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A look-back list of local 'Firsts' and 'Lasts' of 2017

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Quad-city area First & Last list 2017

Here are some of the significant things Prescott area residents saw first and last in 2017:

First

January

Jan. 1 — First business license program in the City of Prescott

Jan. 21 — First Women’s March in Prescott: Crowd of 1,200 marched around Yavapai County Courthouse

February

First time both Willow and Watson lakes were full to overflowing since 2010

March

First time City of Prescott-owned surplus properties were listed for sale to raise money for Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) debt

March 6 — First day for new Northern Arizona VA Health Care System Director Barbara Oemcke

April

First reported reduction in years in the number of sober living homes in Prescott: From an estimated 170, down to about 60

May

First day for City of Prescott’s new pickleball courts at Pioneer Park

June

First time a wildfire caused major evacuations in the Dewey-Humboldt area: Goodwin Fire

July

First time in years that Prescott’s July 4 fireworks were canceled because of fire danger

First time “dark money” was used for negative campaigning in a City of Prescott election: Against mayoral candidates Mary Beth Hrin and Jean Wilcox

First time Yavapai Regional Medical Center offered lung cancer screenings to current or past smokers through a low-dose computer tomography machine (LDCT)

August

First renovation for Prescott High School lobby: Badger Commons

Aug. 29 — First time Prescott voters agreed to tax themselves to pay down public-safety pension debt: Proposition 443

Aug. 29 — First Prescott Mayoral primary to result in a runoff in a decade

September

Sept. 12 — First lump-sum payment ($11 million) from City of Prescott reserves to pay down PSPRS debt

November

Nov. 7 — First 20-year-old elected to Prescott City Council in recent memory: Alexa Scholl

Nov. 28 — First time a development of more than 10,000 homes was approved by the City of Prescott: Deep Well Ranch

Nov. 28 — First day in office for new Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli

Nov. 28 — First Valley of Lights Stroll in Prescott Valley: 2,553 people participated

First $30 million construction project gets underway at the local VA Medical Center

December

Dec. 19 — First time City of Prescott’s unfunded liability with PSPRS topped the $86 million mark

Last

January

Last time former Dexter Elementary School property was under ownership of Prescott Unified School District: Sale closed in January

February

Last meeting for the nearly 15-year-old Highway 69 Republicans group

June

June 30 — Last drive through the streets of Prescott by the Granite Mountain Hotshot buggies: Sold to the LA County Fire Museum in May

July

Last day Station 7, home of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots, was under City of Prescott ownership: Sale approved July 25

July 29 — Last day Dewey-Humboldt Historical Museum was open to the public.

September

Last time former Miller Valley Elementary School was under ownership of Prescott Unified School District: Sale closed in September

Sept. 13 — Last time in 2017 that measurable precipitation was recorded in Prescott (according to National Weather Service)

November

Nov. 9 – Last time Prescott Valley Police Chief Bryan Jarrell saw his gun

Nov. 28 — Last day in office for Prescott Mayor Harry Oberg

December

Dec. 8 — Last major performance by popular local band Road One South: At Acker Night

Dec. 19 — Last time City of Prescott’s PSPRS unfunded liability is expected to grow (beyond current $86.4 million)

Dec. 29 — Last day on the job for Coalition for Compassion and Justice Executive Director Paul Mitchell