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Cindy Barks

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Prescott Police Department proposes new officer to be proactive on school danger

Prevention vs. reaction

In a preemptive move that aims at keeping Prescott off the tragic school-shooting list that includes Parkland, Santa Fe, and Newtown, a new officer could soon join the ranks of the Prescott Police Department.

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Prescott pushes ahead with new airport terminal plan

In a community accustomed to landing at the top of national lists for charm and history, any showing among “the worst” is rare.

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Open Space Alliance concludes its two-decade run

End of an era

Ridgelines were in jeopardy, scenic tracts along Granite Creek were facing development, and trail development was floundering.

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Prescott to pay $20M toward pension debt

The City of Prescott is expected to add about $20 million more in payments toward its public safety pension debt in the next fiscal year — on top of the $25 million it is paying this year.

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Hotshot museum group ‘right on course’

Opening of center set for June 29 at Prescott Gateway Mall

Over the nearly five years since the loss of 19 of Prescott’s Granite Mountain Hotshots, those close to the tragedy heard a recurring comment: “Something needs to be done.”

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Efforts underway to revive Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council

Free mixer planned for Friday at Smoki Museum

One of the community’s longtime arts-advocacy groups is hoping for a successful sequel performance.

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Trail of the Month: Glassford Hill Summit

For a bird’s-eye view of the scope of recent wildfires, head to PV’s highest point

The views from Prescott Valley’s Glassford Hill Summit Trail are always breathtaking – showcasing virtually every surrounding promontory.

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Summer of continued road construction

Heavy 2018 construction season

If construction crews and detour signs seem to be clogging Prescott streets a bit more than usual this spring, it’s not your imagination.

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New Hotshot Learning and Tribute Center seeks volunteers

The T-shirts from fire departments around the country are a potent reminder of the outpouring of grief that came after 19 of Prescott’s Granite Mountain Hotshots died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire nearly five years ago.

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$1 million for Hotshot pension salvaged

Original $7.5 million appropriation was swept away in favor of education funding

The wave of red that brought in higher salaries for Arizona’s teachers also swept away a bill that would have helped the finances of the City of Prescott.

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A glimpse into early-Prescott architecture

May 5 Historic Home Tour features North Prescott Townsite area

Between the 1870s and the 1930s, Prescott was a city on the move — evolving from dirt streets and Victorian homes to massive Depression-era public works projects.

Council has no interest in raises, but eyes ballot changes

Prescott City Council members have no interest in asking voters for a raise, but they could opt to put a number of other changes on a future ballot.

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Fix is coming for 99-year-old dam at Watson Lake

Granite Creek Dam rehab project launches

In place of Watson Lake’s typically tranquil kayak-and-canoe scene this week were massive barges, cranes, and air compressors.

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Smoking ban in city parks gets Prescott Council OK

By late May, smoking will be banned in Prescott city parks, except for designated areas.

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Trail of the Month: Prescott Heritage Trail

The story of “Mike the Dog” is uniquely Prescott.

Council to consider host of amendments to City Charter

At its study session at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, the council will discuss possible changes to the Prescott City Charter.

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Prescott changes course on commercial service at municipal airport

Decision could result in several-month gap in passenger service

The City of Prescott said Friday that it is putting the brakes on efforts toward interim commercial service at the Prescott Municipal Airport.

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Prescott's launch of program to manage homelessness raises questions on human dignity

‘Change for the Better:’ Is it compassionate?

Compassion — and questions about whether the city is showing enough of it — was under consideration Wednesday morning during the kickoff of the city’s new Change for the Better program.

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Cleaning up Watson Lake

Prescott approaches final steps in plan for pollution reduction

Within a year, Prescott should have an answer to a longstanding question: What can be done about the polluted waters of Watson Lake?

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Alexa Scholl chosen as Truman Scholar

Scholarship will ‘open doors’ in council member’s choice of law schools

Prescott City Councilwoman Alexa Scholl, a college student at Arizona State University, has joined the ranks of four decades of exceptional U.S. scholars who have gone on to become prominent politicians, journalists, and judges.

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PHS students help to make a point on the dangers of distractions

Message: Driving (or marching) while distracted can cause problems

Marching while blindfolded, and driving with eyes glued to a cellphone: What do the two activities have in common?

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City hopes new airline will help boost passenger numbers

Nearly a decade since airport reached 10,000-enplanement goal

Assuming that Boutique Air can fill or nearly fill its proposed 36 weekly flights, the Prescott Municipal Airport could reach its coveted 10,000 enplanements per year for the first time in nearly a decade.

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Phippen ‘Cowboy in a Storm’ statue nearly complete

With his arms and head securely in place, all the cowboy needs now is his lasso. And that will be coming soon.

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Prescott’s program to discourage panhandling set to begin this spring

Within weeks, signs will begin appearing at busy Prescott corners urging passers-by not to give to panhandlers.

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Prescott considers ‘Change for the Better’ program to manage homeless issue

Panhandlers on the streets of Prescott could soon face a number of roadblocks to their efforts to collect money.

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Proposal for flights to LAX, Sky Harbor comes out on top with Prescott Airport Advisory group

Prescott air passengers could have the option soon of daily roundtrip flights to Los Angeles and Phoenix, aboard an eight-seat aircraft described as “the Porsche” of airplanes.

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Prescott Airport could have commercial flights again within weeks

Interim contract process has been expedited, city officials say

Flights to LAX, Sky Harbor, or Hawthorne, California, could be offered within the next month or so at the Prescott Municipal Airport, depending on the airline chosen to take on Prescott’s commercial air-service contract.

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Emergency meeting set to consider 3 bids for commercial flights at Prescott Airport

An emergency meeting of the Prescott Airport Advisory Committee will take place this weekend for consideration of proposals from airlines hoping to step in to provide commercial flights at the airport.

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Getting there: The rugged route to Castle Hot Springs

For visitors to the historic Castle Hot Springs, part of the adventure is getting there.

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Castle Hot Springs gets a makeover; set to reopen in October

Reviving a Yavapai County icon

Years before Phoenix would become a mecca for wintertime visitors in the early 1900s, a remote little spot in southern Yavapai County was the spa choice of the rich and famous.

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Improvements are coming to I-17, says ADOT

More than 200 people turn out for unveiling of state’s plans

In the midst of a recent Phoenix summer, Black Canyon City resident Venora Jones and her 92-year-old mother-in-law found themselves stuck in an hours-long traffic jam on Interstate 17.

Homeless work program could help keep city streets, facilities clean

The program that would put homeless people to work could be beneficial not just to those who would be given an opportunity to work, but to the city’s roadsides, golf course, and airport as well.

Catholic Charities apartment projects get city rezoning

This week’s approval of a rezoning for a 51-unit apartment project at the Catholic Charities site on West Gurley Street is just the first step in the required review process, Prescott officials emphasized this week.

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One-day traffic counts on I-17 reach the 60,000-vehicle mark

How did we get here?

Drivers heading north on Interstate 17 on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving 2017 were not in for a fun and relaxing “over the river and through the woods” type of trip.

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I-17 widening, reversible lanes, climbing lanes could help ease traffic problems

Public meeting set April 3 to discuss proposed improvements

Solving traffic problems on Interstate 17 has been on the radar of state and local officials for years.

Prescott’s pension sales tax generates $910,298 in first month

City forwards January sales tax receipts to PSPRS

With Prescott’s new 0.75-percent sales tax bringing in nearly $1 million in its first month, the city took another step this month in erasing its crippling pension debt.

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New trail highlights Prescott’s latest purchase of Granite Dells open space

Trail of the Month: Easter Island

Just in time for what is shaping up to a warm and mostly-sunny Easter weekend, a new trail in Prescott’s Granite Dells will take visitors figuratively to “Easter Island.”

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Prescott Council leans toward smoking ban in city parks

Final decision by Prescott City Council expected in April

The right to light up anywhere in Prescott’s parks could be stubbed out soon, in favor of limited smoking areas.

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Great Lakes Airline suspends Prescott service

Move leaves Prescott without commercial flights

As of Monday night, Prescott is without commercial airline service.

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Banning smoking in city parks: Fire danger, health risk factors to be considered

Fifteen years ago, Prescott voters took a stand against smoking in most indoor public places when they narrowly approved a ban on lighting up in the workplace.

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100-unit apartment complex coming to Highway 69 area

Proposed projects expected to add to mix of Prescott’s rental choices

With hundreds of apartment units already either under construction or in the approval phase, two new projects have emerged recently that would add dozens more rentals to Prescott’s market.

Catholic Charities plans veteran/senior citizen housing project along West Gurley

Rezoning request headed to Prescott Council Tuesday

A 51-unit apartment complex that Catholic Charities is proposing to provide affordable housing for veterans and the elderly will go to the Prescott City Council this week with a rezoning request.

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High-profile Prescott corner has evolved through the decades

The sight of the stocky Bank of Arizona building brushing up against the tall, slender Knights of Pythias façade dates back more than a century on Prescott’s South Cortez Street.

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New city commission aims to engage veterans of all ages

Mayor switches make-up, focus of ad hoc committees

With its large population of veterans, Prescott already does a lot of things right in its efforts to help vets who are in need of medical care or social services, says Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli.

Prescott reinstates vision coverage for employees

Benefit cost generates debate over PSPRS debt

After eight years of going without vision insurance in their health coverage, city employees will have the benefit again this year, beginning July 1.

Questions over Tourism Events Grants prompt proposed changes

Revised policy would allow more flexibility

New guidelines for awarding tourism-related grants to local organizations will be among the matters the Prescott City Council will consider during one of three meetings on Tuesday, March 13.

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10 unforgettable women of Prescott’s past

They were the frontier teachers, historians, and artists; they were also the livery operators, stagecoach-stop proprietors, tribal chieftesses, and state senators.

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Renovation, other changes at City Hall welcome the public

A city ‘ambassador,’ in the main hallway, will welcome and direct visitors to their destinations

In what has lightheartedly become known as the “information super hallway,” efforts are underway to make Prescott City Hall a more welcoming and informative place.

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Prescott Library’s ‘You Too!’ program heightens access for vision- and hearing-impaired

For much of her life, Vera Dicicco was accustomed to quenching her “thirst for knowledge” with books on eclectic topics such as Ukrainian literature, the economy, and the arts.

Prescott intervenes in review of Big Chino hydroelectric plant

Questions arise over plant’s impact on Prescott’s Big Chino water rights

A “seat at the table” is the goal of a Prescott City Council’s Feb. 27 decision to intervene in the review of plans for a hydroelectric plant in the Big Chino Basin northwest of Paulden.