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Planning for the Chino Grinder underway.

Joshua Harrington in custody

A suspect who allegedly robbed a man he was staying with is now in custody. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office officials say on March 30th, 24 year old Joshua Harrington had accused the victim of attempting to steal heroin Harrington had stashed in a backpack. Harrington pulled a large knife out of the backpack and threatened to kill the victim. The victim’s hand was cut when he grabbed the knife’s blade. He locked himself in the bathroom, but Harrington forced the door open and demanded keys to the victim’s car. The victim handed over the keys and Harrington and a friend left the Diamond Drive location. The car was found abandoned the next day on Tatum Drive in Prescott Valley. Harrington was arrested and located by Mesa Police officers yesterday and booked into the Durango Jail in Maricopa County. He’s facing robbery and vehicle theft charges.

P&Z discusses new development

The Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission discusses new development. A 42 unit apartment complex is planned on a nearly 2 acre site on White Spar Road. The site plan before the Commission includes 30 units with garages, and 12 units without them. The site plan will move on to the Prescott City Council based on the Commission’s recommendation. Also on the agenda, the final plat for Yavapai Hills, Unit 9, which consists of 72 lots on 49 acres and a revised preliminary plat for Granite Dells Estates. The change would allow 259 lots ranging in size from 4 thousand to 15 thousand square feet. Granite Dells Estates is a nearly 14 hundred lot subdivision that would be located near Highway 89A and the Peavine Trail. The Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will be held in City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.

Mining display at Fain Park

The mining display at Prescott Valley’s Fain Park could be getting an official name. During its meeting at 5:30 tonight, the Prescott Valley Town Council will consider naming the exhibit after Jerry Munderloh. According to Deputy Town Manager Ryan Judy, Munderloh was a long time volunteer for the Town and the Historical Society. In 1960, he and his family moved to the abandoned and decaying Barlow-Massicks house on the Fain Ranch. Munderloh restored the historic structure, saving it from destruction. He also helped restore the stamp mill now at the park, along with the numerous other pieces of mining equipment and signs adjacent to the stamp mill. The Prescott Valley Historical Society is endorsing the Jerry Munderloh exhibit name. The Town Council meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.

Big bands for Thunder Valley rally

A couple of big name bands are coming to Cottonwood for the Thunder Valley Rally. According to Hezekiah Allen, Recreation Services Supervisor for the City of Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Blue Oyster Cult have been confirmed for this year’s Rally. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is known for such hits as “True Lies” and “Blue on Black.” The 1997 album “Trouble Is” holds the record for the longest running album on the Billboard Blues Chart. The Blue Oyster Cult started in 1967 and went on to record such hits as “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ for You.” The 2 bands are scheduled to perform at the Freedom Bird Entertainment Park and Campground at Riverfront Park. The Thunder Valley Rally will be held on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th.

Chino Mudder

The Chino Valley Parks and Recreation Board met in a special session at 3 this afternoon to discuss the Chino Mudder event. The Chino Mudder is a non-competitive, 5k Run with more than 20 obstacles to challenge those in all fitness levels from ages 7 and up. All proceeds benefit the expansion of parks’ facilities and recreation programs. This event was held at Old Home Manor in May last year, but this year it’s scheduled for August 26th. The Parks and Recreation Board will talk about planning for this year’s event during the special meeting, which will be held in the Community Center Conference Room on Road 1 East. Another outdoor event that will be held in Chino Valley is the Chino Grinder cycling event. The course is 108 miles from Chino Valley to the Elk Ridge Ski Area near the City of Williams.

This event will be held on Saturday, May 6th. For more information, visit

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