Today: Aug 21 , 2019

Bill's Newscast: Campbell Swaps Position on 443

Plague has been found in Coconino County.

Yavapai College continues partnership with school districts

Yavapai College is continuing its partnerships with area school districts. College Board members have approved an agreement with the Mayer Unified School District and the County Free Library District. The College leases space from the school district at the Spring Valley Annex on Mule Deer Drive and the Library District will provide services there. The College will maintain and keep the premises in good condition, pay utilities and provide furniture and technology. The Library District will provide equipment, staffing and supplies. The agreement runs through July 31st, 2020. The Board has also approved an amendment to the agreement between the College and the Mountain Institute Joint Technological Education District. This amendment updates the programs in the original agreement to include an educational program.

Prescott Airport Advisory Committee to hear update on Wings Out West event

The Prescott City Council has tomorrow off, but the Airport Advisory Committee meets at two to hear an update on the Wings Out West event. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the City of Prescott are co-hosting this event on October 7th. It will feature an aerial demonstration, displays, an aeronautical tech fair and regional fly-in. College officials say Wings Out West has always been a part of Embry-Riddle’s Octoberwest Homecoming Weekend and Alumni Celebration. The event aims to build off the success of last year’s Prescott Airport fly-in, which broke national attendance records. The Airport Advisory Committee meeting will be held in the Airport Administration Conference Room on Crystal Lane.

Plague found in Coconino County

Use caution if you plan on visiting the Flagstaff or Williams areas. Coconino County Public Health Services officials have confirmed that fleas collected in the Red Lake area, 5 miles from the City of Williams, have tested positive for plague. Epidemiologist Matthew Moore says a resident had called the Health Department about sick prairie dogs. Moore describes symptoms of the plague and what people can do to prevent it. In case of illness, see a doctor immediately as treatment with antibiotics is very effective.

For complaints regarding fleas in Yavapai County, call Community Health Services at 771-3122 in Prescott or 639-8130 in Cottonwood.

State Representative Noel Campbell changes mind over Prop 443

State Representative Noel Campbell is having a change of heart over Proposition 443. During a live appearance on Thursday’s Talk of the Town on KQNA, Campbell explained why he can’t support this measure anymore. Prescott City Council candidate Phil Goode has also brought up financial reserves in the City’s General Fund that can be used to manage the growing Retirement System bill for years to come. Campbell says he’s not sure if these funds are earmarked for a certain purpose or not. In just over 2 weeks, Prescott voters will decide on a three quarters of a cent sales tax to pay down the more than 78 million dollar Retirement System liability. With approval, the tax would take effect on New Year’s Day.

Ad Hoc Committee on PSPRS continues meeting

As for the House of Representatives Study Committee on the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, it’s meeting around the state to discuss concerns and problems with the system. The most recent hearing was at the State Capitol last Thursday morning. Campbell explained one of the topics of discussion was unfunded liabilities. Campbell says the next hearing should take place sometime around Labor Day. The Committee had scheduled a meeting in Prescott 2 weeks ago, but it was cancelled. Campbell, who chairs the Committee and Representative David Stringer, who serves as Vice-Chair, held a Town Hall instead.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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