Today: Nov 20 , 2019

Bill's Daily Roundup: Oldest Fire Department in AZ, More

Tomorrow's the celebration of the state's oldest fire department, and it happens right here in Arizona.

billbowlingTwo arrests for alleged possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia have been made at the Hotel St. Michael. According to a Prescott Police report, 28 year old Kevin Salmon and 25 year old Natalie Alferi had checked into the West Gurley Street hotel on February 22nd and were staying there on a day to day basis. The front desk clerk told police there were people in and out of the room all hours of the night on several occasions. The suspects denied knowing where the heroin in their room came from, so they were placed under arrest. Police located 2.7 grams of heroin and paraphernalia, and it was discovered Salmon has an extensive criminal history for such offenses as assault, threatening, DUI, endangerment and drug possession.

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council has made some decisions regarding the Iron King Mine site. Earlier this week, Council discussed a response to a letter granting final approval of an aquifer protection permit at the landfill site. The Town had opposed certain elements of the permit because the proposed solution was inconsistent with expectations set by Council in 2007. Neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality feel removal of harmful materials such as asbestos will result in less net environmental harm. Council came to a consensus to ask additional questions of ADEQ but not to proceed with an appeal. As for an appeal of a hearing officer's denial of a Kuhles Capital request, Council unanimously approved upholding the officer's judgment and sanctions, and declared the decision of the officer to be fair and impartial. Kuhles allegedly demolished structures on the mine site without the proper town permits, and the company was requesting an extension of timeframes outlined in the hearing officer's judgment.

A change in the hours of operation for Yavapai County Development Services goes into effect Monday. The Department had requested a 90 day trial period to change the hours from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday to 7 to 5:30 Monday through Thursday. This change is being made as part of continued efforts to reduce fuel and energy costs. Management staff will be available on an on-call basis to address any urgent or emergency situations on Fridays. Flood Control and the Public Fiduciary will have the same changes in hours through June 12th.

District One Representative Ann Kirkpatrick's bill to cut Congressional pay is earning record support. Kirkpatrick reports 19 U.S. Representatives from both parties have signed on as co-sponsors to her Taking Responsibility for Congressional Pay Act, more than for any Congressional salary reduction bill since 1973. Her legislation would cut salaries for Senators and Representatives by 5 percent, their first pay cut since 1933. Kirkpatrick explains Congress must lead by example to restore fiscal discipline in Washington:

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The Congresswoman is doing her part by returning 5 percent of her pay this year, sending a check to pay down the National Debt. She wrote the first of these checks for 870 dollars on Tuesday.

Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake continues tomorrow and Sunday. This is Yavapai County's largest annual fund raising activity and last year, more than 15 thousand people raised over 200 thousand dollars. It costs one thousand dollars to make and support a Big and Little match per year. Kathleen Murphy, president and CEO of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters explains this event is taking place in three locations:

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Participating teams receive bowling, pizza and drinks free of charge as well as prizes and t-shirts. Additional prizes and premiums are awarded based on the amount raised for Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The oldest fire department in Arizona will be celebrating its 125th anniversary tomorrow. The Prescott Fire Department will host its anniversary celebration from noon to 6 at the Firehouse Plaza on West Goodwin Street in downtown Prescott. Commemorative T-shirts will be sold and the Firehouse Kitchen will provide food and beverages for sale to the public. Fire Inspector Kristi Gagnon says this event presented its share of budget challenges:

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Gagnon adds the celebration will include demonstrations by Department representatives:

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District One Representative Ann Kirkpatrick has entered a statement into the Congressional record honoring the Department and the brave men and women who fought some of the most tenacious fires in one of the toughest fire districts in the Nation.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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