Body of Missing Woman Found

May 30, 2017

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The body of missing Williamson Valley woman Sandra Pagniano was found in a remote area about ten miles northwest of her home on N. Yaqui Drive outside of Prescott at noon on Friday, May 26th according to Dwight D’Evelyn, Yavapai Country Sheriff Office Media Relations Coordinator.

The effort to find Pagniano was non-stop since her disappearance and involved deputies, a full contingent of detectives as well as search and rescue volunteers, the release stated. 

The original release mentioned Pagniano’s husband, 55-year-old David Pagniano, was arrested for one count of second degree murder earlier after evidence was obtained that he may have harmed or killed his wife.

More details are expected to be released soon.

Tips to Rid your Garden of Pesky Pests

May 30, 2017

In this podcast of the Mountain Gardener with Ken Lain, we cover lots of details to help gardeners out there with implement these three ideas to make the pesky garden pests run, and hop, for cover.  We also cover lots of info on flowers, a group of perennial sedum and cactus.

Prescott Valley Community Excellence Recognition

May 26, 2017

The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce announced the annual Community Excellence Recognition program, which honors organizations and individuals who have  made significant contributions to Prescott Valley in the fiscal year of 2016-2017, will be taking place on July 14th, 2017 at the Prescott Resort. 

In the release, it was mentioned the Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations of citizens, businesses, clubs and organizations for the prestigious awards. 

Some awards mentioned were student of the year, teacher of the year, organization of the year, citizen of the year, business leader of the year and much more. 

Individuals can fill out nomination forms at the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce office ay 7120 E. Pav Way, Ste. 102 or call 772-8857. 

BASIS Graduates Earn 82 College Acceptances & Millions in Scholarships

May 26, 2017

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Basis Prescott officially hosted it’s first graduation after opening the doors in 2014. In a release, it was mentioned that eleven students received their diplomas and while the first class is small, the students achieved a bunch.

Some accomplishments in the release state that over two million-five hundred thousand dollars were raised in merit-based scholarships, 9 of the eleven were AP Scholars including one hispanic scholar, one national commended scholar and one national merit scholar. 

The school dedicates the success of their students to hard work, perseverance and college prep curriculum which all begins in kindergarten where students learn engineering and madarin later advancing to physics, chemistry and economics as they continue on with schooling. 

At the high school level, it was mentioned the students then take AP college-prep courses, while still having time to have fun.

$5,448,757 in Scholarships for Bradshaw Mountain Grads

May 25, 2017

Seventy-seven graduates from the class of 2017 at Bradshaw Mountain High School accumulated over five-million dollars in scholarship aid.

Local businesses, organizations as well as private and public universities across Arizona were just a few of the nearly two-hundred scholarships awarded to Bradshaw Mountain graduates during a celebration in front of fellow students, staff, family and friends at Glassford Hill Middle School on Tuesday night.

Scholarship amounts varied anywhere between a couple hundred dollars to some which exceeded fifty-thousand dollars. 

When Principal Kort Miner first arrived at Bradshaw Mountain High School eight years ago, the school did not break a million dollars in scholarship aid. Over the last five years, Bradshaw Mountain High School graduates have compiled at least five-million dollars in scholarships each year, which Miner contributes to teachers and counselors at the school. 

The Class of 2017 will graduate from Bradshaw Mountain High School at the Prescott Valley Event Center on Thursday.

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Husband Suspected in Wife’s Murder

May 25, 2017

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According to Yavapai County Sheriff Office Media Relations Coordinator Dwight D’Evelyn, deputies took a missing person report on Sunday May 21st, 2017 regarding 39-year-old Sandra Pagniano after the report was made by a family friend. 

According to the release, Pagniano was last seen on May 19th and friends got concerned when she did not show up for a scheduled social event.  

The release stated that evidence obtained in the last twenty-four hours led to the arrest of fifty-five year old David Pagniano, Sandra Pagniano’s husband, for one count of 2nd degree murder after information developed that Sandra Pagniano may have been harmed or killed by her husband.  

It was also mentioned that David Pagniano is in custody at a two-million-dollar bond and the couple, who were se separated but living together, have two children ages eight and twelve who are currently under monitored care. 

The release stated the search for Sandra Pagniano is on-going and detectives are seeking any information on her whereabouts and encourage those with information to call the Criminal Investigations Bureau at 928-771-3278 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

Growing the Private Garden - The Mountain Gardener

May 17, 2017

In this episode of the Mountain Gardener, Ken Lain talks about the best plants and techniques to surround yourself with to create a noise free sanctuary. Living screens that keep the world out and your sanity in.  You'll be a plant privacy pro after this week's show on 

DPS Helicopter Crew Saves Life

May 17, 2017

A DPS ranger crew found a 34-Year old phoenix man stranded in a very precarious position on a small ledge in the Sycamore Canyon north of Clarkdale after falling earlier in the day on May 13th according to a release from Yavapai County Sheriff Office Media Relations Coordinator Dwight D’Evelyn. 

The man was reported missing by his sister at just before 8pm on May 13th and was located after seven hours of searching but due to nightfall, the rescue effort had to take place at daybreak the next morning, the release stated. 

By 7am, the patient was being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center, according to the release. The man left detailed instructions to where he was going and told his sister to call if he had not returned by 6pm, the release stated. 

While the man did leave instructions, The Yavapai County Sheriff Office urges people not to hike alone in rugged wilderness areas as they are dangerous and could cost someone their life. 

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Salute to Heroes - Prescott Valley

May 15, 2017

The Salute to Heroes event took place at the Prescott Valley Event Center on Saturday and featured various way to remember and learn about those who are and have protected the country on a daily basis.

One-hundred and ten stories is what firefighters had to climb at the World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. Over fifteen years later, their memory is kept alive all over the country by taking those same steps as individuals wore the badges of fallen personnel as they made laps through the stairs at the Prescott Valley Event Center to match the those climbed on September 11th.

Meanwhile outside, individuals got up close looks at Military vehicles, such as a Blackhawk helicopter, as well as observing how police, fire and medical personnel conduct business on a daily basis such as rescuing individuals and suspending down from the air.

Finally, the Salute to Service event also aided local personnel and veteran foundations in the community by hosting a monster truck show where all the proceeds went to the various organizations.

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Prescott Valley Public Library Kicks Off “Community Reads”

May 15, 2017

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The Prescott Valley Public Library will host it’s inaugural Community Reads with the book “The Fire Line.” It fit perfectly for the Library as the book is authored by Phoenix Resident Fernanda Santos and is about the Granite Mountain Hot Shots and their families. 

It all starts with the kickoff event on May 20th from 10am-11am where Santos will be reading a passage of the book while enjoying food and refreshments with members of the community in preparation for the upcoming events in June.

On Friday June 17th, the Prescott Valley Public Library will host a discussion with Santos followed by a panel discussion the following day with representatives from the state park, someone who helped build the memorial trail, first responders and family members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

While the June panels will not be an open-mic discussion, the library is urging individuals to submit questions.

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