Today: Nov 20 , 2019

Bill's Daily Roundup: Poachers, Workshops and Cuts to Mental Health

Alleged poaching suspects have been apprehended;  a special workshop for the Prescott City Council and drastic cuts to mental health threaten programs and safety.

bill_azgamefishAlleged suspects involved in the illegal killing of a doe have been apprehended. The doe was killed with a single shot to the neck and left to waste in an area south of Seligman last October 25th. The reporting party used the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Game Thief Program's web submission option to report the suspects. Fifty-eight- year-old Winslow resident Mario Avalos pleaded guilty to charges related to this crime and must pay fines totaling $1200. The case against 22-year-old Seligman resident Hugh Campbell is pending. The 2 have been cited for waste of game meat, taking of wrong sex and possession of unlawfully taken big game and they face potential civil sanctions from the commission. Those sanctions include fines of no less than $1500 and the potential to lose hunting and fishing privileges for up to 5 years.

The Prescott City Council has scheduled a special workshop for 1 tomorrow afternoon. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the 1 cent sales tax for Streets and Open Space, as well as the Streets Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2010 to 2016. An overview of the status of projects designed for reconstruction, the list of streets for pavement rehabilitation and streets identified for pavement preservation will be presented. The other item on the agenda is the Regional Storm Water Management Program, specifically fees in lieu of on-site storm water infrastructure allowed under the Land Development Code's Off Site Improvements Section. Officials note the program provides for the planning, design and construction of drainage improvements for the development of property. The workshop will be held in City Hall on South Cortez Street.

Prescott National Forest Fire Managers are scheduled to continue prescribed burning this week. Fire managers plan on burning accumulated slash piles today through Friday, weather conditions permitting. The piles are located on Spruce Mountain and at various locations in Groom Creek and Ponderosa Park. Specific days to burn are determined by current and expected weather patterns. Depending on conditions, any of the areas may be treated during the 5 day period. These piles will be monitored and allowed to completely burn themselves out. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas.

Arizona Sundogs goalie Doug Gronestege got his first shutout win for his team Friday night. Arizona forward Kevin Jarman scored in the middle period following a scoreless 1st period and forward Linus Fagemo scored the Sundogs' second goal in the final period. It appeared Arizona had scored again, but the goal was waived off. The Sundogs got their 3rd goal and the win after defenseman Rob Lehtinen scored an empty net goal with 18 seconds left to play. Groenstege explains the team got some momentum going following a 5 to 2 win against Amarillo Wednesday night:

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The Sundogs and the Gorillas faced off for the last time this season Saturday night, and although Arizona took a 2 to nothing lead, Amarillo was able to tie the game. It was a 4 to 3 Amarillo lead by the end of the 1st period and 6 to 4 at the end of the 2nd period. Both teams would score once more in the final period as the Gorillas got the 7 to 5 win.

The West Yavapai Guidance Clinic has concerns over a State Legislative health care proposal. According to clinic CEO Larry Green, this proposal would roll back eligibility of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS from 100% of the Federal Poverty Level to 33%. One hundred percent means a family of 4 could earn about $22,000 annually to be eligible. At the 33% level, that amount is reduced to just over $7200. Green explains what local ramifications this proposal could have:

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The Clinic has been providing mental health, addiction and treatment services in western Yavapai County for 44 years.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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