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Fix is coming for 99-year-old dam at Watson Lake

Granite Creek Dam rehab project launches

In place of Watson Lake’s typically tranquil kayak-and-canoe scene this week were massive barges, cranes, and air compressors.

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Smoking ban in city parks gets Prescott Council OK

By late May, smoking will be banned in Prescott city parks, except for designated areas.

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Trail of the Month: Prescott Heritage Trail

The story of “Mike the Dog” is uniquely Prescott.

Council to consider host of amendments to City Charter

At its study session at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, the council will discuss possible changes to the Prescott City Charter.

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Prescott changes course on commercial service at municipal airport

Decision could result in several-month gap in passenger service

The City of Prescott said Friday that it is putting the brakes on efforts toward interim commercial service at the Prescott Municipal Airport.

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Prescott's launch of program to manage homelessness raises questions on human dignity

‘Change for the Better:’ Is it compassionate?

Compassion — and questions about whether the city is showing enough of it — was under consideration Wednesday morning during the kickoff of the city’s new Change for the Better program.

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Cleaning up Watson Lake

Prescott approaches final steps in plan for pollution reduction

Within a year, Prescott should have an answer to a longstanding question: What can be done about the polluted waters of Watson Lake?

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Alexa Scholl chosen as Truman Scholar

Scholarship will ‘open doors’ in council member’s choice of law schools

Prescott City Councilwoman Alexa Scholl, a college student at Arizona State University, has joined the ranks of four decades of exceptional U.S. scholars who have gone on to become prominent politicians, journalists, and judges.

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PHS students help to make a point on the dangers of distractions

Message: Driving (or marching) while distracted can cause problems

Marching while blindfolded, and driving with eyes glued to a cellphone: What do the two activities have in common?

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City hopes new airline will help boost passenger numbers

Nearly a decade since airport reached 10,000-enplanement goal

Assuming that Boutique Air can fill or nearly fill its proposed 36 weekly flights, the Prescott Municipal Airport could reach its coveted 10,000 enplanements per year for the first time in nearly a decade.

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Phippen ‘Cowboy in a Storm’ statue nearly complete

With his arms and head securely in place, all the cowboy needs now is his lasso. And that will be coming soon.

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Prescott’s program to discourage panhandling set to begin this spring

Within weeks, signs will begin appearing at busy Prescott corners urging passers-by not to give to panhandlers.

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Prescott considers ‘Change for the Better’ program to manage homeless issue

Panhandlers on the streets of Prescott could soon face a number of roadblocks to their efforts to collect money.

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Proposal for flights to LAX, Sky Harbor comes out on top with Prescott Airport Advisory group

Prescott air passengers could have the option soon of daily roundtrip flights to Los Angeles and Phoenix, aboard an eight-seat aircraft described as “the Porsche” of airplanes.

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Prescott Airport could have commercial flights again within weeks

Interim contract process has been expedited, city officials say

Flights to LAX, Sky Harbor, or Hawthorne, California, could be offered within the next month or so at the Prescott Municipal Airport, depending on the airline chosen to take on Prescott’s commercial air-service contract.

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Emergency meeting set to consider 3 bids for commercial flights at Prescott Airport

An emergency meeting of the Prescott Airport Advisory Committee will take place this weekend for consideration of proposals from airlines hoping to step in to provide commercial flights at the airport.

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Getting there: The rugged route to Castle Hot Springs

For visitors to the historic Castle Hot Springs, part of the adventure is getting there.

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Castle Hot Springs gets a makeover; set to reopen in October

Reviving a Yavapai County icon

Years before Phoenix would become a mecca for wintertime visitors in the early 1900s, a remote little spot in southern Yavapai County was the spa choice of the rich and famous.

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Improvements are coming to I-17, says ADOT

More than 200 people turn out for unveiling of state’s plans

In the midst of a recent Phoenix summer, Black Canyon City resident Venora Jones and her 92-year-old mother-in-law found themselves stuck in an hours-long traffic jam on Interstate 17.

Homeless work program could help keep city streets, facilities clean

The program that would put homeless people to work could be beneficial not just to those who would be given an opportunity to work, but to the city’s roadsides, golf course, and airport as well.

Catholic Charities apartment projects get city rezoning

This week’s approval of a rezoning for a 51-unit apartment project at the Catholic Charities site on West Gurley Street is just the first step in the required review process, Prescott officials emphasized this week.

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One-day traffic counts on I-17 reach the 60,000-vehicle mark

How did we get here?

Drivers heading north on Interstate 17 on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving 2017 were not in for a fun and relaxing “over the river and through the woods” type of trip.

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I-17 widening, reversible lanes, climbing lanes could help ease traffic problems

Public meeting set April 3 to discuss proposed improvements

Solving traffic problems on Interstate 17 has been on the radar of state and local officials for years.

Prescott’s pension sales tax generates $910,298 in first month

City forwards January sales tax receipts to PSPRS

With Prescott’s new 0.75-percent sales tax bringing in nearly $1 million in its first month, the city took another step this month in erasing its crippling pension debt.

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New trail highlights Prescott’s latest purchase of Granite Dells open space

Trail of the Month: Easter Island

Just in time for what is shaping up to a warm and mostly-sunny Easter weekend, a new trail in Prescott’s Granite Dells will take visitors figuratively to “Easter Island.”

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Prescott Council leans toward smoking ban in city parks

Final decision by Prescott City Council expected in April

The right to light up anywhere in Prescott’s parks could be stubbed out soon, in favor of limited smoking areas.

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Great Lakes Airline suspends Prescott service

Move leaves Prescott without commercial flights

As of Monday night, Prescott is without commercial airline service.

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Banning smoking in city parks: Fire danger, health risk factors to be considered

Fifteen years ago, Prescott voters took a stand against smoking in most indoor public places when they narrowly approved a ban on lighting up in the workplace.

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100-unit apartment complex coming to Highway 69 area

Proposed projects expected to add to mix of Prescott’s rental choices

With hundreds of apartment units already either under construction or in the approval phase, two new projects have emerged recently that would add dozens more rentals to Prescott’s market.

Catholic Charities plans veteran/senior citizen housing project along West Gurley

Rezoning request headed to Prescott Council Tuesday

A 51-unit apartment complex that Catholic Charities is proposing to provide affordable housing for veterans and the elderly will go to the Prescott City Council this week with a rezoning request.

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High-profile Prescott corner has evolved through the decades

The sight of the stocky Bank of Arizona building brushing up against the tall, slender Knights of Pythias façade dates back more than a century on Prescott’s South Cortez Street.

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New city commission aims to engage veterans of all ages

Mayor switches make-up, focus of ad hoc committees

With its large population of veterans, Prescott already does a lot of things right in its efforts to help vets who are in need of medical care or social services, says Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli.

Prescott reinstates vision coverage for employees

Benefit cost generates debate over PSPRS debt

After eight years of going without vision insurance in their health coverage, city employees will have the benefit again this year, beginning July 1.

Questions over Tourism Events Grants prompt proposed changes

Revised policy would allow more flexibility

New guidelines for awarding tourism-related grants to local organizations will be among the matters the Prescott City Council will consider during one of three meetings on Tuesday, March 13.

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10 unforgettable women of Prescott’s past

They were the frontier teachers, historians, and artists; they were also the livery operators, stagecoach-stop proprietors, tribal chieftesses, and state senators.

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Renovation, other changes at City Hall welcome the public

A city ‘ambassador,’ in the main hallway, will welcome and direct visitors to their destinations

In what has lightheartedly become known as the “information super hallway,” efforts are underway to make Prescott City Hall a more welcoming and informative place.

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Prescott Library’s ‘You Too!’ program heightens access for vision- and hearing-impaired

For much of her life, Vera Dicicco was accustomed to quenching her “thirst for knowledge” with books on eclectic topics such as Ukrainian literature, the economy, and the arts.

Prescott intervenes in review of Big Chino hydroelectric plant

Questions arise over plant’s impact on Prescott’s Big Chino water rights

A “seat at the table” is the goal of a Prescott City Council’s Feb. 27 decision to intervene in the review of plans for a hydroelectric plant in the Big Chino Basin northwest of Paulden.

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Famous people flying into Prescott

... the list is long

Don’t let the single boarding gate, quaint fireplace, and unassuming atmosphere of the Prescott Municipal Airport terminal fool you.

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Bashford Courts parking reconstruction set to begin in two weeks

Work will require temporary lot closures

After a unanimous contract approval by the Prescott City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 27, the long-discussed reconstruction of the popular Bashford Courts parking lot is slated to begin during the week of March 12 and be complete by June 10.

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Prescott Council considers $1.6M contract for downtown work

The Prescott City Council will consider a $1.6 million contract this week that will include the Bashford Courts reconstruction, as well as improvements to the nearby Willis and Cortez Street intersection.

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Community Restitution workers help clear weeds, trash and graffiti from public places

Program fosters a sense of pride among community service workers

Wielding rakes and trash bags, the crew of four orange-vested workers spread out in the wash along Virginia Street near downtown Prescott.

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Local firefighter hopes run for Ms. America title will help in mentoring young women

'Power Pose'

Chainsaws and evening gowns: They might seem an unlikely match for most people, but not for local wildland firefighter Cheyenne Warner.

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New parking lot serves as recreation crossroads at Thumb Butte

Trail of the Month

Sit in the new White Rock parking lot off Thumb Butte Road for a time, and you’re likely to see mountain bikers, horseback riders, and hikers all setting out on their individual forest adventures.

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Greater Prescott Trail System listed among 15 national priority areas for trail maintenance

Local partnerships, volunteerism propel local trails onto nationwide list

Prescott-area trails just made it onto the map of trail systems nationwide that deserve help with maintenance.

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Sober living homes: Prescott’s count is down 77%; Prescott Valley is up about 33%

Prescott wondering if legislature will undo local rules; PV welcomes state help

Since new regulations on sober living homes took effect in Prescott in early 2017, the number of the homes has dropped by about 77 percent.

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Prescott’s sales tax revenues up by 5.6 percent

Increase tax for PSPRS will add to overall growth

Even before the City of Prescott begins to see the results of a new 0.75-percent sales tax, revenues from its existing 2-percent sales tax continue to rise.

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Prescott council approves $30,000 for off-road race

One councilman terms city contribution a ‘subsidy’

For the $30,000 in cash and $28,000 in support services that the City of Prescott puts into the Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike race each year, officials say the community gains an economic impact of about $6 million.

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Talking trash: Who handles it depends on where you live

Some residents have more options than others

Depending on where one lives in the Quad Cities, garbage and recycling options vary, from “one size fits all” to two separate bins, to hauling it to the landfill yourself.

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City may renew funds for Whiskey Off-Road

Council to vote on $30,000 annual contribution; may loosen rules on how it’s used

The Whiskey Off-Road Mountain Bike event would continue to receive $30,000 annually from the city for the next three years under a contract amendment that the Prescott City Council will consider this week.