It's a review of last weeks' stories.
Secretary of State Ken Bennett announced on the steps of the Yavapai County Courthouse in Prescott he’ll be running for Governor in 2014. Bennett, who served as a Prescott City Councilman from 1985 to 1989, also kicked off his campaign in Phoenix and Tucson.
The Prescott City Council approved a nearly 88 thousand dollar contract with the International City and County Management Association. The contract is for a study of public safety services. Unlike Council’s October 8th meeting, there wasn’t any public opposition to approval of the contract.
Camp Verde Fire District officials started their investigation into a barn fire. Crews found the barn on East Rooster Road fully engulfed in flames. The fire came close to several homes in the area, but firefighters were able to put it out and no other structures were damaged.
Marcia McKee, mother of fallen Granite Mountain Hot Shot Grant McKee, filed a notice of claim against the City of Prescott, the State of Arizona and Yavapai County. The claim charges all 10 of the national recognized Standard Firefighting Orders were violated during the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30th. McKee is seeking 12 million dollars from each of these entities. State, County and City officials are refusing to comment on this matter.
For the first time, the Veterans Day Parade was held in the downtown Prescott area. City officials accepted an offer to move the parade from the VA Center off Highway 89. Center Director Donna Jacobs said she was impressed by the hundreds of residents and visitors who showed up for the parade. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Chancellor Frank Ayers and Senator John McCain also spoke during the Parade’s opening ceremony.
The Prescott City Council approved the appointment of Dana DeLong as City Clerk. DeLong is coming to Prescott with nearly 20 years experience with the City of Tucson. She’s taking over for City Clerk Lynn Mulhall, who retires January 3rd. DeLong’s first day is December 2nd.
Prescott’s new Assistant City Attorney got started. Cody Johnson started practicing at the Vakula Law Firm in Prescott and he went on to serve as Prosecutor with the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office. Johnson, who served with the Marine Corps Reserve, was named Prosecutor of the Year for 2012.
And Yavapai College Governing Board members approved an item related to a 10 year Campus Master Plan. The vote was 4 to 1, with Board member Robert Oliphant casting the opposing vote. Oliphant expressed concerns over the closure of the Chino Valley campus and moving the Nursing Program out of the Verde Valley, among other issues. Board approval was only for a cost analysis, not for the plan itself.
I'm Bill Monroe and that's your KQNA News Week in Review.