The Yavapai College Governing Board will hold budget discussions at 1 tomorrow. Officials note staff prepares a budget for the upcoming fiscal year for discussion and a decision by the Board. Staff also prepares a list of assumptions that provide information and projections about budget preparation. The assumptions also set parameters for internal deliberation about the budget. Some of them include a drop in the College’s primary property tax levy, a decline in the total value of building permits for new construction, a reduction in State appropriation moneys and no significant change in course fees. The meeting will be held in the Susan N. Webb Community Room on the Prescott campus.
At 6:30 tonight at the College’s performance hall, a free day of remembrance event will be held. Guest speaker Liesl Loeb will discuss her experience on the M.S. St. Louis 70 years ago.
Today is the last day to register to vote in the May 19th General Election. Voter requirements include being a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older, a resident of the State 29 days preceding the General Election and not being convicted of a felony. Online registration can be completed at servicearizona.com or forms can be filled out by 5 tonight at County Recorder’s offices in Cottonwood and Prescott, libraries, the Department of Motor Vehicles or post offices. General elections will be held in Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt. All these elections will be mail-in ballot only, and those ballots are scheduled to be mailed out next week.
Prescott Bike Month activities and blood drives continue this week. Bike-in movie night starts at 8 tonight at the Raven Café on Cortez Street, at 7 tomorrow morning, a bike in coffee will be held at the Wild Iris Coffee Shop on South Granite Street and road rides will take place on White Spar Road at 4:30 that afternoon and on Thursday. On Walk and Roll Wednesday, children are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to school and parents should join in. From 11 to 5 that day is Prescott College’s Earth Day celebration.
This week’s blood drives will be held from 7:30 to 12:30 today at the Franklin Phonetic Fine Arts Building, located on highway 69 in Prescott Valley, Thursday from 8:30 to 1:30 in the Prescott High School girl’s gym and Saturday from 8 to 1 at the Prescott Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall, located on Willow Creek Road.
A school water use audit is being held at Cottonwood Oak Creek Middle School. Starting today and running for 21 subsequent school days, 7th grade students will conduct the audit. This pilot project will include work by students with project partners and community volunteers to determine the school’s water use. Partners include the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the City of Cottonwood and the Cottonwood Oak Creek School District. The major audit components include indoor water use data collection, data analysis, rainwater harvesting roof calculation, outdoor landscape and irrigation site inspection and conclusions and recommendations for water efficient changes.
A Prescott Valley building was damaged after an elderly woman crashed into it. Police responded to a call that a vehicle had driven into the Mr. Vertical Blinds store, located on First Street. According to Police, a 79 year old Dewey-Humboldt resident was pulling into a parking space in front of the store when she attempted to hit the brake to park. Instead, she hit the accelerator, causing her vehicle to crash through the front of the business. She was able to turn and the vehicle was stopped before it entered the neighboring business. There were 2 people in the store at the time of the crash, but neither the employees nor the driver were injured. Police say there is no evidence that the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Prescott police are seeking the public’s assistance regarding an early Saturday morning homicide. At about 3:30, Police were called to the 300 block of West Merritt due to a shooting incident. A group of suspects were gathered in the rear yard of a home when a subject approached one of the individuals. A verbal altercation occurred and the unidentified suspect pulled out a gun and shot 20 year old Aaron Ordaz, who was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center, where he died as a result of the gunshot.
Detectives are currently working leads in the case and are asking anyone who has information to call Prescott Police at 445-3131, or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
District one Congresswoman Anne Kirkpatrick has wrapped up stops in Prescott. On Friday, Kirkpatrick was at the Marina Street Police Station to discuss the next steps to win the war on drugs, as well as work to expand anti-drug trafficking programs to Yavapai County. From there, Kirkpatrick met with Chamber of Commerce presidents and small business owners to discuss how to get the state back on track with its economy. She explains what a major concern is for small business owners:
This visit was part of Kirkpatrick’s nine day trip across the district, which also included a stop in Cottonwood. She explains what she has heard from people during these stops:
She notes she has worked with Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano on border security issues.
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