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Family Storytime was extra special on Saturday at the Prescott Public Library as it marked the launch of the Prescott Area Imagination Library.

By Max Efrein September 14, 2019
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Arizona wildfire risk among highest in U.S., study finds
How to determine your home’s wildfire risk

Of the 15 most active wildfire states in the U.S., Arizona sits in about the middle of the pack, according to a wildfire risk report released by CoreLogic Thursday, Sept. 12.

By Max Efrein September 14, 2019
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A 60-year-old Prescott woman was hospitalized after her car rolled off a ledge in the southeastern hills of Prescott Saturday afternoon, Sept. 14.

By Max Efrein September 14, 2019
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Having made it through the initial recruitment process, the four finalists vying to take over as Prescott Valley Police Department’s chief are currently in the swings of a two-day interview process.

By Max Efrein September 12, 2019
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A Prescott woman and two men from the greater Phoenix area were arrested recently after allegedly kidnapping two men in Black Canyon City on Sept. 3.

By Max Efrein September 11, 2019
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Wrong-way driver makes it 36 miles on I-17 before forcibly stopped by police
Police: ‘Driver failed to stop despite all four tires being deflated’

A Michigan man managed to drive at least 36 miles on the wrong side of Interstate 17 before law enforcement forced him to stop by spiking his tires early Monday morning, Sept. 9.

By Max Efrein September 10, 2019
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Noting favorable conditions, fire managers plan to once again begin firing operations to ignite some of the still unburned vegetation in the interior of the designated Sheridan Fire burn area, according to a Prescott National Forest news release Monday morning, Sept. 9.

By Max Efrein September 9, 2019
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Cordes Lakes woman dies in Highway 69 rollover
Police considering blown tire as cause of crash

Theresa Case, 48, of Cordes Lakes died Sunday, Sept. 8, after her car crashed on Highway 69 near Mayer.

By Max Efrein September 9, 2019
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The fast causal restaurant chain MOD Pizza is now open for business at 3007 N. Glassford Hill Road in Prescott Valley — right next to Dunkin Donuts.

By Max Efrein September 7, 2019
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A closer look at Yavapai County Fair’s carnival games
The bigger the prize, the more challenging the game

Every summer, colorful lights and the smell of deep-fried confectionaries attract thousands of people to the Yavapai County Fair. While some may go just to scream on rides like the Zipper, others like to dabble in all aspects of the event, including the carnival games.

By Max Efrein September 6, 2019
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No one ever said carnival games were easy — at least not when it comes to winning them. They traditionally lure passersby in with seemingly simple tasks and giant, stuffed animal prizes, but many who choose to play walk away empty-handed either regretting the decision or hungry to try again.

By Max Efrein September 6, 2019
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A Chino Valley man was arrested on drug charges in Prescott after gas station clerks called police to report the man was concerning them with his behavior Thursday morning, Sept. 5.

By Max Efrein September 6, 2019
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Locals react to Walmart’s new gun policy announcement
Survey indicates more Walmart shoppers support changes

After reading about the recent mass shootings that took place first at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and then outside a popular bar in Dayton, Ohio, Prescott resident Karrigan Karcie grew concerned for the safety of her and her two young children.

By Max Efrein September 5, 2019
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Who to leave your young child with for the day while you work is a decision many of us have to make.

By Max Efrein September 2, 2019
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No additional child abuse confirmed at Prescott Valley day care
Business owner surrendered child care licenses

Authorities have been unable to confirm that any additional child abuse took place at Gummy Bear Early Learning Center in Prescott Valley.

By Max Efrein August 30, 2019
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Officials with the Prescott National Forest plan to continue managing the Sheridan Fire until monsoon rains help extinguish it.

By Max Efrein August 30, 2019
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Outdoor safety for Labor Day Weekend
Prescott National Forest offices closed Monday, Sept. 2

If you are planning to visit the Prescott National Forest (PNF) over the weekend, forest officials recommend you keep in mind the following:

By Max Efrein August 30, 2019
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All of the local law enforcement agencies are gearing up for what they hope will be a safe Labor Day weekend.

By Max Efrein August 28, 2019
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The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Dewey-Humboldt area until 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.

By Max Efrein August 28, 2019
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YCSO still investigating 2017 disappearance of Black Canyon City man
Anyone with information on man’s whereabouts encouraged to report it

Detectives with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) continue to seek the whereabouts of a Black Canyon City man who went missing in Aug. 2017.

By Max Efrein August 28, 2019
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Bicyclist dies in hospital after being struck by vehicle Aug. 20
Suspect’s charges still under investigation

A Prescott Valley man who was allegedly hit by a vehicle while riding his bike the night of Aug. 20 died from his injuries in a Phoenix-area hospital Monday, Aug. 26, according to the Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD).

By Max Efrein August 27, 2019
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Firefighters practice vertical ventilation
PV Motel demolition site exercises continue Saturday, possibly Sunday

With the Prescott Valley Motel gradually being demolished to make way for a new business, firefighters with the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) are taking the opportunity to practice cutting holes in one of the motel’s roofs.

By Max Efrein August 23, 2019
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For about the last 20 years, the task force has been partially funded by seized money obtained through a state program called civil asset forfeiture.

By Max Efrein August 22, 2019
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Vehicle careens off Highway 69 into ravine
Driver helicoptered to Phoenix-area hospital

The driver of a white truck is reportedly alive after his vehicle broke through a guard rail on Highway 69 in Dewey and careened down a ravine at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

By Max Efrein August 22, 2019
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A Prescott Valley woman died in a Phoenix-area hospital after her vehicle crashed in Prescott Valley Wednesday night, Aug. 21.

By Max Efrein August 22, 2019
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Rider airlifted from trail after falling from horse, rolling down hill
Woman fortunately had working cellphone with service

An extensive rescue operation was conducted to help a woman who rolled down a hill along with her horse near Senator Highway in Groom Creek Sunday, Aug. 18.

By Max Efrein August 21, 2019
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Chino Valley man gets 7 years in prison for possession of fentanyl for sale
Receives an additional 4 years for unrelated crime

A Chino Valley man has been sentenced to serve 7 years in prison for possession of fentanyl for sale and promoting prison contraband.

By Max Efrein August 20, 2019
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That smoke to the west is likely from multiple fires burning on the Prescott National Forest’s Chino Valley Ranger District.

By Max Efrein August 20, 2019
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Authorities seeking man who allegedly flashed woman at gas station in Dewey
Suspect may have tried to follow victim to her home; $500 reward

Authorities are looking for a man who allegedly exposed his genitals to a woman at a gas station and then may have tried following her home Friday, Aug. 16.

By Max Efrein August 19, 2019
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Van t-boned by emergency vehicle, rolls
Driver of van cited for not yielding to emergency vehicle

A van rolled onto its side after being t-boned by a Life Line Ambulance Services vehicle in Prescott Friday evening, Aug. 16, police said.

By Max Efrein August 19, 2019
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Rimrock truck thief sought
Suspect abandoned truck, ran from police

A man suspected of stealing a truck in Rimrock Sunday afternoon, Aug. 18, is being sought by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO).

By Max Efrein August 19, 2019
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Local police trained, equipped to handle active-shooter response
Free military equipment reduces risk to officers, citizens

In just 32 seconds of opening fire outside a popular bar in Dayton, Ohio, the gunman responsible for the Aug. 4 massacre was shot and killed by police.

By Max Efrein August 18, 2019
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Sheridan Fire grows, Pemberton Fire dwindles
Less smoke expected as operations wind down

Billowing smoke was highly visible in the tri-city area Thursday, Aug. 15, as firefighters conducted aerial ignitions on the Sheridan Fire throughout the day.

By Max Efrein August 16, 2019
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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Highway 69 crash
Highway reopen after being closed in both directions for helicopter landing

A man in his 70s was transported via helicopter to a level one trauma center near Phoenix after his motorcycle crashed on Highway 69 at Sunrise Blvd in Prescott around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, according to officials.

By Max Efrein August 15, 2019
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A cluster of bushes in front of the Calvary Chapel church on Highway 69 in Prescott went up in flame due to illegal burning midday Thursday, Aug. 15, officials said.

By Max Efrein August 15, 2019
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UPDATE: Northbound Highway 69 has reopened at milepost 292. The right southbound lane has also reopened. The left southbound lane remains closed.

By Max Efrein August 15, 2019
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Firefighters beginning aerial ignitions on Sheridan Fire
Pemberton Fire continues to be monitored

Wildland firefighters with the Prescott National Forest are beginning to shift some of their focus from the Pemberton Fire to the Sheridan Fire, both of which are burning on the Chino Valley Ranger District northwest of Prescott.

By Max Efrein August 15, 2019
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Terry Kloke’s mobile home has been without gas service for more than 100 days. This means no hot water, no centralized heating and no gas-powered appliances, such as his dryer and stovetop.

By Max Efrein August 14, 2019
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Man gets 8 years in prison for transporting fentanyl, meth through Yavapai County
Highway bust reaped 10 pounds meth, 501 fentanyl pills

Colorado resident Timothy Milliard, 52, has been sentenced to 8 years flat-time in prison for transporting a large amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl through Yavapai County in late February.

By Max Efrein August 13, 2019
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Three lightning-started fires continue to burn to some degree on the Chino Valley Ranger District.

By Max Efrein August 12, 2019
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At the peak of the Cellar Fire on Wednesday, July 17, Prescott’s sky was swimming with aircraft, each carrying a bellyful of fire retardant.

By Max Efrein July 27, 2019
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The Prescott Gateway Mall continues to fill vacant spaces with local businesses.

By Max Efrein July 27, 2019
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An argument between two men that started at a Prescott residence late Wednesday night, July 24, turned into a dangerous pursuit that ended at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) early Thursday morning, according to police.

By Max Efrein July 26, 2019
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Bomb hoax in Rimrock lands man in jail
Police spend four hours investigating threat; find dead snake, small ax in box

A man was arrested after allegedly telling a Rimrock store's employee there was a bomb on the premises Wednesday, July 24, police reported Thursday.

By Max Efrein July 25, 2019
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Monsoon season finally here to stay in quad-city area
Consistent storm patterns expected through summer, meteorologist says

The past couple of days have been what residents might expect this time of year for northern Arizona: quiet mornings followed by rumbling afternoons and showery evenings.

By Max Efrein July 24, 2019
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Cordes Lakes man arrested for roofing scheme
Cautionary tale for when hiring alleged contractors

A Cordes Lakes man was arrested on July 19 for accepting money to do a roofing job and then using the money for personal purchases, all the while falsely posing as a licensed contractor.

By Max Efrein July 24, 2019
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The cool, moist weather is keeping the Cellar Fire in check, with no additional growth since Saturday, July 20, the Forest Service reported.

By Max Efrein July 24, 2019
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Two firefighters burned in mulch fire
One from Prescott Valley recovering at Maricopa County burn center

A Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) firefighter and a Coconino National Forest firefighter were burned while cleaning up a mulch fire in Camp Verde on Sunday, July 21, according to fire officials.

By Max Efrein July 23, 2019
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The Prescott Area Pet Emergency Hospital sees at least one case of THC toxicity each week.

By Max Efrein July 22, 2019
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A water main has broken at the intersection of Willow Creek and Iron Springs roads.

By Max Efrein July 22, 2019

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