Charter schools, college budgets and road work.
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Prescott Valley Police have helped in the capture of a Tucson fugitive. According to Tucson Police Sergeant Chris Widmer, in March an investigation was launched into the online sharing and distribution of child pornography. Child porn videos were located at the home of 29 year old Martin Ward. Ward is a former Tucson Police officer who had quit last December, rather than face termination following an unrelated internal investigation. Late last Friday night, Prescott Valley Police assisted the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force in making the arrest of Ward at the Super 8 Motel on Highway 69. He is facing 1 charge of sexual exploitation of a minor.
How much water does Yavapai County have and how long will it last? Those questions will be answered during a Williamson Valley Community Organization meeting. Ken Janecek, Vice President of the Citizens Water Advocacy Group is scheduled to speak at the Organization's meeting at 6:30 tonight. Janecek will address questions on water myths and realities. There will also be discussion on what homeowners are willing to do to protect their property values. The meeting will be held at the Central Yavapai Fire Station on Outer Loop Road in Chino Valley. Interested residents are invited to attend and ask questions about local water issues.
Expect delays as final repairs get started on the Hell Canyon Bridge near Paulden. ADOT crews completed a major deck repair project on the 600 foot bridge in March. Now they must repair a damaged steel plate on the bridge. ADOT spokesman Dustin Krugel explains when work is scheduled to start. Krugel adds work will be taking place around the clock.
The lane restrictions start at 6 Sunday morning and run through 9 Wednesday night. A temporary signal will be in place at both ends of the bridge and the speed limit will be reduced to 25 miles per hour. Oversized vehicles won't be allowed to travel through the work zone. Alternate routes include I-17 and Highway 93.
Yavapai College's preliminary 2014 Budget is now in place, and final approval is expected next month. Governing Board members adopted the 85 million dollar budget on Tuesday. College Spokesman Mike Lange. Lange adds there's one step remaining in the budget process. Tuition wise, most students will see a maximum increase of 2 dollars per credit hour. Students enrolled in high cost programs will pay more. Information on the proposed budget is available online at yc.edu.
The Humboldt Unified School District will be entering into charter school territory. During a special meeting last night, School Board members approved charter applications for 5 schools. Superintendent Paul Stanton explains what the next steps are in this proposal. Stanton adds next year planning for the charter schools will get underway:. The applications for Coyote Springs, Humboldt, Lake Valley and Mountain View Elementary and Glassford Hill Middle Schools will go before the Arizona Department of Education for its approval. Stanton says this charter school conversion will help address a loss in revenue. Stanton says District officials want to hear from parents as to the programs that could be offered. Next year, the District will receive 700 dollars for each new kindergarten student and 1400 dollars for each new student in other grades. The following year, assistance will be given for all students enrolled in the charter schools.
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