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Nanci Hutson

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Prescott Chamber of Commerce offers support to teachers at opening pep rally

In a sign of solidarity with the Prescott Unified School District on Tuesday morning, some 40 Prescott Chamber of Commerce business and nonprofit agencies set up booths all around the Prescott High gymnasium before the faculty and staff welcome back pep rally.

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Potential buyer of PUSD’s former South Granite district offices has until Aug. 30 to make a deal

With the start of a new school year three days away, Prescott Unified School District leaders have their fingers crossed that the sale of the former district offices is about to be final at the end of August.

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New school year brings excitement for ‘fresh start’

Challenges ahead in 2018-19 for students, teachers and administrators

Summer idyll is about to come to a close for students and education faculty and staff across the region — but for many it signals a positive vibe that fuels their passion for a fresh start and new opportunities.

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Supplemental school supplies can cost upward of $150 with backpacks

In Arizona, state law requires public schools to provide students with the supplies needed for academic success.

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Green to retire as leader of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic

Mental health agency leader focused 35-year career on promoting hope for those on road to recovery

On the first day of summer in 2017, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Executive Director Larry Green was a happy man — the agency he shepherded for 12 years reached a milestone.

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PUSD earns voluntary district-wide accreditation for embracing motto of “Every Child, Every Day”

Accreditation confirms PUSD motto

Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) earned bragging rights this summer with its national, all-district accreditation that applauded a school system-wide belief in its motto, “Every Child, Every Day.”

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Main runway repair to get underway next week at airport

Commercial air travel to commence Aug. 29

A $6 million repair on Prescott Municipal Airport’s main runway will get underway next week — closing it down for all daytime traffic until Aug. 22.

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A movement to end homelessness in Prescott

Elissa LaFonte can attest to the power of moving from homelessness into a home of her own.

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$15,000 is foundation for skilled tradesmen project

Charles Matheus knows a number of the teenage boys mentored through his agency are not college bound, nor are they motivated by the almighty dollar when it comes to finding a profession.

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Friendly Pines Camp director cherishes role in preserving eight-decade legacy of summer fun

Kevin Nissen isn’t above trying his aim at archery, lobbing a tennis ball or swinging from a jungle gym.

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VA leadership and staff departures prompt skepticism over agency’s mission and future

Top VA leaders leave positions

More than a dozen top VA leaders and supervisors, including two of the four top-tier administrators, will be departing the 1,100-employee agency in the next month, adding to a 12.6 percent turnover rate between May and July.

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Public education hot topic at gubernatorial forum

Three Democratic candidates attend forum in Prescott Valley

Glassford Hill Middle School Assistant Principal Beth Denman was one of just over 100 people who attended an AZ Schools Now gubernatorial political forum attended by only the three Democratic candidates — Kelly Fryer, Steve Farley and David Garcia.

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Departing Prescott school board member, veteran educator’s legacy one of championing the best for children

Erickson believes in education

Vivacious, creative and inquisitive, veteran Prescott Unified School District Governing Board member Maureen Erickson is a firm believer the recipe for all children’s success correlates with a menu of choices.

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Embry-Riddle dean’s first year a whirlwind of programming to assure student success

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kathleen “Kathy” Lustyk admits to a whirlwind year, one she sees as the kick-off to an academic marathon rather than a winded sprint.

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Veterans to keep legal addresses, mail services in Prescott

Local VA postal service to alter personnel, but service to remain the same

For as long as anyone can remember, the local VA campus has had its own U.S. Postal Service branch office in the basement of Building 15, home to the theater/auditorium and other office space.

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'Hannah's Heart' story and play inspires heart-themed quilt and raffle to benefit Prescott charities

Hannah Meadows may be a fictional 10-year-old girl growing up in Depression-era Prescott.

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PUSD hopes to finalize office sale

Prescott Unified School District leaders hope they are close to the finish line on the sale of the former district office on South Granite Street — it is the last of three properties the community three years ago opted to sell.

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‘Right place at the right time’ to save a life

Granville resident and retired nurse Barbara Jezior spent almost a half century in obstetrics and gynecology care in her home state of Illinois, with some time in labor and delivery.

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Film offers glimpse into hope for veterans seeking to balance life after service

Trek guides two men to ‘Almost Sunrise’

On a lonely, two-lane road in the middle of nowhere USA, two Iraq War veterans walk in silence; majestic views surround them as they breathe and walk, each footstep a move toward inner peace.

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‘Fire Pal’ Rick Chase honored for longtime commitment to teaching children how to stay safe

Rick Chase knows what it is to chase a dream, chase adventure and chase a fire.

CAFMA approves $25.5M budget for next year

The Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority District Board gave final approval to a $25.5 million budget for next year, which is about a 10 percent increase over last year.

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PUSD superintendent earns high marks

Joe Howard earns raise, for collaborative leadership style

Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard is heading into his third year as this city’s top educator — and he is just as enthusiastic as ever about living the motto, “Every Child, Every Day.”

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New head of JTED looks to bring students, programs, community together

All over the Phoenix Valley and across San Antonio, Texas, Bill Stiteler can point with pride to commercial and high-end residential properties he helped build.

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Rental prices hurt homeless voucher program

They answered a call to duty. Then life happened. And some lost their way.

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Community volunteer goes the extra mile for veterans

A true patriot, Patsy Ray has a heart for all the men and women of this nation’s Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives to thwart seen, and unseen, enemies for the sake of loved ones and strangers.

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Prescott educators to see significant pay hikes in next school year

Prescott Unified School District teachers will get an 11 percent raise this school year.

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Prescott VA nursing home earns lowest rating in nation

The local VA medical center director declared on Tuesday afternoon that care for the most vulnerable, and difficult to treat veterans is today, and will remain, a top priority for the facility that just earned the lowest rating in the nation for its 85-bed nursing home, known as the Community Living Center (CLC).

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Vigilant volunteer stays busy

Retired Air Force pilot and Citizens Cemetery caretaker respected for duty to country and community

The phone rings at Bob Bakken’s house. The caller is from Yavapai Citizens Cemetery Association Chairperson Julie Holst telling him someone has dropped off a bag of undocumented cremains at the now-closed burial ground.

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Memories vivid for those missing dads on Father’s Day

Diane Roberts DeLong cherishes the memory of her “little” 6-year-old hand in the big hand of her young hero, her father, Morgan Roberts, as they viewed the eruption of Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

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Dogs enriching lives: Selection of service animals requires patience and training

At age 7, Andrew Tunstall is a typical rambunctious boy who likes cartoons, playing outdoors and snuggling in his mother’s lap.

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Prescott Valley couple find ‘blessing’ in reaching out to neighbors

Fred and JoAnn Williams at the ready to offer helping hand

If you live near the Tapestry at Granville apartment complex in Prescott Valley, or travel up and down Glassford Hill Road, it’s likely you have seen JoAnn Williams, a tanned woman with short dark hair and baseball cap.

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DeLong is a passionate crusader for teens

Diane DeLong is a woman who gets things done — with teenagers her top priority.

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Talking about suicide

The topic should not be shunned with teens, parents and adult mentors

The latest celebrity death by suicide this week makes it no less tough for parents, therapists, youth mentors and teens to wrestle with the realities of mental anguish that makes life seem impossible.

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People of all ages reconnect with board games

In the back of many a closet can be found collapsing cardboard boxes filled with missing Monopoly tokens, chipped Parcheesi pieces, or the forgotten ice cream cone that caused a brain freeze for the plastic patient in the old game of Operation. Or maybe a half deck of Old Maid cards.

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Learning mental health through comedy

Stand-up comic David Granirer shows how to use humor to understand mental illness

When some of his Canadian neighbors protested construction of a nearby clinic for men and women diagnosed with mental illness based on safety fears, comic and therapist David Granirer was perplexed.

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Amos is ‘humbled and honored’ to be part of YRMC

A Christmas Day backyard flag football game more than a decade ago ended up with Yavapai Regional Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer John Amos in the hospital emergency room.

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Kelli Bradstreet is a teachers’ coach and cheerleader

Fiercely loyal and dependable, Kelli Bradstreet is all about empowering teachers to connect with students, not only helping them instruct but in helping build relationships with children that matter for life, colleagues describe.

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Mayors judge quilts in weekend show

Chino Valley Mayor Darryl Croft is partially color blind.

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$3,000 quilt a highlight of upcoming show June 1 and 2

'Quilts of the High Desert' quilt show this weekend at Prescott Valley Event Center

The jackpot of the Mountain Top Quilter Guild’s “Quilts of the High Desert” quilt show this weekend, June 1 and 2, is a hand appliqued, wall-sized quilt, “Fiesta Mexico” that appraises for almost $3,000.

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CCJ revamps Fair Start back-to-school program

In an African village, a group of children are invited to play a game with a basket of fruit placed underneath a big tree.

The Fair Start mission statement

The Coalition for Compassion and Justice offered its belief statement for the new Fair Start program — supply donations and cash or check donations accepted through July 15 — Fair Start should be in the memo line of all checks.

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Prescott teacher a ‘Woman of Distinction’

A life of integrity and fun is the hallmark of Patty Rummage

Patty Rummage is someone who brings love to everybody she encounters — be it a second-grader who needs to jiggle out the wiggles or a down-on-your luck gentleman needing a hot meal and friendly face.

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Prescott High School Class of 2018 fetes Grad Night

Prescott High School graduate Gabriella Baumgartner, above left, prepares to play a game of bean bag toss at Grad Night Friday night, May 25.

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Graduates ready to take on the world

Nostalgia mixed with the thrill of new adventure — these were the expressed emotions of four Prescott High School seniors who The Daily Courier has followed through the course of their final year of high school.

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Prescott High’s senior tour, a significant moment

Prescott High School’s Class of 2018 was feted in fine style on Wednesday afternoon — preschoolers to middle schoolers cheered them on in gauntlet style at the district schools where many got started.

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Prescott school district's old offices in escrow

PUSD sets June 18 as closing date for sale

This is something of a repeat story, but Prescott Unified School District appears to have a buyer for the former district offices on South Granite Street.

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$1M or more to rebuild PHS track, football field

Prescott High School’s track and football field are in such poor repair the track team was unable to host any home meets this season.

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Charter schools to raise average pay for teachers

Infusion of state dollars to benefit charter schools; BASIS teachers get extra rewards from parents

Gov. Doug Ducey, and a majority of state legislators, may not have met all the demands of Arizona Educators United #RedForEd movement, but teacher pay is slated to increase by an additional 19 percent for both district and charter schools over the next three years.

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North Star Youth Partnership honors teen leaders and their mentors

Tri-City College Prep High School senior Ashlynn Rooney discovered through her schools Peer Assistance & Leadership chapter the “value of kindness and how a little bit really goes a long way.”

Prescott City Council to consider new pension funding policy

The Prescott City Council this week will be voting on a new pension fund policy, one that stems from a statewide push to bring transparency to how cities and towns manage those financial obligations.