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Bill's Newscast: A New Trail in Prescott Valley

27 May 2016   Lynne LaMaster

Prescott Valley has a new trail. 

Delays on I-17

Watch for delays if you’ll be traveling on I-17 in the Camp Verde and Flagstaff areas.  Northbound I-17 will be narrowed down to 1 lane as ADOT crews complete work as part of the Verde River Bridge project.  Vehicles wider than 12 feet should use Highway 260 to Highway 89A, then to Sedona and Highway 179 back to I-17.  Work hours are 7 tonight to 5 tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, drivers on I-17 and Highway 87 in Northern Arizona are likely to see smoke this week from 3 fires.  The Cowboy, Mormon and Pivot Rock Fires are small in size and the U.S. Forest Service is allowing them to burn.  Use caution while traveling, since smoke could reduce visibility and watch for firefighters working in the area.  

Prescott Valley’s newest trail is open

Prescott Valley’s newest trail is officially open to the public.  Despite the gusty winds Saturday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the 2 mile Glassford Summit Trail, located in the Castle Canyon Mesa area.  Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog and Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Ron Brinkman welcomed those who showed up for the ceremony.  During a live appearance on yesterday’s Talk of the Town on KQNA, Prescott Valley Recreation Coordinator Jessica Compton called the Glassford Summit a great trail. Compton says next up at the trail is this Saturday’s 5K Fun Run, Hike or Walk event. This event starts at 7 am and shuttle service will be available from 7:30 to noon from Glassford Hill Middle School to the trailhead and back.  

Prescott Valley Police Department supports the creation of a Crisis Stabilization Unit

The Prescott Valley Police Department is supporting the creation of a Crisis Stabilization Unit.  The West Yavapai Guidance Clinic has applied for a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant for the creation of the Unit. The Prescott Valley Police Department and other law enforcement agencies would bring people experiencing mental health issues to this Unit for assessment and treatment.  Police Chief Bryan Jarrell describes how this benefits his Department. Jarrell says sometimes jail isn’t the first stop, and that ties up officers. Jarrell explains the goals of this Unit. The West Yavapai Guidance Clinic has already bought a building within Prescott Valley and is seeking funding for improvements.  Town staff has discussed a waiver of up to 20 thousand dollars for permit and construction fees that will be considered by Town Council at an upcoming meeting.  

Delays on Prescott Streets

Watch for delays on 3 Prescott streets today and tomorrow.  City of Prescott crews have started excavating Darby Creek Way off Willow Creek Road in preparation for new storm drain installation.  One lane of traffic will remain open and drivers could encounter additional lane restrictions, reduced speeds and rough roads.  On the nearby Willow Creek Road realignment, crews are installing asphalt pavement on the new section of road.  Other work includes new sidewalks, medians and curb and gutter.  The realignment, which runs from Pioneer Parkway to the Deep Well Ranch roundabout, is scheduled for completion in October.  Meanwhile, City of Prescott crews are also saw cutting and trenching for new water line installation between Walker Road and Equestrian Way as part of a reconstruction project from Highway 69 to south City limits.  Work hours for all 3 projects are 7 am to 6 pm today and tomorrow.  

Avoid costly air conditioning repair

Stay cool so you can avoid costly air conditioning repair or service costs.  With summer just around the corner, area residents may need their air conditioning units serviced or repaired. The Better Business Bureau is recommending you get at least 3 estimates.  Don’t rely on verbal promises and get everything in writing.  During a live appearance on Tuesday’s Q and A show with host DJ Fone on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 and 95.5 FM, Marilyn Huffman, Director of the Yavapai County Better Business Bureau explained repair scams happen all the time. Huffman says if you have a service or repair complaint, go directly to the company you hired. The Better Business Bureau is also recommending you read the fine print of the repair or service contract.  Understand all terms and conditions before signing it.  

No Yard Sale signs?

Prescott Valley residents could face a fine if they put a yard or garage sign up.  During its meeting at 5:30 tonight, Town Council will consider restricting all signs in the public right of way.  Public right of way is defined as any area designated for transportation.  Mayor Harvey Skoog explains this comes from last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Reed Versus Gilbert case. Town Councilman Michael Whiting explains this has been a confusing issue. Whiting says as a result, Council is considering a regulation that restricts the time, manner or place of signs to comply with Reed and First Amendment guarantees. Skoog says he doesn’t agree with the courts making Town laws. The Town Council meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.