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All ages invited to comic-con event Saturday in PV

Library hosting Fandomania for fun, fashion, fantasy

They come in costume – that makes attending a comic-con event all the more fun – and on July 28, the winner of the Fandomania fashion show will win a $100 gift card.

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Heavy rains cause leaks at PV library, cleanup continues

Rain in such quantity never before seen in Prescott Valley Town Manager Larry Tarkowski’s 29-year history caused two road closures Sunday, July 15.

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Council looks at future growth calling for more water, roads

The recent issuance of a Level 2 Water Conservation Alert to residents, and the reasons for doing so, has Prescott Valley town officials re-evaluating the need for new wells balanced against the impending need for water storage tanks.

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‘No driving on sidewalks’ PV Police Chief Jarrell says

Anybody — even postal carriers — will get citation

A temporary stop in postal delivery earlier this month for customers residing on Robert Road has been rectified and delivery is back to normal.

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Prescott Valley Election: Palguta spends nearly $9K, Whiting at $2.2K

Mayor candidates file financial statements through June 30

Two candidates are vying for the mayor’s seat in Prescott Valley, and both have filed their financial report showing receipts and disbursements through June 30 for campaign activities.

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Prescott family helps save rescued elk calf after pregnant mother dies in freeway crash

Good fortune was with a newborn elk in the early morning hours of June 10. Not so much its mother who was struck and killed on I-40 near Flagstaff.

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Hail damages about 1,000 vehicles at local car dealerships

Storm damage could translate to good deals for car shoppers

Rain and a significant amount of hail from the Wednesday, July 18, storm damaged about 1,000 vehicles at local car dealerships.

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2 roads were closed in Prescott Valley due to heavy rain earlier this week

A deluge of rain in Prescott Valley caused two road closures Sunday, July 15.

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Prescott Valley council looks at future growth - 2 new wells, roads

The recent issuance of a Level 2 Water Conservation Alert to residents, and the reasons for doing so, has Prescott Valley town officials re-evaluating the need for new wells balanced against the impending need for water storage tanks.

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Prescott's Natural History Institute revitalizes the practice of natural history

Jen Chandler, left, talks on “Art of Natural History: Understanding the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection” at the Natural History Institute’s Art and Science Open House July 13, 2018.

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Pounding rain, wind shuts down Farmers Market

Next one set for Aug. 8 at Coyote Springs School

A brief 45 minutes from the opening of the Prescott Farmers Market in Granville, vendors and customers were scrambling for cover as torrential rain and wind swept through Prescott Valley Monday afternoon, July 16.

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Kale sampled in smoothie taste test

Students overwhelmingly love it

Kalan Inman, owner and market manager with the Prescott Valley Farmers Market, visited students at Mountain View Elementary School on July 13, bringing with her fresh kale.

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Oral histories sought from Dewey-Humboldt ‘old-timers’

As people grow older or move away, their stories about living in an area that later becomes a Superfund site are lost.

Candidate forum announced for Aug. 9

2 running for mayor, 5 running for 3 council seats

Residents are invited to the Dewey-Humboldt Mayoral-Council Candidate Forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Cherry Creek Ranch Event Center.

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Skull Valley, Prescott residents vocal in opposition to proposed Kirkland mine

Deadline to file comments is Sept. 4

Every person who spoke during the public comment period Wednesday, July 11, voiced concerns about the Kirkland Mining Company’s (KMC) proposed pozzolan mine in Skull Valley.

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Arizona Downs open for business; live racing slated for 2019

Arizona Downs shines with $2 million in repairs, renovations

A new roof, flooring, paint job inside and out, and 50 flat screen televisions are part of the $2 million in renovations occurring at the much-improved Arizona Downs racetrack facility, formerly known as Yavapai Downs.

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Water restrictions lifted for Prescott Valley residents

Record usage, well repairs necessitated conservation alert

After a week of Level 2 water restrictions, the Town of Prescott Valley has lifted the restrictions as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10.

Mail delivery to resume along Robert Road in Prescott Valley

Service had been interrupted because of unsafe stops

Residents on Robert Road in Prescott Valley realized they weren’t getting mail early this week.

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Cell tower in Highland Pines gets go-ahead from supes

Aesthetics trumped by safety

Waivers, stipulations and opposition took up most of the discussion around a proposed cell tower in Highland Pines at the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors July 3 meeting.

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He worked for free, now a sergeant with Prescott Valley Police

Kyle Hader promoted at council meeting

Kyle Hader began his career in law enforcement after receiving his Administration of Justice associate’s degree from Yavapai College.

$218.5M county budget shows 4% decrease

Primary property tax drops 6 cents

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved the 2018-19 tentative budget — that will result in a total county tax rate decrease — after a brief presentation by County Administrator Phil Bourdon at the July 3 board meeting.

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Mayer rock painting group finds its rocks all over the world

Mayer AZ Rocks! - Paint, hide, find, post a photo

You can spot them everywhere, but you have to know what you’re hunting.

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Help with school supplies offered to families in need

Consider donating supplies, money

More than 1,200 schoolchildren benefitted from the community’s good will and donations of school supplies this past year through the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) and its Fair Start program.

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How will proposed pumped storage facility impact my water?

Residents demand answers

The big questions remain unanswered: How will this affect me? What will happen to our water?

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Town honors Deputy Chief Edelstein for 20 years with police

‘Exemplary service’ to Prescott Valley

Being raised with the stories of his grandparents who lived in Europe and the United States during World War II gave James Edelstein the belief that nothing is more important than to respect each and every human life.

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Lady Ermintrude returns to top of fountain

Lady Ermintrude is back in town! Yavapai County facilities staff set the statue in place atop the fountain at 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 26.

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AAEC principal ‘surprised’ at sex charges against teacher

Background check came up clear on teacher accused of sexual conduct with a minor

Prescott Valley charter school, Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center (AAEC), conducts background checks on all their teachers.

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Embry-Riddle grad weighs in on Verde bridge location

Study helps find best location

Many reasons exist for building a new bridge over the Verde River. An alternate route when Interstate 17 closes, for instance, or emergency access and quicker response times.

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Lane restrictions on Highway 89 in place through June 2019

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for continued lane restrictions on Highway 89 in Prescott, between Deep Well Ranch Road and Highway 89A until June 2019.

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Trail crew volunteer honored with 'Enduring Service' nomination

Prescott National Forest also honors county Education Service Agency

Each year, the Prescott National Forest recognizes individuals, organizations, and partners for their efforts in four categories: Enduring Service, Restoration, Leadership, and Citizen Stewardship and Partnerships.

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Free workshop for writers on viewpoints set for Saturday, June 23

How point of view changes characters’ perspective

Writers can tell a story from one character’s viewpoint, but this limits what a reader is able to know about what another character is thinking.

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New exhibit offers space to appreciate artists’ work

Photos, ceramic teapots at Yavapai College through July 12

A new exhibit featuring teapots, prints and photographs opened June 16, and the public is invited to the Opening Reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, in the Yavapai College Prescott Art Gallery, 1100 E. Sheldon Street.

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What to do if you discover ancient artifacts

After discovering potsherds or arrowheads on their private property, people may want to rethink digging them up and throwing them in a shoebox, even though it is legal.

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Film screenings on Friday and Saturday, then cabaret party concludes festiva

For folks who love music, today’s Prescott Film Festival movie, “The Song of Sway Lake,” begins at 4 p.m. Friday, June 15, in the Performing Arts Center at Yavapai College.

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2 county constables to get a paycheck; 3 to get pay raise

Salary adjustments long overdue

Two unpaid Yavapai County constable positions will now come with a salary, albeit a small one, beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

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Coyote Springs wins ‘healthy school’ award for its gardening, cooking classes

PV elementary school earns designation from Yavapai County Health Department

Top honors went to Coyote Springs Elementary School for improving the health and wellbeing of their students through the use of their Wildlife Habitat.

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Film Festival offers free workshops throughout the week

2-day Intro to Filmmaking for all levels of experience

Want to learn more about how to make a film? Do you enjoy movie trivia? Interested in structuring plot change?

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SonShine medical event targets those unable to seek care

It is an understatement, for sure. “Some services will fill up early in the day,” the website for Arizona SonShine, a free, two-day healthcare event, states.

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Unique landscape in Granite Dells to be preserved

Conservation project started a year ago

The price tag is $60,000. The payoff is no development will take place on 47 acres of riparian habitat within Granite Dells. Ever.

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Free dog show(offs) take to the Civic Center on Saturday

WOOFstock provides fun, demos, lots of contests for dogs and owners

Tie-dye apparel and rock music aren’t required at the seventh annual WOOFstock and Adopt-a-thon event taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Prescott Valley Civic Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle, between the library and the police station.

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One family’s experience during the Viewpoint Fire

Fast-moving fire, evacuation notice ‘really makes you think’

Ryan Judy was out of state when his wife, Carrine, texted him Friday, May 11, to say, “There’s some smoke, but I’m not too concerned about it.”

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First 2018 festival film ‘fun, quirky ... uplifting and unique’

Love of ukuleles adds to ticket sales

This year’s Prescott Film Festival (PFF) opens Friday, June 8, with a “quirky” film titled “A Boy Called Sailboat,” starring J.K. Simmons, and Julian Atocani Sanchez, who plays Sailboat.

More resources to monitor forests, issue citations

Forest Service urges compliance with fire restrictions

Prescott National Forest has received additional resources to increase fire prevention patrols across the entire forest. Due to increasing drought conditions, very high fire danger and public safety concerns, forest service officials implemented an area closure on a portion of the Bradshaw Ranger District on Friday, June 1.

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People and Places: Donations commence for conservation easement in Dewey-Humboldt

$4,500 launches fundraising campaign goal of $65,000

Two generous donations in a fundraising campaign for the conservation easement in Dewey-Humboldt recently arrived to the Central Arizona Land Trust (CALT).

4 candidates officially running in Prescott Valley election

2 vying for mayor, 2 for council seats

With Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog’s decision not to run for re-election, the election in August is likely to determine who will fill that seat.

Forest Service urges compliance with fire restrictions

Receives more resources to monitor forests, issue citations

Prescott National Forest has received additional resources to increase fire prevention patrols across the entire forest.

County precinct races range from 0 to 5 candidates

Filing petitions closed for Justice of Peace and Constable seats

The race for constable and justice of the peace positions in Yavapai County has more than one candidate vying for seats in five localities.

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‘Hellgate,’ a fictional outlaw hideout behind Thumb Butte, features in author’s talk Saturday

P. Grady Cox to read, sign her Western novel that includes 1879 Prescott

Criminals are welcome in Hellgate, a fictional hideout located behind Thumb Butte in the Arizona Territory of 1879.

County precinct races range from 0 to 5 candidates

Filing petitions now closed for Justice of Peace and Constable seats

The race for constable and justice of the peace positions in Yavapai County has more than one candidate vying for seats in five localities.

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Sgt. Chad Kreuger retires after 20 years with Prescott Valley Police

Department honors officer at town council meeting

Officers and staff with the Prescott Valley Police Department were saddened to learn of the retirement plans of Sgt. Chad Kreuger. Kreuger was honored by PVPD Deputy Chief James Edelstein during the May 24 Prescott Valley Town Council meeting.