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23 December 2016  

Be safe this weekend

Chino Valley Christmas success

The Chino Valley area Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the Create a Tree contest. Territorial Early Childhood Center is the winner in the School category, the Chino Valley Quilters are the non-profit entry winners and Tom’s Print and Sign is the commercial entry winner. Hundreds of ballots were cast during the Chino Valley Family Christmas, which was held on December 10th. During a recent live appearance on Talk of the Town on KQNA 1130 AM AND 99.9 and 95.5 FM, Chamber of Commerce Director and host Arlene Alen said this event was a big hit with residents and visitors. Alen explains the Family Christmas tied into another event at Memory Park. A 14 foot tall tree in the park will stay lit through the end of the holiday season.

Do the Ride Thing

If you’ll be celebrating over the long holiday weekend at local establishments, plan ahead. If you find yourself overcelebrating, you can Do the Ride Thing. From 5 on Christmas Eve night through 6 on New Year’s Day morning, Hurry Cab will be offering free rides to your home only. Check with your server for more details or have them call 446-6500. Holiday partygoers are asked not to drink and drive, since law enforcement officers will be out and about working to keep impaired drivers off the roads. Over in the Verde Valley, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office and the Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Jerome Police Departments will be hosting saturation patrols. Since its inception in 1989, Do the Ride Thing has helped thousands of people get home safely during the holidays, making roads in the Quad Cities area safer for all travelers. Other options include using a designated driver or sleeping over at a friend or family member’s home.

Be careful and smart on the roads

Holiday travelers heading out of town need to be prepared for rain and possibly snowy conditions. Rain showers are hitting the area today and much of the state is expected to see rain tomorrow. National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Bohlin says there’s a slim chance the area could have a white Christmas. Bohlin explains snow is expected in Arizona’s high country. When driving in snow and ice, slow down and be aware of the risk of hydroplaning. Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. In addition to the weather, Prescott area drivers need to be aware of a lane reduction through Christmas Eve at Orme Road, between Highways 69 and 169. ADOT crews will be making bridge repairs in that area.

Avoid holiday disasters

Take some simple steps to avoid a holiday disaster. Yavapai County Community Health Services spokesman David McAtee says there’s one important thing you need to do before you start preparing the holiday dinner. McAtee explains any leftovers should be refrigerated as soon as possible. More food preparation tips are available online at

Central Arizona Fire Marshal Rick Chase explains the holiday season is the most dangerous time for house fires. Chase adds there are some important things to keep in mind as you prepare to use candles. Those who have live Christmas trees should check them daily because if they get dried out they become a fire hazard.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

Hear Bill Monroe on Northern Arizona's Source for News, Talk and Sports, KQNA 1130 AM, 99.9 FM .