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Sparklight gradually replacing its cable TV service with internet TV
Will notify all cable customers in Quad Cities when, how to switch to Sparklight TV

Sparklight, a division of Cable One, plans to eventually transition all of its cable TV customers onto its new internet TV service, which will impact the Phoenix-based company’s subscribers in the Quad Cities.

By Doug Cook August 16, 2022
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Merchandise Mart Antique Mall closes after 35 years in Downtown Prescott
Shop owner cites significant increase in rent as cause for shuttering

Even as Jeanne Antonius stood behind a glass counter selling items to customers on the final day of business at Merchandise Mart Antique Mall Monday morning, she could not believe this was the end of the road.

By Doug Cook August 15, 2022
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On the heels of this summer’s Yavapai College’s Concerts on the Green, Prescott Valley’s Parks, Arts & Recreation Commission has kicked off its annual Music on the Green series, which showcases five live acts at the Civic Center amphitheater, 7501 E. Skoog Blvd.

By Doug Cook August 1, 2022
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Groundbreaking underway for Legado complex at Prescott Valley Entertainment District
Mixed-use residential, commercial project anticipates 2024 opening on SE side of Florentine, Glassford Hill Road

Prescott Valley-based developer Fain Signature Group has broken ground on Legado, a 329-unit apartment and commercial project scheduled to open in 2024 on the southeast side of the Florentine-Glassford Hill roads intersection.

By Doug Cook July 30, 2022
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Tax accountant Theresa (Ebarb) Brennan, who owns Prescott-based 3Twenty-Seven Accounting Services, said she plans to reopen her business at its original location, 1456 W. Gurley St., likely by early September.

By Doug Cook July 30, 2022
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The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council this week directed staffers to form a local steering committee for determining next steps for Phase 2 of revising the town’s General Plan, which dates to 2009.

By Doug Cook July 16, 2022
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Certified herbalist Jessica Ziemann, who specializes in women’s and children’s health, is celebrating the grand opening of Memaw’s Wild Herbs on Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9800 E. Lakeshore Drive in Prescott Valley.

By Doug Cook July 16, 2022
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With weather forecasts in the Quad Cities calling for more monsoon thunderstorm-driven rains in the coming weeks, Yavapai County and Prescott National Forest officials lifted their fire restrictions starting at 8 a.m. Friday, July 15.

By Doug Cook July 14, 2022
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Prescott Valley mayor running unopposed in primary election, details goals for 2nd term
Incumbent Schumacher, candidate Greer, write-in candidate Leyva on Town Council ballot

Prescott Valley Mayor Kell Palguta is running unopposed in the Primary Election Tuesday, Aug. 2, but three candidates are vying for two seats on the Town Council, including incumbent Kendall Schumacher, candidate Michael Greer and write-in candidate Lucy Leyva.

By Doug Cook July 11, 2022
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Carman, Jolley, Padilla square off in election for Prescott Justice of the Peace
All 3 candidates are Prescott-area attorneys with different backgrounds

The head of the Prescott Consolidated Justice/City Court is the justice of the peace/city magistrate, which makes judgments or decisions about violations of state law and Yavapai County code in the county’s Prescott Precinct.

By Doug Cook July 11, 2022
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The Northern Arizona Wranglers took care of business on Saturday night, July 9, blistering the Bismarck Bucks, 46-21, to complete an unbeaten regular season at home.

By Doug Cook July 10, 2022
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Touchmark at The Ranch retirement community, 3180 Touchmark Blvd., on June 28 celebrated the grand opening of its new Terrace Lodge, a residential memory-care complex in east Prescott.

By Doug Cook July 9, 2022
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Hundreds gathered at Findlay Toyota Center on Wednesday, July 6, to honor the life of Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) Sgt. Rick “RLo” Lopez, an everyday hero who was shot in the line of duty in Cordes Lakes June 28 and died that night at a Phoenix hospital.

By Doug Cook July 6, 2022
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Tie-down roper and team roper Seth Hall of Albuquerque, New Mexico, won his second All-Around buckle in the past four years at the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo on Monday, July 4, at the Rodeo Grounds.

By Doug Cook July 4, 2022
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Justin Rumford is a genuine guy with a down-to-earth personality and an enduring charm to boot.

By Doug Cook July 2, 2022
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During the past week, rumors have been swirling about what is happening at the Prescott Brewing Company (PBC), which has been a popular restaurant and brewery at Bashford Courts in downtown Prescott since 1994.

By Doug Cook July 2, 2022
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For about two decades, Peewee Buntin of Paulden competed with his sons in the wild-horse race, winning prestigious pro-rodeo buckles with them and enjoying the rough-and-tumble event’s camaraderie.

By Doug Cook June 30, 2022
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Born and raised in Prescott, Dan Baker left the city for several years to pursue his rodeo dreams, and yet the magnetic pull of the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo eventually drew him back.

By Doug Cook June 29, 2022
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‘World’s Oldest Rodeo,’ in its 135th year, opens at Prescott Rodeo Grounds
Workers behind the scenes keep the rodeo rolling during performances

As a steady monsoon rain fell before the opening performance of the 135th annual Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Tuesday night, June 28, Mark Russell of Championship Pro Rodeo was busy tending to the halters and flanks of the 28 bucking horses in his care.

By Doug Cook June 28, 2022

The Prescott Valley Town Council on Thursday, June 23, unanimously approved a $142.8 million final budget for fiscal year 2022-23, which estimates that the town will generate about $57.7 million in general fund revenues in 2023.

By Doug Cook June 25, 2022
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Desert Financial Credit Union, which opened its first branch in Yavapai County on Sept. 7, 2021, at the Prescott Valley Fry’s grocery store, is expanding in the Quad Cities by building a new branch in north Prescott.

By Doug Cook June 25, 2022
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Kirkland Pozzolan Mine celebrates grand opening near Skull Valley west of Prescott
Complex a major producer of environmentally-sustainable cement for Arizona, California and Nevada

A revolutionary method for producing an environmentally-sustainable cement for concrete has arrived, and a prime example of the natural materials processed for it are located at a new plant 22 miles west of Prescott near Skull Valley.

By Doug Cook June 25, 2022
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Do you own a home in Prescott Valley and want to sell? If you do, the value of your home has likely increased, but rising interest rates could lower demand in the coming months.

By Doug Cook June 21, 2022
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Election interference, school choice and the border wall were only a few of the myriad topics discussed at the Yavapai County Republican Committee’s Arizona Congressional District 2 (CD2) primary-election candidate debate June 18 at the Adult Center of Prescott.

By Doug Cook June 20, 2022
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Although progress had stalled on opening the new Dunkin’ at 1020 Willow Creek Road, west of Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) in Prescott, the shop plans to open within the next 30 days, most likely in July.

By Doug Cook June 18, 2022
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The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, June 15, approved preliminary state funding for a high-tech emergency alert system that county law-enforcement officers could use to respond faster to a school with an active shooter on campus.

By Doug Cook June 15, 2022
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Prescott City Council approves $281.2M FY 2023 tentative budget
Contingency fund amount could still change before vote on final budget at end of month

Prescott City Council on Tuesday approved the city’s $281.2 million fiscal year 2023 tentative budget, although the budget’s contingency fund amount could change before a vote on the final budget June 28.

By Doug Cook June 14, 2022
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Prescott Area Association of Realtors (PAAR) President Elect Faye Humphrey, a veteran real-estate broker, said rising prices for rental homes and apartments are of particular concern in the marketplace in summer 2022, particularly as 8% inflation takes its toll on average families’ pocketbooks.

By Doug Cook June 14, 2022
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Yavapai College PAC’s ‘Concerts on the Green’ underway at Civic Center amphitheater in Prescott Valley
Caro Pierotto, Prescott Pops Symphony, LP and the Vinyl, The Magic of Manilow on tap in June, July

The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center’s (PAC) “Concerts on the Green” series began June 5 at the Prescott Valley Civic Center amphitheater, 7501 E. Skoog Blvd., and will continue with four more dates in June and July.

By Doug Cook June 14, 2022
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The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors (BOS) at its meeting Wednesday will consider approving a $647,048 grant for building a pharmacy at the county’s Community Health Center, 1090 Commerce Drive in Prescott.

By Doug Cook June 13, 2022
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Home prices continue to rise in Prescott, Prescott Valley as supply lags
Quad Cities’ May home sales similar to this time in 2021, PAAR reports

The Quad Cities closed the same number of homes in May as they did this time last year, although the median sales price reflected a 15% increase from 2021 to 2022, the Prescott Area Association of Realtors (PAAR) reported this past week.

By Doug Cook June 13, 2022
Five Guys, Jersey Mike’s coming to Prescott Valley by mid-2023
Town Council approves final development plan for both restaurants in Entertainment Center

The Prescott Valley Town Council on Thursday, June 9, approved the final development plan for building a Five Guys restaurant and a Jersey Mike’s subs shop at the southeast corner of North Glassford Hill Road and Park Avenue in the Entertainment Center.

By Doug Cook June 13, 2022
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There is something special about a worst-to-first run for a team in any sport, and the Northern Arizona Wranglers are becoming familiar with its oh-so-sweet feeling – even if the 2022 regular season isn’t quite over yet.

By Doug Cook June 12, 2022
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The Prescott City Council will meet this week to finalize expenditures and balance the city’s $250 million fiscal year 2023 budget ahead of a vote on the final budget document June 28.

By Doug Cook June 11, 2022
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Police Chief Bob Ticer not naïve about challenges with keeping community safe
After more than 30 years in law enforcement, new chief grapples with similar, albeit evolving, threats

New Prescott Valley Police Chief Bob Ticer is not naïve about the challenges law enforcement faces in the 21st century, including in medium-sized cities and towns in Arizona.

By Doug Cook June 7, 2022
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Parkway Community Facilities District (CFD) No. 1 plans to increase ad valorem taxes on property owners in fiscal year 2022-23, provided Prescott Valley’s CFD Board approves those CFDs’ final budgets in late June.

By Doug Cook June 7, 2022
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High up in the ponderosa pines of the Prescott National Forest 12 miles southeast of Prescott lies the tiny community of Walker, where an all-volunteer fire department has stood watch for the past 55 years.

By Doug Cook June 4, 2022
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For one day a year, the department allows people to fish on the state’s public waters without a fishing license.

By Doug Cook June 4, 2022
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In the one-year anniversary of the Yavapai County Fallen Officer Memorial at the Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott Wednesday, June 1, at least 50 people gathered to pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

By Doug Cook June 1, 2022
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Police Chief Bob Ticer plans to build on the department’s ‘very strong foundation’
Reducing crime, ‘fear of crime,’ improving traffic safety, drug prevention top Ticer’s priority list

Police Chief Bob Ticer, who came on board April 11, told the Prescott Valley Tribune in an hour-long question-and-answer session he wants to build on the department’s very strong foundation.

By Doug Cook May 31, 2022
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Prescott High School’s Class of 2022 sure has plenty of colorful characters. And why wouldn’t it?

By Doug Cook May 28, 2022
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Armadilla Wax Works is moving from its current candle shop in Prescott Valley to its former spot in Prescott, longtime owner/operators Denise Jenike and Kent Buttermann announced May 22.

By Doug Cook May 28, 2022
$153.9M tentative budget OK'd by Prescott Valley Town Council
Public hearing on town’s budget scheduled for June 23 in Public Library’s auditorium

The Prescott Valley Town Council on Thursday, May 26, approved the town’s $153.9 million fiscal year 2022-23 tentative budget, based on recommendations from Town Manager Gilbert Davidson and Finance Director Katie Pehl.

By Doug Cook May 28, 2022
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Bob Ticer represented the Prescott Valley Police Department’s fifth sworn chief in the past 11 years when he came aboard at PVPD’s headquarters, 7601 E. Skoog Blvd., on April 11.

By Doug Cook May 24, 2022
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Bradshaw Mountain High School’s (BMHS) Class of 2022 celebrated its graduation in a classy display of pomp and circumstance Thursday night, May 19, at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

By Doug Cook May 21, 2022
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For the past month or more, the Prescott Valley Wendy’s restaurant dining room at 3020 Glassford Hill Road has been closed for renovation while its drive-thru service remained operational.

By Doug Cook May 21, 2022
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Mountain Valley Splash swimming pool opens May 28
Prescott Valley’s complex available to the public through Sunday, Aug. 7

Are you ready to beat the heat in Prescott Valley this summer?

By Doug Cook May 17, 2022
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The Crooks Fire’s black burn scar near Kamp Kipa off of Poland Junction Road 14 miles south of Prescott serves as a reminder of the urgency to protect the forest’s dwellers and its infrastructure in the 21st century.

By Doug Cook May 17, 2022

The Prescott Valley Town Council on Thursday, May 12, unanimously agreed to an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the City of Prescott and Yavapai County to buy State Trust Land parcels on Glassford Hill for open space and recreation.

By Doug Cook May 16, 2022

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