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Community Meetings for Verde Connect Project

Cottonwood Meeting- Wednesday September 26th at 6pm Cottonwood Recreation Center,150 S. 6th St.

Camp Verde Meeting- Tuesday October 2nd at 6pm Camp Verde Community Library, 130 Black Bridge Lp Rd.

What is Verde Connect?
Verde Connect is envisioned to be a two-lane roadway and bridge across the Verde River
to connect the northern portion of the Yavapai-Apache Nation and the Town of Camp
Verde to State Route 260. For the last 25 years, this connection has been seen as important
for the region and has been identified as a need in plans dating back to the 1990s. It is
time now to plan ahead so the transportation system can function well.
Anticipated benefits of the new roadway include emergency access and increased transportation
route connectivity for the Verde Valley and surrounding area. The new roadway
would also provide some relief for locals to get around traffic congestion and would serve
as an I-17 bypass.
What will the meetings include?
6:00 p.m. presentation, followed by open house and one-on-one discussions with County
staff and study team. Study team members will provide an overview and report what we
have heard to date from the public survey at Your input will help
define alternative routes for the new road.

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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

Cornville Annual Picnic and Flu Shot Clinic September 29th

Saturday September 29th at Windmill Park, the Yavapai County Health Department will be administering flu shots and the community association will be hosting the annual picnic!

Agua Fria Festival in Dewey Humboldt September 22nd

The festivities begin with opening ceremonies at 9am followed by the Old West Parade at 10am and at 11am join the Square Dancers! At 11:45 Don Fernwalt Cowboy Poetry, silent auction at 2pm and closing ceremonies at 3pm. Contests include: Best Beard & Mustache, Best Western Attire, Chili Cook Off, AND Raffles 50/50. Other activities are Western Arts & Crafts, Music by the Fireside Bluegrass, Fun games for Kids, Pan for real gold and a chance to win a Gold Nugget from the Prospectors! 

Shred-a-thon Friday September 21st

Beaver Creek will be having their first Shred-A-Thon Friday 21st from 10am to 1pm or until shredding truck reaches capacity, at the church Parking Lot located at 3705 E. Beaver Creek Rd. Bring up to 4 banker boxes (medium sized boxes) to be shredded on-site for free! Additional boxes will be shredded for a fee of $10 cash per box payable to the driver. Protect yourself from ID theft and FRAUD. This shred-a-thon is Made available by AARP ARIZONA in coordination with Your Yavapai County Supervisor, Thomas Thurman and the Beaver Creek Community Action Team. Questions? Please call Marlyn Van Keuren at 928-771-3393.

Cordes Lakes Days Parade September 15th

Join us on September 15th for the Cordes Lakes Days Parade. The theme this year is CARNIVAL! The parade gathers at the Community Center at 11am and proceeds down Cordes Lakes Drive to the 50's DIner. Craft tables are open and applications are available at the Community Center. 

2018 Annual Basin Operation Drill

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The drill took place at Powell Spring Campground near the community of Cherry.  Prescott National Forest, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, Jerome Fire Department, City of Prescott Fire, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Bureau of Land Management and multiple other response agencies were involved. This was a chance for agencies to train and test equipment and systems used during a wildfire. 




Rabies Vaccination Clinics $15 in Black Canyon City and Cordes Lakes

Ruth James, DVM will conduct two Rabies Vaccination Clinics:

1. The Shell Station on Old Black Canyon Highway, Black Canyon City on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 10am to 2pm

2. Holly's Market, 15970 S. Cordes Lakes Drive, Cordes Lakes on Sunday, March 18, 2018, from 10am to 2pm

These are the last two clinics Doctor James will hold this Spring. We appreciate his service to our communities!

Camp Verde Community Clean Up

Camp Verde Transfer Station 2600 E. Hwy 260.

March 22nd, 23rd, 24th

March 29th, 30th, 31st

April 5th, 6th, and 7th

8am to 4pm

Accepting the following items:

Bagged trash only, Household Appliances, Auto Batteries, Tires, Furniture, Yard Trimmings

Not accepted:

No loose trash, No liquids, No hazardous materials, No ni cad Batteries, No Junk Cars, No dead animals, No commercial dumping



Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Donate $19,000

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has for the past four years, donated $19,000 to the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (AWIMA).  The County made the donation as a remembrance of the 19 firefighters lost in the Yarnell Fire on June 30, 2013.  The money will provide scholarships to the 2018 Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy.

Tony Sciacca, AWIMA Executive Director, was on hand to receive the check and said, “With the money the county is donating, and what we have been able to raise, the total going towards scholarships this year is $39,000.”  Tony went on to say, “We have seen over 11,000 students come through this academy since it was created in 2003 and this year nearly 200 firefighters will benefit from these donations.”

Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Rowle Simmons said, “This is a great organization and very much worthy of the money the county donates.  The training AWIMA provides is a major contributor to the safety of this county.”

Mr. Sciacca said, “It has been great to see students that went through this training years ago, get promoted up to the current Incident Management team.”

Spring Valley Library Now Open

On Wednesday February 28th, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, the Yavapai County Free Library District (YCFLD) Director Corey Christians along with Mayer Unified School District Superintendent Dean Slaga, and members of the community were on hand to celebrate the opening of the new Spring Valley Library.  The library is a partnership between the Yavapai County Free Library District, Yavapai College and the Mayer Unified School District.

Corey Christians said, “With the help of Supervisor Thurman, we went to the people of Spring Valley and asked if they were interested in having their own library.  The response we got back was very positive.”

The YCFLD received a $15,000 Library Services & Technology Act grant to get the library going. New books were purchased with the majority of the money. 

Supervisor Thurman said, “The library is for everyone in this room and everyone in this community.  You should use this library and allow it to open your mind to new possibilities.”


The library is located at 17320 E Mule Deer Drive in Mayer and will be open Mon-Thurs 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM and Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. They can be reached at 928-717-8118

Proclamations Approved at Oct. 18th Board Meeting




Red Ribbon Week /Portals/7/ProcRRAW_1.pdf

Supervisor Smith, Supervisor Simmons, Lois Schmittinger, Sharon Rickman, Miriam Tarazon-Felix, Chairman Thurman, Supervisor Brown, Supervisor Garrison

Breast Cancer Awareness Month  /Portals/7/ProcBAM.pdf


Supervisor Smith, Supervisor Simmons, Judy Puckett, Lita Nelson, Chairman Thurman, Supervisor Brown, Supervisor Garrison

Family Caregiver Month /Portals/7/ProcFCAM.pdf

Thank you to all those that brought proclamations forward for board approval.

Spring Valley Friends of the Library Forming

Would you like to help get something started that will greatly benefit our community?

Come to our very first meeting of the Spring Valley Friends of the Library next Monday from 2-4 at the Cordes Lakes Library. We are mostly interested in getting retired teachers to join. Of course, anyone who wants to support the library is also welcome. The Spring Valley branch library will open soon, if all goes as planned, in January of 2018. It will be located in a small building just before the bus park at Mayer High School.

A library acts as the intellectual and social center of a community. Come get involved!

Back to School BBQ

Mayer Community Meeting Tonight! July 21st


Friday -6:30 pm Mayer Recreation Center

There will be a community meeting in Mayer to explain services available for the flood recovery.

As a precaution Mayer Water District is asking residents to boil water. Water is available to residents at the

Mayer Rec Center and the Mission Church in Poland Junction


Cordes Lakes on July 1st at 10am

Join us for the unveiling of the "Freedom is not Free" bronze. Artist Marianne Caroselli will be there along with

Kevin Campbell who will sing the National Anthem.



Cornville Post Office Dedication June 24th at 10am


Remembrance Planned for Granite Mountain Hotshots at Courthouse Plaza June 30

On June 30, 2017, the City of Prescott and Yavapai County will remember the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished in a wildland fire outside of Yarnell on June 30, 2013. 
City of Prescott and Yavapai County will honor the hotshots with a ringing of the Courthouse bells 19 times at exactly 4:42 p.m. followed by a moment of silence. 
No formal ceremony is planned, but attendees are encouraged to assemble on the SOUTH side of the Plaza to hear the bells. The City will also place a commemorative sign in the location of the planned permanent memorial site, on the southeast corner of the Courthouse Plaza. 
“We can never say or do enough to show our gratitude for their ultimate sacrifice,” said Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light. “We believe this simple yet meaningful remembrance is an appropriate way to do so.”

Tissaw Trail Open With Ribbon Cutting

Yavapai County has been working with the Forest Service over the past few years to develop a trail system near the communities of Bridgeport and Cornville on National Forest Lands. Yavapai County and the Forest Service have previously completed a trailhead on Zalesky Road and currently are working together on a similar project for the Tissaw Road trailhead.


On June 27th at 9:30 AM, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like to invite everyone to join us as we officially open the Tissaw trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Please join us down Tissaw Rd in Cornville for this exciting event.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Present Arizona Flag to 100-year-old US Vet



LeonaOffird Chester Nawroci was born June 15, 1917, in Hamtramck Michigan.  He joined the US Army on April 4, 1941, and served in the Pacific Rim (Philippine Islands).  He was a Radio cer/ Field VHS/ High Frequency and commanded 240 men to set up communications and field command.  

He moved to Cornville in 1978 after retiring from Chrysler Corp. and started an organic orchard where he reportedly works harder in retirement than he did in his actual career. My Nawroci is proud of his 7 children, 16 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren.

Proud of our Community Volunteers!

  Supervisor Thurman had the privilege of putting together meals for the

  Hungry Kids Project at

  Mayer School yesterday. He is so grateful for volunteers

   Mr. & Mrs. Perry, Don Excell, and Carl Brown!

   Thank you Volunteers in Mayer!




Community Clean Ups in District 2

Black Canyon City- March 1, 3, 4, 8, 10 & 11 from 8am-4pm.The cleanup will be at 21000 E. Landfill Rd.

Camp Verde - March 23,  24,  25, 30 April 1, 6, 7, & 8 from 8am-4pm. The cleanup will be at 2600 E. Hwy 260, 7 miles East of I-17.

Mayer- April 13, 14, 15 & 20, 21, 22 from 8am-4pm.

Accepted items: Household appliances, bagged trash, automotive batteries,
unmounted tires, furniture, and yard trimmings.


Items that will not be accepted:  Loose trash, liquids, hazardous materials, cars, Ni Cad batteries and dead animals.


This program is for residential use only. Commercial loads will not be accepted.


For additional information, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.




Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial Park

Supervisor Thurman attended the dedication ceremony for the Hotshots Memorial Park on November 29, 2016. The park and trail will serve as a lasting tribute to the 19 heroes who sacrificed their lives on June 30, 2013.


Supervisor Thurman is brining free flu shots back to the rural communities. He held his first one of the year at Rimrock Fire Station and had over 75 people show up! A special thanks to our Yavapai Community Health nurses and all the firefighters and staff that were there to help out. There are 4 more scheduled in Supervisor Thurman's District.

* Saturday October 8th at Windmill Park in Cornville from 1-3pm during the annual community picnic.    

* Tuesday October 18th Black Canyon City Fire Department will host us from 11-1pm.

* Thursday October 20th will be at the Gathering Place in Mayer, 10051 Miami 928-632-7511

* Friday October 21st in Beaver Creek Adult Center 4250 E. Zuni Way, 10-1pm

Highway Improvement Project on SR169

Road Sign Safety improvement project on SR 169 will impact drivers next week
ADOT encourages drivers to plan ahead and allow extra travel time through work zone
The Arizona Department of Transportation continues work next week on a safety improvement project on State Route 169 which includes a new left-turn lane at Cherry Creek Road (milepost 9.3) and Orme Road (milepost 4.5).
As a result, drivers will be restricted to one lane at both intersections for chip seal and shoulder work as part of the project.
Starting on Monday (June 6) through Thursday (June 9), drivers will be guided through the work zone with a pilot car and flaggers between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Delays of up to 15 minutes are expected.
ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel. The speed limit through the work zone will be 45 mph until the project is complete.
ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at or call 5-1-1.
For more information about this project, please call Tricia Lewis at 928-606-2420 or email


American Legion Post 122 presentation

The Cordes Lakes American Legion Post 122 presented the proposal to erect the bronze sculpture              "Freedom is not Free" by Marianne Caroselli. The six foot sculpture will sit on a six foot base and placed next to the Ramada at Henry Cordes Park. Individuals donating $1000 or more will have their names of support engraved on the back side of the granite base. 

For more information contact Jerry Schultz at 928-308-0259 Vice Commander and checks can be made payable to "American Legion Post 122, Freedom Monument"


Exposing the Best in Concrete Award

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors received an award today for the Courthouse Renovation Project .

This award came from the AZ chapter of International Concrete Repair Institute.

BOS award

Supervisor Chip Davis, Supervisor Craig Brown, Supervisor Rowle Simmons, Vice Chair Thomas Thurman, Chairman Jack Smith, Facilities Director Ken Van Keuren and Architect Bill Otwell. 

North I-17 delays Monday May 23rd

Delays on I-17 due to Verde River Bridge Project North of Camp Verde. The on-ramp from SR 260 to northbound I-17 will be closed from 8am to noon on  Monday. Only one lane will be open for northbound travel just north of SR 260 interchange. Construction on the bridge and paving expected to be completed by 6pm Monday.

To stay up-to-date , visit or call 511.


CYMPO hosted the 1st annual Mobility Management Springfest!

Supervisor Thurman was in attendance to congratulate the recipients of the various awards.                   

Many thanks to CYMPO (Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization) Staff, Chris Bridges,         Vincent Gallegos and Deborah Hernandez for their efforts to collaborate with all the different groups   involved with transit.


Signal installation on SR 69 in Humboldt begins!

ADOT will be working on this project Mon.-Thurs. 7am-4pm. 

Project expected to take 4 weeks.

Please drive careful and as a reminder there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur.

Stay up to date with highway conditions by going to or call 5-1-1.

100th Anniversary Photo Shoot

Court House

Supervisor Thurman was asked to be in the photo of 100 people for the

100th Anniversary Photo Shoot.

Public Health Accreditation

Presentation of 2016 Yavapai County Public Health Accreditation given by the 

National Public Health Accreditation Board.

Yavapai County Public Health Department was awarded accreditation on March 8, 2016.  The Yavapai County Public Health Department is the first public health department in the state of Arizona to gain accreditation and one of 117 public health departments nationwide to achieve this status.

Health Dept and Board

April 21st Board of Directors meeting

Along with the Legislative Policy Committee meetings on Fridays, Supervisor Thurman also attends the County Supervisors Association Board of Directors meetings once a month in Phoenix. Prior to the board meetings they breakout into small medium and large county caucuses to discuss common issues. 

AZ Supervisors  

Walker Bridge Ribbon Cutting

Supervisor Thurman was at the Walker Bridge Ribbon Cutting on Monday 18th. The dedication was attended by some residents from the area, staff and other board members.

Byron Jaspers the Public Works Director, explained that the cost was about $1,000,000 but that staff applied for a grant which brought the cost to $100,000.



Supervisor Thurman invited Ms. Lisa Blythe, Regional Director, Yavapai  Regional Partnership Council, to do a presentation at the Board of Supervisors Meeting on April 6th and presented her with a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Board members


Please be advised that Yavapai County is performing asphalt paving work from April 4 to May 5, 2016, on Rocking Chair Ranch Road, Bell Rock Boulevard, and Cornville Road. Expect minor delays.

For additional information, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.

Supervisor Thurman Announces Mayer Cleanup!

Supervisor Thurman is glad to announce the Mayer Community cleanup  

April 14th, 15th, 16th & 21st, 22nd, 23rd from 8:00am to 4:00pm

No Charge for Yavapai County residents

Accepted items: Household appliances, bagged trash, automotive batteries,
unmounted tires, furniture, and yard trimmings.

Items that will not be accepted:  Loose trash, liquids, hazardous materials, 

cars, Ni Cad batteries and dead animals.

trash can

Mayer Yard  (next to the Mayer Transfer Station)

11130   S. Antelope Creek Rd., 1/4 Mile South of Mayer

Commercial loads will not be accepted-residential use only

 For additional information, please call  (928) 771-3183.

Biomass Demonstration

Supervisor Thurman attended a Biomass Demonstration today with other elected officials. They were able to see the Ponsse Forwarder collect, weigh and stockpile biomass. This is part of a working 4-week pilot project.

Community Clean Ups

The cleanup will be at the Camp Verde Transfer Station, 2600 E. Hwy 260, 7 miles East of I-17.

The cleanup will be open to Yavapai County residents for no charge on March 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st & April 1st and 2nd, from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Accepted items: Household appliances, bagged trash, automotive batteries, unmounted tires, furniture, and yard trimmings.

Items that will not be accepted: Loose trash, liquids, hazardous materials, cars, Ni Cad batteries and dead animals.

This program is for residential use only. Commercial loads will not be accepted.

For additional information, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.

Supervisor Thurman Lobbying for Yavapai County

Supervisor Thurman was lobbying to get fair share of funding from our Legislators at State Capital for roads and general financing in Yavapai County.

10 year Certificate of Appreciation

Earlier this month, Supervisor Thurman received his Certificate of Appreciation for his public service and contributions to the success of Yavapai County for the past 10 years!

Emergency Operations Center

On November 4, Supervisor Thurman participated in an exercise put on by the DEMA (Department of Emergency and Military Affairs). They conducted the annual Statewide Exercise from 07:00-4:00 p.m. and had the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) functional at 08:00 a.m. with Yavapai County as the center point for the exercise.

The exercise utilized the ARES/RACES team in order to establish alternate communications throughout the state.

Overall, it was a good opportunity for our team(s) and provided great training.

Engineering Excellence Honor Award

Supervisor Thurman attended the 35th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet

October 24, 2015.


Pictured above from left to right are: Beth Huning PE (City Engineer for Mesa) was the Master of Ceremonies; Tim Stotler PE, Yavapai County; Oscar Oliden PE, Oliden Engineering; Supervisor Thomas Thurman; Jim Martin PE, RLS, Atkins; and Fernando Galvez (ACEC Arizona President) Master of Ceremonies.

Atkins Engineering and Yavapai County were presented an award for their work on the Wet Beaver Creek Pedestrian Bridge earlier this year.

Supervisor Thurman is so proud of the work that was done by Yavapai County Public Works and many thanks to Atkins Engineering!


Tough guys get flu shots too!

Firefighters in Rimrock line up with Supervisor Thurman to get their flu shots from Nurse Cherry and Nurse Sally.

Supervisor Thurman Discusses Legislative Topics

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors attended the Eleventh Annual County Supervisors Association Summit in Lake Havasu City on October 13-15, 2015.

The annual Legislative Summit convenes County Supervisors from all 15 counties and

top county management to discuss and prioritize issues facing our local governments

and to develop specific implementation strategies.

The product of the event becomes the organization’s roadmap for the year.


Supervisor Thurman Ready to Fight Fires!

Supervisor Thurman graduated from the Fire Operations Training 101 class last September and previously had EMT classes from Yavapai College. 

He wanted to Thank Central Yavapai, Chino, and Prescott Fire, along with the Fire Fighters Union, for putting on the Fire Ops class!

Getting on the gear and putting out fires while carriying hoses really gave him a good perspective and even greater appreciation for the work that our brave firefighters do!

Co-op Project in Camp Verde

The new Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Work Crew and Yavapai County Roads Department Co-op was on the Salt Mine Rd. in Camp Verde on July 23 working on their first project as a “Co-Op”.

According to Byron Jaspers , the Public Works Director, they had an F550 stake bed truck with a 14ft trailer on site that was emptied 6 times in one shift. “The roadway looks great!” he said.

Supervisor Thurman had the idea to use these crews when he started working with the adult probation group in February for trails. I thought, “if we can do trail building community projects with adult probationers, why not something similar with our inmate work crew?"

A few months later it became reality, thanks to the cooperation from our Sheriff and his officers and our Public Works staff.

"Yavapai County is always looking at ways to save our tax dollars.” Supervisor Thurman said.

Mayor German added, “Absolutely Fantastic! We are very pleased with their help.”

Yavapai County Wins the 2015 Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Awards

On May 15th Supervisor Thurman attended the awards ceremony in Flagstaff along with his fellow supervisors, and the Director of Facilities, Ken Van Keuren. Architect Bill Otwell was also there and was the one who submitted the application for the Yavapai County Courthouse Rehabilitation Project on behalf of the board. All were very proud of the project and glad that it was completed prior to the Courthouse’s 100th birthday. Supervisor Thurman was honored to have been so involved in the project.

The Prescott Daily Courier reported, Supervisor Thurman helped Facilities Department Director Kenny Van Keuren oversee the work by Concord General Contracting and its subs, since he used to own a construction company.

“It is an icon not only for Yavapai County but for the entire United States,” Thurman said. The courthouse and its surrounding tree-lined plaza was on the American Planning Association’s very first Top 10 list of Great Public Spaces alongside NYC’s Central Park in 2008, Otwell noted.

“The county’s taken really good care of this building,” Otwell said. “This is their baby.”

Yavapai County Adopt-A-Road Program

Thank you District 2 for helping to keep Yavapai County Beautiful!

There are only two sections left to adopt in your area.

*Cornville Road-Mile Post 6 to 7

*Montezuma Castle Road- Zuni to Rimrock (1.5 miles)

For more information: Adopt-A-Road Program

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People Projects Purpose!

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