Possible rain later this week.
With summer officially coming to an end this Saturday, we could see an end to the warm and dry conditions as well. These conditions are expected to continue today and tomorrow, but there will be a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms by Wednesday. National Weather Service meteorologist Bianca Hernandez says don’t expect too much rain. Hernandez adds any moisture that hits the area won’t be from a monsoon storm, but it will be associated with the weather getting into the fall pattern.
Accident on Highway 169
A driver has suffered severe injuries following a single vehicle accident on Highway 169. The accident occurred Saturday morning near I-17. The vehicle veered off the roadway, rolling multiple times. Two Sedona Fire engines, a Battalion Chief, a Guardian Air helicopter and the Arizona Department of Public Safety all worked together to get the patient out of the vehicle. The highway had to be shut down to traffic so the medical helicopter could land. Stabilization jacks were used on the heavily damaged vehicle. The victim, who hasn’t been identified, was flown to a nearby trauma center for treatment of their injuries.
Prescott celebrates Ernest A. Love
Prescott will be celebrating a hometown hero. Ernest A. Love graduated from Prescott High School and in 1917, he joined the army and served as a pilot, flying missions of Europe. One hundred years ago, Love was shot down and killed during a mission in France. This month the Prescott Public Library is celebrating the life and service of love through photographs and memorabilia. Tonight at 6 there will be a free kickoff reception for Lieutenant Ernest A. Love Days at Matt’s Saloon on Whiskey Row. This year’s Arizona State Veterans Conference attendees are scheduled to be in attendance, as will student veterans from Prescott and Yavapai Colleges and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Recently deployed residents of the Prescott Quad Cities area will be welcomed home. The Ernest A. Love American Legion Honor Guard and Riders will also be honored.
Coach Pantalione takes leave of absence
Yavapai College Men’s Soccer Head Coach Mike Pantalione is on family medical leave, effective immediately. Pantalione is celebrating his 30th anniversary as coach of the team, which has amassed 77 championships, including 7 national titles. During a recent live call-in to KQNA’s Let’s Talk Sports, Pantalione explained the Men’s Soccer program has been a success since its start in 1988. Pantalione says this year’s team consists of mostly new players, with a couple of notable exceptions. Assistant Coach Hugh Bell has taken over as Head Coach while Pantalione is on leave. The Roughriders shut out Gateway Community College 12 to nothing in Prescott Valley last Tuesday and they beat Paradise Valley Community College 12 to 2 in Phoenix Saturday. Next up is Arizona Western in Yuma at 4:30 tomorrow afternoon.
Lightning caused wildfires bring smoke
Smoke is visible near Sedona and Flagstaff due to lightning caused wildfires. The Platypus and Rhino Fires have been burning 6 miles from Sedona in the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Dick Fleishman says this smoke is causing problems for those who have respiratory problems. Fleishman says this fire will continue to pump out smoke. The 2 fires, which have been burning since July 28th, have combined into one 4 thousand acre fire. No structures are currently threatened. More than 140 personnel are working on full suppression of this fire.