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An unidentified 27-year-old man possibly suffering from a mental health episode attempted to light a fire in an open field before being taken into custody, according to a news release Thursday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. August 13, 2020
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Unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, the 2020-21 school year has begun under a very large cloud of uncertainty that is the coronavirus pandemic.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. August 11, 2020
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The debate as to whether a fall sports season would actually take place within the ranks of Arizona high schools due to the coronavirus pandemic was put to rest Wednesday afternoon. At least for now.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. August 5, 2020
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Being a parent of two school-aged children growing up during the COVID-19 pandemic creates a certain level of anxiety that can be hard to explain.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. August 4, 2020
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A Spring Valley woman wanted for alleged credit card fraud was arrested by deputies after she contacted the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office not to turn herself in, but to claim she received paid gift cards at a yard sale she hosted, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. July 30, 2020
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Once thought of as a way to “expand the Suns brand in the state,” the Northern Arizona Suns fell victim to big-league decisions driven by money and a misunderstanding of community and commitment.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. July 29, 2020
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On Monday the California Interscholastic Federation, which, if you’re unfamiliar, is the counterpart to the Arizona Interscholastic Association when it comes to governing bodies for high school sports, decided it was time to protect the thousands of high-school aged student athletes as best they could from an ever-changing, growing pandemic.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. July 21, 2020
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With lights and sirens activated, 13 quad-city police and fire agencies participated in an emergency vehicle procession to “honor our super heroes” on Thursday morning.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. July 16, 2020
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A 43-year-old Black Canyon City man was arrested after allegedly firing a gun at multiple homes in the vicinity, including shooting at a family with a 1-year-old child outside their front door, according to a release Wednesday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. July 15, 2020
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Prescott couple falls victim to gift-card phone scam, losing $13,000
Prescott Police ask residents to watch for potential phone scam involving Apple, Walmart gift cards

The Prescott Police Department recently investigated a report of fraud involving prepaid iTunes and Walmart gift cards, according to a release Monday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. July 14, 2020
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After battling the "Slate Fire" for much of the afternoon, the Prescott National Forest reported around 6 p.m. Sunday that firefighters were able to stop forward progression of the blaze 8 miles south of Prescott by boxing in the fire.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. July 12, 2020
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Despite confirmed COVID-19 cases readjusting to 791 (down three from Tuesday), Yavapai County saw its 10th death due to the coronavirus, according to a Yavapai County Community Health Services release Wednesday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. July 1, 2020
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Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order Monday, June 29, that prohibited organized events of more than 50 people due to a surge in COVID-19 cases across Arizona, but since the state allows cities to approve events like opening night of the “World’s Oldest Rodeo,” the show went on in Prescott.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. June 29, 2020
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During the weekend leading up to the 133rd annual “World’s Oldest Rodeo” in Prescott, Yavapai County added 157 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to a news release Monday morning.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. June 29, 2020
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A 26-year-old Prescott Valley man was arrested Saturday for allegedly shooting at another vehicle during a road rage incident, according to Prescott Valley Police.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. June 28, 2020
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The 133rd edition of the “World’s Oldest Rodeo” is just a few days away, but despite COVID-19 (coronavirus) numbers climbing in the state of Arizona, as they say, the show must go on.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. June 24, 2020
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The Daily Courier recently ran a poll on its website asking the question: “Are you ready to send your children back to school in August?”

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. June 16, 2020
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Heading to a local drive-in theater was always one of the most entertaining and fun nights of our summer vacation as a child growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. June 9, 2020
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The NBA G League has officially cancelled the remainder of its 2019-2020 season, the league announced Thursday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. June 4, 2020
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Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli and Prescott Valley Mayor Kell Palguta offered their support of Gov. Doug Ducey’s declaration of a state of emergency and imposition of curfew Sunday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. May 31, 2020
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4 people die in head-on collision on Highway 169 in Dewey
3 others flown to Phoenix hospital in critical condition

A head-on collision between two vehicles on Highway 169 in Dewey has left four people dead and three others in critical condition were flown to Phoenix-area hospitals via helicopter, according to a Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority Facebook post Sunday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr., Doug Cook May 31, 2020
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Two separate groups of hikers at Watson Lake in Prescott called for help Saturday after neglecting to bring enough water for the trip, according to a release Sunday morning.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. May 31, 2020
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Brushfire Update: I-17 fully reopened in both directions June 1
Brushfire near Sunset Point forces closure of I-17 early Sunday

Interstate 17 is fully reopened in both directions, Arizona Department of Transportation said on twitter Monday morning.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. May 31, 2020
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More than 150 protestors gathered in front of the Prescott Valley Police Department headquarters Saturday night to join nationwide protests due to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota earlier this week.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. May 31, 2020
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In a press conference Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that all youth sports, including high schools, can resume play in Arizona immediately.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. May 28, 2020
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Two additional cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) were confirmed in Yavapai County on Thursday, May 28, bringing the total to 294 in the county.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. May 28, 2020
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Many leaders within the quad-city educational community have gone on record to say they’re unsure what next school year will look like.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. May 26, 2020
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Bradshaw Mountain High School football coach Chuck Moller has died, Humboldt Unified School District spokesperson Kelly Lee confirmed Monday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. May 25, 2020
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Nearly 10 weeks has gone by since towns, cities, states and eventually the U.S. began systematically shutting down our normal way of life due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. May 19, 2020
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It is May 6 today. At this time last year, or any other year for that matter, there would be some pretty important things happening in the sports world.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. May 5, 2020
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A recent study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation that tracks COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing in the U.S. revealed that the state of Arizona is last in the nation in administered tests with results per 1,000 population, coming in at 9.1 persons as of Tuesday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. April 28, 2020
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For those fathers out there who have suddenly found themselves at home an abnormal amount of time due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, you’re not alone.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. April 21, 2020
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When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced ways to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, one that most people have focused on is “social distancing,” or staying about 6 feet apart from people in general.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. April 13, 2020
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We’ve fallen on hard times. Prescott-area residents, our neighboring communities across the state, the country and around the world are all in the same boat.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. April 6, 2020
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Is it me, or is our governor a bit wishy-washy these days? That may be the case, but can you blame him? These are unprecedented times.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. April 3, 2020
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When I first wrote this column last week, our family was fully prepared to send our two children back to school when spring break ended and students returned to classrooms Monday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. March 16, 2020
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Following suit with many professional, collegiate and amateur leagues across the world, Little League International issued a statement Thursday asking its 6,500 programs in 84 countries to temporarily suspend league activities due to the coronavirus pandemic.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. March 12, 2020
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With the NBA and NHL suspending their seasons, MLB delaying its Opening Day by 2 weeks and the NCAA completely cancelling their men’s and women’s basketball tournaments due to the coronavirus pandemic, the sports world is in pause mode.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. March 12, 2020
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The Northern Arizona Suns and Salt Lake City Stars were scheduled to play Wednesday night, but after the NBA suspended its season due to a Utah Jazz player testing positive for the coronavirus, the game was postponed.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. March 11, 2020
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Someone asked me the other day: “If your kids play high school sports, would you coach them?”

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. March 9, 2020
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Often seen at concerts, ball games or the race track, decibel meters may soon be a requirement for local police to carry when wanting to issue a citation for disturbing the peace.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. March 6, 2020
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With the 2020 NCAA men’s basketball tournament two weeks away, the Courier has posted a link to its annual bracket challenge online at dCourier.com for registration.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. March 3, 2020
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Finishing only 10 points behind eventual state champion Snowflake a season ago, the Prescott girls track and field team knew if they worked hard in the offseason, 2020 would bring another chance at glory.

By BRIAN M. BERGNER JR., The Daily Courier February 28, 2020
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Having fallen on hard times, it’s been a tough stretch for the Prescott softball program in the past two seasons.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 27, 2020
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The 2020 Prescott baseball team is hoping to make some noise at state a few months from now, and with several seniors on the roster who received regular playtime a season ago, this spring may be a special one for the Badgers.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 25, 2020
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With all the scary talk about coronavirus out there, another public health crisis that seems to be dominating the headlines these days is vaping, and those who are using black market marijuana to vape.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 24, 2020
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Thanks to the Prescott Valley Town Council and all of the supporters looking to build a local YMCA, the wheels are in motion. The tone is set.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 19, 2020
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Apartment complexes, townhomes, and sometimes even, living with grandpa and grandma, were a regular part of my childhood growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. February 10, 2020
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Christian Encarnacion-Strand was 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs, and Matt Novis pitched five shutout innings in a 13-0 rout for the Yavapai College baseball team over Glendale on Friday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. January 31, 2020
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Super Bowl Sunday isn’t just a football game anymore, it is nearly a national holiday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. January 31, 2020

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