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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.

August 30, 2013
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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.

August 27, 2013
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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.

August 20, 2013
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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.

August 16, 2013
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Finding the "right" babysitter. It sounds easy enough but leaving your children with someone dependable and professional may be a challenge.

August 13, 2013
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The biggest villain in MLB's doping scandal isn't who you think it is.

August 6, 2013
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Pop quiz: Name the easiest way to tell that fall sports are fast approaching:a) The weather starts to cool b) You start online shopping for new team merchc) Preseason polls are releasedIf you picked 'c', you're right.

August 1, 2013
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Riley Cooper. Riley Freaking Cooper.What a beaut.Of course, by 'beaut' I mean complete waste.

July 31, 2013
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On the front page Friday we published a story about the Yarnell Hill Fire, specifically how 30 percent of the 129 structures destroyed in Yarnell and Peeples Valley were not covered by homeowners insurance. And now for more to the story.

July 27, 2013
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On Sunday, July 21, 2013 several thousand people gathered on Montezuma Street in Prescott for the Prescott Strong fundraiser. The fundraiser raised money for the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots and the citizens of Yarnell affected by the Yarnell Hill Fire. (Photos by Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

July 22, 2013
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Hello Simply Fit readers. Just a few days ago, over 23 children in a village in India died after eating a school lunch which consisted of rice, lentils, potatoes and soy. As of now, reports are suspecting that a pesticide was used instead of cooking oil to prepare some of the food. How this could happen is beyond me.

July 20, 2013
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Despite the recent rains in northern Arizona, the drought conditions we've experienced here since the late 1990s have unfortunately become the norm. Some believe this unwelcome pattern is attributable to the onset of climate change, rather than a temporary blip in annual precipitation amounts ...

July 15, 2013
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Hundreds of people who were forced out of a small Arizona community because of a the deadly Yarnell Hill wildfire are returning home. The mountain blaze that killed 19 elite firefighters and burned more than 13 square miles is over 90 percent contained.

July 14, 2013
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Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, based at Prescott Fire Department Station No. 7 in Prescott, were killed Sunday when a windblown wildfire - the Yarnell Hill fire - overcame them southwest of Prescott.

July 5, 2013
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Horses with HEART, located in Chino Valley, Ariz., puts on its annual Happy Hearts Rodeo that kicks off the opening night of the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz., on July 1, 2013. Children with special needs, ages 5-12, took up roping, bull riding, and horseback rides around the arena to enthusiastic cheers from the audience. Photos by Sue Tone/Prescott Valley Tribune.

July 5, 2013

In this 2010 video, two of the firefighters Eric Marsh and Jesse Steed who died in the Yarnell Hill fire are featured as the Granite Mountain Hotshots train hard for a variety of incidents, conditions and terrain. In 2010 the crew worked fires in Flagstaff, Southern Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, all in tough and rugged conditions. Photo Editor Les Stukenberg went out with the hotshots as they prepared for the 2010 fire season.

July 2, 2013
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This is the first in a series of blog posts about the young people and our community. The focus of the blog will be on both the historical and contemporary experience of growing up in Prescott.

July 2, 2013
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After 125 previous years, tonight's Opening Night at the Prescott Frontier Days' World's Oldest Rodeo is the most important in the city's long and fascinating history with its rodeo.

July 1, 2013
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Hello Simply Fit readers. My husband Tom and I were fortunate enough to take a trip to Cancun Mexico recently. One of the highlights of this trip was visiting Chichén Itzá. Chichén Itzá was one of the largest Maya cities between 600 AD through 1221 AD.

June 28, 2013
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Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA this month by leaking top secret documentation US government mass surveillance programs. How should the 'We the People' process this information?

June 27, 2013
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A fire that no one thought would top Granite Mountain reached the bottom of the mass within what seemed like minutes Tuesday evening; thus, the Doce Fire - that I thought would never get close to my house - was now less than a few miles from the place I call home.

June 20, 2013