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Bill's Newscast: It's Cinco de Mayo

By Lynne LaMaster May 05, 2016 1020

Today is Cinco de Mayo, but the celebrations are expected to continue through the weekend. Local law enforcement is ready. 

Local law enforcement will be conducting DUI patrols. 

Local law enforcement officers will be working to keep impaired drivers off the road this Cinco De Mayo.  The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office will hold a saturation patrol starting at 6 tonight on 1st Street.  The Cottonwood Police Department’s saturation patrol in that area runs from 8 tonight through 3 on Saturday morning.  The Tri-City DUI Task Force will have law enforcement officers out from 6 tonight to 3 Saturday morning in their own jurisdictions.  The Task Force is made up of the Chino Valley, Prescott and Prescott Valley Police Departments, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety.  Prescott Valley Sergeant Rob Brown says the objectives of the patrol are to save lives and enforce traffic laws.   Since New Year’s Day, there have been 41 DUI arrests in Prescott Valley.  

Colleges Hold Commencement

The spring semesters at area colleges are coming to an end.   Yavapai College will hold the Verde Valley Campus Commencement tomorrow night at 6 at the Chuck Mabery Pavilion in Clarkdale.  The nursing pinning ceremony is at 1 Saturday afternoon followed by the Prescott Campus Commencement at 6.  Both ceremonies will be held at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on Sheldon Street in Prescott.  Prescott College’s Resident Programs Semester ends tomorrow and the Undergraduate Baccalaureate is at 4 that afternoon.  The Resident Programs Graduation is at 10 Saturday morning and the Limited Residency Programs Graduation is Sunday morning at 10.  All ceremonies will be held at the Prescott College Crossroads Center on Grove Avenue.    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will have individual graduate photos at 4 this afternoon at the Prescott Valley Event Center, followed by class photos at 5:15, rehearsal at 6 and Senior Night Out at 7:30.  The Commencement ceremony is at 10 Saturday morning at the Center with a reception to follow.  

It's time to check around your home for wildfire danger. 

Yavapai County Emergency Management and Prescott National Forest officials say wildfire prevention starts at home.  Yavapai County Emergency Management Services Director Denny Foulk describes some steps residents can take to safeguard their homes as the mercury rises. Prescott National Forest Fire Staff Officer Pete Gordon explains the windy conditions in the area also play a big part in the spread of wildfires. Yesterday the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors proclaimed May “Wildfire Community Preparedness Month,” which encourages residents to improve the defensible space around their homes.   

 The budget is approved. So, what's the fallout this year for local agencies?

Now that state lawmakers have approved a budget, Yavapai County officials are hoping to get some questions answered.  The Fiscal Year 2017 County budget process is currently underway, with department hearings held last week.  Yesterday County Administrator Phil Bourdon gave an update on the process and told the Supervisors the County is expected to see about a 3 million dollar funding shortfall from the state. Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Smith says there are a lot of question marks regarding the final state budget numbers. The County Fleet Department is doing its part to reduce budget costs.  Smith describes what the Fleet Initiative involves. County Departments now use a Motor Pool loaner only on the days a vehicle is needed.  Bourdon says cutting costs like these are important as officials work their way through the budget process. The Yavapai County budget will be discussed further during the next couple months.   Adoption is set to occur in early July.  


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