Today: May 27 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: DUI Saturation Patrol

It’s simple. It all comes down to this: Don’t Drink and Drive.

City, Town and County offices closed on Monday                                      

You won’t be able to do any City, Town or County business on Monday.  Prescott City Hall and Chino Valley and Prescott Valley Town Halls will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday, as will all Yavapai County offices, libraries, banks and post offices.  The Prescott National Forest Chino Valley Ranger District Office is closed as of 2 this afternoon.  The Bradshaw and Verde Ranger District Offices will be open normal business hours from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm today.  All Prescott National Forest offices will be closed Monday and will reopen on Tuesday.   The City of Prescott’s Solid Waste Division will be collecting residential trash and recyclables on Memorial Day.  Customers who have a Monday pick-up day are asked to have their containers curbside by 6 am.  Commercial routes will be serviced on their regular schedule.  The City of Prescott Transfer Station on Sundog Ranch Road will also be open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday.  

ADOT has no road closures scheduled

Good news for Memorial Day travelers.  ADOT and its contractors aren’t scheduling any construction closures along state highways from today through late Monday evening.  In Prescott, no work is taking place on the Walker Road reconstruction project until next Tuesday.  ADOT and the Arizona Department of Public Safety are emphasizing safety on I-17 between North Phoenix and Flagstaff.  ADOT crews will have equipment on hand, such as loaders and utility trucks to minimize travel delays due to crashes and stalled vehicles.  If you’re heading to Sedona, Town officials are recommending you use Highways 260 and 89A to avoid heavy traffic on Highway 179.   

DUI saturation patrols will be on the lookout for drunk drivers

Local law enforcement agencies will be working to keep impaired drivers off the roads this Memorial Day weekend.  The Tri-City DUI Task Force will conduct a saturation patrol from 6 tomorrow night through 3 Monday morning.  The Chino Valley, Prescott Valley and Prescott Police Departments, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety are members of the Task Force.  Prescott Valley Police Officer Jerry Ferguson says getting arrested for DUI can have some long term ramifications. Ferguson explains driving under the influence is always dangerous. The Verde Valley DUI Task Force will hold a checkpoint on Finnie Flats Road in Camp Verde from 6 Monday night to midnight Tuesday.  Participating agencies include the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, the Cottonwood Police Department and the Department of Public Safety.  

Let’s go swimming!

It’s time to take a dip in the pool again.  Mountain Valley Splash, located off Nace Lane in Prescott Valley, starts its swimming season tomorrow and it will stay open through July 31st.  Public Open Swim runs from 1 to 4:30 Sunday through Saturday.  Other activities offered at the pool include aqua aerobics, swim lessons, family night and therapy swim.  For information on program times and admission prices, go online to or call 775-3165.  Meanwhile, the Chino Valley Aquatic Center on Road 1 East was scheduled to open today, but due to a few equipment issues, there will be a delay.  Check for updates online at  The Center is scheduled to be open through August 14th.  

Garage sale signs must be on private property

Signs will soon become a thing of the past in Prescott Valley’s right of way.  Last night Town Council approved amendments to sign code regulations.  This means no signs can be placed within the Town in any area designated for transportation.  However, Councilwoman Lora Lee Nye says those regulations won’t prevent residents from putting up a yard or garage sale sign. Nye explains this wasn’t a Town of Prescott Valley decision. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in last year’s Reed versus Gilbert case that regulating signs based on their content violates free speech.  However, the Town can restrict signs based on time, manner or place.  Nye explains what residents who have a question about the placement of garage or yard sale signs can do. The Sign Code amendments go into effect next month.  


Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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