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Scott Orr

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It is illegal to put non-stamped items into a mailbox

If you’ve ever casually stuck an envelope or flier into a home mailbox, you might be surprised to learn it’s illegal to do so if you haven't attached any postage to the item.

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‘Cord-cutters’ leaving cable and satellite

Over-the-air free TV clear in some places, not others

With the trend toward so-called “cord cutting,” cable and satellite TV operators may have a legitimate worry about declining subscriber numbers.

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Need2Know: Casa Pérez open for business; A Dog’s Life returns; Gripstone gym coming

Casa Pérez, a new Mexican restaurant in Prescott Valley, opened Jan. 15 at 3088 N. Glassford Hill Road.

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Emergency room or Urgent Care?

Tips for knowing which to go to and when

Let’s say it’s a Thursday afternoon, and you have a need for medical treatment.

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Electric cars becoming common, but charging stations in northern Arizona still lacking

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular all the time, with a federal tax credit of around $7,500 for buying one, and several states offering additional credits and perks.

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Business owner Mark Van Deusen ready to set sail

It’s not than common anymore for a business to be owned by one man for decades, but Quality Collision in Prescott Valley was, until October 2017, when Mark Van Deusen decided to call it quits and sold the business.

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Need2Know: Chick-fil-A arrives, APS wants lower rates, and Ruger cuts jobs

Chick-fil-A arrives in Prescott Valley The Prescott Valley Crossroads Chick-fil-A, 5773 E. Highway 69, opens at 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

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Prescott Valley Sam’s Club to shut its doors Jan. 26, town confirms

Amid news media reports of Sam’s Club closures around the U.S. Thursday, Jan. 11, came word the Prescott Valley location was on the list as well.

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Housesitter pulls gun on postal worker

Ex-officer thought she was trying to steal packages, not deliver them

A postal worker who was making a delivery to a Prescott Valley home after dark Tuesday evening, Jan. 2, found herself in trouble when a woman with a gun confronted her, accusing her of stealing packages.

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Arizona among the best states for pets

Survey ranks state third in nation for being pet-friendly

If you’re a pet lover, you can take comfort in knowing The Safewise Report has conducted a survey of all 50 states, and found that Arizona is third-best for pets.

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Area Mormons mourn death of church leader Thomas Monson

As word spread about the death of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, Tuesday night, Jan. 2, at about 10:30 p.m., area church officials expressed not only their sadness, but their gratitude for his years of service.

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Extended training for local law enforcement

If you want to become a sworn law enforcement officer in Arizona, you will need to be certified by AzPOST, the Arizona Police Officers Standards and Training board.

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Once a staple of communities, volunteer firefighters are becoming harder to find

Lacking volunteers

There was a time, not so long ago, when being a volunteer firefighter was a coveted position in any community.

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Patients need to take responsibility for their pills

Every year in the United States, 125,000 people die due to mismanaged medications and related causes.

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Tips for smooth travel when everyone else is traveling, too

Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go.

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Bauman named top firefighter

Prescott Fire Department gives Firefighter of the Year award to veteran

Firefighters, by and large, are known for their aversion to blowing their own horns.

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Beware of Porch Pirates: 6 tips to protect holiday deliveries

‘Tis the season to take advantage of online prices and have your Christmas gifts shipped right to your home.

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California uses supertanker to fight fires, but Arizona doesn’t

GAO sides with manufacturer in a complaint against USFS

This summer, as the Goodwin Fire threatened Mayer, many Arizonans wondered why the world’s largest air tanker wasn’t dumping slurry on it.

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PV Police Chief faces more serious repercussions after loss of gun

2-days’ unpaid suspension, must attend firearm safety course

After further investigation, Prescott Valley Town Manager Larry Tarkowski decided to come down harder on Police Chief Bryan Jarrell for losing his gun.

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Area departments exceed, or come close to national average in police-to-citizen ratio

For the most part, residents of Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley live in safe communities.

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Cancer, not flames, biggest danger to firefighters

New laws help victims cope with medical bills

The most dangerous part of firefighting may not be the danger of being burned in a fire.

Woman held by Prescott Valley police in case of mistaken identity

FedEx employee wrongly was identified as part of a sting operation, later let go

Tracy Baker had no idea what was in store for her when she stopped into the Prescott Valley Walmart on Nov. 16 to cash a Moneygram card.

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6 tips for deer vs. car encounters

Dawn and dusk are prime time for deer to be active

This time of year, deer are frequently found on the road, especially as you drive farther out of populated areas, and they’re one of the most common animals to be struck by drivers, most often just as the sun is rising or setting.

MatForce survey looks at accidental overdose deaths

Many die from mixing drugs, medical examiner says

A 15-month examination of nine accidental drug overdose deaths in Yavapai County, backed by MatForce, concluded that “it’s not an opioid crisis, but a drug crisis,” according to Executive Director Merilee Fowler.

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Gun sought after PVPD chief leaves service weapon in library restroom

Prescott Valley Police Chief Bryan Jarrell lost his service weapon, apparently leaving it in a public restroom over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, before he realized it was missing and reported it.

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Tips for living with coyotes; rule No. 1 - Don’t feed them

If you live around here long enough, you’re going to have some sort of run in with Canis latrans, or the coyote.

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The astronaut next door remembering Dick Gordon

Richard F. “Dick” Gordon, Jr., who died Nov. 6 at 88, was a U.S. Naval aviator, and a celebrated astronaut who flew as pilot of the Gemini 11 mission in 1966 and Apollo 12’s command module pilot, on the second manned mission to the moon, in 1969.

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’Tis the season for burning leaves, legally

But don’t burn without a permit, fire department says

This time of year, when the leaves pile up, and the trash bags full of them become too much to deal with, many people, especially those who don’t live in a congested area, choose to burn them.

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Police say act quickly when a child goes missing

Police: Don’t waste time, call 911

Here’s a frightening scenario for today’s parents: Your child normally goes to school and returns on his or her own.

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Murdered Arizona teacher stabbed ‘multiple times’ according to medical examiner

A Glendale kindergarten teacher whose body was found in Mayer was the victim of “multiple stab wounds and blunt force injuries to the chest,” according to information released by the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

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2001 Prescott plane crash killed 2, changed lives of 2 survivors forever

LOOKING BACK: A 2001 Fatal Flight

On Dec. 5, 2001, just after 10 a.m., a Cessna 182 took off from Ernest Love Field in Prescott, bound for Ajo.

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Arizona a national leader in pre-trial justice reform

Judge: ‘It’s working in Yavapai County’

A national advocacy group focusing on how defendants are treated while their cases await adjudication awarded Arizona a “B” grade in its first effort to gauge what it calls “pretrial outcomes” across the U.S.

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Two arrested in auto burglaries, police say lock your car doors

Auto burglaries go ‘up and down like a roller coaster’

With vehicle burglaries becoming a common crime of opportunity, law enforcement officers are advising people to take the simplest precaution: lock the doors.

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Study: Most Americans would favor dropping the bomb over a conventional ground war

Are nuclear weapons no longer taboo?

In a world of political posturing grown turbulent, when saber-rattling has become louder than in the past, political scientists from Stanford University and Dartmouth College decided to ask a question: Would Americans support the use of nuclear weapons against civilians to force a nation to surrender?

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Car crashes are leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.

National Teen Driving Week encourages parents, teens to talk about smartphones

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Chino Valley oil patriarch Roy Bennett dies

Roy Bennett, founder of Bennett Oil, died Thursday, Oct. 12, of complications of cancer. He was 80.

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Being a tow driver can be a dangerous, unnerving job

Driver: Repossessing cars offers little drama

When your car breaks down and you can’t just make a quick fix to get rolling again, odds are, you’ll call a tow truck to bring you in.

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Clinical trials bring doctors ‘within striking distance’ of a cure

Arizona Oncology Dr. Iyad Hamarneh in Prescott Valley is heavily involved in clinical trials for drugs use to treat breast cancer, and, he said, great strides in treatment have been made.

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After breast cancer treatment can come lymphedema

It’s serious, but can be treated

Women who have been treated for breast cancer can be at a higher risk for developing lymphedema.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office holds ‘Missing in Arizona Day’

All invited to come to Phoenix-area event to help find missing loved ones

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is inviting anyone with a long-term missing loved one or relative to attend its third annual Missing in Arizona Day event at ASU West this month.

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Firefighters get some help doing the heavy lifting

City couldn’t afford lifting belts, but a local physical therapist stepped in

In 2015, about 68,000 U.S. firefighters were injured on the job, and 27 percent of those were a result of overexertion or strain, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

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Why do domestic abuse victims stay?

Arizona authorities ‘Start by Believing’ domestic violence victims

Jami Tiefenthaler was a victim of domestic violence. Her husband abused her both physically and emotionally.

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Airport manager leaves quietly; Prescott on verge of filling position

Prescott Municipal Airport Manager John Cox quietly left his position in August, and now, the city manager said, new candidates are being interviewed.

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What you need to know to survive an active-shooter incident

Expert: ‘Evil people’ will find a way to carry out their plans

Based on what we know at this point, it may well have been impossible to prevent the shooting rampage that Stephen Paddock undertook on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night, Oct. 1.

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TV drama recounting Prescott’s Stelmasek murder case airs Sunday night

The case of the Prescott murder of Craig Stelmasek by his wife, Laura, and her romantic partner, Marzet Farris III, will be featured on the Oxygen Channel’s television network series, “Snapped,” Sunday, Oct. 1.

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School official: Impostor ‘not on our campuses’

Mother says he targeted young girls, sent porn via the internet

Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard said Wednesday, Sept. 27, that reports of an adult who had come to Prescott High School and possibly Mile High Middle School campuses masquerading as a student last November are not true.

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Scammers continue to target elderly in Quad Cities

A few days ago, Pauline Long got the phone call any grandmother would dread: Her grandson was in jail in Alabama, the caller said, and asked him to call her to arrange bail.

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My front yard is not your dog’s bathroom

Towns have different laws for handling potty complaints

Dom Bianco had … well, he had a pee problem. A woman who routinely walked her dog past his Prescott home also routinely allowed her dog to urinate on his front yard plants.

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Man accepts plea agreement in porn case

A 25-year-old man who allegedly masqueraded as a middle and high school student and sent female “classmates” pornographic images of himself by social media has agreed to accept a plea agreement, according to court documents.

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Big Nose Kate’s gravemarker found; it was there all the time

The plaque reported missing earlier this week from the Pioneers’ Home grave of Mary Katherine Horony-Cummings, also known as Big Nose Kate, has been found.