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Aaron Valdez

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MacGraw VanWormer might be just a kid who’s not even old enough to watch a PG-13 movie by himself yet, but he’s a kid with tremendous talent and a shot to make a USA baseball development team.

By Aaron Valdez August 13, 2022
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I’m sure many of you are very familiar with the cliché Hollywood sports movie. The movie is almost always about a team that, for lack of a better term, sucks in the first act.

By Aaron Valdez August 8, 2022
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Four years ago, the Yavapai College Executive Leadership Team decided it was time to build a stronger and more tight-knit relationship with the surrounding community.

By Aaron Valdez August 6, 2022
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Have you ever heard someone’s voice and, for some inexplicable reason, it’s so soothing and comforting that it makes you feel right at home? Well, that was Vin Scully’s voice for us Dodger fans, Angelenos and essentially, all baseball fans.

By Aaron Valdez August 3, 2022
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The Findlay Toyota Center is hosting its first ever boxing event on Friday, Aug. 12 and it’s only fitting that a local boxer will be the one to headline the fight card.

By Aaron Valdez July 16, 2022
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I’m sure most of you avid travelers out there have heard of AirBnb.

By Aaron Valdez July 13, 2022
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Summertime in Arizona is something that all of us residents seem to dread. Not only does it get unbearably hot, but the heat can also spark an outbreak of wildfires across the state, which can cause a whole heap of problems.

By Aaron Valdez June 28, 2022
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It was just last week that Steph Curry, the greatest shooter of all time, and the Golden State Warriors vanquished the Boston Celtics 4-2 in the 2022 NBA Finals.

By Aaron Valdez June 21, 2022
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My column today is in response to a letter I received last week from a gentleman named Stan Sides, who is from Prescott. More specifically, it was an open letter ...

By Aaron Valdez June 13, 2022
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Just moments before writing this column, I received the heart-wrenching news that 14 elementary school kids and a teacher were killed by yet another mass shooter. This time in Uvalde, Texas.

By Aaron Valdez May 24, 2022
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Admittedly, I was never the best and most diligent student in elementary, middle and high school — but I was decent.

By Aaron Valdez May 11, 2022
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As I write this column, the Crooks Fire, which has scorched through nearly 10,000 acres of our beautiful Prescott National Forest over the past couple of weeks, has been 89% contained.

By Aaron Valdez May 4, 2022
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Outside of maybe winning an actual championship or being named the Finals MVP, getting named the MVP for the regular season is hands-down the most prestigious award an NBA player could win.

By Aaron Valdez April 26, 2022
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Moving from the massive cultural hub that is Los Angeles, I was fairly concerned about food options being limited in the Greater Prescott Area.

By Aaron Valdez April 20, 2022
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After reading my editor, Tim Wiederaenders’ column, “Illegal Immigration is … illegal” (April 5) and talking with him, I wanted to push back on some of the points that he made.

By Aaron Valdez April 6, 2022
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The Prescott National Forest has issued a special-use permit to Arizona Trail Riders for their annual Camp Wood Enduro Race scheduled for April 9 to 10, according to a news release.

By Aaron Valdez April 2, 2022
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Little by little, Yavapai College is steadily rebuilding its women’s basketball program that was reinstated this past September.

By Aaron Valdez March 31, 2022
Chino Valley council pushes rezoning item for RV park to June 28
Developer plans to work with community to make changes to project

In a 4-3 vote during a meeting on Tuesday, March 22, the Chino Valley Town Council approved to continue their consideration of a rezoning item that would allow for an RV park to be developed on a property located on the southwest corner of Road 4 North and Road 1 East.

By Aaron Valdez March 28, 2022
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As the winter makes its way out the door and spring (my favorite season) enters to take its place, we may feel like it’s time to start going outdoors, hanging out with friends, and eating out at our favorite restaurants.

By Aaron Valdez March 21, 2022
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A rezoning item that would allow for an RV park to be developed on a property in Chino Valley is set to appear before the Town Council during a 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday, March 22, after the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to forward it with a ‘No’ recommendation.

By Aaron Valdez March 16, 2022
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The month of March marks one of the better times of the year for sports fans because that’s when the renowned and highly anticipated NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off, more commonly known as “March Madness.”

By Aaron Valdez March 15, 2022
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Prescott baseball used a huge sixth inning to comeback to win against Mingus 10-9 on the road Tuesday, March 8.

By Aaron Valdez March 9, 2022
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During pivotal meeting on Tuesday, March 1, the Chino Valley Planning and Zoning commissioners voted against forwarding a rezoning item to the Town Council that would allow for a 150-unit RV park to be developed on a 30.15-acre property located on the southwest intersection of Road 4 North and Road 1 East.

By Aaron Valdez March 8, 2022
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It always fascinates me how we, as a society, are so fond of fictional superheroes.

By Aaron Valdez March 7, 2022
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A few Cougars from the Chino Valley track & field team made history this week as Andre Coomer broke the school’s 400m record while the team of Emily Rudnick, Natalie Banister, Olivia Colasuonno and Jaque Ocampo broke the record for the 4x100m relay.

By Aaron Valdez March 4, 2022
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Under the tutelage of Matt Dunn, who’s a very heart-and-hustle head coach, Chino Valley softball has always been a team that you should never underestimate.

By Aaron Valdez March 2, 2022
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Prescott boys volleyball won its season opener against Bradshaw Mountain 3-0 on Tuesday, March, 1, in Prescott Valley.

By Aaron Valdez March 2, 2022
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I’ve lived on the West Coast my entire life, but I recently took a trip to New York City back in October.

By Aaron Valdez February 28, 2022
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Chino Valley Town Council members voted to approve a Notice of Intent to increase admission fees for the town Aquatic Facility during a regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

By Aaron Valdez February 28, 2022
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Chino Valley has consistently produced respectable baseball teams in the past. They seem to always be in the mix for the region title and they often qualify for the state playoffs. But what about beyond that?

By Aaron Valdez February 26, 2022
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Millennials — and even some of the older members of Gen Z — continue to shake up our society’s status quo. Whether that’s for better or for worse, you can decide that on your own.

By Aaron Valdez February 21, 2022
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fter accumulating a combined 9-27 record through the 2018 and 2019 seasons, a 15-3 overall record in 2021 signaled that Prescott softball is back on its feet now.

By Aaron Valdez February 19, 2022
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The last time the Embry-Riddle softball team played in a meaningful game, Tommy Downs was their assistant coach behind head coach Christie Ambrosi.

By Aaron Valdez February 19, 2022
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Alright look, I know that I once wrote a column a while back saying how fun it’s been rooting for the up-and-coming Arizona teams like the Cardinals and Suns.

By Aaron Valdez February 14, 2022
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The ever-growing tree that is the Embry-Riddle athletics department has sprouted yet another branch as the university’s newly instated baseball team is performing fairly well in its inaugural season.

By Aaron Valdez February 11, 2022
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Soccer fans will be happy to hear that the Chino Valley Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to forward an item to the Town Council that rezones a property off Highway 89 from Commercial Heavy to Commercial Light to better suit a proposed state-of-the-art soccer facility.

By Aaron Valdez February 4, 2022
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A game between Prescott and Flagstaff girls soccer, two powerhouse programs, is bound to be ultra-competitive and in recent years, there always seems to be something valuable on the line.

By Aaron Valdez February 1, 2022
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As I’ve mentioned in some of my past columns, I love hiking and exploring the outdoors. It is something that seems to bring me inner peace.

By Aaron Valdez January 31, 2022
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Despite struggling all season, Prescott girls basketball delivered a noteworthy performance on senior night as they trounced Cactus 53-27 on Thursday, Jan. 27.

By Aaron Valdez January 29, 2022

Residents and staff at the Chino Valley Senior Center are sure to be delighted as the Chino Valley Town Council approved to use money from the Community Development Block Grant for the Senior Center Renovation and Improvement Project during a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

By Aaron Valdez January 29, 2022
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I thank my lucky stars that I didn’t grow up a picky eater. It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to try all of the world’s delicious delicacies without a hitch, even if some do seem highly unusual.

By Aaron Valdez January 24, 2022
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Paulden mother turns tragedy into noble business venture
Bumble Bee Boutique clothing store now open in Chino Valley

For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has flipped all of our lives upside down and it seems that can’t be truer for Paulden mother Charlene Flickinger as an unexpected tragedy has steered her life in a different direction.

By Aaron Valdez January 24, 2022
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Three youth soccer players from Prescott Valley recently competed and exceled in an Olympic Development Program (ODP) region tournament and now have a chance to be selected to a United States National Team.

By Aaron Valdez January 22, 2022
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On Aug. 20, 2021, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) Engine 61 was called to a residence in Chino Valley because Lily — at the time only 8 months old — was in cardiac arrest and respiratory distress.

By Aaron Valdez January 18, 2022
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Prescott boys soccer is ranked No. 1 in the 4A Conference, having yet to drop a game this season. Do you think cross-town rivals Bradshaw Mountain cared about any of that heading into their match-up on Friday, Dec. 14?

By Aaron Valdez January 15, 2022
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The Chino Valley Town Council approved to amend the Town of Chino Valley Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 154, by moving Section 3.12 Single-Family Residential (SR-0.16) and placing it in the newly created section 3.20 Obsolete Zoning Districts during a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

By Aaron Valdez January 14, 2022

During a regular meeting of the governing board on Monday, Jan. 10, Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) Assistant Superintendent Cindy Daniels gave the school board a Mid-Year Academic update, announcing how the students at each school are performing under unique teaching methods.

By Aaron Valdez January 13, 2022
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It boggles my mind that there is a good handful of longtime Arizonans who have never visited the Grand Canyon. Tourists from all across the globe travel long ways to see our state’s crown jewel in person and if you have yet to see it for yourself, I highly recommend you do.

By Aaron Valdez January 10, 2022
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The Chino Valley Planning and Zoning Commission forwarded a recommendation to approve a Conditional Use Permit for a Temporary Model Home Complex to the Town Council during a meeting last week.

By Aaron Valdez January 10, 2022
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Despite playing in their third game in five days, Prescott boys basketball looked as lively as ever in their region match-up against Flagstaff on Friday, Jan. 7, as their tenacious defense propelled them to a 92-61 blowout win.

By Aaron Valdez January 8, 2022

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