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Scott Orr

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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.

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What’s bitcoin? - ‘Fiat’ money may be on the way out

Cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, are gaining popularity. In fact, they’re so popular, they’ve already experienced their own bubble, seen it burst, and are now on the rebound.

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Need2Know: The Event Spot now in PV; ON Q Financial and Farmers Insurance opening; Firehouse Subs still coming; local Walmarts miss out on re-modeling projects

The Event Spot opening soon in PV; now booking The Event Spot, a venue for large gatherings, opens soon at 6520 E. 1st Street, Suite B, in Prescott Valley, and, owner Ken Foote said, reservations are being accepted.

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Alaska and Delta top the 2018 Airline Quality Rating list

In the closest finish in nearly three decades of identifying the nation’s top airlines, Alaska Air barely edged out Delta Airlines to retain its No. 1 position, according to the 28th annual Airline Quality Rating, released Monday, April 9, and produced in part by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Need2Know: News for New Life CPR training center; Mystic Harmony Yoga Boutique; and Tri-City Property Management Services

New location for New Life CPR training center New Life CPR, which trains people in lifesaving techniques, as well as the use of automated external defibrillators, has moved its office and training facility to 3767 East Karicio Lane, Suite C — behind Costco and Joe’s Furniture.

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Have you picked your APS plan yet?

Customers can choose, but are they satisfied?

In February, electricity generation company Arizona Public Service (APS) introduced a new billing system that allows a customer to select a plan that seems to be best for their pocketbook.

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Prescott’s Palace Restaurant and Saloon sold to new owners

The venerable Palace Restaurant and Saloon on Prescott’s Whiskey Row has been sold to new owners.

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Condos on Cortez

130 North Condominiums to be first of their kind in downtown Prescott

Judy Numbers was out walking one day, when she spotted a “for sale” sign in the window of the now-closed Prescott Downtown Athletic Club, “and it just caught my eye, and the wheels started turning, and that’s what I came up with” — a design for six condominiums upstairs and two commercial spaces on the ground floor of the three-story building.

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Manzanita Outfitters to close its doors

After 11 years in business, Prescott outdoor supplier Manzanita Outfitters is closing down.

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‘Trump Slump’ hits gun manufacturers

Firearm sales have direct link to political stance of President of United States

In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, when pollsters predicted a win for Democrat Hillary Clinton, sales of guns skyrocketed, because Clinton’s views on guns were widely seen as even more restrictive than those of sitting president Barack Obama.

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Need2Know: Deano’s Sweet Potato Café to reopen; Affinity RV wins award; Thumb Butte Distillery honored

Deano’s Sweet Potato Café ready to reopen Deano’s Sweet Potato Cafe, which closed after the shooting death of owner James Dean Herbert II in January, is almost ready to open once again, thanks to the hard work of his family.

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‘Grapes-4-Grades’ benefit set for June 24

Prescott Frontier Rotary’s holds its 13th annual “Grapes-4-Grades” benefit on June 24.

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‘Ban the Box’ Is it working?

Governor signed order stopping state from asking potential new hires about criminal record in November

In November, Arizona joined more than two dozen other states in giving convicted felons a better shot at getting a job.

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Need2Know: WingSpace ‘co-working’ office opens; Dutch Bros. Coffee coming to Prescott; BloomTree Realty donates to PUSD; Backstreet Indoor Flea Market to shut down

WingSpace ‘co-working’ office opens April 2 A concept that has taken hold in larger cities comes to Prescott on April 2 with the opening of WingSpace.

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Prescott Gateway Mall’s new owner works to resurrect dying malls, with mixed results

High risk, what reward?

The new owner of the Prescott Gateway Mall and his company have a history of buying up troubled malls at bargain-basement prices with plans to turn them around.

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Need2Know: BoSa Donuts coming to Prescott; Artful Eye receives award; Blue Quail VIP Pet Services opens

BoSa Donuts is coming to Prescott Phoenix-area favorite BoSa Donuts will be setting up shop in Prescott, but where and when is still a mystery.

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Carrying firearms in your car?

Don’t surprise the officer who pulls you over

It’s not illegal to carry a gun, or even several, in your car, State Trooper Kameron Lee said, and most people will have no trouble if they are the subject of a traffic stop.

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Fully autonomous vehicles are getting closer to everyday reality

Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order, issued March 1, allowing self-driving cars to be tested without human drivers on board, supersedes a previous, more restrictive one issued in 2015.

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Need2Know: Downtown Greek Pitas to close; Pasghetti’s brings Italian food to Chino Valley

Dave and Sherry Marino will be shutting down their Downtown Greek Pita restaurant at 148 N. Montezuma on March 11.

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Tax deadline looms

Here’s what you need to know about filing

April 17 is approaching. Have you done your taxes or set up an appointment with a tax specialist yet?

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Could your TV be spying on you?

As the Internet of Things grows, security concerns mount

Your smart TV could be watching you while you’re watching it.

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Prescott eye doctor restores teen’s vision

Someone had to read his school books to him

Deiden Bennett, a 17-year-old high school student, was doing poorly in school, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

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Prescott Gateway Mall sells to New York investment group, will include Hotshots museum

Prescott Gateway Mall has been sold to the Kohan Retail Investment Group of Great Neck, New York.

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Need2Know: FooteWork celebrating 20 years; Sam’s has not sold; Golden Nugget rentals holds open house; Northern Arizona Pain Institute offers new treatment

FooteWork turns 20 In January 1998, Ken Foote opened FooteWork Auto License and Title Service.

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Fire sprinklers for homes save lives, property

Systems growing in popularity, requirements add cost, value

No longer found exclusively in commercial buildings, the fire sprinkler system has moved into homes.

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Governor asks for more fire prevention funds after dry winter

Dry winter could mean increased wildfire threat

This year’s exceptionally dry winter has prompted Gov. Doug Ducey to ask the Legislature to boost funding for fire prevention efforts in the coming budget year, which begins July 1.

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Self-defense classes growing in popularity

Even kids find a need to fight back, but physical ability is only a part of the battle

If you’re worried about defending yourself in case of an attack, but don’t want to carry a firearm, the natural next choice is martial arts training, and more people are looking into it.

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Need2Know: Dunkin’ Donuts still coming to PV; Munchkinland opening in Prescott; uBreakiFix now open

The Prescott Valley Dunkin’ Donuts, set for the corner of Glassford Hill Road and Centre Court, has been delayed by various situations — including a couple of building plan changes — but is still on track for a groundbreaking by the end of March, said Ben Hooper, Prescott Valley’s Economic Development coordinator.

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Bill would make animal cruelty a harsher felony

Tougher classification would take sentencing decision from judges

Linking the crime to domestic violence, a Senate panel voted Thursday to expand state laws of what constitutes animal abuse and demand harsher penalties.

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Should the media name mass murderers?

Movement to not name them grows in hopes of stopping future attacks

Like most media outlets, The Daily Courier does not publish stories about school bomb threats unless there’s a specific, compelling reason to do so.