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Prescott High School alum named Coconino County Teacher of the Year

About 400 students and staff lined the front walkway at Williams Elementary-Middle School on April 18, holding signs and waving pompoms and streamers as they waited to greet their teacher, Beverly Stearns, who recently was honored as the 2019 Coconino County Teacher of the Year.

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GOP leader Kelli Ward looking to rally support on state sales tax hike for education

The head of the Arizona Republican Party is seeking to rally GOP lawmakers to allow a public vote on a plan to boost the state sales tax for education by four-tenths of a cent.

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Armed to Know speakers share stories in effort to save students, parents from ‘ripple effect of suicide’

In September 2000, a 19-year-old San Francisco college student leaped off the Golden Gate Bridge, suffering a crushed vertebrae but emerging as one of the few to survive such a suicide attempt.

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Pusch Ridge crushes Cougars in play-in round, qualifies for state

For 3A No. 17 Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, that’s all it took to dispatch the No. 16 Chino Valley softball team from the postseason.

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Preview: Prescott native Travis McCabe returns to ride Whiskey 50 pro race

More than a decade ago, Travis McCabe ran cross-country and track throughout his four years at Prescott High School, making a name for himself not only in the Quad Cities but across Arizona.

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Preview: Whiskey Off-Road’s 16th running features revamped 30, 50 Proof courses in Prescott

Whiskey Off-Road endurance mountain bike race founder Todd Sadow has said it before: Keeping the event fresh and inviting to cyclists of all ages and backgrounds should help to ensure its longevity.

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Editorial: Why wait to implement ban on texting while driving?

Surrounded by victims’ families, Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday, April 22, 2019, signed a bipartisan, legislative effort to ban texting while driving, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

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Editorial cartoon (2): April 25, 2019

Editorial cartoon (2): April 25, 2019

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Editorial cartoon (1): April 25, 2019

Editorial cartoon (1): April 25, 2019

Reader Poll:

Do you think it’s fair Arizona’s cell phone ban will make texting while driving a primary offense, allowing police to stop motorists solely because they are breaking the new law?

  • Yes. It should be a primary offense. 88%
  • No. It should be a secondary offense. 12%

705 total votes

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Reader Poll:

Do you think it’s fair Arizona’s cell phone ban will make texting while driving a primary offense, allowing police to stop motorists solely because they are breaking the new law?

  • Yes. It should be a primary offense. 88%
  • No. It should be a secondary offense. 12%

705 total votes

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Nonprofit Corner: New Horizons annual gala set for May 18

The New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center’s annual gala will be held Sunday, May 18, at Hotel St. Michael in the Crystal Ballroom in downtown Prescott.

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Dear Annie: Concerns about cross-country trek

Dear Annie: Every summer for the past 15 years, my mother has insisted on driving 1,500 miles to spend 10 days with me. We have had some really fun visits, but now she is 88 years old and just had heart surgery. She frequently falls despite using a walker.

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Blood test can check measles immunity

Families worried about the nation’s accelerating measles outbreak are now testing their blood at local clinics to make sure they are immune to the illness that has triggered a warning by the nation’s top doctors.

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Prescott students to attend Girls State

The local American Legion Auxiliary Unit 6 in Prescott is sponsoring three girls from Prescott High School — Claire Barrett, Holly Martinez and Madison Jackson — to the Girls State Program, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

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ERAU students receive NSF fellowship

Three aerospace engineering students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus have been awarded or received honorable mention for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP).

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Photo: 4-H/FFA Food Drive collects 1,355 pounds

In preparation for the Yavapai County 4-H/FFA Expo — scheduled for April 24-27 at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds — members of local 4-H and FFA organizations conduct a food drive.

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Chino Valley kids scramble for eggs

Darletta Haverstock took part in her first egg hunt at the annual Free Easter Egg Hunt at the Chino Valley Community Center Ball Fields Saturday, April 20.

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Great Prescott Easter Egg Hunt full of egg-cited kids

In his scramble to pick up as many eggs as he possibly could during the third hunt at the Great Prescott Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 20, Donald Flowers scooped an egg into his basket.

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Chamber Focus: Priority Family Medical

The Prescott Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 11, celebrated the opening of Priority Family Medical, 3625 Crossings Drive, Suite B, Prescott.

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Obituary: Frances Lee Coonfield

Frances Lee Coonfield passed away in Prescott, Arizona, on April 22, 2019.

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Obituary: Sandra Lee Bjornstad

Sandra Lee Bjornstad, 76, of Paulden, Arizona, passed away on April 12 in Prescott, Arizona, of complications after a brief illness.

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Obituary Notice: Patricia Cumbie

Patricia Cumbie, born Jan. 24, 1938, in Pocahontas, Virginia, died April 22, 2019, in Camp Verde, Arizona. Westcott Funeral Home is handling the final arrangements.

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Putin hosts Kim for talks on North Korean nuclear standoff

Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down for talks Thursday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the summit should help plan joint efforts to resolve a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

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US measles cases hit highest mark in 25 years

Measles in the U.S. has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines.

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Texas executes avowed racist in black man's dragging death

An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history was executed Wednesday in Texas for the dragging death of a black man.