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Press Pass: District vs. charter schools

It is not a new concept: competition. Many years ago, the state of Arizona took the nation's lead in educational alternatives - spearheading the charter school concept.

2013 Veterans Salute Photo Galleries

The Daily Courier asked readers to submit photos of their veterans for our 2013 Veterans Salute feature. The special printed section published on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. This article contains links to three galleries with the submitted Veterans Salute photos and the 100 words readers provided on each photo to tell us about the veteran and their connection to the local area.

Kidnapped missionary to attend 'Saratov Approach' movie screening in Prescott Valley

Real life star of the movie will be at Harkins Theatres Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (Click for video preview)

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Eco_Logic: Residential solar at risk in Arizona

Residential solar is at risk here in Arizona if a proposed APS rate hike is approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission. The new rate structures would specifically require all grid connected solar-electric producing customers to sell 100 percent of their generated electricity to APS at wholesale ($.04c per kilowatt hour), and then buy back this same electricity from APS at the full retail rate ($0.12c per kilowatt hour) for any power consumed.

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Blog: The obstruction attempt was valiant, but the call was correct

It was the right call. Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks knew what he was doing. The call was correct.But I still love the play by Middlebrooks.

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Blog: NCAA is morally bankrupt; now they can afford to pay student-athletes

One thing is certain about the NCAA's absurd "punishment" handed down Tuesday for the University of Miami football program's transgressions.

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Quad-Cities Health Care Focus

Quad-Cities Health Care Focus special section of the Daily Courier. Click to see special flip page edition.

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Press Pass: Will we ever get back to good wages?

I recently approved/posted a reader's article comment that urged the City of Prescott to "fairly compensate" its employees. The rub: the person they care about "hasn't had a raise in six years."

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Simply Fit ~ Coconut oil: What's the skinny?

Hello Simply Fit readers. It's my favorite time of the year. The leaves are changing, the mornings are crisp, the evenings are perfect for a cozy bonfire in the back yard and the days are perfect for a long cool ride on the Harley.

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Blog: 1 championship or 10 second-place finishes? Hmmmm.

A handful of baseball teams get to enjoy the splendor of playoff ball in October.For everyone else, it's back to the drawing board. Even for the so-called good teams.Anything less than a playoff berth is, for most teams, unacceptable.

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View second gallery by fallen hotshot Christopher MacKenzie containing Doce & West Spruce Fire photos

The Granite Mountain Hotshots pose under the world record alligator juniper on June 22, 2013 that the crew saved during the Doce Fire on Granite Mountain. Photo recovered from the personal camera of Granite Mountain Hotshot Christopher MacKenzie following the horrific Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 of the Granite Mountain Hotshots on June 30, 2013.

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Photo Gallery: Last photos of Granite Mountain Hotshots by Christopher MacKenzie

Granite Mountain Hotshot Dustin DeFord, center, and other Granite Mountain Hotshots watch as fire and smoke from the Yarnell Hill Fire moves across the terrain below them at 4:02 p.m. on June 30, 2013. Photo recovered from the personal camera of Granite Mountain Hotshot Christopher MacKenzie following the horrific Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 of the Granite Mountain Hotshots on June 30, 2013.

Last video of Granite Mountain Hotshots found on Christopher MacKenzie's camera (larger display)

Granite Mountain Hotshot Christopher MacKenzie shot these last two video clips shortly after 4:00 p.m. on June 30, 2013. These are the last images of the hotshots before they tragically died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire at approximately 4:50 p.m.

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Blog: Net neutrality - why you should care about it

Net neutrality is the principle that government, as well as Internet Service Providers (ISPs), treat all data equally.

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Growing Up in Prescott in the '80s: Part II

Last week, in Part I of the interview, Cooper Carr reflected on his youth in Prescott and on his path to becoming a hotshot and a firefighter. Read Part II of the interview below for more about Cooper's youth and his concerns for youth today.

Police need help finding missing Arizona girl

SURPRISE, AZ - Officers from the Surprise Police Department are calling on the public to help them find a missing 14-year-old girl. Vaghe Cain, 14, left her home in Surprise, Ariz. at around 7:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

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Blog: Super Bowl pick is in. What's yours?

What good is the day before the start of the NFL season without Super Bowl picks?Let's first look at who Vegas likes.

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Press Pass: Avoid quicksand in strike against Syria

The United States is knocking on the door of war and, while the right thing to do is not turn a blind eye to the killing of innocents by chemical means, this country does not need another Afghanistan or Iraq.

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Growing up in Prescott in the '80s: a former Hotshot

Cooper Carr is a young, native Prescottonian, a former Prescott Hotshot and currently a firefighter and youth advocate. Cooper generously agreed to answer my questions about what it was like growing up in Prescott in the 80's and how he became a firefighter.

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Simply Fit: Tommy's negative experience with chin-ups

About three months ago, my 13-year-old son Tommy, told me - in a very disappointing tone - that he was unable to complete a chin-up at school. I hated to see him so upset so I offered my motherly/personal trainer advice.

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Eco_Logic ~ Walkable Cities: a good idea or not?

Lately, however, I have been reading an interesting book, the title of which is "Walkable City: How Downtown can save America, One Step at a Time," by Jeff Speck.

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Blog: The Super Bowl's road from snow to ... London

By now you've already seen the countdown for shopping days left until Christmas. On Monday, talk turned instead to anticipating how many days are left until Super Bowl XLVIII this coming February in New Jersey.

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Blog: Admit it, Dempster speaks for all of us

Ryan Dempster's actions on Sunday at Fenway Park were, in all truth, worthy of the five-game suspension he just received a couple hours ago from MLB.But, come on. Admit it. You loved what he did.

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Quick links to Prescott mayoral and council candidate profiles

Eight candidates are in the race for four seats on the Prescott City Council. The council primary is set for Aug. 27, and the general election is set for Nov. 5. The mail-in ballots for the primary began going out to registered Prescott voters on Aug. 1.