Bill's Newscast: Blood & Money

22 March 2016  
A National Effort to Supply Blood to Puerto Rico is Underway

Chino Valley residents can learn about the Home Rule extension that will be on the August 30th ballot

The Chino Valley Town Council will hold a public hearing on the extension as part of its voting session at 6 tonight. Town officials say the Home Rule option relates to the budget process as defined by State law. All Arizona cities and towns must have a balanced budget where spending can’t exceed available income. State law also requires the Town adopt a cap for its annual spending. Voters first approved Home Rule in 1985 and it’s been extended every 4 years since then. The current option expires next year. The public hearing will be held in Council chambers on Highway 89.

You can see art work done by Bradshaw Mountain High School students now through April 1st

Prescott Valley Town officials say earlier this month, the Arts and Culture Commission recognized several Bradshaw Mountain High School students for their outstanding art work. This was done as part of Youth Arts Month, a national annual observance to emphasize the value of kindergarten through 12th grade art education. First place went to Ashlee Roll for her ceramic coil pot, Alyssa Harms came in second for her turtle drawing and 3rd place went to Sergio Gonzales for his 3-D cardboard self-portrait. Honorable mentions went to Autumn Reneau for her mushrooms painting, Jacqueline Castro for her mask pencil drawing and Rhose Espinosa for her geometric balance composition. The Youth Arts Month exhibit is on display at the Civic Center on Civic Circle Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

United Blood Services Arizona is involved in a national effort to supply blood to Puerto Rico, so local donations are needed

Puerto Rico is one of the United States territories hardest hit by the Zika virus. United Blood Services officials say 623 units of red cells, platelets and plasma have been sent to Puerto Rico and nearly 900 units are scheduled to be sent this week. Shipments are expected to continue for the next several weeks. Donors are needed to take the place of those who are ineligible to give blood because of the Zika travel deferral. Anyone who has recently returned from such areas as Mexico, Central and South America and Puerto Rico should wait 28 days before they give blood. A blood drive runs from 2:30 to 6:30 tonight at the Pronghorn Ranch Clubhouse on Antelope Meadows Drive in Prescott Valley.

The Prescott Gateway Mall will host a drive from 10 to 2 this Saturday.

Prescott non-profit organizations will soon find out if they will get grant funding

According to Grant Administrator Isabel Rollins, the City is receiving grant funding totaling nearly 234 thousand dollars. Seventeen applications have been received from such organizations as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona, Adult Care Services, the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic and Prescott Meals on Wheels. At 2 tomorrow afternoon, the Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Committee will discuss and rank the projects. A recommendation is scheduled to be presented to the Prescott City Council on April 12th and a decision should be made on May 10th. The meeting will be held in the Downstairs Conference Room at City Hall on South Cortez Street.

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