Class of 2020 will graduate on the school’s football field, Sam Hammerstrom Field.

By Bill Helm May 21, 2020
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More than 400 members of the community’s workforce will be back at work, according to Aaron Moss, general manager of Cliff Castle Casino Hotel.

By Bill Helm May 20, 2020
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At 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Beaver Creek eighth graders and their families will line up in their cars for a promotion parade at Beaver Creek School, 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock.

By Bill Helm May 20, 2020
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The Town of Camp Verde has published a three-phase return to service plan: Guidelines Under the Opening of America Announcement.

By Bill Helm May 19, 2020
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How much will the Town of Camp Verde pay to complete Phase 1B of its sports complex? Will that phase include a permanent restroom – or portable bathrooms? Will it include a maintenance facility?

By Bill Helm May 19, 2020
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COTTONWOOD — When Gov. Ducey allowed his stay-at-home order to expire on May 15, Mingus Union decided to implement its year-end celebration for its seniors.

By Bill Helm May 19, 2020
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Densmore also competed in cross country and in track and field at Mingus Union. His ability to play well in multiple sports is only one reason why Densmore is Mingus Union’s male athlete of the year for 2019-2020.

By Bill Helm May 19, 2020
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This week, Cottonwood-Oak Creek eighth graders will participate in drive-in theater-like promotion ceremonies – but are instructed to stay in their vehicles to keep themselves and everyone else safe.

By Bill Helm May 18, 2020
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Biros’ live modeling sessions had been and will again one day be held at her Studio 203 Art Classroom, 885 Hampshire Ave. Bldg. A, Studio 203, Jerome. But with COVID-19 restrictions forcing the sessions online, she’s been able to attract a greater amount of interest by embracing the virtual model’s studio.

By Bill Helm May 18, 2020
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The parade, Clarkdale-Jerome Superintendent Danny Brown said, is the “next best thing to a face-to-face ceremony, and our community can see our students as they drive by to congratulate them.”

By Bill Helm May 16, 2020
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arizona Department of Health Services recommends “mass gatherings, such as graduations (or) concerts, are not held at this time.”

By Bill Helm May 14, 2020
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Dream comes true for Emma Warner
Mingus Union senior to swim at Northern Arizona University

Tuesday, Warner signed a letter of intent to swim at Northern Arizona University. For the Mingus Union senior, NAU has “always been one of my top choice schools.”

By Bill Helm May 14, 2020
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Mingus Union to hold ‘Turning the tassel’ ceremony
May 22 event starts at 9 a.m. in school’s auditorium

The Class of 2020 will have an opportunity to participate in a Turning the Tassel senior celebration from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

By Bill Helm May 14, 2020
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Camp Verde Unified is “looking at going forward with an as-normal graduation,” Superintendent Danny Howe said Tuesday to the district’s governing board.

By Bill Helm May 13, 2020
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Camp Verde Library to reopen May 18
Shorter hour of operation, meeting rooms not available, masks required

The Camp Verde Community Library will reopen to its patrons at 9 a.m. Monday, May 18. But anyone age 2 and older will be required to wear a mask or some sort of face cover.

By Bill Helm May 13, 2020
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Danny Howe has a new contract with Camp Verde Unified School District.

By Bill Helm May 13, 2020
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Verde Valley Farmers’ Market puts safety, fresh food first
Season starts May 16 at Redinger Ramada in Camp Verde

Although the most stringent of COVID-19 restrictions could soon be a thing of the past, the Verde Valley Farmers’ Market will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays from May 16 through Oct. 3 at the Redinger Ramada on Hollamon Street between Fort Verde State Park and the community center gymnasium.

By Bill Helm May 12, 2020
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Since 2007, Verde Valley Community Supported Agriculture – CSA – has delivered organic, freshly-picked, local produce to the Verde Valley.

By Bill Helm May 12, 2020
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Curbside pickup at Yavapai County public libraries
Increased e-library options also available

With 15 libraries, including branches in Beaver Creek and Clarkdale, the Yavapai County Free Library District has been available by phone to answer questions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Bill Helm May 12, 2020
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Tuesday, the Camp Verde School Board will consider offering a superintendent contract to Administrator-in-Charge Danny Howe.

By Bill Helm May 11, 2020
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Thursday, Mike Westcott will ask the Mingus Union School Board to approve a 7% wage increase for the district’s teachers for FY 2020-2021.

By Bill Helm May 11, 2020
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Mingus Union will air commencement video May 22
Caps and gowns mailed out to graduates two weeks ago

Mingus Union is working with a sports production company to create a commencement video that will premiere beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22, during the school’s traditional graduation time.

By Bill Helm May 8, 2020
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Regular, moderate-intensity exercise has immune-boosting benefits that may help your body fight off infections, including COVID-19.

By Bill Helm May 7, 2020
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Twenty-five years ago, Steve Martinez graduated from Camp Verde High School. His graduation dinner was at the family restaurant – with no worry and with no coronavirus.

By Bill Helm May 6, 2020
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Noah Daher is the grandson anyone would be proud to have.

By Bill Helm May 6, 2020
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Virtual livestock auction a success
122 head sold for $256K, top-selling steer went for $9,750

Normally, animals auctioned off at the Verde Valley Fair are sold by the pound. This year, the folks who ran the fair decided to do it by the head.

By Bill Helm May 5, 2020
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The Sedona Verde Valley Association of Realtors – SVVAR – has bought 500 yard signs for the Verde Valley’s graduating high school seniors as a way of telling then that the community is #AllInThisTogether.

By Bill Helm May 5, 2020
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Cottonwood-Oak Creek has posted signs across the community to tell its students, their families and district personnel how badly they are missed.

By Bill Helm May 5, 2020
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Yavapai College’s May 9 graduation will be able to be seen from near and far – virtually.

By Bill Helm May 5, 2020
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Play ball — but keep 6 feet away
Verde Valley senior softballers take the field despite coronavirus scare

The last time Verde Valley’s senior softball team met on the playing field was February – about a month before businesses and schools began their COVID-19 shutdowns.

By Bill Helm May 2, 2020
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How should Cottonwood-Oak Creek schools reopen in August?
Superintendent, school board to discuss plan development Tuesday

Steve King is working on a plan for Cottonwood-Oak Creek to welcome students back to its schools in August.

By Bill Helm May 2, 2020
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The association’s May 12 meeting is an opportunity to discuss “the specific elements of the application and to give the residents in the area an opportunity to become informed with the proposed project,” Weir said.

By Bill Helm May 2, 2020
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“It needs to be community specific,” Spyrow said during Northern Arizona Healthcare’s weekly media briefing. “Our communities are experiencing vastly different incident rates. We need to work with businesses, and ask, ‘What does reopening look like?’”

By Bill Helm April 30, 2020
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How will Verde Valley businesses reopen?
Community leaders prioritize ‘health of our residents’

As Gov. Doug Ducey considers lifting or altering his stay-at-home mandate, some people will likely think it’s too soon, while others will wonder, what took so long?

By Bill Helm April 28, 2020
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Pull up, park the car, roll down your windows, watch two movies – and practice social distancing.

By Bill Helm April 28, 2020
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Thanks to coronavirus closures, restrictions and safety procedures, the Verde Valley Fair’s annual junior livestock auction will take place May 1-2 on the Internet.

By Bill Helm April 28, 2020
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Mingus’ Violet King named Flinn scholar
Eighth MUHS senior recognized in 35 years by foundation

For Violet King, the decision to attend college in Arizona was easy. Her older sister attends Arizona State University – and the King girls are as close as any two sisters could be.

By Bill Helm April 27, 2020
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Northern Arizona Healthcare has expanded its COVID-19 specimen collection protocols to include patients classified as “lower risk and community surveillance,” Chief Quality Officer John Mougin said Thursday during NAH’s weekly media briefing.

By Bill Helm April 24, 2020
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If you contract coronavirus, health care professionals are not certain how long it will remain in your body.

By Bill Helm April 24, 2020
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The business of staying in business
Camp Verde finds ways to serve its customers despite COVID-19

Throw in something like the coronavirus and the subsequent closures or restrictions, and it’s not easy these days keeping businesses in business.

By Bill Helm April 23, 2020
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Tuesday, the Yavapai County School Superintendent’s office denied a political action committee’s request for more time to collect signatures on petitions that would allow the consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts to appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

By Bill Helm April 22, 2020
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Tuesday, the Camp Verde School Board decided to table superintendent contract negotiations with Danny Howe until its May 12 meeting.

By Bill Helm April 22, 2020
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Northern Arizona Healthcare’s COVID-19 Steering Committee has developed a four-tiered testing protocol based on guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chief Quality Officer John Mougin stated in an NAH news release.

By Bill Helm April 21, 2020
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In January, Celeena Johnson was named to Yavapai College’s 2020 All-Arizona Academic Team.

By Bill Helm April 21, 2020
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“Virtual graduation – that doesn’t float our boat,” Danny Howe said Monday.

By Bill Helm April 20, 2020
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More than half of Camp Verde Unified’s 1,600-plus students are using online education resources the district has made available since schools closed for the year, Administrator-in-Charge Danny Howe said Monday.

By Bill Helm April 20, 2020

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