Bill's Newscast: Be Careful Driving in the Snow

21 January 2017  
Weather is snowy in Northern Arizona

Yavapai County Judges in consideration for Arizona Court of Appeals

The Arizona Court of Appeals could have representation from Yavapai County. There are 6 applicants for 2 openings on Division 1 of the Court of Appeals created by the retirement of Judge Patricia Orozco and the appointment of Judge Andrew Gould to the Arizona Supreme Court. Among the applicants are Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Jennifer Campbell and City of Cottonwood Municipal Court Presiding Magistrate Aaron Douglas LaSota. The Commission on Appellate Court Nominations will review the applications and hear comments at a public meeting this Monday morning at 9:30. The meeting will be held in Room 119 of the State Courts Building on Washington Street in Phoenix. At that time, the Commission will decide which applicants will be interviewed on February 21st. After the interviews, at least 3 nominees for each opening will be recommended to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judges. Former Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Kenton Jones serves on the Appeals Court.

Cottonwood man arrested after allegedly assaulting a police officer

A Cottonwood man has been arrested after he allegedly assaulted a police officer. Sergeant Tod Moore says the incident occurred just after 1 Monday afternoon at the Verde Lea Market on Main Street. Moore explains the man refused to speak with officers, but did mention that he didn’t like law enforcement. Moore adds Nash started acting up as officers began to leave. Moore explains Nash was eventually taken into custody following a struggle. Nash resisted officers and had to be lifted and placed in a patrol car. He has been charged with attempted aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.

Cottonwood woman pleas innocent

A 19 year old Cottonwood woman has entered an innocent plea in her child abuse case. Khadija Greer-Simkins was arrested on New Year’s Day on aggravated assault of a minor, child abuse and endangerment charges. According to Cottonwood Police, Greer-Simkins was caught on cell phone video allegedly vigorously shaking the infant at the corner of Main Street and Highway 260. Sergeant Tod Moore says police found the suspect right away. Moore explains the suspect is no stranger to police officers. Greer-Simkins’ innocent plea was entered during her arraignment Monday before Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael Bluff in Camp Verde. Her case management conference is set for February 13th. The 10 month old baby was listed as missing and endangered out of Tampa, Florida. Officials are working on bringing the child back there to be placed in foster care.

Alarcon Street improvements underway

Watch for delays as a new street improvement project has started in Prescott. The City of Prescott and its contractor, Asphalt Paving and Supply have started saw cutting Alarcon Street and removing curb and gutter from East Sheldon Street to East Gurley Street. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times; however, motorists may encounter parking restrictions, narrow lanes, reduced speeds and rough roads in the construction zone. On-site parking is limited from time to time during work hours from 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. No parking signs will be posted at least 24 hours prior to any formal restrictions. Other improvements include sidewalk repairs and streetscaping. Construction is scheduled to be complete by this summer.

Neil Diamond tribute band rescheduled to January 27

Due to the heavy winter storms that are expected to hit the area this weekend, a show at the Elk’s Theatre and Performing Arts Center in Prescott has been postponed. The Neil Diamond tribute band headlined by Barrie Cunningham had been scheduled to perform tomorrow night in the “Diamond Rocks” show. However, the National Weather Service’s forecast of rain and snow starting tonight and possibly continuing through Saturday, has caused the concert to be delayed until Friday, January 27th. According to Theatre Manager Colette Greenlee, all purchased tickets will be honored at the same seating for next week’s performance. Ticket holders who are unable to attend the rescheduled show can exchange their tickets for an upcoming event. More information about Diamond Rocks is available by calling the Elk’s Box Office at 777-1370.

Rabies vaccinations recommended for cats, dogs and ferrets

Take steps to keep you and your pets safe from possible rabies exposure. Yavapai County Community Health Services is recommending vaccinations be kept current for dogs, cats and ferrets. Keep cats and ferrets inside and dogs under direct supervision. If you’re not sure of the status of your pet’s rabies vaccinations, contact your veterinarian. Make sure pets are on leashes while you’re walking them outdoors. Community Health Services spokesman David McAtee says you should never handle a dead animal. Arizona Game and Fish Department spokeswoman Shelly Shepherd explains you shouldn’t hesitate to call wildlife officials if you see an animal acting in an unusual or aggressive fashion. Shepherd says a rabid bobcat found in the Sedona area last week was definitely acting in an unusual manner. McAtee says while hiking, you should protect yourself. In a wildlife emergency situation, call 911. To report unusual wildlife sightings or behavior, call Arizona Game and Fish at (602) 942-3000 or Yavapai County Community Health Services at 771-3122.

Northern Arizona hockey back at the Prescott Valley Event Center

No Northern Arizona Suns basketball at the Prescott Valley Event Center this weekend, but Northern Arizona hockey will make its return. The NAU Ice Jacks take on the Grand Canyon University Antelopes at 7 tonight and tomorrow night. These 2 teams played each other at the Prescott Valley Event Center in late October, with the Ice Jacks getting 8 to 3 and 4 to 1 wins. Prior to tonight’s game, NAU President Rita Hartung Cheng is inviting University alumni to a pre-game reception. This complementary event will include appetizers, beverages and general admission to watch Game 1 against the Ice Jacks and Antelopes. Tickets can be purchased at the Center Box Office on Main Street from 10 to 5 today, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Snow and chillier weather

Snow amounts are expected from 2 to 5 inches at the 55 hundred foot level. Continued snowfall is expected through the weekend with things tapering off on Sunday. However, another storm system will move into Arizona, bringing more snow. Michael Langevin with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff explains things will get chillier with each passing storm. Langevin is recommending drivers equip themselves with all the necessary snow gear such as tire chains.

Snow and local roadways

City of Prescott and Yavapai County crews will be working to keep roadways clear of snow from the expected winter storms. Prescott snow plows will remain on major and minor arterial and collector streets as long as snow is falling. Residential streets will be plowed once the arterial and collector streets are accessible. While the City doesn’t prohibit parking on the street during snow storms, plowing is most effective when there are no vehicles parked on the street. If you must park on the street, keep in mind parked cars can impede the placement of snow that has been removed, especially on cul-de-sacs and other streets with only one access point. Yavapai County Emergency Management officials note it may take 3 to 4 days before crews are able to clear residential subdivisions and outlying areas. Areas of concern in the higher elevations include Groom Creek, Potato Patch, the Town of Walker and communities along Senator Highway and Thumb Butte and Copper Basin Roads.

Check roads before traveling to high country this weekend

If you’re heading to the high country this weekend, make sure you know what you’re driving into. ADOT officials say highway conditions can deteriorate quickly during severe weather. If enough snow falls, ADOT may close lesser used highways while snowplows address busier routes. Potential closures include Highway 180 near Flagstaff and Highway 89A through Oak Creek Canyon. This will allow crews to focus on Interstates 17 and 40. Before deciding whether to drive into areas where snow is expected or falling, motorists can get the latest on highway conditions and closures at the Travel Information Center, available online at az511.gov or by calling 511.

Leave space for snow plows

Give snow plows plenty of space. According to ADOT officials, yesterday afternoon an SUV hit a snowplow working on Highway 89A between Prescott Valley and Jerome. There were no injuries but the SUV was severely damaged and ADOT lost precious time clearing that route. Spokesman Ryan Harding says snowplows will be out this weekend. Harding explains you shouldn’t try to pass a snow plow. The Prescott area saw snow yesterday, but with little or no accumulation. Some areas received 6 to 8 inches of snow, but National Weather Service meteorologist Dan White says the second storm today will produce more of the white stuff. ADOT officials are recommending you bring extra clothing and gloves when traveling, make sure the gas tank is half to three-quarters full at all times and keep cell phones charged. ADOT spokesman Ryan Harding says you should have your vehicle checked out. Other items that should be packed include extra drinking water, snacks and all necessary medications. The Town of Prescott Valley’s snow plan includes plowing as needed and Public Works and Police monitoring of road conditions. Town officials are asking residents and visitors not to travel if they don’t need to be on the streets. Plowing will be on arterial roads first with smaller streets following.

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