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Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years

The big top comes down:

After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May.

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Sheriff’s deputy stops vehicle, seizes 11 pounds of meth

A Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy who stopped a car for an equipment violation on Saturday, Jan. 13, found nearly 11 pounds of methamphetamine in the car, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.

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Cash-strapped Prescott changes its job focus

City to hire more service personnel, fewer managers

Prescott City Manager Michael Lamar says he is extending the “doing more with less” philosophy into the management level at the City of Prescott.

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Campbell pushes for increase of gas tax

Prescott’s legislator also wants a $30 fee on auto insurance

The new head of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure wants a dime a gallon increase in the state gasoline tax.

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Vets say they’re frustrated by VA’s Choice program

Overall, vets say they receive quality care

Medical care at the local VA is considered by many local veterans to be of the highest caliber, but the Choice program intended to allow veterans to see community specialists is a lesson in frustration, according to several local veterans.

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PUSD Student of the Week: Jan. 16, 2017

Second-grader Miguel Vera-Reyes, who is in Ms. Newell’s class at Abia Judd Elementary, is the Prescott Unified School District Student of the Week.

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Chief: Prescott officers, dispatchers ‘prevented certain tragedy’

Black commends her staff for stopping a potential mass killing

Prescott Police Chief Debora Black evoked images of past mass-shootings around the country this week, when she commended local police officers and dispatchers for averting a similar tragedy in Prescott.

Sheriff’s office has most vacancies

Officials working to fill most of them

Nearly half of the 38 unfilled vacancies in Yavapai County government reside with the sheriff’s office.

Community calendar: Jan. 17-24

Community calendar for City of Prescott for Jan. 16-24, 2017.

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Underutilitzed downtown Prescott spaces get new life hosting events

Those looking for space to host an event in downtown Prescott are not short of options.

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PNI discontinues online reader comments on news stories

Prescott Newspapers, Inc., publisher of The Daily Courier, will stop allowing comments on the stories published on its three news websites today, Jan. 15, said Richard Haddad, news content director for Western News & Info, PNI’s parent company.

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Proposed sales tax hike: Shoppers to pay 75 cents more on $100 purchase

TAX HEIGHT? The cost of closing the pension gap

For about 47 cents a day – roughly the cost of a pack of gum, an apple, or a postage stamp – Prescott residents reportedly could close the gap in the city’s public-safety pensions.

Need2Know: PV chamber business academy; Flex Realty changes leadership

PV chamber business academy The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce will begin its now-annual business academy on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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Chino Valley’s independent pharmacy provides alternative to corporate competitors

Establishing an independent pharmacy in Chino Valley was surprisingly easy for Jason Dykstra, a pharmacist.

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Farmers Insurance ribbon cutting

Farmers Insurance Jim Clemens Agency celebrated its new opening and chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on Nov. 26. Jim Clemens cuts the ribbon with the help of staff Angie Weaver, Chamber CEO Marnie Uhl and the fabulous chamber ambassadors.

Blood drive underway, donors needed

United Blood Services has advised that post-holiday blood donors are urgently needed.

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Stop and go on Highway 69

Traffic signal timing challenge with traffic flow

Chris Pikula said he moved to the area about six months ago and one thing he’s noticed in particular is the timing of the traffic lights on Highway 69.

Calendar of Events: Jan. 15 -19

Sunday, Jan. 15 Prescott Chamber Players Society Winter Concert, 2 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave.

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Bobcat put down after attacking four people in Sedona

A bobcat attacked four people in separate incidents in the Sedona area on Thursday, Jan. 12, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD).

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Riding without a helmet?

Lawmaker says ‘buy a permit’

A Tucson lawmaker wants to once again make it illegal to ride a motorcycle in Arizona without a helmet.

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$900 raise for teachers, cash for education in Ducey’s budget

Gov. Doug Ducey is offering the average Arizona teacher a $900 per year raise – by 2022.

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Local cops: Man who killed suspect attacking a Trooper is a ‘hero’

A passerby who saved the life of a Department of Public Safety Trooper, shot by a man who ambushed him Thursday, Jan. 12, is being called a hero after he killed the gunman.

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Motorist who aided wounded trooper recalls fear, confusion

An Arizona man who helped a wounded state trooper said Friday he was afraid and confused when he saw three bodies and pulled over on a freeway.

Prescott Police Blotter

Prescott Police Dept. calls for service, Dec. 30 – Jan. 5

Calendar of Events: Jan. 14-19

Saturday, Jan. 14 American Association of University Women Meeting, 9 to 11 a.m. at Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Bldg. 19.