Bill's Newscast: Goodbye, Captain

04 January 2019

The world says goodbye to the Captain.

The ACLU is demanding a Cottonwood school stop flagging students as underachievers.  

Mingus Union High School students who have fallen behind in class must wear red ID badges.   ACLU Legal Director Kathy Brody describes the purpose of this program. Brody calls this practice humiliating. The ACLU is representing Jennifer Lansman’s daughter, 17 year old Junior Jordan Pickett. Lansman explains she knows about the misconception that students who wear red badges are stupid or lazy. Cottonwood School District officials argue the red cards keep Juniors who don’t have enough credits for their grade level from leaving campus for lunch.  It’s not about punishing kids for underperforming.  The ACLU is hoping to find resolution so this matter won’t head to court.  

One-half of one of the most popular duos in pop music has died in Prescott.  

Seventy-six year old Daryl Dragon, best known as the “Captain” of Captain and Tennille passed away early yesterday morning following a long battle with renal cancer.  Dragon had been in hospice care in Prescott, where he and his musical partner and former wife Toni Tennille moved to in 2008.  

During a live appearance on Q and A with host DJ Fone on KQNA 1130 AM and 95.5 and 99.9 FM last March, Tennille talked about the early days of Captain and Tennille. Tennille said timing was everything with one of their biggest hits.  

In addition to “Love will Keep Us Together,” Captain and Tennille’s other big hits include “Muskrat Love,” “Shop Around” and “Do That to Me One More Time.”  Tennille filed for divorce from Dragon after nearly 40 years of marriage in Yavapai County Superior Court in 2014.  

She moved to Florida later that year but returned to Prescott to care for Dragon.  She was by his side when he died.  

Overnight closures won’t be taking place on Highway 89 in Prescott until January 9.

ADOT had scheduled closures of the roadway in both directions from Highway 89A to Deep Well Ranch Road due to pavement preservation work.  However, due to weather conditions, that work has been postponed.  ADOT officials will announce the updated work schedule when it becomes available.  This construction is being done in conjunction with a project that would widen the current 2 lane Highway 89 to a 4 lane divided highway with a raised center median. Other improvements include a new roundabout at Perkins Drive, additional widening under the 89A overpass and construction of James Lane as a tie-in to the new Willow Creek Road realignment.  The Highway 89 widening project is expected to be finished by August.  

It’s time to take the plunge in Prescott Valley.  

The Town Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 2019 Polar Bear Splash at the Mountain Valley Splash facility on Nace Lane tomorrow.   During a recent live appearance on Talk of the Town on KQNA 1130 AM and 95.5 and 99.9 FM, Prescott Valley Aquatics Coordinator Brady Peck described what will be taking place as part of this free event. DJ Fone will be broadcasting live from 9 to noon on the MIX 106 KPPV as participants prepare to jump into the icy waters of the pool.  Peck says the weather was warm last year. There will be prizes at the bottom of the pool for participants to grab.  Those who wish to be in the Polar Bear Splash must be 18 years of age or older.  

You only have a few days left to camp in the Highway 260 and Salt Mine Road Corridor areas, as a closure is going into effect Monday.  

Prescott National Forest officials say camping in those areas has become a major safety concern due to high use, overstay violations, abandoned trash and illegal activities.  Strategies that have been put into place over the past 10 years have been ineffective as violations continue to occur.  In order to address the issue of overcrowding and overuse in Verde Ranger District areas, Forest officials are issuing a 2 year closure.  During this period, camping will be prohibited within areas next to Highway 260 from Cottonwood to Camp Verde and Salt Mine Road in Camp Verde from the Highway 260 area to the Beasley Flats Day Use Area.  Over the next 2 years, District officials will be analyzing current camping corridors, areas of overuse and looking at long term management of those areas.  There will be opportunities for public involvement and input.  



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Bill Monroe

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