Ross Dress for Less to Open Soon in PV
The grand opening for the new Prescott Valley Ross Dress for Less store is just a couple weeks away. The company pulled a building permit for the store last July and construction has been underway since late summer. The Ross Dress for Less website is announcing a grand opening for Saturday, March 5th. Store hours are 8:30 am to 10:30 pm Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 11 pm Friday and Saturday and 8:30 to 10 pm Sunday. Ross also has a store at Frontier Village in Prescott. The Prescott Valley location in the Crossroads Center off Highway 69 will be the 41st store in Arizona.
Don’t deface Sedona red rocks
Coconino National Forest officials are using a high profile incident involving the carving of names into Sedona red rock to educate visitors on this illegal activity. “Grease: Live” actress Vanessa Hudgens and her boyfriend, Austin Butler are making national headlines after they allegedly carved their names in a heart into a Sedona red rock formation during a Valentine’s Day getaway. They were caught when Hudgens posted a picture to Instagram. Forest Service spokesman Brady Smith explains this could be a costly mistake for the couple. Smith says there are 2 types of people who do this. It’s not known if authorities have found a heart similar to the one that was posted, or if there are signs informing people that carving is prohibited. This incident remains under investigation.
Sedona Film Festival starts
Filmmakers and celebrity guests will be in Sedona as part of the 22nd annual International Film Festival. The Festival kicks off at 7 tonight with a sold-out concert by legendary rock group Chicago. The documentary, “Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago” will be shown tomorrow at noon and Sunday afternoon at 3:10. Chicago will perform a second sold-out show at 7 tomorrow night. One week from today there will be a reunion of the cast of the 1973 film “American Graffiti,” including MacKenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams, Beau Gentry and Richard Dreyfuss. More than 160 independent films will be screened tomorrow through Sunday, February 28th. For information on ticket prices and event locations, go online to sedonafilmfestival.org.
No $30M cuts to JTED
Mountain Institute Superintendent Jeramy plumb is praising the Governor’s decision not to cut 30 million dollars from Joint Technical Education Districts. There are 14 J-TEDs across the state, including the Mountain Institute in Prescott. The Institute offers career and technical education courses to over 15 hundred students in 7 school districts. Last year, the State Legislature voted to reduce J-TED funding starting with the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Plumb says Legislators heard the stories of successful students who participated in the programs and decided against the cut. The Governor signed legislation late Wednesday that restores 28 million dollars of the funding plus 1 million dollars for adult students enrolled in J-TED courses. Plumb is grateful for those who worked on this effort, including State Representative Karen Fann, who drew up the original restoration bill.
New Constable for Verde Valley
The Verde Valley Justice Court has a new Constable. During its voting session Wednesday, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved recently retired Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning to that position. Board Chairman Jack Smith says this wasn’t an easy decision to make. Smith explains how long this appointment will last. Five candidates applied to fill the vacancy left by Jay Parkison, who resigned the position last month due to financial mismanagement of his office.
Burglar in the Church
A Cottonwood man is facing burglary charges after he allegedly tried to break into a church. A Cottonwood Police officer noticed a Jeep SUV parked at a local church early yesterday morning. As he pulled into the parking lot, the driver started the vehicle and began to pull away. When police stopped 25 year old Vincent Heslin, he gave a reason why he was at the church, but it wasn’t a good one. Sergeant Tod Moore says Heslin had evidence of a break-in attempt. Pry marks were found on the church’s front door. Heslin had been reaching for a flathead screwdriver on the floorboard of the SUV when he was stopped. Moore explains burglary tools were found in the vehicle. Moore says there was also evidence of a break-in at the church. In addition to burglary, Moore is facing charges of possession of burglary tools and defacing a church.