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Nanci Hutson

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Families rave about opportunity offered through Help Portrait Prescott

It was no small thing for Prescott Valley resident Mary Dutra to gather her family together for their first ever professional portrait, thanks to the launch of Help Portrait Prescott.

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New stadium lights, railings planned for PHS’ stadium upgrade

Prescott High School will have a new $2 million track and artificial turf field as of next fall. It, too, is likely to have all new stadium lighting and bleacher safety rails.

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PUSD honors the GEMS who in their jobs go above and beyond to enhance education for all

In the Prescott Unified School District, there are faculty and staff who fly below the radar.

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Taking a ride with Badger pride

A champion athlete, coach and educator with a true passion for all things kids, Prescott High School Athletic Director Missy Townsend sees sports as more than speed, muscles and a competitive edge.

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First-hand account of Pearl Harbor attack

Some Prescott families honor national Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day as more than history

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941: President Franklin Roosevelt declares it the “date that will live in infamy.”

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Fight against Fentanyl must be a community affair

‘Connecting Communities Symposium’ celebrates collaboration to tackle key societal issues

Sparing lives from drug overdoses, especially teens, and waging war on the dealers, is a never-ending mission of many law enforcement leaders, educators and awareness advocates.

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Superintendent Joe Howard backs City Council’s request for Stringer resignation

The fallout of State Rep. David Stringer’s racially offensive remarks continued on Tuesday night.

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PUSD says farewell to 2 board members hailed for dedication, vision

Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli was recruited to his first-time post as the city’s top elected chief while he was the president of the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board.

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Prescott High School has big plans for readiness tool

In the high school years, teens are bombarded with so much stuff related to growing up that it can be difficult to navigate between the here and now and the hard-to-imagine distance tomorrows.

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Handling grief and depression: There’s no right or wrong to managing sorrow during the holidays

In what is supposed to be a jolly season, folks that are feeling less than jolly, or downright sad, can often feel guilty or all the more depressed because they simply can’t get into a holiday spirit.

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PUSD audit shows big improvement in tracking district finances

All students in the Prescott Unified School District are expected to learn certain math facts so they can be successful in the world beyond high school.

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Help Portrait Prescott: A new event of ‘creativity and empathy’ for people struggling in life

Scott Bideau is a newcomer to Prescott with a penchant for photography.

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World AIDS Day 2018: A time to reflect, celebrate and remain vigilant about prevention

In 1994, Bud Sadler was working in the construction industry in Phoenix.

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Are taxpayers getting good return on PUSD bond investment?

School district leaders credit community, money as education enrichment for all students

Prescott children are riding on a fleet of school buses that now includes a dozen fuel-efficient models.

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Football team helps football dream come alive

A Badgers football player’s outreach to special needs student called a ‘forever’ inspiration

Prescott High School senior Ryan Tardibuono might be smaller than many of his peers, but his zest for life looms big and bold.

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Caring for community elders

Good Samaritan Prescott Village celebrates its 40-year legacy

At the Good Samaritan Prescott Village’s 40th anniversary celebration on Nov. 14, seven-year resident and volunteer Dorothy Maddock was delighted to toast the place she is proud to now call her home.

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Generosity doesn’t need a big wallet

CCJ shelter clients’ gift to four-year-old proves a priceless lesson

A four-year-old boy. A lost Lego piece. A homeless couple.

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‘Hannah’s Heart’ shows community’s heart for others

Production is being viewed as a Christmas tradition

“Hannah’s Heart” is a timeless story of the contagious sparkle ignited by one selfless, giving heart.

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Arizona’s top elementary school cabbage grower

BASIS Prescott student wins distinction

Nine-year-old Ben Stanik of Prescott isn’t one of those kids who refuses to let vegetables touch his lips.

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The Launch Pad embarking on a big dream — a home of its own

Prescott center prides itself on being a free, safe haven for all teenagers

The Launch Pad Teen Center prides itself as a safe haven for all teenagers in the Prescott/tri-city area.

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Avoid the flu: Get a vaccination now, Arizona health department says

With Thanksgiving just a week away, and Christmas following on its heels, no one wants to have to cancel holiday plans because they contracted the flu.

School board incumbents Hubble and Thomas re-elected

The two incumbent Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board leaders, president Penny Hubble and vice-president Cyndi Thomas, were both re-elected to four-year terms on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Northpoint students enriched through field experiences, community service

At the Circle L Ranch on Friday morning, 37 Northpoint Middle School seventh and eighth-graders from Prescott toured and cleaned portions of the Prescott Valley-based animal rescue sanctuary on Coyote Springs Road.

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Retiring PV mayor feted in high style; Civic Center Circle to be renamed Skoog Boulevard

Everybody loves Mayor Harvey – and Harvey loves everybody, even curmudgeons and folks that once were fond of dirt roads.

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WWII veteran was witness to sinking of USS Yorktown

Prescott veteran at the Battle of Midway Island

Donald Brubaker didn’t want to be an Ohio farmer.

PUSD adopts EngageNY math curriculum at middle school

EngageNY is a math curriculum Prescott Unified School District elementary teachers have embraced, and administrators have high hopes will produce improved results for middle schoolers.

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PUSD to spend $2M on high school athletic field overhaul

Mayor Mengarelli: ‘What took so long?’

Prescott Mayor and Unified School District Governing Board member Greg Mengarelli asked just one question about spending $2 million to replace and rebuild the high school’s track and field complex.

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2 new members for Prescott school board, 2 re-elected in Chino Valley

The Prescott Unified School District Governing Board will have a new complexion come January.

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Prescott considers $2.5 million upgrade to high school athletic facilities

Athletic director to inform school board about proposal for new track and synthetic turf field

Nostalgia can lead people astray — especially when it butts up against big dollars. Such truth is why Prescott High School’s Athletic Director Missy Townsend refused to let her nostalgia for playing sports on natural fields skew her decision on the future of the school’s flagship athletic field.

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Teens to politicians: Stand up, don’t push down

Note to political candidates: The younger generations are watching your campaigns, and frankly, they’re appalled.

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Lincoln ‘Lions’ continue Halloween tradition

Costume parade follows familiar path around courthouse plaza

With fall leaves swirling at their feet and crisp air nipping at their heels, the Lincoln Elementary “Lions” in Prescott were treated to the perfect autumn day for a Halloween costume parade.

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‘She’s my angel’: Woman’s crafts bring comfort to cancer patients

A chance encounter with a friend undergoing chemotherapy for metastasized Stage 4 breast cancer pushed quilter and crafter Dona Speights’ into creative hyper drive.

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Mompower: Armed To Know in Prescott

Arming parents/teens with tools to navigate today’s culture

In the cozy kitchen of her downtown Prescott home, Raynee Schneider’s recipe for homemade soup can be smelled on the stove as she talks about the recipe of a different kind: one aimed at nourishing souls.

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VA work - $30M and counting - in progress as facilities upgraded, renovated and expanded

Effort is to meet health needs of veterans

The local VA campus on Highway 89 is a historic icon — its service to area veterans dates back to 1930.

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Chino Valley volunteer group works to feed Hungry Kids

In less than an hour on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 11, 15 energetic Chino Valley volunteers — retirees to high school and college students — emptied and organized more than 175 reusable green grocery bags filled with non-perishables such as juice boxes, soups, macaroni and cheese and peanut butter.

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Local youth give thanks for their good fortune by collecting food to thwart local hunger

Siblings making change

Alex and Addie Daniels of Chino Valley have never worried about when they might be able to eat again.

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‘Walk to School Days’ offers local children a chance to get exercise while learning road safety

Fourth-grader Charly Dunn was one of the first Lincoln Elementary “Lions” to arrive on the south side of the Prescott courthouse plaza Wednesday morning for “Walk to School Day.”

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Prescott master swimmer, disabled veteran accomplishes one-of-a-kind feat

The Big Swim

On a cool, dark night a week ago, Prescott swimmer and disabled former United States Navy SEAL Dave Loeffler waded into the Pacific Ocean from the shore of San Clemente Island in southern California for a 15.5 hour trek to the rough terrain, not-public coast of Catalina Island.

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Feeding Hungry Kids

Chino Valley group’s food drive hailed as success

In less than an hour on Thursday morning, 15 energetic Chino Valley volunteers — retirees to high school and college students — emptied and organized more than 175 reusable green grocery bags filled with non-perishables such as juice boxes, soups, macaroni and cheese and peanut butter.

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Prescott homeless advocate closer to goal of buying home

Mattson ‘grateful’ to those donating to help him continue his mission

In between answering calls from folks in distress, Prescott homeless advocate Daniel Mattson on Monday morning was seeking a mortgage lender so he can buy the house he has rented for 10 years.

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Embry-Riddle Air Force ROTC cadet shines bright

A trip to a Seattle air show air at age seven planted a yearning in Austin Fischer to one day be a jet pilot.

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What grade did your school receive?

State letter grades for area districts, charters a ‘snapshot’ of student achievement

Like a parent reviewing their own student’s report cards, area district and charter school leaders’ reaction to the state’s A-F ratings of all state schools have generated enthusiasm and disappointment.

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New fight vs. old enemy: Local families called on to battle pornography

Time was when perusing “Playboy” magazine was seen as a rite of passage for teenage boys. Teenage girls were likely hiding copies of “GQ” or other such magazines, featuring half-nude males.

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Surgeon: Be vigilant about your body

In the fight against breast cancer, Yavapai Regional Medical Center surgeon Dr. Michael Macon is a warrior: his weapon beyond the scalpel is empathy, knowledge and technology that enable him to treat his patients based on their own biology, genealogy, even personality.

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Prescott school board delays decision on half-day student schedule for Whiskey Off-Road race

The Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike race is a Prescott downtown tradition — the inaugural event was 15 years ago.

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Stand Down event hailed and lamented

Effort to find solutions to veteran homelessness continues in earnest

U.S. VETS Prescott Executive Director Carole Benedict was thrilled to see so much love heaped on hundreds of homeless veterans at the 2018 Yavapai County Stand Down event at Frontier Village.

Federal grant award to U.S. VETS means more transitional housing for homeless veterans

As of Oct. 1, U.S. VETS Prescott will receive two federal Veteran Affairs grants totaling $580,000 that will enable the agency to expand its current 56-bed transitional living facilities to 20 more beds as well as add 15 units of transition-in-place housing opportunities.

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Prescott High School adds eSports to its athletic lineup

High school athletics is more than muscles; it’s a matter of mind, motivation, and manners.