Congressman Gosar Introduces the Bipartisan Cottonwood Land Exchange Act
For Immediate Release:
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Contact: Melissa Brown | Melissa.Brown@mail.house.gov
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released
the following statement after introducing H.R. 274, the Cottonwood Land Exchange Act, at the request of Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, in order to facilitate a land exchange between the County and Coconino National Forest near Cottonwood, Arizona for
the purposes of connecting separated tracts and consolidating land:
“The Cottonwood Land Exchange Act is common sense legislation that will benefit local communities and families in Cornville by allowing for expansion of Windmill Park,” said Congressman
Gosar. “The consolidation of the multiple checkerboards of land will yield significant benefits to the people of Arizona. This legislation is result of years of collaboration between Yavapai County officials, community members and the Forest
Yavapai County Supervisor Tom Thurman stated: “I applaud Congressman Paul Gosar and
Senator Martha McSally for their support and reintroduction of the Cottonwood Land Exchange Act. He appreciates the support of the original co-sponsors Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Greg Stanton (AZ-09) and Tom O'Halleran; and commends
them on their leadership. County officials, along with the City of Cottonwood and Cornville Community Association, have hoped and planned for over a decade to expand a popular County Park by acquiring an isolated 80-acre parcel of National Forest Land in the heart of Cornville. The proposed exchange is an ideal solution for both the Forest Service and Yavapai County, to expand Windmill County Park, streamline land and resource management for both entities; and expand protection of the Arizona Cliffrose by adding
369 acres to the Coconino National Forest and serve as an open space backdrop for the City of Cottonwood. There are no appropriated funds involved; and the exchange is a win/win for the entire Verde Valley. While it was disappointing to learn it didn’t make it in the last Congress we are inspired by the potential to get it through this time!”
Randall Garrison, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Yavapai County, Arizona stated: “The
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors wishes to thank Congressman Gosar, who authored the Bill, as well as Senator McSally and the entire Arizona Delegation, for their leadership and pursuit of common sense and Public good will. The ‘Cottonwood Land Exchange
Act’ will support Yavapai County’s goal in returning the use of public land back to those we serve, while also protecting our natural and archeological resources, which can only improve the lives of our residents, now and into the future. Your support is greatly
Original cosponsors of Congressman Gosar’s legislation include: Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02),Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), David
Schweikert (AZ-06), Greg Stanton (AZ-09) Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) and Tom O’Halleran
U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.
This straightforward legislation conveys 80 acres of Coconino National Forest land to Yavapai County in exchange for 369 acres of County land being conveyed to the Forest Service. The
isolated National Forest land is an 80 acre island parcel not contiguous or adjacent to any other Forest or state land that is surrounded completely by private or county land. The 369 acres of county land which the Coconino National Forest would add value
to the Forest Service system by connecting separated tracts of land already under stewardship of the Forest Service and provide greater protections for the Arizona Cliff Rose, an endangered species. The County has expressed that it would like to maximize use
of Windmill Park and make it easier for visitors to access by making significant improvements include adding a walking bridge, adding a new trail and expanding the park. As clearly outlined in the bill, the County has agreed to pay for the required land surveys,
appraisals, and any other costs necessary to complete the exchange.
Yavapai County Awarded $25 Million for Verde Connect Project
On Tuesday (12/11/18) the US Department of Transportation named Yavapai County an awardee of a $25 million, Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant for the construction of a new bridge over the Verde River. This bridge will connect the northern Middle Verde Road area, the Yavapai-Apache Nation, and the northeastern portion of the Town of Camp Verde to State Route 260. This project is referred to as the Verde Connect project.
Dan Cherry, the Yavapai County Public Works Department Director said, “This grant application was made in July 2018, following a frenetic assembly of information and written support from a wide range of communities, agencies, and dignitaries. The level of support received from those within the Verde Valley was humbling, to say the least, and undoubtedly played a big part in the success of this grant application.”
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Thomas Thurman said, “This project has been on my radar since I took over for Supervisor Davis on the Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization. It is remarkable that we are the only awardee of this grant in Arizona and I am thrilled to see the efforts of the Yavapai County Public Works Department, and Jacobs Engineering, paying off to the benefit and safety of the citizens of the Verde Valley and all of Yavapai County.” Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Randy Garrison said, “This amazing opportunity is only possible because of the hard work and dedication that came from the Yavapai County Public Works Department, and Jacobs Engineering, as well as the support we received from every community in the Verde Valley including the Yavapai Apache Nation. Yavapai County has been extremely successful this year in obtaining grant funding for transportation improvements from the state and federal government. We look forward to the benefit this significant improvement will bring to the citizens of the Verde Valley.”
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 www.verdeconnect.com. Your input will help
define alternative routes for the new road.
For More Information: www.verdeconnect.com
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
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
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
THOMAS THURMAN -DISTRICT 2 SUPERVISOR
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.
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.
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 az511.gov 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 www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.
100th Anniversary Photo Shoot
Supervisor Thurman was asked to be in the photo of 100 people for the
100th Anniversary Photo Shoot.
Cornville Community Easter Egg Hunt!
The Cornville Association will host the annual event at Windmill Park on Saturday April 4, at 10:30.
For more information click here CornvilleFlyer.
Supervisor Thurman, Black Canyon Trail Coalition, Adult Probation, and Waste Management teamed up to do trail work
Supervisor Thurman and the Black Canyon Trail Coalition volunteers teamed up with Waste Management once again to work on the Black Canyon Trail near Copper Mountain Loop on Saturday February, 21st.
This time they had assistance from the Yavapai County Adult Probation Community Restitution program which currently has 618 probationers, ordered by the Yavapai Superior Court, to participate by providing various services throughout Yavapai County to non-profit or governmental agencies.
In 2014, our probationers completed over 50,000 hours of Community Restitution services, based on a minimum wage of $8.08 per hour at a cost savings of over $400.000 dollars to our county. These services saved tax payer dollars, enhanced our county and helped probationers to be in line with our mission of being a positive force for change!
Supervisor Thurman thanks all the volunteers for their time and Waste Management!
District 2 Update
Supervisor Thurman was again part of the Rural Transportation Summit. This year the annual event was held in Flagstaff during the first week of January.
January 12th-Supervisor Thurman at the capital for the State of the State from Governor Ducey. The first day of the 52nd Legislative Session begins!
Coming Soon– Beaver Creek Historical Society and the American Legion have donated a flagpole and flag to be installed at the Sycamore Park. There will also be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Pedestrian Bridge across from the park.
For more information on the tempoorary closure of the main bridge please attend the January 31st Annual Lake Montezuma POA meeting at 3:00 at Vintages Grill. Supervisor Thurman will have the contractor and emergency services there to answer questions and go over the plan
FREE Flu Shots! Nov. 21st in Black Canyon City
10:00 to 2:00 Black Canyon City Albins Center For more information call 623-374-5004
10th Annual Water Conservation Festival a Success!
419 fourth graders from the Verde Valley area schools attended the 10th Annual Project Wet. Supervisor Thurman presented the Watershed unit.
Much thanks to all the volunteers and teachers!
General Crook Trail Work
Supervisor Thurman presented Will Moody, a 13yr old Boy Scout, with a commemorative sesquicentennial medallion for his work on the General Crook Trail. Press Release
Sand and Sand Bags Available
Verde Valley: YC Roads has a couple of pallets of sand bags that can be distributed to Fire Districts/Stations if requested. In the meantime, they are keeping them at their Yard off Cherry Road/SR 260. The public can go there and fill bags and take them.
Sedona: Sedona should still have sand and sand bags available at a few staging locations that were established after the Slide Fire this summer. The Public should check with Sedona Fire at (928) 282-6800 for availability and locations.
Black Canyon City: The BCCFD fire station on Old Black Canyon Hwy has bags and is getting sand replenished today.
Mayer FD at 10001 S. Miami Street in Mayer is getting bags and sand delivered today by YC Public Works.
CYFD at Outer Loop and Williamson Valley Road is getting bags and sand delivered today by YC Public Works.
Prescott Fire Stations at White Spar and at Iron Springs Road & Williamson Valley Road both reportedly have sand and bags ready to be filled.
CYFD at Yavapai Road in Prescott Valley has sand and bags ready to be filled.
Yavapai County Public Works yard at 1100 Commerce Drive in Prescott has sand and sand bags. Public should check with Roads Division staff at the main counter and will be directed to the location where bags can be filled.
Flood related alerts - UPDATE ON EASTERN DISTRICT ROAD CLOSURES
Supervisor Thurman was in Black Canyon City accessing the conditions of the flood and reminds folks to continue to be cautious when near low water crossings.
EASTERN DISTRICT ROAD CLOSURES –
AS OF 12:00 P.M. – MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014
Black Canyon City Area –Squaw Valley Road at Agua Fria Crossing
Cornville Area-Willow Point at Spring Creek and Oak Creek
PLEASE NOTE: THIS ROAD CLOSURE LISTING WILL BE UPDATED PERIODICALLY
Supervisor Thurman Hosted Groundbreaking
On May 30th District 2 Supervisor, Tom Thurman, hosted the Groundbreaking of the first solar field and parking canopies for Yavapai County at the Superior Court and Detention Center in Camp Verde . He has shepherded this project that will harvest energy from the sun to save the taxpayer’s dollars and reduce the carbon footprint for future generations. The project will total 791 kilowatts of solar power and is expected to generate 1.2 million kilowatt hours annually. The cost of electricity is expected to be reduced by more than $500,000 over 20years. The system is also expected to eliminate 37 million pounds of utility carbon dioxide emissions, equal to more than 3,520 gas powered cars being taken off the road. Newspaper Article