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Fine day to express thoughts about women’s, human rights

Marchers make their feelings known at Women March On event

Even tempers and catchy slogans made the Yavapai County Women March On event on the courthouse plaza enjoyable while also making an important statement for women’s rights, as well as human rights in general, and the environment.

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Harvey tells of struggle with deafness

Mandy Harvey lost her hearing at age 18 just as she was beginning her music studies at Colorado State University.

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9 projects, MLK March take place Monday

Opportunity to serve community Jan. 21, MLK Jr. Day

In celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21, 31 AmeriCorps members of Arizona Serve of Prescott College have organized nine service projects in the Quad Cities in which the community is invited to participate.

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Lynx Lake, Thumb Butte, other parks closed

Shutdown impacts Prescott National Forest

Driving out to the national forest parks around Prescott, visitors should not be surprised by the gates, road closures and posted signage apologizing for sites being “unavailable due to a lapse in funding.”

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Everyone welcome to join Women’s March with ‘Inclusion’ theme

The event is Saturday and begins at 1 p.m. at courthouse

Taking place for the third year in a row, the Yavapai County Women March On event takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.

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New mayor, 2 council members tackle difficult topic at first meeting

Teary goodbyes, and some stumbles mark first council meeting of year

For many in the packed auditorium, the farewells to two Prescott Valley council members and one mayor brought tears along with plentiful accolades at the first council meeting of the year Jan. 10.

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Yavapai College board members sworn in

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter swore in two members of the Yavapai College District Governing Board during the board’s work study session Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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Sierra Club to discuss legislative report card

The Yavapai Group of Sierra Club will offer its annual update on how well the Arizona Legislature is governing the environment from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 882 Sunset Ave. (behind True Value Hardware) in Prescott.

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Leaving a legacy: Betty Comfort bequeaths $209K to historical society

Funds set aside for future capital projects

The late Betty Jean Comfort, longtime Dewey-Humboldt resident and community volunteer, bequeathed a substantial gift to the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society (DHHS), donating $209,827 as part of her estate.

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Town heads back to court on Franklin Phonetic School parking citation

Wants judge to review language in town code

Although a judge dismissed the Town of Prescott Valley’s most recent Request for Rehearing, Town Attorney Ivan Legler said he currently is in the process of preparing a new petition in hopes the Court of Appeals will see things differently.

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Help create quilt squares for veterans project

The Prescott Valley Public Library and AZ Freedom Quilters Chapter #546 are hosting the 2019 Quilts of Valor Foundation National Sew Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the third floor Crystal Room of the Prescott Valley Public Library.

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PV Library offers D&D, Coding for Girls, new book club in 2019

New year, new programs for teens

Prescott Valley Public Library announces three new programs for teenagers that already have started or will begin in January.

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Third annual Women March On set for Saturday

Event at courthouse to include music, flash mob dance

Taking place for the third year in a row, the Yavapai County Women March On is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Yavapai County courthouse plaza.

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HUSD superintendent gets glowing evaluation

Streeter to donate performance pay to Hungry Kids program

School board members can talk about their superintendent in executive session without the public hearing.

MLK Jr. Day includes march, opportunity to serve community

In celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21, 31 AmeriCorps members of Arizona Serve of Prescott College have organized nine service projects in the Quad Cities in which the community is invited to participate.

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College interns looking for experience, opportunities

Setting up summer and fall semester positions

Prescott College wants to expand internship opportunities for its local students in order to provide real-world experiences combined with college credit.

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ERAU chancellor to step down in May

Dr. Frank Ayers will teach aviation, leadership courses at Daytona Beach campus

After 10 years heading up the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus, Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers and his wife, Debbie, have decided to return to Florida to be closer to family.

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Prescott Valley drilling 2 new wells in January, February

24-hour construction with noise, nighttime lighting

Residents may be subjected to extra noise and nighttime lighting in January and February as the Town of Prescott Valley begins drilling two new wells on the north side of town.

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Learn about natural history of honeybees

Researcher to discuss conservation at Jan. 17 event

The Natural History Institute welcomes Jordan Twombly Ellis to open the 2019 Speaker Series on the subject “Honey Bee Natural History and Conservation” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Natural History Institute, 126 N. Marina St. in Prescott.

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Construction underway for 108-bed facility on Windsong Drive in PV

Town remains magnet for seniors

Bulldozers have been active along Windsong Drive as construction moves forward on the 108-bed senior living housing facility.

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Developer pitches plan for 3-story senior living project in Prescott Valley

Facility would be private pay, include memory care

Five people showed up to a neighborhood meeting Friday evening, Jan. 4, at the Prescott Valley Public Library, to hear about plans for a new senior living facility at the southeast corner of Viewpoint Drive and Long Look Drive.

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PV Neighborhood Safety Group meets Sunday for defense program

A class on Home and Community Defense will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in the upstairs meeting room at Little Dealer Little Prices, 2757 N. Truwood Drive, Prescott Valley.

Richardson returns to Mayer School Board

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter has appointed Mark Richardson to the Mayer Unified School District Governing Board effective Jan. 4; the appointment will expire on Dec. 31, 2020.

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3 art workshops for adults begin in January at Phippen

Three workshops for adults at the Phippen Museum will appeal to beginner students as well as experienced artists, and include sculpting horses, color mixing, and wine.

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Mayer Fire Charities adopts 3 families for holidays

Firefighters and staff at the Mayer Fire Department (MFD) adopted three families for the holidays.

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Sink, swim, or just chill out at Polar Bear Splash

Family-friendly event Saturday at Prescott Valley’s Mountain Valley Splash

No matter how you make the plunge, the 14th annual Polar Bear Splash is a free chilly-waters, chilly-weather event that takes place on the first Saturday of the New Year.

Even first-class manufactured homes not wanted where not zoned

Supervisors turn down permit request in Dewey area

Cari Gorman-Salisbury owns a 2-acre lot surrounded by R1L-175 zoning, which limits property owners to site-built structures.

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Stranded vehicles, vacations impacted snow removal in county

14 stranded vehicles led to closure of Pioneer Parkway, Williamson Valley Road

Yavapai County put its 15 snowplows and 20 motor graders to work during the recent snowstorm — 13 plows in the Prescott area and two in the Verde, said Dan Cherry, Yavapai County Public Works director.

Ice, not snow, was the problem in Prescott Valley

Anticipation helped the Town of Prescott Valley employees tackle its 260 miles of roads during the New Year’s Eve Day snowstorm, said Norm Davis, Public Works director.

It was low-impact incidents, ice-rink roads in Dewey-Humboldt

Low-impact, slow-speed incidents are what Dewey-Humboldt Public Works Director Ed Hanks reported Wednesday, Jan. 2.

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Arcosanti man accepted into leadership program

In early December, Arizona Forward launched the pilot class of its Emerging Sustainability Leaders program with 14 participants. Rob Jackson, Education director at Cosanti Foundation, is one of them.

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PVPD Lifesaving Award recognizes actions of Frost, Brown at separate accident scenes

Two Prescott Valley Police officers received the Lifesaving Award Ribbon during the Dec. 20 Prescott Valley Town Council meeting in recognition of their quick actions on two emergency calls this past fall.

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Dewey-Humboldt council discusses how to use CDBG funds

Dewey-Humboldt council members soon will decide where to use funding through the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) that becomes available to the town every four years.

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Prescott Valley nonprofit nominated for Governor’s Arts Award

Vision of Vets up for honors in Community category

Prescott Valley’s Vision of Vets nonprofit organization has been nominated as one of 59 individuals, arts organizations and advocates, small and large businesses, and philanthropists from 19 communities across the state.

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Who will oversee $25 million grant for Verde Connect Project?

New road, bridge could be used for I-17 bypass

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will vote at its Wednesday, Jan. 2, meeting whether to be the direct recipient of a $25 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant or whether to let the Arizona Department of Transportation administer the project and grant money.

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Job reclassifications impact county budget

Overall, changes will boost costs more than $700K annually

In 2017, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved a $70,000 compensation study for employees that looked at market analysis, recruitment, retention, and equalization across departments for its employees’ wage and salaries.

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Dewey-Humboldt town manager Tom Wilson resigns

Following a no-public-allowed executive session during the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council Special Meeting, Dec. 6, council members voted to accept Town Manager Tom Wilson’s resignation effective Dec. 13.

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Town of PV vs. Franklin Phonetic School - back in court for 4th time

Court has ruled parking space citation in favor of Franklin, 3 times; PV appeals again

Three court hearings on a parking space citation issued by the Town of Prescott Valley to Franklin Phonetic School have resulted in dismissal, an affirmation of the dismissal on appeal, and a second affirmation after a second appeal.

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Attorney demands halt to HeliSwift Aviation plans for helicopter school

Says town didn’t abide by citizen participation plan

The firm of Jeffrey Coughlin, representing a Dewey-Humboldt resident, requests the town “rescind the application” made by HeliSwift Aviation for a use permit to build a helicopter school, and demands that all construction and operation activities cease.

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Liam Craig student of month for BMHS

The Prescott Valley Town Council honored Liam Craig, Bradshaw Mountain High School senior, at its Dec. 20 meeting.

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Bracelets aid therapy, say thanks

Cancer patient appreciates efforts of health center, nonprofits

A health program through Yavapai County Community Health Center helped with diagnosis of, and treatment for, breast cancer this past year for one longtime patient.

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Change of leadership at Phippen Museum

Public reception Jan. 9 at museum to show appreciation

Phippen Museum’s executive director will be moving on after 15 years of service, and the facility’s marketing and communications director will fill her shoes in early in January 2019.

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Take the bus to ‘Don’t Spend Christmas Alone’ dinner

A local church has issued an invitation again this year — its 38th — to gather with others who may spend Christmas by themselves.

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PV bans hand-held devices while driving

Beginning Jan. 19, drivers within the Prescott Valley town limits better put down their cell phones or use a type of holder that doesn’t include their hands.

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Shoeboxes loaded with goodies, necessities go to students

Number of gifts doubles from last year’s offerings

Now in its second year, students and staff from Coyote Springs Elementary School filled empty shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and other goodies that will go to students in need at the holiday season.

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Grant offers chance to renovate Mayer library

State funds will be used for meeting room, reconfigured circulation desk

The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records has approved more than $127,000 in matching grants throughout the state for construction projects at four libraries.

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Town Council faces busy schedule at Thursday meeting

An entrance door to the Prescott Valley Public Library needs more than repair, said Casey Van Haren, PVPL director, in a memo to the Prescott Valley Town Council.

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Firewise meeting tonight in Dewey-Humboldt

The monthly Firewise meeting for Dewey-Humboldt and surrounding areas takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Town Hall, 2735 S. Highway 69, #10, Humboldt.

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Downed WWII airman’s bracelet returned to family after 72 years

Sister, 89, of Army Air Force radio operator killed over Italy, receives bracelet

Prescott resident Jan Mueller tells a story of a hidden “treasure” buried for 70 years beneath the soil and burned vestiges of a Douglas C-47 in northern Italy.

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Whiskey Row: A wild west strategy board game

Be a gunslinger, preacher or madam on Whiskey Row, 1879 Prescott