Then & now
As the name implies, the “World’s Oldest Rodeo” is steeped in history — about 130 years of it.
Regional jets carrying local passengers to Los Angeles and Denver, with connections to United Airlines flights all over the world, could soon be a regular feature at the Prescott Municipal Airport.
PRESCOTT — Even five years later, the news that 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew had died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire is devastating.
A lone Hotshot backed by a stylized granite-slab image of Granite Mountain is expected to soon join the cowboys and veterans that already grace the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.
The 10-day weather forecast for Prescott tells the story. With a zero-percent chance of precipitation expected through July 4, the City of Prescott decided this week that proceeding with fireworks in the current dry conditions would be too risky.
Remembering the Hotshots
From downtown Prescott to the community of Yarnell to the Prescott Gateway Mall, the 19 men who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire five years ago will be remembered in various ways on Saturday, June 30.
In the largest applause point of the night, Save the Dells Chairman Joe Trudeau challenged the current Prescott City Council to do what he said past councils had failed to do: Preserve the heart of the Granite Dells.
The familiar orange-and-purple logo serves notice to mall visitors: The new Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Learning and Tribute Center is a storefront of a different sort.
As the five-year mark of the Granite Mountain Hotshot tragedy dawns on Saturday, California firefighter Joe Zambrano has every intention of being at the spot where the Granite Mountain 19 died.
Channeling the pain
Family members of the 19 young men who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013, describe the grief as a “cyclone,” a “gaping hole,” a “gray cloud.”
Granite Mountain has come a long way in the past five years. Long gone are the sooty rocks and charred log waterbars that were left behind by 2013’s Doce Fire.
Prescott’s 2018 precipitation is driest on record, National Weather Service says
Remember last year when Willow and Watson lakes were overflowing for weeks?
With commercial-airline bids pending in July, the City of Prescott appears poised to kick off a $6.1 million safety project on the Prescott Airport’s main runway in the coming months.
Under new law, state will take on regulatory authority
From a high of 200 or so in 2016, the number of sober-living homes in Prescott has now declined by nearly 90 percent — to a total of 28.
Based on the hundreds of coins deposited so far, the community is responding to the City of Prescott’s new Change for the Better program.
The century mark
It started as three half-mile trails in city parks 21 years ago, and it didn’t stand still for long.
Prescott Council approves greater ‘safety net’ for employees through paid time off cap
In an attempt to make City of Prescott employee benefits more competitive, the city has approximately doubled the amount of paid time off that workers can accumulate.
Wildfire concerns continue
Fireworks displays that coincide with the peak of wildfire season: It has long been a July 4 dilemma for the City of Prescott.
All 3 incumbents seek re-election to Arizona Legislative seats in Prescott-area District 1; primary is Aug. 28
Seven candidates, including the three incumbents, appear to be headed to the Aug. 28 primary for three Arizona Legislative seats in Prescott-area District 1.
The singular nature of the Point of Rocks: It is one point that gets no argument in the ongoing dialogue on development in Prescott’s Granite Dells.
New ‘Solo’ movie opens today
If the model number of the Millennium Falcon (YT-1300F) or the color of the milk consumed by Luke Skywalker (blue) are details that come easily to mind, several local podcasts might play right into your pop-culture IQ.
Boat dock scheduled to be open for Memorial Day weekend
After several weeks of activity featuring concrete trucks, cranes, and barges, Watson Lake should be back to normal for the coming holiday weekend.
Prevention vs. reaction
In a preemptive move that aims at keeping Prescott off the tragic school-shooting list that includes Parkland, Santa Fe, and Newtown, a new officer could soon join the ranks of the Prescott Police Department.
In a community accustomed to landing at the top of national lists for charm and history, any showing among “the worst” is rare.
End of an era
Ridgelines were in jeopardy, scenic tracts along Granite Creek were facing development, and trail development was floundering.
The City of Prescott is expected to add about $20 million more in payments toward its public safety pension debt in the next fiscal year — on top of the $25 million it is paying this year.
Opening of center set for June 29 at Prescott Gateway Mall
Over the nearly five years since the loss of 19 of Prescott’s Granite Mountain Hotshots, those close to the tragedy heard a recurring comment: “Something needs to be done.”
Free mixer planned for Friday at Smoki Museum
One of the community’s longtime arts-advocacy groups is hoping for a successful sequel performance.
For a bird’s-eye view of the scope of recent wildfires, head to PV’s highest point
The views from Prescott Valley’s Glassford Hill Summit Trail are always breathtaking – showcasing virtually every surrounding promontory.
Heavy 2018 construction season
If construction crews and detour signs seem to be clogging Prescott streets a bit more than usual this spring, it’s not your imagination.
The T-shirts from fire departments around the country are a potent reminder of the outpouring of grief that came after 19 of Prescott’s Granite Mountain Hotshots died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire nearly five years ago.
Original $7.5 million appropriation was swept away in favor of education funding
The wave of red that brought in higher salaries for Arizona’s teachers also swept away a bill that would have helped the finances of the City of Prescott.
May 5 Historic Home Tour features North Prescott Townsite area
Between the 1870s and the 1930s, Prescott was a city on the move — evolving from dirt streets and Victorian homes to massive Depression-era public works projects.
Prescott City Council members have no interest in asking voters for a raise, but they could opt to put a number of other changes on a future ballot.
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.
By late May, smoking will be banned in Prescott city parks, except for designated areas.
The story of “Mike the Dog” is uniquely Prescott.
At its study session at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, the council will discuss possible changes to the Prescott City Charter.
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.
‘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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
With his arms and head securely in place, all the cowboy needs now is his lasso. And that will be coming soon.
Within weeks, signs will begin appearing at busy Prescott corners urging passers-by not to give to panhandlers.
Panhandlers on the streets of Prescott could soon face a number of roadblocks to their efforts to collect money.
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.
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.
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.