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Memorial set for late Dewey-Humboldt miner, historical tour guide, author

Kevin Leonard — June 5, 1947-Sept. 12, 2018

A memorial service for longtime Dewey-Humboldt resident and past-president of the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society Kevin Leonard who died Sept. 12, 2018, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Cherry Creek Ranch, 938 S. Foothill Drive (Highway 169 and Foothill Drive), Dewey.

Should Civic Circle become Skoog Boulevard?

Decision expected at Thursday meeting

Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, to consider changing the name of Civic Circle to Skoog Boulevard to honor retiring Mayor Harvey Skoog.

Create-A-Tree entries due Nov. 15

The 17th annual Create-A-Tree Art Exhibit is an important part of the Prescott Valley holiday season at the Civic Center.

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Juniper chips going wattle, wattle, wattle all the way home?

Could erosion control be another use for biomass vegetation?

A consultant company looking into a commercial scale biomass conversion facility for central Arizona thinks stuffing chipped juniper waste instead of straw inside wattles could produce a viable, sustainable product.

Yavapai County to revisit 337 rejected ballots

Yavapai County works diligently to find voters whose signatures don’t match official records. After 7 p.m. on Election Day, however, they do not contact voters with rejected ballots.

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‘Disappointed for the kids,’ says HUSD Superintendent Streeter

HUSD bond fails with 52 percent voting against

Even with the tremendous amount of support shown by parents, teachers and community members in the Humboldt Unified School District, the $15 million bond request was shot down by voters. With all precincts reporting, 52.19 percent voted ‘no’ on the bond question in Tuesday’s election.

Sigafoos heads into 14th year on college board

In Distrist 3, challenger Chevalier beats Harris

The Yavapai College Governing Board had elections in two of its five districts, each with one seat available.

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Why sing barbershop? - Simple – it makes you feel good

Barbershop. Some love it. Some don’t. Some merely tolerate it. For about 40 high school students, singing barbershop is a way to feel good.

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Town will consider distracted driving ban Thursday

Four water issues on council study session

A proposed ordinance on distracted driving will come before the Prescott Valley Town Council for a first reading at the council’s Work Study session 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Resource Center provides clothes for students, siblings, parents in need

High school campus to fill need with its own mini-resource center

The Family Resource Center in the Humboldt Unified School District is clean and bright, with clothing racks filled and colorful backpacks hanging at the entrance ready for any youngster in need.

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Fun-filled Holiday Festival of Lights Nov. 30

Coats, hats and gloves might be a good idea to wear on Friday, Nov. 30, as Prescott Valley kicks off the holiday season with an evening that begins with music and ends with Santa.

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Award-winning author to speak

Novelist Marra coming to Yavapai College on Nov. 9

Continuing its 10th anniversary celebration, the Literary Southwest presents a reading by award-winning fiction writer, Anthony Marra, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Yavapai College Library’s Susan N. Webb Community Room, Building 19, on the Prescott campus.

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Presentation informs parents on dangers of vaping

Dan Streeter, former high school teacher and principal, currently superintendent of Humboldt Unified School District, is concerned his kids and district students believe vaping is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes.

United Animal Friends’ big sale begins Nov. 9

For those who remember Barnes & Noble at Prescott Gateway Mall, the vacant space will be well utilized Nov. 9-14 for the annual United Animal Friends Rummage Sale.

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Open ice skate and hockey begins Nov. 17, also Adult Hockey League

Time to strap on ice skates

The Prescott Valley Event Center isn’t just for shows and monster truck events – it opens soon for skating season on the indoors ice rink.

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Cast your vote: Here’s a review of voting places, races, propositions

It is too late to mail in your early ballots. But your vote still counts as long as you get your ballot in the ballot box or at a voting station by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Voices of Western Women Saturday talk at Phippen

Facing West: Voices of Western Women, a special extended presentation, takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Phippen Museum.

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Breeders’ Cup and wine tasting share Saturday’s free event at Arizona Downs

In the horse racing industry, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, one of nine races at Churchill Downs Saturday, Nov. 3, is an international, high stakes, championship event with a $6 million purse.

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When will my road get repaired?

Prescott Valley has 260 miles of paved roads, all needing periodic maintenance.

Arizona Downs mixing Breeders’ Cup, wine tasting

In the horse racing industry, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, one of nine races at Churchill Downs Saturday, Nov. 3, is an international, high-stakes, championship event with a $6 million purse.

United Animal Friends sets annual ‘Rummage to the Rescue’ sale

For those who remember Barnes & Noble at Prescott Gateway Mall, the vacant space will be well utilized Nov. 9-14 for the annual United Animal Friends Rummage Sale.

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No place to go: 100 Glassford Hill pronghorn facing death in 5-10 years

Prescott Valley residents obviously have an ongoing love affair with the pronghorn herd living south of Highway 89A between two encroaching housing developments.

Clean out the house for United Animal Friends’ big sale

For those who remember Barnes & Noble at Prescott Gateway Mall, the vacant space will be well utilized Nov. 9-14 for the annual United Animal Friends Rummage Sale.

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She broke gender barriers in Territorial Arizona

Learn about Sharlot Hall, poet, historian, Saturday, Oct. 27

What was Sharlot Mabridth Hall like, this woman who is undoubtedly one of Prescott’s most iconic and inspirational figures?

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Dumpsters relocated at courthouse as safety measure

In late September, Yavapai County workers started building a block wall that would screen trash bins at the southwest corner of the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.

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Take care with Halloween recycling

Wrappers are a no, homemade costumes a maybe

Americans buy 600 million pounds of candy each year for Halloween, reports Waste Management of Arizona.

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What information can you find in historical documents?

Genealogy presentation looks at records with a new eye

The Northern Arizona Genealogy Society (NAGS) offers a free presentation titled “What does that Document REALLY Say?” at its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Family History Center, 1001 Ruth St., Prescott.

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Friends of Library seeks members

Friends of the Prescott Valley Public Library conducted its semi-annual used book sale Oct. 19-20, and is in the midst of its membership drive that takes place Oct. 22-26.

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Stoneridge requests plan reduction to 11 single-family lots

At this week’s Prescott Valley Town Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, council members will start the meeting with a Proclamation on American Indian Heritage Month, then hear a presentation and update by Laura Norman on the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic’s Crisis Stabilization Unit.

Town Council mulls possible distracted driving ordinance

Yavapai County approved a ban on using hand-held devices while driving, making it the third county in the state to adopt such a measure.

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5 statewide propositions on ballot; what are they all about?

The Nov. 6 General Election ballot contains five statewide propositions.

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Number of registered voters up in Yavapai County

Current voter registration information provided by Laurin Custis, Yavapai County Registrar of Voters, indicates an increase in registered voters of 4,254 voters.

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Collaborative efforts for fire safety video debut

Hopeful it will educate others in state, country, on forest fuel mitigation

Yavapai County is fourth in the nation for the number of Firewise Communities – 38.

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2 upcoming events at Phippen

Learn about Sedona Schnebly, experience process of painting

When T.C. Schnebly named a post office after his wife in 1901, he was putting a very reserved woman in a very public place –Sedona, Arizona. She’s been there ever since.

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Weather impacts construction on Boys & Girls Club

Still, work remains pretty much on schedule, town’s projects coordinator says

Not yet 20 percent complete, the expansion of the Prescott Valley Boys & Girls Club building plods onward.

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Officers awarded Lifesaving Ribbon, Medal of Valor, Police Star

Honors given for situations involving drug overdoses, fallen truck, fleeing suspect

Prescott Valley Police officers have been busy “just doing their jobs.”

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Residents get early look at latest development

Potential increase in traffic problems on Long Look Drive, Glassford Hill Road concerns some

Residents who live on side streets along Long Look Drive near Glassford Hill Road appeared fine with plans for the newest Prescott Valley residential rental development — The Bungalows at Talking Rock — during a neighborhood meeting Oct. 15.

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Hand-held cellphone ban for Prescott Valley drivers?

Council discusses possibility, plus new well site purchase from school district

Drivers in unincorporated areas of Yavapai County soon will be prohibited from using hand-held cellphones or other portable communications devices while driving.

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Sunday hours coming to the PV library Nov. 18

Pilot program will eliminate weekday hours between 7 and 8 p.m.

Prescott Valley Public Library will introduce Sunday hours from 1-5 p.m. as a pilot program to see if patrons truly use the library on Sundays.

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Government transparency one of many benefits newspapers offer communities

Why newspapers continue to enhance society

Newspapers play multiple roles within governmental agencies, schools and homes, allowing readers to keep an eye on how taxpayers’ money is spent, recent scores of local high school football teams, or to find events going on over the weekend.

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Candidates looking for school district governing board seats

Prescott, Chino, Mayer and Yavapai College on the ballot

Voters didn’t find school board elections on the primary election ballot in August, but at least four are included on the Yavapai County Nov. 6 General Election ballot, depending on the voters’ residence within district boundaries.

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State releases letter grades for 2017-18 school year

HUSD superintendent notes ‘significant movement’ at several schools; BMHS at ‘high level’

Districts received the results of their schools’ achievement data in early summer, but the State Board of Education (ASBE) didn’t release its letter grades to the public until Friday, Oct. 5.

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‘We have been very frugal’ - Dan Streeter, HUSD superintendent

An explanation of HUSD upcoming bond request

Following a week off for fall break, the Humboldt Unified School District will provide information about the upcoming bond request for $15 million at one more public meeting: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Glassford Hill Middle School.

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3 finish grueling Glassford Hill run in under an hour

Run for the Hill of It participants exceed expectations in annual ‘fun’ event

Three runners finished their trip up and down the Glassford Hill Trail in less than an hour on Saturday, Sept. 29, during the Run for the Hill of It, a demanding 10K “fun” run.

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Genealogy Society presentation to address document veracity

The Northern Arizona Genealogy Society (NAGS) offers a free presentation titled “What does that Document REALLY Say?”

What college fits the needs of your high school junior, senior?

60 school reps to attend College Fair

Bradshaw Mountain High School hosts its 12th Annual National College Fair from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the high school gym.

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Tax notices out late, but 3 weeks left to pay before delinquent

Mistake costing $16,920 causes bills to go to taxpayers who pay through lenders

On Monday afternoon, Oct. 1, the day most property owners in the county received their tax notices in the mail, the Yavapai County Treasurer’s Office started filling up with people, checkbooks in hand.

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Heads up! Ban on using handheld cellphones while driving begins Nov. 2

Ordinance covers unincorporated Yavapai County; towns, cities to decide on their own

The heartrending stories of family members and victims who continue to suffer after distracted driving behavior caused injury or death to a loved one convinced the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors to approve unanimously a new ordinance Wednesday, Oct. 3, banning the manual use of cellphones or other portable communications devices.

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What to do with Superfund site? EPA seeking community input before cleanup

Dewey-Humboldt council, the Environmental Protection Agency and a consultant company are working together to plan for what happens to the Superfund site at the Iron King Mine and the Humboldt Smelter after it is cleaned up.

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Athletes picked as Bradshaw’s students of the month

All three Bradshaw Mountain High School nominees for Student of the Month have participated in at least one varsity sport.