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San Francisco native Kevin Hines knows the desperation that leads someone to contemplate suicide – he is a living miracle as one of a few to survive a leap off the Golden Gate Bridge.

By Nanci Hutson April 20, 2019
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Here’s a math riddle the Prescott Unified School District would like to solve: how to find enough dollars to offer the highest-caliber education from the finest educational professionals despite annual drops in student enrollment often rooted in the inability for families to afford the higher cost of living here.

By Nanci Hutson April 17, 2019
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Prescott High School Fulbright scholar Cathleen Cherry will be headed to Peru schools this summer.

By Nanci Hutson April 15, 2019
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Chino Valley water users should be happy to hear the Town Council opted to drop its monthly wastewater rates from last year’s $62.14 to $60, or a 3 percent decrease as of July 1.

By Nanci Hutson April 15, 2019
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A slight wind and gurgling water flowing through Granite Creek on Thursday provided a serene backdrop for about 100 Granite Mountain fifth-graders exploring the White Spar trail and its frontier heritage apple and pear orchard.

By Nanci Hutson April 12, 2019
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To anyone who ever asked Katherine “Kaye” Fleming what she did while working for just over a year in Washington, D.C., toward the end of World War II, she would shrug and say just typical secretarial stuff.

By Nanci Hutson April 10, 2019
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Safe school buses are a must have for area school districts.

By Nanci Hutson April 10, 2019
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The “Dancing for the Stars” two-show event on Saturday, April 13, at the Elks Theatre is expected to generate $300,000 to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona.

By Nanci Hutson April 9, 2019
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At 8 years old, Aliyah Alpert has a better vocabulary than most people quadruple her age.

By Nanci Hutson April 6, 2019
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With the rising costs of health insurance, the Prescott Governing Board this week opted to make a change to a large health care company.

By Nanci Hutson April 4, 2019
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A Prescott Valley couple resorted to asking strangers for a kidney to save the husband’s life.

By Nanci Hutson April 3, 2019
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Bob Brooks is a 75-year-old Prescott bachelor who counts as his only family two felines – 12-year-old Siamese, Pur, and eight-year-old Siamese, Kitten.

By Nanci Hutson April 2, 2019
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PUSD board approves budget proposal; $700K must be cut
High school, middle school library staff targeted as one of fallouts from required reductions

The implications of declining enrollments in the Prescott Unified School District will require school administrators to find some $707,000 worth of reductions for the coming school year, with staffing at the middle school and high school libraries targeted as one of the fallouts from the required reductions.

By Nanci Hutson April 2, 2019
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As a guest at Prescott and Prescott Valley schools on Monday, Arizona’s new Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman was offered a glimpse into creative, experiential learning models intended to entice students from pre-school to high school to become knowledge adventurers.

By Nanci Hutson April 1, 2019
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Former submarine officer carving out tributes to veterans
Prescott Navy retiree helps vets ‘finish well’ with handcrafted urns

As a teenage trumpet player growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, Ed Brooks considered it a privilege to perform “Taps” at the close of funerals or local World War II veterans.

By Nanci Hutson March 30, 2019
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At 70, retired Prescott psychotherapist ponders next thrill
She climbed to summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in February

Andi Abad doesn’t have a death wish. Truth be told, the now-retired psychotherapist isn’t big on danger.

By Nanci Hutson March 28, 2019
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Teachers helping teachers at Mile High Middle School
Teachers in Classroom program viewed as a colleague-to-colleague booster shot

At Mile High Middle School in Prescott, the daily routine was shaken up one day last week so as to offer teachers a chance to observe new ways of delivering instruction and managing student behavior.

By Nanci Hutson March 27, 2019
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4 PHS students to face punishment for vandalism
District officials, teens’ parents, authorities discussing options after eggs thrown at Granite Mountain School

Four Prescott High School students have been identified as the culprits behind a spring break prank where several cartons of eggs were thrown across the Granite Mountain School campus in two instances, according to the Prescott Police Department.

By Nanci Hutson March 26, 2019
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VA chief of staff wants veterans to get high quality of care
Advocating for ‘those in the trenches’

At a time of leadership transition in the Prescott VA, Dr. A. Panneer Selvam’s skills as a long-time physician with a patient-first belief and approach are offering comfort to veterans about their health care.

By Nanci Hutson March 23, 2019
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Prescott Police are investigating what has been described as “derogatory notes” with racial and anti-Semitic overtones left in the office at the Mountain Oak Charter School on Thursday, March 21.

By Nanci Hutson March 21, 2019
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Standing next to a willow tree behind the Tri-City College Prep High School this week, founder and superintendent Mary Ellen Halvorson pointed to a rectangular stretch of gravel soon to become a new middle school.

By Nanci Hutson March 20, 2019
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If you’re more than a half century old, there is a chance you might remember with less than fond memories what it was like to suffer with a case of the measles.

By Nanci Hutson March 18, 2019
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Prescott’s most famous Irishman who may, or may not, have been born in Ireland, most certainly, personified his family’s roots with what local historians consider his own brand of Irish bravado.

By Nanci Hutson March 16, 2019
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The high school years produce a mix of both anticipation and anxiety.

By Nanci Hutson March 13, 2019
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A calculated balance of 21st century educational programs, proper class sizes and competitive pay will require the Prescott Unified Governing Board to think hard this budget season about how best to invest taxpayer resources.

By Nanci Hutson March 13, 2019
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Elaine and Rocco Giordano are praying that it pays to advertise — Elaine’s plea printed across the back of the couple’s four-door white Chevrolet hatchback is a life-or-death proposition.

By Nanci Hutson March 9, 2019
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Catholic Charities in Prescott is rethinking its approach to a 30-unit complex on East Gurley Street it took over two years ago as housing for homeless veterans.

By Nanci Hutson March 9, 2019
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Teacher of the year banquet scheduled for May 3
Yavapai County Education Foundation plans 25th annual event

In a tradition of honoring teachers for their day-in, day-out commitment and devotion to educating the next generation, the Yavapai County Education Foundation will celebrate 70 nominees and 18 finalists at its 25th annual 2019 Teacher of the Year awards banquet, scheduled for May 3 at the Prescott Resort.

By Nanci Hutson March 8, 2019
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From time to time, the Prescott Unified School District needs to revisit boundaries for its elementary schools to work and keep classes at all three schools at a consistent size.

By Nanci Hutson March 7, 2019
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Foster parenting a ‘wildcard’ journey
Foster-to-adoptive family accepts journey as a ‘blessing’

Dana Eisenhour takes time for a cup of tea with a visitor – her home in Dewey is cozy and quiet.

By Nanci Hutson March 4, 2019
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5 CCJ homeless clients ‘ecstatic’ over new cottage-model homes
Program aims to place 8 to 12 people by summer

On the walls of his magenta-colored cottage, James McNear pinned up a Prescott College kerchief and a Steve Nash Phoenix Suns basketball jersey. He decorated the space over his bed with a cross and a couple small Halloween lanterns.

By Nanci Hutson March 3, 2019
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A natural-born storyteller, Gerald Kimmet’s tales from 40 years as a volunteer with the Yavapai County Jeep Posse search and rescue team are many: he prefers the quirky and heartwarming ones.

By Nanci Hutson March 2, 2019
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One by one they took their places at two tables located in the front of the courtroom — a three-person defense team on the far left and three-person plaintiff team on the far right closest to the jury box.

By Nanci Hutson February 27, 2019
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Prescott High School Assistant Principal Clark Tenney is a small town guy with a big world perspective.

By Nanci Hutson February 25, 2019
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The story of a 2017 Prescott overdose fatality is the story of a beloved, first-born son and the “addict demon” who stole his life.

By Nanci Hutson February 23, 2019
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In the search for ways to combat opioid overdose deaths across Yavapai County, MatForce leaders three years ago opted to find a way to do in-depth examinations of at least a sampling of those deaths.

By Nanci Hutson February 23, 2019
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In a repeat performance, Prescott Unified Governing Board veteran member Tina Seeley was unanimously selected last month to be president for the next year.

By Nanci Hutson February 23, 2019
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With temperatures below freezing and snow continuing to accumulate, with predictions of more over the next two days, the Coalition for Compassion and Justice and the Salvation Army are opening their doors for daytime and night shelter to assure the community’s most vulnerable have a safe place to go.

By Nanci Hutson February 21, 2019
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School superintendents turn weathermen as they prepare for snow
This week’s storm could alter schedules, cause closures

With a predicted snowstorm headed this way on Thursday, local school superintendents are in the spotlight as they prepare to make decisions that will impact a big chunk of families in the tri-city area.

By Nanci Hutson February 19, 2019
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Homework: Area school districts work to find best recipe
Overloaded students, busy work spoil effort, officials say

In what might seem as counterintuitive, nationally renowned educators have determined homework is not a predictor of academic achievement, particularly in young children.

By Nanci Hutson February 17, 2019
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Town Hall gives local veterans chance to discuss care choices
VA leaders say they want to be top option

U.S. Marine veteran John Epstein was clear at the local VA’s Town Hall held in the Prescott Valley library last week that he didn’t come to bash the staff or leadership.

By Nanci Hutson February 17, 2019
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PUSD Education Foundation’s
First executive pledges to increase dollars to benefit students

At the time of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Tami Phillips rounded up her family with brooms to go and sweep up shards of broken glass from a street corner as fires still burned throughout the city.

By Nanci Hutson February 16, 2019
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About two dozen veteran patients at the local VA’s Community Living Center were feted on Valentine’s Day with a steak and baked potato dinner “Sweetheart Lunch” served at tables decorated with hearts and flowers.

By Nanci Hutson February 14, 2019
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The Launch Pad Teen Center is in a celebratory mood these days — the grass-roots youth empowerment hub launched five years ago finally has a home of its own.

By Nanci Hutson February 13, 2019
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In the cozy comfort of their Prescott bungalow with a backyard full of climbing boulders and a lawn full of trees with decorated bird-feeders, Jim and Janet Howard reminisce about a five-decade love affair.

By Nanci Hutson February 13, 2019
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Chino Valley U.S. Navy veteran Willem van der Heyden walked into the Prescott VA’s theater on Wednesday and saw a photographer snapping pictures of one of three pieces he submitted into the 25th annual Prescott VA’s Creative Arts Festival that runs through Friday.

By Nanci Hutson February 13, 2019
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20,000 Children in Need: State nonprofit offers insights to foster care at Prescott event
State nonprofit offers insights to foster care at Prescott event

In a perfect world, every child would be loved, cherished and nurtured by the family they enter at birth.

By Nanci Hutson February 12, 2019
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Two Taylor Hicks Elementary school teachers are piloting a new, online handwriting curriculum they see as suitable to meeting the state’s new cursive writing standards.

By Nanci Hutson February 11, 2019
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Taylor Lopez is a young woman who stands tall — in physique and personality.

By Nanci Hutson February 9, 2019
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Prescott High School creating lounge for special needs students
Gift from student, parent and community donors

A no-longer used photography dark room at Prescott High School is getting remodeled into a lounge for students with special needs.

By Nanci Hutson February 6, 2019

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