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Population growing, shifting in Arizona

Yavapai County sees 1.9 percent increase

PHOENIX — If you’re wondering where Arizona is putting all of its new residents, look to the far suburbs.

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Bulk of truck traffic from Kirkland Mine expected to skirt Prescott

Questions arise over validity of traffic study

Of the three possible routes for trucks serving the Kirkland Mine, the one that would pass through Prescott is likely to be used the least, says the regional field manager of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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Community Calendar: Dec. 14-17

The holiday fun continues, including photos with Santa and your pets and family this weekend at Petco in Prescott.

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Alleged fentanyl dealer and 2 others arrested by PANT

Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking detectives (PANT) have made more drug arrests, including two involving fentanyl.

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Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Wildlife managers have confirmed a record number of Mexican gray wolves have been reported dead this year, fueling concerns about the decades-long effort to return the endangered predator to the southwestern U.S.

Chino Valley police receive grant for new unmarked police vehicle

Grant requires vehicle to be used for impaired driving enforcement

The Chino Valley Police Department has received grant money from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the purchase of an unmarked police vehicle.

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Swearing in of judges

Judge Michael Bluff also administered the oath of office to:

Justice John Pelander retiring from Arizona Supreme Court

Arizona Supreme Court Justice John Pelander announced Tuesday that he plans to retire, giving Republican Gov. Doug Ducey the chance to appoint his fourth justice to the seven-member high court.

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Poisoning claims, divorce spat in Arizona journalism saga

Newspaper owner says wife tried to kill him

An award-winning Arizona newspaper co-publisher and his wife are locked in a bizarre divorce case that has morphed into something more: a journalism ethics saga.

Ducey orders flags lowered to honor Marine killed in crash

Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday ordered that flags on state buildings be lowered to half-staff to honor a U.S. Marine from Arizona who was among six killed in an air collision last week of Japan’s south coast.

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Flake's Senate farewell speech cites threats to democracy

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, President Donald Trump's most vocal Republican adversary in the Senate, cautioned in his farewell address Thursday that the "threats to our democracy from within and without are real."

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Bomb threats reported at assessor’s office, Sedona PD, Prescott newspaper

Cottonwood police and other area emergency responders are currently at the Yavapai County Annex in Cottonwood following a threat of a bomb placed in the county assessor’s office, according to a report on the Cottonwood police scanner.

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DPS air rescue hits milestone in Sedona

Expansion of nighttime technical rescue capabilities

For the rescue of a 52-year-old Sedona man last month, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) successfully executed something they’ve never tried before: an external load technical rescue during night hours.

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Whiskey Row: A wild west strategy board game

Be a gunslinger, preacher or madam on Whiskey Row, 1879 Prescott

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700 acres of Stringfield Ranch eyed for large-lot subdivision

Trail through project would close gap on Prescott Circle Trail

A proposed 700-acre annexation that could bring 264 new homes to Prescott city limits got its first review by the City Council this week.

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Attorney: House leaders suppressing investigation that led to Don Shooter ouster

The attorney for Don Shooter charged Wednesday that House leaders are illegally trying to hide the notes of investigators who prepared the report that led to his ouster on charges of sexual harassment.

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Castle Hot Springs preps for February 2019 opening

Invited guests get sneak peak of resort’s extensive renovations

In advance of a projected February 2019 reopening, more than 300 guests got a sneak preview this past weekend of the rebirth of the historic Castle Hot Springs resort in southern Yavapai County.

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Courier Cares Christmas Lighting Contest voting begins Thursday

Twinkling lights are everywhere and they will be rewarded!

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Wreaths Across America event scheduled for Saturday - rain, shine or snow

Prescott is a community known for its patriotism.

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Calendar of Events: Dec. 13-19

Thursday, Dec. 13 - Touchmark Trekkers beginning hiking club, 8 a.m., Touchmark Health & Fitness Club, 3150 Touchmark Blvd., Prescott. Please RSVP to this free event by calling 928-632-7800

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Mesa man charged in 3 killings pleads to burglary counts

PHOENIX — At times hostile toward the judge and even his own attorneys, a man charged with killing three people nearly seven years ago in metro Phoenix begrudgingly pleaded guilty Wednesday to unrelated burglaries.

Winter closures on Mingus Mountain

Recreation Officials on the Verde Ranger District will be closing the following facilities/roads from Tuesday, Dec. 18 through May 1, 2019.

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Prescott Valley council gets earful on Pronghorn Ranch Parkway development

Board also approves distracted driving ordinance

Prescott Valley Town council members had a busy evening Dec. 6 with a study session, regular council meeting, and an executive session.

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PV Planning and Zoning board backs Antelope Park zoning revision

Meeting draws capacity crowd opposing project, traffic study

With about 250 people filling the auditorium in the Prescott Valley Public Library to capacity at the Dec. 10 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, commissioners listened as close to 30 residents spoke either in opposition to a rezoning request or with concerns about evacuation routes in the Antelope Park development north of Highway 89A.

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Better Bucks program designed to help ease Prescott Valley panhandling concerns

The Prescott Valley Police Department has initiated a program designed to allow residents to better help those in need.


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