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Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Director Lorette Brashear is holding a contest, searching for the name for her new upcoming radio show.

By Jason Wheeler June 24, 2019
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A recent article saw the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division recommending parents consider $12 ID cards for children.

By Jason Wheeler June 24, 2019
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The Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board is set to adopt its 2019-20 budget at its Tuesday, July 2, meeting.

By Jason Wheeler June 24, 2019
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Pattee Spott says music is her happy place.

By Jason Wheeler June 22, 2019
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The suspension of Arizona Downs’ summer season due to the off-track betting signal fight is a disappointment, said trainer Stacy Campo.

By Jason Wheeler June 21, 2019
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The 38th annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival, held this weekend in downtown Prescott, is featuring plenty of young of bluegrass talent, according to a news release from Prescott Chamber of Commerce Office & Events Manager Laura Warne.

By Jason Wheeler June 20, 2019
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Drew Hall is bringing Austin musician Josh Halverson to Prescott for a concert at the Prescott Center for the Arts this weekend.

By Jason Wheeler June 20, 2019
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‘Wish Man’ wins Prescott Film Festival Audience Choice Award
Audience had a lot of passion, director says

The audience at the Prescott Film Festival made its voice heard, voting for “Wish Man” to receive the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature.

By Jason Wheeler June 20, 2019
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Prescott’s own Sugar & the Mint is headlining the 38th annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival, something that feels incredibly special, lead vocalist Johan Glidden said.

By Jason Wheeler June 19, 2019
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Mile High Comedy Theater returns to Elks after long absence
Friday night show to feature new cast members

After a long absence, Mile High Comedy Theater is returning to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, bringing with it a night of stand-up and improvisational comedy.

By Jason Wheeler June 19, 2019
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Alexes Niekamp, owner of Lessons by Lexe dance studio in Prescott, is in Phoenix this week competing against 25 other women for the chance to become Miss Arizona.

By Jason Wheeler June 18, 2019
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Though the Chino Valley Cemetery has been around since the early 1920s, John Ginn said he has had control over it for about four or five years.

By Jason Wheeler June 18, 2019
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Horses with H.E.A.R.T. to unveil new addition
Tack building constructed thanks to donations of money and labor, director says

Horses with H.E.A.R.T. is set to dedicate and unveil a new tack building, something Executive Director Pam Berry said the program has needed for a long time.

By Jason Wheeler June 18, 2019
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Walker Day celebrates volunteer fire department
Department is blessed with good community support, treasurer says

Strolling along the items in the yard sale behind the Walker Fire Department during the 49th annual Walker Day on Saturday, Rena Hatala said she was finding a lot of interesting things.

By Jason Wheeler June 15, 2019
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Award-winning Stoic Cider expanding
New trees, new flavors, wider distribution, co-founder says

Stoic Cider has had a busy year and a half since selling its first bottles to the public in December 2017 — it recently won a gold medal at the largest cider competition in the world and is working on expansions, said Tierney Routson, co-founder.

By Jason Wheeler June 15, 2019
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Fake News! Jack Berry, coming from a Republican perspective, said he believes it to be an issue, noting that certain news organizations continue to put out false narratives.

By Jason Wheeler June 14, 2019
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Salute to Sun Records returns to Elks Theatre on Saturday
Band’s chemistry makes it a unique experience, performer says

Lonely Street Productions is bringing back its “Good Rockin’ Live — A Salute to Sun Records” show back to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend.

By Jason Wheeler June 14, 2019
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Head eight miles south of Highway 69 this weekend for the 49th annual Walker Day, an event benefitting the Walker Fire Department in Prescott on Saturday, June 15.

By Jason Wheeler June 14, 2019
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Look at the sky this weekend and you’ll see birds, planes and a few hot air balloons rising above downtown Prescott for the Mile High Hot Air Balloon Festival.

By Jason Wheeler June 13, 2019
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See Shakespeare at the Highlands Center June 14-15 & 21-22
One of the center’s biggest fundraisers of year, marketing and communications coordinator says

Laark Productions is bringing another one of Shakespeare’s plays to the Highlands Center for Natural History this weekend and next weekend for the sixth annual Shakespeare in the Pines.

By Jason Wheeler June 13, 2019
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In April, Addie Daniels approached the Chino Valley Town Council about the Green Bags Project, asking them to collect food items in green bags for school district students and a homeless food pantry run by her family and other volunteers at the school.

By Jason Wheeler June 11, 2019
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The first phase of the 10-phase preliminary plat for Century Ranch subdivision was forwarded to the Chino Valley Town Council after unanimous approval by the Chino Valley Planning & Zoning Committee at its meeting Tuesday, June 4.

By Jason Wheeler June 11, 2019
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The calculations for valedictorian and salutatorian are changing and will go into effect for the graduating class of 2021 after approval by the Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board at its meeting Tuesday, June 4.

By Jason Wheeler June 11, 2019
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Sons of the American Revolution honor WWII vets
Navy seaman gives his D-Day perspective

The Prescott Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution honored World War II veterans and their service to the country, hosting 23, at a Saturday, June 8, luncheon at Guacamaya’s Mexican Grill.

By Jason Wheeler June 9, 2019
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Friday night was an emotional moment for Meghan Tisdale, a Make-A-Wish recipient who came face to face with Frank Shankwitz, the man who founded the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

By Jason Wheeler June 8, 2019
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In keeping with its mission to entertain, inspire and inform, the Prescott Film Festival is starting its 10th year with a showing of “Wish Man” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7.

By Jason Wheeler June 6, 2019
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Prescott Valley Civic Center to go to the dogs for WOOFstock on June 8
More than a dozen rescues up for adoption this year

The Prescott Valley Civic Center is going to do the dogs this weekend for the eighth annual WOOFstick and Adopt-a-thon event.

By Jason Wheeler June 6, 2019
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One Story Creations is putting on three showings of “Matilda the Musical,” which director Jennifer Gail said is the company’s first big family show.

By Jason Wheeler June 5, 2019
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Farmers Market in Chino Valley returns this week
Location at Olsen’s Grain a good fit, executive director says

Summer in Chino Valley means the return of the Chino Valley Farmers Market, now in its 12th year as it returns to its spot in front of Olsen’s Grain starting Thursday, June 6.

By Jason Wheeler June 4, 2019
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Chino Valley Town Council approves amendments to building, technical codes
Communities got together, building official says

Contractors coming in from outside of Chino Valley no longer have to worry about deviations in the building code thanks to amendments to the town’s building and technical codes recently approved by the Chino Valley Town Council.

By Jason Wheeler June 4, 2019
Officials remind residents to be firewise
Lots of recent moisture doesn’t mean no fire season, fire staff officer says

As fire season looms, officials from the Prescott National Forest and Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority reminded residents to be firewise at the Tuesday, May 28, Chino Valley Town Council meeting.

By Jason Wheeler June 4, 2019
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‘Wish Man’ kicks off 10th annual Prescott Film Festival
Festival has a cross section of something for everyone, executive director says

Kicking off this year’s Prescott Film Festival is “Wish Man,” the biographical drama of the story behind Prescott resident Frank Shankwitz and the events that led to the creation of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

By Jason Wheeler June 3, 2019
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Looking out at the view of Watson Lake from the Peavine Trail from her wheelchair, Carolina Alcalde said she was enjoying her hike on the Peavine Trail.

By Jason Wheeler June 2, 2019
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The ninth annual Party in the Pines took place Saturday, June 1, 2019.

By Jason Wheeler June 2, 2019
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After a little game of Faro, Delilia and Aurellia Klein moved on to check out some weaving at the Sharlot Hall Museum’s 46th annual Folk Arts Fair on Saturday, June 1.

By Jason Wheeler June 1, 2019
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One Stage puts on ‘High School Musical 2 Jr.’ on Saturday
Perfect timing for the show, director says

One Stage Family Theatre is bringing the East High Wildcats and the story of their summer vacation to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend with “High School Musical 2 Jr.”

By Jason Wheeler May 31, 2019
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Take a trip back to the past and discover a simpler time at the Sharlot Hall Museum this weekend for the 46th annual Folk Arts Fair.

By Jason Wheeler May 30, 2019
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Drew Baloh is bringing the Garth Brooks experience to Prescott Valley on Saturday, June 1, with “Garth Live! – Tribute to Garth Brooks.”

By Jason Wheeler May 30, 2019
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Going downtown almost any day of the week this summer will mean running into some form of entertainment, whether it’s music or movies, thanks to the 2019 Summer Concert & Movie Series.

By Jason Wheeler May 30, 2019
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Chino Valley Chamber golf tournament goes ‘Caddyshack’
Biggest fundraiser of the year for the chamber, director says

For this year’s 11th annual Bob Kaecker Memorial Golf Tournament, Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lorette Brashear said she decided to add a bit of a twist.

By Jason Wheeler May 28, 2019
Temporary signs to be reviewed by Chino Valley Development Services
Certain sections not clearly defined, planner says

Development Services Director Joshua Cook said he wants to readdress the part of the Chino Valley Town Code regarding temporary signs.

By Jason Wheeler May 28, 2019
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Open swim at Mountain Valley Splash is from 1 to 4:30 p.m. daily through Sunday, Aug. 3. Entry fees are $3.50 for 17 and younger and seniors and $4.50 for adults.

By Jason Wheeler May 27, 2019
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Prescott Police Officer Tim Johnson rides his bicycle past a burro at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary during its First Responders Appreciation Day Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Prescott.

By Jason Wheeler May 27, 2019
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Phippen Museum brings Western art show downtown
Multiple mediums on display; show continues Sunday-Monday

Numerous Western artists showed off and sold their artwork in downtown Prescott on Saturday, May 25, for the first day of the Phippen Museum’s 45th annual Western Art Show & Sale.

By Jason Wheeler May 25, 2019
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Horse racing returns to Arizona Downs
Spectators excited to see horses back as track reopens after 10 years

After Ya Antabtssy crossed the finish line, becoming the first horse to win a race at Arizona Downs since 2010, spectator Mike Rowe said he was excited to not only have seen the race, but come out a winner.

By Jason Wheeler May 24, 2019
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Local artist Donna Carver has created a body of work acknowledging and highlighting strong women that is currently on display in the mezzanine ’Tis Art Center & Gallery.

By Jason Wheeler May 23, 2019
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It’s a race at Findlay Toyota Center this weekend as Arizona Offroad Promotions brings the Prescott Valley Grand Prix back for a fifth year Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26.

By Jason Wheeler May 23, 2019
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Memorial Day Weekend means western, art on the courthouse plaza as the Phippen Museum puts on its 45th annual Western Art Show & Sale.

By Jason Wheeler May 23, 2019
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Chino Valley looks ahead after proposals defeated
Tuesday vote a ‘game changer’ for progress, town manager says

The residents of Chino Valley made their voices heard, voting against both questions in a special election on Tuesday, May 21.

By Jason Wheeler May 23, 2019
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Proposed road tax in Chino Valley apparently voted down
Early returns show question on buying water system also failing

Early returns for the Chino Valley Special Election on Tuesday, May 21, show residents voting against a $1.5 million primary property tax levy for a 20-year program dedicated to road maintenance and construction as well as against allowing the town to purchase another water system if one comes available.

By Jason Wheeler May 21, 2019

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