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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police to propose more bollards to city leaders
The cost of expanding security for Prescott’s recent Christmas events: $9,128.
For nearly 60 years, the rustic log cabin has stood as a landmark along Highway 89, blending pleasantly into the nearby Watson Woods.
City: ‘Right-sizing’ will allow more projects
Extensive underground drainage work, decorative colored concrete, and new trees could be among the components that will go away in coming City of Prescott street projects.
Rules will discourage public participation, say some residents
Residents planning to speak during a Prescott City Council meeting will have a few new rules to comply with in the New Year.
Total does not reflect city’s recent payments from reserve fund
The good news: 2017 is perhaps the last year that the City of Prescott’s unfunded liability with the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) will grow. The bad news: The city’s level of debt in the public safety pension system now totals about $86.4 million — up nearly $8 million from the $78.5 million liability in the previous year.
State recognizes 5.7 trail that is fully accessible for first time in months
It’s urban, yet secluded. Leafy and shady, yet rocky and scenic. While the Willow Lake Loop trail is sometimes overshadowed by the showier Watson Lake trail system nearby, its 5.7 miles are arguably more varied, more accessible, and just as picturesque.
‘Right-sizing’ city street projects also on city agenda
Direction on the future of the Prescott Airport’s runway and terminal will be among the topics the Prescott City Council will consider during a full day of meetings this week.
Special screening of latest Star Wars movie treats Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters
The verdict is in on the new Star Wars movie — at least among local Little Brothers and Sisters and their “Bigs.”
Could bring new flood-insurance requirements for property owners
The dynamic course of Prescott’s creeks could mean floodplain changes this spring for area property owners – some that will be good news, and some that likely will not.
For years, they felt their stories weren’t “bad enough” to mention.
Council, staff get extra training to prevent harassment
With new sexual harassment claims coming to light nationally on a sometimes-daily basis, the City of Prescott has taken note.
Bars and restaurants will have $662 less in expenses in 2018
Maintaining that the fee amounted to double, if not triple, taxation, the Prescott City Council did away with its decades-old liquor-license fee this week.
Prevention of workplace harassment also on council agenda
An 84-year-old city liquor-license fee could go away this week, depending on the decision of the newly seated Prescott City Council.
The August lawsuit that Prescott mayoral candidate Mary Beth Hrin filed claiming defamation was settled this week, although the terms of the settlement are confidential.
Inaugural Grand Marshal Gala honored this year’s marshal, Tommy Meredith
For years, Tommy Meredith had a prime spot for watching the Prescott Christmas Parade: The balcony of the Jersey Lilly Saloon, the Whiskey Row bar he owned for more than a decade and a half.
New open space purchase will preserve nearly a mile of frontage along Peavine Trail
Before she was old enough to saddle up her own horse, Virginia (Storm) Seaver relied on the granite formations on the family ranch to help her mount the horses she rode bareback.
With a 160-acre purchase this week, the City of Prescott has added considerably to its Granite Dells-area open-space holdings.
Master plan, development agreement, airport plan approved in 6-1 votes
Five months of review, dozens of hours of public discussion, and nearly 140 comments from the public culminated this week with Prescott City Council approval of the Deep Well Ranch project.
Not your stereotypical 20-year-old
Alexa Scholl knows that her recent run for Prescott City Council generated plenty of curiosity in the community. The 20-year-old experienced it again and again on the campaign trail, where she fielded numerous comments on her young age.
New mayor to keep full-time job, plus role on school board
This week’s swearing-in of new Prescott City Council members will welcome a varied group that spans age, experience, and careers.
Majority of City Council wants to move forward, mayor says
Despite an effort by Mayor Harry Oberg to allow more time for review of the Deep Well Ranch project, it appears that a majority of Prescott City Council members want to proceed with a possible vote on Nov. 28.
Project Andrew, Healing Haven spring up in Prescott neighborhood
No strangers to tragedy, Jenn Winters-Ashcraft and Tom Ashcraft have become well aware of an unfilled need in the community: Help in dealing with after-effects of grief and loss.
Agreement touches on maximum homes, street construction, open space
Under a development agreement drafted between the City of Prescott and Deep Well Ranch developers, a maximum of 8,000 homes would be allowed on the 1,800-acre property — “until such time as” an alternative water source is acquired.
Streamlining the Circle Trail
No sooner had a group of hard-hatted volunteers scaled the steep, rough ravine off Senator Highway than sounds of metal hitting rock and dirt filled the air.
Couple survived fire inside Glen Ilah-area ranch house
As the Yarnell Hill Fire raged around and over the top of them, Diane and Lee Helm took refuge in their ranch house perched among the boulders.
Second phase involves visiting businesses to ensure compliance
As the first year of requiring Prescott businesses to be licensed comes to a close, the city is nearing the 4,000-license mark.
Question arises over mechanism used to determine how much is fair
Who pays for road and intersection improvements that will be needed in the future as the community grows?
Manager: Current members want to complete review before leaving office
Engineering and traffic for the proposed Deep Well Ranch will top the agenda for the Prescott City Council this week.
Group starts $3M campaign to replace main terminal
For years, the nearly septuagenarian terminal at the Prescott Airport has been eyed for modernization.
Tenneys played key roles in the development of this region
He was a mover and shaker in Prescott for much of the latter 20th century; she was the “miracle worker” behind the scenes.
Scholl is new top vote-getter in council race; Mengarelli is winner in mayor’s race
With the “unofficial final” election results that were posted late Wednesday, Nov. 8, the Prescott City Council race has a new top vote-getter.
1,800-acre project generates 70 written comments from public
Dozens of comments have flooded Prescott City Hall in recent months — many with the same basic message: Vote “no” on the Deep Well project.
Along with questions about homes per acre and water rights for the Deep Well Ranch project, a concern arose this week about tying up so much of the city’s available water on one project.
Prescott voters stuck to their City Council choices over the past month and a half: The four top vote-getters on primary night went on to win in the general election, in exactly the same order.
Tuesday’s work study second looking at 1,800-acre project
Water allocations for the proposed Deep Well Ranch project will be among the topics discussed during a Prescott City Council study session this week.
45 percent of voters have already cast ballots
Nearly half of Prescott voters have already cast their ballots, and the rest have three days remaining to vote in the Nov. 7 general election.
Mayor’s race more than doubles amount raised in previous elections
Money continued to flow into and out of the Prescott Mayor and City Council campaigns in the final weeks before the Nov. 7 general election.
Development agreement will get public airing, says city attorney
Despite a looming change of leadership in late November, consideration of the Deep Well Ranch master plan will move ahead under the current Prescott City Council.