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Scout Charlie Wells helps local birds find their way

Fourteen-year-old Arizona native, Charlie Wells is changing the lives of four birds in Prescott.

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Photos: Bigs go under the Big Top

The Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Yavapai County held its annual gala on Saturday with the theme of “Under the Big Top.”

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Quad Cities in Brief: Hopi Art story takes place today

Hopi Art story takes place today

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Student of the Week: Aston

Ashton Whitwell is a fine young person. He possesses a strong sense of self as well as strong character traits.

Local children get to Shop with a Cop

For the 20th year, nearly a dozen area law enforcement officers will join with children to shop for Christmas gifts for their families in the Shop with a Cop program.

CASA Case of the Month: 11-20-17

Kristen A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as an advocate for 12-year-old “Kristen.” The Department of Child Safety (DCS) took custody of Kristen after receiving information that Kristen had been left with no legal caregiver.

Community Calendar: Nov. 20, 2017

Parenting the Love and Logic Way, 10 to noon, HUSD Family Resource Center Rm. 422, 6411 N. Robert Road. Free child care is available. RSVP: 759-5109 or

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Spectra takes over operations at PV Event Center

In an effort to generate new event content, partnership revenue and increased attendance, the Town of Prescott Valley’s Event Center Community Facilities District has finalized a multi-year agreement with Spectra by Comcast Spectacor.

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Editorial: Court decides correctly what is a tax

Arizona voters decided in a state constitutional amendment in 1992 that any new taxes would need the approval of two-thirds of the state House and Senate before it could be enacted.

Quad Cities in Brief: Scholarship opportunities for local students

Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona invite scholarship providers to present opportunities to local students.

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Yavapai College providing free tuition to those with GEDs

YC board approves $7 million resolution for additional capital investments/improvements

For Arizona residents who earned a GED diploma in 2016 or 2017, Yavapai College is offering free tuition for the upcoming spring semester.

Sheriff’s office issues ‘virtual kidnapping’ alert

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam that tries to convince a random victim that a member of their family has been kidnapped and that the victim must pay a ransom for their safe return.

False alarm requires Abia Judd to ‘shelter in place’ Thursday

Possible explosive raises the alarm; lunch and recess remain indoors

Abia Judd Elementary students “sheltered in place” on Thursday morning after someone spotted what turned out to be an exploded blasting cap in the 1900 block of Peaceful Mesa Drive, officials said.

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Editorial: Frivolous lawsuits hurt everyone

Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (AID) agreed to a deal with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich last week that will end a rash of lawsuits against Arizona businesses in state courts.

Law enforcement officers get crisis intervention training

As the latest volley in Sheriff Scott Mascher’s effort to stop what he calls “the criminalizing the treatment of mental health,” the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office teamed with other agencies to hold a five-day training session to instruct law enforcement officers in crisis intervention, mental health, and substance abuse.

Business in Brief: New owners offering free car repair to essay winner

New owners of car repair business offering free car repair to essay winner Lora Lopas and Greg Porterfield purchased Car Care by Bob on White Spar Road in Prescott last July and renamed it Prescott Car Care.

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Editorial: Navajo Nation keeps Grand Canyon free from more developments

There are perhaps no better guardians for the Grand Canyon than the people who live in and around it.

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Local farmers markets open for winter season this Saturday

The Prescott Farmers Market (PFM) will welcome customers for its fourth winter season on Saturday, Nov. 11.

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Soldwedel family gives $143,000 to Yavapai College

Gift reflects the family’s passion for children, education

A multi-media company’s family has transformed a long legacy of sharing tennis with their community into a $143,000 gift to Yavapai College.

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Prescott General Election results - Nov. 7, 2017

Unofficial results as of 7:43 p.m.

The City of Prescott General Election results, unofficial, as of 7:43 p.m.

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Chino students ‘shelter in place’ during investigation

Police check out domestic situation near Territorial Early Childhood Center

A shelter-in-place order was in effect Tuesday morning, Nov. 7, at Territorial Elementary School in Chino Valley, while police investigated a domestic violence call involving one student’s parent, said CVPD Lt. Vince Schaan.

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Watch: Movie trailer before 'Thor: Ragnarok' turns out to be man's proposal video

A British man asked his girlfriend to see Thor: Ragnarok where he had secretly arranged for his marriage proposal video to be shown before the movie.

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Editorial: Ban on ‘dark money’ makes sense

We have a right to know who is influencing an election, and voters in 2018 may get a chance to change the rules.

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Anthony Weiner ordered to report to prison by Monday

Former congressman Anthony Weiner must report to federal prison by Monday, according to court records.

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Video: Lionesses round up scattered cubs after elephant attack

While visiting South Africa Chris Tote said he was observing two lionesses with six cubs along the Sabie Riverbed for about a half an hour before a herd of elephants stormed into the area.

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Editorial: Gov. Ducey deserves praise for his KidsCare plan

Gov. Doug Ducey announced that if funding for the KidsCare program runs out as expected next month, and Congress still hasn’t acted to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), he will take money out of the state’s reserves to cover costs to keep it going.

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Watch: Deer shatters window at New Jersey bank

A deer was caught on video shattering a window at a New Jersey bank.

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Bagdad man killed in ATV crash

A Bagdad man was killed Thursday, Nov. 2, when the ATV he was riding struck large rocks on east Park Drive, east of Lindahl Road, overturned, and trapped him under the vehicle, according to Dwight D’Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

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Picture this: Courthouse Christmas Lighting fundraiser

The 10th annual Jersey Lilly fundraiser for Prescott’s Courthouse Lighting was center stage this evening at the Jersey Lilly Saloon.

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Animal rescue team in Florida discovers reported injured dog is a coyote

An animal rescue team responding to a report of an injured dog in a Florida shopping area discovered it wasn't a dog after all -- it was a wild coyote.

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‘Jury duty’ scam continues; woman conned out of $1,000

A scam that involves the victim receiving a phone call warning that a warrant has been issued for their arrest because they missed jury duty is continuing to impact Yavapai County residents, and a Cornville woman lost $1,000 to the con artists in the last week, said Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.

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Watch: Dog chases bear away from California home

A black bear lurking outside a California home was chased away by a small dog Wednesday.

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Watch: Two bull elk battle over pumpkins outside Colorado hotel

Two bull elk were captured on video fighting over Halloween pumpkins outside a Colorado hotel.

Sheriff’s office receives state grant funds

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded grants totaling more than $41,000 from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

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Two arrested in Prescott Valley gas station robbery

Two men were arrested and charged with robbery after police said they held up a clerk at a Texaco station in the 8400 block of East Highway 69 Sunday, Oct. 29, and left with beer and cigarettes, according to Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Jason Kaufman.

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Editorial: State should step aside and let Bisbee govern Bisbee

In 2012 the quaint city of Bisbee decided, through its duly-elected representatives, that they were sick of all the litter ruining the views and damaging one of its major industries, tourism.

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Two mule deer killed; Game and Fish looking for poachers

Two mule deer were found killed in the Prescott Valley/Dewey areas recently, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking information on the poachers responsible.

Editorial: State Education Board flunks test on grading Arizona schools

As if Arizona’s education system did not have enough problems, it’s beginning to look like the state’s new school grading system is flawed.

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Stuck truck causes 3-hour closure on Highway 89A

Driver cited for failure to obey traffic control device

A 53-foot Family Dollar tractor-trailer, failing to negotiate a hairpin turn on Mingus Mountain about 13 miles south of Jerome, became disabled and halted traffic for three hours Wednesday morning.

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Power outage along Highway 69, Gateway Mall area

Electrical power went out Monday morning to 598 customers along Highway 69 in Prescott near Gateway Mall and Walmart, an Arizona Public Service spokesperson said. Trader Joe’s is also without power.

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Century-old valves on Watson Lake Dam up for repair

City considers $170,000 contract for initial engineering

Deteriorating valves on the Watson Lake Dam could be in line for repairs soon.

Halloween Masquerade at ‘Haunted’ Hassayampa

All 21 and older spooks are cordially invited to Prescott Area Leadership’s first ever Halloween Masquerade at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Hassayampa’s Arizona Room.

Used book sale, Disney book raffle, in Dewey-Humboldt

Friends of the Dewey-Humboldt Town Library celebrates its birthday month with the annual three-day big Book Sale beginning at 11:30 a.m. (for members) Thursday, Oct. 26, and 12:30 p.m. for the public.

Talk on finding family history through online resources Oct. 28

Dick Hiatt, member of the Northern Arizona Genealogical Society, will speak on how to use Family History Research Wiki with genealogy searches at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Family History Center at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints located at 1001 Ruth St.

Yavapai College Board’s next meeting set for Tuesday

The Yavapai College District Governing Board will hold its regular board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m., in rooms 110 and 111 of the Prescott Valley Center, 6955 Panther Path, in Prescott Valley.

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Local Charity Blankets 4 Kids sends truck load of blankets to Houston

This is the final loading of the truck going to Houston, Texas, this past week with approximately 100 boxes of blankets going down to Catholic Charities for distribution to the hurricane “Harvey” relief families and children.

Editorial: Proposals losing touch: It’s not about the show

You’ve no doubt seen them, videos on Facebook where someone went to great effort to stage a marriage proposal or to ask someone to the prom.

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Adjusting customers to the new electricity rates

APS rolling out education plan

Across its service territory, Arizona Public Service is working to get its customers to be more conscious about how and when they use energy.

Electric outages hit White Spar Road area on Friday night

About 1,900 Arizona Public Service (APS) customers along White Spar Road in Prescott saw outages Friday evening, Oct. 20, after a tree took out a power line.

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Watch: Woman steals credit card from store clerk having seizure

Authorities in the Salt Lake City area say a woman stole a credit card from the wallet of a convenience store clerk as he was having a seizure.