Yavapai County not impacted yet
While all of Yavapai County remains in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, a good portion of state-owned and National Forest lands have been closed for recreational purposes (see map).
Some of the county’s longest inmates await trial
There’s a man who’s been in the custody of the Yavapai County jail for more than 10 years, and his trial is still not in sight.
When business relationships sour, rarely are personal feelings left out of the equation.
One structure burned
A wildfire that started just south of Walker Wednesday morning, May 16, led to the evacuation of residents located off of Bluff Road east of Poachers Way.
Wind-driven fire chars grasslands; no structures damaged
A wildland fire along Fain Road in Prescott Valley charred about 54 acres of grassland before being declared contained around 1 p.m., Monday, May 14.
A balance between public safety, encouraging outdoor recreation
Try heading up to Crown King in the Bradshaw Mountains on a weekend this time of year, and you’ll see off-highway vehicles just about everywhere you look.
State representatives get answers to most questions
The Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) is a legal entity under Arizona law, according to a recent opinion released by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
Weighing in on Granite Dells
The ire was palpable as members of the public ushered into the Prescott City Council chamber Tuesday evening, May 8.
Prescott Valley residential home complete loss
Prescott Valley residential fire By the time firefighters were notified and responded to a home fire on Las Flores Drive in Prescott Valley Tuesday night, May 8, the home was already 75 percent involved in flame.
After some discussion and hearing what members of the public wished to say, the Yavapai College District Governing Board approved a 2-percent hike of its primary property tax levy on the district’s taxpayers Tuesday morning, May 8, by a 3 to 2 vote.
Be vigilant on roadways as animals are forced to scavenge closer to town
“When it’s this dry, there’s nothing we can do to prevent [pronghorn] from being in the right-of-way fence or coming into town, because they’re going to do what they need to do to find something to eat and drink,” Tucker said.
Parade in Prescott Valley sends them off
As part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, 400 troops with the Army National Guard battalion in Arizona have been assigned to deploy to Afghanistan.
Breakdown of where funds will go, if approved
Tuesday morning, May 8, the Yavapai College District Governing Board will vote on whether or not to approve a 2-percent hike of its primary property tax levy on the district’s taxpayers.
Trial dates canceled as new defense counsel is found, given time to review files
Yet another speed bump has arisen regarding an already 21-year-old murder case.
Will stay in effect until significant rain throughout area
The Prescott National Forest, along with all local entities, will enact Stage 2 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Friday, May 4.
County flood control recommends homeowners evaluate property safety before it’s too late
On July 19, 2017, Spring Valley resident Paul Teolis watched helplessly as his 5-acre property was all but wiped out by a major flood.
Two promoted, two retired, six graduated from firefighter academy
It was all part of a plan.
Family’s total loss of home, belongings covered by insurance policy
The cause of a home fire in Chino Valley earlier this week is being labeled as undetermined, said Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority Assistant Fire Marshal Andie Smith.
Jan Anderson has been the victim of three dog attacks in the last two years.
Basin Operation Drill provides opportunity for local agencies to practice together
In the annual Basin Operation Drill, firefighters fine-tune their skills and build stronger relationships with the multiple agencies that would potentially respond to a large-scale wildfire in Yavapai County this fire season.
Human caused; specifics undetermined
Fortunate circumstances allowed area firefighters to quickly extinguish a highly visible wildfire that threatened the Terraces at Glassford Hill apartment complex in Prescott Valley mid-day Wednesday, April 18.
Details regarding a proposed 2 percent primary property tax increase were provided and discussed during Yavapai College District Governing Board’s (YCDGB) meeting on Tuesday, April 17.
Lessons learned about giving, expectations along the way
A community effort to restore stability to a homeless man’s life has come to fruition. However, the journey was not without its challenges.
Experts explain why we get allergies; how to deal with them
The Prescott area is known for many things. Most are positive, but there is one that makes many of the area’s residents absolutely miserable.
Panhandling is a First Amendment right, but must be conducted within certain parameters
For several months, a man has frequently panhandled a stone’s throw from The Daily Courier’s Prescott Valley location.
Within the next six months, residents of Prescott Valley – and perhaps other parts of the Quad-city area – will be able to give legal currency to individuals seeking free handouts without worrying about how that money will be used, said Jason Kaufman with the Prescott Valley Police Department.
Home not insured; family asking for help
James Ingersoll says he hasn’t slept more than a few hours since his home in the 21000 block of Windi Hill Lane in Paulden burned to the ground Saturday night.
Uptick could improve recruitment process
To address an apparent problem with recruiting fire fighters, Mike Kontz, vice president of the United Yavapai Fire Fighters Association -- a local labor group -- is proposing an increase the starting firefighter wage in Yavapai County, from $14 to $14.71.
University monitors firefighters’ heart rates over three months
For nearly three months last year, 25 Prescott firefighters voluntarily subjected themselves to wearing Holter monitors for 12 to 24-hour periods purely in the name of research.
Law enforcement agencies encouraging legislators to declutter, streamline Arizona’s criminal code
More than a third of Arizona’s felony criminal laws have gone unused in the last 15 years, according to a recent study done by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.
Father: ‘I feel like she’s a hero’
Wednesday, March 21, was a normal day for Kristopher and Kendra Barr.
As more women serve, more need care post-service
Beltran Steele joined the U.S. Marine Corps at a time when women were just starting to be recognized as a permanent part of the military service.
Academy director: ‘Firefighter safety is paramount to anything else we do’
With a stern tone, veteran firefighter P.J. Lingley described fire-shelter etiquette.
Why I attended basic wildland fire training
I’m not a firefighter. Nor do I have any ambition to become one.
One was the result of residential burning; other caused by fence welding
Two wildland fires were fortunately extinguished Monday without injuring anyone or damaging any structures.
Travis Mabery, assistant fire management officer for the Coconino National Forest, receives the 2017 Southwest Firefighter of the Year award during the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy’s annual Tribute Dinner.
Class numbers skyrocket past previous attendance record for Prescott academy
Even for the annual Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, the number of firefighters in the Prescott area this week is well above average.
Steve’s Homestyle Café now open A new restaurant called Steve’s Homestyle Café has opened at 4641 N. Robert Road in Prescott Valley.
Be aware: someone is impersonating police to get personal information; starting with businesses, then calling customers
Over the course of the past month, someone has called local businesses in Prescott Valley and pretended to be a Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) detective investigating fraud, police said.
Lassos an injured horse; corrals four escaped bulls
Tim Yogerst has already managed some difficult situations as Prescott Valley Police Department’s new Animal Control Officer.
As the world moves ever more online, so does the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division.
PHS principal: ‘If you don’t have a cellphone, you’re almost at a disadvantage’
School administrators in the quad-city area have given up on trying to keep cellphones and other personal devices out of the education environment.
Boards will not allow unfounded accusations to persist during meetings
Nicolas Cornelius, the attorney for the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD), has drawn a line in the sand.
When the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD) and the Chino Valley Fire District (CVFD) were audited for the first time last year under the joint powers agreement that formed the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA), every single expense and source of revenue from each district was credited to the district it came from.
The question of combining two local fire districts in 2016 hinted at a potential savings, and Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) officials have said they saved $686,000 in the first year.
Would be higher had CAFMA not been formed
Before the formation of the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) was even being considered, the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD) began an aggressive campaign to stabilize a jeopardized budget following the recession.
Chino police post officers at each of town's schools
Police are investigating an alleged threat made in person and then spread on social media against Chino Valley High School by a former student.
Winning messages will appear on signs above AZ state highways
You may recall the safety message contest hosted by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) last year.
As the Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) often reminds the public, “If you see something, say something.”
Trooper transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries
A Prescott Valley man was arrested on multiple felony charges after his truck collided with an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper’s vehicle Sunday evening, Feb. 18, according to a Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) news release.