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The Great Depression-era workers who poured the concrete on Prescott’s Summit Avenue eight decades ago left their stamp behind — literally.

By Cindy Barks August 16, 2019
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33% of Prescott voters cast ballots during first two weeks
Ballot deadline set for 7 p.m. Aug. 27

With just more than a week to go in Prescott’s mail-in primary, voters are casting their ballots in numbers that exceed the response two years ago.

By Cindy Barks August 16, 2019
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Several thousand septic systems currently operate within Prescott city limits, and more are added each year. City officials say the septic systems are known to create the type of pollutants that have caused Watson Lake and Granite Creek and other area waterways to be listed as “impaired” for years.

By Cindy Barks August 15, 2019
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When the City of Prescott approved a controversial residential project in the Bradshaw Drive area earlier this summer, it was with the understanding that the 33 proposed homes would have typical setbacks from the front, side, and rear property lines.

By Cindy Barks August 13, 2019
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Prescott Councilman to PSPRS: ‘We don’t trust you’
Pension presentation turns into forum for local complaints

The message from Prescott City Council members to top officials of the state’s public-safety pension system was succinct and sometimes angry this week.

By Cindy Barks August 13, 2019

More than two dozen local nonprofit organizations will receive between about $800 and $4,300 to help promote th eir events, thanks to a tax paid by customers at Prescott hotels, motels and other short-term-rentals.

By Cindy Barks August 13, 2019
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Local discussions on the City of Prescott’s pension debt regularly generate questions about the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System’s investment record, and City Council members will have an opportunity this week to address their questions to top PSPRS officials.

By Cindy Barks August 11, 2019
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Marilyn Fisher may have started out as an East Coast girl, but it didn’t take her long to realize that the West was her destiny.

By Cindy Barks August 10, 2019
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About 16% of Prescott voters opted to cast their ballots during the first week of voting for the Prescott City Council and Mayor positions.

By Cindy Barks August 9, 2019
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‘Imagination Library’ will offer free books for children
Program launch set for Sept. 14, focused on preschoolers

The worlds of “Pudgy Pat a Cake,” “Llama, Lama Red Pajama” and “Peter Rabbit” all will be open to Prescott children soon, thanks to a program offering monthly free books to preschoolers.

By Cindy Barks August 7, 2019
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Despite an effort by defendants to move the City of Prescott’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers to an Ohio courtroom, the case appears to be headed back to Yavapai County Superior Court.

By Cindy Barks August 7, 2019
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City Council hopefuls delve into water issues
Fixing groundwater deficit takes center stage at CWAG forum

The region’s groundwater overdraft is not the sole responsibility of the City of Prescott, City Council candidates stressed during a recent public forum.

By Cindy Barks August 6, 2019
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In separate incidents early Sunday and Monday mornings, two drivers who allegedly were heading the wrong way on Interstate 17 were arrested on charges of endangerment and DUI.

By Cindy Barks August 5, 2019
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A local man was injured when his glider hit an Arizona Public Service (APS) power transformer box while landing in an area off Big Chino Road in Paulden Sunday afternoon.

By Cindy Barks August 5, 2019
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Unknown smoldering trash contents caused a fire in a 48-foot-long trailer at Patriot Disposal in Prescott Valley Sunday afternoon, requiring the response of about a dozen fire-fighting personnel.

By Cindy Barks August 5, 2019
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Is ‘scramble’ best solution to downtown Prescott traffic woes?
Candidates weigh in on problem as city seeks answers

By the last week of August, downtown pedestrians could be in for a “scramble” at the corner of Gurley and Montezuma streets.

By Cindy Barks August 3, 2019
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People throwing parties or planning weddings now have a new go-to spot for the necessary equipment.

By Cindy Barks August 3, 2019
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Leading up to the Sept. 27 primary, the five candidates seeking office on the Prescott Council have raised more than $50,000.

By Cindy Barks August 2, 2019
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For two decades or more, the preservation of Prescott’s scenic, open land has been a hot-button issue in City Council elections.

By Cindy Barks July 31, 2019
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More than 30,000 ballots will begin making their way to Prescott voters today, as the Yavapai County Recorder’s office launches the City Council mail-in primary for the city.

By Cindy Barks July 30, 2019
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While Prescott officials say proposed changes in the way the city tracks and manages its water portfolio would more accurately reflect reality, a City Council challenger sees them as “pro-growth.”

By Cindy Barks July 30, 2019
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A full decade and a half has gone by since the conception of the Big Chino Water Ranch, and Prescott officials are now questioning whether the water pipeline is necessary at all.

By Cindy Barks July 29, 2019
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Work has been underway for weeks at the site of the Hilton Garden Inn – downtown Prescott’s first major new hotel in years.

By Cindy Barks July 28, 2019
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For more than a year, the proposal by developers Arizona Eco Development (AED) to build hundreds of homes in the Granite Dells has generated controversy in the community.

By Cindy Barks July 27, 2019
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For the first time in years, Prescott’s pension shortfall is on a downward trend — thanks largely to revenue from a voter-approved sales tax increase.

By Cindy Barks July 26, 2019
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Candidate Steve Sischka is among the incumbents seeking a new four-year term on the Prescott City Council in this year’s primary.

By Cindy Barks July 25, 2019
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The only non-incumbent in this year’s Prescott Council race, Cathey Rusing is seeking her first term on the council. She is one of four candidates running for three seats on the council.

By Cindy Barks July 24, 2019
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Commerce Drive extension into Deep Well Ranch land advances in BLM process
Prescott council told agency has accepted city’s plan; evaluation ongoing

Plans for a quarter-mile new section of road that would open up Deep Well Ranch land north of Pioneer Parkway reportedly has passed its first federal-approval hurdle.

By Cindy Barks July 23, 2019
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Incumbent Jim Lamerson initially ran for a seat on the Prescott City Council in 2003, and he has served four, four-year terms since then.

By Cindy Barks July 22, 2019
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Mengarelli runs unopposed for 2nd two-year term
City of Prescott Election 2019

After facing two opponents in his first run for Prescott mayor two years ago, incumbent Greg Mengarelli is running unopposed this year for a second term.

By Cindy Barks July 21, 2019
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A lawsuit filed a year and a half ago by local water advocate Howard Mechanic has achieved its goal: acquisition of city water for a 195-home subdivision.

By Cindy Barks July 13, 2019
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Prescott’s current policy of not providing new water connections outside city limits could change soon, if the Prescott City Council opts for a proposed water-policy adjustment.

By Cindy Barks July 13, 2019
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Prescott’s ‘Alice’ all-electric aircraft big hit at Paris Air Show
Local officials on hand in France as prototype of plane unveiled, draws ‘attention worldwide’

An aircraft that is expected to be produced in Prescott debuted on the world air-show stage in June, and city officials say it turned out to be a “darling” of the show.

By Cindy Barks July 12, 2019
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It hasn’t come as a complete surprise to the community, but recent developments have confirmed it: The historic U.S. Post Office building in downtown Prescott is definitely on the market.

By Cindy Barks July 12, 2019
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Prescott: 2019 could be a record-breaking year for water recharge
Continued withdrawals cause drop in lake levels

A steady rush of water – totaling about 6.5 million gallons a day – is currently coursing out of a valve on the Watson Lake dam.

By Cindy Barks July 11, 2019
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Prescott Airport deals with summer heat, high elevation
Director: Runway extension is the ultimate fix

It’s hot and it’s high: For many Prescott residents, those conditions make for a pleasant high-desert summer.

By Cindy Barks July 11, 2019
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With a nod to the evolving housing market, the Prescott City Council approved changes this week that will allow local developer Mike Fann to build more houses on less land in his next phases of Granite Dells Estates.

By Cindy Barks July 9, 2019
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As a longtime hobbyist wildlife photographer, Everett Sanborn is well aware of the harsh realities in the wild. “Nature is just nature; it’s cruel,” he said this past week.

By Cindy Barks July 8, 2019
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5 meetings scheduled for Prescott Council Tuesday
Arizona Eco Development slated for executive session

Arizona Eco Development’s plans are back on the Prescott City Council’s executive session this week, and city officials say it could be late summer before the Granite Dells-area project goes to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

By Cindy Barks July 7, 2019
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As the main transportation route between northern Arizona and Phoenix, Interstate 17 affects countless aspects of life for Prescott residents.

By Cindy Barks July 5, 2019
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As fireworks mortars were loaded onto an awaiting barge this week, buzz continued to build for Prescott’s first on-the-water July 4 fireworks.

By Cindy Barks July 3, 2019
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30,000 water balloons ready as ‘Water Wars’ returns to downtown Prescott
July 6 event strives to recreate the spirit of the popular ‘80s and ‘90s water fights

For Prescottonians of a certain age, the words “water wars” are sure to conjure up specific memories: Of hot summer nights spent toting Super-Soakers and water balloons through the streets of downtown Prescott.

By Cindy Barks July 3, 2019
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As many as 8,000 people are expected to gather at Watson Lake Thursday for Prescott’s first on-water July 4 fireworks display in recent memory.

By Cindy Barks July 1, 2019
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Before they died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013, the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots had already made their marks as sons, fathers, grandsons and husbands. And it was their lives – and not their deaths – that was the focus of the Sunday, June 30, memorial in Yarnell on the six-year anniversary of the tragedy.

By Cindy Barks June 30, 2019
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Memorial to fallen Hotshots ‘going well’ but project is complex
Original time estimate 'too optimistic, organizer admits

Two stone monoliths — carved from Rhode Island granite to match the Yavapai County Courthouse — have proven to be a complex element of the Granite Mountain Hotshot monument planned for the courthouse plaza.

By Cindy Barks June 29, 2019
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For 17,000 people and counting, the Hotshot Learning and Tribute Center has served as place of solace, remembrance, and learning.

By Cindy Barks June 27, 2019
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The community perception continues: The Granite Creek corridor is “dirty” and “unsafe.”

By Cindy Barks June 27, 2019
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From clogged downtown streets to preservation of the Granite Dells, local residents were in search of specific answers from the Prescott City Council candidates this week.

By Cindy Barks June 26, 2019
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Beginning in July, the City of Prescott’s legal department will be led by an interim city attorney.

By Cindy Barks June 26, 2019
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In recent years, the silver bull that stands in front of the Yavapai Regional Medical Center has been bucking mostly in the dark.

By Cindy Barks June 25, 2019

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