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Scott Orr

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Saving your devices from lightning strikes

‘This is the season — there’s a million of them here,’ says one repair tech

We’ve all heard the phrase, “When the thunder roars, go indoors.”

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Need2Know: Deano’s Sweet Potato Café closed again, could be sold; MOD Pizza coming to Prescott Valley; Premiere Wellness opens second location

Deano’s Sweet Potato Café, which closed after the shooting death of owner James Dean Herbert II in January, and re-opened in April, is now closed again and may be sold, according to daughter Jennifer Gonzales.

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Pilot shortage drives student demand for training

Over the next 20 years, 790,000 professional pilots will be required to fill commercial cockpits, according to information from the Boeing Company, which was released Monday, July 23.

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Drug ads: Companies may be selling you on a product you don’t need

You’ve no doubt seen the ads on TV, the internet, or in magazines: a drug that claims to be effective in controlling or curing a medical condition, with images of happy patients who have benefited from it.

Security expert weighs in on car key fobs

If you were online at all Monday, July 9, you likely saw a story that was widely circulated describing a security expert’s warning that car key fobs need to be protected from hackers, and that wrapping them in foil will do the trick.

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How much student loan debt is too much?

As students’ college loan debt grows, ways to manage it become important

Like many of her classmates, Noelle Hutson has built up student loan debt to get her college education.

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Need2Know: New restaurant coming to the former Rancher’s Wife space; Bin 239 closes down; playing Cornhole for a Cause

The former Rancher’s Wife store, 156 S. Montezuma St., is being converted to a restaurant to be called Carmella’s.

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Route 66 on track to be designated National Historic Trail

Bill would give the ‘Mother Road’ preservation efforts permanent funding

The road now called “Historic Route 66” is closer to Historic Trail designation following unanimous passage of a bill by the House of Representatives in June. The bill is in the hands of the U.S. Senate for consideration.

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Need2Know: Willow Creek apartment construction back on, says developer; Hotshots Learning and Tribute Center now open; and Farm Provisions restaurant not closing

Apartment construction back on, says developer The apartment complex at 3137 Willow Creek Road, which has had a troubled past and remains unfinished, will soon be open.

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Americans paid off $40.3 billion in credit card debt during the first quarter of 2018, however...

But we racked up over $1 trillion in credit card debt

Consumer credit card debt is a bellwether for the overall economy’s health.

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Need2Know: Krispy Kreme to PV; ESI Grips moves to CV; new directors at Glassford Place; and WeLocate relocates

As the Dunkin’ Donuts shop begins to take shape at the corner of Glassford Hill and Centre Court, adjacent to the Hampton Inn, word comes of a future Krispy Kreme outlet.

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Discount movies not a sure thing locally

MoviePass gets competition for discount movie tickets, but mixed in Quad Cities

MoviePass, the subscription service that allows you to pay $10 a month to see a movie a day faces serious competition from a similar service announced by AMC Theaters this past week.

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Fire Chiefs: ‘If it was entirely up to just us, we would not allow fireworks at any time’

Fireworks are a problem for fire chiefs

Fireworks displays, even those put on by professionals, are a problem for fire departments. Citing the high fire danger, Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light decided to cancel this year’s July 4th fireworks display, set to be launched from downtown.

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Families of pilot killed in helicopter crash file lawsuit

A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County alleges that a helicopter crash near Wikieup in 2016 that killed the pilot and his passenger, also a pilot, from Prescott Valley, was a result of the faulty design of the Robinson R-66 helicopter.

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Rodeo Week means 'lots of excitement in the air' in Prescott

Welcome to Rodeo Week 2018, where there’s more going on than you can shake a stick at. (Well, OK, you could, but your arm would get pretty tired.)

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Tiny homes grow in popularity, but where can you put them?

Tiny houses have received major attention over the past few years, but, although potential buyers view them with fondness, these small homes often come with big problems when their owners want to place them on land within incorporated areas.

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Need2Know: Prescott Junction restaurant mulls sale; the Event Spot now open; and Edelweiss Boutique in new location with new owner

Answering the rumor that his restaurant is up for sale, Don Burton said, “We’re contemplating (a sale). I’m thinking about it."

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Cat in a tree? Who you gonna call?

Local fire departments would rather you call than get hurt trying to save an animal

There was once an old Hollywood trope that firefighters were the people to call when a cat was up a tree and wouldn’t come down.

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Investment dollars flow into Yavapai County

The Prescott area is leading the state in the percentage of new jobs created, with 1,930 new jobs in this area for the first quarter of 2018.

Yavapai County ranks third in Arizona -- behind Maricopa and Pinal counties -- in terms of incoming investments in the county, and Yavapai County is also third highest in the state in the number of building permits issued, according to a new survey released by

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Report: Yavapai County renters make less than needed to pay for housing

Local official questions study’s motive, accuracy

In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent in Yavapai County, renters need to earn $17.13 per hour, according to a report released Wednesday, June 13, by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the Arizona Housing Coalition.

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Need2Know: Vintage 107 nears opening; new painting business in Prescott; Alfonso’s about to open 2nd location; unbiased financial advice available

Vintage 107 antique store nearly ready to open The Vintage 107 antique store is preparing to open its new location at 219D N. Cortez St., near the Peregrine Book Company.

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Californians, fed up with high home prices, want to migrate to Prescott

Survey finds Californians looking for homes here in increased numbers

A new survey by finds that people living in California are looking to move away from the high cost of housing, and Prescott, along with Phoenix and Las Vegas, are in their sights.

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Need2Know: Watters Garden Center to host Frontier Rotary’s Grapes-4-Grades; Rickety Cricket opening delayed; Dutch Bros. Coffee closer

Watters Garden Center, 1815 W. Iron Springs Road, will once again host a garden party for the Prescott Frontier Rotary’s 13th Grapes-4-Grades benefit, with all proceeds going directly to Rotary causes and the Prescott Unified School District’s 21st Century Grant Summer Program.

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State of the bike

Prescott’s become more bike-friendly over the past few years, say cyclists, but still has a way to go

With mild weather, which makes commuting by bicycle practical, and a well-developed system of trails, Prescott seems to be a pretty bike-friendly city.

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Need2Know: Dunkin Donuts hailed; Gripstone Climbing opening; Sears store in Prescott dodges closure; and more

In a video posted to social media on May 29, PVPD Officers Gabe Maldonado and Branden Kelly exchange high-fives after discussing the fact that the construction permit has been pulled for the long-awaited Dunkin Donuts.

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‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’

The event supports fight against breast cancer again this year

The roughest, toughest cowboys in the West will once again prove they’re “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” as the Prescott’s Frontier Days Rodeo hosts the 11th annual event to raise money to fight breast cancer at its performance on Monday, July 2.

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'Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ event supports fight against breast cancer again this year

Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo

The roughest, toughest cowboys in the west will once again prove they’re “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” as the Prescott’s Frontier Days Rodeo hosts the 11th annual event to raise money to fight breast cancer at its performance on Monday, July 2.

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There’s no avoiding it: Artificial Intelligence is going to take jobs, so be ready

‘Future-proofing’ your job

The story of robots — what we now generally refer to as “artificial intelligence” — taking over human jobs has long been a staple of science-fiction movies, and usually is portrayed as part of a dystopian future.

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Need2Know: Beal’s Auto Body and Paint robot; Summer’s DanceWorks celebrates; Dunkin’ Donuts still coming; and Talking Rock expands

If watching paint dry isn’t your idea of a good time, you might appreciate the new robotic dryer at Beal’s Auto Body & Paint, at 1460 Iron Springs Road in Prescott.

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Should veterans pay more for an Arizona veterans’ license plate?

Proceeds go to support veterans

If you want to display your support for any one of a number of charities or other worthwhile causes, you can pay extra and get a license plate that shows your support for anything from Special Olympics to Route 66.

Printpack to make $40M investment in PV plant

Printpack, a manufacturer of flexible packaging products, will make a major investment in its Prescott Valley, manufacturing plant, according to Printpack’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jimmy Love, who made the announcement during a recent visit to the plant.

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Gunmaker Ruger will track and report on gun violence after shareholder vote

In a meeting in Prescott on May 8, shareholders of Sturm Ruger and Company won a vote to force the company to track and report on gun violence involving Ruger weapons, a move that the board of directors had advised against.

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Drones go to work at fire scenes

‘Really cool stuff,’ says fire spokesman

Drones, more properly called “quadcopters” or “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAVs), are starting to make inroads into the world of firefighting.

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Need2Know: Farm Provisions restaurant opens in downtown Prescott; Prescott True Value wins company “Best Hardware Store in Town” award

Farm Provisions restaurant opens in downtown Prescott Farm Provisions, a new restaurant, has opened at 148 N. Montezuma Street in Prescott. Co-owner Brittany Peters said they offer an “American-style” menu, with dishes from lobster to hamburgers.

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‘Close before you doze’: Officials say it could save your life in case of fire

If you spend any time on social media, you’ve probably seen the photo: The interior of a home gutted by fire, and, in the background, a bedroom, relatively untouched by the blaze.

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Uber and Lyft offer drivers extra money, opportunity to meet people

Driving for Uber or Lyft is one of major sources of revenue for people who, depending on whom you ask, either participate in the emerging “gig economy” or drive as a “side hustle” to pick up some extra cash.

Need2Know: Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery celebrates 24 years in business, TASERs now available at Sportsman’s Warehouse

Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery celebrates 24 years in business Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery was founded by a group of Prescott artists, who believed in themselves and the ability of a small town to showcase quality art 24 years ago.

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Far From Folsom closes; new bar to open, at least temporarily

Owner Joe Lohmeier says he will be back

The owner of Far From Folsom, at 214 S. Montezuma St. has not sold the place.

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Driver who allegedly struck boy crossing street was 16 years old

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly behind the wheel of the car that struck and seriously injured a 12-year-old boy on May 7, as he crossed Lakeshore Drive in Prescott Valley, according to Prescott Valley Police Department spokesman Jerry Ferguson.

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Child struck, seriously injured in alleged hit-and-run crash

The intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Lake Valley Road was shut down around 3:15 p.m. after a car reportedly struck a pedestrian.

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Small businesses thrive in Prescott, Prescott Valley

When you think of business, you might think of Walmart, Amazon, or maybe McDonald’s, or an airline, such as American or Delta.

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Need2Know: Lucy’s Machine Co. moves to Prescott Valley; new office for Sumner Commercial Real Estate; and Cowboy Country Antiques has new hours

Lucy’s Machine Co. moves to Prescott Valley Lucy’s Machine Company, a supplier of a variety of machine tool accessories and adaptors, has relocated to 7256 E. 2nd Street in Prescott Valley from a California plant.

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Fewer house fires, but they’re hotter and burn faster

Fires in single-family homes have decreased considerably in the last 30 years or so.

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State of the region's economy: Positive trends, optimistic outlook – but we need more labor

Ten years after the start of the Great Recession in the U.S., the western Yavapai County economy is now looking solid, said Teri Drew, the regional director of the Northern Arizona Council of Governments’ (NACOG) Economic Workforce Division.

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Need2Know: Bob’s Barber Shop to move; Chino Valley Shopko Hometown shutting down; Mountain Valley Regional Rehab Hospital in top 10 percent; Flour Stone Bakery and Café in Mayer expands hours

Bob’s Barber Shop to move After 33 years in the same location, Bob’s Barber Shop has closed at 732 W. Hillside Ave. and will be re-opening on May 2 at 340 W. Willis St., on the corner of Willis and McCormick streets, according to owner Lily Gannon, who bought the shop from Bob Reichmuth last year after working there since 1984.

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Measure introduced to get 747 Supertanker into service in Arizona

Rep. Sinema wants largest 'slurry bomber' available to fight wildfires

The Global Supertanker, a modified 747 jumbo jet that serves as the largest “slurry bomber” in the world, stands a better chance of being available to fight wildfires in Arizona and other states, after Arizona congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, District 9, on Thursday, April 26, offered an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill that would direct the FAA to review and revamp the approval process for air tankers.

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What your windows and your shoes may have in common

3 local companies share a profitable, semi-symbiotic relationship

The three Rs of sustainability — reduce, reuse, recycle — are being demonstrated daily by three companies, two in Prescott and one in Prescott Valley, as they work together to reduce waste, increase their profits and keep jobs local.

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Need2Know: Four new tenants coming to Gateway Mall; Uma’s Haven Resale Store benefits animal shelter; and Prescott DermaLiftClinic celebrates third anniversary

New tenants coming to Prescott Gateway Mall A range of four new tenants will soon be opening at the Gateway Mall, according to Matthew Fish at Sumner Commercial Real Estate.

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Findlay to shut down its Hyundai dealership

The Findlay Automotive Group will close its Hyundai dealership in Prescott this week, on Thursday, April 19, according to the former manager of the dealership.

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A cautionary tale for fitness fans

'Sgt. Steve' makes a comeback

Once upon a time, Steve Rosen was an out-of-shape sergeant first class in the U.S. Army. He didn’t start that way; he got bored doing monotonous military push-ups and sit-ups.