Today: Apr 08 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: One Dies in Saturday Morning Accident

Accident on SR 169 claims one life.      

Street maintenance in Prescott

Watch for Prescott Street Maintenance crews performing work in 2 areas this week.  From 7 am to 2 pm today, Crews will be performing tree removal work on Park Avenue.  One lane will be closed near Country Club Lane.  From 7 to 2 tomorrow, crews will be performing ditch maintenance on Willow Creek Road at Haas Boulevard, which is the entrance to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  The turn lane into Haas will be closed.  Also in Prescott this week, a temporary water shut-off is scheduled from 10 tomorrow night to 4 Wednesday morning.  This shut-off is necessary so crews can tie in the new water line on Walker Road to the existing service.  Residents living along North Equestrian Way and East Liese Drive are asked to have enough water drawn to accommodate their needs during this temporary shut-off period.  

Yavapai College mourns former Coach Brooks Thompson

Yavapai College is mourning the death of a former Men’s Basketball Coach.  Former Coach Brooks Thompson died Thursday after he had been diagnosed with double organ failure in April and had been hospitalized ever since.  Thompson coached the Yavapai College Roughriders from 2002 to 2004, leading them to a National Junior College Division 1 Title each year he was there.   He then went to Arizona State University, where he spent 2 years as an Assistant Coach.  In April 2006, Thompson was named Head Coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He coached there until March of this year.  The 45-year-old Thompson also played for 5 teams in the NBA from 1994 to 1998, including the Phoenix Suns during the 1997-1998 season.  

Yavapai College considers dual enrollment classes

The Yavapai College Governing Board meets at 1 tomorrow afternoon to consider dual enrollment courses.  Agreements will allow Yavapai to provide duel enrollment courses to eligible students in 13 different school districts.  These courses are college level and are conducted on a high school or Joint Technological Education District campus.  The agreements would run from July 1st of this year to June 30th of next year.  Also during tomorrow’s meeting, Yavapai College President Penny Wills is scheduled to introduce new Vice-President for Instruction and Student Development Ron Liss.  The Board meets in the Rock House on the Prescott campus on Sheldon Street. 

$10K could be yours

Ten thousand dollars in cash could be yours if you have information that leads to arrests in a 29-year-old unsolved murder case.  On June 13th, 1987, Prescott College student Cathy Sposito rode her bike to the Thumb Butte trailhead in Prescott and began hiking the trail there.    At some point she was attacked and brutally murdered by one or more suspects, who disappeared and haven’t been caught.  Hikers in the area heard Sposito’s screams for help but couldn’t reach her in time.  The night before she was killed, she had dinner at a local restaurant and told friends she planned on hiking on Thumb Butte the next day.  Callers to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 can remain anonymous with their information and won’t have to testify.  Sal Sposito, Cathy’s brother, recently visited the crime scene and he’s asking anyone who has information about the violent murder of his sister to do the right thing and call the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office or Yavapai Silent Witness. 

Two vehicle collision leaves one person dead

One person is dead following a 2 vehicle crash.  Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr says the accident occurred at around 8 Saturday morning. Mehr describes what happened. The driver of the tractor trailer was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.  Both lanes of Highway 169 were closed for some time.  One lane was opened at 10 that morning to alternate traffic.  

Granite Mountain movie starts filming today

A movie based on the Granite Mountain Hot Shots starts filming in New Mexico today.  According to a press release, the feature film “Granite Mountain,” formerly known as “No Exit” will film in Santa Fe, Los Alamos and other New Mexico cities through early September.  Producer Lorenzo DiBonaVentura says the plot will focus on Eric Marsh, who led the Granite Mountain Hot Shots crew that died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30th, 2013 and Brenden McDonough, the surviving Hot Shots crew member.  DiBonaVentura adds it won’t focus on the tragedy or the exact details of the fire.  Oscar nominee Josh Brolin plays Marsh and Oscar winner Jennifer Connolly plays his widow Amanda.  Miles Teller plays McDonough.  

The two met in Prescott last month and took a picture together at Prescott Fire Station 7, which was home to the Hot Shots crew and a makeshift memorial following the Yarnell Fire tragedy.  “Granite Mountain” is set to open in theaters in September of next year.  

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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