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Students interpret, create Van Gogh-like paintings
Replace Cypress trees with Southwestern cactus

Artist Vincent Van Gogh was born in the Netherlands, but his art — through the eyes and hands of young students — lives on in Prescott Valley.

By Sue Tone February 5, 2019
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Mayer Library to close for 3 weeks during remodeling
Circulation desk, meeting room, carpet on project list

The Mayer Public Library will undergo a much-needed remodel, which will close the building for three weeks.

By Sue Tone February 5, 2019
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Prescott College to take on students as Vermont school plans to close
Institutions linked through partnership, shared philosophies

Two founding members of the EcoLeague, a consortium of environmentally-focused liberal arts colleges, share similar philosophical approaches to higher education. When one planned to close, the other offered to help students complete their studies.

By Sue Tone February 3, 2019
Learn about behavior of Prescott ants, including holding slaves
Ecologist to speak Feb. 7 at Natural History Institute

The Natural History Institute (NHI) presents Peter Sherman, Ph.D., who will speak on the natural history of slave-making ants, their victims and a macabre parasite that haunts them both at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

By Sue Tone February 3, 2019
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Pronghorn roundup decreases size of herd by half
Development encroaches on habitat, threatens survival

One helicopter, two agencies, wildlife biologists and veterinarians rounded up and removed 45 of the estimated 100 pronghorn still remaining in the Glassford Hill herd Jan. 24, and transported the animals to new locations in southeast Arizona.

By Sue Tone February 2, 2019
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Dorn Homes meets with Quailwood residents on plans to rezone adjacent property
Concerns over traffic, emergency evacuation, property value

The first step a developer takes in asking for a zoning change is to offer the neighbors an opportunity to look at what may be planned for that property.

By Sue Tone February 1, 2019
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Providing CPR earns PVPD officer a Lifesaving Award
Male was found unresponsive at Prescott Valley Motel in December

The Prescott Valley Town Council helped honor one of its police officers with the Lifesaving Ribbon at its Jan. 24 meeting.

By Sue Tone January 29, 2019
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Art at the Center issues call for new sculptures
Applications from artists are due to committee by March 29

A call out to artists reminds them that the application deadline to display sculptures at the Prescott Valley Civic Center is March 29.

By Sue Tone January 29, 2019
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Prescott Valley council honors police chief
Jarrell praised for his integrity, expertise, professionalism

Five years ago, the Town of Prescott Valley hired a new police officer from Michigan.

By Sue Tone January 29, 2019
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Delanie Clark, Class of 2019, received the Bradshaw Mountain High School Student of the Month award for January.

By Sue Tone January 29, 2019
Decrease in students results in budget adjustment
100-Day count reveals loss of 120 students from last year

Enrollment changes occur each year and often are unknown when the district approves its budget in June. That’s why school districts adjust their budgets in December and May.

By Sue Tone January 28, 2019
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Cooler, wetter weather keeping wildfires in check
Federal shutdown did not impact Arizona forest services

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (ADFFM) continues its prescribed burning and fuel mitigation projects, but its federal counterparts with the National Forest Service did not during the shutdown.

By Sue Tone January 26, 2019
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Some descriptions are outdated and no longer politically correct: crippled, handicapped, disabled, not able-bodied. When asked what he preferred, Dr. David Duncan, quadriplegic, said simply, “I’d rather be called Dave.”

By Sue Tone January 26, 2019
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Town looking at emergency evacuation process, access
Town code may allow mayor, staff to open gates

After the grass fire that led to Viewpoint residents’ evacuation this past May, and the even more recent Prescott Valley Fire last week, residents have inundated the Prescott Valley Town Council with evacuation concerns in the Viewpoint, Antelope Meadows and Pronghorn Ranch subdivisions.

By Sue Tone January 25, 2019
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Not only were the participants marching in support of Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of equality for all in the Jan. 21 MLK Day March in Prescott.

By Sue Tone January 22, 2019
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The signs brought home yet another year of support for equal rights and protests against oppression as participants marched Jan. 19 at the Yavapai County Courthouse in Prescott.

By Sue Tone January 22, 2019
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Granville Elementary School Principal Christine Griffin honored three members of the school certified, classified and volunteer staff at the Jan. 8 Humboldt Unified School District Government Board meeting.

By Sue Tone January 22, 2019
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3 new police officers begin their careers in PV
Council meets, greets NARTA graduates

The three newest officers with the Prescott Valley Police Department stood before the Town Council Jan. 10 as Deputy Police Chief James Edelstein introduced them.

By Sue Tone January 22, 2019
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Carrying on MLK’s legacy in Prescott - see gallery
‘This type of work is a lifestyle’ – Brittini Ward, Prescott Umoja

The message was loud and clear: Prescott marched in celebration of Martin Luther King’s message of equality for all – and a lot more work needs to be done to make the Quad-cities a more inclusive, welcoming community.

By Sue Tone January 21, 2019
Win brunch for 4 at new Arizona Downs restaurant
‘Name that Restaurant’ opens for brunch Jan. 27

Arizona Downs, with its refurbished venue, amazing views, and simulcast horseracing, will offer Sunday brunch beginning Jan. 27 in its new restaurant under the direction of talented Executive Chef Don Walker.

By Sue Tone January 21, 2019
What should happen to the Humboldt Smelter property?
Community workshop set for Jan. 29 with EPA

The Iron King Mine/Humboldt Smelter Superfund site is nearing the time when the Environmental Protection Agency evaluates all its clean up options.

By Sue Tone January 21, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 19, 2019
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Mandy Harvey lost her hearing at age 18 just as she was beginning her music studies at Colorado State University.

By Sue Tone January 17, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 17, 2019
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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.”

By Sue Tone January 17, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 17, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 17, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 16, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 16, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 15, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 15, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 15, 2019
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Prescott Valley Public Library announces three new programs for teenagers that already have started or will begin in January.

By Sue Tone January 15, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 15, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 15, 2019

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.

By Sue Tone January 15, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 13, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 9, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 9, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 9, 2019
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Bulldozers have been active along Windsong Drive as construction moves forward on the 108-bed senior living housing facility.

By Sue Tone January 8, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 8, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 8, 2019

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.

By Sue Tone January 8, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 7, 2019
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Firefighters and staff at the Mayer Fire Department (MFD) adopted three families for the holidays.

By Sue Tone January 3, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 2, 2019
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.

By Sue Tone January 2, 2019
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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.

By Sue Tone January 2, 2019

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.

By Sue Tone January 2, 2019