Today: Feb 18 , 2020

Bill's Daily Roundup: Happy St. Pat's Day!

Bill rounds up all the news, including various meetings, a lost Verde rafter and more.

billshamrocksThe Prescott Board of Adjustment meets at 9 tomorrow morning. Last month, the Board voted 6 to 1 to deny a variance request to reduce the side yard setbacks at a Dalke Point residence. The applicants have asked for reconsideration and if approved, it would take place on April 15th. The meeting will be held in City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.

The Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition Technical Advisory Committee meets at noon tomorrow, for discussion of grant opportunities, a Water Smart application and updates on a funding plan and a Recharge and Source Water Capture Pilot Projects Study. The Coalition's Safe Yield Workgroup will follow at 1 for consideration of the final draft of its report. Both meetings will be held at the Yavapai County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street in Prescott.

The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Board meets at 6 tonight. The Board will receive a transit activity update before considering an intergovernmental agreement with Yavapai County regarding a Transit Administrator job description and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Jobs for Main Street Act. During previous Board discussions, it was noted projects funded under the Act could include pavement preservation and improvements to signage, traffic signals, paving markings, intelligent transportation systems and safety. Other agenda items include the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement and the Unified Planning Work programs. The meeting will be held at the Yavapai County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street in Prescott.

A lost Verde River rafter has been found following an aerial search. Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Communications dispatchers received a report from one of 4 Phoenix residents who had been rafting in the Verde River. The caller advised one of the members became separated when he went over the Verde Falls in his inflatable raft. He was located by an Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter crew in a remote part of the Verde River Canyon.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn explains people need to be aware that recent rains and melting snow will increase the flow of waterways:

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Twenty-two year old Nicholas Stellar was located in good condition 300 yards south of his friends' current location. The group was directed to his location on foot and he was returned to the campsite and a warm fire.

The Prescott Valley Police Department is investigating a fatal crash. On Sunday morning just after 4, Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Lakeshore Drive at Whipsaw Drive. A pickup truck was heading westbound on Lakeshore when it left the roadway and crashed into a ditch near Whipsaw. The driver, 30 year old Brad Braudrick of Prescott Valley, was airlifted to a Phoenix hospital where he was later treated and released. The passenger, 33 year old Joshua Bristow, also of Prescott Valley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Autopsy reports have been released in last October's Sedona sweat lodge deaths. The reports show 38 year old Kirby Brown of Westtown, New York and 40 year old James Shore of Milwaukee died of heat stroke and 49 year old Liz Neumann died after several of her organs shut down due to hypothermia from prolonged sweat lodge exposure. Eighteen others were hospitalized. Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Warren Darrow ordered the first and last pages of the reports released following a hearing yesterday in Camp Verde, but he ordered autopsy photos of the 3 victims be withheld. Darrow also set a trial date of August 31st for spiritual guru James Ray, who has pleaded not guilty to 3 counts of manslaughter following those deaths.

The Arizona Sundogs are hoping to have some luck of the Irish tonight. The Sundogs are closing out the 2009-2010 season with 3 games against the Colorado Eagles. The last time these 2 teams played each other was on Friday, February 26th, and Colorado got a 2 to nothing shutout home victory. The Eagles are on a 5 game winning streak and sit just 1 point behind the Rapid City Rush for the lead in the Northern Conference, while the Sundogs have been eliminated from post season play. Game 1 starts at 7:05 and all the live action can be heard on the official radio home for Sundogs hockey, Cattle Country 94.3 FM KDDL or online at

Donate Life Arizona and the Prescott Life Society will be on the concourse at Tim's Toyota Center throughout the game to sign people up for and to raise awareness about organ and tissue donations.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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