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Courier Cares Christmas Lighting Contest opens for 2021, seeks entries

The Daily Courier’s Christmas lighting list and contest is on again — for the fourth consecutive year.

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COVID relief funds used to build homeless shelter in west Phoenix for ages 55 or older

A new homeless shelter is being built near Metrocenter for ages 55 or older, marking an expansion into new areas of the city with services targeting a specific population.

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City disputes man couldn't breathe in fatal arrest attempt

The city of Phoenix disputed a claim by a Black man that he couldn’t breathe as officers held him down during a fatal arrest attempt nearly five years ago outside a community center, according to newly unsealed court records that provide the city’s most detailed publicly available account of the death.

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Manfred, Clark divergent views point to lengthy lockout

Hours into Major League Baseball's first work stoppage in 26 years, Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark presented diametrically opposed views of each side's negotiating positions that point to a lengthy lockout.

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Washington State beats Arizona State 51-29 to open Pac-12

Washington State sputtered through an awful first half on offense, shots bouncing away — if they hit anything at all — passes sailing into the stands.

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D-backs add 4-time All-Star reliever Melancon on 2-year deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks made a move to solidify the back end of their bullpen on Wednesday, adding four-time All-Star Mark Melancon on a $14 million, two-year deal.

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Editorial cartoon (1): Dec. 2, 2021

Editorial cartoon (1): Dec. 2, 2021

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Editorial cartoon (2): Dec. 2, 2021

Editorial cartoon (2): Dec. 2, 2021

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Talk of the Town: Prescott Valley already implementing appropriate recommendations in safe yield water report

A May 2021 report by the Morrison Institute’s Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University calls into question the ability of the state’s water laws to assure sustainable water supplies for residents living in areas where groundwater levels are declining.

Reader Poll:

The US Department of Labor and OSHA, at the urging of the Biden Administration, will require businesses with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated, or be tested for COVID weekly and wear a mask indoors. What are your thoughts on this mandate?

  • I'm in favor of it -- we need to halt COVID in its tracks. 46%
  • I am opposed -- government should not issue personal mandates; this violates our liberties. 52%
  • This is an overreaction -- COVID is waning, compared to in 2020. 2%
  • I do not know / do not care. 1%

993 total votes

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Reader Poll:

The US Department of Labor and OSHA, at the urging of the Biden Administration, will require businesses with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated, or be tested for COVID weekly and wear a mask indoors. What are your thoughts on this mandate?

  • I'm in favor of it -- we need to halt COVID in its tracks. 46%
  • I am opposed -- government should not issue personal mandates; this violates our liberties. 52%
  • This is an overreaction -- COVID is waning, compared to in 2020. 2%
  • I do not know / do not care. 1%

993 total votes

See past polls

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Mountain Gardener: 6 steps for planting Christmas tree after the holidays

How do you keep a Christmas tree alive outside in the winter? Can you put a cut Christmas tree in soil? When should you plant your Christmas tree?

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Outdoor decorating trends: natural, cozy, sustainable

Home, as we know, has become more central to many of us during the pandemic, and that means outdoors as well as in. This holiday season, designers and retailers have suggestions for updating window, door and yard decorations.

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Lyle Christensen helps community through ACF

It’s hard to believe the end of 2021 is nearing. Many of us think about giving during this time of year, whether that is to our families, friends or community.

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Adoption Spotlight: Lee

Lee loves fishing, biking and being in the sun. He dreams of finding a family who enjoys the outdoors as much as he does. Lee’s enthusiasm for all things scales and tails doesn’t stop with fishing.

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Adoption Spotlight: Logen

Logen is talkative, happy and full of laughter. He likes doing anything outside – especially swimming. He also enjoys playing soccer and would love to play on a team.

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Adoption Spotlight: Kohana & Jordan

Meet sister and brother Kohana and Jordan! Kohana enjoys volleyball, going for walks, playing card games and watching sporting events. She dreams of attending medical school and becoming a doctor. Little brother Jordan is lovable, charming and energetic.

Obituaries see more>

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Obituary: William (Bill) C. Hitt

William (Bill) C. Hitt, 86, passed away November 26, 2021.

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Obituary Notice: Nathan A. Mejia

Nathan A. Mejia, July 26, 1969, passed away November 14, 2021 in Prescott, Arizona.

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Obituary Notice: Robert A. Morris

Robert A. Morris, born September 22, 1955 passed away November 12, 2021 in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

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Conflict over abortion laws won't abate if Roe v. Wade falls

On both sides of America’s abortion debate, activists are convinced that Roe v. Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court ruling establishing a nationwide right to abortion — is imperiled as never before.

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Prosecutor: Gun was 'freely available' to Michigan shooter

A prosecutor considering criminal charges against the parents of a boy accused of killing four students at a Michigan school said Thursday their actions went “far beyond negligence” and that the gun “seems to have been just freely available” to the teenager.

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Omicron and delta spell return of unpopular restrictions

Greeks over 60 who refuse coronavirus vaccinations could be hit with monthly fines of more than one-quarter of their minimum pensions — a get-tough policy that the country's politicians say will cost votes but save lives.

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The Holiday Light Parade and Bonfire festival returned to Prescott, Saturday, Nov. 27, after a two-year hiatus. Santa Claus made a special appearance among the glowing parade floats and marching bands. After the Parade, participants and attendees convened at Mile High Field to warm up by the bonfire, drink hot cocoa, race the animated reindeer and listen to the Bradshaw Mountain High School marching band.