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Cindy Barks

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City/Forest Service collaboration completes new stretch of trail along Prescott loop

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.

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New book chronicles Yarnell Fire tragedy ground zero

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.

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After a year, Prescott has licensed 3,826 businesses

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.

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City: Developers pay ‘fair share’ of road work

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?

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Prescott Council to look at Deep Well's engineering, traffic

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.

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Friends group starts drive for new airport terminal

Group starts $3M campaign to replace main terminal

For years, the nearly septuagenarian terminal at the Prescott Airport has been eyed for modernization.

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Acker Park monument pays tribute to early Prescott family

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.

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City Council order changes in ‘unofficial final’ vote count

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.

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Deep Well water right cannot be ‘unilaterally changed’

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.

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Prescott’s diminishing ‘general pool’ of water

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.

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Mengarelli elected mayor; Goode, Scholl, Blair win seats on Prescott council

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.

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Council to ponder water for Deep Well Ranch

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.

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3 days remain to vote in city election

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.

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Prescott’s campaign spending tops $200K

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.

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Council to move ahead on Deep Well

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.

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10,500-unit Deep Well project will be focus of study session

Prescott council members to get overview of project

Fresh off its 4-3 recommendation of approval by the Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission, the Deep Well Ranch project will head to the Prescott City Council this week.

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Highway 89A traffic will exceed 69 soon, say experts

Is development clogging 89A?

Looking for the quickest route between Prescott and Prescott Valley?

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City election deadline approaching

Prescott voters have until Nov. 1 to vote by mail

Now about two weeks into the general election voting period, less than 20 percent of Prescott voters have cast their ballots for Prescott Mayor and City Council.

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Prescott Veterans Day Parade will honor five branches of U.S. military

Five area veterans – one from each branch of the military, and representing various eras – will take to the streets of Prescott on Nov. 11 as grand marshals in this year’s Veterans Day Parade.

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Watson Dam repairs to take place underwater

City approves initial engineering work; total cost about $2 million

Repairs on the 98-year-old valves on the Watson Lake Dam will not be the City of Prescott’s typical construction project.

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‘History in the making': Phippen Roundabout will feature work by artist George Phippen

Already known in the community as the Phippen Roundabout, the traffic circle being built in front of the Phippen Museum on Highway 89 will soon truly embody that name.

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5 fantastic fall hikes

Crisp leaves of gold and yellow have begun their annual fall, but there are still plenty of places in Prescott to catch the colors of autumn.

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Council candidates clash on experience, water at forum

Nearly 350 attend to hear from 7 running for office

The value of life experience, the future of the Big Chino Water Ranch, and party affiliation in a non-partisan election all came up in a candidate forum that allowed candidates to question one another.

$122K raised for mayor’s race, nearly $17K spent to oppose one candidate

Between the two Prescott mayoral candidates facing off in the Nov. 7 runoff election, more than $105,000 in campaign money had been raised by the end of September, and about $92,000 of that had been spent.

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Prescott public works director, city engineer resign

Manager: They were ‘on different pages’ with city on downtown projects

A staff shake-up in the City of Prescott’s Public Works Department likely will bring a change in the way the city handles its pending downtown street improvements.

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Quick guide to the Prescott General Election

Here's what you need to know before you vote in the next City of Prescott election.

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Prescott P&Z says ‘Yes’ to Deep Well master plan, with some conditions

‘No’ to density pushes for dramatic reduction in number of homes; developer objects

The number of homes that will be allowed in the Deep Well Ranch development could drop from 10,500 to about 5,250 if the Prescott City Council follows the advice of its planning board.

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6th annual Hope Fest returns to courthouse plaza

Oct. 14 event will honor veterans

Drawing inspiration from a devastating a loss in her own family, Hope Fest co-founder Jaye Lene Long says this year’s festival will have a new focus: Honoring veterans.

Council agrees city departments should work within current noise ordinance

Concerns voiced about imposing a restrictive ordinance

When is music in Prescott’s downtown too much of a good thing?

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Local transportation planner to head up Lake Havasu City MPO

Lifelong Prescottonian moves on

From his start as a teenager busing tables at his grandmother’s Mexican restaurant, Vincent Gallegos’ career moves have been varied and circuitous — but all quintessentially Prescott.

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Deep Well debate: P&Z commissioners want fewer houses, developers more

Deep Well Ranch’s vision for a more “compact” development clashed this week with Planning and Zoning Commissioners’ perceptions of appropriate Prescott housing densities.

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Sunday hours restored to Prescott Public Library

Prescott Council unanimously OK’s $42,643 cost

A 21-month Sunday shutdown at the Prescott Public Library will come to an end this weekend, when the library is expected to open on the afternoon of Oct. 1.

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Comic Con comes to Prescott Public Library Sept. 30

Local lovers of comics, graphic novels, fantasy, and science fiction no longer have to travel to indulge in their interest: Comic Con is coming to Prescott.

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Vote on Deep Well Ranch project set for Sept. 28

Prescott P&Z Commission weighs concerns about scope, density, airport

In the midst of a host of suggestions from Prescott Planning and Zoning Commissioners this week, a recommendation on the Deep Well Ranch project has been pushed off until at least the end of September.

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New development looks to build in Granite Dells

Homes along the Peavine Trail?

Homes could spring up soon near the Granite Dells’ iconic Point of Rocks, as well as along portions of the popular Peavine Trail — all as a part of the proposed Arizona Eco Development project.

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Prescott council to spend $11M on PSPRS debt

Council members vote 5-2 to make lump-sum payment

Prescott’s pension debt is expected to drop to less than $60 million with the City Council’s decision this week to put $11 million in reserves toward the unfunded liability.

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PSPRS payment from city reserves up for council debate

Total City of Prescott payment this year could exceed $26 million

Upwards of $26 million of city money could go toward pension debt this year, if the Prescott City Council approves an early payment this week.

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Prescott’s feature-film hiatus about to end

‘Wish Man’ to begin filming next week

For the first time in more than a decade, the cameras and lights of feature film-making are set to return to the streets of Prescott.

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Construction projects will impact Highway 89 traffic in coming months

Three separate projects underway, in the works

More than a year of construction — along with the accompanying lower speeds, lane closures, and heavy equipment — is in store for drivers on Highway 89 north of Prescott.

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Lazzell withdraws from Prescott council race

Field of candidates reduced to five

The number of Prescott City Council candidates dropped by one this week when incumbent Councilman Greg Lazzell announced that he was withdrawing from the race.

Water allocation should not be an issue for US VETS project

Housing for more than homeless veterans

Homeless veterans and other people in need of low-income housing could have a new option soon, if a Whipple Street redevelopment project gets the go-ahead.

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City primary: Is it necessary?

Locals disagree on need for 2 voting rounds in city’s non-partisan race

It costs the city an extra $80,000 or so every two years, it requires a longer campaign season for candidates, and it can lead to voter confusion.

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Bed tax allocations increased for 3 local events

Prescott Tourism Advisory Committee becomes standing committee

Three local organizations will receive more bed tax money to promote their events, and the committee making the recommendations is now a standing committee of the city, based on recent City Council decisions.

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Six new downtown street projects in works

City plans to coordinate coming projects under one contract

Street construction in downtown Prescott won’t be ending anytime soon.

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New election, same names

‘Unofficial final’ results released; same six council candidates advance

Nothing changed this week in the status of Prescott’s pending runoff election, despite the addition of nearly 800 ballots that had yet to be counted on primary night.

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Council, mayoral races head to run-off election

Mengarelli, Wilcox advance in race for mayor

The City of Prescott’s run-off election in November is shaping up to be a virtual repeat of the primary, minus one mayoral candidate and two propositions.

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Voters raise Prescott sales tax

Prop. 443 passes by 8 percentage points

Two years after Prescott voters overwhelmingly rejected a 0.55-percent pension-related sales tax, they turned around this year and approved a 0.75-percent sales tax for the same purpose.

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Council considers new bed tax grants

Tourism Advisory Committee could become city standing committee

Tourism money, and the committee that makes recommendations on it, will be among the issues considered by the Prescott City Council this week.

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Prescott primary election season wraps up this week

Turnout already 43%; voters’ ballots are due Tuesday

About 43 percent of Prescott voters have already cast their ballots, and remaining voters now have about three days until the deadline.

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Airport-protection concerns surface in Deep Well review

Developers agree to lower building-height limit

The possibility that as many as 600 apartment units could be built on land just outside of the Prescott Airport runway’s direct path raised concerns this week over the Deep Well Ranch project master plan.