Bill's News: The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe Mourns Ernie Jones

21 September 2018  
Ernie Jones, President of the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe, has passed away. 

Arizona’s first drug summit will have representation from Yavapai County.  

This 2 day conference will take place Monday and Tuesday at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix.  The summit will address current and emerging drug threats in Arizona, including the opioid epidemic and increases in methamphetamine, synthetic drugs and marijuana use.  Earlier this year, the County Attorney’s Office received a 5 thousand dollar grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the summit, titled “Uniting for Solutions.”  County Attorney Sheila Polk is a guest speaker and Chief Sheriff’s Deputy David Rhodes is scheduled to speak as well.  The conference will also address current and possible solutions to drug threats.  

Drivers should prepare for a change to the right turn signal on Highway 69.  

ADOT is adding a new feature to help pedestrians cross the road safely.  The right turn signal on Highway 69 at the Fain Road intersection in Prescott Valley is being reconfigured so pedestrians can push a button to activate the continuous green arrow for right turns onto Fain Road.  The arrow will turn from green to yellow to red, requiring drivers to stop so pedestrians can safely use the crosswalk.  The change to the right turn signal is scheduled to be in effect starting this Sunday.  

The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe is mourning the death of its leader.  

Seventy-five year old Ernest Jones, who has served as President of the tribe since 2001, passed away Sunday.  Jones had served on the Tribal Board of Directors in various capacities since 1972.  He was born in Prescott and attended schools there until his sophomore year.  Jones later transferred to Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, where he graduated in 1962.  He also served in the U.S. Army and worked for the National Forest Service and the VA Medical Center, from which he retired in 1994.  Jones was also the first police officer for the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe.   A visitation service will be held from 5 to 8 tonight at Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Home on South Cortez Street in Prescott.  A memorial service will follow at 10 tomorrow morning at the Yavapai-Prescott Tribal Gathering Center, located on Merritt Street.  

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