Prescott’s Vision, Mission for Well-Being Progresses through Pandemic

by Billie Orr, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Prescott, and Lori Kennedy, ERAU Communications Coordinator In January the foundation was laid for creating Prescott’s Commission on Well-Being. While this had been a goal for Mayor Pro Tem Billie Orr since she first read the Gallup Report on Well-Being in 2017, there were many other pressing … Read More…

Where’s the State’s Money?

Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee Knows by Ray Newton As one of the state’s top six elected constitutional officers, Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee oversees cash management of the $40 billion state budget. That entails making certain payments are directed to the correct state agencies, local governments and schools.  Beyond that, the office of the Arizona State … Read More…

Flu, Pneumonia Shots Especially Important This Winter

by Dr. Hojat Askari, Medical Director, Thumb Butte Medical Center What is the flu?  The flu is an upper respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus, which infects the nose, throat and lungs. Its severity can range from mild to severe depending on the strain of the virus being spread each year.  Flu is usually … Read More…

10 Essential Skills for Women Leaders During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Leslie Horton, MA, MCHES, Director of Yavapai County Community Health Services Lockdowns. Restrictions. Closures. Bankruptcy. Sickness. Death. Depression. Anxiety. Online school. Last year at this time, I remember feeling the stress some days of running late and racing my kids to school and then hurrying to a morning meeting. I recall being momentarily tense … Read More…

Prescott Should be Serious About Play

by Ellen Bashor, Community Nature Center Education Director, City of Prescott It sounds simple, maybe even looks simple, but modern brain science shows it’s far from it. Playing is one of the most universal activities we can engage in. But why do we do it? And why is your Recreation Services Department so serious about … Read More…

The Healing Field

The 9th Annual Prescott Valley Healing Field of Northern Arizona will be held Sept. 4-12, 2020 on the Town’s Civic Center lawn at 7501 E. Skoog Blvd. The 3,000 American flags to honor the lives lost that day will return, along with 19 for the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the 2013 Yarnell Hill … Read More…

‘I’ll Never Forget’

By Patty Mack as told to Ray Newton For 19 years, Patty Mack has shared her horrifying memories of the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history. It was early morning, Sept. 11, 2001, when two planes, hijacked by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, struck the north and south towers of the World Trade Center … Read More…

You Can Push Back Against Anxiety, Depression, PTSD During Pandemic

by Dr. Hojat Askari, Medical Director, Thumb Butte Medical Center There’s no disputing that life during the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult, and the illnesses, isolation, financial loss and overall disruption of life has worsened the overall mental health of the U.S. The National Center for Health Statistics and the Census Bureau are collaborating on … Read More…

Prescott’s Commission on Well-Being Needs Your Input

by Dr. Billie Orr, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Prescott, and Lori Kennedy, Communications Coordinator, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University The Prescott Commission on Well-Being has made great progress since its creation in January. In March, the commission held a strategic planning session facilitated by Bert Ijams from Meals on Wheels. During the four-hour meeting, the nine-member … Read More…

Hiking Does Wonders for Your Health and Well-Being

by Leslie Horton, Director, Yavapai County Community Health Services In Yavapai County we are fortunate to have many beautiful, expansive outdoor settings to enjoy. Spending time outdoors is a great way to get exercise, soak in fresh air and vitamin D for your immune system, and relieve stress, especially in times when the world around … Read More…