Prescott Area News
Body Found Inside Burning Vehicle off I-17 Near Sedona
An investigation is underway into what the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is calling a suspicious death.
YCSO Spokeswoman Heidi Howard says late Sunday afternoon a driver noticed a fire in the Sedona area about a quarter mile east of the freeway:
PV Hopes to Add New EV Charging Stations
The Town of Prescott Valley is looking at installing more electric vehicle charging stations around the community.
Deputy Town Manager Ryan Judy says:
Prescott Looks at How to Fund Proposed Regional Park
Both the City of Prescott and Town of Prescott Valley are considering the creation of a regional park between the Granite Dells and Glassford Hill. But that will cost money, somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million.
Prescott Mayor Phil Goode says:
AZ Sees Rise in COVID and Flu Cases
Parts of Arizona are in the high community level of COVID tranmission. The state Department of Health Services reports nearly 13,000 new cases have been recorded in the past week.
Valleywise Health Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Michael White says while there is no defined reason why Arizona ranks high in COVID infections, it may have something to do with the state being a destination for those in colder climate:
Shot Clock Now Part of HS Basketball Games in AZ
One local basketball coach says he's happy to see the inclusion of a shot clock in the high school game.
KYCA Sports Director John Rust has the story:
No Security Issues for Prescott's Christmas Events
Downtown Prescott was filled with good cheer and many happy people as Arizona’s Christmas City held its annual Christmas parade on Saturday afternoon, followed by the well-attended Courthouse Lighting that evening.
Prescott Deputy Police Chief Jon Brambila tells the NEWS the events went off without a hitch:
PV Hopes Special Benches Will Improve Sports Tourism
Making it more convenient for fans to charge their mobile devices at sporting events. That’s what the Town of Prescott Valley is looking into.
Deputy Town Manager Ryan Judy explains:
PFAs Treatment for PV Wells
The Town of Prescott Valley is exploring options to remove PFAs from some of its wells.
Town Utilities Director Neil Wadsworth made his report to the town council at Thursday’s work study session:
PV Sees Big Influx of Cash
Money is pouring into Prescott Valley from sales tax and license fees.
While giving her quarterly budget summary to the town council Thursday, Town Finance Director Katie Pehl explained:
Airport a Big Focus of Prescott Strategic Plan
Prescott Regional Airport must be an important part of the city’s strategic plan.
That’s what City Councilwoman Cathy Rusing says:
ERAU Basketball Teams Struggle in California
Embry-Riddle did not have an easy time during its road swing through California.
KYCA Sports Director John Rust has the story:
Construction Work on Highway 89A Through January
ADOT crews have begun a daytime construction project on Highway 89A north of Prescott Valley. Drivers are urged to be aware of ongoing daytime lane restrictions from 6 a.m. To 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through January 2023.
Highway 89A at Shiloh Road between Mingus West and south of Legend Hills is narrowed intermittently to one lane only of alternating north and southbound travel. Flaggers are assisting with traffic control during certain phases of the work and, at other times, a temporary traffic signal will be activated in the work zone. A 10-foot lane width restriction is in place around the clock. The restrictions are needed so crews can construct a new turn lane and make shoulder improvements to the roadway.
Rain and Snow Forecast This Week for Prescott Area
Some not nice weather will descend upon the Prescott area this week. According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20-percent chance of rain showers today with a high temperature of 52. That rain is expected to turn into snow overnight and continue into Wednesday, though little to no accumulation is expected. Then on Thursday, you could encounter fog during your morning commute. The weekend is a mixed bag, with sunny skies and a high of 50 for Saturday, but a 30-percent chance of rain and snow showers for Sunday.
PVPD Puts on "Refuse to be a Victim" Classes
The Prescott Valley Police Department's crime prevention team recently received training to become certified instructors for the longstanding, NRA-certified “refuse to be a victim” program.
The program provides cutting-edge prevention information to citizens to create a personal safety plan. This will be the first time these classes have been offered in the Tri-City area.
The first official presentation takes place February 22nd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the PVPD training room at 7601 East Skoog Blvd. The class is being offered free of charge. Registration is required and a link to register will be available on January 9th.
CYMPO Meeting Canceled
The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization, or CYMPO, has canceled its executive board meeting scheduled for next Wednesday.
CYMPO officials announced they will begin 2023 with an executive board meeting on January 18th.
Tremor Detected in Chino Valley
It appears Yavapai County experienced a minor tremor over the weekend. The U.S. Geological Survey reports a Magnitude 2 quake was detected south of Chino Valley Saturday just before 9 p.m. Several local residents felt the shaking, but no damage has been reported.
ERAU Helps Combat Elephant Poaching
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is getting involved in efforts to stop elephant poaching. Thanks to a gift from 2011 Riddle graduate Dom Narducci and his wife, Heather Lockilear, a team of researchers at the Prescott Campus are using surviellance technologies, including drones, to provide real-time data to help locate any poachers in Southern Africa. The group is working in conjunction with the organization Elephants, Rhinos, and People – or ERP - on this project.
SWAT Team Arrests Camp Verde Man Wanted for Assault
Officers from the Cottonwood Police Department and Verde Valley SWAT team arrested a man wanted for causing a motorcycle crash that injured two people. According to Cottonwood Police, in September of last year, 34-year-old Michael Wayne Dunegan was involved in an assault at a Cottonwood bar. He then followed two of the people involved in the incident onto Main Street, where he kicked a woman off a motorcycle and caused the bike to crash, injuring the other rider. Dunegan and three juveniles allegedly surrounded the two victims, but one of them pulled out a gun and fired several warning shots, forcing the suspects to flee. Officers obtained a search warrant for Dunegan’s Camp Verde home. He was arrested Wednesday morning and faces multiple felony charges.
PVPD Officers to Wear Body Cameras
Prescott Valley Police Officers will soon be sporting a new piece of equipment. The department will receive 87 body-worn cameras from Axon Enterprises. The town council approved the purchase back in August. This comes after a pilot program was implemented earlier this year in which four officers wore body cameras. Police officials say the body cameras will enhance officer safety and help with the prosecution of criminal cases.
YCSO Investigates Fatal Shooting in Paulden
One man is in custody in connection with a fatal shooting in Paulden. According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred last Wednesday around 10 p.m. at a residence on Alpine Drive. Deputies arrived to find 22-year-old Tristin Roque suffering from a gunshot wound. The deputies spent more than an hour trying to revive Roque, but he succumb to his injuries. Roque’s father, Donald, was taken into custody in connection with the shooting, but charges against him have not been finalized. The circumstances of the shooting are unclear, and the investigation is continuing.
Prescribed Burn on Mingus Mountain
A prescribed burn begins Thursday in one part of the Verde Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest. Crews plan to ignite 436 acres in the Springs RX area on Mingus Mountain. The burn should take two days to complete. Smoke from the prescribed burn should be visible throughout the Tri-City area. These burns help remove hazardous fuel from the forest and reduce the risk of a catastrophic wildfire.
Prescribed Burn for Chino Ranger District
Several hundred acres of grassland are going up in flames in one section of the Prescott National Forest. Crews are conducting a prescribed burn on 450 acres of land in the Sinks RX area of the Chino Valley Ranger District. This is part of the Chino Landscape Restoration project to improve the local wildlife habitat. Smoke from this prescribed burn will be visible throughout the Tri-City area.
Two Injured in Crash on Willow Creek Road
Two people suffered injuries in a three-vehicle crash on Willow Creek Road Monday morning. According to the Prescott Police Department, a 62-year-old Prescott man was driving his Jeep Wrangler westbound when he lost control and struck a 2019 Infinty driven by a 21-year-old Texas woman near the intersection with Samaritan Way. The Infinty then hit a 2011 Acura driven by an 88-year-old Prescott woman. The driver of the Acura was taken to the hospital for evaluation of her injuries. The Jeep driver was treated at the scene and issued a citation for the collision. That section of Willow Creek Road was closed for two hours due to the accident.
Yavapai County Releases Final Election Tally
Yavapai County has released its final results for the 2022 general election. There is no change in the leaders for the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board race. For the two four-year term seats, Stan Goligoski has 13,950 votes and Jane Robertson has 12,989 votes. Michele Hahmer is third with 11,939 votes, Andy Nelson has 10,456 votes, and Brooks Compton has 8,759 votes. Linda Conn took the race for the two-year term on the board with 15,545 votes to Sarah Vincent’s 14,396 votes.
In the Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board race, the winners of the two seats are Lyana Mazon with 10,244 votes and Brianne Wolcott with 9,668 votes. Timothy McGhee had 8,927 votes and Ryan Gray 8,554 votes.
Jewelry for Gas Scam in PV and Dewey
If someone offers you jewelry in exchange for gas money, chances are that jewelry is fake. The Prescott Valley Police Department reports eight people have come forward in the past two weeks saying they encountered individuals at gas stations offering pieces of jewelry stamped either 14 or 18 karots in exchange for enough money to fill up their tanks. The victims later discovered the jewelry was just brass with gold plating. These incidents have been reported in both Prescott Valley and Dewey. Prescott Valley police urge everyone not to be taken in by this scam. Anyone with information on these incidents should call PVPD at 928-772-9267 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.