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On a Sunday morning, ten local teenagers were taking turns sipping fancy teas, such as magnolia oolong tea, or tasting brands of rich coffee, including a vanilla latte.

By Nanci Hutson August 15, 2019
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Jim and Linda Lee’s passion for the arts, residential and commercial real estate, education, health and the sciences prompted them to enrich their beloved Prescott with their time, talents and treasure.

By Nanci Hutson August 14, 2019
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Mountain Oak students discover taste for the land
School garden project one of largest in area

Under sunny skies with approaching thunder clouds last week, a group of fifth-graders at Mountain Oak Charter School roamed the back gardens where everything from carrots to cantaloupe, and plenty of other vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers, are ripening for harvest.

By Nanci Hutson August 12, 2019
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The horror of yet another round of mass shootings has left everyone from restaurateurs to educators, moviegoers to shoppers, bewildered about how they go about their lives without succumbing to fear.

By Nanci Hutson August 10, 2019
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Prescott Unified School District leaders are happy to report it appears enrollment is up for the first time in several years.

By Nanci Hutson August 9, 2019
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Turning the page: Prescott school libraries show renewed focus
PUSD’s two libraries aim to increase student traffic and save money

In Prescott Unified School District, the tale of two libraries – Mile High and Prescott High — is all about preserving and enhancing their mission, increasing student traffic in the space and saving dollars.

By Nanci Hutson August 7, 2019
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Ground-breaking heart procedure at YRMC a real life-saver
Prescott Country Club resident gets ‘second chance for life’

Prescott Country Club resident Linda Reuna is a medical trailblazer — the first Yavapai Regional Medical Center patient to undergo a transcatheter mitral valve replacement in the west campus’ 3-year-old, $6.5 million hybrid surgical suite.

By Nanci Hutson August 6, 2019
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With school back in session, the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board will be back in action, too, with the first board meeting of the school year scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the district office conference room at Washington School on East Gurley Street.

By Nanci Hutson August 5, 2019
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With the recent appointment of Prescott lawyer Krista Carman as a Yavapai County Superior Court judge, the Prescott Unified Education Foundation is expected to appoint a new leader this week.

By Nanci Hutson August 5, 2019
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Nine local teens credit an inaugural, multi-generational summer volunteer program at Prescott Meals on Wheels with enlightening them about how offering a tray of food, a hot cup of coffee or some friendly conversation can make the day of a grandparent or great-grandparent living far away from family.

By Nanci Hutson August 4, 2019
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Party hats, streamers, colorful logo T-shirts, and pompoms – second-grade teacher Scott Paffumi wore a king’s crown and cape to represent Lake Valley Elementary’s “Cub Kingdom” – were all part of the “800-strong” Humboldt Unified School District faculty and staff welcome back ceremony on Friday morning.

By Nanci Hutson August 2, 2019
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Long before school buses pulled into the Mile High Middle School parking lot in Prescott, industrial arts/applied technology teacher Terry Pemberton was on the campus, readying for his first day.

By Nanci Hutson August 1, 2019
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PUSD sees new programs with expansion
District adds Discovery Gardens, freshman academy

Every school year is a fresh slate with lots of new possibilities and opportunities intended to help children grow, learn and achieve in ways that tap into their talents, interests and strengths.

By Nanci Hutson July 31, 2019
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The Prescott National Forest Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team announced on Wednesday, July 31, that the Cellar Fire is 100 percent contained with no current threats to human life and safety or any further damage to property and key natural resources.

By Nanci Hutson July 31, 2019
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Time to think school safety as buses return to local streets
Stay alert and obey traffic laws, slower speeds and watch out for school buses

They’re big. They’re bright yellow. They have flashing red lights.

By Nanci Hutson July 30, 2019
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Prescott Unified School District’s all-faculty and staff welcome-back ceremony on Monday was an educational “love fest,” with leaders and supporters hailing everyone from the classroom teachers to bus drivers, maintenance technicians and secretaries for enriching “every child, every day.”

By Nanci Hutson July 30, 2019
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Eleven-year-old Humboldt Elementary student Brandon Couch debated between a pair of black sneakers with red tread on the bottom and one with shimmery fabric on the top with crisp new laces.

By Nanci Hutson July 30, 2019
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The Coalition for Compassion and Justice’s homeless clientele were at the heart of a celebrated transformational housing program a former client calls nothing short of a “miracle.”

By Nanci Hutson July 29, 2019
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Rescue ranch offers safe haven for four-legged friends
Year-old animal sanctuary run by volunteers home to abandoned, neglected canines

At the 10-acre “Out of Shelter Ranch” off Poland Junction Road in Mayer, the hill side views on a sunny, or cloudy day, are calendar worthy. The setting is conducive to long strolls and Frisbee.

By Nanci Hutson July 28, 2019
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A United States Army Vietnam veteran, Leroy Foster Sr. in Dewey counts himself one of the fortunate able to return home and build a life he cherishes — minus pancakes.

By Nanci Hutson July 27, 2019
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Asked to name the main causes of homelessness, most people likely will come up with answers that encompass mental illness, addiction, unemployment or job loss, family dysfunction, even choice.

By Nanci Hutson July 24, 2019
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In one hour on Wednesday morning, the Prescott Unified School District Family Resource Center distributed 400 backpacks for elementary to high schools students stuffed full with school supplies to help students be ready for the first day on Aug. 1.

By Nanci Hutson July 24, 2019

The Full Circle — Girls Becoming Women mentoring program — piloted in the spring of the last school year in four area districts — is about to kick into high gear with expansions for the opening of the 2019-20 school year.

By Nanci Hutson July 24, 2019
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Inside an empty, 700-seat Ruth Street Theater, jazz musician Rob Ratner belts out a quick tune on his alto saxophone, the setting ideal for even this private serenade.

By Nanci Hutson July 23, 2019
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Prescott-area residents are begging for rain as firefighters work to contain the Cellar Fire, which started a week ago with 5 acres ignited after a lighting strike and now has burned 7,410 acres, 16 miles south of the city limits.

By Nanci Hutson July 20, 2019
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City Council candidates look toward Prescott’s future
Granite Dells remains strong topic as Aug. 27 primary looms

The tables inside the Centennial Center were full Thursday night as Prescott’s four City Council candidates — three incumbents and one challenger — fielded prepared and on-the-spot questions about why they should be elected or re-elected for a four-year seat.

By Nanci Hutson July 19, 2019
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The Prescott City Council will meet for its regularly scheduled meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, in the council chambers for a study session that will include talk about changes to the water policy followed by a 3 p.m. voting session on a variety of business matters and contracts.

By Nanci Hutson July 19, 2019
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An off-duty Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy on Thursday night, July 18, managed to restrain an intoxicated and enraged Congress man accused of fatally stabbing his father in the living room of the home they shared after the parents confronted him about his alcohol use.

By Nanci Hutson July 19, 2019
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The Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday morning twice voted against the addition of 41 homes to an existing subdivision off Willow Creek Road near the Antelope Hills golf courses.

By Nanci Hutson July 18, 2019
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Stringfield Ranch housing proposal in Prescott getting positive feedback
700-acre development still has hurdles to clear

Prospects of 1- and 2-acre designer homes on 700 acres of the Stringfield Ranch with a connecting loop to complete the 55-mile Prescott Circle Trail earned favorable reviews Thursday morning.

By Nanci Hutson July 18, 2019
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Stringfield Ranch housing proposal in Prescott getting positive feedback
700-acre development still has hurdles to clear

Prospects of 1- and 2-acre designer homes on 700 acres of the Stringfield Ranch with a connecting loop to complete the 55-mile Prescott Circle Trail earned favorable reviews Thursday morning.

By Nanci Hutson July 18, 2019
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The Launch Pad Teen Center is “blasting off” on its efforts to offer every teen in the quad-city area a place to be who they are as they explore who they want to be as they grow and mature.

By Nanci Hutson July 18, 2019
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For the second year, the Launch Pad Teen Center hopes to be on the receiving end of adventure-minded benefactors willing to combine a rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon with asking for donations to allow area teens to pursue their own adventure opportunities.

By Nanci Hutson July 17, 2019
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On summer shopping trips, the Prescott Unified School District Family Resource Center would love to see area families pick up a few extra items for donation to students who need help with school supplies.

By Nanci Hutson July 7, 2019
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Dean of Students Larry Stephan was feted in style over the past few weeks as a charismatic champion and cheerleader for every student on the Prescott campus.

By Nanci Hutson July 6, 2019
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The Coalition for Compassion and Justice expects to move its thrift store operation from Fair Street to its main headquarters with the emergency shelter on Madison Avenue within the next six months.

By Nanci Hutson July 5, 2019
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If you are a parent who has ever tossed and turned at night over the antics of your teenagers, the Boys to Men Mentoring Network of Central Arizona invites you to attend its summer mentoring workshop.

By Nanci Hutson July 3, 2019
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Prescott Frontier Day’s behind-the-scenes rodeo queen
She never tires of community, camaraderie or cause

The first time Mary Ann Suttles came to Prescott’s “World’s Oldest Rodeo”, it was not because she was a cowgirl, a history buff or because she was raising money for charity.

By Nanci Hutson July 2, 2019
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Prescott Valley Police investigating car burglaries
Homeowners advised to remain aware and lock doors

Lock your car doors — and remove garage door openers when you lock up.

By Nanci Hutson July 2, 2019

Local nonprofit leaders seeking to end homelessness as it exists today are applauding Prescott Area Shelter Services on an upcoming expansion that will enable mothers with sons older than 12 to have a place to stay as they transition into a new home.

By Nanci Hutson July 2, 2019
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The Arizona Rangers are among more than 100 people who gathered at the Yavapai County Courthouse in downtown Prescott on Sunday, June 30, 2019, to honor the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots with the ringing of the bells.

By Nanci Hutson June 30, 2019
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The Launch Pad Teen Center is all about helping adolescents tap into their creativity and imagination as they find their own identities, purpose and “best selves.”

By Nanci Hutson June 30, 2019
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Local lawyer and PUSD Foundation president heralded
Leading through work ethic, values and community service

Krista Carman is a woman who juggles an exhausting schedule with aplomb.

By Nanci Hutson June 29, 2019
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VFW members work for community, veterans and love of country
Chapter members proud to share bond, serve as advocates

Every day of the week, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Buckey O’Neill Chapter 541 behind the Smoki Museum on North Arizona Avenue welcomes its veterans who served overseas to come and engage in lively conversation, listen or dance to jukebox tunes, enjoy a cold beverage or play a game of pool.

By Nanci Hutson June 28, 2019
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VA’s proposed use of historic properties a ‘beautiful thing’
More than 100 vets in need of long-term housing solution in Yavapai County

A stately row of one-time VA officer quarters on part of the long-ago Fort Whipple grounds is eyed as a place to give modern and future veterans in need a new chance at dignity.

By Nanci Hutson June 27, 2019
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Summer: A blast or a bust! The verdict will depend on common sense approaches to summer safety that keep children, pets, seniors and everybody else protected when heat rises, holiday spirits are plentiful, and swimming, hiking and camping trips are marked on the family calendar.

By Nanci Hutson June 26, 2019
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Snickers is one lucky, striped tabby — all thanks to strangers who rushed to the rescue of a Coast Guard family traveling through Prescott from California to its final military assignment in Virginia.

By Nanci Hutson June 26, 2019
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In an empty chamber, the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board finalized its 2019-20 education budget on Tuesday, June 25, with district administrators expected to spend $25.84 million for its operations.

By Nanci Hutson June 25, 2019
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To at least a dozen toddlers and pre-school aged children in the last four years, Jodi McCabe is the lady who played games, read and snacked with them because her heart told her it was the right thing to do.

By Nanci Hutson June 24, 2019
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In Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Anna Young’s job, the heartbreak of a neglected or abused child removed from their home is tempered by heartwarming moments when a child is either reunited with family or adopted into a new “forever home.”

By Nanci Hutson June 24, 2019

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