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Nanci Hutson

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The Launch Pad embarking on a big dream — a home of its own

Prescott center prides itself on being a free, safe haven for all teenagers

The Launch Pad Teen Center prides itself as a safe haven for all teenagers in the Prescott/tri-city area.

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Avoid the flu: Get a vaccination now, Arizona health department says

With Thanksgiving just a week away, and Christmas following on its heels, no one wants to have to cancel holiday plans because they contracted the flu.

School board incumbents Hubble and Thomas re-elected

The two incumbent Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board leaders, president Penny Hubble and vice-president Cyndi Thomas, were both re-elected to four-year terms on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Northpoint students enriched through field experiences, community service

At the Circle L Ranch on Friday morning, 37 Northpoint Middle School seventh and eighth-graders from Prescott toured and cleaned portions of the Prescott Valley-based animal rescue sanctuary on Coyote Springs Road.

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Retiring PV mayor feted in high style; Civic Center Circle to be renamed Skoog Boulevard

Everybody loves Mayor Harvey – and Harvey loves everybody, even curmudgeons and folks that once were fond of dirt roads.

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WWII veteran was witness to sinking of USS Yorktown

Prescott veteran at the Battle of Midway Island

Donald Brubaker didn’t want to be an Ohio farmer.

PUSD adopts EngageNY math curriculum at middle school

EngageNY is a math curriculum Prescott Unified School District elementary teachers have embraced, and administrators have high hopes will produce improved results for middle schoolers.

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PUSD to spend $2M on high school athletic field overhaul

Mayor Mengarelli: ‘What took so long?’

Prescott Mayor and Unified School District Governing Board member Greg Mengarelli asked just one question about spending $2 million to replace and rebuild the high school’s track and field complex.

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2 new members for Prescott school board, 2 re-elected in Chino Valley

The Prescott Unified School District Governing Board will have a new complexion come January.

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Prescott considers $2.5 million upgrade to high school athletic facilities

Athletic director to inform school board about proposal for new track and synthetic turf field

Nostalgia can lead people astray — especially when it butts up against big dollars. Such truth is why Prescott High School’s Athletic Director Missy Townsend refused to let her nostalgia for playing sports on natural fields skew her decision on the future of the school’s flagship athletic field.

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Teens to politicians: Stand up, don’t push down

Note to political candidates: The younger generations are watching your campaigns, and frankly, they’re appalled.

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Lincoln ‘Lions’ continue Halloween tradition

Costume parade follows familiar path around courthouse plaza

With fall leaves swirling at their feet and crisp air nipping at their heels, the Lincoln Elementary “Lions” in Prescott were treated to the perfect autumn day for a Halloween costume parade.

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‘She’s my angel’: Woman’s crafts bring comfort to cancer patients

A chance encounter with a friend undergoing chemotherapy for metastasized Stage 4 breast cancer pushed quilter and crafter Dona Speights’ into creative hyper drive.

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Mompower: Armed To Know in Prescott

Arming parents/teens with tools to navigate today’s culture

In the cozy kitchen of her downtown Prescott home, Raynee Schneider’s recipe for homemade soup can be smelled on the stove as she talks about the recipe of a different kind: one aimed at nourishing souls.

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VA work - $30M and counting - in progress as facilities upgraded, renovated and expanded

Effort is to meet health needs of veterans

The local VA campus on Highway 89 is a historic icon — its service to area veterans dates back to 1930.

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Chino Valley volunteer group works to feed Hungry Kids

In less than an hour on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 11, 15 energetic Chino Valley volunteers — retirees to high school and college students — emptied and organized more than 175 reusable green grocery bags filled with non-perishables such as juice boxes, soups, macaroni and cheese and peanut butter.

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Local youth give thanks for their good fortune by collecting food to thwart local hunger

Siblings making change

Alex and Addie Daniels of Chino Valley have never worried about when they might be able to eat again.

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‘Walk to School Days’ offers local children a chance to get exercise while learning road safety

Fourth-grader Charly Dunn was one of the first Lincoln Elementary “Lions” to arrive on the south side of the Prescott courthouse plaza Wednesday morning for “Walk to School Day.”

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Prescott master swimmer, disabled veteran accomplishes one-of-a-kind feat

The Big Swim

On a cool, dark night a week ago, Prescott swimmer and disabled former United States Navy SEAL Dave Loeffler waded into the Pacific Ocean from the shore of San Clemente Island in southern California for a 15.5 hour trek to the rough terrain, not-public coast of Catalina Island.

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Feeding Hungry Kids

Chino Valley group’s food drive hailed as success

In less than an hour on Thursday morning, 15 energetic Chino Valley volunteers — retirees to high school and college students — emptied and organized more than 175 reusable green grocery bags filled with non-perishables such as juice boxes, soups, macaroni and cheese and peanut butter.

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Prescott homeless advocate closer to goal of buying home

Mattson ‘grateful’ to those donating to help him continue his mission

In between answering calls from folks in distress, Prescott homeless advocate Daniel Mattson on Monday morning was seeking a mortgage lender so he can buy the house he has rented for 10 years.

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Embry-Riddle Air Force ROTC cadet shines bright

A trip to a Seattle air show air at age seven planted a yearning in Austin Fischer to one day be a jet pilot.

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What grade did your school receive?

State letter grades for area districts, charters a ‘snapshot’ of student achievement

Like a parent reviewing their own student’s report cards, area district and charter school leaders’ reaction to the state’s A-F ratings of all state schools have generated enthusiasm and disappointment.

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New fight vs. old enemy: Local families called on to battle pornography

Time was when perusing “Playboy” magazine was seen as a rite of passage for teenage boys. Teenage girls were likely hiding copies of “GQ” or other such magazines, featuring half-nude males.

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Surgeon: Be vigilant about your body

In the fight against breast cancer, Yavapai Regional Medical Center surgeon Dr. Michael Macon is a warrior: his weapon beyond the scalpel is empathy, knowledge and technology that enable him to treat his patients based on their own biology, genealogy, even personality.

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Prescott school board delays decision on half-day student schedule for Whiskey Off-Road race

The Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike race is a Prescott downtown tradition — the inaugural event was 15 years ago.

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Stand Down event hailed and lamented

Effort to find solutions to veteran homelessness continues in earnest

U.S. VETS Prescott Executive Director Carole Benedict was thrilled to see so much love heaped on hundreds of homeless veterans at the 2018 Yavapai County Stand Down event at Frontier Village.

Federal grant award to U.S. VETS means more transitional housing for homeless veterans

As of Oct. 1, U.S. VETS Prescott will receive two federal Veteran Affairs grants totaling $580,000 that will enable the agency to expand its current 56-bed transitional living facilities to 20 more beds as well as add 15 units of transition-in-place housing opportunities.

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Prescott High School adds eSports to its athletic lineup

High school athletics is more than muscles; it’s a matter of mind, motivation, and manners.

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Friendly Pines Camp home to annual teachers’ event

Salute to educators

Granite Mountain math and science teacher Emma Gifford is one of those teachers willing to earn an income elsewhere so she can be in the classroom.

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United Way kicks off annual fundraising campaign

The United Way of Yavapai County hosted its annual kick-off fundraising campaign on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Holiday Courtyard.

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A safe haven: Prescott Area Shelter Services ‘saved my life,’ woman says

Cynthia Lawrence considers herself of hearty stock, a self-reliant woman able to take whatever comes. After retiring from sales management, she worked part-time as a housekeeper. She never expected she would run out of funds.

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Boot Camp - a skilled tradesmen project

With only a high school education, Chuck Merritt is the owner of a busy Prescott construction company.

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Prescott Masters Swim Team coach ‘swims to live, lives to swim’

Brigid Bunch may not be a mermaid, but she admits her favorite place to be is in the water.

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‘Angel’ to those in need calling on community to help him keep his home

Homeless advocate homeless?

Daniel Mattson is a well-known figure in Prescott’s hidden world of the homeless and vulnerable.

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VA slowly unfolding no-smoking policy on its Prescott campus

At a time when smoking in public places has become more and more taboo, the local VA is instituting a no-smoking policy, beginning at its Domiciliary program, a short-term, in-patient rehabilitation program for those coping with substance abuse disorders, mental health issues and homelessness.

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VA gives progress report to veterans

Town hall updates staff, program changes

Only about a handful of veterans attended a Prescott VA Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, but the medical facility’s officials shared updates on everything from construction to campus hires.

Cable access channel to update vets on VA, community events

With a goal of keeping area veterans informed of all things at the VA and in the community available to them, be it a new brand of medical technology, home care resources or a concert or art show, local leaders have collaborated to offer them a new public access channel.

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Remembering local WWI fallen soldiers

Veterans memorial advocate honored with national DAR Excellence in Community Service Award

Anyone who meets Betty Bourgault is likely to describe her as friendly, kind, creative and busy. What they might not catch immediately is that this 76-year-old Yavapai County Daughters of the American Revolution chapter member is a relentless fighter for patriotic and other community causes that garner her passion.

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9/11 ceremony: Prescott High students commemorate 'very, very sad day in history'

A postcard pretty day reminiscent of the same day 17 years earlier was the setting for Prescott High School’s Tuesday commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that congealed a nation to thwart evil.

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Reflections from 9/11: Memories serve as Arizona pastor’s call to love and compassion

An uncommon stop at a deli in the lower concourse of the World Trade Center’s North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, likely spared the life of the now-Granite Mountain Unitarian Universalist interim pastor.

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‘Hannah’s Heart’ performances to benefit CCJ and PUSD Family Resource Center

“Hannah’s Heart” is a heart-felt, historic story set in Depression-era Prescott penned by a local author and illustrator who hopes her tale will inspire children to see they can be a force of good in their community.

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Family business owner turned hospice chaplain finds purpose in faith-inspired service

From a family with roots in the region, Dan Olsen’s life journey is one with twists and turns he sees as evidence of a divine force that filled his soul to go in directions he would never have gone on his own.

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PUSD completes sale of former school district offices: $1.15M

Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard did not perform a cartwheel on South Granite Street Friday afternoon, but he sure was happy to close the sale of the former district office there.

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Steady funding for education or funding for now?

InvestinEd movement still a must in order to infuse schools with needed dollars for the future

The elementary-grade wisdom of the storybook, “The Little Engine that Could,” is one area educators suggest needs to prevail when it comes to revamping the InvestinEd movement — optimism driving the pro-education train over a mountain of naysayers to find a permanent source of funding public schools.

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PUSD Foundation poised to grow with decision to hire executive director

In three years, the Prescott Unified School District Education Foundation has become a staple in the school system.

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PUSD board OKs partnerships intended to benefit students

The Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) Governing Board focused much of its attention on Tuesday night to programs aimed at enhancing the school experiences for a diverse number of students.

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Prescott High School ‘Dome’ a treasured educational landmark

If she stands in the middle of the Prescott High School’s gymnasium floor, Athletic Director Missy Townsend can hear her voice echo as if she is in a faraway canyon, the effect connected to the dome above she and other administrators admit is both a blessing and a curse.

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Former Prescott resident launches charity to help orphans and mothers in Tanzania

A heart for Africa

At 19, Tri-City College Prep student Angie Gwaspika opted to adventure on her own to Tanzania.

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