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Editorial: Abolish lawmakers’ so-called ‘legislative immunity’

The question is whether our lawmakers deserve or need “legislative immunity.”

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Closure of Highway 89 in Prescott begins Jan. 16

The Arizona Department of Transportation is advising drivers who use Highway 89 in Prescott to plan for road closures Wednesday, Jan. 16, while urgently needed pavement repair work is underway

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Officers find man with warrant after two months of investigation

Police: Suspect dangerously evaded officers in November

A man who allegedly used dangerous tactics to evade police in November was investigated for nearly two months until finally being arrested on Thursday, Jan. 10.

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Closure of Highway 89 in Prescott begins Jan. 16

Drivers should allow extra travel time and consider an alternate route

The Arizona Department of Transportation is advising drivers who use Highway 89 in Prescott to plan for road closures Wednesday, Jan. 16, while urgently needed pavement repair work is underway.

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Calendar of Events: Jan. 14-20

Our Calendar of Events for the week of Monday, Jan. 14.

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Average US price of gas drops 12 cents per gallon to $2.31; Prescott at $2.74

According to a Lundberg Survey, the average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 12 cents a gallon over the past three weeks to $2.31. In Prescott, that average sits at $2.74.

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Editorial: State officials must remember the little people

Today, as we stand on the jumping off point of another state legislative session, some goals have emerged from leadership.

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Las Vegas Marshals arrest wanted Prescott man for pretending to be a licensed contractor

Man faces 18 charges stemming from six incidents in Yavapai County

A former Prescott man was arrested by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and Las Vegas Deputy City Marshals Tuesday, Jan. 8, for allegedly running a contracting business without the proper licensing.

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Editorial: Vaping should be treated same as tobacco under law

Generations of Americans smoked cigarettes, and tobacco use accounts for nearly one-half million deaths each year, according to the American Lung Association.

APS customers can get financial assistance

Help offered to those government workers affected by shutdown

Arizona Public Service Electric Co. is giving $1.5 million in assistance for customers struggling to pay their electricity bills that could be because a sudden financial hardship.

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Walmart commercial features iconic movie cars: Mystery Machine, K.I.T.T., Ecto-1, DeLorean time machine, more

Social media is buzzing about Walmart's newest grocery pickup commercial featuring famous cars from the Batmobile and Ghostbuster Ecto-1 to Cinderella's carriage and Transformers' Bumblebee.

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Traffic stop turns into foot pursuit through residential area

Driver jumps out of car while it’s moving, causes crash

The physical fitness of Prescott Valley officers was tested Wednesday morning, Jan. 9, when the driver and passenger of a speeding car attempted to evade police on foot through a residential area.

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Sex offender caught with 13-year-old girl after online communication

Parents encouraged to monitor kids’ social media activity

A registered sex offender in Prescott Valley was arrested Friday, Jan. 4, after allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl he met over social media.

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Community Calendar: Jan. 8-12

Here is your list of area events for this week.

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Attic fire heavily damages Chino Valley home

Occupants got out safely

An attic fire managed to consume much of a Chino Valley home Saturday evening, Jan. 5.

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Burglary suspect lies to avoid arrest; now in-custody

Investigation ongoing as another suspect is being vetted

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) proved in a recent case that it doesn’t pay to lie to law enforcement.

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Editorial: Gun control talk is back; will anything come of it?

With new leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives, one of the Democrats’ plans is to revisit gun control — timed for the anniversary of the shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords.

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Fatal collision on Iron Springs Road claims Prescott woman’s life

A 26-year-old Prescott woman died Friday night in an apparent rollover on Iron Springs Road, near the Skull Valley Cemetery, said Dwight D’Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

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Delivery truck crash results in power failure for part of Prescott Valley

Some residents of Prescott Valley were in for a shock Friday morning – 62 Arizona Public Service customers, among them the local Safeway and Starbucks, lost electrical power around 9 a.m.

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Mayer Fire, YCSO work Cordes Lakes house fire

Mayer Fire personnel and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies are on scene at a house fire in the 15400 block of Cayuse Lane off Rolling Ridge Drive in Cordes Lakes.

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Watch: Leopard gets into police station in India, causes evacuations

A police compound in India was evacuated Sunday after a leopard made its way onto the grounds.

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Prescott reaches 10,000 passengers at airport

The City of Prescott on Sunday, Dec. 30, reached 10,000 enplanements for the year at Prescott Regional Airport.

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Man allegedly pushed into traffic, struck by truck

Public asked to help identify suspect

A 21-year-old Prescott Valley resident was allegedly pushed into traffic along Whiskey Row in Prescott and then struck by a truck that fled the scene late Friday night, Dec. 21.

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New Year’s Eve traffic enforcement warning

Police on high alert for drunk drivers

As one might expect, area law enforcement are upping their DUI enforcement for New Year’s Eve.

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Iowa police release photo of 'Batman' robbery suspect

Police in Iowa say a man dressed as Batman and another suspect wearing an all-green costume held up a convenience store late Thursday morning.

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Monster 500-pound, 12-foot alligator captured in Florida

Divers working on a private underwater project in Florida discovered a massive 12-foot, 500-pound alligator.

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Watch: 'Rudolph' burglar caught on security video

Police in Colorado released security video footage of a woman wearing a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer costume during a burglary.

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Fire board members swear in, controversial member resigns

Empty board seat expected to be filled in February

During the December fire board meetings for the Chino Valley Fire District, Central Yavapai Fire District and Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) on Thursday, Dec. 20, new and re-elected members were sworn in and board positions were filled. And in a surprise move, a controversial Central Yavapai Fire District board member resigned.

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Editorial: From Stringer to Imbronone, hate breeds more hate

Hate breeds more hate. Until it overwhelms us and becomes who we are, or at least what others expect us to be.

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Suspect sought after hit-and-run collision with pedestrian Friday night in Cordes Lakes

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help after a man was struck by a vehicle Friday evening while walking southbound on Stagecoach Trail in Cordes Lakes.

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Tax credits go a long way with small groups too

When it is the season for donating to charity, the bigger organizations may come to mind first. And, while they are worthy, sometimes the smaller groups are just as deserving.

Thinning operations along Senator Highway underway; trailhead closed

Contractors are making good progress on the Schoolhouse Stewardship Project, according to a news release from the Prescott National Forest. For approximately the next two to three weeks, the Groom Creek Loop Trail #307 and the trailhead will be closed.

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One-sentence survey: Send to the Courier your wish for mankind

The Daily Courier wants your Christmas wishes to share with the community.

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Detectives hunt down leads to identify, arrest suspects in ATM burglary

Bank estimates more than $10,000 in ATM damage

Two suspects allegedly connected to an attempted ATM burglary in Black Canyon City on Nov. 21 have been identified and one has so far been arrested.

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Volunteer firefighter in Wilhoit killed in ATV collision after holiday party

Cause of collision under investigation

A volunteer firefighter with the Southern Yavapai Fire Department was declared dead at the scene of a vehicle collision after his ATV rolled Saturday night, Dec. 15.

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Prescott firefighters trek several miles to help injured hiker

Rescue takes almost three hours to complete

A woman in her 70s was carried by firefighters about two miles after injuring her ankle along Salida Gulch trail near Lynx Lake Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16.

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Prescott Regional Airport reaches 8,600 passenger enplanements

In the City of Prescott’s ongoing effort to reach the 10,000 mark for passenger enplanements by the end of 2018, the Prescott Regional Airport has now reached the 8,600 mark.

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Editorial: Fentanyl is the deadliest drug, our work is far from over

Fentanyl is now the deadliest drug in America, according to the latest report from the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Action of deputy may have saved a life

Welfare check found woman unresponsive

Around 12:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputy was dispatched for a welfare check in the 19000 block of east K-Mine Road, Black Canyon City.

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Prescott police find stolen weapon, meth in vehicle driving along Gurley Street

Both people in car booked on multiple charges

Two Chino Valley residents were booked into the Yavapai County jail Wednesday, Dec. 12, after police found a stolen gun and illicit drugs in their vehicle.

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Armed suspect fires weapon in Cordes Lakes neighborhood, threatens to ‘shoot it out’ with deputies

Man in custody on $100,000 bond

A Cordes Lakes man faces a long list of charges after allegedly firing off a weapon in a neighborhood, running from police and then trying to escape again while already detained, according to authorities.

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Alleged fentanyl dealer and 2 others arrested by PANT

Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking detectives (PANT) have made more drug arrests, including two involving fentanyl.

Chino Valley police receive grant for new unmarked police vehicle

Grant requires vehicle to be used for impaired driving enforcement

The Chino Valley Police Department has received grant money from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the purchase of an unmarked police vehicle.

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DPS air rescue hits milestone in Sedona

Expansion of nighttime technical rescue capabilities

For the rescue of a 52-year-old Sedona man last month, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) successfully executed something they’ve never tried before: an external load technical rescue during night hours.

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Castle Hot Springs preps for February 2019 opening

Invited guests get sneak peak of resort’s extensive renovations

In advance of a projected February 2019 reopening, more than 300 guests got a sneak preview this past weekend of the rebirth of the historic Castle Hot Springs resort in southern Yavapai County.

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Log loader explodes, causing small wildfire

No one injured in explosion

Prescott National Forest firefighters, along with several units from the Prescott Fire Department responded to a roughly 5,000 square foot fire about five miles southwest of Prescott.

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Watch: Drivers dodge giant spool rolling on Houston highway

Students on a field trip in Texas captured video of a giant industrial spool that broke free from an 18-wheeler on a Houston highway Friday morning.

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Prescott Valley woman located, Silver Alert canceled

Woman has dementia; public asked to assist

A Prescott Valley woman named Debra Dehart has been reported missing, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS).

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Editorial: A warning to local fentanyl poison pushers

Last week the Courier ran another front page story reporting the arrests of more alleged local fentan yl drug dealers in our community.

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No injuries reported after possible explosion on Lakeshore Drive in Prescott Valley

Cause still under investigation

Emergency personnel from Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA), Prescott Valley Police and Lifeline Ambulance responded to a reported explosion about 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at a residential triplex in the 8400 block of Lakeshore Drive in Prescott Valley.