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Questions that have arisen in the past several years about the details of the Prescott City Charter are prompting Mayor Phil Goode to launch a new ad hoc committee to review the city document.

By Cindy Barks December 8, 2021
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As a long-time critic of aspects of the new water policy that the City of Prescott adopted about two years ago, new Mayor Phil Goode says an effort to analyze the policy and possibly revert back to previous elements will be one of his first priorities as mayor.

By Cindy Barks December 7, 2021
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Prescott resident Ed Parry, a veteran of World War II, was honored by the Prescott City Council this past week during the city’s remembrance of the 80th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

By Cindy Barks December 6, 2021
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Work 40% complete on $63.1M Prescott Jail project
New facility expected to be substantially done by September 2022

Now about one year since Yavapai County approved a $63.1 million contract for the construction of a new jail and justice center in Prescott, the contractor says the project is nearing the halfway point.

By Cindy Barks December 4, 2021
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With little discussion this week, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors endorsed a proposal to have all of Yavapai County included in one legislative district.

By Cindy Barks December 2, 2021
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Three separate contracts that will help Yavapai County deal with myriad administrative and reporting requirements for its share of American Rescue Plan Act money got initial approvals from the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors this week.

By Cindy Barks December 1, 2021
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Yavapai County experiences third surge of COVID-19, says county health director
New COVID cases average 200 per day, and local hospitals are near or above capacity

With an average of 200 new cases of COVID-19 per day, 21 new deaths reported on Tuesday, Nov. 30, and less than 50% of the population fully vaccinated, Yavapai County is currently weathering its third surge of the pandemic.

By Cindy Barks December 1, 2021
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With Thanksgiving and the Holiday Light Parade now behind it, Prescott is looking ahead to this weekend’s signature Christmas events.

By Cindy Barks November 30, 2021

Two contracts totaling as much as $405,000, and another with an amount to be determined, are in the works to help Yavapai County departments deal with administering the county’s share of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money.

By Cindy Barks November 29, 2021
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After being shelved in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the improvement project at Lower Goldwater Lake is back on.

By Cindy Barks November 25, 2021
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This year’s Thanksgiving Day hike might not have the same significance as the one that thousands took last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Prescott area still offers numerous options for a Turkey Day walk through the leaves in 2021.

By Cindy Barks November 23, 2021
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With a promise of more transparency and public involvement, new Prescott Mayor Phil Goode was sworn into office this week, alongside three new City Council members.

By Cindy Barks November 23, 2021
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With the holidays approaching, the City of Prescott has opted to extend much of the request for proposals (RFP) process for redevelopment of the old City Hall property into the new year.

By Cindy Barks November 20, 2021
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With Yavapai County still facing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors agreed this week to put nearly $1 million of the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money toward recent and future vaccination costs.

By Cindy Barks November 18, 2021
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A project that was slated to bring 9,500 homes to a remote section of Williamson Valley Road between Prescott and Seligman will have to go back to the drawing board, based on a Yavapai County Board of Supervisors decision this week.

By Cindy Barks November 18, 2021
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At a cost of about $1.4 million over the first six months of 2022, Yavapai County will add nearly three-dozen employee positions to help staff the new Prescott Criminal Justice Center that will include a county jail.

By Cindy Barks November 17, 2021
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Since its opening at the Prescott Gateway Mall in 2018, the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Learning and Tribute Center has been run exclusively by volunteers.

By Cindy Barks November 16, 2021
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2021 holiday events are back on in Prescott, Arizona’s ‘Christmas City’
New features planned for Christmas lights on courthouse plaza

After a year of mostly canceled holiday events in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christmas in Arizona’s “Christmas City” is shaping up to be back on and brighter than ever in 2021.

By Cindy Barks November 15, 2021
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County considers 34 new staff positions for new jail in Prescott
Yavapai Ranch PAD, zoning back before supervisors

With the new Yavapai County Justice Center expected to open in Prescott in August 2022, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) is seeking an additional 34 positions to staff the facility that includes a new jail.

By Cindy Barks November 15, 2021
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If a young crime victim needs a friendly nudge while testifying in court, or if a bit of calm is needed in a chaotic mass-casualty scene, the Prescott Police Department will soon be able to turn to its K-9 unit for help.

By Cindy Barks November 13, 2021

With Yavapai County already committed to spending more than 40% of its American Rescue Plan Act money on improving high-speed internet service in the county, requests have now gone out to cities and towns for participation at the municipal level as well.

By Cindy Barks November 11, 2021
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Marketing is expected to start next week for the sale of the old City Hall in downtown Prescott.

By Cindy Barks November 10, 2021
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Decisions on a controversial 224-unit apartment complex that is planned near Prescott Lakes Parkway and Petroglyph Pointe Drive will now be up to the new Prescott City Council that will seated on Nov. 23.

By Cindy Barks November 9, 2021
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When the 2021 Veterans Day Parade takes to the streets of downtown Prescott on Thursday morning, Nov. 11, it will be the largest assembly of entries ever for the event.

By Cindy Barks November 9, 2021
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Three hundred acres of prime Granite Dells land could be added to the City of Prescott’s existing Dells open space under a proposed letter of intent that the Prescott City Council will consider this week.

By Cindy Barks November 6, 2021
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In a move intended to help with employee recruitment and retention, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved a $72,500 contract this week for an evaluation of the county’s employee salaries and benefits.

By Cindy Barks November 4, 2021
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With $5 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to administer, the Yavapai County Community Health Services Department will be using a portion of that money to help pay salaries of the employees responsible for the administration work.

By Cindy Barks November 3, 2021
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Hall elected in uncontested Prescott City Council race
25-year UniSource franchise agreement approved

In an uncontested race this week, Prescott voters overwhelmingly elected Jessica Hall to a four-year term on the City Council, and also approved a 25-year franchise agreement with UniSource Gas.

By Cindy Barks November 2, 2021
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Anyone with a desire to visit Arizona gems like the Desert Botanical Garden, the Museum of Northern Arizona, or the Sedona Heritage Museum can now tap the Prescott Public Library for free tickets.

By Cindy Barks November 2, 2021
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Last day to vote in Prescott general election is Tuesday
Ballot includes uncontested City Council race, UniSource franchise agreement

Registered Prescott voters who have yet to vote in the Nov. 2 general election now have one day to submit their ballots.

By Cindy Barks November 1, 2021
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A new connector road between Prescott and Prescott Valley that is estimated at a cost of upwards of $30 million could be moving on to the next round of planning soon.

By Cindy Barks October 30, 2021
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Two expenditures will go before the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors this week for possible funding by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

By Cindy Barks October 30, 2021
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Without a traffic impact analysis or a full site plan in place, the Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission opted to postpone a rezoning request for a Dunkin’ project at the intersection of Willow Creek Road and Pioneer Parkway this week.

By Cindy Barks October 28, 2021
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Food-truck park planned for corner of Montezuma, Willis in downtown Prescott
Prescott City Council approves water service agreement

After a fire gutted an apartment building at the corner of Montezuma and Willis streets about a decade and a half ago, the prominent downtown-Prescott corner has largely stood vacant.

By Cindy Barks October 27, 2021
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Granite Creek Corridor improvements likely postponed for a year
Construction bids come in more than $800,000 over estimate

Visitors to the Granite Creek Corridor in downtown Prescott apparently will have to wait about year for the start of an improvement project that aims to make the creek corridor safer and more user-friendly.

By Cindy Barks October 26, 2021
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Old City Hall property could be on the market for sale through February 2022
Questions arise over historical significance of 59-year-old building

Based on the direction that the Prescott City Council provided earlier this year, the old City Hall property on Cortez Street appears to be headed to the market for sale soon through a proposal process that could run through early 2022.

By Cindy Barks October 23, 2021
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Two pending capital projects that have generated bids that are well above the estimated costs will be among the topics that the Prescott City Council will consider this week.

By Cindy Barks October 23, 2021
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From the Yavapai County Courthouse plaza in downtown Prescott to the little grove of aspens high on Copper Basin, the opening act of the show known as “fall colors” is currently underway in Prescott.

By Cindy Barks October 21, 2021
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Starting from zero, Yavapai County departments will be asked to rebuild their budgets, justifying their expenditure requests to the Board of Supervisors over the next three years.

By Cindy Barks October 20, 2021
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More than 1,400 criminal cases in Yavapai County are currently caught in a backlog that County Attorney Sheila Polk said was created by the interruption and suspension of court cases during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Cindy Barks October 20, 2021
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In the midst of Prescott’s 2013 Doce Fire, many homeowners in the fire’s path faced an added crisis – how to get their large animals to a safe haven.

By Cindy Barks October 19, 2021
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The kick-off of the Yavapai County budget for the coming 2022-23 fiscal year, along with a request for four temporary attorneys to handle COVID-related matters, will be among the actions considered by the County Board of Supervisors this week.

By Cindy Barks October 16, 2021
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When Dennis Light arrived at his new job as chief of the Prescott Fire Department in June 2014, the one-year mark of the Granite Mountain Hotshot tragedy was just two weeks away, and the department was still reeling from the loss of 19 young firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013.

By Cindy Barks October 16, 2021
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With recent authorization through the American Rescue Plan Act, the upcoming second phase of the Prescott Regional Airport’s taxiway relocation project will be 100% funded by federal funds.

By Cindy Barks October 14, 2021
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A rezoning that will allow Jay’s Bird Barn to move from its current location in the Safeway Shopping Center to a church property at the corner of Black Drive and Willow Creek Road got unanimous approval by the Prescott City Council this week.

By Cindy Barks October 13, 2021
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After months of preparations for about $1.7 million in improvements to the Granite Creek Corridor, the City of Prescott continues to face a roadblock with federal grant funding.

By Cindy Barks October 13, 2021
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Going forward, the people who have a City of Prescott building or trail named after them must be prominent local residents who have accomplished something significant or extraordinary.

By Cindy Barks October 12, 2021
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Yavapai County’s tentative plan to spend $20 million of its $45.7 million of American Rescue Plan Act money has now entered the proposal stage.

By Cindy Barks October 11, 2021
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A new policy for naming city properties, along with an update on improvements to the Granite Creek Corridor and a proposed rezoning of a church property on Black Drive, will be among the issues under consideration by the Prescott City Council this week.

By Cindy Barks October 9, 2021
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Beginning on Jan. 1, 2022, the use fees for vendors on the Yavapai County Courthouse plaza will be going up — the first such increase in about two decades.

By Cindy Barks October 7, 2021

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