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Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Adopt New Ordinance to Protect Citizens

Ban on using handheld cellphones while driving begins November 2nd!!

At the Octobr 3rd Board of Supervisors meeting in Prescott, the vote was unanimous to approve the ordinance banning the use of handheld devices while driving in unincorporated areas of Yavapai County.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Adopt New Ordinance to Protect Citizens

On October 3, 2018, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors held the second and final hearing for adoption of Ordinance 2018-2.  The ordinance would regulate the use of communication devices and texting while operating a motor vehicle.  There were several people in attendance that spoke in support of the measure and only one person speaking in opposition.  After several minutes of comments from the public, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the ordinance.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Jack Smith, said, “It was my honor to make the initial motion to adopt this ordinance, which will save lives.”  Supervisor Smith went on to state, “Think about what we did here today.  I applaud you all for coming out today and know that we will be taking this issue to the State Legislature again this year, and will be having a very thorough discussion about the distracted driving ordinance we passed today.”

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Craig Brown, who offered the second for the motion said, “This is a culmination of three years of work and is something we have begged the legislation to act on, but in their absence, Yavapai County will take the lead in adopting this critical new ordinance.”

The ordinance states: A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while holding in his or her hand, typing on or otherwise manually operating a portable communications device. Several exemptions and definitions are spelled out in the ordinance, the full text of which can be read here https://goo.gl/Vhb2Bo .

 


Supervisor Rowle P. Simmons, Chariman Has Two Remaining Annual Town Halls in 2018

Supervisor Rowle P. Simmons, Chairman has Two Remaining Annual Town Halls in 2018

October 17, 2018

Supevisor Rowle P. Simmons, Chairman has two remaining annual Town Halls left in 2018.  The Town Halls are important to the community as they allow residents to ask questions and get answers and to learn about the functions of Yavapai County Government. The departments represented at these meetings are Public Works, Development Services, Community Health Department, Flood Control, and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Congress – Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 P.M. Location is the Congress Fire Station @ 26733 Santa Fe Road
  • Wiilhoit  –  Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 P.M.  Location is the Fire Station @ 9000 S. Magby  ***Please note, the Flu Shot Clinic in Wilhoit begins at 5:00 P.M.***

Please contact Barbara Fox-Thomas if you have any questions @ 928.499-4586


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Honor Fallen WWI Soldiers

 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Honor Fallen WWI Soldiers

At the October 4, 2018 Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting, Betty Bourgault, Founder and Researcher of the "All Veterans Memorial" plaque project was on hand to receive the signed proclamation honoring the Yavapai County's World War I Fallen Soldiers.  This year we recognizing the 100-year anniversary of the ending of the war.  Yavapai County has 31 veterans of the armed forced that gave their lives in WWI We must remember their service and sacrifice in perpetuity. 

The Proclamation reads:

Honoring Yavapai County’s World War I Fallen Soldiers during the 100th Anniversary of the Ending of World War I      

WHEREAS, hundreds of Yavapai County citizens answered the call to defend freedom and fight tyranny in 1917-1918; and, 

WHEREAS, 31 veterans of the armed forces from Yavapai County gave their lives in World War I in defense of freedom from tyranny; and,

WHEREAS, Yavapai County must remember and honor the service and sacrifice of their fellow citizens in perpetuity; and,WHEREAS, a plaque mounted on the “All-Veterans Memorial” located on the Yavapai County Courthouse grounds in Prescott commemorates these fallen World War I soldiers:

Sgt. Thomas Arnold, U.S. Army, from Prescott, died on May 16, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt.  Louis S. Boyer, U.S. Army, from Clarkdale, killed in action, while serving in France. Date of death unknown.     

Pvt. Aaron W. Casner, U.S. Army, from Beaver Creek, Yavapai County, died of illness on October 5, 1918.     

Pvt. Chester W. Crews, U.S. Army, from Mayer, missing in action, on September 6, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. Eli Davis, U.S. Army, from Skull Valley, died on October 27, 1918, from wounds, received in action, while serving in France.     

Cpl. Charles M. Dewey, U.S. Army, a miner in Jerome, killed in action on September 6, 1918, while serving in France.  He was the great nephew of Admiral George Dewey.     

Cpl. Howard M. Draper, U.S. Army, from Yavapai County, killed in action on September 5, 1918, while serving in France.  Prescott High School student.    

Pvt. Walter H. Grant, U.S. Army, from Jerome, died on October 18, 1918 from wounds, received in action, while serving in France.     

Cpl. Charles A. Harding, U.S. Army, from Seligman, killed in action on October 3, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. Oral T. Henderson, U.S. Army, from Jerome/Cottonwood, died on November 22, 1918, from wounds, received in action, while serving in France.     

Cpl. Harry B. Horgan, U.S. Army, from Congress Junction, killed in action on July 31, 1918, while serving in France.

Pvt. Karl Hurst, U.S. Army, from Cornville, died of disease.  Date of Death unknown.     

Pvt. Guy A. Jamison, U.S. Army, from Canon (Black Canyon City), killed in action on  October 9, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. William W. Jones, U.S. Army, from Prescott, died from disease on November 23, 1918.     

Pvt. John Kelly, U.S. Army, from Mayer, died on October 21, 1918, while serving in France.    

Pvt. William King, U.S. Army, from Prescott, died of disease on March 17, 1918.     

Pvt. William Emmons King, U.S. Army, from Prescott, missing in action on September 25, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. William Albert Kinsman, U.S. Army, from Camp Verde, killed in action on September 26, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. Samuel A. Kuykendall, U.S. Army, from Skull Valley, died on October 28, 1918, from wounds, received in action, while serving in France.     

1st Lt. Ernest A. Love, U.S. Army Air Service, from Prescott, died on September 16, 1918, from wounds received in action while serving in France.  Prescott High School student.     

Cpl. Elexandro Moisa. U.S. Army from Jerome, killed in action on October 6, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. Sidney Owens, U.S. Army, from Mayer, killed in action on June 14, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. Albert Pitts, U.S. Army, from Seligman, killed in action on August 29, 1918, while serving in France.     

Fireman Second Class, Charles D. Shumaker, U.S. Navy, from Clarkdale, died from disease on October 10, 1918.     

Pvt. Jacob K. Theobald, U.S. Army, from Prescott, died on November 16, 1918, from wounds received in action, while serving in France.   Prescott High School student.     

Sgt. Arthur J. Tisdale, U.S. Army, from Yavapai County, killed in action on September 27, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. Clair S. Tompkins, U.S. Army, from Camp Verde, died of disease. Date of death unknown.     

Pvt. Steve Vaglio, U.S. Army, from Jerome, died of disease on September 25, 1918.     

Pvt. William Walter, U.S. Army, from Seligman, killed in action on October 12, 1918, while serving in France; and,

WHEREAS, the names of two additional fallen soldiers have been found who are not on the  “All Veterans Memorial” plaque,

Pvt. Howard E. Morrow, Canadian Army, from Prescott, killed in action on August 10, 1918,  while serving in France.   Prescott High School student, and,     

Cpl. John Henry Pruitt, USMC, from Jerome, killed in action on October 4, 1918, while serving  in France.  Cpl. Pruitt is a double Medal of Honor recipient. 

NOW THEREFORE, in recognition of their sacrifice in the fight for freedom and against tyranny, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors do hereby remember and honor the service and sacrifice of the Yavapai County citizens that lost their life as World War I Fallen Soldiers, 

FURTHER, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors encourage all citizens of Yavapai County to pause in remembrance of these brave soldiers during the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War I, The War to End All Wars.     

IN WITNESS THEREOF, the Board of Supervisors have hereunto set our hand and caused the seal of the County of Yavapai, to be affixed this 3rd day of October, 2018. 


Board of Supervisors Encourage Citizens to Get Flu Shots

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Encourages Everyone to Get Flu Shot

 

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like to encourage everyone to get their flu shot.  If you live in one of the communities listed below the Yavapai County Community Health Services will bring the flu shot a little closer to you.  There are several opportunities to get your flu shot and very few reasons not to get one.

Many of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors hold Town Hall meetings and combine them with an opportunity to get your flu shot.  Several of those meeting dates and times can be found at Yavapai.us/bos including the Chairman Rowle Simmons’ Wilhoit Town Hall meeting and flu shot clinic on October 23, 2018.  The flu shots will begin at 5:00 PM and the Town Hall meeting will begin at 6:00 PM at the Fire Station, 9000 S. Magby.   

Wednesday
October 17

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Paulden Library

16 W. Big Chino Road
Paulden

Thursday
October 18

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Congress Fire Departments

26733 Santa Fe Road
Congress

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Yarnell Regional Community Center

22302 S. Highway 89
Yarnell

Monday

October 22

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Seligman Library

54170 N. Floyd Street
Seligman

Tuesday

October 23

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wilhoit Fire Department

9000 Magby Lane
Wilhoit

Thursday

October 25

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Skull Valley Community Hall

150 Old Skull Valley Road
Skull Valley

Monday

November 5

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Verde Valley Senior Center

500 E. Cherry Street
Cottonwood

Benefits:  The annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu and spread it to others.  The more people are vaccinated against the flu, the less the flu will spread throughout the community.

Who Should get the Flu Vaccine:  Everyone should receive an annual flu vaccine.  Protecting yourself from the flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu associated illnesses such as:  infants, older adults, and anyone with a chronic condition.

Does the Flu Vaccine Work Right Away?  No, it takes about two weeks after receiving the flu vaccination for the antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.  That’s why it’s better to receive your flu vaccination as soon as available or early in the season.


Arizona Public Service Offers Energy Support Programs

Energy Support Programs Through APS

Did you know APS has support programs for qualifing individuals and families. If you meet the income guidelines and your application is approved, you will recieve a flat 25% discount on your monthly bill to assist with your energy costs. We all coud use a little help now and then. Their limited-income programs offer support when you need it most. Click on the link below for more application and instructions.

https://www.aps.com/en/residential/accountservices/assistanceprograms/Pages/limited-income-home.aspx


National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 22, 2018

National Public Lands Day

Saturday September 22nd Prescott National Forest will waive fees at the following locations:

  • Lynx Lake Recreation Area:  North Shore, South Shore and Lynx Creek Ruin
  • Granite Basin Recreation Area:  Cayuse, Wekuvde, Boat Launch, Playa and Metate
  • Thumb Butte Recreation Area
  • Groom Creek Nature Trail
  • Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area:  Day Use Site
  • Mingus Day Use
  • Mingus Lake Day Use
  • Hayfield Draw OHV Recreation Area

Arizona Public Service (APS) Solar Communities Program

The APS Solar Communities program for residential customers is a unique opportunity for limited-income customers, who may not have considered rooftop solar an option, the ability to help advance solar in Arizona. Participation in the program is FREE and qualified participants will receive $360 a year on their energy bill for the next 20 years for participating in the program.

The program:
Click on the link to learn more...https://www.aps.com/en/ourcompany/aboutus/investmentinrenewableenergy/Pages/aps-solar-communities.aspx?src=solarcommunities


Lady Ermintrude Returns to Grace the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza

The original Yavapai County Courthouse plaza fountain, named “Lady Ermintrude” was dismantled and placed into storage at the Sharlot Hall Museum in 1976. This action was taken after it fell into disrepair due to weather conditions, which damaged one of the fountain bowls.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “It was the desire of the County to restore the original fountain and return it to the Courthouse Plaza as part of the Courthouse Centennial Project.” To achieve this, portions of the fountain required replication and all of it required restoration.

The County contacted Robinson Iron, artisans of cast metal located in Alexander City Alabama, who had recently restored a fountain with near exact detail to the one first placed in the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.  According to newspaper archives found in the Weekly Journal-Miner, a predecessor to the Daily Courier, dated July 13, 1910, “The new bronze fountain for the Plaza arrived from New York, yesterday, and was set in position in the concrete enclosure. It will be ready for service in the morning, and is pronounced one of the most attractive pieces of art that has ever been received in the Territory.”

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like everyone to know that the official unveiling will take place on June 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Yavapai County Courthouse plaza.

In addition to several members of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, in attendance will be, Fred Veil, Sharlot Hall Museum Executive Director, Honorable Judge Mackey Superior Court Presiding Judge, and Senator Karen Fann.

The BLM will hold a public meeting on July 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Community Center located at 14200 W. Kirkland-Hillside Rd., in Kirkland. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hassayampa Field Office invites the public’s comments on an updated Draft Mining and Reclamation Plan of Operations and Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed high-quality pozzolan mine on approximately 88 acres of public lands in Skull Valley, Ariz.

The 60-day comment period is from July 7, 2018 through September 4, 2018.

The BLM will hold a public meeting on July 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Community Center located at 14200 W. Kirkland-Hillside Rd., in Kirkland. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting will begin with a presentation. The topics that will be covered include the role of the BLM in managing public lands for multiple uses, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, wildlife resources, archaeological resources, the mine permitting process, and the transportation network associated with the proposed mine. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for public comment. The meeting will conclude in an open-house format during which BLM specialists and Kirkland Mining Company representatives will be available to answer questions.

A court reporter and comment station will be available for onsite comment submissions. Additionally, stakeholders are encouraged to submit their comments for the record through the BLM ePlanning project website. Written comments may be mailed to Geologist Shelby Cave at the BLM Hassayampa Field Office, 21605 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85027, faxed to 623-580-5580, or emailed to KIRKMPO@blm.gov

This open house is intended to assist the public in reviewing more detailed information available on the BLM ePlanning project website and providing substantive comments. Maps, comments forms, baseline studies, the draft environmental assessment and other materials will be available online at http://go.usa.gov//xnJFX beginning on July 7.

If you have questions, please contact Shelby Cave at 623-580-5500 or KIRKMPO@blm.gov.

Before including any personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that this information may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

________________________________

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

 

Heartfelt Thanks to the Citizens of Yavapai County

Heartfelt Thanks

 May 15, 2018
 To the citizens of Yavapai County:


On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the voters of Yavapai County overwhelmingly authorized extension of the ¼-cent jail district sales tax by a margin of 3-1. On behalf of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, please allow me to express our heartfelt thanks for your vote of support for public safety in our county. Your “yes” vote has ensured that this county will have the jail funding necessary to provide a safe and secure community for the coming decades.


The Board is truly humbled by this enormous display of trust by the citizens of Yavapai County. We pledge to use these funds wisely and effectively for the safety of the citizens of our great county.
 
Sincerely,
Rowle P. Simmons, Chairman
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors


Az Sonshine 4th Annual Event in Prescott Valley June 14-15 **Free Health Care Event**

 


Memorial Run Saturday. June 2, 2018 in Yarnell - Drivers should expect delays from 5:30 am to 12 noon

Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for lane restrictions on SR 89 in Yarnell on Saturday, June 2nd while the Yarnell Memorial Run is underway. Lane restrictions are scheduled to occur from 5:30 am to 12 noon between mileposts 276 and 278.
 
Southbound SR 89 will be reduced to one lane (right lane will be closed) Speed limit will be reduced from 45 to 35 mph
 
Allow extra travel time and plan your route in advance to avoid delays.
 
For more information, please call Deborrah Miller, Community Relations project manager at (928) 777- 5986 or email: http://Dmiller5@azdot.gov
 

District 1 Office - Yavapai County Administration Building

Emergency Notification System testing on Wednesday  Just so you know.....

Emergency Notification System testing on Wednesday
Just so you know.....
Fire Season is Approaching-
The Emergency Notification System will be tested this Wednesday- system will be notified with a reminder to register for those who have not done so. The message will also contain information on ‘Ready, Set, Go’ terminology which YCSO will use in case of a potential evacuation incident.
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, beginning at 3 PM, YCSO will activate and test the Emergency Notification System, also known as Code Red. The main focus of this test is to alert residents to ‘Ready, Set, Go’ terminology which will be used in the case of an evacuation. It is important to understand the definition of each term as it provides guidance on what you should do should if the possibility of an evacuation occurs in your neighborhood. The notification message will include a brief overview of ‘Ready, Set, Go.’  A copy of the flyer for the Ready, Set, Go program is attached.
If you have already signed up for the Emergency Notification System (ENS-Code Red), expect to receive notice on whatever mode of contact you designated to receive messages. This could be by email, text, or voice (a phone call recorded message) depending what was selected as the primary contact. 
If you have not registered and receive the notification, that means your number was obtained from public phone records for use with the system. In this case, you are encouraged to sign up and register your preferred mode for contact.
If you do not receive notification, you are NOT registered with the system. Please take the time to sign up at www.ycsoaz.gov by clicking on the Emergency Notification System tab at the top of the homepage.
For everyone, please consider downloading the free Code Red mobile application for smart phones which provides location based alerts directly to your phone- https://www.onsolve.com/solutions/products/codered/mobile-alert-app/codered-mobile-apps-download/
If you would like to sign up, but do not have access to the internet, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 or the Public Information Officer at 928-777-7441 and we would be glad to get you registered.   
Yavapai Co ENS 2 Flyer.pdf
 

The BLM will hold a public meeting on July 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Community Center located at 14200 W. Kirkland-Hillside Rd., in Kirkland. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hassayampa Field Office invites the public’s comments on an updated Draft Mining and Reclamation Plan of Operations and Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed high-quality pozzolan mine on approximately 88 acres of public lands in Skull Valley, Ariz.

The 60-day comment period is from July 7, 2018 through September 4, 2018.

The BLM will hold a public meeting on July 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Community Center located at 14200 W. Kirkland-Hillside Rd., in Kirkland. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting will begin with a presentation. The topics that will be covered include the role of the BLM in managing public lands for multiple uses, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, wildlife resources, archaeological resources, the mine permitting process, and the transportation network associated with the proposed mine. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for public comment. The meeting will conclude in an open-house format during which BLM specialists and Kirkland Mining Company representatives will be available to answer questions.

A court reporter and comment station will be available for onsite comment submissions. Additionally, stakeholders are encouraged to submit their comments for the record through the BLM ePlanning project website. Written comments may be mailed to Geologist Shelby Cave at the BLM Hassayampa Field Office, 21605 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85027, faxed to 623-580-5580, or emailed to KIRKMPO@blm.gov.

This open house is intended to assist the public in reviewing more detailed information available on the BLM ePlanning project website and providing substantive comments. Maps, comments forms, baseline studies, the draft environmental assessment and other materials will be available online at
http://go.usa.gov//xnJFX beginning on July 7 .

If you have questions, please contact Shelby Cave at 623-580-5500 or KIRKMPO@blm.gov.

Before including any personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that this information may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

________________________________

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.
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