Nebeker Sculpture Mounted on SR 89 Roundabout

The cowboy may be looking the wrong direction to see the buck deer in hiding, but his horse misses nothing. Drivers in and out of Prescott, however, can see it all at the intersection of Deep Well Ranch Road with state Route 89. The bronze sculpture — the largest renowned Western artist Bill Nebeker ever … Read More…

Cost Plus World Market Doors Are Shut

Cost Plus World Market shut its doors this summer after 18 years in Prescott.  The specialty import store was located at 3320 Gateway Blvd., in Prescott Gateway Mall. Among its products were international food, home furniture, décor, gifts, jewelry, dinner and cooking ware, lighting, apparel, and imported wines and craft beers. It was one of … Read More…

New United Way Yavapai County Executive Director Gets to Work

Recently named United Way Yavapai County Executive Director Patty Bell-Demers has mounted an aggressive campaign to create positive fundraising for the 2020-2021 year. Bell-Demers was selected in early August, replacing Annette Olson, who retired to her home state of Washington. Olson guided the local organization for four years, said board chair Mary Ann Suttles. A … Read More…

Drake Cement Gets EPA Energy Star Certification

Drake Cement LLC has received an Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This is the first time that designation has been given to the company. The plant is about 26 miles north of Prescott, just north of the rural community of Paulden on state Route 89. Towering chimney stacks are visible on … Read More…

County Health Director Horton Honored

Leslie Horton, director of Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS), has been recognized by the Arizona Rural Women’s Health Initiative as the “Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health” recipient. The organization selected Horton in August, citing her “leadership and cooperative attitude in seeking ways to make lasting contributions to public health issues that have demonstrated the … Read More…

Longtime Sharlot Hall Museum Director Retires

Sharlot Hall Museum Executive Director Fred Veil has announced his retirement, effective the end of December. Under Veil’s leadership since October 2013, the popular museum has modernized its campus. Most recently, the multistory brick education center was constructed; it can accommodate 135 people for performances and events.  Veil also introduced sophisticated technological advances in 11 … Read More…

Yavapai County Teacher of Year Program Ends; Focus Shifts to Classroom

For 25 years, outstanding teachers from throughout Yavapai County had been honored by the Yavapai County Education Foundation during annual spring Teacher of the Year ceremonies. But no longer, said foundation President Tim Wiederaenders and his fellow officers Mike Ellegood, vice-president, and Tim Carter, secretary-treasurer, in a formal statement issued in August. During the past … Read More…

ERAU Economic Impact Approaching $400 Million

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott campus was estimated to have an economic impact of $392 million across Arizona this past year. That’s an increase of 41% in the past four years, according to a report released by the independent Washington Economics Group in August.  What’s more, the university provides approximately 3,000 permanent jobs for residents throughout … Read More…

Many Fall Events Canceled Because of COVID 19

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Chancellor Anette Karlsson expressed regret that several traditional fall activities had been being canceled out of concerns for health and safety of the university community and thousands of parents, fans and supporters.   “We simply cannot risk holding large gatherings and events amid this ongoing pandemic,” she emphasized. Among these were the … Read More…

New Regional Director of Alzheimer’s Association Tackles Major Challenges

Lesley Jenkins, regional director of Desert Southwest Chapter-Alzheimer’s Association, is facing challenges in her new job; her territory is larger than some states. That became even more complicated when COVID-19 literally shut down face-to-face meetings throughout the five counties for which she is responsible. Her job involves creating more awareness and support groups for what … Read More…