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Prescott Regional Airport reaches 8,600 passenger enplanements

In the City of Prescott’s ongoing effort to reach the 10,000 mark for passenger enplanements by the end of 2018, the Prescott Regional Airport has now reached the 8,600 mark.

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Editorial: Fentanyl is the deadliest drug, our work is far from over

Fentanyl is now the deadliest drug in America, according to the latest report from the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Action of deputy may have saved a life

Welfare check found woman unresponsive

Around 12:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputy was dispatched for a welfare check in the 19000 block of east K-Mine Road, Black Canyon City.

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Prescott police find stolen weapon, meth in vehicle driving along Gurley Street

Both people in car booked on multiple charges

Two Chino Valley residents were booked into the Yavapai County jail Wednesday, Dec. 12, after police found a stolen gun and illicit drugs in their vehicle.

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Armed suspect fires weapon in Cordes Lakes neighborhood, threatens to ‘shoot it out’ with deputies

Man in custody on $100,000 bond

A Cordes Lakes man faces a long list of charges after allegedly firing off a weapon in a neighborhood, running from police and then trying to escape again while already detained, according to authorities.

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Alleged fentanyl dealer and 2 others arrested by PANT

Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking detectives (PANT) have made more drug arrests, including two involving fentanyl.

Chino Valley police receive grant for new unmarked police vehicle

Grant requires vehicle to be used for impaired driving enforcement

The Chino Valley Police Department has received grant money from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the purchase of an unmarked police vehicle.

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DPS air rescue hits milestone in Sedona

Expansion of nighttime technical rescue capabilities

For the rescue of a 52-year-old Sedona man last month, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) successfully executed something they’ve never tried before: an external load technical rescue during night hours.

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Castle Hot Springs preps for February 2019 opening

Invited guests get sneak peak of resort’s extensive renovations

In advance of a projected February 2019 reopening, more than 300 guests got a sneak preview this past weekend of the rebirth of the historic Castle Hot Springs resort in southern Yavapai County.

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Log loader explodes, causes small wildfire

No one injured in explosion

Prescott National Forest firefighters and several units from the Prescott Fire Department responded to a roughly 5,000 square foot fire about five miles southwest of Prescott.

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Log loader explodes, causing small wildfire

No one injured in explosion

Prescott National Forest firefighters, along with several units from the Prescott Fire Department responded to a roughly 5,000 square foot fire about five miles southwest of Prescott.

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Watch: Drivers dodge giant spool rolling on Houston highway

Students on a field trip in Texas captured video of a giant industrial spool that broke free from an 18-wheeler on a Houston highway Friday morning.

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Prescott Valley woman located, Silver Alert canceled

Woman has dementia; public asked to assist

A Prescott Valley woman named Debra Dehart has been reported missing, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS).

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Editorial: A warning to local fentanyl poison pushers

Last week the Courier ran another front page story reporting the arrests of more alleged local fentan yl drug dealers in our community.

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No injuries reported after possible explosion on Lakeshore Drive in Prescott Valley

Cause still under investigation

Emergency personnel from Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA), Prescott Valley Police and Lifeline Ambulance responded to a reported explosion about 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at a residential triplex in the 8400 block of Lakeshore Drive in Prescott Valley.

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One person unhurt in Willow Lake Road rollover

Traffic restored within the hour

Traffic was temporarily slowed along Highway 89 and Willow Lake Road this morning, Friday, Dec. 7, after a work truck rolled while going through that roundabout intersection.

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Explosion reported on Lakeshore Drive in Prescott Valley

No one injured; cause still under investigation

Emergency personnel from Central Arizona Fire & Medical, Prescott Valley Police and Lifeline Ambulance respond to a reported explosion in this tri-plex in the 8400 block of Lakeshore Drive Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 at approximately 8:45 P.M. in Prescott Valley.

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Dr. Lisa Rhine chosen as Yavapai College president

Rhine will succeed Dr. Penny Wills

Dr. Lisa Rhine has been unanimously chosen as the 10th president of Yavapai College following a unanimous selection from the Yavapai College District Governing Board Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Man allegedly fires bullets in Yarnell neighborhood, tells officers to shoot him

Suspect was on active probation, not permitted to have a firearm

Deputies faced a tense situation in Yarnell Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 5, after a man allegedly shot rounds in a neighborhood and then was uncooperative when told to surrender.

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Editorial: It’s time for Rep. Stringer to resign

David Stringer has made headlines again for making racist remarks.

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K9 finds one pound of meth in vehicle driving through Mayer

Street value about $9,000

A woman suspected of selling methamphetamine in the quad city area was arrested along Highway 69 Wednesday night, Nov. 28, after a K9 alerted deputies to drugs in her vehicle.

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Prescott City Council to vote on Stringer statement Tuesday

The Prescott City Council will hold a Special Voting Meeting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, to address a statement on Rep. David Stringer.

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Caught on video: Cyclist's near miss with train

A cyclist in the Netherlands came close to being killed last week when trying to cross two sets of railroad tracks in broad daylight.

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Prescott Airport progressing toward 10K enplanement goal

In the City of Prescott’s ongoing quest to reach 10,000 passengers by the end of 2018, the Prescott Regional Airport now has exceeded the 7,500 mark.

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Yavapai Superior Court selects Debra Phelan as Judge Pro Tempore

Yavapai County Superior Court Presiding Judge David Mackey has selected Debra Phelan to serve as the court’s Judge Pro Tem effective Jan. 7.

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Deadline to enter Christmas Lighting Contest is noon Wednesday, Dec. 12

Courier Cares Lighting Contest seeks entries; $1,500 up for first-place winner

The Daily Courier’s Christmas lighting list and contest has returned, offering $1,500 cash for first place, $1,000 for second, and $500 for third.

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Editorial: New vehicle registration fee is tax in disguise

Vehicle registration fees are set to increase by $32 on every vehicle, and Prescott residents are none too happy about it.

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Yavapai Superior Court selects new Judge Pro Tempore

Appointment will take effect Jan. 7

Yavapai County Superior Court Presiding Judge David Mackey has selected Debra Phelan to serve as the court’s Judge Pro Tem effective Jan. 7.

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PANT takes down more suspected fentanyl dealers

One suspect uses body cavity to hide pills

Two young men from the quad-city area have been arrested for the alleged possession and transportation of fentanyl for sale.

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Lost wallet returned with additional $40 inside

When Hunter Shamatt lost his wallet on a Frontier Airlines flight it had $60 cash inside. It was returned to him with $100 cash.

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Driver veers off road, declared dead at scene

Man may have suffered medical condition

Paramedics were unable to revive a man found unresponsive in a vehicle that veered off Williamson Valley Road and crashed into a number of objects Monday afternoon, Nov. 26.

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Couple finds $1.8M lottery ticket while cleaning for the holidays, 2 weeks before it expires

On Nov. 17 Harold and Tina Ehrenberg were cleaning their Louisiana home ahead of a family Thanksgiving gathering when they came across some old lottery tickets on their nightstand.

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Crews rescue kayaker from chilly Verde River

Sheriff’s deputies and Verde Valley Fire District crews combined to rescue a female kayaker from the Verde River on Saturday, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

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Watch: Firefighters cut through antler to rescue deer trapped under car

Firefighters at the Cincinnati Fire Department deployed a heavy rescue team to save a deer that became stuck under a van this week in Ohio.

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BBB warns: Avoid these 5 shopping scams

Some scams don’t take a holiday

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shopping successfully kicked off the holiday shopping season this weekend, but for Cyber Monday to work well “caution” should be at the top of everyone’s list.

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24-year-old man dies at mobile home park in Prescott

Prescott Police have confirmed the death, but further information is unavailable.

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PANT makes arrests involving alleged use, sale of fentanyl

A warning to all fentanyl dealers

The Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking Task Force (PANT) has been investigating narcotics cases involving fentanyl over the last several months.

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Christmas Lighting Contest returns with large cash prizes

Submit your address, photos for lights list; public to vote for winners

The Daily Courier’s Christmas lighting list and contest is back and bigger than ever.

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Watch: Would-be gas thief lights his pants on fire, strips while fleeing

Fire investigators say a man attempting to steal gas with a siphon hose accidentally caught his pants on fire and stripped while running away.

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Teenager has license revoked 49 minutes after passing driving test

A teenager celebrating his successful driving test lost his license 49 minutes after he received it.

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Missing woman found in mountains outside Mayer

Had been missing since Nov. 19

Lacy Rachelle Hesser, aka Lacy Aker had been missing since she was seen Nov. 19 in a wooded area near Mayer.

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Aggressive fox tries to open door to Kansas woman's store

The old adage "clever like a fox" has new meaning to a Kansas woman who filmed an unusually clever fox trying to deliberately open the door of her shop.

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Editorial: Thank you for joining the fight against local fentanyl dealers


One Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, The Daily Courier published a front page solely dedicated to an editorial calling the community to take action by reporting local fentanyl dealers to Yavapai Silent Witness and encouraging local businesses and organizations to join us by donating to the Silent Witness reward fund.

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Man arrested after pulling gun on officers outside Prescott store

A Prescott Valley man was arrested late Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, after twice evading authorities in his vehicle and then pulling a gun on officers in the parking lot of a Prescott shopping center, according to a release from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

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Courier Editorial: Take action against local fentanyl dealers

Our Children Are Dying #StopFentanylNow

Enough is enough. In recent months our community has buried young people and taken others to the hospital with uncertain futures because there are dealers in this community selling disguised and deadly fentanyl-laced pills and other street drugs to our children.

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Jennie-O ground turkey recalled because of salmonella

The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is recalling 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be linked to a multi-state salmonella outbreak.

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Apologies for wrong TV listings printed in Nov. 15 Courier, see listings here

The wrong TV channel listings were published in the Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 Daily Courier print edition.

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Marvin Bailey’s gift of love benefits Good Samaritan campus

Marvin Bailey, a Prescott-area resident, left a legacy of love for the Good Samaritan Society — Prescott Village when he died last year.

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Calendar of Events: Nov. 13-25

United Animal Friends will hold its annual “Rummage to the Rescue” rummage sale Nov. 9-14 at Prescott Gateway Mall in the former Barnes & Noble location, west of Sears.

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Caught on Camera: Drone operator tries to steal bike

A group of bicyclists were filming a nearby drone when they realized the flying machine was stealing one of their bike.