Yavapai College will be looking for a new Baseball Coach. Yesterday Sky Smeltzer announced he would be leaving after serving 16 years as Coach. In 1996, he became the 5th Head Coach for Yavapai's baseball program. He led the Roughriders to their 6th Conference Championship in his 2nd season. The team also won Conference Championships in 1999, 2005 through 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012. He is the all-time winningest Coach in the college's history, with a 629 wins, 314 losses and 4 ties record. Smeltzer is retiring to pursue business opportunities in the Denver, Colorado area. Assistant Coach Ryan Cougill will be taking over for the remainder of the season. The Athletics Department has announced a nationwide search for a permanent coach will take place next spring.
The Town of Prescott Valley is hopeful voters will extend the Home Rule Option for 4 more years. This expenditure limitation allows cities and towns to set their own budgets, rather than the state. Voters have approved this option every 4 years since 1985 and it will be back on the ballot next March. You can share your comments on Home Rule as part of a public hearing tonight. The hearing will be held during Town Council's voting session, which starts at 5:30. The meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle. Last week, the Chino Valley Town Council held a public hearing on Home Rule. It then adopted a resolution proposing an extension. Voters there will also decide on the 4 year extension in March 2013.
If you want to get rid of your unwanted items, Yavapai County will take them off your hands free of charge. A Community Cleanup runs from 8 to 4 today, tomorrow and Saturday. Yavapai County Public Works spokesman Jeff Darley explains which items will be accepted and which ones won't. The Cleanup is being held at Date Creek Pit, located on Highway 89 in the Town of Congress. It is open to all County residents, but Darley says there are some requirements for participants. After Saturday, the Cleanup will resume 1 week from today and will conclude on Saturday, November 3rd. The Transfer Station will remain open on Tuesdays with normal hours and fees.
Yavapai County's new Justice Center will have all juvenile services under 1 roof. After months of construction, the new Center on Prescott Lakes Parkway is about ready to open its doors to the public. County Supervisor Carol Springer explains a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to celebrate the finished product. Springer says this new facility will be a one stop shop for juvenile services. Springer explains this new facility has been a long time coming. The current Detention Center has been located on Division Street in Prescott since 1974. The new Center will include 80 beds and treatment services for all juveniles housed there. Springer is scheduled to speak at the event along with fellow Supervisor Tom Thurman, Director of Juvenile Court Services Scott Mabery and Presiding Judge David Mackey. Springer explains she is pleased with the progress that has been made since the May 2011 groundbreaking. Arizona Supreme Court Justice Robert Brutinel is scheduled to speak as well. A reception and Center tours will follow the ribbon cutting.