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Cindy Barks

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100-unit apartment complex coming to Highway 69 area

Proposed projects expected to add to mix of Prescott’s rental choices

With hundreds of apartment units already either under construction or in the approval phase, two new projects have emerged recently that would add dozens more rentals to Prescott’s market.

Catholic Charities plans veteran/senior citizen housing project along West Gurley

Rezoning request headed to Prescott Council Tuesday

A 51-unit apartment complex that Catholic Charities is proposing to provide affordable housing for veterans and the elderly will go to the Prescott City Council this week with a rezoning request.

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High-profile Prescott corner has evolved through the decades

The sight of the stocky Bank of Arizona building brushing up against the tall, slender Knights of Pythias façade dates back more than a century on Prescott’s South Cortez Street.

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New city commission aims to engage veterans of all ages

Mayor switches make-up, focus of ad hoc committees

With its large population of veterans, Prescott already does a lot of things right in its efforts to help vets who are in need of medical care or social services, says Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli.

Prescott reinstates vision coverage for employees

Benefit cost generates debate over PSPRS debt

After eight years of going without vision insurance in their health coverage, city employees will have the benefit again this year, beginning July 1.

Questions over Tourism Events Grants prompt proposed changes

Revised policy would allow more flexibility

New guidelines for awarding tourism-related grants to local organizations will be among the matters the Prescott City Council will consider during one of three meetings on Tuesday, March 13.

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10 unforgettable women of Prescott’s past

They were the frontier teachers, historians, and artists; they were also the livery operators, stagecoach-stop proprietors, tribal chieftesses, and state senators.

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Renovation, other changes at City Hall welcome the public

A city ‘ambassador,’ in the main hallway, will welcome and direct visitors to their destinations

In what has lightheartedly become known as the “information super hallway,” efforts are underway to make Prescott City Hall a more welcoming and informative place.

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Prescott Library’s ‘You Too!’ program heightens access for vision- and hearing-impaired

For much of her life, Vera Dicicco was accustomed to quenching her “thirst for knowledge” with books on eclectic topics such as Ukrainian literature, the economy, and the arts.

Prescott intervenes in review of Big Chino hydroelectric plant

Questions arise over plant’s impact on Prescott’s Big Chino water rights

A “seat at the table” is the goal of a Prescott City Council’s Feb. 27 decision to intervene in the review of plans for a hydroelectric plant in the Big Chino Basin northwest of Paulden.

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Famous people flying into Prescott

... the list is long

Don’t let the single boarding gate, quaint fireplace, and unassuming atmosphere of the Prescott Municipal Airport terminal fool you.

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Bashford Courts parking reconstruction set to begin in two weeks

Work will require temporary lot closures

After a unanimous contract approval by the Prescott City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 27, the long-discussed reconstruction of the popular Bashford Courts parking lot is slated to begin during the week of March 12 and be complete by June 10.

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Community Restitution workers help clear weeds, trash and graffiti from public places

Program fosters a sense of pride among community service workers

Wielding rakes and trash bags, the crew of four orange-vested workers spread out in the wash along Virginia Street near downtown Prescott.

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Prescott Council considers $1.6M contract for downtown work

The Prescott City Council will consider a $1.6 million contract this week that will include the Bashford Courts reconstruction, as well as improvements to the nearby Willis and Cortez Street intersection.

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Local firefighter hopes run for Ms. America title will help in mentoring young women

'Power Pose'

Chainsaws and evening gowns: They might seem an unlikely match for most people, but not for local wildland firefighter Cheyenne Warner.

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New parking lot serves as recreation crossroads at Thumb Butte

Trail of the Month

Sit in the new White Rock parking lot off Thumb Butte Road for a time, and you’re likely to see mountain bikers, horseback riders, and hikers all setting out on their individual forest adventures.

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Greater Prescott Trail System listed among 15 national priority areas for trail maintenance

Local partnerships, volunteerism propel local trails onto nationwide list

Prescott-area trails just made it onto the map of trail systems nationwide that deserve help with maintenance.

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Sober living homes: Prescott’s count is down 77%; Prescott Valley is up about 33%

Prescott wondering if legislature will undo local rules; PV welcomes state help

Since new regulations on sober living homes took effect in Prescott in early 2017, the number of the homes has dropped by about 77 percent.

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Prescott’s sales tax revenues up by 5.6 percent

Increase tax for PSPRS will add to overall growth

Even before the City of Prescott begins to see the results of a new 0.75-percent sales tax, revenues from its existing 2-percent sales tax continue to rise.

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Prescott council approves $30,000 for off-road race

One councilman terms city contribution a ‘subsidy’

For the $30,000 in cash and $28,000 in support services that the City of Prescott puts into the Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike race each year, officials say the community gains an economic impact of about $6 million.

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Talking trash: Who handles it depends on where you live

Some residents have more options than others

Depending on where one lives in the Quad Cities, garbage and recycling options vary, from “one size fits all” to two separate bins, to hauling it to the landfill yourself.

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City may renew funds for Whiskey Off-Road

Council to vote on $30,000 annual contribution; may loosen rules on how it’s used

The Whiskey Off-Road Mountain Bike event would continue to receive $30,000 annually from the city for the next three years under a contract amendment that the Prescott City Council will consider this week.

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Efforts continue for memorializing fallen Hotshots

As tragedy’s 5-year mark approaches, plans progress on courthouse monument, displays

Nearly five years after the loss of 19 of Prescott’s Granite Mountain Hotshots, the tragedy continues to resonate in the community through a variety of memorialization efforts.

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What says ‘sweetheart’ better than a flower?

Local florist gears up for Valentine’s Day rush

“What’s not to like?” For flower deliveryman David Smith, it’s not a rhetorical question.

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Prescott closes on $21.6M loan to centralize wastewater treatment

Elimination of odors at the Sundog Wastewater Treatment Plant along Highway 89 will be among the benefits expected from a $21.6 million loan that the City of Prescott received this week.

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12 daring escapades of Arizona

The central part of the state is full of opportunities to go higher, faster, farther

By virtue of Prescott’s location in the midst of 1.25 million acres of National Forest, adventure is, literally, all around.

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Citi Bus ends its run today

Yavapai Regional Transit won’t be able to add Prescott routes

Facing an annual loss of more than $50,000, Prescott Transit Authority is officially out of the Citi Bus business.

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Prescott closes escrow on Dells open space acquisition

Preserving the Granite Dells

Local outdoor enthusiasts just gained another artery into the heart of the Granite Dells.

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Sen. Fann's bill seeks $7.5M to pay off fallen Hotshot pensions

'They were fighting a fire on State Trust Land'

When 19 of Prescott’s Granite Mountain Hotshots died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013, they were defending state land.

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2018 marks 10 years since start of 2008 recession

In hindsight, it’s easy to see that the signs of impending economic upheaval were already apparent as 2007 ended and 2008 began.

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Prescott requires registration of security alarms

Changes to take effect in February

Come Feb. 23, users of security alarms in Prescott will have to register their alarm with the Prescott Police Department.

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Plan for moving homes to Lincoln Avenue lot gets city OK

A residential project that will combine recycled buildings with an existing rehabbed house got approval from the Prescott City Council this week.

Council Oks curbside hazardous-waste pick-up

Collection scheduled to start in March

A contract that is expected to save money for the city and increase convenience for trash-collection customers got unanimous support from the Prescott City Council this week.

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Prescott considers picking up your hazardous waste

City to vote on $80,000 contract this week

Home pick-up of hazardous household materials could begin in Prescott in March.

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Final campaign tally in 2017 city election: $308,319

Amount more than triples any previous Prescott election

With all of the campaign money from Prescott’s 2017 election season now recorded, the total collected for the August primary and November general election tops $300,000 — significantly exceeding any previous city election.

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Prescott has a long history of moving houses

Old building, new location

Long before “reduce, reuse, recycle” became a familiar slogan for conservation of resources, a quiet revolution of salvaging the old was already underway on the streets of Prescott.

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Festival for female playwrights takes to the stage at Prescott Public Library

It will be women’s stories, told in the voices of local women and men – all brought to you by a program that aims to get more female-authored plays to the stage.

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102 years of history comes tumbling down

City, school officials surprised by timing

While the list of “wins” in Prescott’s historic preservation is extensive, one long-time preservation advocate maintains that this week’s demolition of the old Miller Valley Elementary School counts among the “losses.”

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Got a drone for Christmas? Experts say new users should keep a few things in mind

Irritated? Shooting one down 'is not an option,' City Attorney says

If it’s not a bird, and it’s not a plane, that buzz you hear overhead could very well be a drone.

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Prescott is among Expedia’s ‘places to see’ in 2018

Once again, Prescott is having a moment on a national listing. This week, the Expedia Viewfinder travel blog chose Prescott as the only Arizona destination to be included in its “18 Cities That Must Be Seen in 2018.”

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Literary passions translate to national honors for local staffers

Two local librarians add to Prescott Library’s reading selections

Thanks to two long-time employees at the Prescott Public Library, patrons have a wide selection of sometimes hard-to-find reading categories: graphic novels, and audiobooks for young adults and children.

Prescott considers changing fees for false alarms

City unlikely to adopt ‘verified alarm response’

Mandatory free registration and an accelerated false-alarm fine schedule could be in store for users of security alarms in Prescott.

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Prescott moves ahead with second stage of dam repair at Watson Lake

Council approves $939,000 valve- rehab project

For 99 years, valves on the Granite Creek Dam have allowed water to be released from Watson Lake — originally for irrigation purposes, and more recently, for recharging the aquifer.

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New trailhead helps old favorite draw more folks

Constellation Trail quickest way to reach Granite Dells

It’s already the go-to trail for Prescott residents wanting to show off the area’s beauty to visiting family and friends.

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Highway 89 construction to continue

Current project more than half complete; next postponed until spring

With about 60 percent of the city’s $5.1 million Highway 89 widening project now behind it, the community can expect the conclusion by about May or June.

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Council to vote on Watson Lake dam repair

Project could cost city nearly $1 million

A nearly $1 million dam repair at Watson Lake, and a $21.6 million loan for the wastewater treatment system work will be among the issues that Prescott City Council members will deal with this week.

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Nearly 200 pedestrians, cyclists have been hit on Prescott streets since 2013

Watch where you walk and ride

Anyone who has walked or cycled the streets of Prescott probably has a close-call story: The time a right-turning vehicle nearly hit them in a crosswalk, or the time a vehicle turned left directly in front of an oncoming bicycle rider.

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Mechanic sues Prescott for city water to serve Overland Trail development

Proceeds from development would go to charity, he says

Typically, when local water advocate Howard Mechanic deals with the City of Prescott, his focus is on conserving the area’s water.

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City to businesses: Get licensed

First year of Prescott business licenses ends; now renewal process begins

Even as the New Year closes out the City of Prescott’s first year of business licenses, it also kicks off a new phase: Renewal for the thousands who have already signed up.

As of Monday, Prescott sales tax will grow to 2.75 percent

New PSPRS tax goes into effect Jan. 1

A new sales tax that is expected to generate more than $11 million per year is set to go into effect Monday, Jan. 1.