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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)

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On Apr. 25 Mingus Union baseball beat Bradshaw Mountain in the state play-in 9-8. (VVN/James Kelley)

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On Apr. 24 Sedona Red Rock hosted the Red Rock Invitational Last Chance (VVN/James Kelley)

Photo Gallery Apple Trees Blossom Slide Rock State Park

Spring is in the air at Slide Rock State Park in Sedona as the apple trees are in bloom. The apple farm is one of the few homesteads still preserved in Oak Creek Canyon, according to the state park. Around 1912, The Pendley family developed the land, the orchard and irrigation system that is still in use today.. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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Mingus Union track and field hosted the Mingus Invitational on Friday. (VVN/James Kelley)

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Schools from all over Northern Arizona competed in the Cottonwood Middle School Track Invitational at Mingus Union on Wednesday.

2018 Trek for Tech in Beaver Creek

March 24 marked the fifth annual Trek for Tech in Beaver Creek. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beaver Creek Library, this year’s event raised more than $2,000, with 60 participants walking and/or running either a 5K or 10K course. With 11 sponsors this year who each donated at least $100 in money or in-kind services for event-related prizes. Each year, Trek for Tech raises money toward the technological advancement of the students at Beaver Creek School in Rimrock. (Photos courtesy Sunshower Rose)

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Sedona Red Rock hosted the Camp Verde baseball and softball teams on Mar. 29. Cowboy baseball won 10-1 and CV softball triumphed 23-3. (VVN/James Kelley)

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)

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)

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)

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)