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Prescott Mayor, NAACP East Valley President set to meet over travel boycott triggered by Stringer comments

In the wake of last week’s call by the NAACP for a travel boycott of Prescott, a meeting is expected to occur this week between the president of the East Valley branch of the civil rights organization and the mayor of Prescott.

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Prescott’s apartment inventory set to swell by more than 300

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Prescott is on track to have enough apartment units to meet the demand.

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PANT: ‘Cracking down’ on fentanyl produces early results


The number of sources for purchase of fentanyl in Yavapai County reportedly has declined in recent weeks.

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Prescott faces travel boycott by East Valley NAACP over Stringer’s comments

Despite the Prescott City Council’s action this week condemning state Rep. David Stringer’s recent racial comments and asking for his resignation, Prescott is now facing the call for a travel boycott by the East Valley chapter of the NAACP.

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Prescott Council: Stringer should resign

Legislator’s racial remarks condemned in 6-1 vote

In a highly charged meeting Tuesday morning, a majority of Prescott City Council members attempted to distance themselves – and Prescott – from recent racially disparaging comments by local state legislator David Stringer.

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County Republican and Democratic party leaders say Stringer should resign

Leadership from both major political parties in Yavapai County have now released statements saying State Rep. David Stringer should resign over recent remarks that local officials have termed “racially disparaging.”

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Prescott council calls for Rep. Stringer's resignation

Political parties not happy with him either

The Prescott City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday, Dec. 4, calling for state Rep. David Stringer's resignation.

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2 city officials call for Stringer’s resignation

Council to meet in executive session Tuesday

Prescott’s mayor and mayor pro tem (vice mayor) both say Rep. David Stringer should resign from the Arizona State Legislature over recent racial comments, and the entire Prescott City Council is expected to weigh in on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

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Road work will not take winter break

Carleton/Cortez reconstruction latest in Prescott’s massive 2018 street construction program

There will be no wintertime hibernation for construction work on the streets of downtown Prescott this year.

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A new vision for city business, a new City Hall?

Commission forms to look into the possibility

If “one-stop-shopping” is the ideal for municipal business, officials say Prescott City Hall is falling a bit short.

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Key downtown parcels could be changing hands soon

Post Office, City Hall under review for possible sale

If downtown Prescott were a Monopoly board, the U.S. Postal Service and the City of Prescott would be sitting on the equivalent of Boardwalk and Park Place.

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Goodwin Street Post Office could be sold

USPS considers moving postal operation to smaller site

Ever since the days of 2-cent postage stamps, Prescott letters, boxes, and postcards have originated from the imposing granite U.S. Post Office building on Goodwin Street.

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‘Real ID’ standards coming to Arizona; plan to board a plane?

Preparing now will help to ensure smooth flying after 2020

As many as 150,000 Arizonans have already done it, and anyone planning to travel by air after 2020 probably should consider getting a new state Travel ID too.

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Three young Mexican gray wolf sisters arrive at Heritage Park Zoo

On a small plot of rugged chaparral overlooking Willow Creek Road and Heritage Park Road, three recent California transplants are acclimating to their new home in Prescott.

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Warnings on Prescott’s new ban on cellphone use while driving set to begin today

Come Black Friday, cellphone use while at the wheel on the streets of Prescott could land drivers with a warning from the Prescott Police.

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Western Heritage showcase coming to Whiskey Row

Kick-off event set for Acker Night, Dec. 7

Western heritage is all around Prescott’s Whiskey Road, but the tourists who flock to the historic street might not always be tuned into the rich past.

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Prescott Chamber launches gift certificate program to encourage shopping local

From jewelry to house cleaning to essential oils, a new program by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce has gift-giving covered this year.

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4 lanes through the Dells? City’s public works department broaches possibility of widening Hwy. 89

For nearly 20 miles from Prescott to northern Chino Valley, a divided four-lane roadway will soon be in place all along the busy Highway 89 route.

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New impact fees could pump millions into street, police, fire,

If the Prescott City Council opts to bring back several categories of impact fees in the coming year, new home builders over the next decade could pay millions of dollars for growth-related street, police, fire, and parks improvements.

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Republican incumbents win new terms in Arizona Legislature

Unofficial results show Fann, Campbell, Stringer with substantial leads

Three incumbent Republican legislators appear to be headed to new terms in the Arizona State Legislature.

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Election-eve Republican rally on courthouse steps follows tradition set by Goldwater, McCain

The memory of Arizona’s longtime U.S. Senator John McCain was front and center Monday night, Nov. 5, as McCain’s widow Cindy McCain appeared at an election-eve Republican rally on the steps of the Yavapai County Courthouse.

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Ban on smoking in city parks is implemented with new signs

In the patchwork of signs that already adorns the entrances to many Prescott parks, another piece was added recently.

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Survival of the fittest: Program aims to give aspens an edge over pines in the competitive Prescott National Forest

In the battle for survival in the arid Prescott National Forest, the towering and prolific ponderosa pines have a natural advantage over the rarer and treasured stands of aspens.

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Nov. 10 Veterans Day Parade honors native-Prescott veterans

Focus will be on 100th anniversary of 1918 Armistice ending WWI

Hometown heroes – the men and women who left their Prescott homes to serve their country in conflicts all over the world – will lead this year’s Veterans Day Parade.

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‘Prescott Stands with Pittsburgh’ vigil set for Saturday

First came disbelief and an “overwhelming feeling of sadness and helplessness” after local Jewish Community Foundation President David Hess heard word on Saturday of the mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

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A lifetime of Mt. Vernon Halloweens

Longtime residents look back on more than a half-century at Prescott’s ‘Halloween central’

Between the two of them, Sue Beyea and Ralph Rodarte have probably passed tens of thousands of Snickers, Skittles, and M&Ms into the little hands of Prescott.

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Election signs raise concerns about city’s code

City Council: Is Prescott ban on signs in public rights-of-way enforceable?

Every election year, it seems, the Prescott City Council grapples with a recurring issue: What to do about temporary street signs.

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Limited edition ‘Challenge Coins’ now available for contributors to Granite Mountain Hotshot memorial

Coins will go to contributors of $200 or more to courthouse plaza memorial

The challenge to raise a half-million dollars for a Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial on the courthouse plaza has now moved to the public.

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Autumn 2018 colors play off Prescott’s running creeks and full lakes

Sparkling blue waters reflecting vibrant golds, oranges, and reds of fall are the norm this year along the trails through Prescott’s watersheds.

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Ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving gets unanimous OK from Prescott City Council

City issues ‘grace period’ on fines through the end of 2018

Ladies and gentlemen of Prescott: Get ready to start your engines, but put down the cellphones.

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Ban on hand-held devices while driving approved by Prescott council

Vote was unanimous with grace period

The Prescott City Council members on Tuesday, Oct. 23, unanimously approved a ban on hand-held devices while driving.

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Cellphone driving ban up for Prescott Council vote

Legal use of a hand-held cellphone while driving in Prescott could be a thing of the past soon, depending on this week’s vote by the Prescott City Council.

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‘Save the Dells’ rally attracts hundreds to Point of Rocks

Group’s chairman: Granite Dells development ‘will break all of our hearts’

A wide cross-section of Prescott made the six-mile roundtrip trek to the heart of the Granite Dells Saturday morning — arriving on foot, astride bicycles, in strollers, and seated in bike taxis.

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New Year’s Eve opening planned for Castle Hot Springs

A holiday opening will culminate the extensive restoration project that has been underway for years at Yavapai County’s historic resort, Castle Hot Springs.

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10,000-passenger mark within reach for Prescott Regional Airport, city says

SkyWest, United Express adds Saturday flights to Los Angeles

Fewer than 300: That is the estimated number of ticketed flights to Los Angeles or Denver standing between the Prescott Regional Airport and its coveted 10,000-passenger mark.

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Design of new Prescott Airport terminal underway

When the preliminary design for a new airport terminal is complete late this year, it likely will include elements of iconic Prescott architecture.

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It’s on! Holiday preparations gear up in Arizona’s Christmas City

Silver icicles dangle from leafy branches on the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza, and multi-colored lights are tightly wound on the trees’ trunks.

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Jersey Lilly fundraiser kicks off with Nov. 1 party and auction

The back bar at Jersey Lilly Saloon is already sporting brightly colored paper Christmas bulbs – a sure sign that bar patrons are thinking ahead to the cost of the annual lighting of the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.

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Antelope Hills Golf Course elicits support from Prescott Council

Asset or liability?

Over the past 18 years, Prescott’s municipal golf course has racked up more than $5 million in debt with the city’s general fund.

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Prescott leans toward imposing ban on use of cellphones while driving

‘What took us so long?’

Ever since her arrival in Prescott two-and-a-half years ago, Police Chief Debora Black says a common question has consistently arisen during her meetings with members of the public.

Prescott cautions hydroelectric company about its rights to Big Chino water

Pumped storage project gets review by Prescott Council

The hydroelectric plant planned northwest of Paulden would tap into the same underground pool of water that the City of Prescott intends to pump from one day: The Big Chino Basin.

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Annexation of project in Dells likely to go to Prescott P&Z in November

Prescott Council consideration expected in early 2019

It will be at least November before Arizona Eco Development’s (AED) controversial plans for development in the Granite Dells gets to the Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission for review.

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Prescott pledges $50,000 toward courthouse Hotshot Memorial

The lone Hotshot statue that will be the focal point of a new memorial on the Yavapai County Courthouse will be within view of Prescott City Hall.

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Big Chino Water Ranch: Science-gathering phase continues

Current analysis of the aquifer plans will not be done before 2020

Prescott has been eyeing the Paulden-area Big Chino Sub-Basin as a possible source of imported water since the 1970s; four decades later, officials are still in search of answers.

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Goats assist with weed abatement

Mile High Middle School grounds cleared out by volunteers

The sound of bleating blended with the whir of weed-whackers Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, in the weedy area behind the Prescott Mile High Middle School.

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Regional Transportation Plan update aims for more public engagement

2045 plan about to get underway

Drivers stuck in backed-up traffic at the Highway 69/169 intersection, or while exiting Highway 89 onto 89A, may not be linking their traffic frustrations with the importance of transportation planning.

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$25,000 in bed tax money slated for Prescott Chamber Visitors Center

A portion of the revenue that the City of Prescott raises by taxing customers at local hotels and motels will now go to help cover the cost of informing the community’s visitors.

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‘Have paddle, will travel’: Pickleball has become a tourist draw in Prescott, say advocates

When it comes to Prescott’s tourist draws, a number of traditional attractions come to mind. Scenic lakes, ponderosa-pine forests, a quaint downtown, and the “World’s Oldest Rodeo” regularly top the list. But pickleball?

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Mountain Club is focus of new Prescott Fire Dept. fuels reduction grant

The Mountain Club neighborhood will join three other forested Prescott areas in getting grant help to reduce the risk of fire by removing hazardous fuels.

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Whispering Rock subdivision gets Prescott Council approval

A project envisioned to include a mix of hotels and restaurants, a hospital, 20 to 30 homes, and a tract of Granite Dells open space got a round of approvals from the Prescott City Council this week.