Marijuana Growing & Drug Sales
Four arrests have been made after a marijuana growing and drug sales operation is discovered. At around 11 Monday morning, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputies who were serving an arrest warrant at an East Vaquero Lane home in Cottonwood saw 29 marijuana plants in plain view. Thirty-seven year old Jamie Meier and 43 year old Janice Garcia were arrested outside and when 36 year old Nathaniel Janes exited the home, he was taken into custody for the warrant. All 3 suspects are from Cottonwood and they are facing possession charges. Janes admitted to cultivating the plants and showed deputies larger ones being grown in a storage room attached to the home. He’s also been charged with misconduct involving weapons after firearms, along with marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine were found in his bedroom. Twenty-three year old Sedona resident Krystal Gonzales has also been arrested at the home after she was found with heroin.
Chino Valley Town Council Continues to Pray
The Chino Valley Town Council will continue to say a prayer at the start of their meetings. Mayor Chris Marley temporarily suspended the invocation after a resident objected publicly to it. There was a moment of silence at the January 26 th meeting, but on Tuesday Marley told the audience he would be giving the invocation. This caused Rabbi Adele Plotkin to protest and she was escorted out of Council chambers by 2 police officers. Residents who spoke to Council thanked members for standing their ground and they raised concerns about offering a moment of silence instead of prayer. After some discussion, Council voted to keep things as is, meaning members can give the invocation on a rotating basis. Council will give notification that a prayer will be said and those who may be offended can wait outside chambers until it’s over.
Funding for Verde Valley Kids' Technology
Two libraries in the Verde Valley are getting funding to bring technology to kids. The Arizona State Library has set aside more than 45 thousand dollars for libraries across Arizona to host computer coding clubs for children. These clubs expose children to current and future technologies. Secretary of State Michele Reagan says libraries continue transforming their traditional services for their communities. They are hosting free ongoing computer and science related programming for children. Libraries in Sedona and Camp Verde are receiving funding, which is made possible through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Another Roundabout in Chino Valley
Chino Valley drivers could soon be traveling on another roundabout. Town officials are proposing a new roundabout at Road 5 North and Highway 89. According to acting Public Works Director Michael Lopez, this intersection has presented some dangerous situations to drivers in the past. Currently a left turn from Road 5 North onto 89 is challenging but this project would help with improved traffic flow in that area. Lopez adds with multi-family residential and light commercial zoning, the roundabout would serve future growth. The Town has a roundabout at the entrance on 89 and Outer Loop Road and construction just started on another one at Perkinsville Road. A letter of support for the newest roundabout to ADOT District Engineer Alvin Stump will be considered by Council at 6 tonight at Town Hall, located on Highway 89.
Yavapai County Saving Money
Yavapai County is saving money with some improvement projects. According to Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Smith, last year 2 million dollars was budgeted for construction of a new building to house the Cottonwood Adult Probation Office. That office was located in a building that was leased for many years and had little room and no parking. A building was purchased on South 14th Street that now houses adult probation. The cost was 600 thousand dollars, a significant drop in what was budgeted. There will be additional savings with potential tenants looking to occupy the second floor of the building. Another project would replace the old lighting fixtures with new led lights in 6 county buildings. That investment will pay for itself in 4 years. Smith says the Supervisors have discussed these projects. The Board has also discussed ongoing maintenance on existing buildings, including roof replacement and parking lots.
A shed that was used as a chicken coop is a total loss following a house fire. Central Yavapai Fire Marshall Rick Chase says the fire started Saturday on Allen Lane in the Antelope Meadows subdivision off Highway 89. Chase describes how the fire started. Chase adds this serves as reminder to use caution with heat lamps. Also on Saturday, a shed in the Prescott Heights area caught on fire after a cardboard box containing ashes was placed next to it. Further investigation is underway on that fire.
Karen Fann Addresses Job Creation
Job creation efforts are being improved thanks to a State Representative from Prescott. Representative Karen Fann is sponsoring legislation that would establish the Governor’s Economic Opportunity Office. This office is described as a one-stop economic development shop that will get government out of the way of job creators. It will also provide a direct link between the business community and workers. Fann has stated Arizona is quickly becoming the preferred place to be for companies looking to grow their business in an environment with limited regulations and competitive taxes. Governor Doug Ducey is thanking Fann for her leadership in these crucial efforts to grow the economy by attracting new businesses to Arizona.