The Arizona Corporation Commission is scheduled to be in Prescott tonight. The Commission will hear public comment on rate increase applications for both Arizona Public Service and UNS Gas. This will give utility customers the opportunity to alert the commissioners to any concerns they have regarding quality of service and the impact of the rate increases, as well as any other issues surrounding the requests. According to the Commission, APS and other involved parties reached a settlement agreement recommending a 194 million dollar increase to its base rate. UNS Gas has requested a revenue increase of 9.5 million. The meeting will be held in City Council chambers.
A Prescott Valley man has been arrested after allegedly making threats with a gun. When police officers arrived at the 7000 block of Lantern Lane, they learned there had been an altercation between 42 year old Patrick Butler and 19 year old Michael Douglas. The altercation began when Butler refused to take Douglas to buy more alcohol. Butler denied any use of a gun during the incident and claimed he did not own one. When officers talked to Douglas, they learned Butler had allegedly pointed a handgun at his head and threatened him. The suspect later admitted to owning 3 guns and putting them in a neighbor’s residence. Butler was arrested on charges of aggravated assault per domestic violence, misconduct involving weapons and tampering with physical evidence. Douglas was cited and released for disorderly conduct per domestic violence.
Prescott Valley Police are urging residents to be aware of anyone going door to door for any purpose. Police report recently there have been some suspicious acts, including a person selling books and asking for personal information and a team of people trying to get inside residences after asking to do small jobs around the house for money. While some may be legitimate businesses, police indicate others may be out to get personal information for identity theft or scouting homes as possible targets for burglaries. Anyone who is approached at their home should look for a company vehicle, a uniform with a logo and identification. Never let anyone into the home unless they are proven valid and you want to do business with them. Any suspicious activity should be reported to police immediately.
Lane closures are in effect on highway 260 in the Verde Valley as paving continues. Crews are operating between the evening hours of 6 pm and 6 am. During paving, the roadway is reduced to one lane so motorists should be prepared to stop and wait for a pilot car. A flagger will hold traffic until a pilot car can guide motorists safely through the route. In addition, message boards and temporary signage will be in place to assist in directing traffic. Cherry Road remains closed as crews pave and stripe the intersection. Traffic signals have been installed at Cherry Road, but are not yet operational as crews continue to work on utilities to power the signal. Temporary signage is in place to direct traffic.
Prescott Mayoral and City Council candidates have once again shared their views on important issues. Last night the Central Arizona Partnership, the Prescott Chamber of Commerce and the Yavapai County Contractors Association held a candidate forum at the Yavapai College performance hall. One candidate was given 2 minutes to answer a question while 2 other candidates would follow with a 1 minute answer. There were also opt-in cards that allowed other candidates to give an answer. Candidate Tammy Linn says the format was interesting:
The Big Chino Water Ranch was also discussed, and incumbent Bob Luzius explains he has a different approach to this issue:
Other questions focused on the September 1st streets initiative, budget priorities and the Open Space program. The Chamber has an online voters guide available at prescott.org featuring all 11 candidates, and their responses to 7 questions. The candidates will face off again as part of a forum hosted by the Citizens Water Advocacy Group. The forum runs from 8 to 10 Saturday morning at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Prescott.