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Max Efrein

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School shooting threat at Chino Valley High School spurred by social media

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.

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ADOT’s safety message contest returns

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.

How to report impaired driving

As the Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) often reminds the public, “If you see something, say something.”

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Impaired driver collides with DPS trooper on 69; highway closed 5 hours

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.

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Reality TV show comes to Prescott

‘American Metal,’ customizing Humvees, set to air on April 1

All it takes to make a reality television show these days is an entrepreneurial venture and some personalities with specialized knowledge to make it come alive.

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Meth use on the rise in Yavapai County

Yearly drug seizure statistics are one indication of which illegal substances are declining in popularity within a community and which are gaining.

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Yavapai County is decriminalizing mental illness

Sheriff: 'This is the right thing to do for Yavapai County and our communities.'

Wherever he went, Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher kept hearing the same question again and again from concerned citizens: what does one do if an individual with an apparent mental-health issue is being disorderly, trespassing or doing something else that could be considered illegal?

Sheriff’s office expanding post-arrest diversion program

Everyone booked into jail will receive mental-health screening

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking $1.5 million from the state to expand a post-arrest reentry program that is already underway at the county’s jail in Camp Verde.

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Hunting meteorites: Prescott man one of the world’s best

Recently returned from successful mission in Michigan

It’s no wonder that Prescott resident Robert Ward is so often referred to as a “space cowboy.”

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Member tries to record executive sessions on personal device

Excuses himself from executive session meeting when denied

Central Yavapai Fire District board member Tom Steele made an attempt to tape an executive session meeting on his personal recording device during the board’s regular monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 22.

Fire boards’ audits come back clean

Books were looked at one year after the merger

During their regular monthly board meetings on Monday, Jan. 22, the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD), the Chino Valley Fire District (CVFD) and their joint administration, the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, received auditing reports.

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The dark side of gambling

“It’s like my body got hot and my pupils dilated”

It was about a week-and-a-half until Christmas, 2017, and Kelsey hadn’t gambled in 92 days.

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Gas outage in Granville area of Prescott Valley impacts 800 UES customers

Restoration efforts expected to continue overnight

An interruption in natural gas service provided by Unisource Energy Services (UES) has been reported in Prescott Valley within the Granville community.

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Owner of Sweet Potato Café allegedly killed by his wife last week

Family, friends mourn murder victim

The funeral of James Dean Herbert II, 58, took place in Prescott on Tuesday, Jan. 16, a week after his wife, Katherine, admitted to shooting him in the head with a shotgun at their home in Peeples Valley three days earlier.

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More senior citizens have student loan debt

If you don’t have student loan debt yourself, there’s a good chance you know at least one person who does.

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Prescott area receives first rain of cold season, some snow

Maybe more rain to come in next 10 days

Northern Arizona finally received some precipitation Tuesday evening, Jan. 9, and Wednesday morning, Jan. 10, after an unprecedented dry streak.

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101-year-old dies after being run over in parking lot

No charges have been filed so far in the case

Esther Dorsch, a 101-year-old woman who was run over in the Fry’s Food and Drug parking lot in Prescott Valley on Wednesday, Jan. 3, died early Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, in a Phoenix area hospital.

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Medical marijuana found to be substitute for alcohol, study says

Is marijuana safer than alcohol?

Like it or not, marijuana use is on the rise as more and more states legalize it for either recreational or medicinal use.

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Polar Bear Splash gets warm reception

As event announcer Jean Lupa put it, this year’s Polar Bear Splash was more like a “Southern Splash” given the unseasonably warm weather the Prescott area has been experiencing this cold season.

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Radon a consideration for proposed Granite Dells development

Mitigating exposure to radioactive gas

It’s clear why developers wish to build in and around the Granite Dells.

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First measurable rain expected this week

Warmest, driest fall/winter ever for Prescott area

It’s been a long time coming for the Southwest, but the cold season’s first precipitation event is on tap for early this week.

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Cottonwood APS workers to assist Puerto Rico

50 line workers hope to restore power to island

Arizona utility companies are answering the call for help by Puerto Ricans still without electricity following heavy damage to the island by hurricanes in September.

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Realtors forecasting slower growth in home prices for 2018

Lack of inventory continues to plague market

Forecasts for the 2018 real estate market are indicating slower growth in home prices nationwide and a continued shortage of available homes as developers and home builders are now working to catch up with spiking demand after years of housing stagnation.

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Need2Know: Little word about Dunkin Donuts in Prescott Valley; All West Fire has moved; recent 10-year anniversaries for two businesses

Little word about PV Dunkin Donuts In August, the final development plan for a Dunkin Donuts was unanimously approved by the Prescott Valley Town Council.

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CYFD board divide continues to widen

Chief: Member said to have violated open meeting law

Internal strife among Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD) board members continues to intensify despite repeated attempts to address and resolve certain matters brought up by a disgruntled minority of the five-member board.

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Which businesses are open on Christmas Day?

Options are limited

Whether you forgot to stock up on enough eggnog for the party, don’t feel like making a family meal, or just need a reason to get out of the house, there are some businesses in town open on Christmas Day for just such reasons.

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Need2Know: Roger’s Modern Barbershop changes hands; Spectrum Healthcare acquires practice in Prescott; MetLife practice in Prescott changes hands

Roger’s Modern Barbershop changes hands After 50 years of cutting hair at the Modern Barbershop and owning it for much of that time, Roger Gibson, 75, has sold his business, Roger’s Modern Barbershop, to Angela Maldonado.

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Mock Shark Tank gets young students to design, problem solve

Injecting popular culture into the classroom

Every episode of the popular television show Shark Tank features the same format:

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America’s skilled trade dilemma clear and present in Prescott area

Employers look to develop their own workforces to fill in-demand roles

Will Reidhead, 21, considered pursuing a career as a chef, but cooking wasn’t cutting it financially.

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Need2Know: MunchkinLand coming soon; A Dog’s Life temporarily closes

MunchkinLand Play Center coming soon A play center for children ages 6 months to 10 years is slated to open on the west end of the Frontier Village Center in Prescott in early January.

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Keep dreaming of a white Christmas

Experts say it’s not likely as Northern Arizona continues to see warm temperatures

People who love winter and all that it brings are perhaps a little disappointed so far this year.

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Different religions, ideologies find they have much in common during the holidays

Season of shared beliefs

Divisive language/opinions can often drown out the universal aspects of life. “I don’t care who you ask – left, right, gay, straight, atheist, orthodox Christian – it doesn’t matter,” said Dana Cummins, co-founder of the Mountain Spirit Co-Op in Prescott.

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Business: Do holiday parties help improve morale?

Yes, employee engagement equals higher productivity

As the business magnate, investor and philanthropist Richard Branson once said, “the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers.”

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Local residents protest ‘monumental mistake’

Groups unhappy with president’s decision on national monuments

More than 100 people gathered on the Yavapai Courthouse Plaza Saturday afternoon, Dec. 9, to protest President Donald Trump’s recent decision to reduce the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments in Utah.

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County courts slowly make digital transition

One of state’s oldest institutions finally enters 21st century

As of Friday, Dec. 1, attorneys are now required to electronically file all documents for civil cases when filing into the Yavapai County Superior Court and Mohave County Superior Court.

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Decorated military working dog retires in Chino Valley

Chrach saved many lives while in service

When Chrach (pronounced “crash”) retired after eight years of service as a military working dog (MWD), adopting him out was an unusually contentious matter.

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Willow Creek Apartments back on schedule with new general contractor

Trying to get construction done in “most efficient time-frame possible”

Willow Creek Apartments, a new 160-unit apartment community located at 3137 Willow Creek Road in Prescott, has retained Copper Tree Construction Group LLC (Copper Tree) as its new general contractor.

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Christmas Parade included special entries, increased security

The Prescott Christmas Parade featured several unique aspects this year.

Other apartment complexes on the way

Supply catching up to demand in Tri-city area

A significant amount of interest has been shown by developers in the last couple of years to build apartment complexes throughout Prescott.

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Need2Know: Tickled Pink going out of business; Los Pinos hosting grand opening event

Tickled Pink shuttering Tickled Pink Gift and Apparel Shop at 117 S. Cortez in downtown Prescott is going out of business.

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Living with a DUI

Three locals with recently acquired DUIs share their stories

Being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) does many things to one’s life.

Outgoing council set to vote on Deep Well Ranch

Members will also look at business license ordinance

Prescott City Council’s newly elected members are set to take their seats on Tuesday, Nov. 28, but not before the current council has a chance to finally vote on the Deep Well Ranch project.

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Yavapai County in 32nd percentile for discretionary spending

New study reveals Yavapai County in 32nd percentile of US metro areas for discretionary spending

After the utilities are covered, the rent is paid, taxes are deducted and spending on necessary items is made, how much money is left over to either save or spend?

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Need2Know: Valley Hobby; Prescott Downtown Antiques; and Bradshaw Mountain Animal Hospital

Valley Hobby grand re-opening A Prescott Valley hobby shop called Valley Hobby has changed hands, moved, and will be the subject of a grand re-opening on Sunday, Nov. 26.

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A shopping guide for the holiday season

Best Black Friday retailers, savvy shopper tips, best gift cards

For quad-city resident Jessie Billi, Black Friday is less about the deals than it is about the energy put into the event by retailers and shoppers.

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Prescott considered one of America’s best small towns for Christmas

Country Living magazine includes Prescott on list of 23 Christmas cities

Prescott was labeled “Arizona’s Christmas City” in 1989 by then-Gov. Rose Mofford.

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Downtown Prescott Holiday Window Decorating Contest

Businesses submit photos, public votes on them

To encourage local downtown merchants to maximize their holiday spirit with equally over the top window decorations, the Daily Courier is partnering with the Prescott Chamber of Commerce and the Prescott Downtown Partnership to host a reader’s choice contest.

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New year, new start for Station 7

The Plumbing Store owners aim to fully move in by the end of 2017

Kim and Bill Gagnon had been looking for a building to purchase for their business, The Plumbing Store, for about seven years.

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Perceptions, mis-perceptions of millennials as a workforce

Local business community attempts to better understand a generation that is taking over the labor force

Millennials, those born between 1982 and 2003, are entitled, spoiled, lazy, self-absorbed and lack a strong work ethic.

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Need2Know: New wine tasting venue in Prescott; Acupuncture Center of Prescott moves

New wine tasting venue in Prescott Flying Leap Vineyards, an Arizona-based and veteran owned/operated winery, has opened a Prescott tasting room in the Terra Cotta Plaza, 124 S. Granite St.