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World's Oldest Rodeo fun for everyone

There’s a lot more to Prescott’s annual rodeo than what happens in the arena, with something happening every day through Monday, July 4.

Speed campaign event gets message out

It was the political version of speed-dating Wednesday, June 22, as many of the candidates in the August primary made the rounds at an event hosted by the Republican Women of Prescott at Hotel St. Michael.

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Photographers open macro show at Arts Prescott Gallery

The “Hey Did You See That?” guest artist show premieres Friday, June 24, at Arts Prescott Gallery, featuring photographers Christy Garavetto in her debut alongside the established work of Jody Miller, known for her equine photography.

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Sunset Fire now 100 percent contained

The Sunset Fire is 100 percent contained at 52 acres.

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Yarnell residents get back to their routines

As the Tenderfoot Fire approaches full containment in the hills miles outside town, residents of Yarnell are returning to their normal routine.

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Juneteenth Jazz Splash this weekend will honor Ali

The Arcosanti Juneteenth Jazz Splash Festival enters its 18th year this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19.

State sues auto glass business for violating Do Not Call Registry

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is suing an auto glass company for making illegal sales calls to former customers.

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Tenderfoot Fire more than half contained

Plans begin to release personnel, return control to local BLM

Fire officials are getting ready to turn control back to local authorities this week, after firefighters expanded containment of the Tenderfoot Fire to 61 percent Monday, June 13.

Good news in Yarnell: Residents headed home

It’s safe to come home.

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Board of Supervisor District 1 candidates meet

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors candidates for District 1 tried to distinguish themselves Wednesday, June 8, at a forum hosted Citizen Tax Committee.

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‘You get thinking about three years ago. That comes to mind.’ Emergency shelter continues at college

Northern Arizona American Red Cross provided shelter more than a dozen evacuees from Yarnell on Wednesday night, June 8.

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Funk FREQuency set for new venue

Funk FREQuency will be among the first bands to perform Saturday in a new space at Bucky’s Casino.

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Latest challenge: Should charters get Prop. 123 funds?

Despite voters’ approval of Proposition 123 last month, schools are waiting for another legal hurdle before they can receive the money promised by the measure.

Prescott Council to decide next steps after city manager’s resignation

City officials on Tuesday, June 7, will formally accept the resignation of former City Manager Craig McConnell.

Fann’s bill revamps state’s economic development

Rep. Karen Fann was pleased in May to see Gov. Doug Ducey sign a bill she sponsored to revamp the state’s economic development efforts.

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Arizona's drought conditions worsening

It’s not as bad as it was a year ago, but Arizona’s drought conditions grew over the first half of 2016.

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Governor to Prescott High grads: ‘Don’t stop. Keep going.’

Gov. Doug Ducey congratulated the Prescott High School Class of 2016, speaking at commencement ceremonies Friday night, May 27, and urged graduates to take advantage of the opportunities before them.

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Phippen Museum marks 42nd annual art show and sale

Phippen Museum’s Western Art Show & Sale returns for its 42nd year this weekend, and organizers say it’s returning to its pre-recession prominence.

Prescott Unified School District Education Foundation honors grads, mentors

A nonprofit foundation created to support Prescott Unified School District honored some of the school’s outstanding seniors at the organization’s inaugural Rising Stars Banquet on May 9.

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Urban Eats festival brings street food to Prescott May 21

If you liked last fall’s food truck festival, you’ll love this weekend’s Urban Eats, event organizers say.

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Prop. 123 too close to call; slight ‘yes’ lead

Yavapai voters lean toward ‘no’

Arizonans narrowly favored Proposition 123 in preliminary returns Tuesday night, May 17, but with a margin of less than 1 percent statewide, the results are too close to call.

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Court unyielding to demand of ‘sovereign citizen’ squatters

The couple accused of squatting in a $900,000 Prescott home and who claim their “sovereign citizen” status exempts them from court jurisdiction aren’t getting any special treatment by Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley.

Additional sales tax monies will fund expansions in Police Department

Town officials again affirmed in April the way police will use their portion of a half-cent sales tax increase that went into effect at the start of the fiscal year.

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Schools, Yavapai County mull next steps if election delayed

County plans to move ahead with polling places for Tuesday vote

After learning Monday that an attorney was seeking to delay the May 17 special election, school officials are bracing the same as if Proposition 123 were to fail at the ballot box.

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Effort to legalize pot makes splash in Yavapai County

Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana hope to make a mark this week in what they deem unfriendly territory.

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PV Council begins to spend extra tax dollars

January’s increase to fund expansions in Police Department

Prescott Valley officials affirmed in April the way police will use their portion of a half-cent sales tax increase that went into effect at the start of this year.

Yavapai County supervisors take up $4.8 million in department requests

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors this past week accepted nearly $4.8 million in program changes from the county’s department heads.

Prop. 123 could affect property taxes

If voters approve Proposition 123 at the ballot box May 17, it could impact property tax rates in Prescott Unified School District.

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Chemistry teacher named Yavapai County Teacher of the Year

Yavapai County Education Foundation recognized 67 of the county’s teachers Friday night, April 22, naming chemistry teacher Mike Westcott of Mingus Union High School as the 2016 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year.

Prescott Valley voters to again decide on home rule budget option

Voters will decide again this fall whether town officials can set their own budget priorities or if the town will follow a state-mandated budget.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters interim director brings wealth of skills

Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters’ interim CEO Nick Mork isn’t shy about his passion for the organization he’s been a part of for more than four decades.

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Leaders honored: ‘They do not build walls, they build bridges’

Organizers of Prescott Area Leadership’s annual Leaders of the Year broke a 26-year-old tradition Wednesday night, April 13, when instead of the normal four, they named five award winners.

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Senate challenger Ward hopes to help change D.C. culture

Even before her first statewide election, former state Sen. Kelli Ward says she won’t be a career politician.

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PUSD celebrates first round of foundation grants

Nine teachers in Prescott Unified School District shared in the nearly $12,000 awarded last week by the PUSD Education Foundation.

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Senate OKs sober living homes bill

The Senate approved a bill allowing Arizona cities and towns to regulate sober living homes.

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Prescott school district to allow alcohol sales at 6 on-campus events in 2016

School officials gave the green light this week to allow six community events to sell alcohol on Prescott Unified School District grounds. “The emphasis was on wanting to cooperate and partner with the city,” school board member John Mackin said.

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3rd annual fundraiser supports Prescott's La Tierra Community School

Supporters of the arts and education again turned out Sunday, April 3, to support La Tierra Community School’s third annual fundraiser, Art Under the Stars.

Prescott Unified School District credit rating downgraded

Moody’s Investor Service downgraded Prescott Unified School District’s credit rating in anticipation of an upcoming bond sale.

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Seeking re-election, McCain talks VA, terrorism, fire, water in Prescott (AUDIO)

Sen. John McCain said Tuesday, March 29, he doesn’t downplay the prospects of a serious primary challenger for his seat on the nation’s Capitol Hill.

PUSD Education Foundation to honor Prescott school district's teachers

More than two dozen community members are behind a nonprofit aimed at supporting Prescott Unified School District.

City of Prescott’s group homes list reveals web of owners, operators

A list maintained by the City of Prescott shows there are some 164 homes city officials have determined or believe are group homes.

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Prescott Valley growth continues to outpace region

In a time when other communities are still seeing a sluggish rebound in residential development, town officials in Prescott Valley say they’re seeing robust growth.

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Thousands of provisional ballots remain to be counted in Yavapai

Voters in Yavapai County escaped the long lines reported in other areas of the state.

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High school cellist has eyes set on Harvard this summer

High school junior Jackson Nichols plans to attend classes at Harvard University this summer, and he hopes the community will help send him there.

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Candidates who ‘suspended’ campaigns still on Tuesday’s ballot

Voters in Yavapai County’s Republican Presidential Preference Election on Tuesday, March 22, will see 14 names on their ballots, but just four still have active campaigns.

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Gosar on Washington: ‘Nothing’s getting done’

Rep. Paul Gosar came short of endorsing a presidential candidate in constituent meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, but the Republican from Arizona’s 4th Congressional District said he can understand the American people’s distrust in the Washington establishment.

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Prescott middle-schoolers document oral history of Pioneers’ Home residents

Middle-schoolers connected with residents of the Arizona Pioneers’ Home for a school project that taught students both some history about their community and how to work as a team.

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VIDEO: Lincoln principal dressed as pig after students surpassed reading goal

PRESCOTT - Lincoln Elementary Principal Karen Hughes dressed as a pig Wednesday, March, 2, after students at the school exceeded their reading goal for the month of February.

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Workforce creation in Yavapai County boosted by public-private partnerships

Central Yavapai County may have grown as an urban community over the past decade or so, but when it comes to economic perspective, it's still considered a rural area, and that means challenges for building a diverse workforce.

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PUSD adds free, all-day kindergarten for 2016-17

Starting next fall, all kindergarten students in the quad-cities will have free, all-day classes, after a decision by the governing board at Prescott Unified School District last week.

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