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Bill's Roundup: Grants, Drugs & College

15 August 2011  
Dr. Penny Wills talks about the community and Yavapai College; and several grants have been received to provide support services to local residents.

willsThe Susan G Komen Phoenix affiliate has awarded a grant to Yavapai Regional Medical Center. YRMC officials note the nearly $19,000 grant will help treat low and middle income women suffering from lympedema, a painful condition that can occur as a result of cancer or cancer treatment, such as mastectomy, radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Donna Hannah is the only lymphedema therapist serving Yavapai County and accomplished Oncology Nurse Nancy Ledoyen will serve in that role at the new Breast Care Center at YRMC’s East Campus in Prescott Valley. New Chief Nursing Officer Diane Drexler will also help with the opening of the Center. During a recent tour of that facility, Komen Phoenix leaders learned about key medical services the center will provide, including digital mammography, breast ultrasound and stereotactic biopsy. The Center is scheduled to open this October.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office K-9 teams have received a $9000 grant award. This award comes from the Yavapai County Community Foundation to help offset expenses involving the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Units. Four Patrol K-9 Units are specifically assigned to drug interdiction on major interstates and County highways. According to Sergeant Jeff Jaeger, a portion of the money will be used for training and equipment including portable kennels, training toys and leashes. Search dog team handlers will use their portion of the monies for training, K-9 first aid supplies and rattlesnake vaccinations, along with radio and GPS equipment. Last Wednesday, a K-9 deputy working drug interdiction confiscated more than 3 and a half pounds of marijuana following a traffic stop on Interstate 40 at Crookton Road in Seligman. Sixty-three year old Oklahoma resident Tomie Adams was arrested for transportation of marijuana for sales.

The Dewey-Humboldt Board of Adjustment meets at 10 tomorrow morning. Newly appointed Board members Judy and Frank Davidson will be sworn in to start the meeting and there will be an election of a new Vice Chair. Bob Bowman currently serves in that position. The work study session will include a presentation and discussion by former Mayor Len Marinaccio on recurring Open Meeting Law issues, with an overview of the Law itself. There will also be a presentation on Robert’s Rules of Order and a review of Riggin’s Rules.

Following a lunch break at 12:15, there will be consideration of Board of Adjustment procedures and a review of Board zoning regulations. A training date for new members on powers and limitations of the Board is expected to be established and the date and time for holding meetings will be discussed. The work study session will be held in Town Council chambers on south Highway 69.

A Cottonwood woman has been arrested after allegedly forging a prescription. The Pharmacy Manager at the Walgreen’s Store on Main Street met with Police and told them a female subject presented a forged prescription. He pointed out the quantity was changed from 30 to 80 pills of hydrocoden. The doctor who wrote the prescription was contacted and she confirmed the quantity was 30 pills. Thirty-three year old Therese Brady was not home when an officer went to her residence, but she was contacted by cell phone and agreed to meet the officer at the Police Department. Brady was shown a copy of the forged prescription and she was arrested for presenting a forged instrument that contains false information and for attempting to obtain or procure the administration of a narcotic drug by fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

Chino Valley residents need to be aware of increased traffic due to school being back in session. During a recent live appearance on Talk of the Town on KQNA, Police Commander Mark Garcia explained both Territorial and Del Rio Elementary Schools are located on side streets and in addition to increased traffic, there are kids walking to and from school. Garcia says officers will also be checking to make sure motorists are stopping for school buses. Since the first day was held last Wednesday, this week marks the first full week of school in the District.

The Prescott Fire Department is hosting a Regional Mass Casualty Incident Exercise tomorrow morning. The Interagency Exercise will consist of a simulated emergency involving 2 aircraft at the Airport with live fire and up to 25 patients who will need to be treated by responding agencies. This simulated incident is designed to assist regional providers in the use of multi-agency partnerships, response of area responses and to provide strategies in resource management, fire suppression techniques, emergency transportation, airport emergency operation techniques, hospital mass casualty capabilities and participating agency safety practices. Some of the 25 regional agencies scheduled to participate include the Prescott Airport Department, Prescott Police, the Regional Communication Center, the Central Yavapai, Chino Valley, Mayer and Groom Creek Fire Districts; the Department of Public Safety, Yavapai College, the Trauma Intervention Program and the Prescott Unified School District.

New Yavapai College President Penny Wills is looking forward to the start of the Fall Semester. Wills, the former Northeast Iowa Community College President was named Yavapai College President last May and she officially started on August 1st. Last Monday, the Governing Board held a transitional workshop with the new President on the Policy Governance Model. Wills explains that meeting was proposed by former College President Jim Horton and added that she appreciates the community support for the school.

Those who wish to meet Wills can do so at a Yavapai College Foundation reception at 5 this Wednesday night at the College’s Sculpture Garden on East Sheldon Street. She was introduced during the Board’s voting session on Tuesday and during the Prescott Valley Town Council’s voting session on Thursday night.

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Lynne LaMaster