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ADOT Pavement Preservation Project on State Route 179

The Arizona Department of Transportation is planning a pavement preservation project on State Route 179 (SR179) from approximately mile post 299 top 305. The purpose of the project is to maintain strucural integrity and improve the ride and safety of the roadway. The scope of the project would involve:

  • Pavement mill and overlay, and replacing robberized wearing course
  • Shoulder build-up (fill) and fog coat
  • Installing new pavement marking, including striping and raised pavement markers
  • Installing new rumble strips
  • Replacing exisiting signage or installing new signage
  • Installing two new traffic loop detectors at MP 301 and MP 304
  • Grading a ditch and installing a pipe culvert under the exisiting raodway at MP 303.27 to address roadside drainage
  • Vegetation removal/triming within clear zone/recovery zone throughout prject area
  • Removing trees and brush under the bridge at the Dry Creek bridge
  • Paving U.S. Forest Service access
  • Replainc existing guardrail within project limits, and add additional guardrails, to meet current safety standards
  • Embedded construction advanced warning signage on Interstate 17, Beaverhead Flat Road and SR 179
  • Potential construction staging and material stockpile locations

Prescott National Forest Partial Closure June 1

Due to increasing drought conditions, very high fire danger and public safety concerns, the Prescott National Forest will implement an area closure on the Bradshaw Ranger District Friday June 1st, 2018 at 8:00 AM.  Areas outside of the closure will remain in Stage II Fire Restrictions.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Rowle Simmons said, “I have worked closely with the highly professional staff of the Prescott National Forest and I completely support this decision.”  Pete Gordon, Fuels, Fire and Aviation Staff Officer said, “We weigh all the economic and safety measures carefully before making decision like this one.” 

According to the Press Release sent out from Debbie Maneely, Public Affairs/FOIA, Forest Service, Prescott National Forest:

The Prescott NF reminds concerned citizens that forest closures are not taken lightly, as they affect many people, businesses, partner agencies, important restoration and other work on the forest, and the public. When forest closures are in effect, the public is prohibited from entering the closed areas.  Exceptions may be made for Forest Service personnel conducting official business, certain contractors, and permit holders. 

The Forest Service cannot deny private landowners access to their land, which may include access through the Forest.  Fire Managers ask our neighbors to be vigilant and careful as they access private land.

Visitors and neighbors to the Forest can play a critical role in decreasing activities that may cause a wildfire by being vigilant and watching out for violations and reporting wildfires immediately.  The Prescott National Forest particularly requests the assistance of those who live within or adjacent to the Forest boundary to redeem your responsibility that comes with the choice to live within the Wildland-Urban interface: be vigilant, be careful, and be prepared to evacuate.  It is important for all citizens, neighbors, and visitors to recognize that fire restrictions and forest closures cannot prevent deliberate illegal conduct, carelessness along roadways or on private lands, or fire ignitions caused by non-human factors (e.g. downed powerlines). 

Closures and fire restrictions will be lifted when sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce the risk of wildfire, and hot, dry weather conditions are not forecast to continue.

            The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:


Stage III Fire Restrictions Extended to All Areas of Sedona Fire District

 

SEDONA – (May 30, 2018) – Due to decreasing fuel moistures and the weather outlook, the Sedona Fire District (SFD) Fire Marshal has extended Stage III fire restrictions to the cover the entire Sedona Fire District regardless whether those areas are within Yavapai or Coconino Counties.  This restriction will begin effective 08:00 a.m. Thursday May 31st which coincides with another period of Fire Weather Warning issued by the National Weather Service.

 


Adoption Day 2018

Nothing but smiles and tears of joy at Adoption Day

 

May is National Foster Care Month but on May 11, 2018 Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Anna Young, had her own celebration.  Balloons and fanfare greeted the fifteen children and one adult who completed the adoption process in Judge Young’s courtroom that day.  Judge Young said, “The May adoption event was such a happy occasion, I couldn’t tell who was having a better time, the kids being adopted or their friends and family who joined the celebration.”

 

Many of the support agencies that made this event such a success were on hand including Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Randy Garrison.  Supervisor Garrison said, “It was hard not to enter the event with a smile on your face or leave without a tear in your eye. It is wonderful to see these hard-working organizations doing such great things for the most vulnerable in Yavapai County.”

 

Quinci Castleberry, Yavapai County Superior Court’s CASA Program Manager said, “While adoptions happen all year long this bi-annual event takes place the Friday before Mother’s Day and then again in November during National Adoption Day.  This was the first time a theme was introduced and the “Fair” atmosphere was well received by both the parents and the children.”

 

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Patricia Trebesch was also on hand to join in the celebration and performed a few of the adoption proceedings herself.

 

Deputy Court Administrator Shelly Bacon said, “This was the first time we were able to get jumpy houses, to create the Fair theme for the kids, and it was a huge success. We were very pleased that Yavapai County Administrator, Phil Bourdon was able to make that happen for this event.”

 

The many organizations that made this event such a success included, Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation, Thumb Butte Quilters, Mountain Top Quilters Guild, CASA staff and spouses, Yavapai County Juvenile Probation staff, Yavapai County Court Administrative staff, Yavapai County Facilities Department, and Chili Bean the Clown who donated her time and entertained the kids.

 

For more information about fostering and adoption go to https://dcs.az.gov/fosteradoption/provide-permanency-child-through-adoption

 

https://youtu.be/xJjqXuO-198

 


Fire Ban

Notice of Fire Ban in Yavapai County

In accordance with Yavapai County Ordinance No. 2012-1, Section V. Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Chairman, Rowle Simmons has signed an interim order to enact a fire ban within Yavapai County.

 

This determination is based upon the implementation of fire restrictions by the following jurisdictions: Prescott National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, and local fire districts and fire departments which will be imposed on April 20, 2018, at 8:00 A.M.

 

The restrictions are due to little precipitation since the end of last summer’s monsoon season across Yavapai County, and the combination of windy conditions and warmer temperatures which are quickly drying out the tall vegetation. These conditions create the potential for a large fire event. The fire ban covers the unincorporated areas of the Yavapai County. Each fire department or fire district has the authority to apply fire restrictions for their respective jurisdiction. Please check with your local fire jurisdiction for more information.

 

The county ban prohibits all open fires and campfires. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are expressly prohibited. Other types of outdoor fires banned are those that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps. The ban also prohibits the outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark. This restricts the use of welding equipment and chain saws. Variances for businesses however, can be requested.

 

The determination includes the following Fire Ban Zones: All of Yavapai County to include the Central Zone, Southern Zone, Northern Zone, and Eastern Zone.

 

Know before you go - for current information on fire restrictions please visit: www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or www.firerestrictions.us or by calling 1-877-864-6985.


2017 Golden Plate Awards for Yavapai County

 

On March 21st  and April 4th, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, along with Yavapai County Community Health Services Director, Leslie Horton, distributed the 2017 Golden Plate Awards to food establishments located in Yavapai County at the Board of Supervisors meetings in Cottonwood and Prescott Arizona.  A total of 241 food establishments received the award for the year 2017. 

 

To receive this award a food establishment must meet three criteria:

1)  Operate throughout the entire calendar year 2017 without a cited critical food handling violation.

2)  Have an approved and implemented food safety plan.

3)  Have a person-in-charge with an accepted and current manager-level food safety certificate through-out the year.

 

Leslie Horton said, “It is amazing to see restaurants like Acme Pizza win this award 11 years running.  It really shows how dedicated these businesses are to providing quality food and services to the residents of Yavapai County.”

 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “if any of you want to know about the places you eat, access the reports online.  I am going to tell you it is an eye opener.”

 

For a complete list of Golden Plate award winners go to http://www.yavapai.us/Portals/39/EH/GoldenPlate-Awards.pdf

 

For a complete list of food establishment inspections visit: http://www.yavapai.us/chs/food-facilities


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