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Max Efrein

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State forestry to implement more closures to state-owned lands

Yavapai County not impacted yet

While all of Yavapai County remains in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, a good portion of state-owned and National Forest lands have been closed for recreational purposes (see map).

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Why some court cases drag on for years

Some of the county’s longest inmates await trial

There’s a man who’s been in the custody of the Yavapai County jail for more than 10 years, and his trial is still not in sight.

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Yavapai County Fair, 4-H break up; go separate ways

When business relationships sour, rarely are personal feelings left out of the equation.

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Fire south of Walker causes limited evacuations

One structure burned

A wildfire that started just south of Walker Wednesday morning, May 16, led to the evacuation of residents located off of Bluff Road east of Poachers Way.

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Wildland fire along Fain Road claims 54 acres

Wind-driven fire chars grasslands; no structures damaged

A wildland fire along Fain Road in Prescott Valley charred about 54 acres of grassland before being declared contained around 1 p.m., Monday, May 14.

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Wildlife managers educate, enforce in face of off-highway vehicle boom

A balance between public safety, encouraging outdoor recreation

Try heading up to Crown King in the Bradshaw Mountains on a weekend this time of year, and you’ll see off-highway vehicles just about everywhere you look.

Arizona Attorney General: CAFMA is legal entity, does not disenfranchise voters

State representatives get answers to most questions

The Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) is a legal entity under Arizona law, according to a recent opinion released by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

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More than 400 attend open house on proposed 3,300-home development

Weighing in on Granite Dells

The ire was palpable as members of the public ushered into the Prescott City Council chamber Tuesday evening, May 8.

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Fires threaten Prescott, PV and county

Prescott Valley residential home complete loss

Prescott Valley residential fire By the time firefighters were notified and responded to a home fire on Las Flores Drive in Prescott Valley Tuesday night, May 8, the home was already 75 percent involved in flame.

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Yavapai College Board approves 2 percent property tax hike by a 3-2 vote

After some discussion and hearing what members of the public wished to say, the Yavapai College District Governing Board approved a 2-percent hike of its primary property tax levy on the district’s taxpayers Tuesday morning, May 8, by a 3 to 2 vote.

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Local pronghorn, other wildlife, struggling through dry year

Be vigilant on roadways as animals are forced to scavenge closer to town

“When it’s this dry, there’s nothing we can do to prevent [pronghorn] from being in the right-of-way fence or coming into town, because they’re going to do what they need to do to find something to eat and drink,” Tucker said.

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Army National Guard troops based in Prescott deploy to Afghanistan

Parade in Prescott Valley sends them off

As part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, 400 troops with the Army National Guard battalion in Arizona have been assigned to deploy to Afghanistan.

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Yavapai College board to vote on 2% property tax increase proposal

Breakdown of where funds will go, if approved

Tuesday morning, May 8, the Yavapai College District Governing Board will vote on whether or not to approve a 2-percent hike of its primary property tax levy on the district’s taxpayers.

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Cruz murder case hits another stumbling block

Trial dates canceled as new defense counsel is found, given time to review files

Yet another speed bump has arisen regarding an already 21-year-old murder case.

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Stage 2 fire restrictions going into effect Friday, May 4

Will stay in effect until significant rain throughout area

The Prescott National Forest, along with all local entities, will enact Stage 2 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Friday, May 4.

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2017 flood victim takes precautions to protect property from anticipated 2018 flooding

County flood control recommends homeowners evaluate property safety before it’s too late

On July 19, 2017, Spring Valley resident Paul Teolis watched helplessly as his 5-acre property was all but wiped out by a major flood.

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Firefighter proposes to girlfriend during ceremony

Two promoted, two retired, six graduated from firefighter academy

It was all part of a plan.

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Cause of home fire in Chino Valley labeled undetermined

Family’s total loss of home, belongings covered by insurance policy

The cause of a home fire in Chino Valley earlier this week is being labeled as undetermined, said Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority Assistant Fire Marshal Andie Smith.

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How to avoid; what to do when attacked by a dog

Jan Anderson has been the victim of three dog attacks in the last two years.

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Firefighters prepare for fire season

Basin Operation Drill provides opportunity for local agencies to practice together

In the annual Basin Operation Drill, firefighters fine-tune their skills and build stronger relationships with the multiple agencies that would potentially respond to a large-scale wildfire in Yavapai County this fire season.

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Wildfire threatens large apartment complex in Prescott Valley

Human caused; specifics undetermined

Fortunate circumstances allowed area firefighters to quickly extinguish a highly visible wildfire that threatened the Terraces at Glassford Hill apartment complex in Prescott Valley mid-day Wednesday, April 18.

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Yavapai College board discusses proposed property tax hike

Details regarding a proposed 2 percent primary property tax increase were provided and discussed during Yavapai College District Governing Board’s (YCDGB) meeting on Tuesday, April 17.

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Community helps homeless man find stability

Lessons learned about giving, expectations along the way

A community effort to restore stability to a homeless man’s life has come to fruition. However, the journey was not without its challenges.

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Why allergies in Prescott are so bad

Experts explain why we get allergies; how to deal with them

The Prescott area is known for many things. Most are positive, but there is one that makes many of the area’s residents absolutely miserable.

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What panhandlers are, aren’t allowed to do

Panhandling is a First Amendment right, but must be conducted within certain parameters

For several months, a man has frequently panhandled a stone’s throw from The Daily Courier’s Prescott Valley location.

PV police bringing Better Bucks program to Quad-Cities

Within the next six months, residents of Prescott Valley – and perhaps other parts of the Quad-city area – will be able to give legal currency to individuals seeking free handouts without worrying about how that money will be used, said Jason Kaufman with the Prescott Valley Police Department.

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Paulden home complete loss after grease fire

Home not insured; family asking for help

James Ingersoll says he hasn’t slept more than a few hours since his home in the 21000 block of Windi Hill Lane in Paulden burned to the ground Saturday night.

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Firefighter labor group proposes increasing starting wages

Uptick could improve recruitment process

To address an apparent problem with recruiting fire fighters, Mike Kontz, vice president of the United Yavapai Fire Fighters Association -- a local labor group -- is proposing an increase the starting firefighter wage in Yavapai County, from $14 to $14.71.

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Prescott firefighters surprisingly heart healthy, study finds

University monitors firefighters’ heart rates over three months

For nearly three months last year, 25 Prescott firefighters voluntarily subjected themselves to wearing Holter monitors for 12 to 24-hour periods purely in the name of research.

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Study: Many felony laws yield no arrest charges

Law enforcement agencies encouraging legislators to declutter, streamline Arizona’s criminal code

More than a third of Arizona’s felony criminal laws have gone unused in the last 15 years, according to a recent study done by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.

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Prescott Valley woman saves choking baby

Father: ‘I feel like she’s a hero’

Wednesday, March 21, was a normal day for Kristopher and Kendra Barr.

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VA recognizes female veterans, anticipates future needs

As more women serve, more need care post-service

Beltran Steele joined the U.S. Marine Corps at a time when women were just starting to be recognized as a permanent part of the military service.

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Strongest messages from the Arizona Wildfire Academy

Academy director: ‘Firefighter safety is paramount to anything else we do’

With a stern tone, veteran firefighter P.J. Lingley described fire-shelter etiquette.

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A reporter pursues first-hand knowledge of the beat he covers

Why I attended basic wildland fire training

I’m not a firefighter. Nor do I have any ambition to become one.

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Wildland fires cause scare in both Chino Valley, Prescott

One was the result of residential burning; other caused by fence welding

Two wildland fires were fortunately extinguished Monday without injuring anyone or damaging any structures.

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Coconino National Forest employee named Southwest Firefighter of the Year

Travis Mabery, assistant fire management officer for the Coconino National Forest, receives the 2017 Southwest Firefighter of the Year award during the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy’s annual Tribute Dinner.

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1,000-plus firefighters attending Prescott Wildfire Academy

Class numbers skyrocket past previous attendance record for Prescott academy

Even for the annual Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, the number of firefighters in the Prescott area this week is well above average.

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Need2Know: Steve’s Homestyle Café open; Scrubs 4 Less moving; PV Good Samaritan receives 5 stars

Steve’s Homestyle Café now open A new restaurant called Steve’s Homestyle Café has opened at 4641 N. Robert Road in Prescott Valley.

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Fake detective trying to steal financial info from businesses

Be aware: someone is impersonating police to get personal information; starting with businesses, then calling customers

Over the course of the past month, someone has called local businesses in Prescott Valley and pretended to be a Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) detective investigating fraud, police said.

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Prescott Valley PD’s new Animal Control Officer off to ‘a great start,’ police report

Lassos an injured horse; corrals four escaped bulls

Tim Yogerst has already managed some difficult situations as Prescott Valley Police Department’s new Animal Control Officer.

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MVD now offering written driver’s test online

As the world moves ever more online, so does the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division.

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Smartphones, tablets, computers now integral part of most classrooms

PHS principal: ‘If you don’t have a cellphone, you’re almost at a disadvantage’

School administrators in the quad-city area have given up on trying to keep cellphones and other personal devices out of the education environment.

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Fire boards’ attorney responds to fire district’s alleged criminal conduct

Boards will not allow unfounded accusations to persist during meetings

Nicolas Cornelius, the attorney for the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD), has drawn a line in the sand.

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Fire boards hear final recap of audit reports, addressing whether CYFD is subsidizing CVFD

When the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD) and the Chino Valley Fire District (CVFD) were audited for the first time last year under the joint powers agreement that formed the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA), every single expense and source of revenue from each district was credited to the district it came from.

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Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority officials reveal $686K savings in 2017

The question of combining two local fire districts in 2016 hinted at a potential savings, and Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) officials have said they saved $686,000 in the first year.

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CYFD tax rate expected to level out, trend down

Would be higher had CAFMA not been formed

Before the formation of the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) was even being considered, the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD) began an aggressive campaign to stabilize a jeopardized budget following the recession.

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School shooting threat at Chino Valley High School spurred by social media

Chino police post officers at each of town's schools

Police are investigating an alleged threat made in person and then spread on social media against Chino Valley High School by a former student.

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ADOT’s safety message contest returns

Winning messages will appear on signs above AZ state highways

You may recall the safety message contest hosted by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) last year.

How to report impaired driving

As the Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) often reminds the public, “If you see something, say something.”

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Impaired driver collides with DPS trooper on 69; highway closed 5 hours

Trooper transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

A Prescott Valley man was arrested on multiple felony charges after his truck collided with an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper’s vehicle Sunday evening, Feb. 18, according to a Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) news release.