Today: Feb 18 , 2020

Bill's Daily Roundup: Drug Arrests, WIFA Loans and a School Retreat

Bill's roundup of drug arrests, WIFA loans and a Prescott Unified School District retreat.

billnavarroArrests have been made following the discovery of drugs in Cottonwood. On June 19th, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Detectives served a search warrant at the Carneceria grocery store, located in the 35 hundred block of East Highway 89A. During the search, over 18 grams of methamphetamine and a digital scale were found in the kitchen. A warrant was also served in the 45 hundred block of East Butte Drive, where detectives linked 26 year old Ivan Chaidez to the drugs. While preparing to serve a warrant at the grocery store, a mini-van arrived and after a K-9 alert on the vehicle, two suspects were arrested for possession of 28 grams of marijuana found inside the van. Chaidez was arrested and booked on numerous charges including possession of marijuana, narcotic and dangerous drugs for sale and paraphernalia.

A Cottonwood business owner has been arrested for activity related to alleged drug sales. On July 8th, search warrants were served by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at the Tire Shop, located in the 500 block of North Main Street and at a home in the 25 hundred block of Peasant Valley Drive. Detectives had developed information that cocaine was being sold from both locations. In the kitchen of the home, detectives found nearly 100 grams of cocaine, a majority of which was located inside a hollowed out rolling pin. A smaller quantity was discovered in a drawer. The total street value of the drugs is nearly 10 thousand dollars. The investigation has resulted in the arrest of 35 year old Humberto Villalobos-Bermudez, part owner of the Tire Shop.

The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority has announced a 2 million dollar loan closing. The loan is with the Camp Verde Sanitary District for completion of construction of its wastewater treatment plant. The funds will be used to complete installation of the collection line system and provide for other system upgrades required by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. In addition, funds will be used to implement improvements to the Main Street lift station. The Sanitary District serves about 3,000 customers. According to Finance Authority Board Chairman Benjamin Grumbles, these funds provide much needed help for this important wastewater project.

Prescott National Forest officials plan on doing some prescribed burning this week. Fire managers plan to burn 100 acres of accumulated slash piles located in Ponderosa Park today through Friday, weather conditions permitting. Specific days to burn are determined by current and expected weather patterns. These piles will be monitored and allowed to completely burn themselves out. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding area. Officials note prescribed burn projects are part of an ongoing effort to improve forest health by reintroducing fire into the ecosystem, reducing hazardous fuels and creating defensible space around residential and high use areas.

The Prescott Unified School District Board will hold a retreat and a study and voting session tomorrow. The 8:30 session will include consideration of a certified and classified personnel report, a new director of Special Education and Student Services for the upcoming school year and health textbooks and materials for a 60 day preview and future adoption. Discussion items for the retreat, which follows the study and voting session, include a closed Prescott High School campus, staff dress, an energy education program proposal, Legislative topics and brainstorming and development of goals for 2009-2010. The session and retreat will be held at the Mountain Club Clubhouse, located on Clubhouse Drive West.

The Hassayampa Community Facilities District Boards meet tomorrow afternoon. Both boards will hold public hearings on their fiscal year 2010 budgets. Following the hearings, the Boards will consider adoption of estimates of proposed expenditures for the current fiscal year, and declaring the same will constitute the budget for the districts. The first Board meets at 2:50, followed by the second Board at 2:55. Both meetings will be held in Prescott City Council chambers.

A partnership between the Town of Prescott Valley and the Humboldt Unified School District is continuing. Members of the Town Council and District Board have approved a joint facility use agreement, which has been updated to clarify the relationship between both entities and anticipates existing needs and future growth in terms of scheduling use and sharing facilities. Town Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty explains why the agreement had to be restructured:

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Witty says the Town has a good relationship with the District:

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Town facilities available for District use include general recreation areas, the Mountain Valley Splash Pool facility and the Civic Center. District facilities available for town use include the schools and athletic fields.


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