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Bill's Daily Newscast: Balloons and Thunder Valley Rally

18 September 2015  

Cost of living in Prescott.


Yavapai County Supervisor Rowle Simmons will be meeting with residents from different areas of the county. Simmons will hold a Town Hall meeting at 6 tonight at the Wilhoit Fire Station. Public Works Director Byron Jaspers, Development Services Director Steven Mauk, Sheriff Scott Mascher and members of their staffs are scheduled to give short presentations on important county issues. A question and answer period will follow. Other town halls will be held 1 week from today at the Skull Valley Community Center at 6 pm and at the Congress Fire Station on Santa Fe Road on Wednesday, October 28th at 7 pm. The last Town Hall will be held Wednesday, November 4th at the Yarnell Community Center on Highway 89. All interested county residents are invited to attend.

The Prescott Chamber of Commerce has released the Cost of Living index for the second quarter of 2015. Chamber representatives collect information for quarterly reports and send it to the Council for Community and Economic Research in Arlington, Virginia. The Composite Index is broken down into subcategories, including grocery items, housing, utilities, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services. Chamber Director David Maurer explains how Prescott ranks. Maurer says this information is of interest for people wanting to move to the Prescott area. Other Arizona cities included in the index are Flagstaff, Lake Havasu City, Phoenix, Bullhead City, Sierra Vista, Tucson and Yuma.

Services will be available for homeless veterans. The 10th annual Stand Down will be held at Frontier Village off Highway 69 in Prescott. This event will include an overnight stay and over 350 veterans are expected to participate. The Arizona Stand Down is an alliance of community based organizations that combine to connect the state’s homeless and at-risk veterans with such services as housing resources, VA benefits, employment services, showers, haircuts and legal assistance. Clothing and hygiene supplies will be available on Saturday only. For more information on this event, go online to

Look to the Prescott Valley skies this weekend. The Prescott Valley Rotary Club is hosting its 5th annual Balloon Fest at the field next to the Prescott Valley Event Center on Main Street. During a live appearance on Tuesday’s Talk of the Town on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM, Rotarian Francisco Ortiz explained when the balloons will be taking off. Ortiz describes what the 25th balloon will be used for. Ortiz explains this year’s festival is a competition. Other activities Saturday include the Boys and Girls Club Mud Run at noon and the Balloon Glow. With the exception of the balloon rides, the Festival is free of charge.

Yavapai County wants to get the word out about flood safety. According to Flood Control District Director Dan Cherry, research has shown flood hazard awareness isn’t enough to motivate people to take action to protect themselves and their property. People respond to repeated, specific messages. Research also shows local information programs are more effective in public outreach efforts than are national campaigns. As a result, a new county program for public information is being proposed. This is an ongoing public information effort for communities to design locally relevant flood safety messages. It’s specific to the communities of Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Dewey-Humboldt and Sedona and other areas where the District provides floodplain management responsibilities. The County Board of Supervisors, meeting as the Flood Control District Board, will hold a hearing on the program. It will be held at 9 Monday morning in the Verde Valley Complex, located on South 6th Street in Cottonwood.

It’s going to get muddy in downtown Prescott Valley. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona is hosting the 2nd annual Wild West Mud Fest in the Town’s Entertainment District. This involves a specially designed 5K course of mud pits, walls, tunnels and slides. Waves start at noon and continue every 10 minutes until 3. Participants are asked to arrive at least 1 hour before their wave time. All finishers will receive a special award at the finish line. This is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs and there are costs to enter. Visit for more information.

Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of a free slash drop-off program. This program is being offered at transfer stations in Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman and Skull Valley. County Public Works officials say this program helps residents in creating defensible space around their homes and other structures. Cutting away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures can reduce the potential of a wildfire spreading to your home. Another fire prevention measure is removing debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks and the ground. Items that will be accepted at transfer stations during normal operating hours include brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings. Items that won’t be accepted include lumber, stumps, roots, cactus, metal and garbage.

This program is for residential use only and no commercial loads will be accepted.

Free concerts will be offered as part of Cottonwood’s Thunder Valley Rally. The Rally starts at the Joe Hall Stage on Main Street at 1 this afternoon with the ZZ Top tribute band Cheap Sunglasses. The Van Halen tribute band Sam Halen follows at 4. Over on Old Ned’s Main Stage also on Main Street, the Santana tribute band Supernatural will perform at 2:30 this afternoon. Tonight at 9:30, George Thorogood, known for such hits as “Bad to the Bone” and “I Drink Alone” and his band The Destroyers hits the stage. During a live appearance on Tuesday’s Q&A show with host DJ Fone on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM, spokesman Hez Allen called Thorogood’s performance a must-see. Allen says this event is a marketing campaign for Old Town Cottonwood. Other events include the Lucky Penny Bike Show, the Miss TVR Pin-up Contest and the Bootlegging Poker Run. For a complete list of events and performers, go online to

The Prescott Creeks organization will be celebrating a milestone. Prescott Creeks will be holding its 25th anniversary celebration from noon to 4:30 tomorrow. Executive Director Michael Byrd describes what will be taking place as part of this event. Byrd explains other activities are planned. Prescott Creeks works to restore and protect area waterways. It created the Watson Woods Preserve and helped develop a Watershed Improvement Plan. Byrd says one thing the organization has learned is education is a key component. Byrd explains besides getting educated, there are other things area residents can do to help protect waterways. The celebration will be held at the Prescott Creeks log cabin office, located on Highway 89.