Today: Feb 26 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: Kiwanis Auction Starts Tonight

The Kiwanis Auction is a Huge Help to Area Non-Profits

A Prescott resident and former business owner has been sentenced to a year in prison

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Arizona District Office, 65 year old Greg Ott owned and operated the Scottsdale based Xpress Pay, which contracted with small business owners to provide payroll services.  This included the preparation of federal employment tax returns and the payment of taxes.  Ott and his company would collect taxes directly from their clients by accessing their bank accounts.  Instead of making the required payments to the IRS in full, Ott transferred substantial amounts of money to his personal bank accounts and used the money to pay his own expenses.  This resulted in a more than 568 thousand dollar tax loss in 2010.   Senior U.S. District Court Judge Fredrick Martone has sentenced Ott to a 1 year prison sentence for evasion of tax payments.  In addition, Ott will serve 3 years of supervised release once his prison sentence ends, pay a 10 thousand dollar fine and perform 150 hours of community service.  He will also cooperate with the IRS in the determination and collection of taxes, penalties and interest due.

The Prescott City Council meets at 1:30 this afternoon to discuss an updated strategic plan

According to City Manager Craig McConnell, statements of interest were sent to several consulting firms regarding creation of an updated plan.  Mayor Harry Oberg, Council members Steve Sischka and Billie Orr, McConnell and City staff met with Mejorando Group representative Patrick Ibarra 2 weeks ago to review the approach and schedule for a strategic planning process. Ibarra is scheduled to make a presentation to Council during today’s special session, to be held in Council chambers on South Cortez Street.  

Share your comments on area recreation trails  

The Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest is hosting a public meeting tonight related to the Greater Prescott Trails Planning Mid-Term Project.  The District wants input on how to improve access and address natural resources concerns on 75 miles of trails and up to 8 trailhead projects.  The proposals address expansion and improvement of 6 areas currently in use and consideration of 2 new areas.   This includes reroutes, changes in status and new construction.  The meeting starts at 6 at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona, located on Aubrey Street in Prescott.  

Bid on some valuable items while helping area non-profit organizations

The 68th annual Prescott Kiwanis auction kicks off at 7 tonight.  Kiwanis President Gary Ballard explains how you can watch this fundraising event. Ballard describes how the Prescott Kiwanis Club uses the auction proceeds. The auction can also be heard live on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM or online at  Ballard explains when the auction will be on the air. Ballard says there’s always a good response for this fundraising event. The Prescott Kiwanis Club will have pictures up on its Facebook page of the items that will be auctioned off that night.  Proceeds are distributed to organizations that support family and children activities.  One hundred eighty-four thousand dollars was raised during the auction last year.  

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

Hear Bill Monroe on Northern Arizona's Source for News, Talk and Sports, KQNA 1130 AM, 99.9 FM .