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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.

By Les Bowen June 30, 2016

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.

By Les Bowen June 24, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen June 23, 2016
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The Sunset Fire is 100 percent contained at 52 acres.

By Les Bowen June 21, 2016
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As the Tenderfoot Fire approaches full containment in the hills miles outside town, residents of Yarnell are returning to their normal routine.

By Les Bowen June 17, 2016
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The Arcosanti Juneteenth Jazz Splash Festival enters its 18th year this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19.

By Les Bowen June 16, 2016

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

By Les Bowen June 16, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen June 14, 2016

It’s safe to come home.

By Les Bowen June 12, 2016
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Yavapai County Board of Supervisors candidates for District 1 tried to distinguish themselves Wednesday, June 8, at a forum hosted Citizen Tax Committee.

By Les Bowen June 10, 2016
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Northern Arizona American Red Cross provided shelter more than a dozen evacuees from Yarnell on Wednesday night, June 8.

By Les Bowen June 10, 2016
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Funk FREQuency will be among the first bands to perform Saturday in a new space at Bucky’s Casino.

By Les Bowen June 9, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen June 7, 2016

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

By Les Bowen June 6, 2016

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.

By Les Bowen June 5, 2016
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It’s not as bad as it was a year ago, but Arizona’s drought conditions grew over the first half of 2016.

By Les Bowen June 3, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen May 29, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen May 26, 2016

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.

By Les Bowen May 23, 2016
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If you liked last fall’s food truck festival, you’ll love this weekend’s Urban Eats, event organizers say.

By Les Bowen May 19, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen May 17, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen May 14, 2016

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.

By Les Bowen May 13, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen May 11, 2016
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Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana hope to make a mark this week in what they deem unfriendly territory.

By Les Bowen May 11, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen May 4, 2016

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

By Les Bowen May 2, 2016

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

By Les Bowen April 28, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen April 24, 2016

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.

By Les Bowen April 21, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen April 21, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen April 15, 2016
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Even before her first statewide election, former state Sen. Kelli Ward says she won’t be a career politician.

By Les Bowen April 15, 2016
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Nine teachers in Prescott Unified School District shared in the nearly $12,000 awarded last week by the PUSD Education Foundation.

By Les Bowen April 12, 2016
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The Senate approved a bill allowing Arizona cities and towns to regulate sober living homes.

By Les Bowen April 12, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen April 9, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen April 7, 2016

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

By Les Bowen April 2, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen March 29, 2016

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

By Les Bowen March 28, 2016

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

By Les Bowen March 27, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen March 25, 2016
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Voters in Yavapai County escaped the long lines reported in other areas of the state.

By Les Bowen March 24, 2016
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High school junior Jackson Nichols plans to attend classes at Harvard University this summer, and he hopes the community will help send him there.

By Les Bowen March 20, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen March 19, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen March 12, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen March 8, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen March 3, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen March 1, 2016
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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.

By Les Bowen February 24, 2016

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