Today: Apr 03 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: Hit and Run on I17

Fire restrictions are lifted in Yavapai County - and there was a hit and run on I17 over the weekend.

Make your home safe from wildfire

More opportunities for Yavapai County residents to make their homes safe from wildfire. The annual free slash drop-off program is continuing at County transfer stations starting today through August 31st. Items that will be accepted include brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings. Items that won’t be accepted include lumber, tree stumps and roots, cactus, metal and garbage. This program is for residential customers only and commercial loads will be rejected. Yavapai County transfer stations are located in Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman and Skull Valley. Free slash drop-off will be held during normal operating hours.

Local schools start opening their doors this Thursday

Summer vacation is about to come to a close for area students. The first day of school in the Prescott Unified School District is this Thursday and teachers will be in their classrooms and participating in meetings from 7:45 to 3:45 tomorrow. Also tomorrow, Prescott High School’s Badger Day, which gives incoming freshmen a chance to meet their teachers and check out their classrooms, is from 9 to 2. Abia Judd Elementary School will have class lists posted on its front window at 3:30 that afternoon. Discovery Gardens Preschool, which is located at the former Washington Elementary School building on East Gurley Street, will hold a Meet the Teacher event from 4 to 5:30 tomorrow. Parents can stop by the school Monday through Thursday from 9 to 1 to register their children. Meanwhile, the Humboldt Unified School District is preparing for its start of school 1 week from today. Glassford Hill Middle School schedule pick-up for 8th graders is noon to 1 tomorrow. Seventh graders follow from 1:30 to 3.

Fire restrictions lifted in Yavapai County

Due to significant rain in the area, fire restrictions are lifted as of 8 this morning in all of Yavapai County. Last Tuesday, the fire ban was lifted for the central portion of the County. The rest of the county has also received significant rainfall, so the ban is no longer in place. County Emergency Management Director Denny Foulk explains a lot of factors are considered before a decision is made to lift the fire restrictions. Foulk says people still need to use caution around fire. Fire bans are jurisdictional and each district may set the limits of their ban or stage restrictions. Check with your Fire District before burning.

Hit and Run body found near Camp Verde

The body of a hit and run victim has been found on I-17 near Camp Verde. Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman trooper Damon Cecil says the body was found just after 5:30 yesterday morning. The vehicle that’s believed to have been involved, a yellow semi-truck, has been located at the McGuireville Rest Stop. Cecil says the investigation is ongoing. Cecil adds it was dark at the time of the crash, so it’s reasonable to believe the driver though he hit an animal. The names of the driver and victim have not yet been released. Northbound I-17 was closed during the investigation.

Are you registered to vote yet?

If you haven’t registered to vote in the August 30th Primary Election, only a few hours remain to do so. Tonight at 5 is the deadline to register or to change your party affiliation. During a recent live appearance on Talk of the Town on 1130 AM, 99.9 and 95.5 FM, Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman described the options available for voting in the upcoming election. Hoffman says there’s still time to request an early ballot. Elections Director Lynn Constabile, who was also on Talk of the Town, explains there are 4 political parties involved in this election. Constabile explains many area communities are holding elections. Election materials can’t be forwarded, so anyone who has changed their residential or mailing address must update voter registration information by today at

Early voting starts Wednesday and permanent early ballots will be mailed out Friday.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

Hear Bill Monroe on Northern Arizona's Source for News, Talk and Sports, KQNA 1130 AM, 99.9 FM .