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High Water Mark
High Water Mark
Verde Valley Land Preservation unveils "High Water Mark," a sculpture created by artist Wendy Harford, right, on Wednesday at the Cottonwood Library, It was donated to the library and was created in response to the 1st Verde Artist Challenge. Bob Rothrock, from VVLP, Mayor Diane Joens and Kyle Smkith from the library, join her. VVN/Vyto Starinskas



Gallery: MUHS vs CVHS Boys Hoops 12/18
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Highlights from the close game between Mingus Union High and Camp Verde High on December 18, 2009. Final Score: MUHS 52 - CVHS 55.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Gallery: Senior Center Christmas Dinner 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

The Verde Valley Senior Center in Cottonwood welcomed guests to its annual Christmas Dinner on Wednesday afternoon. Angel Care Home Health, Hospice Compassus, ABRiO Family Services, C & S Custom Import and Domestic Performance & Repair and Verde Valley Community Hospice sponsored the approximately 350 dinners that were served or delivered on December 23rd. Gifts that were collected, wrapped and donated by Brenda Cosse and her helpers from Sedona were shared at the end of the event, while Third Graders from American Heritage Academy made Christmas cards for each place setting at the dinner.

Senior Center Executive Director Elaine Bremner helped to distribute gifts with granddaughter's Emma and Allison. Sax Appeal and The Christmas Quintet provided live music at the event.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Gallery: Connections Ranch Christmas 2009.
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Connections Ranch in Cornville hosted Christmas at the Ranch on Saturday afternoon. Connections Ranch is a non-profit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities through equine therapy. One of the many highlights of the event was a chance to ride one of the therapy horses around the arena. There was live music throughout the day, with a special presentation by the a cappella quartet Sedona Swing. Hayrides, photos with Santa, toys in the haystack and chicken bingo were other fun activities for guests to enjoy - and ultimately to help benefit the programs at the ranch.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gallery: Circle of Friends Holiday Concert 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

It was a full house on Friday night at the Mingus Union High School Auditorium as Mount Hope Foods presented their annual Circle of Friends Holiday Concert. John Ziegler, with many past and present members of Major Lingo sharing the stage, entertained the audience with a mixture of folk and traditional Christmas music. The MUHS Chorus and Stage Band, with James Ball directing, turned in spirited performances that added to the holiday mood. Santa even made an appearance for a group sing along with all of the evening's performers, including some tuneful employees from Mount Hope Foods, for the grand finale.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Gallery: Senior Center Volunteer's Party 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

The Cottonwood Senior Center hosted its annual holiday party to honor Senior Center Volunteers on Thursday evening. Each year volunteers at the Senior Center are recognized for their service with a special evening of food and spirits, not to mention prizes given out by director Elaine Bremner for a variety of volunteer accomplishments. Live Christmas music was provided by Hospice of the Pines Bereavement/Spiritual Counselor Adam Bissell. The evening ended on a high note of gift giving and a group sing-a-long of Silent Night.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Gallery: Mago Earth Park Dedication
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

A huge crowd poured into large white tents on Bill Gray Road at the new Mago Earth Park Wednesday morning. This was the day when 600 dignitaries and guests from around the world gathered to celebrate the new Mago Earth Park and landmark statue of "Mago Mother Earth."

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gallery: Action Partnership Christmas Party 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Action Partnership for People with Special Needs held their annual Christmas party for kids with disabilities at American Heritage Academy on Thursday evening. 156 invites were sent to families from all over the Verde Valley. The party saw many groups coming together to support the kids and have a fun time in celebration of the holiday. On hand was the Verde Valley Fire Dept., ABRiO Family Services, the MUHS key Club and Challenged Adults Making Progress (Champs), among others. There were plenty of activities for every member of the family - from visiting Santa, eating pizza, playing games, listening to live holiday music, making cards or getting a temporary tattoo.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gallery: Polar Express 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Santa returned to Jerome's Spook Hall on Friday night for the annual Polar Express Party sponsored by the Jerome Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Claus read the Christmas classic to pajama wearing kids who enjoyed hot cocoa and chocolate cookies by Gisele's Bakery while listening to the story. The kids also had a chance to make Christmas decorations, and finally, to meet Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, who presented each child with a bell, as depicted in the Polar Express story.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gallery: Jerome Snow Storm 12.7.2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

It's official - winter has arrived in Jerome. On Monday night, icy-cold winds turned what had been rainfall by day into a concoction of sleet, and finally a few inches of snow, during the overnight hours. The slush that had first accumulated on the sidewalks and roadways quickly became an ice sheet under the freshly fallen snow, making it difficult for commuters coming up, or going down, the mountain on Route 89A.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gallery: Chocolate Lovers Walk 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

This year's Chocolate Lovers' Walk was as popular as ever - well over 400 people participated in the annual event, now in its 16th year. As is tradition, many of the chocolate confections were handmade by the 40 participating businesses taking part in this year's walk along historic Route 89A in Cottonwood's downtown district. Presented by the Old Town Association of Cottonwood, the event began at the Civic Center with hot cocoa and music provided by local big bands. Trolley service was provided to the outer edges of the commercial district and back.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gallery: Made In Clarkdale 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Friday night saw the 23rd annual Made in Clarkdale exhibit open at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse. The artist's reception drew a large gathering of spectators who came to view the art, listen to the live Jazz band, watch Belly Dancing on stage and peruse the selection of used books on sale at the Library Book Sale being held in the Ladies' Lounge. Made in Clarkdale is seen as the cornerstone of Christmas festivities in the history-rich former mining town.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Gallery: Cottonwood Christmas Parade 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Highlights from the 2009 Cottonwood Holiday Parade.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Gallery: Mingus girls basketball vs. Bradshaw Mt. 09
Action from Tuesday night's game between the Mingus Union varsity girls basketball team and the visiting Bradshaw Mountain Bears.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Gallery: Mingus boys soccer vs. Independence 09
Action photos from Tuesday evening's varsity soccer game between Mingus Union and Independence. Mingus won, 2-1.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Gallery: Dances of Universal Peace 11.28.09
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Dances of Universal Peace brings together chants and mantras from world religions combined with simple circle dances to inspire peace and spiritual transcendence in a group setting. These dances are held regularly at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood, usually on the last Saturday of the month, as well as in Sedona. The night was dedicated to Marianna Hartsong, who recently experienced the loss of her home to fire.

Percussionist Lee Sagari, guitarists Kate McGovern, Thomas Winn, Annette Kearl and violist Marianna Hartsong provided the soundtrack for the meditative dances. Cathryn Swan and Deborah Heron joined McGovern and Hartsong as dance leaders.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Gallery: Hans Olson at OTCA 11.28.09
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Arizona Blues Hall of Fame inductee Hans Olson appeared to a full house at the Old Town Center for the Arts on the last Saturday night in November. Olson had the audience enraptured with his command of acoustic blues guitar, a powerful vocal style and well chosen projected images on the screen behind him that often referenced elements from the song's lyrics. Hans played an assortment of original and cover songs that included country, folk and blues genres.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Gallery: Mingus Football vs. Santa Rita 09
Action photos from Friday night's 4A II State Semifinal game at North Canyon High School. The Mingus Union football team took on Santa Rita.
Saturday, November 28, 2009

Gallery: HDYF Cottonwood Marauders
Action from the HDYF Cottonwood Marauders game at CMS on Saturday.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gallery: HDYF Cottonwood Cardinals
Action photos from the HDYF Cottonwood Cardinals' game on Saturday.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

HDYF: Cottonwood Colts vs. Prescott Outlaws
Action photos from Saturday's game between the Cottonwood Colts and the Prescott Outlaws
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gallery: Oak Creek School Country Fair 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Oak Creek School in Cornville held its annual Old Tyme Country Fair on Saturday. Inside the gym, it was chock full of craft artists selling their wares - while the kitchen was open for pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs. Outside, there was an abundance of games to participate in; a cakewalk, bobbing for donuts, pin the tail on the donkey (or even check out the real donkey at the petting zoo) were just a few of the activities on hand to enjoy. Kids seemed especially taken with the opportunity to dunk Oak Creek School principal Ben Russel in the water-filled dunk tank, a task that they succeeded in achieving many, many times.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gallery: Mingus Union HS vs Paradise Valley 11.20.09
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

No. 1 Mingus battled its toughest game of the season Friday night and edged the No. 9 Paradise Valley Trojans 19-14. The Marauder football team advances to the semifinal round of the 4A II State Playoffs with the big, 2nd round win at home and stays undefeated, 12-0 on the season.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Gallery: Mingus Invitational 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

On Saturday, the Mingus Union High School Cross Country teams held its annual Mingus Invitational at the Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School in Clarkdale. Teams from all over the state came to compete in the 5K race.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Gallery: Early Settlers Day 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

It was a full day of homespun activities during Early Settlers' Day on Saturday. Participants were transported to a bygone era, well before the conveniences of our current day. Held at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum in Cottonwood, all sorts of period correct costumes, firearms, cooking implements and machines were on display along with re-enactors, craftspeople and artisans. Old time live music, down home food and even period livestock were on exhibit at the free event, which also allowed spectators to try their hand at many of the activities.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Gallery: Rhythm n Ribs 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Rhythm and Ribs, sponsored for the 4th year by Cottonwood Parks and Recreation, got off to a smoking start on Friday with the best ribs from area restaurants. They were competing for the coveted audience and jury awards for best Ribs in the Verde Valley. Besides the food, an assortment of fun activities were on hand for the kid set, as well as a wine tasting tent for the over 21 crowd. Musical acts Tramps & Thieves and headliner Stephen Ashbrook played country-flavored originals on Friday from a huge stage located at one end of Children's Park in Cottonwood. Knuckleheads and Major Lingo performed on Saturday. Hog Wild took the honors for best ribs.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Gallery: Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival 2009
Photos by Beverly Copen

The First Annual Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona was a result of many hands and hearts creating a cultural event the whole community and our visitors enjoyed! Volunteers worked hard Friday to set up and then in the evening, celebrated at "Pub Night" before the Festival on Saturday!

Saturday brought Pipers, Dancers, Kilts, Celts, Harpists, Drummers, Storytellers and a wide variety of Musicians to celebrate all things Celtic! Children exploring new cultures were transported through creativity and the Festival brought joy to children of all ages!

A glorious day among the red rocks of Sedona and full of beautiful new experiences!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Gallery: The 3 Faces of Jenny
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Rehearsals are under way in Jerome for this year's annual Ghost Walk. Three different actresses will play the lead role of Madam Jenny Bauters, or Belgian Jenny as she is often called, in a script written and directed by Charles Seiverd. Nichole Lahti, Sonya Wilson and Annie Mae Kelley all play pivotal moments in the life of the infamous Jerome Madam, once the richest woman in Arizona.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Gallery: Verde River Days 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Verde River Days was the big event of the weekend in the Verde Valley. Taking place at Dead Horse State Park, the free celebration had something for everyone to enjoy. There were many educational nature-based exhibits about the river, canoe and kayak rides, castle building and fishing, nature hikes, as well as plenty of music and food choices. A special highlight was the Civil War Reenactments that were held twice each day, on both Saturday and Sunday. The popular Kid's Corner had special activities that were fun and also helped to educate children about the need to protect the fragile river system.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gallery: Guitar Summit
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Cottonwood's Old Town Center for the Arts featured four incredible guitarists on Friday night at an event named, the Guitar Summit. Fitzhugh Jenkins, Anthony Mazzella, William Eaton and Joe Myers are each recognized masters of the guitar who brought a remarkable depth and virtuosity to their performances on this evening. As well as the solo performances, Eaton, Mazzella, Myers and Jenkins joined forces on stage to play highlights from their debut album, Electric Harp Guitar Group. The guitarists met with rapturous applause from the enthusiastic audience at the Old Town Center for the Arts, making the night even more magical.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Gallery: Mingus Union Football vs. Apache Junction
Mingus Union football team crushes the visiting Apache Junction Prospectors Friday night at the Cave.
Friday, September 25, 2009

Gallery: Fall Buckle Equestrian Series 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

The Buckle Equestrian Series is under way for the fall season. Sponsored by the Cottonwood Department of Recreation, events begin each Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the Cottonwood Fairgrounds Equestrian Center. Come out and see horse and riders engage in 7D Barrel and Pole Bending competitions.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Gallery: Slide Rock Apple Festival 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier and Tye Farrell, Arizona State Parks

The theme of this year's Apple Fest was: "What's Old is New Again," and nearly 4,000 people attended the Sedona festival over the weekend. The event is a celebration of Oak Creek's agricultural and farming history. The Slide Rock Apple Fest had live music, activities for children and adults, food, arts & crafts, natural exhibitions, educational booths, homesteading demonstrations and lectures about sustainability. Activities included apple-sorting demonstrations, corn and a beer garden, face painting, children's arts & crafts, apple-themed activities, history walks, live demonstrations with owls, hawks, and other animals, an apple cooking contest, a dessert auction and music, including performances by Red Rock Country Band and Porchlights.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gallery: VW Campout in Jerome
Photos by Warren & Leisa Burdine

Warren and Leisa Burdine went to a VW campout in Jerome over the Sept. 12, 2009, weekend and wanted to share these photos with readers. Take a walk back down memory lane and enjoy these photos of an iconic van.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Gallery: Fiesta del Tlaquepaque 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Fiesta del Tlaquepaque entered its 36th year of celebrating Mexican Independence Day with a mosaic of color, song, crafts and dance. Saturday's annual event took place among the majestic courtyards of Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona. Traditional South of the Border dance troupes, musicians, artists and food vendors provided a full day of entertainment and enjoyment for all who attended.

Classical and Flamenco guitarist Greg Reiter played with emotion during his performance on Saturday. Duo Flavio played an upbeat set that kept pace with the rhythm of the day. Mexican folk dancers Ballet Amistad Folklorico have been performing at the Fiesta for many years, a testament to their popularity with the audience. Mosaico Flamenco combined Spanish and South American musical influences with Flamenco dance to win over the crowd. Wandering Mariachis thrilled the audience with traditional Mexican folk music at Fiesta del Tlaquepaque.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Gallery: Page Springs Cellars Harvest Festival 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

The 4th annual Page Springs Cellars Harvest Festival was held on Sunday to celebrate the end of the grape growing season and to give the public a chance to experience the green sprawling property, sample the wines produced on site and enjoy live music. A hay maze and hayrides were available for the kids, while art and healing arts practioners set up tents at the festival entry. Folk duo Eric and Robin Miller and California musician Alisa Fineman entertained guests at the Page Springs Cellars Harvest Festival on Sunday.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

GALLERY: Mingus Football vs. Prescott 09
The Mingus Union Football team downed the Prescott Badgers at home Friday night, 33-0. The Marauders begin their season, 1-0.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Gallery: MUHS Swim Meet 9.2.09
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

The Mingus Union girls and boys swim team kicked off the season at home against Verrado and Peoria on Tuesday. Even though the Mingus girls' team won 8-of-12 events, they lost by two points to a surprising Verrado squad. The boys team only took five races but it was the 2nd and 3rd that allowed them to beat Peoria and Verrado.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Gallery: Art Has Power Bands and Poets
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

10 poets competed in the "Art Has Power" Poetry Slam while 4 bands squared off in a Battle of the Bands at Yavapai College campus in Clarkdale on Friday night. Jessica Laurel Reese took home the trophy for poet with the highest score - points were given for both the content and performance. The Mods were the hands down audience favorites in the Battle of the Bands competition, walking away with a large trophy and $400 cash prize from Yavapai Broadcasting. There was talk of making this a regular event, which would be a welcome addition to the Verde Valley cultural landscape - allowing originality and creativity a refuge, literally an oasis in the desert.

The Crisis #1 was the second band to perform (we missed the first act) and put on an energetic performance of original post-punk rock. Sounding a bit like Sleater Kinney's Corin Tucker, Crisis #1's singer added a dynamic edge to well opposed twin rhythm guitar attacks and a driving beat.

Brother/Sister duo Flawless and Perfection brought earnest pop songs to the Battle of the Bands competition. Playing acoustic guitars, F and P were both tuneful and optimistic - at least two songs featured the theme of realizing what is truly important about life, and not wasting it.

Rock trio The Mods kicked out the jams big time at the Friday night Art Has Power Battle of the Bands. Often blending psychedelic era bass lines with equal parts blues licks and early Zep and Who inspired guitar playing, it was refreshing to hear the Mods in an area that seems to relish classic rock cover bands - here is a band that is taking a well cherished genre and is doing something original with it. It was a pleasure to hear the chords to Who Are You dropped into a passage as an ode to a great song, rather than an actual cover of the song. The music came alive most when the band would break into well-composed end parts, much like Z era My Morning Jacket (who seem to share many of the same influences); the Mods have the ability for aural transcendence.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Gallery: Convergence Reception at Verde Gallery
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

"Art Has Power" was the name given to Friday night's convergence of poetry, visual art and live music at Yavapai College campus in Clarkdale. The evening started off with Verde Art Gallery's first show of the season titled, "Convergence." David Woof, Sallie Cross, Cris Roney and Michael Turner are full time artists working in Clarkdale, and while thematically and stylistically their work is very different, the sensitive installation at the Verde Art Gallery creates a dialog between the four artists work. As the opening taking place on the second floor of Building M wound down, the night was just beginning downstairs...to be continued.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Gallery: Cadet Swift Water Training
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

The Camp Verde High School Fire Science Program spent Thursday morning at Mormon Crossing in Cornville practicing Swift Water Rescue techniques with the help of Firefighters from Verde Valley and Camp Verde Fire Districts. Fire Science Instructors Steve Darby and Ron Sauntman lead the group in a variety of maneuvers that firefighters and EMTs use to rescue injured and non-injured civilians from swift water conditions, and to protect themselves while negotiating dangerous water situations.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gallery: Twilight Dive In Movie Night
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

It looked like late afternoon rain, thunder and lightning might threaten Dive In Movie Night at the Cottonwood Aquatic Center on Saturday, but alas the skies cleared in plenty of time for the double feature of Twilight and WALL-E to go on. The night was a great opportunity for young and old alike to enjoy 2 excellent films while having fun in the pool on a warm summer evening.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Special Olympics Swim Meet 2009
Photos from the Special Olympics swim meet in Cottonwood on Saturday
Saturday, August 22, 2009

Gallery: Hunter Education Field Day 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

The Arizona Game and Fish Basic Hunter Education class has been meeting twice a week for the month of August in Camp Verde for Verde Valley area hunters. An adjunct to the normal sessions is a mandatory Field Day that took place this Saturday on Cherry Road in Camp Verde. Chief Hunter Education Instructor Kevin Presmyk began the day with an in-depth, hands-on firearms safety presentation. The kids and adults then proceeded to rotate through five stations that included live fire and shooting stances, tracking wounded game, firearm identification, wilderness survival skills and identifying what land is appropriate and legal to hunt on. The class is required for any kids ages 10-14 that want to big game hunt in Arizona.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Gallery: Guns vs Hoses Flag Football 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

The annual Guns vs. Hoses flag football game between the Cottonwood Fire and Police Departments was held at MUHS on Friday, August 7. The game is part fun and part benefit for the MUHS Marauders Football Team - the firefighters were victorious in their match with the Cottonwood Police department, winning with a score of 60 to 40.

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Gallery: Cottonwood Fire Dept New Engine Crew
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Friday was a momentous day for the Cottonwood Fire Department. In the works for nearly a decade, the Cottonwood Fire District finally got its second fire engine crew on board this week by accepting 12 new firefighters into their ranks. Over 150 qualified firefighters applied for the 12 slots, so the dozen chosen are considered the crème de le crème of the pack. Following a week of training that prepared the new recruits for the Cottonwood FD procedures and protocols, the new firefighters were sworn in at a badge pinning ceremony Friday afternoon that included many friends and family present.

Cottonwood's new fire engine crew is Greg Gaise, Alex Lewis, Cameron Atkinson, Brandon Wacker, Patrick McInnis, Landon Scates, Denver Hughes, Bryan Smith, Ryan Contreras, Sean James, Joe Odell and Jeremy Doerksen.

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Gallery: First Day of School at DDB 2009
VVN/Philip Wright

Administrators, teachers and staff at Dr. Daniel Bright School welcomed parents and students to the first day of school Thursday. Lots of new shoes, clothes and backpacks were on display as some kids shared hugs with returning classmates, and others, mostly new kids, were reluctant to let go of their parents' hands.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Gallery: National Night Out 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

August 4th was National Night Out - an event that encourages Police-Community Partnerships, crime prevention, safety and neighborhood unity, Cottonwood was one of 15,000 communities across the country taking part in National Night Out 2009. Highlights from the Cottonwood event included a demonstration from the kids at Tae Kwon Do Unlimited, boxing and Muay Thai demos from Golden Cobra Center of Fitness, free hot dogs and burgers off the grill, demonstrations and booths from all local law enforcement and safety divisions - including a live Taser demonstration and live SWAT team and K-9 enactment.

Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning explained that that no funding for the event came from city coffers, instead most of the funds came from cash and property seized in local drug busts.

Undeniably fit Golden Cobra Preston Whitmarsh went on to win the popular push-up challenge by besting the crowd and completing 80 push-ups.

UniSource employee Anna Chavez volunteered to be shot in the back with a Tazer gun by Cottonwood Police Sergeant Gaerth Braxton-Johnson at Tuesday's National Night Out.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Gallery: Jerome Artwalk August 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Pictures from the ever-popular Jerome 1st Saturday Artwalk - August edition. Here's what you'll see inside this photo gallery:

Images that accompanied the story Phil Wright wrote on Donna Chesler of Gallery 527, which appeared in print, but of course some of my favorites were omitted.

Artist Cody DeLong stepped out of his 300 Hull Street studio and gallery to demonstrate plein air painting in front of Quince restaurant, where he is the featured artist for the month.

The Merchants Gathering, located next to Spook Hall on Hull Street, has recently opened with a variety of unique galleries and shops. Merchants include popular tarot reader Cynthia Reneé Criswell's (seated at her reading table) Bohemian Books & Fortunes, Kee To Fine Art, Casa Latina, as well as Cody DeLong Studio - all on the main floor.

Hand Beaded Jewelry maker Sally Peck is the featured artist at Spirit Art Gallery this month.

Percussionists at Spirit Art Gallery.

Busker Eaton performs at Quince Restaurant during the Jerome Artwalk.

Michele Cokl Naylor is the featured artist this month at Jerome Co-Op Gallery.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Gallery: Back To School Haircuts
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

Siegel's Salon and Day Spa, located on S. Village Drive in Cottonwood, helped students start off the 2009 school year looking their best by offering free haircuts all day on Monday. Nancy Siegel recruited many local cosmetologists to donate their services and they performed a remarkable feat completing over 200 haircuts before the day was out. As well as the haircuts, the kids and parents were treated to grilled hotdogs, lemonade, face painting, free hair products and music from an onsite DJ, while those cutting hair were provided the services of a masseuse in the spa area.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Gallery: VV Invitational Swim Meet 2009
Photos by VVN/Jon Pelletier

The Cottonwood Clippers dominated the 2009 Verde Valley Invitational at the Cottonwood Community Pool on Saturday. The Clippers scored 3264 points. The Sedona Swordfish was the closest team in points, with a second place finish with a 1713 score.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009


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