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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Calliandra Brooks

Calliandra Brooks says that as a third-grade teacher at Camp Verde Elementary School, she encourages her students “to build a growth mindset which allows them to take risks and work as hard as possible.” VVN/Bill Helm

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VERDE HERITAGE 1917-1924: COTTONWOOD PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION

The old organization was dissolved then the new organization was formed on Tuesday, April 15, 1924.

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Western Light: Vultures

The vultures are back. Every spring we see them drifting lazily through our skies, wagging their wings on the breezes.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Selyna Pringle

With 11 years of teaching under her belt, Pringle is in her first year at American Heritage. She says she was a small child when she first wanted to be a teacher – and an Avon lady.

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Western Light: The nose knows

We've trained our dog to not grab at food, but to wait (sometimes patiently, sometimes not) for the "okay" signal before taking it.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1973: COTTONWOOD A & W RESTAURANT

A & W Drive-In became the A & W Restaurant during 1973.

A & W Drive-In became the A & W Restaurant during 1973.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Deb Goepfrich

First grade teacher Beaver Creek School, Rimrock

Before the current school year began, Deb Goepfrich wrote out a postcard to each of her students. That is when Beaver Creek School Principal Katrina Sacco knew that her first grade teacher was special.

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Gold King Mine’s Big Bertha roars again (with video)

JEROME -- Don Robertson is smiling in his race car in the sky as Big Bertha is again roaring above the hills of Gold King Mine.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Mary Frewin

If there’s anything Mary Frewin doesn’t like about being a teacher, it’s when one of her fifth-grade students proves her wrong.

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Western Light: wood ducks

Wood ducks are not normally known to include Arizona in their range, but then wood ducks don't read, either.

Native American Week

Each September, the Yavapai-Apache Nation celebrates Native American Week with a variety of events - and lots of great food. Saturday, Sept. 24 was the culmination of the weeklong commemoration, which included a parade on the Nation’s Middle Verde reservation and several activities, presentations and performances at Veterans Memorial Park near Cliff Castle Casino Hotel on Middle Verde Road. (Photos by Bill Helm)