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13 November 2018  

Prescott High School is getting a new athletic field.

Prescott High School’s athletic field is getting a facelift.  

For nearly 3 years, administration and track and field experts have studied and researched many different solutions to refurbish the track and field area.  Superintendent Joe Howard explains Athletic Director Missy Townsend and Principal Mark Goligoski were involved in these efforts. Howard says this would normally be an administrative issue, but they wanted it to come before the Board. The improvements include replacement of the natural grass on the football and soccer field with artificial turf and a concrete subgrade base under the track.  Howard explains the District had no other options. Howard calls this project a win-win for everyone involved. The project is being funded by bond monies and proceeds from sales of district buildings.  Townsend has indicated construction is expected to take 4 months to complete.  

Watch for delays in the area of the Schemmer Drive and Miller Valley Road intersection and Haisley Road due to construction.  

City of Prescott crews are saw cutting the roadway and installing a new water main along Miller Valley, from Rodeo Drive to near Schemmer.  Work hours are 6 pm to 5 am through this Thursday.  Crews are also installing a new concrete catch basin near the Schemmer and Miller Valley intersection from 7 am to 6 pm today and tomorrow.   Meanwhile, construction is scheduled to begin today on Haisley Road off Senator Highway.  Crews will be performing grading operations for retaining wall construction and installing new storm drain from Senator Highway to Valley Ranch Circle.  City of Prescott crews will also begin excavating and grading the site of the new Virginia Street Pump Station.  Work hours are 7 am to 7 pm today through Friday.  

Three people accused of passing funny money have been indicted by an  Arizona Grand Jury.  

Robert Kunard and Debra Hernandez, both 56 years old allegedly used fake 100 dollar bills at the Costco store off Highway 69 in Prescott October 15th.  Kunard and Hernandez are facing 1 count each of fraudulent schemes.  Kunard is also facing 5 counts of forgery while Hernandez is facing 4 counts.  Fifty-two year old Robert Greves has also been indicted on 1 count each of fraudulent schemes, forgery and possession of a dangerous drug and paraphernalia.  The Prescott and Yavapai-Prescott Tribal Police Departments, as well as the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation, as did the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office.  Assistant Arizona Attorney General Scott Blake is prosecuting this case. 

The Prescott City Council meets at 3 this afternoon to consider a road improvement project in the Airport area.   

The design will include 3300 linear feet of a 3 lane road on Corsair Avenue with a proposed roundabout at the Wilkinson Drive intersection.  According to City Manager Michael Lamar, this extension project will provide a looped roadway within the Airport Business Park.  As adjacent development occurs, the remaining portion of the street will be constructed.  Lyons Engineering has been selected for the more than 196 thousand dollar contract based on its previous work in the immediate area.  Design of the project is scheduled to be completed within 6 months.  With City Council approval, construction will be done in late Fiscal Year 2019. Today’s Council meeting will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.  

The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Board will be doing some reorganizing for 2019.  

During its meeting at 3 tomorrow afternoon, the Board will consider holding an election for Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer.  County Supervisor Craig Brown is the current Chair, Prescott Valley Town Councilwoman Mary Mallory is the Vice-Chair and Prescott City Councilwoman Billie Orr is the Secretary-Treasurer.  Once that election is held, the Board will consider the meeting schedule for next year.  All meetings start at 3 on the third Wednesday of the month.  Tomorrow’s meeting will be held in the County Administrative Services Building, located on Fair Street in Prescott.   

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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