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As the horses, heifers and bulls went up for sale at the 28th annual Cattleman’s Weekend, held at the Prescott Livestock Auction in Chino Valley Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, the Cattleman’s Trade Show bustled just outside.

By Jason Wheeler March 17, 2019
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Choctaw artist to give presentation at St. Luke’s
The event is part of church’s Native American ministry

Karen Clarkson, Prescott resident and artist of Choctaw descent, will to be at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Saturday, March 16, for a presentation titled “A Choctaw Story of Land and Blood.”

By Jason Wheeler March 15, 2019
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Frank Luke Jr. featured in Sharlot Hall lecture
First aviator to be recognized with Congressional Medal of Honor

Frank Luke Jr., America’s first aviator to be recognized with the Congressional Medal of Honor, is set to be the subject of a lecture at Sharlot Hall Museum this weekend.

By Jason Wheeler March 14, 2019
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Kerry Irish Productions Inc. is returning to Prescott, bringing back its celebration of Ireland and its culture with the “St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland” concert.

By Jason Wheeler March 14, 2019
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The beauty of Whiskey Row is that every bar along the row has its own niche with its own clientele and Matt’s Saloon is no different, said co-owner Matt Brassard.

By Jason Wheeler March 14, 2019
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The Smoki Museum’s 22nd annual Spring Navajo Rug and Indian Art Auction on Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, will feature hundreds of rugs and unique pieces of art.

By Jason Wheeler March 14, 2019
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HighTime kicks off St. Patrick’s Day in Prescott
First time group has come to the area, says Celtic Concert Series director

Irish trio HighTime is coming to perform in Prescott on Thursday, March 14, as part of the Prescott Celtic Concert Series.

By Jason Wheeler March 12, 2019
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Residents mixed on water question
One of two issues in special election

The Chino Valley Town Council has called for a special election in May in which voters will be asked two questions, one of which has to do with whether or not voters will allow the town to purchase another water system if one comes available.

By Jason Wheeler March 12, 2019
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More than 300 students in Chino Valley homeless
Host homes a way to help, says family resource specialist

Two students in the Chino Valley Unified School District have been homeless since October, after their mother got remarried.

By Jason Wheeler March 12, 2019
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Chino Valley Chamber launches podcast
An innovative idea, executive director says

Lorette Brashear, executive director of the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, took over the Chino Valley Update Thursday, March 7, to put out the first three episodes of the chamber’s new podcast.

By Jason Wheeler March 12, 2019
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There are certain images that come to people’s minds when they think of what medicine was like on the frontier.

By Jason Wheeler March 12, 2019
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‘Lew Loves the Zoo’ fundraiser a wild success, surpasses $30K goal
Rees praises experience with staff, animals during fundraiser

The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary flew past its $30,000 goal for the “Lew Loves the Zoo” fundraiser, increasing the total for the week to $42,565.37 as of Thursday afternoon, March 7, the final day of the event.

By Jason Wheeler March 7, 2019
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You might be feeling you’re not in Kansas anymore.

By Jason Wheeler March 7, 2019
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Though the Professional Writers of Prescott have been meeting monthly for years, they had never published any books. Until now.

By Jason Wheeler March 6, 2019
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Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers are returning to the Whiskey Off-Road as the musical headliner for the event’s Four Peaks Brewing Concert Sessions on Saturday night, April 27.

By Jason Wheeler March 5, 2019
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The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary raised $3,398.53 Tuesday, March 5, on the third day of the “Lew Loves the Zoo” fundraising event, bringing the total for the week so far to $21,470.37.

By Jason Wheeler March 5, 2019
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The Chino Valley Town Council members decided at their regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26, to move forward with discontinuing a reduced tax rate on manufactured homes.

By Jason Wheeler March 5, 2019
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Chino council approves rezoning for duplex project
Resident voices concerns about drainage

Chino Valley could see a new duplex project on Center Street after the Chino Valley Town Council approved a request to rezone nearly three acres of land to multi-family residential at its regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26.

By Jason Wheeler March 5, 2019
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Tim Purdy of Steel Stamps Inc. demonstrates a leather stamp at the 19th annual Southwest Leather Workers Trade Show Saturday, March 2.

By Jason Wheeler March 3, 2019
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After two teams from BASIS Prescott and Coconino High School argued their cases in round four of the Arizona High School Mock Trial Competition Region 7 on Saturday, March 2, Justice Jennifer Campbell of the Arizona Court of Appeals Division One told the students she knows lawyers who don’t do as good a job as they did.

By Jason Wheeler March 2, 2019
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It was Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, the inaugural Fourth Friday Art Walk in Prescott - it snowed then too, said ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery Marketing & Art Education Coordinator Patti Ortiz, noting she felt nostalgic on the Art Walk’s 15th anniversary Friday, Feb. 22.

By Jason Wheeler February 28, 2019
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For the last 15 years, Derek Evans has been bringing Theodore Roosevelt back to life and he’s coming to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center next week.

By Jason Wheeler February 28, 2019
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The 19th annual Southwest Leather Workers Trade Show returns to Prescott this weekend and is bigger than ever, according to organizer Ralph Solome, Jr., Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal publisher.

By Jason Wheeler February 28, 2019
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Snow blows into Chino
Storm dumps more than 20 inches, according to National Weather Service

It was the largest winter storm Yavapai County had seen in 30 years, with more than 20 inches blowing into Chino Valley between Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22.

By Jason Wheeler February 26, 2019
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Partners in support of animals
Chino Valley Animal Partners president looks for group to grow

Since April 2016, the Chino Valley Animal Partners has been carrying out a mission of supporting the Chino Valley Animal Shelter, educating the public on the benefits of adopting animals and providing assistance to low-income residents for pet care.

By Jason Wheeler February 26, 2019
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Chino Valley residents share what roads they want fixed
Road maintenance one of two issues in special election

There is a special election coming in May in which voters will be asked two questions, one of which has to do if whether or not voters will approve a $1.5 million property tax levy for a 20-year program dedicated to road maintenance and construction.

By Jason Wheeler February 26, 2019
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Jennifer Knight takes some chocolate from around the world at the Chocolate Fever Festival for Teens at the Prescott Public Library Saturday, Feb. 23.

By Jason Wheeler February 24, 2019
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Councilman Best gives update on 50th anniversary committee
Mayor Croft to conduct planning session at next meeting

Giving an update on the activities of the Chino Valley 50th Anniversary Committee at the Tuesday, Feb. 12, Chino Valley Town Council meeting, Councilman Mike Best said the main thing the committee is doing is getting articles for the book.

By Jason Wheeler February 22, 2019
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Yasmina Reza’s “Art,” winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play, is showing at Prescott Center for the Arts’ Stage Too!, directed by Paul Epoch.

By Jason Wheeler February 21, 2019
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The Yavapai College I AM YC Club is giving everyone a reason to spend this Saturday, Feb. 23, playing their favorite games.

By Jason Wheeler February 21, 2019
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BMHS junior earns prestigious internship opportunity
Says he wants to do biomedical engineering at University of Arizona

Though it started out like any other day at school, it turned out to be just a little more than that for Bradshaw Mountain High School junior AJ Villafana.

By Jason Wheeler February 21, 2019
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It was a great turnout for Horses with H.E.A.R.T.’s 16th annual Bowl-A-Thon at Antelope Lanes in Prescott Valley on Saturday, Feb. 16, according to Executive Director Pam Berry.

By Jason Wheeler February 19, 2019
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Councilman Best: 50th anniversary book to focus on town history
Mayor Croft to conduct planning session at next meeting

Giving an update on the activities of the Chino Valley 50th Anniversary Committee at the Tuesday, Feb. 12, Chino Valley Town Council meeting, Councilman Mike Best said the main thing the committee is doing is getting articles for the book.

By Jason Wheeler February 19, 2019
Proposed ordinance sent back for rewrites
Deals with commercial vehicles on residential property

A proposed amendment to the town code about commercial vehicles was unanimously sent back to be rewritten at the Tuesday, Feb. 12 Chino Valley Council meeting.

By Jason Wheeler February 19, 2019
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President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday, Feb. 15, to secure more money for proposed border wall construction. The Daily Courier took to the courthouse plaza to see what people thought.

By Jason Wheeler February 15, 2019
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A panel of six to eight women highlighting short stories, poetry, songs, prose and commentary on the lifestyle of working cowboys and their families is set for the Sharlot Hall Museum this weekend.

By Jason Wheeler February 15, 2019
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The classic irish themes of yearning, adventure, struggle and triumph are coming to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center with Murphy’s Celtic Legacy dances into Prescott.

By Jason Wheeler February 14, 2019
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Celebrate a belated Valentine’s Day with the Prescott POPS Symphony Orchestra as it wrapts its season this weekend at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

By Jason Wheeler February 14, 2019
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Early morning in Prescott, the sun is shining yet not enough for the heat to break through the cold, you walk into Outlaw Donuts and see… bacon on a maple long john.

By Jason Wheeler February 14, 2019
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To close out this year’s Arizona Beer Week, nine downtown breweries and bars will feature all Northern Arizona-based craft beers for the first-ever Northern Arizona Craft Beer Crawl.

By Jason Wheeler February 14, 2019
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The Territorial Early Childhood Center is looking to round up kindergarten and preschool students for the 2019-20 school year.

By Jason Wheeler February 12, 2019
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Town’s cleanup efforts underway
Idea is to work together, says commercial code compliance officer

Efforts to clean up the Town of Chino Valley along Highway 89 are underway, according to Code Compliance Officer Erin Deskins

By Jason Wheeler February 12, 2019
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Chino Valley plans inaugural Women’s Expo
Celebration part of increasing profile of Community Center as site for community events, recreation official says

In her efforts to make the Chino Valley Community Center a site for hosting community events, Recreation Lead Dallas Gray says the Town of Chino Valley is planning its inaugural Women’s Health and Beauty Expo.

By Jason Wheeler February 12, 2019
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Horses with H.E.A.R.T. goes bowling
People raising pledges can designate where they want money to go, group’s executive director says

While the morning session is all filled up for Horses with H.E.A.R.T.’s 16th annual Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday, Feb. 16, a few spots still remain for the afternoon session.

By Jason Wheeler February 12, 2019
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The worst-case scenario in Prescott’s weather future: average temperatures more than 10 degrees warmer than present with precipitation levels that would be unlikely able to keep up from year to year, according to an area climatologist.

By Jason Wheeler February 9, 2019
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Political outlook more optimistic in Prescott than rest of country
Nationally, Pew study finds both parties see less reason for optimism in 2019

Braving the icy wind, stinging rain and even the occasional bouts of hail, Bill Gauslow stood on the corner of Montezuma and Gurley streets, participating in the weekly Prescott Indivisible protest.

By Jason Wheeler February 8, 2019
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Folk Sessions is celebrating its 16th anniversary with a GIANTS of Folk concert at The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center hosted by original New Christy Minstrels member Art Podell.

By Jason Wheeler February 7, 2019
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As the owner of Merchandise Mart, the largest antique mall in Northern Arizona, Jeanne Antonius said she enjoys the adventure of seeing what comes in every day as well as what people end up buying.

By Jason Wheeler February 7, 2019
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The “New York Daily News” said she “makes a diverse musical statement,” The “Wall Street Journal” called her “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation and “Vanity Fair” called her a millennial who is “shaking up the jazz world.”

By Jason Wheeler February 7, 2019
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Anyone looking for something prehistoric need look no further than the pit houses at Willow Lake City Park.

By Jason Wheeler February 7, 2019

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