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Nanci Hutson

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Professionals share Thanksgiving meal secrets

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.

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A focused path to lead students

PHS principal thrives on helping students and colleagues succeed on their career paths

Stephanie Hillig never debated her career path.

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‘Pride of Prescott’ to perform in 2017 Arizona Marching Band Championship in Tempe on Nov. 18

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.

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Matisko World Orphan choir inspires Taylor Hicks students, staff with uplifting performance

Taylor Hicks Elementary students were offered an early, cultural Thanksgiving treat this week.

Arizona Charitable Tax Credit program is way to answer needs

Prescott CPA Drury Sylvester is a faithful contributor to Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Prescott leaders enthusiastic about Gov. Ducey’s economic prosperity message

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.

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Open house marks 1st anniversary of CCJ shelter, justice center

For Major Beesley, the Coalition for Compassion and Justice’s Stagger Straight homeless shelter and community center has given him a second chance.

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Prescott parades its patriotic pride

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.

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Prescott Valley library director’ 30-year legacy is the gift of literature, learning and laughter

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.

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Prescott war hero devoted to giving back to his hometown that instilled in him his patriotic values

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.

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Flurry of construction activity at VA - more than $30 million worth, more anticipated

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.

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Prescott Valley author’s latest book offers a way people can ‘Feel Better Every Day’

Carol Stanley’s secret to aging: she simply refuses to do so.

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Arizona’s low mental health rank questioned

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.

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History Wall in VA Medical Center unveiled and open for public viewing

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.

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A haunting night in The Palace

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.

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Prescott can be the city of civility; zero tolerance for bullying/abuse

The crowd for an inaugural civility rally in Prescott Thursday night at the Holiday Courtyard was lighter than desirable.

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A remission-ed cancer patient’s Corner of Hope

Deborah Portzer gives to women with cancer

In Deborah Portzer’s yard are lawn ornaments that spell out the word “HOPE.”

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Abuse isn’t limited to just romantic partners, family

Something far more sinister

The first time, a few scratches and a slapped face.

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Lots to be learned on road to college

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.

Lincoln Elementary to add its first K-1st grade combination class

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.

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The darkness of suicide has light shed on it

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.

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Are you a blinded bystander or a life saver?

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.

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Saturday ‘Pizza Palooza’ is a fun, festive fundraising feast for Meals on Wheels

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.

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School officials: State forces them to compete for few funds

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.”

Crisis plan for comfort, compassion key

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.

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PHS senior remains focused on his future

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.

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Local business woman opts for integrative medicine to deal with breast cancer

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.

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A disease ‘from the neck up’

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.

Support can play role in healing whether online or through local groups

A diagnosis of breast cancer, even in the earliest stages, is never welcome.

Genetic testing can define risk

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.

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Keeping the old while embracing the new at Washington School

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.

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Did your school make the grade? Arizona school letter grades released

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.

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Hiding in the walls of a Prescott home: WWII history

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.

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New film fights bullying; provokes thoughts on prevention, intervention and consequences

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.”

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What does it take to walk to school safely?

‘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.

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Prescott 8th-graders’ math scores are down; district doubles efforts

For the second year in a row, Mile High Middle School eighth-graders’ scores on the AzMerit standardized math exam were less than stellar.

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Third offer for PUSD district office building falls through

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.

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Truck strikes wheelchair killing MATFORCE advocate as he crossed intersection

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.

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Can I donate blood to Las Vegas victims? Here's how you can help

Blood donors needed for the victims in Las Vegas mass shooting

When tragedy strikes, a common reaction for many is: “How can I help?”

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CCJ leader a risk-taker for the city’s most vulnerable

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.

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Officials to put spotlight on bullying, including showing provocative film

For those who think bullying is an innocent playground ritual, experts who have studied the phenomena will assure you that is patently false.

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Local districts’ shortages less than state average

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.

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Senior Experience: Signing through his foreign language

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.

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PUSD concludes sale on former Miller Valley School

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.

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Giving Heart & soul: Cordes retires after entire career in Humboldt Unified schools

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.

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Miller Valley sale should close by Friday

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.

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POW/MIA ceremony honors those who sacrificed much, or all, to sustain America’s freedom

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.

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Homecoming a part of senior year

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.

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Prescott native, thespian spreads joy through compassionate spirit

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.

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Prescott High Half-Century Club, an organization that thrives on nostalgia, celebrates

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.