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New brand, sames sense of pride, for Verde Valley Community Champions
VERDE VALLEY - For 29 years, the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce and Verde Independent have honored citizens who continually raise the bar on improving the quality of life in the Verde Valley.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lifetime Achiever Max Castillo
Cottonwood's Max Castillo is the 2015 Lifetime Achiever honoree among this year's Verde Valley Community Champions.

Castillo recently retired from Arizona State Parks. He was on the ground floor when Dead Horse Ranch State Park was born and worked at the park for 40 years.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Education Champion Danny Watkins
COTTONWOOD - Danny Watkins has been awarded the Verde Valley Community Champions Award for Education. Watkins has been at teacher at Cottonwood Middle School for 19 years and has done nothing but succeed as a teacher and is more than deserving for this award, says Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Barbara U'Ren.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Student Champion Evan Snyder
COTTONWOOD - Evan Snyder, a junior at Mingus Union High School, is the recipient of the Student Award for Verde Valley Community Champions.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tourism Champion Drake Meinke
CLARKDALE -- It was a no-brainer for Clarkdale Economic Development Director Jodie Filardo to nominate Drake Meinke and the Copper Art Museum as the Verde Valley's 2015 Tourism Champion.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tourism Champion Verde Valley Archaeology Center
CAMP VERDE - Almost five years ago, the Verde Valley Archaeology Center first opened, a dream of eight avocational archaeologists who wanted to preserve archaeological sites and collections, and to nurture an understanding of prehistory and American Indian history in the Verde Valley.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Citizen Champion Darrell Dierks
COTTONWOOD - Darrell Dierks, a resident of the Verde Valley for the past 14 years, is the recipient of this year's Verde Valley Community Champions' citizen award. Dierks retired in 2001 and decided to move to Arizona with his family to enjoy retirement.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Business Champion Highlands Floor Coverings
Highlands Floor Coverings in Flagstaff and Cottonwood is a family-owned business that specializes in service and customer satisfaction. Highlands is an exclusive Mohawk Floorscapes dealer and has a vast knowledge of the right product for each floor, whether it be commercial, retail, new home construction, property management, and apartments.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Organization Champion Jerome Elks Lodge
CLARKDALE - Who are the Elks? And what do they do?

According to their official website, Elks lodges bring more to their communities than buildings, golf courses or pools. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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