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Nanci Hutson

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Early inspiration leads to career in classroom
Teacher of the Year says educators ignited passion for learning

Growing up in a single-mother household as the youngest of five children, Prescott native Lori Markham found great comfort in her downtown neighborhood elementary school — Washington Traditional.

By Nanci Hutson May 18, 2019
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Pay remains sore spot in Quad Cities schools
Staff, administrators call situation in state ‘embarrassing’

A Prescott Mile High Middle School teacher is quite clear how she feels about the city, and Arizona, ending up on a recent USA Today list of cities and states that invest the least in their educators.

By Nanci Hutson May 18, 2019
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Fulbright scholarships inspire Prescott educators to give students global connections
District officials sensitive to the need for everyone to be informed residents

Prescott is an idyllic, picturesque frontier town with lots to boast about for those who opt to live, work and play here, according to residents and officials alike.

By Nanci Hutson May 16, 2019
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Chair of Suicide Prevention Coalition resigns for lack of help
‘Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility’

Out of his own personal tragedy, local therapist John Schuderer joined and took over leadership of Yavapai County’s sole suicide prevention coalition about five years ago.

By Nanci Hutson May 15, 2019
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New foundation wants to help financially-strapped teachers
We Value Our Teachers Foundation wants to buy them grocery gift cards

On a grocery shopping trip in Cottonwood two years ago, Gretchen Vorbeck spotted a young mother weeping in the toilet paper aisle.

By Nanci Hutson May 13, 2019
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The Prescott Unified School District Governing Board Tuesday night honored faculty and staff revered by colleagues and bosses for willingly, and regularly, “going the extra mile” for students and the broader educational community.

By Nanci Hutson May 11, 2019
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Jo Giese is a radio and TV journalist/author who just finished a little book perfect for Mother’s Day.

By Nanci Hutson May 11, 2019
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‘Smelly lady’ part of new wave of alternative therapies at VA
Agency sees benefits of aromatherapy, other treatments

Sue Jordan, a Prescott VA registered nurse, is known fondly by some veteran patients as the “smelly lady.”

By Nanci Hutson May 10, 2019
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Mattie Smith admits fostering an infant in her family that includes two biological children is the “hardest thing I’ve ever done; it’s physically, mentally and spiritually exhausting.”

By Nanci Hutson May 9, 2019
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Every baby’s arrival should be as heralded as the latest English royal infant born this week.

By Nanci Hutson May 9, 2019
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A foursome of pink Flamingos welcome, or bid farewell, to millions of locals and tourists alike in the quirky, historic town of Jerome, perched as they are just beyond the hub of its business district.

By Nanci Hutson May 9, 2019
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Chino Valley Unified boasted three of the top winners at the Yavapai County Education Foundation’s 25th annual Teacher of the Year banquet Friday night.

By Nanci Hutson May 5, 2019
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Teacher of the Year Lori Markham gives thanks for support
Yavapai County Education Foundation honors 24-year educator from Prescott's Abia Judd Elementary

“Show me the love” was a mantra for the Yavapai County Education Foundation’s 25th annual Teacher of the Year banquet Friday night, which showered affection and admiration on top teachers in the region.

By Nanci Hutson May 4, 2019
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Shaver’s focus, beyond graduation, is on world-class drum, bugle corps
Teen will tour with The Academy, beginning with July 1 ‘Drums Across the Desert’

Prescott High senior Katie Shaver is far from slowing down her pace as graduation approaches.

By Nanci Hutson May 4, 2019
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Craig Hannay remembers boyhood trips to the Prescott downtown J.C. Penney store located in a historic landmark building now known as the Bashford Court Atrium Mall.

By Nanci Hutson May 4, 2019
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‘Rising Stars’ honor educators who help them shine
Prescott High students get chance to spread credit for their successes

No obstacle too big. A smile on a frowning day. The right push at the right time.

By Nanci Hutson April 30, 2019
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When it comes to the power of Prescott Unified School District educators to inspire multiple generations, the extended family of Taylor Hicks, a dentist, is a testament to that reality.

By Nanci Hutson April 30, 2019
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A pretty spring day prompted Shirley Hollingsworth to grab a garden hose from behind her light tan and brown-trim, single-wide trailer and water fledgling plants growing in her patio flower bed.

By Nanci Hutson April 28, 2019
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The Coalition for Compassion and Justice is no longer offering a daily meal at the Madison Avenue shelter and program headquarters, a step away from what has been a two-decade mainstay program.

By Nanci Hutson April 28, 2019
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Prescott Area Leadership is a nonprofit organization all about helping build leaders who contribute to the “vitality” of their towns and cities in central Yavapai County.

By Nanci Hutson April 27, 2019
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The impact of childhood trauma does not end once a boy or girl reaches puberty, goes off to college, starts a career or begins raising a family. Those traumas, everything from neglect prompted by addition to witnessing familial abuse or suffering sexual abuse, can abbreviate a person’s life.

By Nanci Hutson April 25, 2019
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Knowing how noisy construction can be, contractor and PUSD parent Marc VanWormer called a temporary halt of work for three weeks as to not disrupt students participating in the annual AzMERIT standardized testing program.

By Nanci Hutson April 25, 2019
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In September 2000, a 19-year-old San Francisco college student leaped off the Golden Gate Bridge, suffering a crushed vertebrae but emerging as one of the few to survive such a suicide attempt.

By Nanci Hutson April 24, 2019
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Yavapai Regional Medical Center is embarking on an $80 million expansion plan on its west side campus to include a new parking garage and three-story health care center, President and Chief Executive Officer John Amos announced Monday night.

By Nanci Hutson April 23, 2019
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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