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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.

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Marsh Foundation moves to new location

Charity named for leader of Hotshots helps families of firefighters

When the superintendent of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot crew — Eric Marsh — was killed fighting the Yarnell Hill fire on June 30, 2013, his wife, Amanda, struggled to make sense the of his death and to find a way to give it meaning.

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DISH satellite drops, then brings KAZT-TV7 back

If you’re a subscriber to the DISH Network satellite TV service, you may have noticed a missing channel starting last week.

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Arizona 10th in women-owned businesses; employ nearly 150,000

Arizona has about 202,900 women-owned businesses, employing 147,900 people, according to an annual report commissioned by American Express.

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Need2Know: Construction delayed, but Wildflower still moving; On Q Financial expands; Lonesome Valley Trading Post opens

Wildflower Bread Company is still moving to the edge of Prescott Gateway Mall, despite a pause in construction.

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Remember the 100-watt bulb ban?

More restrictions coming in 2020

Remember the incandescent light bulb ban from several years ago?

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Minor infractions draw police attention, may lead to arrest

Seemingly endless infractions that can draw a police officer’s attention to your car — and your driving.

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Wedding planner finds the job challenging, but satisfying

Tahna Falk says she’s nothing like the clichéd wedding planners seen on TV and in films, frantically running around, trying to make the ceremony perfect.

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21,000 Walmart employees in Arizona to share in $18.6M in pay hikes, bonuses

Walmart’s recent announcement that it would increase the starting wage rate for all hourly workers in the U.S. to $11 and increase some benefits, will mean more money for one million hourly employees, including more than 21,000 Walmart associates in Arizona.

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Need2Know: Dutch Bros.; new flight simulators; arts & crafts; and Fifty Plus Care in Prescott

A Dutch Bros. Coffee is going in at the Lakeview Plaza at the intersection of Willow Creek and Willow Lake roads, according to developer Ken Mabarak. He said it should start construction “around the first of March.”

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It is illegal to put non-stamped items into a mailbox

If you’ve ever casually stuck an envelope or flier into a home mailbox, you might be surprised to learn it’s illegal to do so if you haven't attached any postage to the item.

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‘Cord-cutters’ leaving cable and satellite

Over-the-air free TV clear in some places, not others

With the trend toward so-called “cord cutting,” cable and satellite TV operators may have a legitimate worry about declining subscriber numbers.

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Need2Know: Casa Pérez open for business; A Dog’s Life returns; Gripstone gym coming

Casa Pérez, a new Mexican restaurant in Prescott Valley, opened Jan. 15 at 3088 N. Glassford Hill Road.

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Emergency room or Urgent Care?

Tips for knowing which to go to and when

Let’s say it’s a Thursday afternoon, and you have a need for medical treatment.

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Electric cars becoming common, but charging stations in northern Arizona still lacking

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular all the time, with a federal tax credit of around $7,500 for buying one, and several states offering additional credits and perks.

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Need2Know: Chick-fil-A arrives, APS wants lower rates, and Ruger cuts jobs

Chick-fil-A arrives in Prescott Valley The Prescott Valley Crossroads Chick-fil-A, 5773 E. Highway 69, opens at 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

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Business owner Mark Van Deusen ready to set sail

It’s not than common anymore for a business to be owned by one man for decades, but Quality Collision in Prescott Valley was, until October 2017, when Mark Van Deusen decided to call it quits and sold the business.

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Prescott Valley Sam’s Club to shut its doors Jan. 26, town confirms

Amid news media reports of Sam’s Club closures around the U.S. Thursday, Jan. 11, came word the Prescott Valley location was on the list as well.

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Housesitter pulls gun on postal worker

Ex-officer thought she was trying to steal packages, not deliver them

A postal worker who was making a delivery to a Prescott Valley home after dark Tuesday evening, Jan. 2, found herself in trouble when a woman with a gun confronted her, accusing her of stealing packages.

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Arizona among the best states for pets

Survey ranks state third in nation for being pet-friendly

If you’re a pet lover, you can take comfort in knowing The Safewise Report has conducted a survey of all 50 states, and found that Arizona is third-best for pets.

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Area Mormons mourn death of church leader Thomas Monson

As word spread about the death of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, Tuesday night, Jan. 2, at about 10:30 p.m., area church officials expressed not only their sadness, but their gratitude for his years of service.

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Extended training for local law enforcement

If you want to become a sworn law enforcement officer in Arizona, you will need to be certified by AzPOST, the Arizona Police Officers Standards and Training board.

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Once a staple of communities, volunteer firefighters are becoming harder to find

Lacking volunteers

There was a time, not so long ago, when being a volunteer firefighter was a coveted position in any community.

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Patients need to take responsibility for their pills

Every year in the United States, 125,000 people die due to mismanaged medications and related causes.

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Tips for smooth travel when everyone else is traveling, too

Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go.

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Bauman named top firefighter

Prescott Fire Department gives Firefighter of the Year award to veteran

Firefighters, by and large, are known for their aversion to blowing their own horns.

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Beware of Porch Pirates: 6 tips to protect holiday deliveries

‘Tis the season to take advantage of online prices and have your Christmas gifts shipped right to your home.

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California uses supertanker to fight fires, but Arizona doesn’t

GAO sides with manufacturer in a complaint against USFS

This summer, as the Goodwin Fire threatened Mayer, many Arizonans wondered why the world’s largest air tanker wasn’t dumping slurry on it.

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PV Police Chief faces more serious repercussions after loss of gun

2-days’ unpaid suspension, must attend firearm safety course

After further investigation, Prescott Valley Town Manager Larry Tarkowski decided to come down harder on Police Chief Bryan Jarrell for losing his gun.

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Area departments exceed, or come close to national average in police-to-citizen ratio

For the most part, residents of Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley live in safe communities.

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Cancer, not flames, biggest danger to firefighters

New laws help victims cope with medical bills

The most dangerous part of firefighting may not be the danger of being burned in a fire.

Woman held by Prescott Valley police in case of mistaken identity

FedEx employee wrongly was identified as part of a sting operation, later let go

Tracy Baker had no idea what was in store for her when she stopped into the Prescott Valley Walmart on Nov. 16 to cash a Moneygram card.

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6 tips for deer vs. car encounters

Dawn and dusk are prime time for deer to be active

This time of year, deer are frequently found on the road, especially as you drive farther out of populated areas, and they’re one of the most common animals to be struck by drivers, most often just as the sun is rising or setting.

MatForce survey looks at accidental overdose deaths

Many die from mixing drugs, medical examiner says

A 15-month examination of nine accidental drug overdose deaths in Yavapai County, backed by MatForce, concluded that “it’s not an opioid crisis, but a drug crisis,” according to Executive Director Merilee Fowler.

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Gun sought after PVPD chief leaves service weapon in library restroom

Prescott Valley Police Chief Bryan Jarrell lost his service weapon, apparently leaving it in a public restroom over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, before he realized it was missing and reported it.

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Tips for living with coyotes; rule No. 1 - Don’t feed them

If you live around here long enough, you’re going to have some sort of run in with Canis latrans, or the coyote.

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The astronaut next door remembering Dick Gordon

Richard F. “Dick” Gordon, Jr., who died Nov. 6 at 88, was a U.S. Naval aviator, and a celebrated astronaut who flew as pilot of the Gemini 11 mission in 1966 and Apollo 12’s command module pilot, on the second manned mission to the moon, in 1969.

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’Tis the season for burning leaves, legally

But don’t burn without a permit, fire department says

This time of year, when the leaves pile up, and the trash bags full of them become too much to deal with, many people, especially those who don’t live in a congested area, choose to burn them.

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Police say act quickly when a child goes missing

Police: Don’t waste time, call 911

Here’s a frightening scenario for today’s parents: Your child normally goes to school and returns on his or her own.

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Murdered Arizona teacher stabbed ‘multiple times’ according to medical examiner

A Glendale kindergarten teacher whose body was found in Mayer was the victim of “multiple stab wounds and blunt force injuries to the chest,” according to information released by the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

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2001 Prescott plane crash killed 2, changed lives of 2 survivors forever

LOOKING BACK: A 2001 Fatal Flight

On Dec. 5, 2001, just after 10 a.m., a Cessna 182 took off from Ernest Love Field in Prescott, bound for Ajo.

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Arizona a national leader in pre-trial justice reform

Judge: ‘It’s working in Yavapai County’

A national advocacy group focusing on how defendants are treated while their cases await adjudication awarded Arizona a “B” grade in its first effort to gauge what it calls “pretrial outcomes” across the U.S.

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Two arrested in auto burglaries, police say lock your car doors

Auto burglaries go ‘up and down like a roller coaster’

With vehicle burglaries becoming a common crime of opportunity, law enforcement officers are advising people to take the simplest precaution: lock the doors.

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Study: Most Americans would favor dropping the bomb over a conventional ground war

Are nuclear weapons no longer taboo?

In a world of political posturing grown turbulent, when saber-rattling has become louder than in the past, political scientists from Stanford University and Dartmouth College decided to ask a question: Would Americans support the use of nuclear weapons against civilians to force a nation to surrender?

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Car crashes are leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.

National Teen Driving Week encourages parents, teens to talk about smartphones

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Chino Valley oil patriarch Roy Bennett dies

Roy Bennett, founder of Bennett Oil, died Thursday, Oct. 12, of complications of cancer. He was 80.

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