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Father spurred PHS grad's political interests
Cole Fairbairn will be headed back to his the inland Northwest, where he grew up, after he graduates from Prescott High School.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Photo and video: Chino Valley High graduates 152
Karley Kirkland waves to family and friends during the processional at the Chino Valley High School Commencement Ceremony Wednesday night, May 20, at the Prescott Valley Event Center, where 152 students graduated.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Celebrate Santo Domingo culture at Smoki this weekend
There's nothing quite like taking a look at a different culture and checking out the art that culture makes.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gas Graphic: May 21
EDITOR'S NOTE: Prices at the pump are according to www.arizonagasprices. com. Prices fluctuate; these price checks are as of yesterday afternoon.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tears flow as 23 retiring staff take leave of teaching in Humboldt Unified
Some 294 years of educational experience is leaving the Humboldt Unified District this month as 23 teachers, administrators and staff retire.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rollover or abandoned?
Prescott police and fire crews investigate a reported one-vehicle rollover in the median on Highway 89A near the overpass of Highway 89 in Prescott Wednesday afternoon, May 20.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Prescott Fire Department open house set for weekend
PRESCOTT - In honor of National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, the Prescott Fire Department will open its doors to the public at Station 71, 333 White Spar Road, on Saturday, May 23, and Sunday May 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Community Calendar: May 21-31
Thursday, May 21

Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3950 N. Valorie Drive, Prescott Valley.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Prescott Gateway Mall, next to Jars of Clay. 928-778-4242.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CATCH 22 - Day 21: James Darryl Hickey wanted on voyeurism, assault charges
The Cottonwood police are looking for James Darryl Hickey. Hickey is a 53-year-old white man who is 6-foot-1 and weighs about 160 pounds.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mental Health Tips/Information: May 21
When seeking help for a mental illness, the financial realities must also be considered. Even those with insurance may find that some agencies do not accept it, or that there are co-pay requirements.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

$10,000 reward offered for arrest of driver who caused fatal crash
PRESCOTT - Authorities in Yavapai County are offering a $10,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest of a driver suspected in an April 10 fatal car crash.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Residents show appreciation to Fann employees for Park Avenue project
PRESCOTT - Miriam Kusserow loves the large rocks that line the front and side yards of her Sierra Prieta Drive home.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Public figures try being firemen during first Fire Ops 101 course
A firefighter has 1 minute to get into his or her uniform.

Boots, pants, jacket, oxygen tank pack, hood, breathing mask, helmet and gloves; all zipped, clicked and secured with Velcro within 60 seconds.

The 12 participants at the first-ever Fire Ops 101 on Saturday, May 16, were averaging closer to 5 minutes to perform this fundamental task - even with help from several firefighters.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jury selected in ALS murder trial
Lawyers begin opening statements
Thursday, May 21, 2015

High school graduate channels adversity, enlists in Army as means to serve others
PRESCOTT - High school graduate Melanie Smith's ebullience belies the adversity she at one time feared might detour her future.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Community Calendar: May 20-28
Happenings in the greater Prescott area, May 20-28.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mental Health tips/information: May 20
Getting help for mental health concerns is a major step, and various forms of treatment are available, with combinations sometimes proving beneficial for individuals and families, according to Mental Health America.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gas prices: May 20
EDITOR'S NOTE: Prices at the pump are according to www.arizonagasprices.com. Prices fluctuate; these price checks are as of yesterday afternoon.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yavapai College District Governing Board to hold public hearing on property tax
PRESCOTT, AZ - In compliance with section 15-1461.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, Yavapai County Community College District is notifying its property taxpayers of Yavapai County Community College District's intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year's level.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Willow Creek Charter School invites public to visit student-created museum
PRESCOTT - The Willow Creek Charter School is inviting parents and the public to come and enjoy a final project of the school year, a hands-on exploratory museum for kindergarten through fourth graders created by the school's fifth grades that highlights science technology engineering art and math.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Whiskey Road Off-Road event deemed success, donates about $20,000 to charities
PRESCOTT - The 12th annual Whiskey Row Off-Road endurance mountain bike event on April 24 through April 26 involved some 1,900 riders and 200 volunteers from around the world, and some $20,000 of proceeds were donated to local community organizations.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Remembering and honoring the fallen with scheduled events
Honor and Remember Committee are having the first Run/Walk at the Iron King Trail, Glassford Hill Road and Sante Fe Loop at 10 a.m. on May 23.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Honoring all those who serve: Community Health Center of Yavapai receives $48,634 grant from Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona
Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona (Komen CAN AZ) awarded a $48,634 grant to Community Health Center of Yavapai to provide free breast cancer screenings including mammograms and diagnostic tests for our uninsured patient population.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pedals & Pumps party supports PAT mission
Mellow tunes filled the air, beer and wine flowed and a sumptuous tapas buffet spread out for the folks that filled the third floor of 'Tis Art Gallery Saturday evening.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mayer Fire board OKs $1M in bonds
MAYER - The Mayer Fire District Board of Directors on Monday, May 18, approved a general obligation bond issue that would pump nearly $1 million into the cash-strapped coffers of the tiny fire district.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CATCH 22 - Day 20: $3,000 reward offered in 2006 murder case
Prescott police say that Joel Medina-Ortiz murdered 23-year-old Daniel Cook while at a motel on East Gurley Street in Prescott back on October 28, 2006.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Police still investigating bus vandalism incident, seek anyone with information
PRESCOTT VALLEY - Police are still investigating a May 11 case of vandalism at the Humboldt Unified School District in which the tires of 66 buses were flattened overnight, PVPD Deputy Chief James Edelstein said.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Teen burned after playing with open flame, aerosol can
CHINO VALLEY - A Chino Valley High School student sustained flash burns to his face when he got too close to an aerosol spray can being ignited at school Monday, May 18, a Chino Valley Fire District spokesman said.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Police arrest driver, minor passenger on drug charges
PRESCOTT VALLEY - Police arrested a 21-year-old man on Monday, May 18, charging him with drug offenses including supplying drugs to a minor who was in a car with him, a Prescott Valley police spokesman said.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Citizens' calls alert deputies to alleged DUI drivers
PRESCOTT VALLEY - The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is crediting calls from the public with two DUI arrests on May 16, a YCSO spokesman said.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wet, cool weather keeps fire bans at bay
National forest campers across Arizona on Memorial Day Weekend are not likely to face any fire-use restrictions, thanks to unseasonably wet and cool weather in May.

It's already been three times wetter than an average May for Prescott, and the average high temperature so far in May has been only 68 degrees here, which is 7.5 degrees lower than the 117-year average.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

US agencies looking into whether Mueller was kept by IS leader
An investigation into the possibility that the Islamic State militant leader killed May 15 was the captor of American hostage Kayla Mueller is underway
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Las Fuentes' pre-Memorial salute to vets an honor for all
PRESCOTT - World War II Army Air Corps veteran Jim Antell proudly covers his now white hair with a U.S. Army ball cap.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fallen soldiers to be honored at 3 area observances May 25: Cowboy Mounted Shooters to honor armed forces Saturday and Sunday
PRESCOTT - Two events in the greater Prescott area will honor the sacrifice those who lost their lives who served in the U.S. armed forces on Memorial Day, May 25, one at Citizens Cemetery and the other at Prescott National Cemetery.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AG backpedals on support for Polk's anti-pot funding
PRESCOTT - Arizona's Attorney General has withdrawn a legal opinion that allowed Arizona officials to use public money to take a position on issues that will appear on the ballot.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

No serious injuries in Lakeshore crash
Central Yavapai firefighters and Prescott Valley police check on the single-vehicle rollover into a ditch near the intersection of Lakeshore and Tonopah drives Monday afternoon, May 18.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Over the Hill Gang commemorates final stretch of Prescott Circle Trail
PRESCOTT - The objects featured on the rustic-looking plaque tell a story. An old railroad spike, a piece of barbed wire, a washer and bolt, a small white rock: They all signify various components of the long-running effort to complete the 52-mile-long Prescott Circle Trail.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Supes weigh how to pay for vital election equipment
COTTONWOOD - Yavapai County Supervisors working through dozens of decisions with the new fiscal year budget have a critical decision hanging over the Elections Department's inserter, which prepares ballots for mailing.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Firefighters' plan to save pensions not popular, may face uphill battle
PRESCOTT - Although the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona (PFFA) plan to repair the state's public service retirement plan was met with smiles of relief from firefighters at a presentation Wednesday, May 13, in Prescott Valley, it may face a tough road to adoption due to opposition by police organizations and retirees.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SUV rolls on Highway 69
Mayer Fire crews responded to a rollover accident on Highway 69, in front of the Creekside Lodge, at about 3:45 p.m. May 15.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

City begins road work, repairs on Thumb Butte Road, Scott Drive, Willow Lake, among others
The City of Prescott Public Works Department is set to begin repairing and replacing deteriorated asphalt pavement along selected streets throughout the Prescott area.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mental Health tips: Mental Health First Aid class is May 27
Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based program that uses role-playing and simulations on how to assess a mental health crisis, select interventions and provide initial help.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Community Calendar: May 19-31
Happenings in the greater Prescott area, May 19-31.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gas prices: May 19
EDITOR'S NOTE: Prices at the pump are according to www.arizonagasprices.com. Prices fluctuate; these price checks are as of yesterday afternoon.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wayda wanted on multiple theft, forgery, drug charges
Jamey Robert Wayda is wanted on 11 charges including fraud, identity theft, forgery, theft of a credit card and attempted theft, among other charges.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Man arrested after allegedly choking, punching fiancée
The victim told officers she'd caught Daniel J. Gentleman, 28, in their room with another woman.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Comer Wadzeck, 68, fostered close relationships in family, business and community
PRESCOTT - To his family, Comer Wadzeck was "coach - the man with the answers."


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Korean War vet now spends time RVing
Korean War veteran Ron Beauchamp counts himself fortunate to have served when he did.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Catch 22 - Day 18: Fresnedo wanted for transporting drugs
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is looking for Marco Antonio Fresnedo, who is wanted on drug related charges.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Sharlot's Place event was chance to honor, preserve history
PRESCOTT - Dressed in historic cowboy attire, Sharlot Hall Museum volunteer Dan Waidner was all smiles as he greeted some of the 150 guests who on Saturday, May 16, attended a fundraiser auction and dinner to support the legacy of a frontier woman who many say was a visionary preservationist.
Monday, May 18, 2015


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