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Jason Wheeler

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Town could raise aquatic center fees

Would eliminate sessions, alter fee schedule

Chino Valley town staff is recommending Town Council raise the aquatic center fees, said Community Services Director Scott Bruner at last week’s council meeting.

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Only 1 cigarette per day nearly doubles risk of heart disease, study finds

The British Medical Journal has published a study that shows that men who smoke one cigarette a day have half the risk of developing coronary heart disease of those who smoked 20 per day,

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The Road to WrestleMania runs through Prescott Valley

The Road to WrestleMania started in San Antonio earlier this month, at the Royal Rumble, and on the way to New Orleans, there’s a big pit stop, this weekend, at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

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Navajo flutist, storyteller gives presentation at St. Luke’s

Navajo flutist and storyteller Michael Goodluck will be at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Feb. 17, for a one-hour presentation titled “A Magical Journey.”

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Tumbledown House returns for Elks performance

After performing more than 800 shows in 25 states, festival-favorite band Tumbledown House is returning to Prescott, where they lived for a year and a half, according to producer and guitarist Tyler Miller.

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Prescott breweries collaborate for Arizona Beer Week

Every year, Arizona’s breweries that are a part of the Arizona Brewers Guild put on Arizona Beer Week, said Audra Yamamoto, owner of Granite Mountain Brewing.

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PCA show all about love from different angles

Prescott Center for the Arts’ Bruce Lanning said he’s always wanted to do a romance, and his current show, “Italian American Reconciliation” is romantic.

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BYU Young Ambassadors bring popular hits to Yavapai College

Brigham Young University’s Young Ambassadors are set to take families on a musical journey, bringing popular hits and tunes to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 10.

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Class of ‘68 takes audiences back 50 years

Go back 50 years with Class of ‘68

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Folk Sessions celebrates 15 years with anniversary concert

Folk Sessions, the popular radio show, is celebrating 15 years with a 15-act concert at the Prescott Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 10.

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School bus drivers make safety first priority

Driving precious cargo

Kristen Lawrence knows every child that comes on her bus. Keeping them safe is an absolute priority, she said.

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Are women more addicted to smartphones than men?

Yavapai College students reflect on results of survey that says just that

After surveying about 200 college students on their use of smartphones, a professor at Binghamton University found twice as many women addicted to smartphones, compared to men.

Tips to beat smartphone addiction

Addicted to your smartphone?

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Educator gives talk on history behind Prescott hero

Buckey O’Neill, Prescott legend

Of all the legendary names of the west that fill the history books, Buckey O’Neill is quite an interesting one, said educator and writer Kevin Schindler.

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Camerata Singers give a contemporary concert Saturday

“Gloria! A Choral Celebration of Contemporary Cathedral Compositions” will be at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherds Lane, Prescott, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.

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Kevin Schindler talks Buckey O’Neill at Phippen

Keeping in step with the Phippen Museum’s western flavor, educator and writer Kevin Schindler will be giving a presentation on Buckey O’Neill at the museum at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.

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Atlantic City Ballet weaves spell with ‘Sleeping Beauty’

The Atlantic City Ballet’s interpretation of the Grimm Fairy Tale, “Sleeping Beauty” is coming to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 8.

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From Broadway to the Elks Theatre

Natalie Toro takes audiences on a journey through her roles

Broadway actress Natalie Toro has stepped off the Great White Way and is doing her solo show for the first time in Arizona, performing at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center to end this tour.

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Chino Valley youngsters compete in AMA Supercross

Bike Racing

Chino Valley youths Evan Roslan and Brooke Grinter competed in Sunday’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross Amateur Day. And while they didn’t place high in the competition, they weren’t last, either.

Town gives notice it may raise water rates

In the first step of the process for the Town of Chino Valley to increase its water and wastewater rates, the Town Council approved a notice of intention to raise the rates at its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 23.

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What irks you when driving?

We asked people what their biggest pet peeve is while driving

The Daily Courier asked around and found what some people’s biggest pet peeves are while driving.

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Chino Valley chamber director Arlene Alen resigns

Set to take similar position in Washington state

Did the sea breeze draw the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce director, Arlene Alen, away from the post she has held for just a little over three years?

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Ghost hunters checked out Elks Theatre

Definitely something there, investigator Geoff Lloyd says

Unexplained smells, strange sounds, pulled hair, footsteps, a full-bodied apparition — people connected with the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center say it’s spooky there.

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Falconers swooping down on Chino Valley

Statewide group to meet and stage its first event in Chino Valley

For the first time, the Arizona Falconers Association Desert Hawking Classic will be held in Chino Valley, hosted by residents Anne and Paul Schnell.

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Women's March: More than 1,100 march — for many reasons — in downtown Prescott

Despite the cold from a lingering storm, more than 1,100 people marched around the Yavapai County Courthouse for the 2nd annual Women’s March on Prescott Saturday, Jan. 20.

St. Luke’s concert series begins Sunday

First concert features pianist Vitaly Serebriakov

The music department of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church recently announced the newly created St. Luke’s Concert Series, with the first concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21.

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Competing on 'The Price Is Right LIVE!' all about the experience, host says

Popular show is in Prescott on Friday, Jan. 19

When it comes to “The Price is Right,” both the television show and the live version, the game is the experience, said Todd Newton, host of “The Price is Right Live!”

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Justin Moore’s Hell on a Highway Tour stops at the PV Event Center

Over the years, country singer Justin Moore has learned it is his job to go on stage, throw a musical party of sorts and give people a good time.

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Mendoza focuses on benefits to Dancing for the Stars

Still getting the mechanics of the routine figured out, he says

Chino Valley Councilman Corey Mendoza said focusing on the benefits of Dancing for the Stars has been helping to lessen the intimidation of dancing in front of a group of people come April.

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Roads & Streets Committee identifies pavement improvement projects

Plans range from chip seals to replacing intersection

The Chino Valley Roads & Streets Committee identified several streets for upcoming pavement improvement projects at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 8.

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All the fun of ‘The Price is Right Live!’ without the travel

Yavapai College brings experience, and prizes, of show to Prescott

It’s safe to say, being a contestant on “The Price is Right Live!” is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, said host Todd Newton.

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How are some people doing on their New Year’s resolutions

People share their progress on resolutions they made for 2018

We asked people at Prescott’s courthouse plaza if they made any New Year’s Resolutions, what they were and how they’re doing on them just a couple weeks into 2018. Here is what they told us:

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Acoustic Eidolon kicks off Folk Sessions’ 15th year

Folk Sessions kicks off its 15th year this year with Acoustic Eidolon returning for the first concert of the year.

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Phoenix Symphony performs Bernstein, Brahms on Jan. 14

The Yavapai Symphony Association kicks off the new year with the Phoenix Symphony, performing on Sunday, Jan. 14.

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December ’63 tributes Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at the Elks Jan. 13

Hear the music of those four boys from Jersey this weekend with “December 63,” a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at the Prescott Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 13.

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'Fat Pig' presents subject matter relevant to today, director says

Prescott Center for the Arts’ newest show, “Fat Pig,” is a play where the first thing people will have to do is get past the title, Director Kevin Nissen said.

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Show’s Barry Gibb calls himself a living, walking example of 1977

There’s only a few seats that are “Stayin’ Alive” for the “Saturday Night Fever – Ultimate Tribute to the Bee Gees” show at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend.

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Good Rockin’ Live! salutes music of Sun Records

Lonely Street Productions brings another show to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend with “Good Rockin’ Live!,” a salute to the music of Sun Records.

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A farmers market in the winter

When thinking of a farmer’s market, the first idea that comes to mind probably won’t be winter – but the Prescott Farmer’s Market has had a winter market for the last four years, said Market Manager Kelley Villa.

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Boys & Girls club ready for teens in Chino

The Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona is putting the finishing touches on its space at the Community Center and a program in Chino Valley, said Kristen Kerns, unit director for Prescott Valley and Chino Valley.

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CVUSD turns 100 years this year

Superintendent Scholl looks back on first year as superintendent, forward to coming year

In 2017, the Chino Valley Unified School District kicked off its centennial year, but will really celebrate that anniversary this year, said Superintendent John Scholl.

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Thousands attend annual Boot Drop to welcome 2018

Last event for Prescott Pete’s Shooting Gallery

They counted down, the boot dropped, the fireworks flew — Whiskey Row welcomed in a brand new year.

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Mobile home park resident lives in constant intimidation, fear

Landlord’s attorney: She’s being evicted for violation of agreements

Susanne Nardozzi, wanting to live in Chino Valley’s Mountain View Mobile Home Park in “peace and quiet,” is facing eviction on Jan. 2 after wrangling with the landlord and management.

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Road One South slows down the intensity

Acker Night a swan song for the Prescott band

It all started in 2007 when Chris Russo said he posted in Pops Music Store that he was looking for a band and got a call from Dwight D’Evelyn.

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Boot drop tradition rings in 2018 – with 2 drops

Watch carefully, when that boot on top of the Palace Saloon and Jersey Lilly Saloon drops for the second time Sunday, it will be 2018.

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Windsock Lounge celebrates 25 years, while the Sean Goté gallery offers more than art

The old and the new

The Windsock Lounge is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend with a blowout party featuring Southbound.

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Boot Drop adds carnival games, shooting gallery

Whiskey Row’s New Year’s party continues to grow

The goal when the Whiskey Row Boot Drop began seven years ago was for it to grow a little each year.

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Ethan Kirschbaum, Prescott grad now a touring theater performer

Currently touring around the country performing in the Tony Award winning musical “Kinky Boots,” Prescott High School graduate Ethan Kirschbaum is living his dream.

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Last chance for Christmas events

Christmas is only three days away, and New Year’s Eve is close behind. There are not very many more chances to check out the Christmas attractions in and around Prescott.

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It’s the last Fourth Friday (Art Walk) of the year

Friday, Dec. 22 is going to be the last Fourth Friday Art Walk of the year and many of the usual participating galleries are going to be open.