Today: Jul 08 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: Marijuana Initiative

The marijuana initiative is being challenged in court.

City of Prescott watering restrictions

City of Prescott officials are reminding residents watering restrictions are in place through November 1st. Ten years ago, a time of day outdoor watering restriction was put into effect to improve efforts for conservation minded irrigation and to meet state water conservation requirements. This restriction requires residents to water outdoors only between 8 pm and 8 am. City officials are encouraging those who use irrigation timers to set them to run between 2 and 6 am, since that’s when daily temperatures, winds and evaporation rates are typically at their lowest. In addition, early morning watering is a better time for most plants to take water since they are less stressed than when it gets hotter during the day. For more information on water conservation, go online to and click on the City Services tab.

Road construction rules

Watch for delays due to Prescott road construction projects. Crews are installing the new water line and sewer main along Smoke Tree Lane from Willow Creek Road to near Birchwood Cove. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times, but drivers may encounter additional lane restrictions, reduced speeds and rough roads. Meanwhile, over on Walker Road, crews are installing new catch basins, retaining walls and sidewalk ramps from Highway 69 to Liese Drive and along Liese between Ranch Drive and Walker Road. Over on the new Willow Creek Road realignment, crews have finished asphalt paving operations. Only minor construction activity remains between the Deep Well Ranch roundabout and Pioneer Parkway, but drivers are asked to pay attention to the reduced speed limit signs and to be aware of construction personnel and equipment. Work hours for all 3 projects are 7 am to 6 pm through this Friday.

Yavapai County Republican Women host discussion

Hear from your state Senator and Representatives as well as District 1 Legislative candidates. The Yavapai County Republican Women will host a discussion with Senator Steve Pierce and State Representatives Karen Fann and Noel Campbell at 5:30 tomorrow night. The three will give an update on the latest Legislative Session and an education of the State Legislature and how voters can impact it. Fann is running unopposed for Pierce’s seat and Campbell is running for reelection. There will also be a panel discussion and a question and answer session with the Legislative District 1 candidates, including Campbell, Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis and Prescott businessman David Stringer.

The Yavapai County Republican Women meeting will be held at the Stoneridge Clubhouse off Highway 69 in Prescott Valley.

Prescott Valley grows and grows

Prescott Valley continues to grow. Town officials report 330 building permits were issued last month with a total value of more than 14 million dollars. This is down slightly from the 332 permits issued in May. The permits are for 22 single family homes in the Quailwood subdivision, 8 in Stoneridge, 4 in Viewpoint, 2 in central Prescott Valley and one each in Mingus West and the Prescott Country Club. One new commercial permit has been issued for a building next to the Ross Dress for Less store in the Crossroads Development off Highway 69. The Rue 21 clothing store is relocating from the Prescott Gateway Mall to one of the 2 commercial spaces in the new building.

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk concerned about marijuana initiative

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk is among those raising concerns over a marijuana legalization initiative. Polk serves as Vice-Chair of the Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy organization, which is suing to keep the initiative off the November ballot. She makes no bones about her opposition to recreational marijuana use, but says the initiative’s language is so badly written it’s unconstitutional and amounts to defrauding voters. Initiative Campaign spokesman Barrett Marson explains this lawsuit doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Governor Doug Ducey are also against the legalization of marijuana. Polk adds the initiative fails the requirement to provide its own funding. The issue will be heard next Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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