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CAFMA battalion chief, captains speak out against ambulance-service problems in coverage area
Unavailability of ambulances for growing population in Prescott Valley, Chino Valley has worsened, they say

Three captains and a battalion chief with Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA), which serves Prescott Valley and Chino Valley among several other nearby areas in Yavapai County, made a compelling case this past week about the need for improved ambulance service.

By Doug Cook December 4, 2021
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Total Wine & More will celebrate its grand opening at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Frontier Village shopping center, 1841 E. Highway 69, Suite 118, in Prescott.

By Doug Cook December 4, 2021

The Prescott Valley Public Works Department has scheduled the beginning of the second and final phase of construction for the Viewpoint Drive Connector Project in January, town officials announced this past week.

By Doug Cook November 28, 2021
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Prescott football’s state tournament run stalls in the quarterfinals
Top-seeded Poston Butte dominates visiting Badgers in a runaway

Making its first 4A state tournament quarterfinals appearance since 2007 on Friday night, Nov. 26, the Prescott football team looked to make history against top-seeded Poston Butte in San Tan Valley.

By Doug Cook November 27, 2021
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Downtown Prescott businesses bouncing back from the pandemic as shoppers return
Consumers seem more confident about in-person shopping for 2021 holidays

Holiday shoppers on Black Friday, Nov. 26, slowly but surely returned to Prescott’s downtown businesses and big-box retailers a year after the COVID-19 pandemic kept many of them home.

By Doug Cook November 27, 2021
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Prescott Resort and Conference Center’s 29th annual Gingerbread Village opened Nov. 27 next to the resort’s lobby at 1500 E. Highway 69 in Prescott.

By Doug Cook November 27, 2021
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Valley of Lights opens Thanksgiving night
Holiday Festival of Lights and Parade scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3, at Civic Center

The Town of Prescott Valley and the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce are again working together to play host to their annual series of Christmas holiday events from Thursday, Nov. 25, through early January.

By Doug Cook November 23, 2021
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Yavapai alum Robert Altmanshofer’s radiologic technology endowment scholarship takes off
Through Nov. 12, fund to help YC Radiology students pay for schooling in Prescott Valley exceeds $32,000

Dignity Health-Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s Robert Altmanshofer knew that someday he wanted to work in the medical field after an X-ray and a subsequent surgery he received in 2011 saved his life.

By Doug Cook November 23, 2021
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Prescott Valley to hire local nonprofit to operate Exhibition Center at Arizona Downs
Town Council agrees to license agreement with Sunwest HC, Inc. for planned youth sports complex

The Prescott Valley Town Council on Nov. 18 agreed to a licensing agreement with a local nonprofit to operate a proposed youth sports complex in the Exhibition Center northwest of Arizona Downs horse-racing track, 10501 E. Highway 89A, for at least five years.

By Doug Cook November 22, 2021
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At its final public comment session before Thanksgiving, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) Nov. 20 in Prescott Valley heard split opinions from several dozen residents in Yavapai County about its latest state legislative and Congressional district draft maps.

By Doug Cook November 22, 2021
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Prescott Valley library’s facelift gets major push
LAST Architects LLC of Phoenix hired to improve building hampered by design, problems

A renovation of the Prescott Valley Public Library’s exterior took a considerable step forward on Nov. 18 when the Town Council approved a $300,255 contract with a Phoenix-based architect to design the upgrades and manage construction.

By Doug Cook November 22, 2021
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Stepping Stones Agencies, a longtime advocacy organization for abused adults and children in west Yavapai County, recently closed its Prescott thrift store in Park Plaza on Goodwin Street and moved all of its retail operations to 2651 N. Industrial Way, Suite A, in Prescott Valley.

By Doug Cook November 20, 2021
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Will Prescott Valley ever get another grocery store?
Fry’s, Safeway, Walmart, Sprouts all currently operating, but each is centered in PV proper

Prescott Valley Assistant Town Manager Cutter Chamberlain said earlier this month that the town’s Economic Development Division is reaching out to grocers to gauge their interest in bringing another grocery store to the town.

By Doug Cook November 16, 2021
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Prescott Valley Kiwanis Club sponsors shoe drive in its first fundraiser as charter member
Donations will benefit local youth in need as well as support positive, youth-focused events

The new Prescott Valley Kiwanis Club, which recently became a charter member, is conducting a shoe drive for its first major fundraiser as a nonprofit.

By Doug Cook November 15, 2021
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Gallery Beyond Words, 204 N. McCormick St., near downtown Prescott, will reopen Wednesday, Nov. 17, when owner and artist Annie Alexander presents “Silent Light,” her self-described trans-dimensional sculpture exhibit.

By Doug Cook November 13, 2021
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Bradshaw Mountain wins 4th straight to end the regular season after besting Mica Mountain
Bears to make first 4A state playoff appearance in 3 years this Friday – at rival Prescott

Bradshaw Mountain’s football team clinched its first 4A state tournament berth since 2018 on Friday night, Nov. 12, after dispatching Mica Mountain, 36-7, at a chilly Bob Pavlich Field in Prescott Valley.

By Doug Cook November 12, 2021
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Pre-chip seal maintenance on Manley, Lone Cactus drives runs through Friday
Road widening and filling of potholes among crews’ other tasks

The Town of Prescott Valley on Tuesday began pre-chip seal maintenance on Manley and Lone Cactus drives, which is scheduled to continue through Friday, Nov. 12.

By Doug Cook November 9, 2021
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Main Street Theatre comes together next to Findlay Toyota Center after years of planning
Performing Arts & Children’s Theatre schedules grand opening

Construction on the new Main Street Theatre north of Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley has made steady strides this fall as the performing arts and children’s theatre anticipates its grand opening in early 2022.

By Doug Cook November 9, 2021
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Bradshaw Mountain football upsets rival Prescott, captures Grand Canyon Region title
Bears snap 4-game series skid on 29th anniversary of annual showdown

With all of the marbles laid out in front of it as the 2021 regular season winds down, Bradshaw Mountain played like a possessed, determined football team against archrival Prescott on a pleasant Friday night, Nov. 5, at Bill Shepard Field.

By Doug Cook November 5, 2021
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Prescott hosts cross-town rivals Bradshaw Mountain in a tussle for the Esse Quam Videri trophy on Friday night.

By Doug Cook November 4, 2021
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The Prescott Valley Town Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission will meet for a joint work study session about the latest draft of the town’s 2035 General Plan at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4.

By Doug Cook November 2, 2021
PV council approves 2021 Strategic Plan as blueprint for the town’s future
Document states town government’s commitment, mission, values and focus areas to improve accountability

Prescott Valley Town Council members on Oct. 29 unanimously approved a new 2021 Strategic Plan document, one that outlines the town government’s commitment, mission, values and focus areas for the municipality moving forward.

By Doug Cook October 30, 2021
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Bradshaw Mountain football’s seemingly unshakeable defense could not be peaking at a better time of the 2021 season.

By Doug Cook October 29, 2021
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Glassford Hill Road rejuvenation resumes with oil-sealing project
Drivers urged to slow down as work progresses on Glassford, from Florentine Road to 89A

Town of Prescott Valley officials this week are reminding drivers to watch for construction crews working on the Glassford Hill Road Rejuvenation Oil Seal Project, which includes sealing on Glassford from Florentine Road to Highway 89A.

By Doug Cook October 26, 2021
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Legado Apartments project in Entertainment District takes major step toward reality
Town Council approves final development plan for large apartment, retail, restaurant and parking garage

A vacant parcel on the north side of the Prescott Valley Entertainment District is being primed for a considerable apartment, mixed-use retail, restaurant, and parking garage project across from Findlay Toyota Center.

By Doug Cook October 26, 2021
Jasper subdivision to get secondary, access road with StoneRidge extension
Called the Jasper Parkway extension, it will travel south from the subdivision to Highway 69

The Jasper subdivision west of Glassford Hill Road and the Granville subdivision in northwest Prescott Valley will eventually be getting a secondary, north-south access road.

By Doug Cook October 25, 2021
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When Chino Valley resident Cindy Harding first laid eyes on a young horse named HD Jefferson two years ago in far northeastern New York State, her gut told her that this was not any ordinary animal.

By Doug Cook October 23, 2021
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The new, larger Maverik gas station and convenience store at 1341 N. Prescott Country Club Blvd. near the intersection of Highway 69 and Fain Road in Prescott Valley is scheduled to open in mid-December, Maverick Communications Director Michelle Monson confirmed this past week.

By Doug Cook October 23, 2021
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While it’s true that the Prescott football team entered its home game against Mesquite on Friday night, Oct. 22, with a higher ranking in 4A, it became apparent early on that the Wildcats are the two-time defending state champion for a reason.

By Doug Cook October 22, 2021
Town Council approves uses for $4.6 million of Prescott Valley’s American Rescue Plan dollars
Florentine Road upgrades, Smart Water Meter Program to get considerable chunk of first portion of money

The Prescott Valley Town Council on Thursday, Oct. 14, approved spending $4.6 million of the town’s estimated $7.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars on six specific projects, including $2.4 million for Florentine Road upgrades and $1.2 million for its Smart Water Meter Program.

By Doug Cook October 17, 2021
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A bye week and fall break may not have helped the 4A #22-ranked Bradshaw Mountain football team.

By Doug Cook October 16, 2021
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On Oct. 11, the Tropical Smoothie Café chain opened a shop at 7850 E. Florentine Road in Prescott Valley.

By Doug Cook October 16, 2021
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Show Business Video in downtown Prescott gets makeover with local pastor, congregants’ help
Store’s grand reopening on West Goodwin Street tentatively scheduled for late October

A revival is coming soon to the longtime Show Business Video Library on West Goodwin Street in downtown Prescott, thanks to a hand up from a local pastor and his congregants.

By Doug Cook October 14, 2021
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FEMA Floodplain Map revisions an ongoing process for Prescott Valley proper
Town engineers remapping historical floodplain to benefit residents who need flood insurance

In 2015, the Town of Prescott Valley partnered with the Yavapai County Flood Control District (YCFCD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to update and remap sections of the historical floodplain in the heart of town.

By Doug Cook October 12, 2021
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Illegal Fentanyl Working Group marks accomplishments as it eclipses 6-month mark
Drug prevention education program in Humboldt Unified School District’s schools among most significant

Over the past six-plus months, the all-volunteer Prescott Valley Illegal Fentanyl Working Group has accomplished at least a handful of goals in its effort to prevent synthetic opioids and other lethal drugs from infiltrating the community.

By Doug Cook October 12, 2021
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Friday night, Oct. 8, marked the beginning of the toughest stretch of the 2021 regular season for the Chino Valley football team.

By Doug Cook October 9, 2021
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Prescott Valley starts seeking comments for 2035 General Plan
Two online surveys available to make your voice heard on the town’s future

Prescott Valley officials have started seeking comments from residents regarding the process for formulating the town’s 2035 General Plan, which helps steer Town Council decisions on growth and services.

By Doug Cook October 5, 2021
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The County Seat restaurant, 120 W. Gurley St. in downtown Prescott, recently began a six-part, farm-to-table dinner series to help foster community relations, support the Prescott Farmers Market and spotlight talented local chefs.

By Doug Cook October 2, 2021
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At the midway point of the 2021 season, the Bradshaw Mountain football team is finally above .500 in the win-loss column – but it took a wild, back-and-forth shootout to get it done.

By Doug Cook October 1, 2021
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With a 4-3 vote on Thursday, Sept. 23, the Prescott Valley Town Council narrowly approved the town’s $3 million purchase of the Coors Event Center property north of the Arizona Downs horse-racing complex off of Highway 89A.

By Doug Cook September 28, 2021
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Proposed Fain development east of Quailwood Meadows stirs controversy
Board of Protect Quailwood opposes proposal for 2,200 new homes because of traffic-, water-related issues

A proposed Fain Signature Group development preliminarily designed for more than 2,000 homes has concerned several dozen residents in the adjacent Quailwood Meadows subdivision in Prescott Valley.

By Doug Cook September 28, 2021
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On Sept. 22 at Antelope Hills Golf Course, Prescott’s girls golf team posted its fourth win of the 2021 fall season after beating Saguaro by 10 strokes and Bradshaw by 32 strokes.

By Doug Cook September 27, 2021
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Ready to start 10-digit dialing for all of your phone calls?
FCC reminds you to get in the habit now; directive goes into full effect Oct. 24

On Sunday, Oct. 24, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will begin requiring callers in Arizona to use 10-digit dialing for all calls on their phones.

By Doug Cook September 27, 2021
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In late October, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) at 1003 Willow Creek Road in Prescott plans to begin opening its new Outpatient Services Building West in stages, hospital officials announced in a news release Sept. 16.

By Doug Cook September 25, 2021
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Former Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog, the kind, beloved and longest-serving mayor in the municipality’s 44-year history, died at home on Wednesday, Sept. 22, town officials confirmed.

By Doug Cook September 23, 2021
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The process for implementing a phased micro-transit plan in Prescott Valley using federal money is moving forward after Town Council approved the plan in January, town officials reported this past week.

By Doug Cook September 18, 2021
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On Sept. 13, a unique Jamba and Cinnabon joint location opened at the Depot Marketplace inside the former Starbucks, 351 N. Montezuma St., Suite A.

By Doug Cook September 18, 2021
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Trailing defending 4A state runner-up Cactus 14-7 at halftime on Friday night, Sept. 17, the Bradshaw Mountain football team thought it at least had a chance to hang with the Cobras.

By Doug Cook September 18, 2021
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Desire for 1st grocery store in Dewey-Humboldt gains more traction among council, residents
Could Fry’s or WinCo Foods show an interest in the small town in the 69 corridor southeast of Prescott Valley?

More Dewey-Humboldt residents are speaking out about wanting a grocery store in town, a topic that came up at the Town Council’s latest study session on Sept. 14.

By Doug Cook September 16, 2021
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City of Prescott officials in the Planning Department are considering revisions to the municipality’s Land Development Code, changes which could potentially improve business and housing.

By Doug Cook September 15, 2021

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