Yavapai County schools have hit a home run with the Arizona Diamondbacks' Back to School Challenge. The Diamondbacks Foundation has announced 31 winning schools in the 150 thousand dollar challenge. The elementary, middle and high schools in the Seligman School District will be receiving a grant for their caramel corn business. All schools will split the grant monies and will be honored with checks at Chase Field next April and May. The Diamondbacks will be donating tickets to each school for those interested in attending the game where their school will be honored.
If you want to enjoy a free day of fishing, Fain Park in Prescott Valley will be the place to be. Prescott Valley Police will be hosting the 3rd annual Cops and Bobbers event at the park from 7 to 1 tomorrow. Parking is on 2nd Street and participants will be shuttled to the lake in Police SWAT vehicles. If you don't have a license, you won't need one for this event. No bait or fishing poles? Those will be provided by Arizona Game and Fish and the Bass Pro Shop. Police officers and firefighters will be at the event, which will also include a free barbecue. The first 150 kids at the park will receive a free fishing pole and a Cops and Bobbers T-shirt.
Yavapai County could be the newest member of a cooperative purchasing program. The Houston Galveston Area Council program focuses on purchase of public works, emergency and communication equipment. Public Works Director Byron Jaspers has identified a 20 thousand dollar savings for a loader if Yavapai is a member of the program. All purchases are monitored by the Council. The Board of Supervisors will consider the request to join the program this Monday.
The meeting starts at 9 at the Verde Valley Complex on South 6th Street in Cottonwood. Following the meeting, the Board is expected to go into closed executive sessions to discuss personnel matters. Any action on these matters will be made in open session.
The cooler weather is here, and that means the start of another ice skating season at Tim's Toyota Center. Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty explains the season kicks off this afternoon. A second skate session starts at 4:45. No sessions will be held tomorrow, but on Sunday start times are 2 and 4:15. Witty says there are two ways to get the latest information on the skate sessions. Adult Open Hockey starts at 6:30 Sunday nights. You can view the session calendar online at pvaz.net. The skating hotline number is 775-3165.
The Town of Prescott Valley has restarted the process for grant funding. The Town had applied for 300 thousand dollars in Community Development Block Grants, but Deputy Town Manager Ryan Judy explains that didn't work out. Judy describes how the grant money would be used. No one spoke at the first public hearing, which was held during last night's Town Council meeting. A second and final hearing has been scheduled for early next month. The application deadline is December 17th.
The Central Yavapai Fire District Board will be taking a step to clear up any issues it has with the Prescott Regional Communications Center. During a special meeting 2 weeks ago, items related to the creation of the District's own emergency dispatch center died due to lack of motions. Fire Chief Paul Nies explains what the Board will be considering during its next voting session. Nies says this board action will hopefully restart talks with Regional Communications Center representatives. Nies says the District had some issues with the Prescott Center. During a live appearance on yesterday's Talk of the Town on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM, District Board candidate Debbie Horton stated she had many concerns over this relationship ending. The meeting starts at 2 Monday afternoon at the District Training Center, located on East Valley Road in Prescott Valley.