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Writing your life story? Hear a journalist read from recent memoir

Reading by poet Christopher Merrill on Friday

Journalist, poet and memoirist Christopher Merrill brings to Prescott his far-ranging travels and experience as a cultural diplomat at the Literary Southwest reading at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23, in the Yavapai College Library Community Room (Building 19, Room 147).

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Cities, towns face jail costs, property taxes may increase, if voters don’t extend jail sales tax

It would mean a dramatic loss of millions of dollars if voters do not approve extending the 20-year, quarter-cent sales tax that helps pay to operate the existing Yavapai County jail in the Verde Valley.

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Fighting gun violence with random acts of kindness

Prescott woman gives chocolate after latest school shooting

Just over five years ago, Sandra Zerner found herself wanting to do something to counteract feelings of despair she experienced when she learned of the shooting of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut.

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‘Keep this state red’ rally cry at Republican Women’s luncheon

Politics, religion the most important things to talk about, AZ Rep chairman says

“Why are you a Republican?” guest speaker Jonathan Lines, chair of the Arizona Republican Party, asked the audience at the Wednesday, Feb. 14, Republican Women of Prescott’s luncheon meeting, held at the Prescott Resort.

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Talking trash: Who handles it depends on where you live

Some residents have more options than others

Depending on where one lives in the Quad Cities, garbage and recycling options vary, from “one size fits all” to two separate bins, to hauling it to the landfill yourself.

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County schools get a speed boost

The biggest issue facing Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter when he took office in 2005 was the lack of technology at many school sites in the county, he said.

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Privacy issues tackled on town drone use policy

Plans for mapping, search and rescue, law enforcement

The Town of Prescott Valley has its own unmanned aircraft system — a drone — and staff soon will be certified to fly it for a variety of uses approved by Town Council members at their Jan. 25 meeting.

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Charter impact: Film highlights how private schools affect public

‘This is not about anti-choice. This is about a fair playing field.’ — Rosemary Agneessens

The schools featured in the documentary, “Backpack Full of Cash” — shown Monday, Feb. 5, at Prescott Mile High Middle School — were mainly in Philadelphia and New Jersey.

Study session on cemetery ends supervisors Wednesday meeting

Too few students in the Yavapai County Transition School resulted in a shortfall of $75,000 this fiscal year.

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Sexual harassment in government: No touching, inappropriate comments, jokes, or posters

What happens if…?

An employee makes a lewd comment to a coworker. His or her gender doesn’t matter, nor the gender of the person on the receiving end.

$109,500 water bill shocks Diamond Valley customer

Bad valve on the meter led to a mistake in billing

Phoenix resident Jeff Jordan owns a second home in Diamond Valley, which he uses during the summer and closes up for the winter, shutting off the water in October.

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Large donation puts expansion project within reach

Education Center at Sharlot Hall Museum in final plans

A $500,000 contribution from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation brings funding of a new education center at Sharlot Hall Museum very close to what is needed to begin construction.

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Safest place to live in Northern Arizona?

Prescott Valley ranks No. 1; survey puts Prescott at 17th in state

Prescott Valley is the safest town in Northern Arizona, ranking 13th out of 40 Arizona cities and towns in the 2018 survey by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

PV to celebrate its 40-year anniversary

This is a big year for Prescott Valley, celebrating its 40th anniversary of incorporation with events planned throughout the year.

Survey: Prescott Valley ranks No. 1 for safety in northern Arizona

PV had 1.8 violent crimes, 23 property crimes per 1,000 people, according to crime stats.

Prescott Valley is the safest town in northern Arizona, ranking 13th out of 40 Arizona cities and towns in the 2018 survey by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

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County deals with 19 sick trees on the plaza

County, arborists say removal of 19 trees is essential

Something is rotten in the crotches of the American and Liberty elm trees downtown, their colleagues are stressed, and the concrete is cracking up.

Loss of revenue from federal programs costs county $5.3M

Supervisors begin working on next year’s budget

The loss of two federal program revenues comes as no surprise to Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, but a combined $5.3 million is a hit to the $227.9 county million budget.

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Ducey’s staff comes to Prescott to sell budget

Increased funding for drug abuse, border enforcement, Phoenix highways

Arizona State budget personnel from Gov. Doug Ducey’s office presented the Governor’s Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 in Prescott Monday, Jan. 22, with a focus on Yavapai County.

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After 37 years, Christian Academy to close

Parents and teachers received news of the June 29 closure of Christian Academy of Prescott on Friday, Jan. 19, leaving parents stunned and teachers not taking it well, said Susie Neil, head of school.

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School policies on lice have changed

Some schools allow students back with nonviable nits

The dreaded call or letter comes from your child’s school: Please check for lice.

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Local residents camp out for chance at free meals for a year

Chick-fil-A opens today in Prescott Valley

When the Chick-fil-A restaurant opens today, Jan. 18, the first 100 adult guests in line will receive a free year’s supply of Chick-fil-A (52 meals).

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Second Women’s March on Prescott is Jan. 20

Prescott women tired of being discounted, disregarded, overlooked

On the cusp of the second Women’s March, one wonders who, and how many, will appear at the Yavapai County Courthouse in downtown Prescott on Saturday, Jan. 20.

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Yavapai Downs sale goes through

Investors buy track for $3.22M; hope to reopen it this summer

JACOR Partners and Corey Johnsen, president of Kentucky Downs, closed the deal on Yavapai Downs Thursday morning, Jan. 11, for $3.22 million.

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County may push back jail tax extension vote

Ballot on extending the quarter-cent jail tax could be reset to May

Yavapai County supervisors are making a concerted effort to relay to voters information on the proposed extension of the Yavapai County Jail District sales tax previously set for the March ballot.

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I’m dead. Now what?

Make it easy on your family, put your affairs in order

All good things come to an end.

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New year, new orchestra, new opportunities for musicians

Arizona Philharmonic offers professional musicians ‘opt-in’ concerts

Auditions have opened for a new collaborative orchestra based in Prescott but drawing upon professional musicians from all over the state.

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Want a flag? Popular program offers for sale U.S., state and county flags flown over courthouse

These flags have flown over the historic Yavapai County Courthouse, and they can be yours for a reasonable fee.

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Bald eagles nesting at Lynx Lake, keep drones away

In December, Arizona bald eagles begin rebuilding nests in preparation for laying eggs.

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Talking Rock Ranch wants to build 7 lots on its golf course

Light agenda includes new credit card system for Recorder’s office

A short agenda starts off the year for the Yavapai County Board of Supervisor at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3. No presentations, a short consent agenda, and one hearing make up the agenda.

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Women prepare for next women’s march

Recent successes have them looking forward, they say

The four women had never met before Dec. 19, but they gathered together in Prescott to make hats — pink hats, to be exact — in preparation for the second Women’s March in Prescott, Saturday, Jan. 20, on the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.

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Dyslexia: Programs help people read at any age

At age 34, Jonathan Ogden is finally learning to read. Growing up mostly in Prescott Valley, Ogden dropped out of school midway through seventh grade, frustrated and angry with himself for not being able to learn like most his peers.

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Arizona’s national monuments spared, for now

Not everyone is pleased with Zinke/Trump decisions

Four national monuments in Arizona under review for elimination or boundary changes by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke did not make the recommended list to President Donald Trump. They are safe for now.

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PV commission OKs 3,600-unit Jasper project

Planning and Zoning approves first phase for the larger development

The developer of the Jasper development located south of Highway 89A and west of the Granville subdivision received a unanimous recommendation from the Prescott Valley Planning and Zoning Commission at the Dec. 11 P&Z meeting to forward the request to the Town Council for its Phase I Preliminary Development Plan.

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Changes coming to Highway 89A, but far in the future

Study produces plans with no funding

The Arizona Department of Transportation likes to plan its projects years in advance.

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Big crowd turns out for Viewpoint discussion

There was a standing-room only, and then some, crowd at Monday’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in Prescott Valley to hear about plans for a zoning map change in the Viewpoint development north of Highway 89A, as well as the future of the Jasper development west of Granville.

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Humane Society reports 1,800+ dogs, cats, horses adopted this year

Supervisors appoint Williams to lead Development Services

Boris brought a roomful of “ah’s” to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting Dec. 6.

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Northern Connector Road study approved by supervisors

Report on roadway between Williamson Valley, Chino Valley ‘possibly flawed’

It’s true – a number of organizations and entities support the plan for the Northern Connector roadway along Center Street, Brenda Trail and Nancy Drive, that would link Highway 89 in Chino Valley and Williamson Valley Road.

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‘Trophy’ horse adorns entrance to Alta Vista assisted living facility

Alta Vista gives $5K to help horse rescue ranch in Chino Valley

The unveiling of a life-sized trophy horse at Alta Vista brought oohs and ahs from the residents and guests attending the event on a chilly morning Nov. 28. The 7.5-ft. statue stands at a permanent trot at the entrance to the independent and assisted living facility at 916 Canterbury Lane, Prescott.

Arizona Game and Fish, county fair updates set for supes’ agenda Dec. 6

Other matters include chair, vice chair appointment for 2018, Yavapai Humane Society

Those interested in hearing how the Arizona Game and Fish Department works, or about the attendance and success of the 2017 Yavapai County Fair, may want to stop in at the 9 a.m. Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

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Possibility for new turf at high school fields

School board to decide on repairing, or replacement

After nine years, the artificial grass is thinning, rather like areas of pink scalp showing through a star athlete’s once lush head of hair.

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Congress throws PV a curveball on bonds for Event Center

Planned improvements were part of the bankruptcy settlement

A bill working its way through Congress could impact a planned parking lot for the Prescott Valley Event Center.

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Mountain lions, bobcats share neighborhood

Residents report sightings in Mountain Club, not bothered by animals

Mountain lion sightings in The Mountain Club on the west side of Prescott are not all that uncommon.

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Oops, county considers buying three lots where developer accidentally put a road

Board meets in Cottonwood Wednesday

Meeting in Cottonwood Wednesday, Nov. 15, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is looking to approve funding for study and a recreation plan, and to recruit and appoint a new Flood Control District director.

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Veterans honored at Highgate Senior Living

Recognized for their service

Staff and other residents at Highgate Senior Living facility honored 22 veterans Friday, Nov. 10, in partnership with Kindred Hospice.

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Cargo containers allowed in county for storage use on 10 acres or more

No need to establish primary use first

People wanting to use steel containers to store personal items or construction materials on their property no longer need to obtain primary use (a dwelling) first through Yavapai County Development Services Department.

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Prescott Valley council member to run for state legislature

Prescott Valley Town councilwoman Jodi Rooney, a Republican, announced her intention to seek the Legislative District 1 seat in Arizona House of Representatives.

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‘Uncoupling’ hoses officially opens new CAFMA building

Admin offices triple in space in new Eastridge facility

No ordinary ribbon-cutting event for this grand opening. A “new old tradition” took place Monday, Nov. 6, at the Central Arizona Medical and Fire Authority administration building in Prescott Valley that involved an “uncoupling” of two hoses stretched between fire engines.

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How to ‘firewise’ your home and property

Let’s not be another Santa Rosa

Northern California lost 7,500 structures to catastrophic fires this summer.

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20 creative and out-of-the-box fall activities

When the weather outside is delightful – or frightful

Get outside while the weather is dry and crisp and a few trees are still in their glory of red, yellow and orange leaves.

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‘Yes’ or ‘no’ to extend jail tax for another 20 years, supervisors set ballot language

With little discussion, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, sitting as board of directors for the Yavapai County Jail District, signed off on the ballot language Wednesday for an extension of the existing quarter-cent sales tax.

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