Heroes Take Greater Prescott to New Heights

by Blake Herzog Heroes make the world go around.  They put in the work to make it a better place for everyone else who lives here, often sacrificing large amounts of their own time, comfort and even safety.  Sometimes it happens through short, intense actions to pull someone from a burning vehicle or a raging … Read More…

Yoga Studio Owner Launches Homeless Nonprofit

by Blake Herzog In the year she’s lived in Prescott, Christine Streveler has opened a yoga studio that led her to launch a nonprofit benefiting women in recovery from homelessness, domestic violence or substance abuse.  “I’m very excited, very happy. I feel a smile every day. I’m so proud that I get to offer this … Read More…

Kelly Cordes

Nominated by Cheryl Lough Kelly and his family have lived in the Prescott area for generations. For many years Kelly has served this community by being a schoolteacher. Three of our children were lucky to have him as their middle-school history teacher. Not only was he able to get their interest and able to actually … Read More…

Leah Sussman

Leah Sussman/Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy Nominated by Melissa Wagoner Leah Sussman is a local teacher of biology and physics at Northpoint Academy in Prescott, Arizona. During her six years at Northpoint Academy, Leah Sussman has co-led an all-girls multiple day backpacking expedition through Northern Arizona, taught marine biology in Mexico, collaborated with the NAZCCA (Northern Arizona … Read More…

Building Community One Leader at a Time

by Blake Herzog • Photo courtesy of The Launch Pad Teen Center The Launch Pad, a Prescott teen center providing social and academic support for students in seventh through 12th grade, sees a leader in every youth who walks through its doors.  That vision originates with Founder and Director Courtney Osterfelt, who’s been organizing annual … Read More…

Rim-to-Rim Hike Supports Launch Pad Adventures

by Blake Herzog The Launch Pad’s third annual Rim-to-Rim fundraising hike was its most successful, raising $47,500 for the nonprofit teen center’s outdoor adventure programs.  Molly Auman, a real estate broker for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s and a member of the committee overseeing the fundraiser, says the 32 participants were the most they’d had since the … Read More…

Alexes Niekamp

Alexes Niekamp/Lessons by Lexe Dance Studio Nominated by Tamee Niekamp Lexe has been safely working within the COVID guidelines and has been able to have students resume in-person dance classes. Parents affected by job loss have been and continue to receive scholarships. Lexe has also been collecting and donating school supplies to students in her … Read More…

Casino’s ‘Month of Giving’ Donates $25,000

Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in Camp Verde declared October its “Month of Giving” to further its dedication to supporting the community and organizations of northern Arizona. It donated money to local nonprofits whose missions and goals are to create a more equitable and thriving community. Cliff Castle pronounced the Month of Giving a success, with … Read More…

‘Adopted Hometown’ Hero Completes Basic Training

by Blake Herzog as submitted by CDR Dave Hecht, Public Affairs Officer, Chief of Naval Personnel Steve Duhamel, 22, grew up in Northern California but considers Prescott his hometown after attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for four years.  “Honestly the Dells was that place” which secured that feeling for him, he said, along with the friendly … Read More…

Vietnam War Photographer Uses Camera to Record Veterans

Nominated by Corinne Harmon Vietnam War veteran Bruce Roscoe received his first camera on his 8th birthday. Ten years later, he found himself behind a camera for most of the time he served in the U.S. Army as a combat photographer (1967-68).  He eventually took those skills and founded a nonprofit organization, Vision of Vets, … Read More…