Today: Dec 08 , 2019

Bill's Newscast: Firewise Communities; Accidents on I-40

Weather-related accidents claimed two lives near Ashfork this weekend.

Body of missing ASU professor found in Oak Creek Canyon

The body of a missing Arizona State University professor has been found in Oak Creek Canyon.  According to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, 59 year old Debra Schwartz was found dead yesterday in a canyon below the rim of Oak Creek Canyon.  Schwartz had been camping at the Pine Flats Campgrounds near Sedona and authorities had been searching for her since Friday.  Campground staff told the Sheriff’s Department the English professor failed to check out of her camping space after her stay from Tuesday through Thursday.  On Friday, Coconino County officials located Schwartz’s abandoned campsite, her car, tent and camping gear.  Search and rescue teams from the Coconino and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Departments combed Oak Creek Canyon Saturday.   Schwartz’s body was found just after 11 yesterday morning.  Coconino County is working with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.  

Dewey-Humboldt to discuss Firewise Communities

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meets at 2 tomorrow afternoon to discuss 2 Firewise communities.  The Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action to prevent losses. The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council has given permission for staff to explore Firewise certification for the Foothills East and Blue Hills communities. Yavapai County Emergency Management Services Director Denny Foulk is encouraging residents to contact the Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission for information on this program. Foulk says Yavapai County is prone to wildfire. The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council study session will be held at Town Hall on Highway 69.  

Gusty Winds, hail and rain contributed to the deaths of two people

Gusty winds, hail and rain are to blame for crashes that killed 2 people and injured 6 others on I-40 in the Ash Fork area.  DPS spokesman Raul Garcia says the crashes started at around 9:45 Saturday morning. Garcia explains the crashes weren’t over yet. The 6 injured people were taken to Flagstaff Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.  I-40 was closed in both directions during the investigation and reopened at around 7 Saturday night.  

Yavapai College gets FY 2017 Budget ready

Yavapai College could have its Fiscal Year 2017 budget in place.  The Yavapai College District Governing Board will hold a public hearing at 1 tomorrow afternoon that will include an overview of the nearly 81 million dollar budget.  This amount is 3 million dollars less than the current budget.  The College isn’t seeking a property tax increase.  Following the hearing on the Prescott campus, Building 3, Room 119 on Sheldon Street, citizens will have an opportunity to share their comments.  The Board will then vote on its adoption.  The budget is available online at  

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