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Scientists find no cancer-causing erionite at Kirkland mine site

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has received results of scientific tests indicating there is no erionite or harmful asbestos-like materials present on the proposed pozzolan mine in Skull Valley.

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Adoptions finalized for 16 children

Each child picks a quilt, toy to take home

Sebellah Young, 3, calls her dad “Pops” and her mom “Lolli.”

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Lonely job, tough work, very important role

Lookouts keep an eye on forest, fires

Four lookouts arrive at their posts on the Prescott National Forest every morning during fire season.

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Agua Fria River easement donated to Central Arizona Land Trust for preservation

Dewey-Humboldt resident offers 20 acres; no development allowed on property

It was 21 years ago that Garry and Denise Rogers purchased about 16 acres near the Agua Fria River in Dewey-Humboldt.

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Winners announced for the 2018 Mother-Daughter Look-Alike Contest

Redheads rule!

This year, 246 people entered the Mother-Daughter Look-Alike Contest sponsored by The Daily Courier and Raskin’s Jewelers.

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‘Wizard of Oz’ theme for PV Days this weekend

5K Run, Beer and Margarita Garden, Folkloric dancers, fire shows May 10-13

Prescott Valley Days celebrates the community with a plethora of events beginning Thursday, May 10, when the Sun Valley Rides Carnival opens in the Entertainment District, and continuing until about 7 p.m. Sunday, May 13, when the Carnival closes.

No need for extra school days for Humboldt students; teachers owe 5 days

Teacher contracts require their school year to go until June 4

Arizona state statutes require public schools to provide students with 175 days of instruction.

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Stage II fire ban in effect as of May 4

Recent moisture just a ‘blip’

Late spring rain/snow weather moistened the Quad Cities on Tuesday and Wednesday, but gave Prescott National Forest officials less than an inch of precipitation.

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Appeal for music instruments brings school $67K and a lot of instruments

Tuned in and turned on

When Luan Mueller made public the situation facing music students this coming year at Granite Mountain School, the community responded with open hearts and wallets.

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Quick actions by officers save PV man

On Dec 15, this past year, two officers “just doing their jobs” saved a man’s life by promptly administering CPR.

Fire, flood-season items on county supervisors’ agenda

Two presentations regarding the upcoming fire season will open the Wednesday, May 2, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. in the Administrative Services Building, 1015 Fair St., Prescott.

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HUSD schools remain closed

Schools will be closed for a fifth day Wednesday in the Humboldt Unified School District, impacting students and parents, and possibly resulting in an extension of the school year.

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Humboldt Unified teachers remain off the job Tuesday

Schools closed for a fourth day today in the Humboldt Unified School District, impacting students and parents, and possibly resulting in an extension of the school year.

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Local mountain lion sightings not uncommon

Mountain lion sightings around Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley are not that uncommon, said Tom Cadden, public information officer with Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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Fire, flood-season items on county supervisors’ agenda

Two presentations regarding the upcoming fire season will open the Wednesday, May 2, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. in the Administrative Services Building, 1015 Fair St., Prescott.

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Day One of two-day walkout for Humboldt teachers, staff

Principals, administrators report to work as usual

It’s not yet summer, and hopefully it’s not forever. For two days this week, however, school’s out in Humboldt Unified School District.

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Pulitzer poet comes to Prescott

Literary Southwest brings Kay Ryan to Yavapai College for Friday event

Kay Ryan has earned many honors and awards; her poetry style has been compared to that of Emily Dickinson and Marianne Moore.

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Trees bring fruit to Coyote Springs’ students

Grant provides for 45 trees planted on campus

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation’s grant to Coyote Springs Elementary School is the start to an orchard with 45 various fruit and nut trees.

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Enter the 2018 mother-daughter look-alike contest

First Prize: Matching diamond pendants

Get the cameras out — it’s time for the Mother’s Day Mother-Daughter Look-Alike Contest sponsored by The Daily Courier and Raskin’s Jewelers.

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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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Feeding wildlife may result in death of animals; don’t do it!

Out hiking? Watch for wildlife on the prowl

Watch out for animals that are exhibiting effects of rabies.

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Arpaio’s Prescott visit draws protesters and support

Senate Republican candidate first of three Town Hall speakers

About 160 people showed up to hear Joe Arpaio, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, speak at the Rowle Simmons Adult Center in Prescott Friday, March 30. About 75 audience members remained to hear Arpaio talk after about a dozen protesters disrupted the presentation.

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Arpaio holds Q&A session in Prescott

Joe Arpaio, 86, is running for a Senate seat, a six-year term, because, “I think President Trump could use a little help in Washington.”

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Roller Derby rolls into its season opener Saturday

Spend 90 minutes this Saturday to watch as Prescott’s Hometown Whiskey Row-llers host the Northern Arizona Roller Derby Season 9 Opener from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Pioneer Park Outdoor Hockey Rink, 1185 Commerce Drive, Prescott.

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Madagascar – a Musical Adventure Jr. at PCA

Based on the smash hit animated film by DreamWorks, Madagascar – a Musical Adventure Jr. hits the stage April 5 and runs through April 15 at the Prescott Center for the Arts.

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Arizona movies at the Phippen: cowpokes, crooks, cactus

Author Gregory McNamee to give talk Saturday

Catch a comprehensive look at how Arizona is depicted on the silver screen as writer and historian Gregory McNamee presents “Cowpokes, Crooks & Cactus: Arizona in the Movies” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Phippen Museum.

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An appeal to a community of music lovers

School band programs need help as instruments fall apart

When Granite Mountain Middle School became Granite Mountain School for fifth- and sixth-graders three years ago, participation in band moved one grade level down to allow the fifth-graders access to the program.

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Meet artist at 4th Friday Art Walk

Saturday, April 14, is the final day for the solo exhibition by award-winning artist Dana Cohn at the Yavapai College Art Gallery.

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Prescottonians to march in solidarity with students everywhere

Saturday’s March for Our Lives focuses on changes in gun safety

On Saturday, Prescott joins more than 837 events worldwide in the March for Our Lives. Sponsored by Prescott Indivisible, Yavapai Democrats, Democratic Women of Prescott, and MadShirtz, the March takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.

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In memory of Jeramy Plumb, FFA Foundation to coordinate scholarship

Scholarship to go to Mountain Institute JTED student; $5,000 donated already

The family of Jeramy Plumb, the superintendent of Mountain Institute, who died Wednesday, March 14, after a battle with pancreatic cancer, has established the Jeramy R. Plumb Memorial FFA Scholarship.

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Tree removal, replacement nearly complete

14 of 19 decayed trees already taken out by County

Of the 19 trees on the Yavapai County Courthouse identified as having extensive damage or decay, 14 have been removed so far and seven planted in their place.

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Eggstravaganza eggs-tra special family event

Saturday’s event includes egg hunt, arts festival

For the 15th year, the Town of Prescott Valley invites the public to partake of a fun event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 24, on the Civic Center grounds.

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Respected educator Jeramy Plumb dead at 42

Teacher, administrator helped build Mountain Institute JTED

Yavapai County lost a true educator who understood the importance of offering a wide variety of learning opportunities to ensure success for all students.

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Local school superintendents pay tribute to Jeramy Plumb

Chino Valley Unified School District Superintendent John Scholl said he and Jeramy Plumb were both teachers and administrators at Chino Valley High School.

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To play or not to play is not the question

How do recreational athletes protect themselves from incurring huge medical costs after an injury?

So you want to participate in some kind of athletic sport on an informal, fun kind of level, maybe a coed softball league, or for your kids, Little League or youth soccer.

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Police officers on assignment at PV charter school campus

Partnership with PVPD adds another link to safety

Even though teachers and staff at Prescott Valley School, a charter K-8 school, pride themselves on having a safe campus complete with security doors, locked gates and self-locking push bar exit doors, a new safety measure arrived on campus this month.

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Today’s free Expo offers help for seniors, caregivers

5 workshops, 65 senior resource providers provide info on meds, pain, probate

Senior Connection brings the semi-annual Senior & Caregivers Conference & Expo back to Liberty Traditional School, 3300 N. Lake Valley Road in Prescott Valley, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 16.

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Yavapai County a wine mecca?

Mogollon Vineyards to relocate to Dewey-Humboldt

Dewey-Humboldt may have its first vineyard along Highway 69 as Mogollon Vineyards, a family-owned winery located north of Snowflake in the White Mountains, has received approval for a use permit from the Town Council.

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Greek goddess on her way to Alabama for restoration

Supervisors approve $30,000 to repair courthouse fountain, statue

Whether donations come through or not, Lady Ermintrude is soon to be on her way to Alabama for restoration and subsequent return to the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.

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EPA getting close to cleanup options on Superfund site

Update includes some possibilities for tailings, smelter

The more urgent remediation from the effects of historical mining in Humboldt was the cleanup of residential yards that contained high levels of arsenic and lead.

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Three fires damage, destroy homes, shed Sunday

Diamond Valley, Congress, Juniper Woods locations

A resident of Congress using a scroll saw inside a shed caused a fire that ended with the total loss of the shed on Sunday, March 4.