Today: Jan 16 , 2019

Bill's Newscast: Be Intentional When Hiking

Make sure you’re ready for that hike!

The Sedona Fire Department is urging hikers to be prepared. There were 2 rescues over the weekend of 3 people who needed help due to the heat and steep terrain. Sedona Fire Captain Patrick Ojeda says the hikers did one thing right. Hikers should research the distance and difficulty of the trail they will be on and make sure it matches their ability. Carry plenty of water, sunscreen, a fully charged cell phone and food to snack on. Let someone know of your destination.

Schools Closed in the Verde Valley

Schools in the Verde Valley will be closed Thursday. Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Superintendent Steve King has sent out a letter that states in meeting with District leaders, he has determined there won’t be enough teachers reporting to school Thursday. As a result, all schools will be closed. Students and families won’t have access to buildings or fenced areas. Bright Bears Preschool in Cottonwood will remain open. The Beaver Creek School District has also determined they won’t have enough staff to keep the school in Rimrock open on April 26th. If teachers are off campus that day, Superintendent Karin Ward says missed classes will be made up on Friday, May 4th. The Clarkdale-Jerome School also plans on cancelling classes Thursday with a make-up day of May 4th. During its meeting at 6 tonight in the Transportation Training Facility on Robert Road in Prescott Valley, the Humboldt Unified School District Board will discuss a possible school closure.

Smoking in Parks Limited to Designated Areas

Smoking in Prescott City parks could become a thing of the past. During its meeting at 3 Tuesday afternoon, City Council voted on a measure that would prohibit smoking in parks except in signed and designated smoking areas. This restriction would include e- and vape type cigarettes. In addition to parks, areas affect by this measure would include the Prescott Activity Center, the Roughrider and Ken Lindley Complexes and the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve. City of Prescott officials say this would be primarily self-regulated by the public who are accustomed to following no smoking and designated smoking area signage. Other enforcement would be primarily by volunteer park rangers.

Violation of the ordinance could result in a $25 fine.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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