Today: Jan 16 , 2019

Bill's Newscast: Change for the Better in Prescott

Kids, winds and coins.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona break ground on an expansion project in partnership with the town of Prescott Valley.

Join Prescott Valley Town Council members and Boys and Girls Club representatives for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Club’s expansion project. According to Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty, the expansion will be for a full size gym and when that is complete, the original site on Loos Drive will be completely rebuilt. The project is scheduled to take 9 months to complete. Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Gerald Szostak has stated it’s sad he can’t meet all the needs of area youth. However, this expansion will come a long way in meeting those needs. The youth development organization provides programs in education and career development, leadership and character development and health and life skills for young people between the ages of 6 and 18. The groundbreaking will take place at the Boys and Girls Club facility on Loos Drive at 5:30 tonight.

Winds will continue

No relief from the strong winds in the area today. A wind advisory is in effect until 8 tonight. National Weather Service meteorologist Travis Wilson explains what this means for northern Arizona. Wilson says strong winds plus dry conditions equals fire danger. Winds are expected to decrease at around sunset. A red flag warning is also in effect until 8 tonight, meaning critical fire conditions are either occurring or are about to happen.

The City of Prescott is looking to make a change for the better.

Mayor Greg Mengeralli and the Prescott City Council have started the Change for the Better initiative to help with homelessness and panhandling in the city. Mengeralli explains how this idea came about. Mengeralli says the city will be getting the word out about this new program. Mengeralli adds another component is a work program with the Coalition for Compassion and Justice. An ambassador program will also be created to provide information to the homeless and panhandlers. Donation collection boxes will placed at local businesses, service providers and faith based organizations. Four collection meters will be installed in the downtown area for loose change to help service providers. City officials launched the Change for the Better program yesterday.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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