Bill's Daily Roundup: Swayze, Kirkpatrick and the Fairgrounds

17 September 2009  
Bill brings the news of Ann Kirkpatrick's plan to save the Fairgrounds and Yavapai Downs, fraud cases and Patrick Swayze.

billfraudVarious Prescott boards and committees meet tomorrow. At 7:30 in the morning, the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Economic Development will meet to hear a 2050 Committee report on economic development and updates on a NACOG system building grant, the Prescott Area Tourism Committee and economic development. The meeting will be held in the downstairs conference room at City Hall. The Board of Adjustment meets at 9 in Council chambers for consideration of a variance request on South Mount Vernon Street. At 3, the Water Conservation and Safe Yield Committee will discuss the Tucson rainwater ordinance and a toilet retrofit program proposal. That meeting will be held in the Public Works conference room on North Virginia Street.

The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Board meets at 6 tonight. The Board will continue discussion items from July, including a presentation from Jennifer Toth on the Building a Quality Arizona framework process. Toth is Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation Multimodal Planning Division. The Northern Arizona framework involves studies that will feed into statewide transportation planning. The Board will also consider the Town of Dewey-Humboldt as a participating agency of the organization, by-law revisions and the 2010 meeting schedule. The Board is also expected to hear a current financial update. The meeting will be held at the County Administrative Services building on Fair Street.

Representative Ann Kirkpatrick and the Yavapai County Farm and Agriculture Association have announced plans to save the Yavapai County Fairgrounds and Yavapai Downs. By forming the new association and securing a low interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the organization will be able to buy the racetrack and facilities from the current County Fair Association and continue the mission of the 90 year organization. The Fair Association will be able to retire its debt with those funds, and the Farm and Agriculture Association will be able to keep the Fairgrounds open, preserving 300 jobs and allowing the Fair to continue to operate as in years past. The Fair Association will continue to oversee the annual Fair.

The Arizona Sundogs and Tim’s Toyota Center have made some changes. The Sundogs have announced Kristin Hinkins has been named Director of Ticket Sales. Hinkins first joined the organization in January as an intern and was hired on as a full-time account executive in the hockey club’s ticketing department 5 months later. She most recently worked in the team’s corporate sales department as Coordinator of Corporate Fulfillment. Claudia Sellan, sister of former Sundogs Forward Karl Sellan, has been named Director of Game Operations. She will oversee and direct all in-game entertainment during all home games, including music, videos and promotions. Center officials have announced Lindsey Palmer is the new Director of Sales and Dawn Purvis has been rehired as the Box Office Manager. Purvis was the Assistant Box Office Manager when the Center first opened in 2006.

Prescott Valley Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying fraud suspects. The suspects, a white female and a black male used a forged credit card to access the victim’s account and charge several hundreds of dollars. The suspects committed fraud at the Summit Bank on July 12th and 14th, and they also struck at the Express Stop twice and the National Bank in Prescott on July 15th. Police spokesman Brandon Bonney says this is a sophisticated forgery operation:

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Another fraud incident occurred on August 4th, where the suspects went to Chase Bank in Prescott Valley and used a programmed card to take money out of the victim’s bank account.

Local and state residents are remembering actor Patrick Swayze’s brush with death in Prescott Valley almost 10 years ago. Even as fans mourn the untimely passing of Swayze Monday, Arizonans remember the Hollywood star’s plane crash on June 1st, 2000 in a then remote part of Prescott Valley known as Mingus West on highway 89A. Sergeant Brandon Bonney was working for the Department that day, and he recalls when Police arrived at the scene, Swayze was nowhere to be found:

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Swayze had checked in to the Prescottonian Motel on East Gurley Street in Prescott and went to the Prescott Valley Police Department facility that night to make a statement as to how the crash happened.

District one Representative Andy Tobin is trying to restore funding to Arizona state parks. Tobin says there’s 20 million dollars in the Growing Smarter fund that’s readily available to go into the State’s ailing parks:

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However, a similar attempt to use voter protected funds to bolster the parks failed in the House earlier this year. Although Republicans supported the plan, Democrats argued it was an unconstitutional maneuver and voted no. Phoenix House Democrat Kyrsten Sinema indicates Tobin has good intentions, but warns it’s illegal to use voter protected funds for what they’re not meant for. Tobin wants to see a special session on this issue before the regular session starts in January.


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