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Max Efrein

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Should alleged fentanyl dealers face higher bond amounts?

How bond amounts are determined

In a recent arrest of two alleged fentanyl dealers in Prescott Valley, both suspects were held in custody on a $3,000 bond each.

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Candlelight vigil to honor loved ones lost to drug-related deaths set for Dec. 12


The public is welcome to attend an upcoming candlelight vigil to honor the many lives lost to drug-related deaths.

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Need2Know: Papa John’s reopening in PV; Tara Thai expanding; Cuppers relocating

Prescott Valley’s sole Papa John’s Pizza will be returning to the same location after being closed for about three years.

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RESA Wearables’ future unclear

Prescott-based start-up in financial, legal binds

It’s been a difficult couple of months for RESA Wearables and those who used to work for the company.

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Family watched man battle for sobriety before he was found dead in Prescott Valley home

Suspected overdose remains under investigation

The stepfather of a 33-year-old man who was pronounced dead in his Prescott Valley home midday Wednesday, Dec. 5, has decided to share about the sudden death so the community may continue its battle against lethal drugs.

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Man found dead in Prescott Valley home

Initial investigation found that illicit drugs may have been involved

A 33-year-old man was found unresponsive in a Prescott Valley home midday Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Former local judge elected Arizona’s chief justice

Robert Brutinel becomes the “first among equals”

Robert Brutinel has been elected to serve a five year term as Arizona Supreme Court’s chief justice starting July 1.

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Government to shutter its doors Dec. 5 to honor George H.W. Bush

US Postal Service, most federal entities will close to observe ‘National Day of Mourning’

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and most other federal entities will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 5, in observance of the National Day of Mourning for George H.W. Bush, who died Friday, Nov. 30, at age 94.

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Firefighter Angel Foundation purchases gifts for children in need

The Firefighter Angel Foundation, along with assistance from Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) and Prescott Fire Department crews, did some shopping at Walmart Friday, Nov. 30, for some very lucky kids this coming Christmas.

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Three high school classrooms evacuated in PV

Students reported feeling ill; classrooms deemed safe

Three classrooms at Bradshaw Mountain High School were evacuated midday Monday, Dec. 3, after students reported feeling ill.

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Prescott Police Department purchases new vehicle pursuit tool (see spike strip video)

Area agencies demo ‘NightHawk’ device on YCSO training track

Officers from throughout Yavapai County videotaped the demonstration, eager to show their colleagues and superiors the new technology.

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22 children adopted during November Adoption Day

Most were foster children finding their forever home

Yavapai County Superior Court’s juvenile court approved the adoption of 22 children among twelve families Friday, Nov. 30. The youngest was five months and the oldest was 16. Almost all of them were foster children.

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How to talk to youth about the dangers of drugs

School districts hosting parent forums

When a phrase like “opioid epidemic” is thrown around, and the deaths of young men and women from the use of highly potent drugs like fentanyl are reported in the news on a more regular basis, it’s natural for parents to be concerned for their children.

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Need2Know: Native Grill closes; new pet grooming business opens in Dewey; Maverik in Dewey remodeling

The Native Grill and Wings, 5533 E. Highway 69, in Prescott Valley has closed.

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Cold, wind, snow in the forecast

Safety tips to keep in mind

Bundle up campers, because it’s going to be cold out there for at least the next few days.

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Opioid antidote valuable resource for everyone

How to spot overdose symptoms, administer naloxone

The dramatic rise in the supply of illicitly manufactured fentanyl in the country has changed the way everyone looks at drug use and abuse.

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Former Cottonwood foreman receives three years of probation in water testing case

A former Cottonwood foreman accused of forging drinking water test results was given a suspended sentence Monday, Nov. 26, in Yavapai County Superior Court in Prescott.

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The cost to protect those who protect: What departments, officers pay for body armor

When combined, a police officer’s uniform and equipment is no cheap ensemble.

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Need2Know: Foot Fetish moving; Atmosfir now serving alcohol; Flourstone Bakery open on Sundays

Foot Fetish Clothing Company, a locally-owned retail store located on the top floor of Bashford Courts Atrium Mall in downtown Prescott, is prepping for a relocation.

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APS crews head to California to help restore power

Four from Prescott part of deployment

A contingent of 21 Arizona Public Service (APS) employees from across Arizona were sent to the Paradise, California, area Saturday, Nov. 21, to assist with restoring power to those communities devastated by the Camp Fire.

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Touchmark’s Grand Lodge now open

First residents were anxious to move in

Don and Annette Schiller’s first night as the very first residents to move into the Grand Lodge at Touchmark at the Ranch was spent walking the massive building’s empty hallways.

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How fentanyl makes its way into quad-city communities

Residents can help track down area dealers

Two years ago, Sgt. Jeremy Martin and his unit within Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) in Yavapai County rarely spoke about fentanyl. “Now it’s an every week occurrence that we talk about it,” Martin said.

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5 key takeaways from forum on overdose epidemic

To help the public better understand the opioid issues plaguing the quad-cities area, the Prescott Valley Police Department hosted a community forum Monday, Nov. 19, at the Prescott Valley Library.

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Identity released of man killed in motorcycle accident Friday

Accident caused by pickup truck pulling in front of motorcycle on Highway

The identity of a middle-aged Prescott man who died in a vehicle accident on Highway 69 Friday, Nov. 16, has been released by authorities.

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Dunkin' Donuts breaks ground in Prescott Valley

Expected to open by March or April 2019

The long awaited opening of Dunkin’ Donuts in Prescott Valley is on its way – and this time it’s official.

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Fatal motorcycle accident on Highway 69

Motorcyclist declared dead on scene

A middle-aged motorcycle rider was declared dead at the scene of a vehicle accident along Highway 69 in front of the Frontier Village Center in Prescott early Friday afternoon, Nov. 16.

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Small car smashes into produce truck on Highway 69

One man airlifted to Phoenix-area hospital with serious injuries

A small black sedan was heavily damaged in a high-speed crash with a produce truck along Highway 69 early Friday afternoon, Nov. 16. The driver was the only one in the vehicle and was seriously injured.

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Distracted driver collides with truck on Highway 69

Driver admits to cellphone use while driving, not cited despite county ban

A crash on Highway 69 and Robin Drive Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 14, could have been a lot worse had airbags not deployed and drivers not been wearing their seatbelts, officials said.

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$45,000 from D-backs revamps Meals on Wheels kitchen

AZ Community Foundation equips facility and puts in new dining room floor

Prescott Meals On Wheels pitched the need for a new kitchen to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Community foundations.

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Officials warn of possible 'wildland firefighting' scam

CAFMA, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office express concern, say volunteer fire department startup is suspicious

The motive of two men who claim to be starting a “volunteer wildland firefighting engine crew” in the quad-city area is being called into question by local authorities.

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Local handyman sees home on fire, tries to knock it down until firefighters get there

Fred Lore was driving along Highway 69 in Prescott Valley Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13, when he spotted smoke coming from a home atop Onyx Drive.

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Steve Skurja retires; ‘Huge’ chapter of Yavapai Silent Witness coming to an end

For 34 years, Steve Skurja has been the face and driving force behind Yavapai Silent Witness.

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Need2Know: 2nd layoff at RESA; Circle K nearly complete; Whiskey Row building sells; Rickety Cricket now full-fledged bar; Christmas Store opens in PV

A newly constructed Circle K is nearly complete at the intersection of Willow Creek and Iron Springs roads in Prescott.

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New owners of PV Kia dealership looking to bolster inventory, offer more variety

All employees able to keep their jobs in transition

One day is all it took for Earnhardt Liberty Kia to become Prescott Valley Kia — at least in terms of signage and management.

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Firefighters finding first responder cancer presumption law not so presumptive

Denials of veteran firefighters’ claims warning shot for younger generation

As Don Devendorf was having a kidney stone removed in 2016, the surgeon didn’t like the look of his bladder. A sample was taken and tests revealed he was exhibiting very early stages of cancer.

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Two young men found dead in Prescott Valley home Saturday identified

Both Yavapai College students who graduated from Bradshaw Mountain High School

The identities of two 19-year-old men found dead in a Prescott Valley home Saturday morning, Nov. 3, have been released by police.

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2 charged with sexual conduct with minor

Deputies have arrested two 18-year-olds from Mayer for an alleged sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy in October.

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Four vehicle crash on Highway 69

Four transported with minor injuries; traffic held up for about 90 minutes

A four-vehicle chain reaction crash occurred in front of Frontier Village Center along Highway 69 around 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The front vehicle was a motorcycle.

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An officer dedicated to protecting families, children and the greater community

Recipient of the 2018 Arizona Elks Enrique Camarena Award

When Jim Tobin was a high schooler in Prescott in 1985, special agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was an undercover agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration who was captured, tortured and killed by a cartel in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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PV native listed as one of top 10 entrepreneurs of 2018

Local educators not surprised by his success given his ambitious character

Growing up in Prescott Valley, Cheyenne ‘Tex’ Keith dreamed of becoming a professional football player.

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Need2Know: Earnhardt Liberty Kia sold; Birdcage Saloon changes hands; Party bus serves quad cities

The Earnhardt Auto Group has sold their Kia dealership in Prescott Valley to Zamora Automotive Group, which already owns York Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Prescott and Prescott Honda.

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Mohave State Bank, owner of Country Bank, rebranding due to expansion

All branches will eventually be named State Bank of Arizona

Country Bank, which merged with Mohave State Bank in July 2016, will eventually go by the name State Bank of Arizona.

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Fire departments taking measures to reduce cancer risks

Mitigating smoke, chemical exposure now significant part of job

Having a soot-covered helmet was once a badge of honor for firefighters. “In the old days, it was cool if you coughed up smoke for three days,” said Don Devendorf, Fire Marshall for the Prescott Fire Department.

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Man saved by grandson, off-duty paramedic

CAFMA: Early CPR gave heart attack victim best chance for survival

Had it not been for the quick actions of his grandson and others in the community, Dan Vester likely wouldn’t be alive today.

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CAFMA christens new $1.2M ladder truck

The Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) officially replaced its sole ladder truck with a brand new one Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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YCSO still seeking thief who ripped off elderly Dewey woman for $30,000

One suspect in custody, one still sought

One of two men suspected of conning an elderly Dewey woman out of $30,000 is now in custody. The second suspect, whose name is unknown, is still being sought.

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Firefighters test physical fitness

CAFMA now using VO2 max testing machine to curb illness, avoid injury, reduce costs

Scott Bliss, chief of planning and logistics for the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA), remembers a time when firefighters in our area knew very little about how to monitor their health.

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Prescott location closed, El Charro concentrates on Chino Valley

Brisk as it was outside for a mid-October day in Prescott, El Charro Mexican Restaurant & Cantina felt warm; comfortable; timeless.

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Power poles in the sky?

APS working on rebuilding transmission line

Residents throughout the greater Prescott area may have recently noticed power poles being flown by helicopters past and over their neighborhoods.

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Experts: Harassment in the workplace should not be tolerated

Employees should speak up, employers should take action

About 90 percent of individuals who say they have experienced harassment never take formal action against the harassment, such as filing a charge or a complaint.