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Cellphone driving ban up for Prescott Council vote

Legal use of a hand-held cellphone while driving in Prescott could be a thing of the past soon, depending on this week’s vote by the Prescott City Council.

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‘Save the Dells’ rally attracts hundreds to Point of Rocks

Group’s chairman: Granite Dells development ‘will break all of our hearts’

A wide cross-section of Prescott made the six-mile roundtrip trek to the heart of the Granite Dells Saturday morning — arriving on foot, astride bicycles, in strollers, and seated in bike taxis.

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New Year’s Eve opening planned for Castle Hot Springs

A holiday opening will culminate the extensive restoration project that has been underway for years at Yavapai County’s historic resort, Castle Hot Springs.

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10,000-passenger mark within reach for Prescott Regional Airport, city says

SkyWest, United Express adds Saturday flights to Los Angeles

Fewer than 300: That is the estimated number of ticketed flights to Los Angeles or Denver standing between the Prescott Regional Airport and its coveted 10,000-passenger mark.

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Design of new Prescott Airport terminal underway

When the preliminary design for a new airport terminal is complete late this year, it likely will include elements of iconic Prescott architecture.

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It’s on! Holiday preparations gear up in Arizona’s Christmas City

Silver icicles dangle from leafy branches on the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza, and multi-colored lights are tightly wound on the trees’ trunks.

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Jersey Lilly fundraiser kicks off with Nov. 1 party and auction

The back bar at Jersey Lilly Saloon is already sporting brightly colored paper Christmas bulbs – a sure sign that bar patrons are thinking ahead to the cost of the annual lighting of the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.

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Antelope Hills Golf Course elicits support from Prescott Council

Asset or liability?

Over the past 18 years, Prescott’s municipal golf course has racked up more than $5 million in debt with the city’s general fund.

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Prescott leans toward imposing ban on use of cellphones while driving

‘What took us so long?’

Ever since her arrival in Prescott two-and-a-half years ago, Police Chief Debora Black says a common question has consistently arisen during her meetings with members of the public.

Prescott cautions hydroelectric company about its rights to Big Chino water

Pumped storage project gets review by Prescott Council

The hydroelectric plant planned northwest of Paulden would tap into the same underground pool of water that the City of Prescott intends to pump from one day: The Big Chino Basin.

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Annexation of project in Dells likely to go to Prescott P&Z in November

Prescott Council consideration expected in early 2019

It will be at least November before Arizona Eco Development’s (AED) controversial plans for development in the Granite Dells gets to the Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission for review.

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Prescott pledges $50,000 toward courthouse Hotshot Memorial

The lone Hotshot statue that will be the focal point of a new memorial on the Yavapai County Courthouse will be within view of Prescott City Hall.

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Big Chino Water Ranch: Science-gathering phase continues

Current analysis of the aquifer plans will not be done before 2020

Prescott has been eyeing the Paulden-area Big Chino Sub-Basin as a possible source of imported water since the 1970s; four decades later, officials are still in search of answers.

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Goats assist with weed abatement

Mile High Middle School grounds cleared out by volunteers

The sound of bleating blended with the whir of weed-whackers Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, in the weedy area behind the Prescott Mile High Middle School.

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Regional Transportation Plan update aims for more public engagement

2045 plan about to get underway

Drivers stuck in backed-up traffic at the Highway 69/169 intersection, or while exiting Highway 89 onto 89A, may not be linking their traffic frustrations with the importance of transportation planning.

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$25,000 in bed tax money slated for Prescott Chamber Visitors Center

A portion of the revenue that the City of Prescott raises by taxing customers at local hotels and motels will now go to help cover the cost of informing the community’s visitors.

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‘Have paddle, will travel’: Pickleball has become a tourist draw in Prescott, say advocates

When it comes to Prescott’s tourist draws, a number of traditional attractions come to mind. Scenic lakes, ponderosa-pine forests, a quaint downtown, and the “World’s Oldest Rodeo” regularly top the list. But pickleball?

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Mountain Club is focus of new Prescott Fire Dept. fuels reduction grant

The Mountain Club neighborhood will join three other forested Prescott areas in getting grant help to reduce the risk of fire by removing hazardous fuels.

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Whispering Rock subdivision gets Prescott Council approval

A project envisioned to include a mix of hotels and restaurants, a hospital, 20 to 30 homes, and a tract of Granite Dells open space got a round of approvals from the Prescott City Council this week.

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Local military family grieves loss of twin brothers, both victims of suicides

Just as the grief from the loss of one of her twin sons was numbing into a sad new normal, Jaye Lene Cornell Long of Prescott Valley got another devastating blow: The passing of the second twin, Brandon, at the age of 28.

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Contract for airport terminal design OK’d by Prescott City Council

New terminal could be under construction by fall 2019

With approval of a quarter-million dollar contract this week, the Prescott City Council set off a process that could lead to the launch of a new airport terminal within a year.

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Enthusiasm continues for Prescott's ‘Dream Dog Park’ after four years

In the nearly four years since Prescott’s new “Dream Dog Park” opened to the public, upward of 1 million dogs have romped in the firefighter-themed space along Willow Creek Road.

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Prescott Council to consider airport terminal design contract on Sept. 11

After decades of discussing the need for a new airport terminal, the Prescott City Council could take a step toward design of the project this week.

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Weekend festival to showcase 2018’s abundance of wildflowers

Thanks to an unusually wet monsoon season, a profusion of wildflowers has joined the region’s ponderosa and pinon pines.

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High winds cause United Express to reduce passenger load on Aug. 31 flight

A nearly fully booked plane, strong winds, and high temperatures all combined Friday, Aug. 31, to unseat about 15 passengers from a United Express flight from Prescott to Los Angeles.

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Prescott Council reaffirms concerns over Kirkland Mine

Concerns that the Prescott City Council raised in July 2017 about heavy truck traffic and dust from the proposed Kirkland Mine will not go away under new members elected later in the year.

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Annexation would bring new businesses to Willow Creek Road corridor, say city officials

Businesses, not homes, will be the focus of a subdivision planned along Willow Creek Road in northeast Prescott — a point that generated community support for a proposed annexation this week.

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Connecting Prescott ‘to the globe’

Just five months after the Prescott Municipal Airport was abruptly bumped from the world of commercial flights, the community came out in force this week to celebrate the arrival of new, upgraded air service.

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Republicans Campbell, Stringer advance to General Election ballot in LD1

Prescott’s two Republican incumbents in the Arizona House of Representatives appear to be on their way to the General Election to face two Democratic challengers.

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Hilton Garden Inn deal approved despite public resistance

Prescott City Council votes 5-1 to approve development agreement

In what Mayor Greg Mengarelli called “a landmark deal,” the Prescott City Council agreed to a lease agreement this week that is expected to bring a 95-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel to downtown Prescott.

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Prescott City Council to consider Willow Creek Road annexation Aug. 28

Although not as largescale as the pending Arizona Eco Development project, two other major proposals for annexation of land into Prescott city limits are scheduled to go to the Prescott City Council this week.

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Hilton Garden Inn eyed for Sheldon and Montezuma parcel in downtown Prescott

A new 95-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel could soon join the downtown business community if the Prescott City Council agrees to lease a city-owned parcel of land to developers.

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Peavine Trail set to reopen Saturday morning, Aug. 25

Even as monsoon rains are filling up Prescott’s lakes and greening up area hills, the frequent storms also are wreaking havoc on the city’s streets and trails.

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Highlighting Prescott’s ‘well-kept secret’

Arizona Israel Technology Alliance meeting focuses on local tech potential

With Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s cybersecurity expertise as a backdrop, about 20 Israeli entrepreneurs had a business-to-business encounter with their Arizona counterparts this past week.

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Trail of the Month: Badger Mountain Trail

The trail ties together sweeping views with forest terrain

At virtually every turn on the newly rerouted Badger Mountain Trail, a stellar view of Thumb Butte, or downtown Prescott, or Granite Mountain is front and center.

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From single mother to ‘Fab Five,’ Prescott’s Carol Springer leaves behind singular legacy

If there was new ground to be broken in Prescott over the past half-century or so, Carol Springer was the woman to do it.

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Highway 89 widening features new roundabout

ADOT: Project should be completed by August 2019

The number of roundabout intersections on Highway 89 is on the rise once again.

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Prescott Library meeting-room fees termed a ‘no win’

A move that was intended to generate revenue for the Prescott Public Library reportedly has had the opposite result.

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Major upgrades planned at Prescott Airport

$146.5M in improvements over next 20 years

With projects totaling more than $146 million now on the books, the Prescott Municipal Airport is looking at multiple major improvements over the next two decades.

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Cleared for takeoff: Booking is underway for United Express flights from Prescott to Denver, L.A.

On most days of the week beginning Aug. 29, one hundred dollars will get Prescott passengers to Los Angeles and back.

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Point of Rocks will be key to coming Prescott annexation debate

Water also central to discussion over Arizona Eco

Rocks and water: For months to come, the two prominent Prescott features are expected to take center stage in the community.

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Prescott/CCJ homeless work program gets underway

Jobs offer welcome opportunity, say shelter residents

Picking up trash and debris vs. panhandling: For a group of past and present residents of the Coalition for Compassion and Justice’s homeless shelter, it’s no contest.

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"Some ‘Change for the Better’ ideas catch on; others flounder

Prescott’s recent “experiment” on how best to reduce panhandling on city streets has had mixed results, say city officials.

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Gentrifying Granite Creek

New barbershop, taproom, coffee shop aims to bring business activity to North Granite Street

A creek setting, a hip taproom and coffee shop, and an array of relaxing barber chairs: A pair of local entrepreneurs is hoping it will be a winning combination.

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Prescott closes main Peavine Trailhead after damage from storm microburst

Peavine trail washed out

An old railroad bridge that has endured along the historic Peavine route for more than a century was no match for the intense rainstorm that moved through the area Wednesday, July 18.

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Peavine Trail suffers extensive damage from storm

The Peavine Trail suffered extensive damage from a storm Wednesday night, July 18, closing portions such as the Sundog Trailhead indefinitely.

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Recent donations help Prescott Creeks organization rebound from devastating December fire

Piecing together needed equipment

When fire destroyed Prescott Creek’s log-cabin offices late last year, much of the organization’s supplies and equipment went with it.

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United Express set to begin flights from Prescott in late August

New era of travel

In a move that local officials term “a long time in coming,” and a “paradigm” shift for local travelers, a major airline will begin offering flights at the Prescott Airport within about a month.

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SkyWest Airlines to bring United Express service to Prescott Municipal Airport in late August

It is now official: SkyWest Airlines has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide commercial service at the Prescott Airport.

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Monsoon flooding postpones opening of historic Castle Hot Springs

A storm that brought “torrential walls of water” to the remote Castle Hot Springs in southern Yavapai County has pushed off the highly anticipated opening of the historic resort.

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