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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

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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

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)

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

Beaver Creek School District's Summer Breakfast Program

Beaver Creek community children eat breakfast Wednesday in the cafeteria at Beaver Creek School in Rimrock. Through Thursday, June 28, breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. to community children ages 17 and younger Monday through Thursday at Beaver Creek School in Rimrock. Call 928-567-4631 for more information. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2018 McGuireville Memorial Day Weekend Tractor Show

The fifth annual Memorial Day Tractor and Engine Show in Historic Downtown McGuireville, held on May 26, was an opportunity for folks to remember history through tractor rides and decades-old engines running on all cylinders, as well as to remember fallen soldiers. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2018 Camp Verde High School graduation

Thursday, Camp Verde High School’s Class of 2018 graduated on the Sam Hammerstrom football field, as the student-led ceremony included various introductions, awards recognitions, student speakers, the Camp Verde High School choir, an introduction of the 24 12-year seniors who attended Beaver Creek and/or Camp Verde schools since first grade – as well as the presentation of the graduation class, as 81 seniors – including students from the district’s accommodation school – received their diplomas. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Mingus Union High School 2017-18 Athletes of the Year

Mingus Union High School’s athletes of the year for 2017-2018 are cross country and track and field’s Hannah DeVore, football and baseball’s Justin Link and volleyball, girls basketball and softball’s Nikki Zielinski. (Photos by James Kelley)

2018 Beaver Creek School promotions

Wednesday, Beaver Creek School promoted 42 students in the school's multi-purpose building. After the academic awards presentations, special words, the song and rose ceremony, and speeches by Valedictorian Jaden Daniel and salutatorian KeLeeMae Leitner, Beaver Creek School District Superintendent Karin Ward and Principal Katrina Sacco presented the diplomas, along with BCSD Governing Board members Jacqueline Harshman, Karen DuFresne and Perry Krowne. The promotion ceremony ended with the school’s traditional dance back down the aisle. Attendees then attended a reception in the cafeteria before graduates then danced in the gym until 10 p.m. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Verde View Senior Apartments celebration

Wednesday, Verde View Senior Apartments celebrated the 55th anniversary of its parent company, Retirement Housing Foundation, also known as RHF. Verde View Senior Apartments, located on SR 260 in Camp Verde, opened in 1991. The celebration included presentations by the company’s president and CEO, as well as Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German, Camp Verdean and historical presenter Ed Lee, and others. Camp Verde VFW Post 6739 also presented a flag to Retirement Housing Foundation. (Photos by Bill Helm)

This week in photos: Night skies, fires and state championships

Check out this week in photos by VNI staff.

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Benson beat Camp Verde 7-3 in the 2A state championship game on Tuesday at ASU. (VVN/James Kelley)

Track And Field State Meet

Mingus Union and Camp Verde competed at the state track and field championships on May 5. (VVN/James Kelley)

Mingus Union Softball Coconino State Playoffs

On Apr. 28, No. 9 Coconino beat No. 8 Mingus Union softball 5-2 in the first round of the 4A state tournament. (VVN/James Kelley)

Teachers walk out of Camp Verde, Beaver Creek Schools

Wednesday afternoon across from Camp Verde’s Walgreens, then Thursday morning in front of Camp Verde Town Hall, Camp Verde and Beaver Creek educators seek reform of the state’s education funding mechanism. Educators Verde Valley-wide have joined educators from across the state in Thursday’s walk-out, with the majority of the area’s schools closed, but prepared to reopen on their next scheduled day. For some school districts, that means back to school on Friday. For four-day school districts such as Camp Verde and Beaver Creek, Monday. (Photos by Bill Helm)