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7 in 7: The Dude, the duets, the fort
Lots of music, territorial history, science, geology this coming week

This week’s events listed in “7 in 7” involve free music concerts on the Yavapai County courthouse plaza and Prescott Public Library, a historical overview of nearby Fort Whipple, as well as the geology of the Grand Canyon.

By Sue Tone July 16, 2019
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Prescott Valley to remove old water main on Franklin school property
Council approves new site near Big 5 Sporting Goods

The old water main under property owned by Franklin Phonetic School hasn’t been used in years and it’s time to remove it.

By Sue Tone July 16, 2019
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2 Humboldt school district employees receive VIP award
Custodian finds water pipe leak; secretary helps school board after tragedy

Two Humboldt Unified School District classified employees received accolades and the VIP of the Month award at the HUSD Governing Board meeting July 9.

By Sue Tone July 16, 2019
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Horses and dogs race this weekend at Arizona Downs
Wiener Mania event offers dog races on Saturday, July 20

Odie, a handicapped racer and fan favorite, will be competing in the Wiener Dog Races Saturday, July 20, at the Wiener Mania event taking place both Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21 at Arizona Downs, 10501 E. Highway 89A, Prescott Valley.

By Sue Tone July 15, 2019
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Mary Mallory appointed as new Dist. 5 county supervisor
Board cites experience, ability to fill position

By a unanimous vote, the four supervisors on the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors appointed Mary Mallory to the vacant District 5 seat. The open seat in District 5 became available with the resignation of Jack Smith who accepted an appointment as Arizona director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development.

By Sue Tone July 15, 2019
HUSD school board mulls sale of former district office building
Voters to decide issue; district would use money for capital needs

The Humboldt Unified School District’s former headquarters is too small to accommodate its current staff — should they ever want to return to the offices located along Highway 69 at Truwood on the eastern end of Prescott Valley. That is unlikely.

By Sue Tone July 15, 2019
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The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors promised to build a new jail by raising property taxes if voters rebuffed efforts to pass a sales tax increase in November 2014. That ballot measure narrowly failed, 52.5% to 47.5%. Now supervisors are making good on their vow.

By Sue Tone July 14, 2019
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Repair work on the traffic signal at Glassford Hill Road and Lakeshore Drive in Prescott Valley will begin Wednesday, July 17.

By Sue Tone July 12, 2019
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Trucks, tractors, snow plows on agenda for PV council to consider
Council may ratify billings beyond $30K for library consultation

The Public Works, Community Development, and Police departments in Prescott Valley are looking to purchase new vehicles and replace aging older ones.

By Sue Tone July 10, 2019
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4 hopefuls apply to fill vacant Yavapai County supervisor’s seat
Board could select replacement as early as July 15, administrator says

Four applicants have filed letters for consideration to fill the vacant seat on the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.

By Sue Tone July 10, 2019
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Trucks, tractors, snow plows on agenda for Prescott Valley council to consider
Council may ratify billings beyond $30K for library consultation

The Public Works, Community Development, and Police departments in Prescott Valley are replacing and ordering new vehicles, the purchase of which council members will decide at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11.

By Sue Tone July 10, 2019
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7 in 7: Three days full of talks, events that impart knowledge
Weekend topics include Granite Dells, desert plants and circus

This week’s events listed in “7 in 7” all take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 12-14, making these three days chock full of presentations and happenings leading to discovery of new and important information in several areas of life in Prescott and elsewhere.

By Sue Tone July 9, 2019
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When a judge orders kids to pay restitution as part of probation or the Yavapai County Juvenile Court’s Community Restitution Program, the goal is restoring the community.

By Sue Tone July 9, 2019
Childcare zoning gets OK from Prescott Valley council
Prescott Golf & Country Club zoning map change request tweaked for childcare facility

The request for zoning map change for a proposed daycare facility in the Prescott Golf and Country Club, together with the most recent modifications from the Prescott Valley Planning and Zoning Commission, got a thumb’s up by Town Council members at their regular meeting June 27.

By Sue Tone July 9, 2019
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HUSD budget meeting July 9 open to public
Other items for discussion include proposed Head Start classroom, superintendent’s performance pay plan

A public hearing on the Humboldt Unified School District’s annual 2019-2020 budget starts off its monthly governing board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Transportation building, 6411 N. Robert Road in Prescott Valley.

By Sue Tone July 8, 2019
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July is art workshop month at the Phippen
Learn to sculpt, paint a sunset, improve skills

The Phippen Museum invites the public to participate in three art workshops in July – one involving sculpture, one paired with wine and one focusing on color.

By Sue Tone July 8, 2019
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Road dedication near Arizona Downs on P&Z agenda
Lot combination, zoning map change for duplexes also on list

A request for a zoning map change to allow two duplexes, a request to combine four small lots into one larger lot, and a request for dedication of North County Trail near Fain Road and Highway 89A will come before the Prescott Valley Planning and Zoning Commission at 5:30 p.m. today in the Prescott Valley Public Library auditorium. The meeting is open to the public.

By Sue Tone July 7, 2019
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A coyote killed my pet ... Can I shoot it?
No — but town, city, county codes have specifics

The short answer to whether or not you can shoot a coyote running through your backyard with a cat or dog in its mouth is no, you cannot shoot the coyote.

By Sue Tone July 6, 2019
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The fireworks started at 9 p.m. and went on for 30 minutes at Prescott Valley’s Mountain Valley Park, ending a day of events celebrating the Fourth of July holiday.

By Sue Tone July 5, 2019
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7 in 7: Paper birds, peppers, pyrotechnic events in upcoming week
Seven events taking place over the next seven days

Looking for something to do this coming week?

By Sue Tone July 2, 2019
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A Chino Valley man was fatally shot Sunday afternoon after he and a friend were target shooting about four miles north of Paulden.

By Sue Tone July 2, 2019
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Posting a video on Snapchat while on the grounds of the Chino Valley Aquatics Center after hours has led to the arrest of one juvenile, and police are seeking the identity of a second girl.

By Sue Tone July 2, 2019
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Weather conditions are in full cooperation with Prescott Valley’s Fourth of July celebration this year. The town canceled its fireworks this past year – the first time in 20 years – due to extreme fire danger and dry conditions.

By Sue Tone July 1, 2019
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With the upcoming July 7 resignation of Supervisor Jack Smith, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will vote to accept his resignation and discuss the process to appoint his replacement at the regular board meeting 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 Fair Street, Prescott.

By Sue Tone July 1, 2019
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The Town of Prescott Valley Human Resources Department has a list of what it is looking for in a new police chief following the June 21 retirement of Chief Bryan Jarrell.

By Sue Tone July 1, 2019
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Southbound drivers on Glassford Hill Road in Prescott Valley will not be allowed to make left turns onto Lakeshore Drive for the next 30 days while repairs are made to the signal light at that intersection.

By Sue Tone July 1, 2019
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Weather conditions are in full cooperation with Prescott Valley’s Fourth of July celebration this year. The town canceled its fireworks last year — the first time in 20 years — because of extreme fire danger and dry conditions.

By Sue Tone July 1, 2019
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Conservation project takes local FFA members to Costa Rica
Chino Valley, Mayer students spend 9 days on ag, cultural adventures

The roots of the mangrove tree create a big underground connection that holds together the sandy soil of the Costa Rican coastline. Similarly, local Future Farmers of America (FFA/National FFA Organization) students created a connection with the children and people of this Central American country for nine days this past month.

By Sue Tone July 1, 2019
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Prescott Valley quilter’s ‘Celtic Migration’ entered in Michigan show
Award-winning quilt earns 2nd place in Pennsylvania show

A Prescott Valley quilter, Angela Petrocelli, will be one of 450 contestants from around the world exhibiting their quilts at the American Quilter’s Society’s (AMQ) QuiltWeek event Aug. 21-24 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

By Sue Tone July 1, 2019
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12 trees gone; project at school playground moves on
Improvements at Humboldt Elementary wipe out trees, for now

The playground at Humboldt Elementary School flooded often enough during heavy rains to be dubbed “Lake Humboldt.” On May 23, the Humboldt Unified School District (HUSD) Governing Board approved Whelcon Contractors and $284,275 to rectify the water issues and make other improvements at its special meeting at Liberty Traditional School.

By Sue Tone June 28, 2019
Humboldt School District approves FY2019-20 budget
Loss of 174 students last year impacts revenue

A decrease in the Average Daily Membership (ADM) numbers this past school year puts the Humboldt Unified School District (HUSD) in the same boat as other districts in Yavapai County — having to reduce its next year’s budget.

By Sue Tone June 28, 2019

The Humboldt Education Foundation (HEF), in partnership with the Fain Signature Group, offers a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Prescott Valley Entertainment District, 2990 N. Park Avenue near Harkins Theater.

By Sue Tone June 28, 2019
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Now on display at the Yavapai College Art Gallery are works from seven well-known Phoenix artists; all have exhibited their work internationally.

By Sue Tone June 27, 2019
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7 in 7: Harmonica concert, Medicare, McQueen create wild ride this week
Seven events — plus one bonus — taking place over the next seven days

Looking for something to do this coming week? Choose from a variety of entertainment and talks that include discussion of a creek that winds through Prescott, an opportunity to meet and mix with the LGBTQ community, and watch “Junior Bonner” for the umpteenth time.

By Sue Tone June 25, 2019
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Beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 4, the Town of Prescott Valley’s 23rd annual Fourth of July celebration includes music, games, food vendors and, of course, the fireworks show.

By Sue Tone June 25, 2019
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James Edelstein named interim chief for Prescott Valley Police
Edelstein to serve in position until town hires new chief

Effective immediately, Prescott Valley Deputy Police Chief James Edelstein will serve in an interim capacity as chief of police. Town Manager Larry Tarkowski made the announcement Monday, June 24.

By Sue Tone June 24, 2019
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6-year-old gets look at what goes on at a recycling center
Patriot Disposal committed to keeping trash from landfill

“The biggest trash fan you’ll ever see,” is how Dylen Baynes described 6-year-old James Tartaglia before the tour of Patriot Disposal’s materials recovery facility left the parking lot Friday, June 21.

By Sue Tone June 24, 2019
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Dewey-Humboldt Library dedicates area for late Betty Comfort
Legacy recognized with naming of ‘Comfort’s Corner’

To honor the dedication and generosity of the late Betty Comfort, the Friends of the Dewey-Humboldt Town Library have created a space recognizing the efforts of the long-time volunteer.

By Sue Tone June 24, 2019
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County Supervisor Jack Smith resigns, accepts presidential appointment to state position
Smith begins US Department of Agriculture – Rural Development position July 8

Yavapai County Supervisor Jack Smith, for District 5, has submitted his letter of resignation to board Chair Randy Garrison effective Sunday, July 7.

By Sue Tone June 24, 2019
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Increase in permitted capacity doubles access to Town of Prescott Valley’s water
Council hears updates on two road projects, security cameras

Some of Prescott Valley’s wells could not pump water 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Not because they ran out of water, but because the state water regulator, Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), allowed a specific amount of gallons in a given time frame.

By Sue Tone June 24, 2019
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Green, yellow, skinny, fat — calling all zucchinis willing to transform themselves into race cars.

By Sue Tone June 24, 2019

The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce is taking nominations for its annual Prescott Valley Excellence Awards program where organizations and individuals who have made a significant contribution to Prescott Valley in Fiscal Year 2018-19 will be recognized.

By Sue Tone June 24, 2019

The Arizona Game and Fish (AZGFD) Commission will meet Friday, June 21, with a single item on its agenda: to approve the Notice of Final Rulemaking for R12-4-303 Unlawful Devices, Methods and Ammunition.

By Sue Tone June 20, 2019
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7 in 7: Vintage baseball, a didgeridoo and more this week in Prescott area
This week’s events also include an outdoor concert and a car cruise-in

Looking for something to do this coming week?

By Sue Tone June 18, 2019
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Geologist presents concerns about Superfund investigation, remediation
Dewey-Humboldt residents hear new facts from Brian Beck

Several pieces of information offered to Dewey-Humboldt residents at a community meeting raised concerns as geologist Brian Beck presented his research to about 35 people gathered at Mortimer Family Farms on June 11.

By Sue Tone June 18, 2019
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Zoning changes for 2 developments approved by Prescott Valley council
Community says goodbye to Police Chief Jarrell

Prescott Valley Town Council, staff, and members of the community honored Police Chief Bryan Jarrell — as he gets ready to retire from his leadership position in the Police Department — at its regular council meeting Thursday, June 13.

By Sue Tone June 18, 2019
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2 Highway 89A intersection projects on Prescott Valley council agenda
Discussion on off ramps at Glassford Hill Road, Viewpoint Drive; also well capacity, Arizona Downs, security cameras

Two partnership projects are on the agenda for the Prescott Valley Town Council to look at, but not take action, at its 5 p.m. Thursday, June 20, study session.

By Sue Tone June 18, 2019
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Jeff Howick is no stranger to young patrons at the Prescott Valley Public Library — even though he has held the title of Teen Librarian for a mere month.

By Jeff Howick concentrating on summer reading program June 18, 2019
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Sustainability Symposium offers skills, methods for teachers
Expansion of programs from clubs to classrooms

The word “sustainability” in many people’s minds is the act of finding an ecological balance of resources.

By Sue Tone June 18, 2019
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New York Times’ bestselling author and daughter of Tony Hillerman, Anne Hillerman, will read from her newest book, “The Tale Teller,” present a slideshow, and answer questions at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Peregrine Book Company.

By Sue Tone June 17, 2019