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By Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM October 06, 2017 660

Congressman Gosar seeks a solution to wildfires. 

MATForce celebrates the life of volunteer Bob Farster

MATForce, Yavapai County’s substance abuse coalition, will be celebrating the life of one of its volunteers.  On September 28th, 62 year old Robert Farster was crossing Gail Gardner Way in Prescott when he was hit in his motorized wheelchair by a truck.  He died from his injuries at Flagstaff Medical Center last Saturday.  MATForce representatives say as a volunteer with the organization, Farster reached over 12 thousand, 800 youth and adults with his personal story about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.  In his 11 years of service to the community, he participated in almost 580 presentations in schools and youth detention centers and to civic organizations.   His memorial service will be held at 11 tomorrow morning at Heritage Memory Mortuary, located on Grove Avenue in Prescott.    

Solutions needed for wildfires.

Congressman Paul Gosar is pushing for solutions to the threat of dangerous wildfires.   The National Interagency Fire Center reports there have been more than 50 thousand wildfires that have burned over 8 million acres so far this year.  The Forest Service has already spent 2.3 billion dollars on suppression costs this fiscal year alone.  Congressman Gosar is joining his colleagues in pressing for passage of the Resilient Federal Forest Act. Gosar calls this a personal issue. Gosar describes what the Resilient Federal Forest Act would do. The bill aims to combat dangerous wildfires before they start.  Gosar says the movie “Only the Brave,” which tells the story of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013, is a good example of why this bill needs to become law. “Only the Brave” opens in 2 weeks.  Congressman Gosar discussed the continued threat of wildfires yesterday morning.  

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Prescott Valley says goodbye to their Library Director

The Town of Prescott Valley is losing a longtime staff member.  After 30 years as Library Director, Stuart Mattson has announced he will be retiring at the beginning of next year.  Mattson remembers when the first library was established at the corner of Robert Road and Highway 69 where the Circle K store is now.  It was later moved to the area now known as Old Town.  In 1999, the Library moved to the 3rd floor of the Civic Center.  It stayed there until it moved to its current location on Civic Circle in 2009.  Mattson’s announcement follows that of Mayor Harvey Skoog, who in August stated he won’t be running for reelection when his term ends next year.  Skoog first served as Mayor from 1993 to 1998, then he was reelected in 2004 and has been Mayor ever since.   

Road closures in Prescott Valley this weekend

If you’ll be driving in Prescott Valley today and over the weekend, watch for road closures due to the Turquoise Circuit Rodeo Finals.  Police say Lake Valley Road from Lakeshore Drive to Florentine Road will only be open to local traffic from 10 am to 4 pm today.  After 4 this afternoon to 7 tomorrow morning, that portion of Lake Valley will be closed to all traffic.  From 10 am to 4 pm tomorrow, local traffic will be allowed again before the road is totally closed from 4 pm to all day Saturday before reopening at 8 Sunday morning. Lake Valley is an access road to the Prescott Valley Event Center, which is where the Rodeo Finals are being held.  

Prescott man arrested in Nebraska

A Prescott man has been arrested in Nebraska after 20 pounds of methamphetamine are located in his vehicle.  Nebraska State Patrol troopers made a stop on a vehicle traveling at 87 miles per hour just before 11 Monday morning.  After talking to the driver, troopers determined there was probable cause for a search of the vehicle.  Twenty packages of meth were located, along with 4 and a half pounds of high grade marijuana.  The drugs have an estimated street value of 225 thousand dollars.  Forty-five year old Sean Kramer has been booked into the Seward County Jail on possession of methamphetamine and marijuana with intent to deliver charges.  





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