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As the nation celebrates Black History Month, Fort Verde State Historic Park gears up for its 10th annual Buffalo Soldier event Saturday, Feb. 18.

“Since February is officially recognized nationally as Black History Month, we created an event that pays tribute to the Buffalo Soldiers, particularly since we had two troops of the 10th Cavalry, Troops I and M, stationed at Fort Verde during the Indian Wars Period,” Fort Verde Park Manager Sheila Stubler.

Imagine being positioned on a rope, hanging in open space above a canyon floor, your only anchor points 300 feet in either direction.

For local emergency rescue crews who use tracklines to bridge the span between one peak and another, this is the reality.

On Jan. 21, Cottonwood Police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt was awarded the Moose Lodge Cottonwood Officer of the Year Award at the third annual First Responders banquet held at the Verde Valley Moose Lodge in Clarkdale.Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell, Moose International Heart of the Community Committee Member Allen Marx and Cottonwood Police Sergeant Monica Kuhlt, from left.

Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court has been elected by the Justices of the Peace in Yavapai County as its presiding judge.

The duties of the presiding justice of the peace are to supervise the administration of the judicial and internal administrative functions of the five Justice Courts in Yavapai County.

Knowing how difficult it can be for the homeless to get around, Sedona-based bicycling advocate and bicycle tour guide Heather Parris donated seven bikes to Angie’s House, a Cottonwood-based nonprofit that provides transitional housing for those impacted by homelessness, addiction and mental illness.

On Jan. 18, Parris met with Angie’s House founder Angela Lonzano, delivering five immediately rideable bikes and two that needed minor repairs. In addition, she handed over parts and bike helmets donated by a bicycling and gear shop in Cottonwood and mountain bike business in Sedona.

In addition to finding an interim replacement for dismissed Mingus Union High School District Interim Superintendent Eric Harmon, the MUHSD Governing Board has narrowed its list of permanent superintendent candidates down to four.

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, Jack Keegan will become the interim superintendent for MUSHD through Friday, June 30, operating in a transitional role between the outgoing Harmon and the incoming superintendent.

Most days, recently hired sports reporter Daniel Hargis wears a shirt with some kind of water polo insignia on it — proof that the 24-year-old Southern California native spent much of his adulthood in the pool.

Hargis, who has been reporting for the Larson Newspapers since December, has been a sports lover as long as he can remember. Nonetheless, he said that he had “never felt good at any of them” until he began playing water polo in high school.

According to Town of Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Division Manager Michael Marshall, 2016 presented itself as a banner year for recreation in Camp Verde.

“The mid-year hiring of an additional full-time person greatly improved our capability to plan and implement quality programming,” Marshall said, adding Parks and Recreation Coordinator Shawna Figy’s contributions should allow for expansion of programs and plans for future growth. “As always, our focus on working with partners allowed us to expand the reach of our programs while maintaining a limited budget.”

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