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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.