Prescott

Registered Republicans in Arizona have overtaken independents as the largest voting bloc in the state. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, voters without a party affiliation had been the majority since January 2014.


A northern Arizona city is mulling over a new law that allows it to register and regulate a cottage industry of sober living homes thriving among its residential neighborhoods.

Prescott residents are dealing with an influx of recovering drug addicts drawn to the mountain community for many of the same reasons as retirees — cool air, pine trees and a small-town atmosphere.

A state law that goes into effect in August will allow cities and towns to require sober living homes to register with city and force them to meet minimum standards.

Prescott has approved survivor benefits for another widow of a wildland firefighter who died three years ago.

The city's Public Safety Retirement Board reviewed and approved survivor benefits claim made by Marsena Thurston. She's the widow of Granite Mountain Hotshot Joe Thurston.

The 32-year-old Thurston was among 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013.

The elite Granite Mountain Hotshots were trained to confront wildfires head-on and prevent their spread.

Prescott Police Department

Two Arizona police departments are using new surveys to try to raise awareness of domestic violence.

The Daily Courier reports that the Prescott and Prescott Valley police departments worked with Northern Arizona University to develop the Domestic Violence Lethality-Risk Assessment. It has two parts: One survey intended to be administered by a police officer and another that can be used as a self-assessment.

The City of Prescott has reached a settlement with environmental regulators over new pollution limits for Watson Lake. The agreement requires another look at the limits once more data is collected.


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