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Bill’s Daily Roundup: Valentine’s and Statehood Day!

14 February 2011  
It's Valentine's Day and Statehood Day!

billhortonA Chino Valley man has been arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on a police officer. According to a Prescott Police report, the officer observed a man lying in the roadway in the 100 block of North Montezuma Street. Cars were swerving to avoid hitting the man, who indicated he wasn’t hurt, he was just trying to get run over. Twenty-seven year old Richard Anderson was jittery and he told the officer to get back in his vehicle and keep on driving. Anderson refused to show ID and ignored the officer’s commands to put his hands behind his back. The suspect had a black folding knife that he wouldn’t put down but he did throw it in the direction of the patrol car. The officer had to use force to get Anderson to the ground. The suspect kept trying to get up until other officers assisted in taking him into custody. Anderson, who later apologized for pulling a knife on the officer, has been booked for aggravated assault, resisting arrest and obstructing a public thoroughfare.

Prescott National Forest Fire Managers plan on continuing prescribed burning tomorrow. Bradshaw Ranger District Managers will burn 150 acres of chaparral south of Prescott near Ash Creek, weather conditions permitting. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas. Verde District Fire Managers are busy burning 350 acres of accumulated slash piles in the Agua Fria grasslands south of Dugas. Days to burn are determined by current and expected weather patterns and no burning will take place on weekends. This project, which started earlier this month, is scheduled for completion on Friday, February 25th.

The Republican Women of Prescott will host a special guest at 11:30 tomorrow. The scheduled speaker is Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who was elected Sheriff in 2008 and President of the Arizona Sheriff’s Association in 2010. He also received the Ferris Lucas Award for Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriff’s Association last month. Babeu is scheduled to speak on illegal immigration issues during the Republican Women luncheon, which will be held at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center on Highway 69.

The Democratic Women of the Prescott Area will meet at 11:30 Wednesday morning and the scheduled speaker is former Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick, who represented District One for 2 years, will speak about her experiences and issues of concern to residents.

The meeting will be held at the Windham Garden Hotel at Old Black Canyon Road off Highway 69.

City of Prescott officials are offering some tips on how to avoid broken pipes this winter. Officials note the best way to avoid the hassle and potential danger of burst pipes is to plan ahead. The first step is to locate and label water shutoff valves. Homes should be winterized in the fall by shutting off and draining vulnerable water lines, as well as backflow devices and irrigation systems and valves. Anyone who experiences a frozen pipe should not attempt to thaw it with an open flame or torch, as this will damage the pipe and may even start a building fire. Officials add frozen pipes should be repaired immediately and anyone who needs assistance should call a licensed and bonded plumber offering emergency service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

The Arizona Sundogs suffered two 4 to 2 losses over the weekend. A goal by defenseman Maxime Renaud gave Arizona an early 1 to nothing lead Friday night, but the Rapid City Rush answered back to take a 3 to 1 lead as the second period came to an end. Former Sundogs Forward Konrad Reeder scored once more in the final period for the Defending President’s Cup Champion while forward Karl Sellan closed out scoring for Arizona. On Saturday night, Rapid City had a 3 to nothing shutout going before that was broken up by former rush defensemen Jamie Vanderveeken in the final period. The Rush would reclaim a 3 goal lead before recently acquired forward Craig MacDonald scored his first goal in a Sundogs uniform to close out scoring in Arizona’s 7th straight road loss. The Sundogs return home to Tim’s Toyota Center tomorrow to host the Odessa Jackalopes. The game starts at 7:05 and all the live action can be heard on Cattle Country, 94.3 FM KDDL or online at cattlecountryradio.com.

The Arizona Adrenaline Indoor Football Team has a new President. Chad Rutherford, who previously served as Vice President of Operations and Public Relations for the team, has been named to that position. The team starts the 2011 season on the road against the Washington based Tri-Cities Fever on Saturday, February 26th and the home opener will take place at Tim’s Toyota Center on Sunday, March 13th. The Adrenaline opened training camp last Saturday and it runs through this Sunday.

All camp activities are open to the public and fans are encouraged to attend from 10 to 4 at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Main Athletic Field off Willow Creek Road in Prescott.

A community forum regarding Yavapai College cuts runs from 5 to 6 tonight. Officials note Yavapai has been targeted for a $3.4 million reduction in Governor Jan Brewer’s 2012 budget. One of the solutions proposed by College officials is to reduce the nursing program by 50 percent. During a recent appearance on “Talk of the Town” on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM, President Jim Horton explained why this is a complicated issue:

Horton also stated elimination of Men’s and Women’s Basketball has raised a lot more controversy than other reductions:

Officials will discuss the impact of the budget reduction to the College and will address their solutions during the forum, which will be held in the Susan Webb Community Room on the Prescott campus on East Sheldon Street.

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