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Prescott Valley’s WaterSmart portal upgrade should greatly improve savings
Town to subscribe to sophisticated software allowing customers to track their water usage in real-time

As water conservation concerns grow in the Prescott Active Management Area, the Prescott Valley Water System on Feb. 25 received approval to install computer software upgrades that will allow its more than 21,500 customers to track their water usage in real-time.

By Doug Cook March 2, 2021
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Prescott Valley begins annex process for 2 properties north of 89A
Property 20-001 northwest of 89A, Glassford Hill Road; property 20-002 west of Viewpoint

The properties go by the nondescript names of 20-001 and 20-002, but the Town of Prescott Valley sees value in both and officials would like to have a say in their future.

By Doug Cook March 2, 2021
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Citing an effort “to protect public health, safety, and welfare,” the Prescott Valley Town Council on Feb. 25 unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting retail sales of recreational marijuana and marijuana-testing complexes in town as allowed under state law.

By Doug Cook March 2, 2021
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You may remember in early 2020 that Thai House Café, 230 N. Cortez St. in downtown Prescott, had reopened after temporarily closing its doors.

By Doug Cook February 27, 2021
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Second round of Paycheck Protection Program underway in Quad Cities
Feds’ 2-week business loan window designed to help smallest of small businesses through the pandemic

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Yavapai College Director Jeri Denniston said this past week that the Biden administration’s recent changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) allow small businesses with less than 20 employees to apply more easily.

By Doug Cook February 27, 2021
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Nipping at Coconino’s heels for first place in the Grand Canyon region with five league games left on the 2021 winter schedule entering Tuesday, Bradshaw Mountain’s boys basketball team didn’t get caught looking ahead.

By Doug Cook February 23, 2021
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Contract for Coyote Springs School pedestrian project up for approval
Sidewalks among proposed upgrades on Cattletrack Road between Yucca Drive and Addis Avenue

Safety for students who walk and ride their bikes to Coyote Springs Elementary School, 6625 N. Cattletrack Road, should improve considerably later this year if the Prescott Valley Town Council agrees this week to a construction contract for pedestrian improvements nearby.

By Doug Cook February 23, 2021
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Prescott Valley likely to buy well near former Yavapai County Fairgrounds
$499,000 contract with Fain would considerably boost water capacity

Potable water capacity in the Mingus West and former Yavapai County Fairgrounds area in northeast Prescott Valley would expand significantly if the town agrees to buy the so-called Monks Well from Fain Land and Cattle Co. this week.

By Doug Cook February 23, 2021
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Former D-H Interim Town Manager may find out this week if he gets new job in Nebraska
Thomas interviewed Feb. 18 as 1 of 2 finalists to become Alliance city manager

Former Dewey-Humboldt Interim Town Manager Jim Thomas late last week was one of two finalists interviewed for the vacant city manager position in Alliance, Nebraska, but Thomas may not know his fate until this week.

By Doug Cook February 23, 2021
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The City of Prescott, the Town of Chino Valley and the Town of Prescott Valley may take slightly different approaches regarding who in their operations handles economic development, but the goals are often the same.

By Doug Cook February 20, 2021
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Cutter Chamberlain takes the reins as Prescott Valley’s economic development coordinator
Retail growth, including a new grocery store in town, currently at the top of his agenda

Less than two months into his new role as the Town of Prescott Valley’s economic development coordinator, Cutter Chamberlain has been busy trying to attract more retailers to town, particularly another grocer.

By Doug Cook February 20, 2021
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Since 1974, Iron Springs Café had served Southern-style, Cajun and Mexican dishes, as well as brunch, in a former train depot at 1501 Iron Springs Road in Prescott.

By Doug Cook February 20, 2021
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Illegal Fentanyl Working Group meets for 1st time; seeks solutions to overdoses
Gathers community stakeholders to begin developing plan of attack

The first meeting of the Prescott Valley Illegal Fentanyl Working Group on Feb. 10 brought together more than 25 community stakeholders in a virtual format to begin determining how to help adolescents and teens avoid becoming victims of the deadly synthetic opioid.

By Doug Cook February 16, 2021
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Espire Sports Complex gets OK for final development plan by Town of Prescott Valley
Current in-town location appears unsettled after CEO’s comments

Prescott Valley Town Council on Feb. 11 unanimously approved the final development plan for the proposed 60,000-square-foot Espire Sports Complex at the northeast corner of Lake Valley and Florentine roads, although it appears that the site for the complex could change.

By Doug Cook February 16, 2021
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Former Dewey-Humboldt Interim Town Manager Jim Thomas is one of two finalists to become the city manager of Alliance, Nebraska, the Star Herald newspaper of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, reported on Feb. 15.

By Doug Cook February 16, 2021
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New Prescott Frontier Days General Manager Jim Dewey Brown came here from tiny Socorro, New Mexico, but he has strong ties to professional rodeo and Yavapai County that made him the right fit for the job.

By Doug Cook February 15, 2021
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Local Chambers of Commerce move forward with events, other plans in 2021
Armed with lessons from how to face the pandemic, Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley adjust

As the Prescott Chamber of Commerce confronted how to help its members withstand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and beyond, President and CEO Sheri Heiney learned what it meant to adjust during a crisis.

By Doug Cook February 13, 2021
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Archer’s Bikes, an electric bike and pedal bike dealer, conducted a soft opening in early February and is now fully operational at 5672 E. Highway 69 in the Prescott Valley Crossroads shopping center.

By Doug Cook February 13, 2021
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Prescott Valley’s new ‘Fentanyl Working Group’ begins to fight back against opioids
As deaths rise from fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, town joins forces with MATForce

With MATForce’s guidance, Prescott Valley’s Fentanyl Working Group conducted its inaugural meeting Wednesday to discuss how the town can combat the deadly synthetic opioid, particularly among adolescents, teens and young adults.

By Doug Cook February 10, 2021
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Former Yavapai College star goalkeeper Andre Luciano was named the Roughriders men’s soccer program’s new head coach on Wednesday, Feb. 10, officially taking the reins from coaching legend Mike Pantalione, who retired in January.

By Doug Cook February 10, 2021
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As deaths rise from fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, town fights back with MATForce’s help
Prescott Valley’s new Fentanyl Working Group meets for 1st time today

With MATForce’s guidance, Prescott Valley’s Fentanyl Working Group will conduct its inaugural meeting at 4 p.m. today, Feb. 10, to discuss how the town can combat the deadly synthetic opioid, particularly among adolescents, teens and young adults.

By Doug Cook February 10, 2021
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D-H Town Council removes interim town manager 26 days before his contract expires
In a 4-3 vote, Thomas relieved of duties without cause; 3rd party claims breach of contract

Despite being contracted through a third party with the Town of Dewey-Humboldt, Interim Town Manager Jim Thomas was removed by Town Council on Feb. 2, effective immediately and without cause, after working less than 90 days.

By Doug Cook February 10, 2021
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Food-truck vendors soon likely to need only 1 license to operate locally
Restrictions on public property would remain; town code to simplify process

In an effort to streamline the process for food-truck vendor licensing, the Town of Prescott Valley wants to make it easier for those vendors to operate in Prescott Valley.

By Doug Cook February 10, 2021
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Prescott welcomed another brewer late this past month when Phoenix-based Wren House Brewery received a microbrewery liquor license to produce its craft beers at 6396 Lear Lane, east of Prescott Regional Airport.

By Doug Cook February 6, 2021
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Bradshaw Mountain’s wrestling team on Wednesday rallied from a 33-0 deficit, tallying 44 unanswered points to defeat unbeaten Show Low, 44-33, at Gary Kunow Gym in Prescott Valley.

By Doug Cook February 5, 2021
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Dewey-Humboldt Town Council fires interim town manager, effective immediately
In a 4-3 vote Tuesday night, Jim Thomas removed without cause; town’s next steps unclear

In a controversial move, the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council on Tuesday, Feb. 2, voted 4-3 to fire Interim Town Manager Jim Thomas, effectively immediately and without cause, after he had worked fewer than 90 days.

By Doug Cook February 3, 2021
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Road widening slated for portions of Pronghorn Ranch Parkway, Viewpoint Drive north of 89A
Starting this month, Glassford Hill Road-Spouse Drive intersection also gets widened with new signals

The Prescott Valley Town Council agreed to two significant road projects on Jan. 28, awarding separate contracts to a Prescott-based contractor for widening parts of Pronghorn Ranch Parkway/Viewpoint Drive, and for widening and installing new traffic signals at the Glassford Hill Road-Spouse Drive intersection.

By Doug Cook February 1, 2021
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Prescott Valley signs memorandum of understanding with YMCA
Pursuit of financing begins for building PV YMCA at corner of Viewpoint and Long Look drives

Prescott Valley Town Council on Jan. 28 unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the YMCA, which allows for the exploration of fundraising, design, construction and operation for a proposed new Y complex north of the Civic Center.

By Doug Cook February 1, 2021
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As the state of Arizona was approving licenses for recreational marijuana dispensaries this past month, the Town of Prescott Valley was moving forward with placing restrictions on where rec marijuana may be used and sold within the town’s corporate limits.

By Doug Cook February 1, 2021
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For the second straight year, the Whiskey Off-Road endurance mountain biking event in Prescott has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, City of Prescott officials announced in a news release.

By Doug Cook January 30, 2021
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Danny B’s Fish Shack, a popular fresh-seafood restaurant at 501 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley, has quickly gained traction with its second location in Prescott Valley.

By Doug Cook January 30, 2021
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6 steps to a successful career change
Evaluate your talents, skills before taking the leap amid the pandemic

If you have lost your job during the pandemic or you think that you’re not a good fit for the position you’re in currently, now may be a good time to make a career change.

By Doug Cook January 30, 2021
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Prescott Valley continues pursuing YMCA with proposed memorandum of understanding
Town Council considers signing MOU to explore financing, design, construction of complex

The Prescott Valley Town Council plans to vote today, Jan. 28, on whether to accept a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the YMCA, which would give the green light for the Y to explore possible financing, design, construction and operation for a new Y complex in town.

By Doug Cook January 27, 2021
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Prescott Postmaster Brian Wade said Wednesday, Jan. 27, that his carriers and clerks are doing their best to catch up on delivering all mail to residents after the 10- to 20-inch snowstorm that pounded the Quad Cities on Monday and Tuesday.

By Doug Cook January 27, 2021
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Prescott Valley’s Public Works and Parks departments put two snowplow-truck crews to work from early Monday morning, when the storm started, through early Tuesday morning, covering separate 12-hour shifts to clear the town’s primary arterial roads and residential streets.

By Doug Cook January 26, 2021
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Dewey-Humboldt Town Council backtracks on stringent recreational marijuana ordinance
In a 4-3 vote, tells town attorney to redraft ordinance to allow for rec dispensaries with restrictions

In a 4-3 vote on Jan. 19, the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council narrowly agreed to backtrack on a stringent ordinance that would have disallowed recreational marijuana dispensaries within town limits.

By Doug Cook January 26, 2021
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Espire Sports Center & RV Resort’s final development plan receives P&Z approval
Pickleball courts, restaurant and bar among the plans for NE corner of Florentine, Lake Valley

Espire Sports Center & RV Resort got a big boost this past week when the Prescott Valley Planning & Zoning Commission approved the final development plan for the project on 13.7 acres at the northeast corner of Florentine and Lake Valley roads.

By Doug Cook January 26, 2021
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In February, Phoenix-based Avista Senior Living will take over management of the Brookdale Senior Living community at 211 Bradshaw Drive, Prescott, Avista spokesperson Carsten Ellsworth confirmed this past week.

By Doug Cook January 23, 2021
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Has your business evolved with the marketplace during the pandemic?
Better Business Bureau in Prescott encourages you to follow 5 consumer trends in 2021

As small businesses continue to bear the brunt of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Serving the Pacific Southwest branches in Arizona and Southern California are encouraging business owners to follow five consumer trends to stem the tide in 2021.

By Doug Cook January 23, 2021

If it weren’t for the hard-working group of athletes he has on his 26-player roster, Bradshaw Mountain boys soccer coach Steve Adame likely would have a much tougher time in his first year on the Bears’ sideline.

By Doug Cook January 21, 2021
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Bradshaw Mountain’s boys basketball team came out firing sharply from the floor to tip off the coronavirus-shortened 2020-21 campaign on Tuesday night, Jan. 19, cruising past area rival Prescott, 67-50, at Gary Kunow Gym in Prescott Valley.

By Doug Cook January 20, 2021
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Bradshaw Mountain’s boys basketball team came out firing sharply from the floor to tip off the coronavirus-shortened 2020-2021 campaign on Tuesday night, Jan. 19, cruising past area rival Prescott, 67-50, at Gary Kunow Gym in Prescott Valley.

By Doug Cook January 19, 2021
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Microtransit to move forward in Prescott Valley after Town Council accepts CARES Act money
$3.6M used to kick start pilot project in PV with future expansion likely in Quad Cities

Prescott Valley Town Council on Thursday, Jan. 14, agreed to accept $3.6 million in CARES Act funding for a small-scale public transit service.

By Doug Cook January 19, 2021
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Prescott Valley Town Council on Jan. 14 agreed to a request from Fain Signature Group to rezone the proposed Creekside Villas near Dewey for a planned area development (PAD) there.

By Doug Cook January 19, 2021
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For the six seniors on the 2020-2021 Bradshaw Mountain boys basketball team who have been with the program since their freshman year, simply being able to play this season is a thrill in itself.

By Doug Cook January 18, 2021
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Bradshaw Mountain girls basketball coach Rick Haltom describes the past five months amid the COVID-19 pandemic as “a whirlwind” for his 2020-2021 varsity team. And for good reason.

By Doug Cook January 18, 2021
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How Prescott-area restaurants comply with FDA food codes
Yavapai County Health’s CASA program gives eateries a voluntary lifeline

Three-plus years ago, Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) received a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grant to help restaurants and other food establishments in the county improve their compliance with the FDA Food Code.

By Doug Cook January 18, 2021
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Debunking (some) myths of Prescott Gateway Mall
Although mall went up for sale in October, broker says it is operating at 89% capacity

Since Prescott Gateway Mall opened in the early 2000s, it has withstood significant challenges.

By Doug Cook January 16, 2021
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The iconic Mike Pantalione-Hugh Bell coaching era for the Yavapai College men’s soccer team officially ended on Jan. 15, but it will long be remembered in the annals of Prescott’s sports history.

By Doug Cook January 16, 2021

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