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Shootout on Whiskey Row on target for next weekend

Preparation starts six months in advance, Regulators president says

The Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies have next weekend in their sights for the 13th annual Shootout on Whiskey Row.

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Lonely Street salutes Righteous Brothers, Blue Eyed Soul

Bring Back That Lovin’ Feeling,” Lonely Street Productions’ salute to the Righteous Brothers and Blue Eyed Soul, is returning to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend.

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Nearly sold out ‘Savannah Sipping Society’ gets a fifth week

With its summer show, “Savannah Sipping Society” nearly sold out, Prescott Center for the Arts is adding a fifth and final week to its run, says the show’s director Bruce Lanning.

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Jazz Summit holds second concert in series

The Prescott Jazz Summit is holding the second concert this weekend in its series replacing its usual three-day weekend festival.

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Author talks ‘Arizona’s Deadliest Gunfight’ at Sharlot Hall

Many theories surround cause

Historian and author Heidi Osselaer asserts that Arizona’s deadliest gunfight was not at the O.K. Corral, but at the Powers Cabin in the Galiuro Mountains.

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CVHS sports remains for enrolled students only

Ramifications come with deciding where to send students, superintendent says

Students enrolled in Chino Valley High School will continue find themselves competing only with each other for a spot on any of the school’s sports teams, rather than seeing additional challenges from students enrolled in an online charter school.

School district keeps property tax levy going

Money going to additional bus lanes

The Chino Valley Unified School District voted unanimously to collect $81,000 through the adjacent ways levy, which is a continuation of the primary property tax, at its regular meeting July 10.

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Running unopposed, Mendoza wishes for a challenger

Maintaining the town a work in progress, he says

Though Chino Valley Councilman Corey Mendoza is running unopposed in this year’s election, he said he wishes there had been a challenger.

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Mountain Valley Park to be analyzed for well

Future growth will depend on reclaimed water, says water resources manager

Mountain Valley Park could have a direct injection well in the future, depending on analysis by Southwest Groundwater Consultants, unanimously approved by the Prescott Valley Town Council Thursday, July 12.

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Furnishings, equipment approved for inside of PVPD expansion

Plans allow for changes in technology, capital projects coordinator says

With work nearly done on the outside of the Prescott Valley Police Department’s building expansion and ready to begin on the exterior, the Prescott Valley Town Council unanimously approved contracts allowing for furnishings and equipment at its meeting Thursday, July 12.

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Sidewalk improvements coming to Civic Drive

Part of puzzle to make connections, says deputy town manager

Pedestrians walking up and down Civic Drive from Windsong Drive to Civic Circle will notice some improvements in the future.

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Flash Flood warning in effect for Yavapai County until 8:45 p.m. Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Yavapai County lasting until 8:45 p.m. Monday, July 16.

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Families in need gear up for school

Trinity Lutheran Church helps children from Humboldt Elementary School

Looking through the racks of clothes at the Walmart in Prescott Valley, Claire Andringa said it feels good to be able to have some new duds for when school starts.

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Gardeners face challenges during drought

Lack of water has consequences

Whether you’re a master gardener or a gardening hobbyist, growing plants in the middle of a drought period can be a challenge.

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Indian Art Market features silversmith, more than 100 artists representing 30 tribes

Diné Navajo silversmith Jim Harrison is this year’s featured artist at Sharlot Hall Museum’s 21st annual Prescott Indian Art Market this weekend.

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‘Dream Lover’ show salutes Bobby Darin

Lonely Street Productions is bringing back the “Dream Lover – A Salute to Bobby Darin” show to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend.

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JD Souther to perform at Elks Theatre on July 16

JD Souther, co-writer of a dozen Eagles songs, 10 songs for Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor’s “Her Town Too,” is coming to Prescott for a solo performance at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center for “An Evening with JD Souther.”

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Katherine Byrnes sings ‘Tapestry’ album

Tucson-based international singer Katherine Byrnes will bring the music of Carole King’s “Tapestry” album to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

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‘Shrek the Musical’ at the PCA

For this year’s Teen Summer Stock program, the Prescott Center for the Arts is putting on “Shrek the Musical,” a show that begins this weekend.

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Food trucks are popular, but where are they?

Constraints relaxing with new legislation

Food trucks have grown in popularity over the last several years, but you’ll be hard pressed to find one rolling down the streets of Prescott.

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87-year-old Prescott artist Richard Landis showing at the Smithsonian

Creations made in his own unique style

When Prescott-based textile artist Richard Landis started weaving in the 1960s, he never thought his work would end up at the Smithsonian.

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Garth Guy salutes ’90s Garth Brooks on Saturday

Third-generation country music singer Dean Simmons is returning to the Elks Theatre this weekend, putting on his “The Garth Guy” tribute to Garth Brooks.

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Saturday event offers many unique items at Batterman's Auction

Batterman’s Auction is putting on its Quality Antique Art & Firearms Auction this weekend, giving the public a chance to bid on plenty of unique items.

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Top of the Elks features Mingus Mountain Boptet on July 9

The Top of the Elks series, allowing people of all ages to enjoy a jazz club experience, is featuring the Mingus Mountain Boptet at its next event.

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Chew on This: BigA seeks more sustainable burger in Blended Burger Contest

Prescott’s BigA normally has grassfed burgers but through the end of July, the restaurant is participating in the Blended Burger Contest put on by the James Beard Foundation and promoting a more sustainable beef patty.

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Parade fans strap on their boots for 36th annual Whiskey Row race

Nancy Kain-Zittle runs her 35th boot race

As the last float from the Prescott Frontier Days Parade vanished from sight Saturday, June 30, men and women of all ages gathered together on Whiskey Row, waiting for their turn in the 36th annual Whiskey Row Boot Races.

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Prescott remembers fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots

They stood for everything good and right in the community, Mayor says

At 4:42 p.m. Saturday, June 30, a memorial bell cut through the silence of the courthouse plaza, honoring the fallen 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed five years ago fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, ringing once for each name.

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Old, new faces enjoy Frontier Days parade

Parade winners listed

Plenty of returners along with first-timers came out to enjoy the Prescott Frontier Days Parade Saturday morning, June 30, such as Jennifer Nelson.

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Chino Valley Senior Center to host ‘Let’s Dance’ event June 28

The second Let’s Dance at the Chino Valley Senior Center, featuring Shades of Yesterday as the band, presents a good time for the whole community, according to its organizers.

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Local woman asks everyone to wear pink Saturday

This year to be her 35th time running in the Whiskey Row Boot Race

As she heads into her 35th Whiskey Row Boot Race, Nancy Kain-Zittle is urging everyone to wear pink in support of her younger sister, Peggy Kain, who is battling breast cancer.

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Entertainment center stage for ‘World’s Oldest Rodeo’

Events run all weekend

Prescott Frontier Days, the “World’s Oldest Rodeo,” may have already started, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of entertainment left to go around between the parade, dances and specialty acts.

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Get the blues at Watson Lake on June 30

The Northern Arizona Blues Alliance is holding an inaugural blues festival at Watson Lake this weekend following the Prescott Frontier Days parade.

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50 years of country at Elks Theatre on June 29

Enjoy a celebration of five decades of country music at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend with Nashville Gold.

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One Stage Family Theatre puts on ‘Aladdin Jr.’ June 29-30

One Stage Family Theatre is putting on three showings of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” this weekend, the first time the company has ever put on a Disney show, said Co-Director Tamee Niekamp.

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Whiskey Row Street Dance benefits Boys & Girls Club

June 30 event starts at 4 p.m.

Get dancing in the street this weekend at the Whiskey Row Street Dance, an event benefiting the Boys & Girls Club.

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Good times, good tunes at Prescott Bluegrass Festival; continues Sunday

Bands play on Goodwin, musicians jam on the grass

In the sea of bluegrass fans listening to the Sonoran Dogs play their first set at the 37th annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival Saturday, June 23, was Gina Kritchevsky, who said she’s been a bluegrass fan for about 30 years.

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Jam out at Bluegrass Festival this weekend

The only free bluegrass festival in the Western US

The 37th annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival, the only free bluegrass festival in the Western United States, returns this weekend with performances by a number of bands along with the chance for musicians to jam together.

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’56 returns to Elks for rock ‘n’ roll show

The band ’56 is returning to Prescott to present a full rock ‘n’ roll revue at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

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Prescott Night Out creates comedy night

Come out and laugh with some comedy this weekend at Los Piños Mexican Restaurant created by San Martin Rodriguez of

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tribute returns to Elks

The salute to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – known as “Love the One You’re With,” starring Five Way Street – returns to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend.

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What’s the best advice your father ever gave?

Readers, community leaders share about their fathers

“Hi Hungry, I’m Dad. Dinner’s in a few hours but if you’re that hungry, there’s food in the fridge go make yourself a sandwich.”

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Jazz Splash continues Sunday

Festival sees inaugural workshops, clinics

The Prescott Jazz Society’s 20th annual Juneteenth Jazz Festival continues today, June 17, with more clinics, workshops and performances at Arcosanti, near Cordes Junction at Highway 69 and Interstate 17.

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Yavapai County’s largest hot air balloon festival Saturday, June 16

There’s fun in the air

It’s up, up, up and away Saturday night with the Mile High Festival, Yavapai County’s largest hot air balloon festival.

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Two weekends of Shakespeare at Highlands Center

The Highlands Center for Natural History is featuring two weekends of Shakespeare with Laark Productions putting on “Twelfth Night” for this year’s Shakespeare in the Pines.

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Jazz Society puts on 20th Annual Jazz Splash Juneteenth Celebration

The Prescott Jazz Society is putting on the 20th annual Juneteenth Jazz Festival this weekend as a celebration of freedom, said Jazz Society President Milton Cannon.

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Kara Grainger performs two nights at The Bird Cage

Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Kara Grainger is performing for two nights this weekend at the Bird Cage Saloon.

CVUSD to hold off on capital bond

Recommendation to wait until 2020, superintendent says

After gaging whether or not a capital bond would pass if it were to be on the ballot in November, the Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board directed Superintendent John Scholl not to move forward at its meeting Tuesday, June 5.

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Sharlot Hall Museum celebrates 90th birthday

The Sharlot Hall Museum celebrated its 90th birthday Monday, June 11, commemorating when Sharlot Hall opened the museum in the governor’s mansion in 1928.

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Gala raises funds to help abused, neglected and abandoned children

The mission of Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation is to serve the unmet needs of abused, neglected, and abandoned children who are in the care of the Yavapai County

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PCA presents ‘Comedy of Errors’ as final show of season

The Prescott Center for the Arts is putting on William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” as its final show of the season, directed by Melanie Snyder.