Bill's Newscast: College Cash, Water and an Upgraded Bridge

05 December 2016  
Learn more about available scholarships.

Area students and parents can learn about college scholarships as part of a couple of special events. The Arizona Community Foundations of Yavapai County and Sedona have partnered with Yavapai College and multiple family groups for 2 Cash for College scholarship awareness nights. Through the Foundation’s online scholarship system, students are matched with more than 150 scholarships for which they qualify. Applications requirements will be explained during the events. Local community groups as well as Foundation staff will be available to answer questions and share information. The Scholarship Awareness Nights, which are free and open to the public, will take place at the Yavapai College Gym on Sheldon Street in Prescott tonight and the Yavapai College Community Room on Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale tomorrow night. Both events run from 5 to 6:30.

If you’ll be traveling on Highway 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff, watch for delays starting today. ADOT crews will be installing fencing at Midgley Bridge, located about 2 miles from Sedona. The 10 foot tall chain link fence attaches to the bridge’s railings. ADOT is installing the fencing in partnership with the City of Sedona, the U.S. Forest Service and Coconino County to enhance public safety at the historic bridge over Oak Creek. This work will involve overnight lane closures and alternating traffic over the bridge. The restriction will be in place from 8 pm to 6 am Sunday through Friday through December 23rd. Work will resume on December 26th if needed.

The Prescott City Council Water Issues Committee meets at 9 tomorrow morning to get an update on the 2017 Alternative Water Allocation. According to Water Resource Manager Leslie Graser, as of May 3rd, 479 acre feet of alternative water remained for new development. Alternative water is uncommitted by a service agreement. From May 3rd through the end of 2016, 125 feet of that amount has been budgeted in the Market Residential Category and 100 acre feet has been budgeted in the Workforce Residential Category. City of Prescott policy states no one project is eligible for allocation of more than half of each of those quantities, or portions of those quantities remaining after such allocations. If those quantities are fully allocated, 50 acre feet would be the opening balance for 2017.

As of November 21st, 100 acre feet of the Market and Workforce Budgets remains. The Water Issues Committee meeting will be held in the Lower Level Conference Room at City Hall on Cortez Street.

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