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Nothing will change for Prescott drivers and their cellphones — at least for the next year and a half or so.

By Cindy Barks April 23, 2019
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Response times continue to rise for Prescott Fire Department
Fire chief: Growing call volumes combine with ‘flat’ staffing levels

Ninety percent of the time, the Prescott Fire Department gets to community emergencies in 9½ minutes. That is about three minutes longer than the “90th percentile” response times suggested by national preferred standards, said Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light.

By Cindy Barks April 23, 2019
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Forty years ago, Kay Bolander was dealing with a devastating family diagnosis: Her new husband had just learned that he had Parkinson’s disease.

By Cindy Barks April 20, 2019
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Freshly baked Mexican pastries, marinated carne asada, and prepared rice and beans are among the new offerings at Prescott Valley’s Garcia’s Market, 8147 E. Spouse Drive.

By Cindy Barks April 20, 2019
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With approval of a new apartment project this past week and the pending groundbreaking for another, a total of five large complexes could soon be under construction within Prescott city limits.

By Cindy Barks April 13, 2019
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Cuppers Coffee House, a longtime downtown-Prescott mainstay, is set to re-open soon at a new downtown location.

By Cindy Barks April 13, 2019
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Arizona Eco Development submits revised Granite Dells application
City staff to begin review request for annexation; no date for hearings yet

It is now official: Arizona Eco Development has finalized its request to the City of Prescott for annexation and development of hundreds of acres of Granite Dells-area land.

By Cindy Barks April 12, 2019
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Open meeting law complaint filed over recent Prescott Council session
Pair say police kept residents from entering chambers on March 26 despite open seats

When upwards of 1,000 people converged on Prescott City Hall on March 26 for a City Council discussion on a “Save the Dells” petition, many people were unable to get seats in the 150-capacity council chambers.

By Cindy Barks April 10, 2019
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Goals set to make Downtown Prescott more attractive
‘Flip this Town’-inspired initiative sets goals aimed at visitors and locals

The Whiskey Row alley could flourish, downtown businesses could occasionally stay open later, and parking-limit times could increase.

By Cindy Barks April 10, 2019
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In Prescott’s lengthy history, the underground pipes that carry the community’s water have been known to last 75 years or longer.

By Cindy Barks April 9, 2019
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Waterline breaks plague Cliff Rose neighborhood
City says claims for damages must prove ‘negligence’

In the middle of the night a few days after Christmas, residents of a quiet neighborhood in Cliff Rose had an unwelcome visitor: a surge of more than a quarter-million gallons of water rushing down their street.

By Cindy Barks April 9, 2019
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‘Flip this Town’ analysis offers roadmap forward for downtown Prescott
Longer parking, outdoor dining, event-centered alleys are among the ideas

Is Prescott sending out a not-so-subtle message that visitors are welcome, but only for a short time? Ron Drake, the “Flip this Town” consultant who spent three days in Prescott in late January, thinks so.

By Cindy Barks April 7, 2019
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From its fresh-squeezed orange juice to its house-roasted corned beef, the new Jen’s 7th Avenue Café in Prescott Valley has an “everything’s fresh” motto.

By Cindy Barks April 6, 2019
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Longtime state Sen. Steve Pierce tapped to fill Stringer’s LD1 seat
Repairing Yavapai County’s ‘tarnished image’ central to supervisors’ replacement of Stringer

A “reset,” a “renewal,” and a “refreshing” – they were all words that Yavapai County Supervisors used April 3, prior to choosing longtime State Sen. Steve Pierce to replace embattled Rep. David Stringer in the House of Representatives.

By Cindy Barks April 3, 2019
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Longtime State Sen. Steve Pierce was the choice of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Wednesday morning, April 3, to fill the Arizona House of Representatives seat vacated last week by embattled State Rep. David Stringer.

By Cindy Barks April 3, 2019
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Downtown Prescott’s Holiday Courtyard on Whiskey Row will soon add an indoor component to its popular outdoor venue.

By Cindy Barks March 30, 2019
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Process to replace Stringer underway
New District 1 representative could be sworn in as early as April 3

Within hours of State Rep. David Stringer’s resignation this week, the wheels were already turning on the replacement process.

By Cindy Barks March 28, 2019
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Hilton Garden Inn gets rezoning OK from Prescott Council
Developer responds to persistent questions

Questions that have plagued the new Hilton Garden Inn planned in downtown Prescott took center stage Tuesday, when the developer provided a number of answers to the Prescott City Council.

By Cindy Barks March 27, 2019
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Granite Dells developer proposes 255 acres of open space, including Point of Rocks
City: Proposal would save ‘critical rocks’ from pending development

The iconic cluster of granite at the Point of Rocks and about 255 acres of nearby land would be preserved and dedicated to the City of Prescott under a new master plan map submitted by developers on Monday, March 25.

By Cindy Barks March 25, 2019
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A breakdown of the costs to the city and the developers for the pending Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Prescott will be among the matters the City Council will consider this week.

By Cindy Barks March 24, 2019
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Saving Granite Dells has been long-term goal, City of Prescott officials say
Advocates: Point of Rocks is essential to preservation efforts

In the big picture of Prescott’s Granite Dells, nearly 1,900 acres of prime land has already been preserved at and around Watson and Willow lakes.

By Cindy Barks March 23, 2019
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Along with the patchwork of city-owned parcels in Prescott’s Granite Dells is an even greater amount of privately owned land.

By Cindy Barks March 23, 2019
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Drivers with a gripe about a congested road or an idea about how to improve traffic flow now have an easy way to get their views noticed in the regional transportation-planning process.

By Cindy Barks March 17, 2019
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In Prescott’s history, Elisabeth Ruffner has a special spot reserved — as the passionate advocate who helped save the past from demolition.

By Cindy Barks March 16, 2019
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Prescott takes first step toward opening Lower Goldwater Lake to the public
Recreational amenities expected to be complete by February 2020

On warm summer days, Goldwater Lake’s cool pines are a big draw – both for local residents and tourists.

By Cindy Barks March 13, 2019
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Prescott to move July 4th fireworks to Watson Lake
New venue will allow larger fireworks than downtown location

A return to the large-shell fireworks that were typical in Prescott’s pre-2016 July 4 celebrations will be just one of the expected benefits of a venue move to Watson Lake Park.

By Cindy Barks March 12, 2019
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Colorful fireworks explosions reflecting onto the surface of Prescott’s scenic Watson Lake could be the scenario for this year’s July 4 celebration.

By Cindy Barks March 10, 2019
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New airport terminal poised to move onto pre-construction phase
Passenger numbers remain ‘above expectations’

With upwards of 25,000 passengers expected to travel from the Prescott Regional Airport in 2019, the City of Prescott continues to gear up for an $11.9 million new terminal building.

By Cindy Barks March 8, 2019
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The liquid dividends from February’s monster snowstorm keep streaming down Prescott’s creeks.

By Cindy Barks March 7, 2019
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A year ago, Prescott residents safely and conveniently disposed of nearly 12 tons of old paints, pesticides, antifreeze, and other household hazardous wastes.

By Cindy Barks March 5, 2019
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‘Save the Dells’ petition position set for Prescott Council vote March 26
Group has submitted a petition seeking the city’s support

The “Save the Dells” organization’s push to preserve 500 acres in the heart of the Granite Dells is scheduled to go to the Prescott City Council for a vote later this month.

By Cindy Barks March 1, 2019
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Costs add up for Prescott’s snow removal
Emergency declaration could help to recoup some expenses

The final tally is still weeks away, but a preliminary review indicates that February’s monster snowstorm did a number on the City of Prescott’s budget.

By Cindy Barks February 28, 2019
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City could delay plans for Big Chino Pipeline
Expert says water use down, easing need for importation

How urgent is the Big Chino Water Pipeline? Based on information from an independent water expert this week, Prescott officials say the answer to that long-debated question could be changing.

By Cindy Barks February 27, 2019
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Prescott’s first black city councilman honored for achievements
Dick Cooper remembered for his service to community

Opponents, yes. Adversaries, no. Former Prescott City Councilman Dick Cooper’s trademark cordiality in the face of opposition was highlighted this week when a group of local officials honored his service to the community.

By Cindy Barks February 27, 2019
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New trail through Granite Dells a ‘living legacy’
Ecosa Institute, city partners in path near Willow Lake

The towering granite boulders and narrow gorges that once enthralled Old West movie star Tom Mix will soon be on display along a new public trail near Willow Lake.

By Cindy Barks February 26, 2019
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The Prescott City Council will hear a presentation by water expert Gary Woodard about the city’s water supplies and current and future demands at a special study session this week.

By Cindy Barks, The Daily Courier February 25, 2019
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Not only will a new public bathroom along Miller Creek offer a convenient rest stop for users of Prescott’s popular Greenways Trails, it is also expected to improve water quality in the polluted creek.

By Cindy Barks February 24, 2019
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Step into the Stone Age on final section of Storm Ranch Trails
Prescott’s new trail setting evokes Fred Flintstone’s hometown

With its slabs of granite and enormous round boulders, Prescott’s new trail setting in the Granite Dells could easily double as a scene in the fictional Bedrock City.

By Cindy Barks February 23, 2019
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With more than 20 inches of snow on the ground in Prescott as of 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, the city’s street crews have now move on to clearing secondary residential streets.

By Cindy Barks February 22, 2019
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With 12 inches of snow already accumulated on the ground before 1 p.m., and the condition of area roads “degrading” rapidly, Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli signed an emergency proclamation Thursday, Feb. 21.

By Cindy Barks February 21, 2019
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In what could turn out to be near record-setting snowfall this week, the City of Prescott is assembling a response arsenal that includes snowplows, backhoes, dump trucks, and possibly an emergency operations center.

By Cindy Barks February 19, 2019
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Even as the City of Prescott’s street crews were “mopping up” after the Sunday night/Monday morning snowfall, they were looking ahead to another even larger snow event later this week.

By Cindy Barks February 18, 2019
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116-year-old Sam Hill Warehouse draws new purchase offer
Could put wrinkle in Hotel Garden Inn project

The historic Sam Hill Warehouse — a key component of the recently approved hotel deal in downtown Prescott — apparently has more than one interested buyer.

By Cindy Barks February 16, 2019
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City, developer differ on amount of open space at Point of Rocks
Granite Dells project now headed to public review

Closed-door negotiations reportedly have fallen short by about one-half on advocates’ preservation goals for the iconic Point of Rocks in the heart of the Granite Dells.

By Cindy Barks February 14, 2019
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Downtown Prescott and city hall apparently are inseparable.

By Cindy Barks February 14, 2019
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Making “big pharma” pay for impacts that the opioid epidemic has had on Prescott is the aim of a lawsuit that was endorsed by the Prescott City Council this week.

By Cindy Barks February 13, 2019
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The time to plant has ended at the Prescott Community Gardens, and not without some heartbreak.

By Cindy Barks February 11, 2019
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Prescott City Council mulls litigation over damages from opioid epidemic
Potential ‘economic harms’ could approach $20 million

An opioid epidemic that has hit Prescott “particularly hard” could lead the Prescott City Council to join a litigation effort aimed at making the responsible drug manufacturers pay damages.

By Cindy Barks February 10, 2019
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ADOT: Highway 69 ‘bottleneck’ will be eliminated
Highway-widening construction OK’d for fiscal year 2021

A Highway 69 logjam that has contributed to hundreds of side-swipe and rear-end crashes in recent years is set to go away within the next two years or so.

By Cindy Barks February 8, 2019
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Concerns arise over hotel height along Montezuma Street
Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission delves into building details of Hilton Garden Inn

With official city approval now in hand, the Hilton Garden Inn project in downtown Prescott is entering a new phase — public review of the building details.

By Cindy Barks January 31, 2019

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