Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings, not meltdown over lumpy gravy
On the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and Native Americans shared a first bounty of hunted meats and harvested fruits and vegetables in a style that was likely far less fuss and fanfare than what occurs in many American homes today.
PHS principal thrives on helping students and colleagues succeed on their career paths
Stephanie Hillig never debated her career path.
Prescott Unified School District leaders are preening with pride that the high school’s “Pride of Prescott” marching band will once again be showcasing its students’ musical talents at the 2017 Arizona State Marching Band Championships scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.
Taylor Hicks Elementary students were offered an early, cultural Thanksgiving treat this week.
Prescott CPA Drury Sylvester is a faithful contributor to Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters.
In back-to-back meetings with a group of Republicans and then a smaller group of about 15 business and civic leaders in downtown Prescott on Monday, Gov. Doug Ducey was clearly stumping for re-election.
For Major Beesley, the Coalition for Compassion and Justice’s Stagger Straight homeless shelter and community center has given him a second chance.
Thousands turn out to salute area veterans
Thousands of Prescottonians lined the main downtown streets on Saturday to show off their patriotic pride and respect for veterans past and present who honored America with their devoted service.
One day, Stuart Mattson looked out his office window and spotted a lady from Germany who a week or so before had asked him a question for which he did not have an answer.
Honoring his fallen patriots and community
With his mega-watt smile, hearty handshake and look-you-in-the-eye approach, Stan Goligoski is the kind of guy who commands people’s trust and respect.
The Northern Arizona Veteran Affairs Health Care System is one big construction zone right now thanks to a more than $30 million federal investment in what is a major upgrade and expansion of the agency’s facilities.
Carol Stanley’s secret to aging: she simply refuses to do so.
Yavapai County officials dispute state’s national ranking
Some leaders in the local mental health arena are bristling over a Mental Health America 2016 survey that ranks Arizona at the bottom in the nation for treatment options based on what it deems a high prevalence of mental illness and limited access to care.
A long corridor in the VA’s Bob Stump Medical Center, colloquially known as the “Miracle Mile” as it harkens back to the days when it was the main route in and out for tuberculosis patients, has been transformed from a blank space painted an institutional green into a history exhibit.
Palace haunted history fascinates guests during after-hours tour to benefit U.S. VETS
Walk through the restored swinging wood doors of the 19th century Palace Restaurant and Saloon on Whiskey Row — the oldest saloon in Arizona — and you are stepping into the frontier past, one filled with cowboys, miners, gamblers, shady ladies, notorious lawmen, and even some movie stars.
The crowd for an inaugural civility rally in Prescott Thursday night at the Holiday Courtyard was lighter than desirable.
Deborah Portzer gives to women with cancer
In Deborah Portzer’s yard are lawn ornaments that spell out the word “HOPE.”
Something far more sinister
The first time, a few scratches and a slapped face.
First-generation student prepares for what’s next
As the first generation of her family to be able to go to college, Prescott High School senior Elena Aragon is investing considerable time and effort in figuring out options that will suit her career goals and wallet.
School needs to accommodate larger class size
Lincoln Elementary has seen a spike in kindergarteners such that class sizes have swelled up to 30 and 31 students, and so the school leaders and teachers have opted to create a combined, 24-student kindergarten and first-grade class.
Out of Darkness Walk organizer steps out of the darkness to shed light on suicide and its impacts
Ann Marie Boutin is a chipper, optimistic, dog-loving woman who spends her days arranging meals for seniors and in her off-duty hours offers support to those who have suffered the sadness of a suicide.
Kitty Genovese was a young, vibrant manager of a New York City bar the same year the Beatles had a No. 1 hit and soldiers were headed off to war in Vietnam.
The first-ever "Pizza Palooza" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in downtown Prescott, aims to raise money for Prescott Meals on Wheels.
Welcome to Arizona's 'Hunger Games'
The fight for equitable public education funding in Arizona has devolved into more than two decades of what leaders and advocates suggest is a bizarre rendition of “The Hunger Games.”
Schools need to prepare before there is a need
The time to think about a plan to deal with a crisis of any kind, or in the aftermath of a tragedy, is not in the midst of the event or when something has happened and no one knows who to call or how to cope.
Bradley Stalnaker is also independent and takes nothing for granted
Two months into his senior year, Prescott High Class of 2018 member Bradley Stalnaker is clear-eyed about what he needs to do to move forward with his plans after graduation.
In the Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Lisa Ross-Williams and her husband, Kenny, are nature-connected entrepreneurs who have long embraced a ranch lifestyle complete with a full corral of five horses, two goats, two dogs and eight cats.
Breast surgeon finds it a privilege to help women move from fear to living a long, happy life
As a surgeon whose specialty is with breast cancer patients, Dr. Michael Macon not only has impeccable medical credentials but he has a keen sense of the impact such a diagnosis makes on a person’s psyche.
A diagnosis of breast cancer, even in the earliest stages, is never welcome.
But it does not mean a patient will contract breast cancer
Ninety percent of breast cancer patients have no genetic components to their cancer, said YRMC BreastCare Center clinical navigator Julie Bender.
Amid the cacophony of construction at the Washington School are the echoes of generations of Prescott children who once transcribed fractions with chalk on a blackboard.
Don’t judge achievement, experience on one score, education advocates say
State and local public education advocates and leaders hope Arizona’s latest A-F grade system does not lead school staff and parents to judge student achievement and educational experience on one score.
Crew finds British rifle ammunition boxes in the walls of a garage
A local contractor doing some demolition work in the garage portion of a 1926 home found a surprise: the walls were made out of discarded World War II-era British 303 rifle ammunition boxes.
On Thursday night, Oct. 5, a group of Yavapai College students and other community leaders and residents attended a red carpet premiere of the poignant film, “Bully Fighters.”
‘Walk to School Day’ promotes fun, exercise and safety for about 100 Abia Judd students and families
Three Abia Judd Elementary third-grade friends walked hand-in-hand together — two of the three’s dads not too far behind — from the Goodwill parking lot on Iron Springs Road to the school’s front door.
For the second year in a row, Mile High Middle School eighth-graders’ scores on the AzMerit standardized math exam were less than stellar.
District still waiting for right offer for its current office on Granite Street
The third time is not the charm — at least when it comes to selling off the Prescott Unified School District’s administration offices on South Granite Street.
A longtime MATFORCE advocate Bob Farster, 62, died on Sept. 30, two days after the motorized wheelchair he relied on for transportation was hit by a pickup truck as he attempted to cross Gail Gardner at Fair Street near his apartment.
Blood donors needed for the victims in Las Vegas mass shooting
When tragedy strikes, a common reaction for many is: “How can I help?”
Leadership out of the norm
In the middle of the night, Paul Mitchell’s cell phone rings. A homeless drug addict needs medical attention and a place to sleep.
For those who think bullying is an innocent playground ritual, experts who have studied the phenomena will assure you that is patently false.
Officials say higher regard for teachers must be higher priority
Teacher shortages in Yavapai County this year were better than last, but there are still 38 positions that were not filled, meaning that schools have had to get creative about filling positions, including the use of long-term substitutes, larger class sizes or using technology to provide course material.
PHS senior who wants to savor final year sees Yavapai College sign language course as more than credit
Prescott High School senior Kody Jones needs a foreign language credit to graduate.
District office sale still pending
Prescott Unified School District leaders on Friday celebrated the conclusion of a year-long deal with a Phoenix real estate investment firm to buy the now-vacant Miller Valley Elementary School.
For some three decades, Tusanne Cordes was devoted to nurturing, instructing and simply loving other people’s children as a teacher, instructional specialists and principal at Lake Valley Elementary School.
District receives third offer to sell its offices
Moving ever closer to answering taxpayers’ wishes from two years ago, the Prescott Unified School Board unanimously voted Tuesday night to accept its third sale offer on the district’s downtown office.
On a stifling hot day in South Vietnam more than five decades ago, U.S. Marine infantry radio operator Walter Eckes was sipping a cold beer up against tree outside a small village canteen when his idyll was broken by a threesome of Viet Cong armed with machine guns.
Realization this will be the final one as a student hits one PHS senior
Prescott High School senior Kirsten Hillig grabbed a black scrunchie to match her homecoming pep rally T-shirt, and cheerleading uniform, on Friday morning and suffered a wave of melancholy.
The world is his stage
Steve Heller is a mathematician who caught an unrelenting, lifelong theater bug as a college student at the University of Arizona in Tucson before he was shipped overseas to Korea with the Army Reserves.
Prescott High School’s Half-Century Club inducted its latest class on Thursday afternoon; the music for the luncheon at the Prescott Resort were hits of the era — and the memories were of hotrods, homecoming hijinks, hikes to illuminate “P” mountain at dark, and healthy doses of homework.