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Sue Tone

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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.

Viewpoint subdivision looking to build to northern boundary

Bill Ball, owner/developer of the Viewpoint master planned community, is expanding his 21-year-old project with plans to develop the final 150 acres at the north end of the subdivision north of Highway 89A.

Crime fiction aficionados invited to T. Jefferson Parker reading

Literary Southwest program free to public Nov. 3

One of America’s most celebrated writers of crime fiction visits The Literary Southwest at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. T.

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BLM considers nearly 1,000 comments on Kirkland Mine

Mine could be No. 8 on same property in Skull Valley

Since the turn of the last century, seven previous mining operations have used the site of the proposed Kirkland High Quality Pozzolan Mine near Skull Valley.

Matinee program brings students to performing arts

Curtain Up! series includes pirates, Shakespeare and Disney

What kid wouldn’t want to see a magic show or maybe find out how Jeremy Jacobs became a pirate? Perhaps she wants to see the musical Beauty and the Beast or Petra and the Wolf (Peter’s granddaughter)?

Ballot language for jail tax extension heard by Supes today

County supervisors also hears presentation on Prescott Historic Walk, Hunt for History

The March 13 ballot will include a question on whether to extend the jail tax, and the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will look at the ballot language during its Wednesday, Nov. 1, board meeting.

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Sanctuary to adopt out or move 200 animals as it consolidates

10-acre auction cramps Circle L Ranch and Animal Sanctuary

Circle L Ranch and Animal Sanctuary will need to vacate 10 acres and relocate its rescued animals across the road to the other side of the ranch.

What’s happening north of Highway 89A?

18 subdivisions recuperating from recession

Whether located in Yavapai County or the Town of Prescott Valley, permit applications for single-family homes are holding steady in recent years or increasing.

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Bus service expands Prescott, PV and Chino routes, seniors ride for $1

Yavapai Regional Transit has increased its service to residents of Chino Valley, Prescott and Prescott Valley.

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Day trips planned for Clarkdale Museum, petroglyphs

DH Historical Society also hosting picnic

The Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society has several events planned for October and November.

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Watershed conference examines biomass, leaves out water interests

Wattles — another possible use for wood chips?

Presenters at the second annual All Hands, All Lands: Partners in Watershed Management conference Oct. 10 touched on much the same topics as in its inaugural event last year: the underfunded Forest Service and how to reduce juniper and pinyon overgrowth to diminish the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

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Under new management: Prescott Golf and Country Club sells; ‘no immediate plans for condos’

The ink was barely dry Monday afternoon when the celebration began with the new owner and management of the Prescott Golf and Country Club in Dewey.

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It happens. The cancer has spread. Now what?

Metastasis – what to expect at end of life

Metastatic breast cancer can be treated, but not cured. Only 6 percent of women initially diagnosed with breast cancer are diagnosed Stage IV, the most advanced stage.

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Why Susan G. Komen no longer has a presence in Arizona

Decrease in donations, fundraisers led to leaving the state

Dwindling donations and fundraising event participation caused the Susan G. Komen organization to discontinue its annual Race for the Cure in Phoenix in late June.

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Drones called in to help officials with fire at old sawmill site

Normally drone owners can get in serious trouble flying their unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over wildfires — unless, that is, they have been called in by fire officials.

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Young piano student, hits 1,000 days of practice (that's 2.7 years!)

When Matthew deGoey, 10, knew his family was going on vacation and he couldn’t, of course, bring along a piano, he planned in advance to practice double sessions to make up for the missed days so he could still reach his goal — 1,000 days of practicing.

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Storage units along Highway 89 in Granite Dells move forward

Extra landscaping pushes zoning change through

Additional landscaping around the proposed storage units on Highway 89 in Granite Dells has placated some Yavapai County supervisors and raised the ire of others.

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Mayer Fire receives FIDO Bags for pet resuscitation

The nonprofit Animal Disaster Services was called into service during the Goodwin Fire, sheltering and caring for hundreds of dogs, cats, horses and other cherished pets belonging to their evacuated or fire-threatened owners.

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Extending jail tax to go to voters

Existing quarter-cent used to operate jail will sunset in 2020

The quarter-cent sales tax that provides 48 percent of the operating revenue for the Yavapai County Jail District is set to expire in 2020. In its Oct. 4 meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place an extension of the existing tax on the March ballot for county residents to decide.

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Blind, deaf students find new path for learning

Arizona School for Deaf and Blind works with Humboldt schools

Two second-grade students at Coyote Springs Elementary School in Prescott Valley watch for the flashcards to flip.

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What does it take to earn U.S. citizenship?

Some spend years, a lot of money to obtain citizenship

Offer citizenship classes and the students will come — from all over the world.

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1 wildfire achieved what 5 years of explaining danger could not

Goodwin Fire made big impression

It took this summer’s Goodwin Fire to finally grab the attention of property owners in the Upper Blue Hills.

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Never forget 9/11; volunteers support effort, public pays respect

What it takes to set up the Healing Field

In little more than four hours, 100 volunteers erected 3,019 flags at the Prescott Valley Civic Center — 3,000 to represent the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and 19 to honor the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013.

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Award-winning author/poet, Ana Castillo, to read on Friday

Celebrated fiction writer, poet, essayist, playwright, and editor Ana Castillo visits The Literary Southwest at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the Yavapai College Library Community Room (Building 19, Room 147).

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County fair opens Thursday with activities for all

Judges in the photography department scored and awarded ribbons Tuesday, one of several departments preparing for the opening of the Yavapai County Fair Thursday, Sept. 7.

Flood insurance, courthouse trees on county board agenda

Supes also consider POW/MIA Recognition Day, Constitution Week

The National Flood Insurance Program has been in the news recently and county residents soon may be able to access information to help understand their flood insurance options.

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Head north for Chino Valley Corn Dinner, Territorial Days

Have you been waiting all year for the Chino Valley Corn Dinner?

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Local groups work to help Harvey victims

Organizations help those in need in Texas

How do American Red Cross volunteers from Prescott get to work in the Houston area? By whatever means is available.

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Clay Out West provides sculpture lessons to K-12 students

Phippen Museum offers workshops, contest to youth

A generous grant from the Arizona Community Foundation allows the Phippen Museum to offer a very special art activity for all local schoolchildren interested in trying their hands at clay sculpture.

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Chino Valley may need to close Old Highway 89 bridge

The bridge on Old Highway 89 in Chino Valley is in “poor condition” and may need to be closed.

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Change of plea on table for Wal-Mart brawl defendant

Hearing continued for 6 weeks for possible acceptance of plea by Jeremiah Gaver

Jeremiah Gaver appeared in Yavapai County Superior Court Friday, Aug. 18, for a pre-trial conference, but at the request of his attorney, the hearing was continued until Oct. 4.

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Writing as ‘second act’ subject of author presentation at Peregrine

After career as Science Center CEO, Phoenix woman publishes fiction

No science talk, no more analytical writing. Sheila Grinell left that behind after more than 20 years heading up the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix.

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Tickets going fast for Sharlot’s Wine Fest

The Fifth Annual Sharlot’s Wine Fest takes place with a first pour occurring at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, on the museum campus.

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Heritage Park Zoo’s 24-year-old bear recuperating after surgery

Shash’s tumor removal successful

One of the first large animals to arrive at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary in 1994 underwent surgery Aug. 1 to remove a cancerous tumor, and doctors say he is on the path to recovery.

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Men to gather for fellowship, fun Saturday

'Get Real' Men's Expo an opportunity to connect with other Christians

A gathering of men who enjoy food, fun and fellowship takes place this Saturday, Aug. 19, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Yavapai College.

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‘A Long Way Home’ theme of this year’s Cowboy Poets event

The 30th Annual Gathering of Cowboy Poets takes place with three 7 p.m. shows Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 10-12, at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

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When it comes to rednecks, Chino ranks No. 1 - if you believe it

Website ranks two county towns among its top 10

Prescott has made the Top 10 list for a variety of reasons: best place to retire, happiest city, most sprawling city, greatest place to live, True Western Towns.

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Council agrees to give Chamber more money

Membership has increased and town hopes sales tax revenue will as well

Chino Valley Town Council members agreed unanimously July 25 that the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is doing good work and bringing tourism and business interest to town.

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What can you do about wildfire danger?

Learn from Firewise residents at meeting

In light of the recent Goodwin Fire, residents of Yavapai County are much more inclined to view their yards and property with new eyes and a clearer vision of the risk of wildfire.

Supes to determine PSPRS refund, contract with Humane Society

The Yavapai County Supervisors will consider making refunds to employees who contributed more than necessary to their Public Safety Personnel Retirement System and Elected Officials Retirement Plan in an amount not to exceed $225,000.

Community meeting in Skull Valley on Kirkland Mine concerns

Water, dust are No. 1, 2 issues for residents

The public is invited to a community meeting regarding the proposed plan for the Kirkland Mining Company at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Skull Valley School, 127 Skull Valley Road.

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Verde Watershed Coalition to focus on private land, to bypass regs

No surveys needed on private land for biomass, silt dam projects

Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition members have decided to focus on private land for their biomass studies, silt dams, and potential forestry industry because of lengthy waits on archeological surveys required on public lands.