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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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It was the hottest ticket in town, and it wasn’t a rock concert, a beer garden, or a theater performance.

By Cindy Barks January 30, 2019
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Prescott Public Library partnerships offer wide range of free programs
Topics cover subjects from rocks to music to computers

The Prescott Public Library offers free-to-the-public special talks, concerts and classes most days of the year.

By Cindy Barks January 28, 2019
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City’s annual contribution to Whiskey Off-Road race grows to $50,000
5-year contract includes $2,000 annual escalator

When the Whiskey Off-Road mountain-bike race takes to the streets and trails of Prescott in late April, the event will have City of Prescott support totaling $50,000 in cash and another $30,000 worth of city services.

By Cindy Barks January 27, 2019
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Vision for new Prescott City Hall is goal of city commission
Questions arise over the reach of ‘downtown area'

What does “downtown Prescott” really mean?

By Cindy Barks January 26, 2019
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Impacts from 1950s/1960s nuclear testing persist among local ‘Downwinders’
Jan. 27 is National Day of Remembrance for Downwinders

The Cold War of the 20th century continues to affect long-time residents of the Prescott area well into the 21st century.

By Cindy Barks January 24, 2019
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‘Boycott of Prescott was never a statewide measure,’ says Arizona NAACP President
Organizations voice support for Prescott Council’s stand on Stringer’s comments

For Arizona NAACP State Conference President Charles Fanniel, the idea of boycotting Prescott over racially disparaging comments made by a Prescott State Legislator was inconsistent with the action the Prescott City Council took on Dec. 4.

By Cindy Barks January 23, 2019
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Hilton Garden Inn pact gets unanimous OK from Prescott Council
Inn debate centers on economic benefit vs. under-valued price

Two camps – one strongly in support, and the other vehemently opposed – continued to frame the argument over a new hotel in downtown Prescott.

By Cindy Barks January 23, 2019
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The average Chino Valley homeowner could expect to pay an additional $226 per year — an average of $18.84 per month — for the next 20 years if a property-tax increase gets voter approval in May.

By Cindy Barks January 22, 2019
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Using the position of the U.S. Flag as a barometer of collective mourning, the level of sadness in Arizona dipped dramatically in 2018.

By Cindy Barks January 20, 2019
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An amended agreement that includes “significant changes” to a hotel deal in downtown Prescott will be among the issues that could be decided by the Prescott City Council this week.

By Cindy Barks January 20, 2019
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Pavement that was slated for replacement later this year was unable to withstand the impacts from recent heavy rains.

By Cindy Barks January 19, 2019
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Field of prospective Prescott Council candidates grows to four
Nine others have signaled interest in running but have yet to file

One new prospective candidate has joined the three Prescott City Council incumbents who earlier filed paperwork for the 2019 city election.

By Cindy Barks January 18, 2019
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The “immediate, bold stance” taken by the City Council against racially disparaging remarks by a State Legislator from Prescott in late 2018 apparently helped to avert a statewide NAACP boycott of Prescott.

By Cindy Barks January 17, 2019
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Prescott listed as 2019 place to visit
Amongst the best-performing small cities

Just two weeks into the New Year, Prescott has already landed on two lists of top communities in the U.S.

By Cindy Barks January 16, 2019
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The loose change from Prescott residents and visitors continues to accumulate in the City of Prescott’s program aimed at alleviating homelessness and panhandling in the community.

By Cindy Barks January 12, 2019
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When Prescott’s strategic-planning process kicked off in 2016, two main issues rose to the top: Resolving the city’s growing public-safety pension debt, and modernization of the Prescott Airport.

By Cindy Barks January 12, 2019
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Flights continue to come and go as planned, says the Prescott Regional Airport’s director, despite the fact that the federal employees who work to ensure safety in the air are not being paid.

By Cindy Barks January 10, 2019
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All four of the Prescott City Council members whose seats will be up for election this year have officially signaled their interest in running again in the upcoming 2019 city primary and election.

By Cindy Barks January 10, 2019
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The expected end result – a revitalization of the Granite Creek corridor – appears to have support from all sides in the ongoing debate over plans for a new hotel on city-owned property.

By Cindy Barks January 8, 2019
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Prescott’s Hilton Garden Inn project back with amended agreement
New proposal would reduce maximum building height to 55 feet

A hotel deal that city officials say will help to transform the Granite Creek corridor in downtown Prescott will get a second look by the Prescott City Council this week.

By Cindy Barks January 6, 2019
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Decades-old street surfaces set for replacement
South Washington/Goodwin reconstruction

Two downtown-area streets that have carried Prescott’s traffic since the Great Depression era are in line for a complete reconstruction, starting in the next week or two.

By Cindy Barks January 4, 2019
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January marks start of ticketing for hand-held-device offenders
Quad Cities, county unite against cellphone use while driving

It is now official virtually everywhere in the quad-city area: Use a hand-held cellphone while driving, and be subject to a fine of $100 or more.

By Cindy Barks January 3, 2019
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Prescott considering stricter ban on political signs
‘Sign-free zones’ suggested as way to get a handle on campaign signs

The virtual forest of illegal campaign signs that crowded many of Prescott’s streets in the 2018 election season is driving consideration of “sign-free zones” for upcoming elections.

By Cindy Barks January 3, 2019
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Aftermath continues from New Year’s Eve Day storm
‘Catch-up’ effort continues through Friday

The first two days of 2019 had street-maintenance crews in Prescott playing catch-up.

By Cindy Barks January 2, 2019
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A quick-moving storm, complicated by the holiday season and flu season, is making for some hazardous driving conditions in Prescott on New Year’s Eve day.

By Cindy Barks December 31, 2018
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An October “Pink Patch Project” effort by the Prescott Police Department to raise money for breast cancer awareness has ended up helping local women who are dealing with the disease.

By Cindy Barks December 25, 2018
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The first rule of creekside trails: Users need to feel safe.

By Cindy Barks December 22, 2018
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In the wake of this week’s racial-slur-filled letter that originated in the Chino Valley area, the City of Prescott plans to ramp up its public outreach for upcoming events that celebrate African Americans.

By Cindy Barks December 21, 2018
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Roughly a dollar a month more for each of City of Prescott’s main utilities — water, sewer, and trash collection — could be in store for local residents in 2019, as well as in coming years.

By Cindy Barks December 20, 2018
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A racial-slur-laced letter that a Chino Valley resident sent to the leader of the East Valley NAACP this week has escalated the tension that originated with state Rep. David Stringer’s racial comments in November.

By Cindy Barks December 19, 2018
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City pays down pension debt to $69M
Council attributes ‘unfunded liability’ drop to Prop 443; debt decreases by 16.2%

Prescott’s pension debt is finally on a downward trend.

By Cindy Barks December 19, 2018
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Design of $11.9M airport terminal gets 1st look by Prescott Council
Airport Director: City will reach 10,000-passenger mark in 2018

With only about 100 passengers to spare, the Prescott Regional Airport is on track to exceed the crucial 10,000-enplanement mark by the end of 2018.

By Cindy Barks December 18, 2018
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Prescott Mayor, NAACP report ‘positive’ meeting on race
Discussion generates ideas for making Prescott more welcoming to African-Americans

While a boycott of Prescott by the East Valley NAACP remains in effect, a Friday meeting between Prescott officials and members of the Phoenix-area civil rights organization reportedly made inroads into resolving the matter.

By Cindy Barks December 15, 2018