The Prescott Valley Police Department has identified 2 bodies found in a residential fire. A police investigation has revealed that 67 year old Henry Hill was renting a room in a home in the 4200 block of Kearny Drive belonging to 49 year old Katherine Now. At some point during the early morning hours of February 24th, Hill apparently used a handgun to murder Now and then took his own life shortly after setting fire to the home. The Police Department will be reviewing the case with the Yavapai County Attorney's Office to make a final determination on this case.
District One Representative Ann Kirkpatrick has pledged to continue to push Washington to better serve veterans. During her telephone town hall Tuesday afternoon, Kirkpatrick criticized the politics as usual mindset in Washington and cited that as the reason our nation's heroes are still facing unacceptable obstacles in accessing benefits and care they have earned. More than 4,000 residents joined in on the conversation and 13 questions were asked. The Congresswoman responded to constituents about her efforts to help former service members affected by Agent Orange cut through the red tape and get treatment, how to make it easier for fighting men and women to get care in their communities and her comprehensive legislation to improve health care access for veterans in rural areas. This was the third conversation in the tele-town hall series. Another town hall is scheduled to occur next Tuesday.
Today is the deadline for a Youth Video Contest. Area youth ages 11 to 18 are invited to create a video depicting how they make a positive difference in helping to reduce drug and alcohol abuse. Videos can be from 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length. Participants can choose from suggested topics or create their own message. Three $500 cash grand prizes will be awarded and the videos will be used by MATForce, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition, at community and educational events. "My Voice Makes a Difference" is the theme for the contest. For more information on contest rules, categories and video formats, visit matforce.org.
Community Development Block Grant projects will be before the Chino Valley Town Council at 6 tonight. Council will hold a public hearing and discussion on selection and prioritization of projects for a Block Grant application. Officials note the town is expected to receive more than $379,000 in Arizona Department of Housing Regional Account funding. In January, Council ranked flooding and drainage improvements for the Santa Cruz neighborhood, wise aging workshops for the Town Senior Center and a new location for the Food Bank as the top projects. Projects must be discussed at a public hearing in order to be considered for funding. The meeting will be held at Town Hall on West Palomino Road.