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Bill's Newscast: In Search of a Poacher

28 November 2012  
Poaching, lights, appointments and more.

After taking Thanksgiving week off, prescribed burning is scheduled to resume today through Thursday. Pending favorable weather conditions, 270 acres northwest of Ponderosa Park are scheduled to be treated. The burn area is located east of Highway 89, north of Indian Creek Road and west of Ponderosa Road in Prescott. Prescott National Forest spokeswoman Debbie Maneely explains how Fire Managers determine which areas will be treated. In addition to the weather, all fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. For the latest fire information, call 777-5799.

Get a sneak peek of the Prescott Courthouse Christmas lights without having to deal with crowds or the festivities. The 58th annual Courthouse Lighting won't take place until 6 Saturday night, but the Prescott Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Partnership will be conducting a test of the lights. The Chamber has been offering this sneak preview for the past couple of years and the lights will stay on from 5 to 6 tonight. No formal program will take place. Arizona's Christmas City kicked off the holiday season last Saturday with the Light Parade. There were 26 entries decorated with Christmas lights in the parade, which was held in the downtown area. Unisource Energy Services once again won the award for Best Overall Entry.

Four weeks after the General Election, 2 appointments have been made to the Ash Fork Joint Unified School District Governing Board. Following the resignations of Board members Andy Velasquez and Jessica Cauthen, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter and District officials determined it would be best to hold those seats vacant until after the election. Carter announced the 2 candidates who receive the highest number of votes would be appointed. The official results show Carl Heele receiving 217 votes and Shelbi Hanson in second with 176. Their appointments start December 11th and conclude on December 31st, 2016. The 2 will be sworn in at the December 11th Board meeting. 

Thanks to your generous donations, the holidays will be brighter for some needy families. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was held on November 17th and residents were asked to place non-perishable items by their mailboxes. Drive organizer John Macaw explains how much was collected this year. The food collected gave needy families a meal to enjoy for Thanksgiving. Donations will also help area food banks get through the holidays. Macaw says food was also collected during a live remote on the MIX 106, KPPV at Safeway stores in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. If you weren't at home during the Food Drive but would still like to donate, food items can still be left by your mailbox this week for pickup.

Will the portion of South Montezuma Street get a name change to historic Whiskey Row? The Prescott City Council could have an answer today. Dave Michelson, owner of the Palace Saloon first presented the name change to Council in September. Since that time, input has been collected from area business owners. While the majority of owners are in favor of having the 100 block officially known as Historic Whiskey Row, there is some opposition. Owners have raised concerns over the costs associated with changing banking addresses, business cards and advertising brochures. After the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors voiced opposition to the name change earlier this month, the Prescott Preservation Commission voted 5 to 2 against it. Council's voting session starts at 3 this afternoon at City Hall, located on South Cortez Street.

An alleged deer poacher has been arrested near the town of Seligman. Arizona Game and Fish spokesman Zen Mocarski explains 47 year old Parker resident Curtis Edelman was caught last week during a night patrol. Mocarski says the alleged suspect was located near the Jolly Road exit off I-40, 18 miles west of Seligman. Mocarski explains Edelman is now facing charges. Each count is a Misdemeanor, which could result in a 750 dollar fine as well as 6 months in jail. Edelman could be fined an additional 15 hundred dollars and could lose his hunting privileges for 5 years. Mocarski describes what you should do if you suspect illegal poaching activity. The identities of those who submit information on wildlife violations will remain confidential. Edelman will appear in court on the charges on December 4th.