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Yavapai County is partnering with local jurisdictions and the US Census Bureau to get an accurate count of every person residing in Yavapai County as of April 1, 2020. The County has received general trainings from the Census Bureau to get our Complete Count Committee formed, and will begin meeting to brainstorm with the committee in November. The big kick off and advertisements from the Census will begin after the new year in January 2020. Currently, the Census Bureau is hiring many citizens from around every community to help with the collection of data and verify homes and addresses. The Census workers are out in the neighborhoods right now and should be clearly identified with a badge. Please be kind to them as they are trying to help locate homes and other buildings that people may be living in. The benefit will be for our communities to be given our portion of the funds from the federal government to help support our community needs. The actual census will be conducted in April 2020. Residents will be able to respond via phone, mail, or via the internet based on the preferred method of the resident. Federal Census takers will be personally visiting difficult or nonresponsive properties during the summer of 2020.



Yavapai County Citizens Academy in 2020

The Yavapai County Citizens Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2020 class. The Academy will provide Yavapai County residents with insights into how County government works, promote open lines of communication, and offer a clear understanding of how County services affect the everyday lives of its citizens. Anyone interested in attending the 2020 class can apply by visiting

This is a great opportunity to learn about your government, speak to well informed directors and elected officials, and get all your Yavapai County questions answered.
Applications to attend the Citizens Academy must be submitted online at Participants will interact with the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, County leadership, and other citizens in this collaborative and informative course. By the end of the class, participants will have an increased understanding of the organizational structure and operation of the various County departments that influence the quality of life in Yavapai County.

The Citizens Academy is at no charge and is open to anyone living in Yavapai County, 18 years of age or older. The class will accommodate 20-25 participants and registration is on a first come, first served basis. The Academy is not intended to be a platform for complaints or to debate political issues but rather a place to ask questions, and learn.

The Academy will consists of 8 classes, each of which will highlight various Yavapai County departments. Classes run each Thursday evening from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM and a light dinner will be provided. This class will be held at the Yavapai County Board Room, located at 1015 Fair St. Prescott AZ 86305 on the following dates: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19.

The Academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony at a Board of Supervisors meeting shortly after the completion of the class.
To apply, visit and click on the Application for Citizens Academy link.

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date Change - October 15, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

The regularly scheduled meeting for Wednesday October 16, 2019 has been moved to Tuesday October 15, 2019. The meeting will begin as previously scheduled, at 9:00 AM in the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting room, 10 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood AZ.

The meeting date is being moved so the Board of Supervisors can attend the Arizona Rural Transportation Summit in Tucson. Meetings at the summit will include a Rural Legislator Caucus where members of the state legislature will join local officials to discuss rural transportation infrastructure needs, how they can be addressed, and what other transportation issues will likely be included in the upcoming year’s legislative agenda.

Get Your Flu Shot.....

Listed below are the dates and times for 2019 Flu Shot Clinics

Mon, Oct 7
5:00– 6:00 p.m.
Verde Village Clubhouse
4855 E. Broken Saddle Dr

Wed, Oct 9
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Paulden Library
16 W. Big Chino Road

Fri, Oct 11
2:00 -5:00 p.m.
Prescott Public Library
215 E. Goodwin Street

Tues, Oct 15
5 :00-6:00 p.m.
Verde Santa Fe Clubhouse
635 Verde Santa Fe Parkway

Fri, Oct 18
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Skull Valley Historical Society
3150 Old Skull Valley Road
Skull Valley

Sat, Oct 19
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cornville (Windmill Park)
9984 E. Cornville Road

Mon, Oct 21
11:00 a.m. – Noon
Beaver Creek Adult Center
4250 Zuni Way
Beaver Creek

Tues, Oct 22
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Village of Oak Creek Association Clubhouse
690 Bell Rock Boulevard Village of Oak Creek

Thurs, Oct 24
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Congress Fire Department
26733 Santa Fe Road

Thursday, Oct 24
Yarnell Regional Community Center
22302 S. Highway 89

Thursday, Oct 25
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Seligman Library
54170 N. Floyd Street

Thursday, Oct 25
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Ash Fork Public Library
450 Lewis Avenue
Ash Fork

Give Crimes and Criminals the Blues

Special Concert and Law Enforcement Event at the Court House Square On Friday, August 2, 2019

On Friday, August 2, 2019, at 6 PM, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, and several of its law enforcement partners including the Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Tribal Police Departments, along with the Attorney General’s Office and others, will host the annual National Night Out Kick-Off Concert.

National Night Out itself occurs every year on the first Tuesday in August – this year, August 6, 2019. The National Night Out (NNO) campaign takes place all across the U.S. and is designed to raise crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood unity and spirit, and further develop partnerships between Law Enforcement agencies and the community. At the core of these programs is Neighborhood Watch – residents and business owners uniting with their law enforcement representatives to reduce crime.

The goal of this event on August 2nd, which is expected to conclude at 8:30PM, is to highlight and remind community members about NNO and provide an opportunity for the public to meet various law enforcement agencies in one place. Agency reps will be on hand to talk about their planned NNO activities, answer questions, and share crime prevention information. We encourage those in YCSO based neighborhood watch programs to attend.

For the 7th year hosting, local blues band “Road One South” will perform during the August 2nd event in conjunction with the Summer Concert Series. Their show will be tailored to highlight some of the many activities also occurring that evening including displays and information from various area law enforcement agencies, K9 officers, special vehicle displays, etc. Kids of all ages can meet Deputy Do-Right, YCSO’s child safety mascot.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music, displays and the opportunity to meet your local law enforcement representatives as we unite to “Give Crime and Criminals the Blues!”
For further information or details on this event, please contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Bryan Thomas at 928-777-7223 or Dwight DEvelyn at 928-777-7441 – email 

Mary Mallory Appointed to Board of Supervisors

Mary Mallory appointed to Board of Supervisors

On July 15, 2019, at the special Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board unanimously voted to make Mary Mallory the new District 5 Supervisor.

The newly appointed Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Mary Mallory said, “I look forward to continuing my service to this great community as a Yavapai County Supervisor. I feel that I know the people of Yavapai County and they know me. This position will allow me to continue my work to serve the people.”

Supervisor Mallory was sworn in by Chairman Randy Garrison immediately after the meeting.

Yavapai County Wins National Award

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has awarded Yavapai County with a National Achievements Award in the category of Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation for the restoration of the Historic Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza “Lady Ermintrude” Fountain. The award honors innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.
In 1910, an elegant fountain dubbed “Lady Ermintrude” was installed and graced the Courthouse Plaza for more than 60 years before falling into disrepair. In 1976, it was dismantled and placed in storage at a museum in Prescott.
In 2016, as the Centennial of the laying of the cornerstone was approaching, County officials discovered the surviving Courthouse fountain components and a restoration project began. A foundry in Alabama that had the original statue pattern was commissioned and the missing and broken pieces were recast. Yavapai County Facilities Department workers restored the basin to reflect its original 1910 style and the fountain was then reinstalled. A rededication ceremony was held on June 29, 2018 and “Lady Ermintrude” was unveiled to stand as a testament to the history of the Courthouse for generations to come.
The Yavapai County Courthouse commemorated its Centennial on October 15, 2016. As the original state capital of Arizona following statehood on February 14, 1912, the Courthouse was honored by being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and recognized as one of the Great Places in America: Public Spaces by the American Planning Association in 2008.
NACo President Greg Cox said, “Counties implement innovative programs that enhance residents’ quality of life every day. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs demonstrate how counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.” Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. NACo will recognize Yavapai County at its 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition, July 12-15 in Clark County, Nevada.

5th Annual Az Sonshine Event

Supervisor Simmons wanted to let you know that the 5th annual Az Sonshine Event is scheduled to take place at Findlay Toyota Center (formerly known as Prescott Valley Event Center) in Prescott Valley on June 13th and on the link for more information!

Restrictions Beginning on 2/1/2019-7/15/2019 For Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte

Prescott National Forest officials wanted to give folks a heads up that they have one more weekend for climbing opportunities before the Forest implements restrictions on climbing and other activities on the cliff faces of both Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte on Friday, February 1, 2019. Both sites have been consistently occupied by peregrines annually for more than 21 years. These annual closures are providing the undisturbed setting and quality nesting habitat essential for peregrines to successfully raise their young.

The closures will begin February 1st and last until July 15th. For both locations, the closures will be the same as they have for over 20 years. On Granite Mountain, it is prohibited to be upon any part of the Granite Mountain rock cliff face or the rim above the rock face and extending 100 feet back from the edge of the cliff face by rock climbing or any other means of access. Trail 261 will remain open. On Thumb Butte, both the north and south climbing faces, the top of Thumb Butte, and the areas at the base of the climbing faces will be closed to entry.
The Prescott National Forest would like to remind visitors that while our day-use facilities may be closed due to the lapse in government funding, the forest does remain open. These area closures for the peregrine do not impact or close any system trails; Trails 33 and 261will remain open for hiking.

Maps of the closed areas will be posted throughout both the Thumb Butte and Granite Basin Recreation Area. The Prescott National Forest is asking local birders to share their field observations of peregrine falcons with our resource managers to provide a better picture of peregrine nesting progress. Please send observations, photos and information to Noel Fletcher at 

Peregrine falcons were once listed under the Endangered Species Act. They continue to be managed under the protection of the federal code of regulations as well as state and federal law. Land managers consider the needs of the peregrines and the recreation desires of people to strike a balance where both can effectively use the same space at different times for their respective purposes. 


National Salute to Veteran Patients Week

Each year, the week of Valentine’s Day is designated as National Salute to Veteran Patients Week. During this week, Veterans Affairs staff plan and execute local events and activities at Veterans Affairs facilities to meet three goals:

1. Pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans
2. Increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical center
3. And encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans and to become involved as volunteers

The week was chosen because Valentine’s Day is a day of caring and sharing which underscores the Salute’s expression of honor and appreciation to inpatient and outpatient Veterans.

Please consider visiting the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System during the week of February 11-15th to visit with our hospitalized Veterans and help us say THANK YOU for their sacrifice and service. Guests are encouraged to bring Valentines to share and hopefully your visit will allow time to view their local Veterans Creative Arts show.

Contact information is given below:

Patricia Aljets
Voluntary Service Manager
Northern AZ VA Health Care System
500 Hwy. 89 North
Prescott, AZ 86313
(928) 776-6083 (office)
(928) 830-8933 (mobile)

Annual Board of Supervisors Retreat

On January 23rd, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors held a meeting at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to discuss the FY 2019/2020 budget for Yavapai County.

L-R: Supervisor Jack Smith, Supervisor Thomas Thurman, Chairman Randy Garrison, Vice-Chairman Craig L. Brown, Supervisor Simmons


Verde Connect Project Information

Following the award of the $25 Million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant for the Verde Connect project, Yavapai County has started partnering with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to discuss and develop a plan to move the project forward. To comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), additional agency coordination meetings with federal offices, such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are required. The additional coordination is intended to obtain input from local, regional, state, and federal agencies. To outline this coordination, the County is currently developing an Agency Coordination Plan that defines agency roles, participation, and timelines for involvement to successfully deliver the project. The development of this coordination plan is imperative to the success of the Verde Connect project.

After all necessary agency coordination is complete, the County, with the help of their consultants Jacobs Engineering, will begin the environmental assessment and seek public input.

As additional information and schedules are available, project updates will be posted on the Verde Connect project website.

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 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-
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

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 beginning on July 7 .

If you have questions, please contact Shelby Cave at 623-580-5500 or

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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