Today: Jan 23 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: Roadwork in Prescott Valley

Road Construction in Prescott Valley to commence soon.

Delays on Highway 169 in Prescott Valley. 

Watch for delays on Highway 169 in Prescott Valley. ADOT crews will start work Sunday on a nearly 4 million dollar project that includes new asphalt, guardrail replacements, new curbs and gutters, sidewalks and ramps and new striping. Work hours are Sunday through Thursday nights from 8 pm to 6 am on a 6 mile section of Highway 69 from Highway 169 to Mendecino Drive. This project is scheduled for completion in 3 months. Also on Highway 169, final striping has been scheduled at the Cherry Creek and Orme Road intersections in Dewey-Humboldt. Safety improvement projects took place earlier this year in both locations. One sixty-nine will be reduced to 1 lane while ADOT crews stripe the roadway. Drivers will be guided through the work zone with a pilot car from 6 am to 3 pm tomorrow.

Prescott Unified School District getting ready for the first day of school.

Prescott Unified School District staff members continue to prepare for the August 8th start of classes. All staff members report to work on Monday. There will be a Vendor Fair and Breakfast at 7:45 that morning in the lobby and multi-purpose room at Prescott High School on Ruth Street. This will be followed by an All Staff Convocation at the Ruth Street Theatre at 9:30. An assessment information review will take place District wide at 11 and site based meetings at each school start at 1. Over at Granite Mountain School on Williamson Valley Road, schedule pickup and 6th grade orientation is at 4 Monday afternoon. At Taylor Hicks Elementary School on Campbell Avenue, class lists are posted on the front window as of 4 this afternoon.

Yavapai County Board to consider Poquito Valley Road improvement project

The Prescott Valley Town Council has done its part regarding the Poquito Valley Road Improvement Project, now it’s up to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors to do the same. Last night the Prescott Valley Town Council approved an agreement that would allow a dirt road between Viewpoint Drive and Poquito Valley Road to be paved. Prescott Valley Public Works Director Norm Davis explains construction is expected to get started next month. During its voting session at 9 Wednesday morning, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will consider the agreement to fund construction estimated at $100K. This project will be funded through a partnership with the Public Works Department and the Flood Control District.

City of Cottonwood lifting fire restrictions

Add the City of Cottonwood to the list of municipalities and agencies lifting fire restrictions. Restrictions were lifted Tuesday morning on the Prescott National Forest, in the City of Prescott and in parts of Yavapai County. City of Cottonwood officials have announced they will be lifting restrictions as of 8 Monday morning. This means residents and visitors can once again use charcoal, natural gas and propane grills. Residential fire pits are allowed as long as they are used safely. Outdoor use of chainsaws, grinders, welders and other equipment that produces sparks is allowed, as long as these items are used a safe distance away from combustible materials. Burn permits issued by the Cottonwood Fire Department will also be allowed starting Monday.

Transient arrested for sexual exploitation

A 24 year old transient has been arrested on numerous counts of sexual exploitation of minors. Cottonwood Police Sergeant Tod Moore explains what led to the arrest of Harley Kipena II. Moore says the friend turned Kipena’s phone over to Cottonwood Police Detectives. Three years ago, Kipena was arrested by Cottonwood Police after he was found in possession of 2 credit cards that weren’t his. Earlier this year, he was sentenced in Verde Valley Justice Court to 11 months unsupervised probation for driving on a suspended license.

Board of Supervisors meets this Monday

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9:30 Monday morning to consider final 2017 Budget adoption. The 205 million dollar tentative budget was adopted earlier this month. Following final adoption, the Supervisors will meet as the Free Library District Board to hold a Truth in Taxation hearing. Supervisor Jack Smith explains the Board will then consider the secondary property tax rate, which is going up 16 percent. Smith says the primary property tax rate is going down. Smith explains action by the board will close out the 2017 budget process. The Supervisors changed their meeting schedule this year, which means they stopped meeting on Mondays on a regular basis. Smith says this was done to allow more time to look over agenda items. The special meeting will be held in the Yavapai County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street in Prescott.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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