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Cindy Barks

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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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Prescott’s Greenways are scenic, but do residents want to use them?

City kicks off revitalization of the downtown creek trail system

Foreboding, seedy, inhospitable. These are just a few of the negatives used this past week to describe one of downtown-Prescott’s most prominent features — its creeks.

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Prescott prepares airport for new carrier

Terminal is ‘showing its age,’ says airport director

Even before a new commercial airline arrives in Prescott by late summer or early fall, plenty of activity is expected at the Prescott Municipal Airport.

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Arizona Eco asked to resubmit annexation application for Granite Dells development proposal

City of Prescott requests more information

Local residents interested in hearing the details of a development proposal in the Granite Dells area will have to wait for at least another week.

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New 69 kV powerline installed along Willow Lake Road

The roadside view of Prescott’s Willow Lake is getting significantly busier this summer with the addition of a series of 65-foot-high electrical poles.

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Plans underway to open Lower Goldwater Lake up to the public

Prescott's hidden gem

On the list of Prescott’s lakes, the 8.5-acre Lower Goldwater Lake is often overlooked, hidden as it is among the ponderosa pines on the western edge of the larger upper lake.

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Venue of ‘World’s Oldest Rodeo’ has more than a century of history

Then & now

As the name implies, the “World’s Oldest Rodeo” is steeped in history — about 130 years of it.

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SkyWest is city’s top choice for Prescott Municipal Airport

Regional jets carrying local passengers to Los Angeles and Denver, with connections to United Airlines flights all over the world, could soon be a regular feature at the Prescott Municipal Airport.

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Community commemorates 5-year mark of Granite Mountain Hotshot tragedy

PRESCOTT — Even five years later, the news that 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew had died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire is devastating.

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New sculpture will tell Hotshot story through granite and bronze

Courthouse presence

A lone Hotshot backed by a stylized granite-slab image of Granite Mountain is expected to soon join the cowboys and veterans that already grace the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.

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Prescott cancels July 4 fireworks, Independence Day celebration will proceed

The 10-day weather forecast for Prescott tells the story. With a zero-percent chance of precipitation expected through July 4, the City of Prescott decided this week that proceeding with fireworks in the current dry conditions would be too risky.

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Memorial events planned June 30 to commemorate five-year mark of Yarnell Hill Fire tragedy

Remembering the Hotshots

From downtown Prescott to the community of Yarnell to the Prescott Gateway Mall, the 19 men who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire five years ago will be remembered in various ways on Saturday, June 30.

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‘Save the Dells’ group pushes for 500-acre regional park in Granite Dells

In the largest applause point of the night, Save the Dells Chairman Joe Trudeau challenged the current Prescott City Council to do what he said past councils had failed to do: Preserve the heart of the Granite Dells.

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Friday opening for Hotshot Learning and Tribute Center

The familiar orange-and-purple logo serves notice to mall visitors: The new Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Learning and Tribute Center is a storefront of a different sort.

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California firefighter plans 380-mile run to honor Granite Mountain 19

As the five-year mark of the Granite Mountain Hotshot tragedy dawns on Saturday, California firefighter Joe Zambrano has every intention of being at the spot where the Granite Mountain 19 died.

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Five years later, positive efforts abound in wake of Hotshot tragedy

Channeling the pain

Family members of the 19 young men who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013, describe the grief as a “cyclone,” a “gaping hole,” a “gray cloud.”

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Five years after Doce Fire, recovery continues on Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain has come a long way in the past five years. Long gone are the sooty rocks and charred log waterbars that were left behind by 2013’s Doce Fire.

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Lakes at lowest levels in 10 years

Prescott’s 2018 precipitation is driest on record, National Weather Service says

Remember last year when Willow and Watson lakes were overflowing for weeks?

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City hopes to have airport runway prepped for new airline

With commercial-airline bids pending in July, the City of Prescott appears poised to kick off a $6.1 million safety project on the Prescott Airport’s main runway in the coming months.

Prescott’s total of sober-living homes drops below 30

Under new law, state will take on regulatory authority

From a high of 200 or so in 2016, the number of sober-living homes in Prescott has now declined by nearly 90 percent — to a total of 28.

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City continues to formulate process for distributing money from homeless donation meters

Based on the hundreds of coins deposited so far, the community is responding to the City of Prescott’s new Change for the Better program.

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Prescott trail miles grow from single digits to triple digits in two decades

The century mark

It started as three half-mile trails in city parks 21 years ago, and it didn’t stand still for long.

Policy change increases city’s PTO accrual limit

Prescott Council approves greater ‘safety net’ for employees through paid time off cap

In an attempt to make City of Prescott employee benefits more competitive, the city has approximately doubled the amount of paid time off that workers can accumulate.

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July 4 fireworks may return to downtown Prescott this year

Wildfire concerns continue

Fireworks displays that coincide with the peak of wildfire season: It has long been a July 4 dilemma for the City of Prescott.

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7 candidates file for 3 legislative seats in LD1

All 3 incumbents seek re-election to Arizona Legislative seats in Prescott-area District 1; primary is Aug. 28

Seven candidates, including the three incumbents, appear to be headed to the Aug. 28 primary for three Arizona Legislative seats in Prescott-area District 1.

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Arizona Eco's 3,300-home proposed development draws more public outcry

The singular nature of the Point of Rocks: It is one point that gets no argument in the ongoing dialogue on development in Prescott’s Granite Dells.

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Local podcasts have the Star Wars franchise covered

New ‘Solo’ movie opens today

If the model number of the Millennium Falcon (YT-1300F) or the color of the milk consumed by Luke Skywalker (blue) are details that come easily to mind, several local podcasts might play right into your pop-culture IQ.

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First phase of Watson Lake dam work wrapping up

Boat dock scheduled to be open for Memorial Day weekend

After several weeks of activity featuring concrete trucks, cranes, and barges, Watson Lake should be back to normal for the coming holiday weekend.

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Prescott Police Department proposes new officer to be proactive on school danger

Prevention vs. reaction

In a preemptive move that aims at keeping Prescott off the tragic school-shooting list that includes Parkland, Santa Fe, and Newtown, a new officer could soon join the ranks of the Prescott Police Department.

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Prescott pushes ahead with new airport terminal plan

In a community accustomed to landing at the top of national lists for charm and history, any showing among “the worst” is rare.

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Open Space Alliance concludes its two-decade run

End of an era

Ridgelines were in jeopardy, scenic tracts along Granite Creek were facing development, and trail development was floundering.

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Prescott to pay $20M toward pension debt

The City of Prescott is expected to add about $20 million more in payments toward its public safety pension debt in the next fiscal year — on top of the $25 million it is paying this year.

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Hotshot museum group ‘right on course’

Opening of center set for June 29 at Prescott Gateway Mall

Over the nearly five years since the loss of 19 of Prescott’s Granite Mountain Hotshots, those close to the tragedy heard a recurring comment: “Something needs to be done.”

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Efforts underway to revive Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council

Free mixer planned for Friday at Smoki Museum

One of the community’s longtime arts-advocacy groups is hoping for a successful sequel performance.

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Trail of the Month: Glassford Hill Summit

For a bird’s-eye view of the scope of recent wildfires, head to PV’s highest point

The views from Prescott Valley’s Glassford Hill Summit Trail are always breathtaking – showcasing virtually every surrounding promontory.

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Summer of continued road construction

Heavy 2018 construction season

If construction crews and detour signs seem to be clogging Prescott streets a bit more than usual this spring, it’s not your imagination.