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Arizona traffic fatalities hit their highest level in 15 years in 2021, when the state saw a 6.5% increase in highway deaths that experts blame in part on bad driving habits made worse during the pandemic.

By MORGAN FISCHER, Cronkite News May 19, 2022
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Dozens of private landlords walked through the arched doorways of the colonial revival red brick building on a bright spring day to hear the government’s pitch for its Housing Choice Voucher program.

By REAGAN CREAMER, TIRZAH CHRISTOPHER, JAMES DOYLE BROWN JR. and CARALIN NUNES, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism May 19, 2022
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An Arizona prisoner is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in less than three weeks for killing an 8-year-old girl, marking the second condemned man to decline lethal gas since the state refurbished its gas chamber — a method of execution that hasn’t been used in the United States in more than 20 years.

By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press May 19, 2022
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Rebuffed by the Arizona Supreme Court, the state Republican Party is making a new bid to sharply curtail who can cast a ballot by mail.

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The Viewpoint-Parkview drives intersection in north Prescott Valley on May 17 got another new crosswalk, becoming one of 42 new crosswalks planned at different sites around Prescott Valley.

By The Daily Courier May 18, 2022
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The Town of Prescott Valley played host to its annual community cleanup day May 14, partnering with Yavapai County to dispose 500 tons of trash from a dumpsite near the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

By The Daily Courier May 18, 2022
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Prescott National Forest officials took command of the Crooks Fire the night of May 17, a Forest Service news release reported, adding that the Central West Zone Incident Management Team led by Ryan Barela “did a fantastic job managing the fire and produced a solid plan for local resources.”

By The Daily Courier May 18, 2022
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New Prescott City Hall renovation costs coming in higher than anticipated
City attributes increases to supply-chain issues, higher costs for labor, materials

Much has changed in the construction industry since the City of Prescott bought its new City Hall building about a year ago, and those changes are translating to significantly higher costs for renovations to the new building.

By Cindy Barks May 18, 2022
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Keagan and Ben Sweeney in Prescott are not your typical fashion entrepreneurs — albeit they have a style and voice all their own.

By Nanci Hutson May 18, 2022
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To save more lives on Arizona’s roadways, the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is partnering with the Prescott Valley Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.

May 18, 2022
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Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) Search and Rescue teams and partners reported May 18 that they located the body of 74-year-old Donald Hayes of Prescott Valley, who had been missing on Mingus Mountain since May 13.

May 18, 2022
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The Westminster Concert Bell Choir, conducted by Kathleen Ebling Shaw, will perform at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 22 at 7 p.m. as part of their extensive concert tour of California, Arizona and Nevada.

May 18, 2022
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Firefighters have been able to slow the growth of a massive wildfire burning in the mountains of northeastern New Mexico as they prepared Wednesday for another round of red-flag weather that has the potential to push the flames through more unburned territory.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press May 18, 2022
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Two more bills restricting responses to the coronavirus pandemic are heading to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's desk, including one that would impact the ability of future state leaders to respond to another airborne-spreading disease and a second blocking the state from ever requiring schoolchildren to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press May 18, 2022
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A newly organized group of abortion rights supporters on Tuesday filed an initiative that seeks to amend the Arizona Constitution to protect the right to abortion.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press May 18, 2022

Through the Trauma Lens Care program MatForce understands that children from hard places often need more positive experiences to help build resiliency in their lives.

May 18, 2022
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Mountain Valley Splash swimming pool opens May 28
Prescott Valley’s complex available to the public through Sunday, Aug. 7

Are you ready to beat the heat in Prescott Valley this summer?

By Doug Cook May 17, 2022
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Anyone proposing a name change on a city building or street in the future will know going in that they will be responsible for the costs of changing or adding signage.

By Cindy Barks May 17, 2022
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State senators voted Tuesday to forever bar the state Department of Health Services from requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to be able to attend school.

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With the addition of more than 20 new staff positions and a 7% raise for employees, the City of Prescott’s tentative budget for the coming 2022-23 fiscal year is the largest ever proposed.

By Cindy Barks May 17, 2022
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The Crooks Fire’s black burn scar near Kamp Kipa off of Poland Junction Road 14 miles south of Prescott serves as a reminder of the urgency to protect the forest’s dwellers and its infrastructure in the 21st century.

By Doug Cook May 17, 2022
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Granite Mountain EcoSchool program furthers STEAM focus, engages students
Projects promote environmental sustainability at school, home, community

At Granite Mountain School in Prescott, the fifth- and sixth-grade classes have lots of chances to channel their creativity and quest for knowledge into experiences in natural, outdoor habitats.

By Nanci Hutson May 17, 2022
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The reality of life today is that we are living longer and dying slower. To ensure a quality of life within today’s health care system, we need to learn how to be an advocate for ourselves. “Personal Advocacy in our Health Care System Today” is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation.

May 17, 2022
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The Yavapai College (YC) District Governing Board (DGB) approved the College’s proposed budget for 2022-23 at its annual budget adoption meeting on Tuesday, May 17. For the fourth consecutive year, the approved budget does not include an increase in the property tax levy for Yavapai County residents.

May 17, 2022
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Prescott Police officers arrested and charged a 36-year-old Prescott man with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his 31-year-old girlfriend, a police news release reported May 17.

By The Daily Courier May 17, 2022

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