Today: May 29 , 2020

Bill's Daily Roundup: Bike Month Activities & Polling Info

This is official Bike Month for Prescott, according to a Mayor's proclamation, as Bill reports. In addition, polling is underway to help decide if the one-cent sales tax should be extended in some format or another.

billlopasA Prescott resident has been arrested after allegedly attempting to steal a bicycle.  45 year old Anastacio Montes tried to take the bicycle out of a fenced back yard on West Whipple Street.  The owner of this residence was home at the time and confronted Montes, who fled on foot and was located several blocks away by officers.  He was found in possession of two Arizona driver’s licenses and two social security cards that were not in his name, as well as a 50 thousand dollar signed cashier’s check.  Montes was driven to the Camp Verde jail, where he was booked on burglary charges.  Investigation is pending into the identification and cashier’s check he possessed. 

An alleged intentional knifing incident has resulted in aggravated assault charges. 19 year old Keelan Carothers and his 18 year old brother Christopher initially told Yavapai Regional Medical Center staff they were walking in the downtown area, where they were jumped and stabbed.  After the stabbing, they apparently went to the location were they were staying for the night and then went to the hospital later the same morning.  Prescott Police detectives were called out and learned there were inconsistencies with their stories.  Evidence gathered from their belongings indicated the extensive slash wounds to their arms did not occur as indicated.  The brothers later admitted they do miscellaneous filming, and the intentional slashing was for the purpose of posting their injuries on the You Tube website.  Police are reminding residents that making a false statement or misrepresenting a fact to officers is a violation of state laws.

Prescott’s Bike Month is underway.  For the third straight year, Prescott Alternative Transportation has organized a month-long calendar of events.  These activities range from group bike rides to repainting bike lane stencils throughout town.  Mayor Jack Wilson proclaimed April 14th to May 15th as Bike Month during Tuesday’s Council voting session and a kick-off party followed that night. Today’s events include a road ride on White Spar Road at 4:30 and a presentation by the Greater Yavapai provisional branch of the U.S. Green Building Council.  The 6:30 pm presentation is on the real meaning of Earth Day and will be held in the Yavapai College Library’s community room.  Tomorrow Bike Pub Poker starts at 7 in the Prescott Downtown area. 

On Saturday morning at 9:30, a mountain bike ride will be held in Emmanuel Pines and Granite Basin. 

The Prescott Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Economic Development meets at 7:30 tomorrow morning. Presentations will be made on economic development, rural broadband status and funding opportunities and the commercial real estate market in Arizona. The meeting will be held in the downstairs conference room at City Hall.  In that conference room at 9, the Yavapai Combined Trust will introduce new board member Charles Leon, who is representing Yavapai College.  Action items include vendor renewals and a draft of trust agreements.  From 10 to 2:30 at Yavapai College’s Chino Valley campus, a Ranching in the Future workshop will be held.  Discussion items include agricultural conservation easements, estate planning issues and rural planning and zoning. 

Prescott Valley Police are reminding residents to vaccinate their pets against rabies.  This reminder follows an incident Monday where a rabid bobcat attacked a dog, then a 13 year old girl and her mother.  The dog did not have a current rabies vaccination and had to be euthanized.  Rabies vaccinations are required for most municipal and county agencies in order to license dogs.  The Town of Prescott Valley is posting caution signs in the area of the bobcat attack on Stoneridge Drive, as well as in Fain Park. The signs offer precautions to help reduce the risk of exposure to rabies, including avoiding any wild animals and keeping dogs on leashes.

A survey on Prescott’s one cent sales tax extension has been launched.  Westgroup Market Research of Phoenix conducted test calls Monday night as a prelude to the start of their full scale telephone survey on Tuesday.  According to Deputy City Manager Laurie Hadley, they did about twenty calls and all went well.  Hadley adds the early survey averaged seven minutes with some going longer, as citizens are elaborating on open ended questions.  City Councilwoman Lora Lopas explains it’s important this information is received before an extension election is called:

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Lopas adds calling that election before the survey results are received doesn’t make sense:

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Council has held off on calling that election in September, but is scheduled to vote on it on April 28th.  The sales tax, which expires in 2015, is used for open space and streets.


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