Sue Tone

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Earth Day brings attention to our home; Firewise Expo does, too

Saturday celebrates clean air, environment, fire prevention

Downtown Prescott is the place to be Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, as the community celebrates Earth Day and the annual Firewise Expo in a variety of activities.

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Putting an end to ‘predatory price gouging’

Prescott Valley changes its non-consensual tow policies

When a woman wrote to the Prescott Valley Police Department saying she couldn’t pay the $585 bill from the company that towed her vehicle from Fain Park following the suicide of her estranged husband, the department decided to change its requirements for tow companies on its rotation list.

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Clean eating establishments, schools, earn Golden Plate awards

No critical violations for 241 facilities

It’s tough to earn and tough to hang on to. This year, the Yavapai County Golden Plate Awards went to 241 – 26 more than last year – food establishments around the county, acknowledging no citations for critical food handling violation throughout 2017.

Two recesses a day for K-5 students is now state law

After Gov. Doug Ducey on April 5 signed legislation that requires Arizona’s public and charter elementary schools, grades K-5, to offer two recess periods every school day, Joe Howard, superintendent of Prescott Unified School District, said he wished the legislators would devote their time on more important matters.

Highland Pines wants cell coverage but no tower; request returns to P&Z

A future cell tower in Highland Pines off Iron Springs Road would help close the gaps in cellphone service in that area and on down to Skull Valley.

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Strategies for raising ‘little wounded people’

Subject of workshop on substance-exposed children

Whether in utero or through the environment, babies and children exposed to substances may exhibit challenging behavior and thought processes for the rest of their lives. Drugs — legal or illegal — can affect impulse control, moods, ability to soothe oneself, organization, memory, social cues, and how to process and express feelings.

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Now’s the time to create defensible space

Fire Expo offers info, resources April 21

Wildfire season has begun – it runs from March to October – but it’s not too late to take measures now to get your property in firewise condition.

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What is defensible space?

Removing excess trees and brush around structures will reduce the risk of wildfire and make your property safe for firefighters, which increases the chances of saving homes and stopping the spread of fires.

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Questions homeowners should ask fuel abatement companies

Choosing a company to “firewise” a homeowner’s property – to effectively, efficiently and knowledgeably remove vegetation – can take a little bit of inquiry.

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Good time to create firewise space around homes

County transfer stations will accept brush and yard trimmings beginning April 1 without charging residents fees. The program runs through June 1.

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