Yavapai County Board of Supervisors select new Public Information Officer
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has a new Public Information Officer. The Board of Supervisors has announced David McAtee will transition from his position for Yavapai County Community Health Services and the Community Health Center of Yavapai to the newly created Public Information Officer position. McAtee has been with the County for 6 years and during that time officials say he has helped foster an environment of open communication with both the public and local media outlets. As the new Public Information Officer, McAtee will report directly to Yavapai County Administrator Phil Bourdon. According to Bourdon, McAtee will be responsible for working with the Board of Supervisors to assist in the creation and delivery of a consistent message.
Free Fishing over the weekend
As part of National Free Fishing Day, the Arizona Game and Fish Department hosted an event from 8 to noon tomorrow at Goldwater Lake in Prescott. Game and Fish Department Sport Fishing Education Program staff were on hand to help anglers. Bait was provided and loaner rods were available for participants. Raffle prizes for kids were given out. At Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, Game and Fish, the Prescott National Forest and Arizona State Parks hosted a free fishing event from 8 to noon. Several hundred pounds of catfish were stocked into the lagoon. Fishing poles and bait were available for those who didn’t have their own equipment. An event at Garrett Tank near the town of Seligman also took place. No license required on Free Fishing Days.
Prescott Council plans for Police Department building expansion project
The Prescott Valley Town Council discussed funding for the Police Department building expansion project. According to Management Services Director Bill Kauppi, the financing method currently being pursued by the Town is the same one used 2 years ago. Pledge Revenue Refunding Obligation Bonds were issued to refinance, at lower interest rates, outstanding Certificates of Participation to finance the library project. This resulted in a debt value savings of $630K. Town staff has reviewed current financing options and believe pursuing a private placement of 2017 Revenue Obligation Bonds would result in the most advantageous financial terms for the town. With design almost complete, Town staff wants to start the financing process for the expansion, which involves a 2 story addition alongside the existing Police Department building. The Town Council meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.
Joel Medina-Ortiz is sought on murder charges
Three thousand dollars in cash could be yours if you have information that leads to the arrest of a murder suspect. On October 28th, 2006, 23 year old Daniel Cook and his brother Lance were pulling into an East Gurley Street Motel in Prescott when they got into an argument with 2 Hispanic men who were blocking the entrance. The men later came back with at least 4 others. Daniel Cook suffered a fatal stab wound and Lance received a slash wound to his arm. Police believe 40 year old Joel Ortiz is responsible for the fatal stabbing. Yavapai Silent Witness Director Steve Skurja explains why the reward for this Catch-22 suspect is higher than the usual $500 amount. Skurja describes how this month’s phase of Catch-22 works. If you have information on Ortiz, call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 with that information to qualify for the $3000 cash reward.