Today: Nov 20 , 2019

Bill's Newscast: Black Canyon City Fire Investigation

The Joe’s Hill Fire in Black Canyon City is considered suspicious.

Free meals for kids in Prescott Valley this summer

Children can go to certain schools in the Humboldt Unified School District to receive free meals. The Summer Meal Program offers breakfast and lunch for children 18 years of age and younger. All children are welcome regardless of income. There will be special events and guest presenters including MATForce, Food Corps and the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary. Breakfast is served starting today and running through June 30th at Coyote Springs Elementary School on Cattletrack Drive. Meals are also being served starting today through July 28th at Mountain View Elementary School on Loos Drive. Humboldt Elementary School on Corral Street in Dewey-Humboldt and Lake Valley Elementary School on Starlight Drive will start serving meals from June 5th through July 14th. Adults can eat breakfast for 2 dollars and lunch for 3 dollars. Hours are 8 to 9 am for breakfast and 11:30 to 12:30 for lunch Monday through Friday.

What are your health needs?

Input is still being sought on Yavapai County health needs. Yavapai County Community Health Services is partnering with Pinnacle Prevention, a public health services non-profit organization, to conduct a health assessment. This assessment is required to be completed every 5 years. The assessment is a comprehensive look at health needs and opportunities for improvements across Yavapai County. It aims to identify pressing health concerns and needs by examining data and gathering input from the community. The assessment, which started in March online at survey, will be completed next month. For more information how to participate, visit

Suspect names released in Cottonwood

Cottonwood Police have released the names of the suspects involved in a Village of Oak Creek armed robbery. At about 10:30 last Wednesday night, a man robbed the Chevron station on Highway 260 at gunpoint. He then fled the scene in a pickup truck with another man. Later that night, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office engaged in a pursuit with the suspect vehicle. The pursuit ended in the area of Schnebly Hill Road off I-17. Thirty-two year old Flagstaff resident Daniel Lykins, who was allegedly driving the vehicle involved in the robbery has been arrested on facilitation of robbery and unlawful flight charges. His girlfriend hasn’t been charged.

Twenty-seven year old Paul Wilson, also from Flagstaff has been arrested on a robbery charge. Wilson was the suspect who reportedly stole 500 dollars from the Chevron station. He had exited the vehicle prior to the pursuit, but a store clerk provided information to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office on his whereabouts. Wilson was later located in the Village of Oak Creek area.

Joe’s Hill Fire investigation

A fire in Black Canyon City is being called suspicious. The 50 acre fire broke out in the C and S Salvage Yard on Smitty Way at Tara Springs Road Saturday night. Two hundred firefighters from the greater Phoenix area and Forest Service were able to contain the fire. Daisy Mountain Battalion Fire Chief Dave Wilson says they thought their work was done at that point. Wilson explains the restarted fire caused the evacuation of 20 residents. The American Red Cross set up a shelter but the evacuation order was later lifted. The Joe’s Hill Fire was first reported at 4 Saturday afternoon. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Detectives had been on scene to determine if arson was a factor.

PV Art Exhibit submission deadline approaching

Area artists have just over a week left to submit their work for a Prescott Valley exhibit. The Prescott Valley Arts and Culture Commission is seeking 2 dimensional work from artists for a “Black and White” public arts display at the Library. Town officials say this is a juried exhibit with no fees and it’s open to artists who work in various media, including photography, paintings or drawings. Artists must send a completed application with images of their art work to be considered by the jury. More information, including rules and guidelines and applications are available online at Anyone who has questions can call 759-3108. Submissions are due by Friday, June 9th. Accepted work will be displayed from July 5th through September 5th.

Take a swim!

School’s out and swimming’s in at pool facilities in Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. Mountain Valley Splash on Nace Lane off Robert Road in Prescott Valley is open through Sunday, July 30th. Open Swim runs from 1 to 4:30 all week long. At the Chino Valley Aquatics Center on Road 1 East, open swim is 12:30 to 3:30 every day. The Center is open through August 13th. Those who visit either pool facility may notice an increase in fees over last year. That’s because voters statewide have approved Proposition 206, which increases minimum hourly wages. For more information on fees and swim schedules, go online to or

CYMPO: New Advisory Group?

The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Advisory Committee meets at 8 tomorrow morning to consider formation of a new advisory group. During a meeting last month, there was discussion regarding the establishment of an environmental and land use advisory committee. The committee had requested more information on the committee’s purpose, membership, structure and scope. The name of the group would be the Ecosystem Connectivity and Mitigation Advisory Committee. It would study and advocate for the preservation of ecosystems in the Metropolitan Planning Organization area that will integrate land use and mitigation for natural resource protection. The Committee would consist of 3 citizens and 4 members from the ADOT Northwest District Environmental Division, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Yavapai County Land Use Planning staff and the Prescott National Forest. The Technical Advisory Committee meeting will be held in the Prescott Valley Library Auditorium, located on Civic Circle.

Now we’re really going to do it.

Now that school’s out, construction crews are getting busier at the Glassford Hill Road and Long Look Drive intersection in Prescott Valley. A road widening project has been awarded by Town Council and construction has been underway at that intersection since earlier this month. Long Look Drive is used by Bradshaw Mountain students and parents. Originally, the project stopped at Lone Cactus Drive, but that has been changed to accommodate additional improvements on Long Look. Prescott Valley Public Works Director Norm Davis says construction is going well and the goal is to have this project done by the time students return to classes. Starting this Friday, drivers will travel straight through the Glassford Hill Road and Long Look Drive intersection with no left turns for the next 6 weeks. A new signal will be constructed and should be operational by mid-July. Long Look traffic will be detoured by Viewpoint Drive to either Spouse or Lakeshore Drives to access Glassford Hill Road.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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