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Humboldt Unified School District Superintendent Dan Streeter is like a proud father, preening with pride over the multitude of accomplishments and innovations in Yavapai County’s largest district.

By Nanci Hutson November 25, 2019
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For 25 years, Don Eckel has treasured the carbon dioxide-pellet fueled, miniature wooden race car he built when he was a student at the then-Granite Mountain Middle School in Prescott.

By Nanci Hutson November 24, 2019
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Prescott High School’s Freshman Academy students were slapped with a recent dose of adult reality.

By Nanci Hutson November 21, 2019
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New creative media lab at Prescott High
Students enjoy new level of tech

To enter “The Lab” at Prescott High School is to be wowed by hard-to-fathom, yet real “Star Wars”-style technology.

By Nanci Hutson November 20, 2019
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From the time she was appointed to her post in March 2017, the Prescott VA Medical Center Director Barbara Oemcke has been a busy lady.

By Nanci Hutson November 18, 2019
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Retired Abia Judd Elementary second-grade teacher Jane Robertson knows what it is to keep a hidden stash of money so she can buy needed classroom supplies.

By Nanci Hutson November 17, 2019
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Lake Valley principal, staff and volunteers honored
Making a difference to students and families

Lake Valley Elementary Principal Aimee Fleming was eager to spotlight to Humboldt Unified School District leaders some of the folks she credits with making such a difference at her school.

By Nanci Hutson November 16, 2019
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Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training for all 1,700 Bradshaw Mountain High School students - $500.

By Nanci Hutson November 16, 2019
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In a moment Prescott Unified School District administrators said left them “blown away,” the district Chief Financial Officer Brian Moore was selected as Arizona’s 2019 CFO of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of Financial Executives.

By Nanci Hutson November 15, 2019
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In the middle of a no-wall room behind the cafeteria at Glassford Hill Middle School, two girls confer with one of their four-teacher team about collecting old denim jeans they will sew into recyclable bags.

By Nanci Hutson November 14, 2019
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If the Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board opted to seek a $25 million bonding package with a 20-year payback, the extra cost for a home assessed at $146,000 — the median range — would be just under $50 a year.

By Nanci Hutson November 13, 2019
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Calling Prescott the state’s “most patriotic city,” Mayor Greg Mengarelli invited crowds stretching several feet deep at the downtown Veterans Day parade to reflect on the price of freedom.

By Nanci Hutson November 11, 2019
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The process to convert six of the Prescott VA’s historic, Victorian-style homes on its campus off Highway 89 into housing for vulnerable veterans is making slow but steady progress.

By Nanci Hutson November 11, 2019
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United States Army Vietnam-era veteran Cornelia “Sarge” Smith is a talented artisan who refuses to allow her creative juices to go dry simply because she is now legally blind and confined to a wheelchair.

By Nanci Hutson November 10, 2019
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On this Veterans Day, and every day, Prescott Korean War-era United States Army veteran Barney Kennedy said he feels a sense of patriotism that extends beyond his own service. He so admires the sacrifices of so many who, unlike him, never came home.

By Nanci Hutson November 10, 2019
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Other than a few exceptions, district and charter school leaders have much to boast about this year with the letter grades received at their schools, with many showing improvement or at least staying steady despite changes in students, faculty and curriculum, and some new test options.

By Nanci Hutson November 7, 2019
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Juicy cheeseburgers. The Grand Canyon. Cave petroglyphs. Thumb Butte. To name a few. These were some of the top treats students from Prescott’s sister city in Zeitz, Germany said they most enjoyed during their recent 17-day exchange with Prescott High School’s German students.

By Nanci Hutson November 7, 2019
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In a stealth mission like no other, United States Air Force Staff Sgt. Ken Knobbe sneaked inside a second-grade classroom at Lincoln Elementary just after noon on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

By Nanci Hutson November 6, 2019
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Agape House of Prescott leaders hope to illuminate city and community leaders to the reality of family homelessness in this community, and the coordinated efforts of many to answer the need.

By Nanci Hutson November 4, 2019
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On Thanksgiving Day, a Prescott veteran and retired U.S. Postal worker will travel to just outside Ashville, North Carolina, to celebrate the American holiday with blood relatives for the first time in his 72 years.

By Nanci Hutson November 2, 2019
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Dennis Houser knows classical music and theater, performing over five decades on national and international stages as a classical bass vocalist and chorale conductor.

By Nanci Hutson November 2, 2019
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Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli is not surprised state housing advocates are honoring the work of a city charity committed to ending homelessness through innovative, community-funded housing solutions.

By Nanci Hutson November 1, 2019
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Lincoln Elementary School students paraded around the downtown Yavapai County Courthouse plaza on Halloween dressed in costumes that ranged from skeletons to fairy princesses and lots of Waldos – teachers took a preference for the red-and-white-striped shirt character.

By Nanci Hutson October 31, 2019
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott has promised its students, faculty and staff that it is seeking to quickly correct an accreditation agency warning related to program length for its accelerated path for students seeking to earn a combined undergraduate and graduate degree.

By Nanci Hutson October 31, 2019
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On Halloween, a Peeples Valley pizza parlor will be the festive backdrop for the launch of “Halloweed,” a kickoff event aimed at educating rural Arizonans about why they should vote to legalize recreational marijuana.

By Nanci Hutson October 29, 2019
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Enter the expansive lobby of the 1927 red brick Hassayampa Inn on the corner of East Gurley and Marina streets and one is standing inside what a staff director describes as “Prescott’s living room.”

By Nanci Hutson October 27, 2019
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The Prescott Frontier Days “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” fundraising efforts this year raised $6,000 that will be donated to Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

By Nanci Hutson October 26, 2019
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Breast cancer is not unlike a house fire — hard to predict, devastating to experience and recovery requires professional guidance and personal resolve.

By Nanci Hutson October 26, 2019
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The seductive power of social media is such that teens are more stressed than ever about everything from grades to beauty, often in the shadows of a screen rather than with a strong support system.

By Nanci Hutson October 25, 2019
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The Big Bad Wolf is a myth. Just ask Prescott Library’s fifth- and sixth-grade book club that just finished the based-in-fact tale of a gray wolf titled, “A Wolf Called Wander.”

By Nanci Hutson October 25, 2019
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All it takes to stop a bully is for one person to stand up and befriend the target, according to one expert.

By Nanci Hutson October 23, 2019
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PV clinic offering new treatment to prevent opioid overdoses
Why Dr. Wolkoff is an advocate of new meds: ‘Dead people don’t recover’

Dr. David Wolkoff gives a frank, simple reason why he is an advocate of a new medication-assisted treatment program for people addicted to illegal and prescription opioid drugs.

By Nanci Hutson October 22, 2019
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Community fights teen vaping epidemic
Marijuana vaping devices reportedly found in local schools

In packaging that mimics such candy brands as “Sour Patch Kids” and “Skittles,” and sporting flavors such as mango watermelon, even menthol, teens across the nation can buy both nicotine, and marijuana vaping pods, in easily accessible shops or dispensaries, even online, for just over $15.

By Nanci Hutson October 18, 2019
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The Prescott area public is invited to visit a quilt spectacular at Prescott High School on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20 - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday – that honors the lives and sacrifices of all those who died in the tragic terrorist acts on Sept. 11, 2001.

By Nanci Hutson October 18, 2019
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Dr. David Wolkoff gives a frank, simple reason why he is an advocate of a new medication-assisted treatment program for people addicted to illegal and prescription opioid drugs. “Dead people don’t recover,” said the Prescott Valley psychiatrist with a specialty in addiction medicine.

By Nanci Hutson October 13, 2019
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At the lowest ebb of her life, Jennifer Bennett wondered whether she might ever find firm ground again.

By Nanci Hutson October 11, 2019
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Dangers of vaping, other topics focus of youth 'maze'
Teen Maze celebrates two decades of helping teens make positive choices

More than 1,000 teens from the quad-city area are expected to show up for an event that will enable them to test their brain and clue-detection powers so as to solve an escape room riddle.

By Nanci Hutson October 10, 2019
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After an almost two-month delay due to scoring difficulties, the state Department of Education released the 2019 spring results of the AZMerit tests for all of its district and charter schools this week.

By Nanci Hutson October 10, 2019
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If a basement blaze erupts in the middle of the night, the Prescott community needs to be confident its Fire Department is at the ready to do what needs to be done to protect their lives and property.

By Nanci Hutson October 8, 2019
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The Prescott City Council will meet at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, for a study session to then be followed by a voting session in the City Hall council chambers.

By Nanci Hutson October 6, 2019
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Granite Peak UU Congregation has new pastor
Rev. Patty Willis’ humor, artistry and open approach to social ministry embraced

Above a closet in her corner office at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Society is The Rev.

By Nanci Hutson October 5, 2019
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For the first 10 minutes in Jennifer Woods’ first-hour freshman academy class this past week students typed with all 10 fingers across a computer keyboard – a manila folder covering the keys.

By Nanci Hutson October 4, 2019
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Lincoln Elementary Lions have much to boast when it comes to health — a natural habitat outdoor classroom; an expanding garden and fruit orchard; family festivals and a just-created Zen Den.

By Nanci Hutson October 3, 2019
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PUSD AZMerit scores reveal strengths, glitches
Eighth-grade math still a focus

When it comes to the state’s standardized tests, Prescott Unified School District students are traditionally strong performers.

By Nanci Hutson October 2, 2019
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An annual update on how the Prescott Unified School District is spending its $15 million bond and $6 million override revealed that the district is on task to spend all its money by its required deadline of May 2021.

By Nanci Hutson October 1, 2019
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On the agenda for the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the district board room at Washington School on East Gurley Street will be a presentation on the AZMerit scores. The meeting, open to the public, begins at 5 p.m.

By Nanci Hutson September 29, 2019
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More than 150 United Way of Yavapai County partners were invited downtown Thursday night for some high-rolling, casino-style fun as the nonprofit, fundraising agency kicked off its annual campaign.

By Nanci Hutson September 29, 2019
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For much of her adult life, Prescott native and nonagenarian Jimmie Johnson’s best friend has been a Singer 401 A sewing machine she purchased for less than $100 back in the early 1950s.

By Nanci Hutson September 28, 2019
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Prescott High School registered nurse Carolyn Ernst remembers growing up with a little boy who couldn’t use his left arm after he contracted polio.

By Nanci Hutson September 28, 2019

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