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Nanci Hutson

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People Magazine is known for its high-profile celebrity gossip and profiles — the pages most often covered with chat about the glitzy, and messy, lives of America’s rich and famous movie and music idols.

By Nanci Hutson June 23, 2022
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Arizona’s teacher shortages not as severe in Quad Cities as elsewhere
Maintaining salary increases remains key strategy to recruitment, retention

Prescott Unified School District Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Clark Tenney is sporting a smile rather than a frown these days.

By Nanci Hutson June 22, 2022
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From her earliest years, Coalition for Compassion and Justice’s new Executive Director Allison Lenocker was one who “rooted for the underdog.”

By Nanci Hutson June 22, 2022
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Rabbi Julie Kozlow of Prescott counts herself beyond blessed with her new faith endeavor that she describes as a start-from-scratch “synagogue without walls.”

By Nanci Hutson June 21, 2022
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Dignity Health-YRMC has new leader, setting course for new future
New president, CEO is longtime YRMC physician, chief of medical staff

Dignity Health officials announced late Monday afternoon, June 20, that its Yavapai Regional Medical Center affiliate’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anthony Torres will succeed the existing president and CEO John Amos in that same role.

By Nanci Hutson June 20, 2022
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Altogether, the three district superintendents in the tri-city area are charged with the academic nurture and social health of almost 12,000 children in 21 schools from pre-school to high school.

By Nanci Hutson June 18, 2022
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The Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board honored two district employees at its June 14 meeting, applauding them for efforts above and beyond to do what it takes to assist the district administration function at maximum efficiency and do so with smiles on their faces.

By Nanci Hutson June 18, 2022
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No politics. No campaigning. Just education. Those were the rules Yavapai County Superintendent Tim Carter made clear to a small audience of Governing Board candidates, existing board members and other community members who attended a two-hour workshop to illuminate what these people can and cannot do in such elected roles.

By Nanci Hutson June 16, 2022
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An exuberant and engaging educator, Chino Valley High School Principal Heidi Wolf was almost giddy at this year’s May graduation — it was her 30th such celebration and these 150 seniors were freshman when she became principal.

By Nanci Hutson June 15, 2022
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Humboldt Unified School District Nutritionist Pam Liuzzo loves to boast about the breakfasts and lunches offered to some 5,700 students and another 700 faculty and staff throughout the year.

By Nanci Hutson June 15, 2022
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The scandal behind a Phoenix-based pharmaceutical business that inspired the book “The Hard Sell” should be a public wake-up call about the potential dangers of even prescribed opioid painkillers, declared a former police detective and Yavapai College substance abuse prevention director.

By Nanci Hutson June 14, 2022
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Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board will have its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the district Transportation building.

By Nanci Hutson June 13, 2022
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In what top mental health leaders call a “watershed moment,” men, women, teens and children across the nation as of July 16 can dial a three-digit number – 9-8-8 – and reach someone able to counsel and direct them to whatever care resources they might require to cope with an in-the-moment life crisis.

By Nanci Hutson June 13, 2022
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PHS ‘Head Badger’ still exuberant after first year in role
Neely eager to move on from pandemic and focus students on culture of finding success for life

At the start of his first year as Prescott High School’s principal, Adam Neely was exuberant about taking the helm of his alma mater, where he also was the math department chairman, an instructional coach and a short-time assistant principal.

By Nanci Hutson June 11, 2022
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With students just grooving into the summer it might seem a bit too soon to be focusing on a new school year, but sponsors of the 2022 Back-to-School Health and Wellness Fair want families to pre-register so their children will get the supplies and services they require.

By Nanci Hutson June 11, 2022
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Merilee Fowler is not one to simply throw platitudes at those who lose loved ones to drug overdoses.

By Nanci Hutson June 9, 2022
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On a cloudless, yet hot blue sky summer day, Dignity Health-Yavapai Regional Medical Center celebrated the groundbreaking for an $8 million family and specialty medical clinic on the corner of Highway 69 and North Lee Boulevard in Prescott below Discount Tires and across from the Gripstone Climbing gym.

By Nanci Hutson June 8, 2022
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Fidgepockets Friendship Fair planned for Saturday at the Granite Creek Splash Pad
Event to highlight use of Augmentative, Alternative Communication boards

The Sweeney family in Prescott’s desire to spread a new brand of communication across the greater Prescott area so people with limited verbal skills can still have a “voice” in what they want to do is catching on with city and business leaders open to installing symbol boards at their locations.

By Nanci Hutson June 7, 2022
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CVUSD looks at workforce housing options as key in teacher recruitment, retention
Laying of foundation underway for new high school track

Teacher salaries below the national average and high cost housing, either to rent or own, are playing a role in a shortage of educators able to work in Yavapai County, particularly the most rural towns.

By Nanci Hutson June 7, 2022
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They are three professional Prescott woman leaders – a doctor, a teacher, and a fitness center owner and trainer – eager to test their mental and physical mettle against a formidable challenge – climbing 38 miles to the summit of the highest, free-standing mountain above sea level in the world.

By Nanci Hutson June 6, 2022
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At the Scripps National Spelling Bee this past week, 11-year-old finalist Aliyah Alpert of Prescott was asked to name her favorite cartoon character.

By Nanci Hutson June 4, 2022
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Agape House of Prescott, the area’s sole transitional housing for homeless families that relies on the generosity of donors, is seeking some immediate assistance to benefit their clients.

By Nanci Hutson June 4, 2022
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Blankets 4 Kids founder Campbell takes unexpected ‘detour’ to Costa Rica
American Airlines officials promise ‘rare’ happening is under investigation

A Costa Rican vacation was not on Ron Campbell’s bucket list this spring.

By Nanci Hutson June 1, 2022
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With interest high all across Yavapai County in school district Governing Board seats — in the tri-city area there are now 17 candidates for six four-year seats and one two-year seat in Prescott Unified — Yavapai County Superintendent Tim Carter will offer a training session from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday June 15 about members’ statutory duties.

By Nanci Hutson May 31, 2022
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Wearing her signature yellow Bumble Bee dress, Arizona’s top speller Aliyah Alpert of Prescott, a sixth-grade homeschooled student, emerged as one of 12 finalists in the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, June 1.

By Nanci Hutson May 31, 2022
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Mourning the horrific massacre of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in a small Texas town 85 miles west of San Antonio, Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters leaders are appealing to potential mentors and donors able to be a source of hope to area children and families.

By Nanci Hutson May 30, 2022
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Michigan native trumpet player, composer and music educator Jason Taurins is wasting no time preparing for what he counts as a dream job: directing the Prescott High School “Pride of Prescott” instrumental music program with its marching band, jazz ensemble, concert band and string orchestra.

By Nanci Hutson May 30, 2022
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For her last command performance in front of about 500 students, from kindergartners to fourth-graders, Abia Judd Principal Stephanie Hillig entertained them with some moves inspired by pop artist Justin Timberlake.

By Nanci Hutson May 26, 2022
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Chino Valley High School’s Class of 2022 leaders impressed on their fellow graduates Thursday the importance of translating their K-12 education into who they want to be, relying on their collective talents to inspire others and be the change they wish to see in the world.

By Nanci Hutson May 26, 2022
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An exuberant bunch of Abia Judd Elementary kindergarten through fourth graders in lined the Prescott Unified school hallways with hand-crafted messages like “Good luck Badgers” and “Happy Graduation!”

By Nanci Hutson May 26, 2022
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On Tuesday afternoon, May 17, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office investigated a report made by a school bus driver for Prescott Mile High Middle School who informed school administrators that a 13-year-old student had made numerous threats to “shoot up the school.”

By Nanci Hutson May 26, 2022
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Chino Valley schools celebrated the last day of school on Tuesday, May 24, with 160 or so seniors scheduled to graduate at the Findlay Toyota Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

By Nanci Hutson May 25, 2022
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State and area superintendents have high hopes Arizona’s Legislature will invest at least $1 billion of an almost $5 billion budget surplus into enhancing K-12 public education so children are given more academic and enrichment opportunities.

By Nanci Hutson May 24, 2022
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Local harpist selected as national Good Samaritan Society Ever Forward Volunteer Champion
Luana Mangold to be honored in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on June 14

Wearing a Native American print skirt and a sunflower in her shoulder-length silver hair, Luana Mangold plucked the bright-colored strings of a Paraguayan-crafted harp for a spring afternoon tea party.

By Nanci Hutson May 23, 2022
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Final bow: Three-decade PHS music director ends career in spring concert
A dozen former students, including professional musicians and music educators, perform

The final bow for Prescott High School’s 33-year instrumental music director Dan Bradstreet ended on a high note — with a full Ruth Street Auditorium standing ovation after a two-hour musical extravaganza Thursday, May 19.

By Nanci Hutson May 21, 2022
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The “School’s Out for Summer” refrain from Arizona’s favorite rock star Alice Cooper’s 1972 hit tune “School’s Out” seemed apropos in the Humboldt Unified School District Thursday, May 19, the district’s last day of the 2021-22 school year.

By Nanci Hutson May 19, 2022
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Keagan and Ben Sweeney in Prescott are not your typical fashion entrepreneurs — albeit they have a style and voice all their own.

By Nanci Hutson May 18, 2022
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Granite Mountain EcoSchool program furthers STEAM focus, engages students
Projects promote environmental sustainability at school, home, community

At Granite Mountain School in Prescott, the fifth- and sixth-grade classes have lots of chances to channel their creativity and quest for knowledge into experiences in natural, outdoor habitats.

By Nanci Hutson May 17, 2022
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The Coalition for Compassion and Justice in Prescott has selected a familiar agency leader to take over the reins of the non-profit agency that serves the city’s most vulnerable through shelter, affordable housing and an expanded thrift shop operation.

By Nanci Hutson May 16, 2022
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4 BMHS seniors earn prestigious state, national scholarships
All credit high school for instilling in them ‘passion’ for excelling as students, life learners

Four Class of 2022 Bradshaw Mountain High seniors have earned some serious bragging rights as select stand-out performers in the state and nation with life-changing scholarships to choice colleges.

By Nanci Hutson May 16, 2022
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Sacred Heart students meet star of ‘Finding Gobi’
Heroic tale of stray who befriends Australian ultra-marathoner on trek across the Gobi Desert

She’s far from a fancy pet, most likely a mixed breed. Short-legged with wiry, stiff tawny hair, big brown eyes, pointy ears and a spiky fur mouth around a tiny black nose, she might be dismissed as ordinary.

By Nanci Hutson May 14, 2022
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In a special meeting at noon Friday, the Prescott Unified School District approved a new food and nutrition contract with Southwest Food Excellence service that has been their provider for the past 11 years.

By Nanci Hutson May 14, 2022
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With the sun shining on their festivities, People Who Care on Thursday, May 12, celebrated its 30th anniversary with a ribbon-cutting and tours of its new home at 1580 Plaza West Drive in Prescott.

By Nanci Hutson May 14, 2022
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Some 30 retiring Humboldt Unified School District faculty and staff were honored by the Governing Board on Tuesday, May 10 with a dinner reception before the regular meeting.

By Nanci Hutson May 14, 2022
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Retired military leaders of the Prescott High School JROTC program are proud to announce that 2022 Senior Cadet Corp Commander Callie Oryall has received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy and Class of 2021 JROTC leader Lincoln Eby earned an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

By Nanci Hutson May 14, 2022
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The gunshot wound left her paralyzed. Depression that propelled a 16-year-old with a seemingly idyllic life to pull the trigger was her foe.

By Nanci Hutson May 12, 2022
Chino school board starts process of adopting sexual health curriculum
Roof, HVAC replacements, economic well-being surveys also on tap

The Chino Valley Governing Board on Monday night, May 9, voted to offer a 60-day parent and community review of a state-approved sexual health curriculum for middle school and high school students.

By Nanci Hutson May 12, 2022
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The Launch Pad Teen Center’s mission is to ensure all teenagers in the quad-city area know they have a place, regardless of their talents, their social status, their family circumstances or their personal identity, according to their adult and leaders.

By Nanci Hutson May 11, 2022
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In fourth grade, Dennis Dearden said he was a child from a family so poor, he often went to school with dirty clothes. One day, as he isolated away from other children on the playground, the then-Iowa native was approached by a teacher who foretold the young Dearden’s future.

By Nanci Hutson May 11, 2022
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The list of Governing Board candidates in the quad-cities area continues to grow, this time with one sitting veteran board president and two known educational leaders in the Yavapai County community.

By Nanci Hutson May 10, 2022

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