Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial to take place...
Supervisor Brown will be in attendance for the City of Prescott's tribute to the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew (GMIHC) on Saturday, June 30th. The event will take place on a stage located at the intersection of Goodwin and Montezuma streets.
The remembrance will begin with the posting of the colors and pledge of allegiance at approximately 4:20 p.m. Following brief remarks offered by the Fire Chief Dennis Light, the crew names will be read by Patrick McCarty, former GMIHC crew member and fire engineer with Prescott Fire Department. Following the reading of all names, a memorial bell will be rung 19 times to honor each of the fallen promptly at 4:42pm, to coincide with the precise time of the tragedy. Remarks will then be offered by Mayor Greg Mengarelli.
All are welcome and encouraged to come out and take part in this continuation of our healing that’s transpired over the past five years.
The public is also encouraged to visit the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshots Learning and Tribute Center. There will be a public opening at noon Friday, June 29. The Center is located inside the Prescott Gateway Mall.
Historic Route 66
Access to Historic Route 66 along Interstate 40 at Exit 121 will close Monday, June 11, for a $4.3 million bridge project. ADOT will replace decks on three bridges between I-40 exit 121 and the west side of Seligman. These bridges are between 40 and 50 years old, and the current decks need heavy maintenance. The second I-40 exit (Exit 123), which is about 60 miles west of Flagstaff, and route to Seligman’s east side will remain open. The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2019.
Signs on I-40 will direct travelers to exit 123, connecting to the east side of Seligman. ADOT also has produced a brochure and video explaining the project and noting that visitors will be able to reach Seligman from I-40 throughout the project.
The $4.3 million project includes:
- Replacing the deck portions of the three bridges
- Removing and replacing guardrails as needed
- Reconstructing 40 feet of road on either side of the bridges
- Repairing embankment damaged by erosion
- Removing and replacing of the approach slabs and joints
For more information please visit https://azdot.gov/I40bWSeligmanBridges
Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except when driving.
State Route 89 between Deep Well Ranch Road and State Route 89A lane restrictions
The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for lane restrictions on State Route 89 in Prescott between Deep Well Ranch Road and State Route 89A beginning Friday, June 15 and remaining in place until June 2019.
Contractors are scheduled to begin widening the current two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided highway with a raised center median. The project includes a new roundabout at Perkins Drive, additional widening under the SR 89A overpass to accommodate left-turn movements in both directions, sound walls and new sidewalks. Additionally, James Lane will be constructed, tying in to the west onto the new Willow Creek Road realignment.
During construction, one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction except during short-term temporary periods when lane restrictions will be controlled by flaggers. Residential and business access will be maintained throughout construction.
Drivers should allow extra travel time and plan for delays while construction is underway or consider alternate routes. Drivers are asked to use caution, obey posted speed limits and traffic control devices and use caution around construction personnel equipment.
The project is scheduled to be completed by summer 2019. Learn more and sign up to receive project alerts by email on the project webpage https://www.azdot.gov/projects/northwest-district-projects/sr-89-to-deep-well-ranch-road-widening-project/overview
Kathryn Blair - Yavapai County Public Fiduciary.
At the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting on June 6, 2018, Kathryn Blair was officially appointed by the board as the newest Yavapai County Public Fiduciary. Kathryn grew up in California and moved to Yavapai County in 2015 where she worked in the Yavapai County Attorney’s office for approximately one year before she moved over to the Fiduciary office.
Kathryn attended Whittier College School of Law, Costa Mesa, CA and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 2005. Prior to moving to Arizona her professional experience included work in financial services regulatory compliance, primarily for investment and brokerage firms. Kathryn has also been an adjunct instructor for Yavapai College since 2016.
Kathryn said, “I am humbled and honored by this opportunity to serve Yavapai County and its community.”
The public fiduciary is appointed by the Superior Court for those persons or decedents’ estates in need of guardianship, conservatorship or administration and for whom there is no person or corporation qualified and willing to act in that capacity. As a guardian, the Public Fiduciary ensures that the basic needs of an incapacitated person are met. These needs include, but are not limited to, personal, medical, psychiatric and housing.
Informational Public Meeting
During and after the Viewpoint Fire, this office received phone calls with inquiries and concerns, as this area is located within District 4, which is under the purview of Supervisor Brown. The concerns varied, but most important was the issue of the absence of emergency/escape routes.
In an effort to connect with the communities impacted by the Viewpoint Fire, Supervisor Brown will be holding an informational public meeting, specific to the problems brought about by the fire.
Your attendance would be greatly appreciated regarding this important issue and would provide an opportunity for you to speak with Supervisor Brown, Dan Cherry-Public Works Director and Roger McCormick-Assistant Public Works Director.
Please share this information with your neighbors and ask them to attend as well. Once again, we received many phone calls and inquiries regarding emergency/escape routes and this is the perfect time to bring it forward for discussion.
Meeting Date: June 25th (Monday)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Yavapai High School
Location: 6325 Baja Circle
Prescott Valley (Click on link for directions)
Thank you and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions that you may have.
Continued Partial Area Closure and Stage II Restrictions on the Prescott National Forest
Supervisor Brown wanted you to know that.....due to increasing drought conditions, very high fire danger and public safety concerns, the Prescott National Forest implemented an area closure on a portion of the Bradshaw Ranger District at 8:00 am on Friday, June 1st. Areas outside of the closure remain in Stage II Fire Restrictions.
The closure addresses areas relatively inaccessible to firefighters with large expanses of dry chaparral vegetation and few completed hazardous fuel treatments. The closure is being enforced with increased presence by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Game and Fish and US Forest Service Law enforcement.
Resources have arrived from out of area to aid in increased fire prevention patrols across the entire forest with a focus on the open areas of the Forest which remain under Stage II Fire Restrictions. To date, restrictions and patrols have been effective with 19 accidental/negligent human caused ignitions successfully suppressed for a total of 2.45 acres across the forest. Over the weekend they issued 5 – Closure Violations, 5 – Smoking Violations and 1 – Shooting Violation.
All developed campgrounds, day-use recreation sites and designated dispersed camping sites on the Bradshaw Ranger District are currently open to the public. The only developed recreation sites closed on the Bradshaw Ranger District are in the Horsethief Basin Recreation Area south of Crown King. Visit our forest website for a list of What’s Open/What’s Closed.
Current closures and fire restrictions will remain in place until sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce the risk of wildfire. Forest Leadership will continue to evaluate the need for additional closures.
Violating any fire restrictions carries a mandatory appearance in federal court, punishable as a Class B misdemeanor with a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, and/or up to six months in prison.
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
Sharlot Hall Museum
Paving the way to our future through education....click on the link below to get more information on the Sharlot Hall Pavers Project.....
Sharlot Hall 2.pdf
The Lions are coming, the Lions are coming!!!
Lions Eye Exams Free to the Financially Challenged Persons
The Lions Mobile Eye Care Van and a certified eye doctor will be at the Seligman Library on Thursday, June 28th!!!
This service is being provided by the Lions of Yavapai. Eye examinations will be available free to adults with low income. Eye glasses and other eye care needs will be provided free by the Lions.
To participate, you will need to obtain an application form and appointment time from the Librarian at the Seligman Library by Thursday, June 21st. If you have not had an eye exam in several years or have been having eye trouble, do not miss this opportunity for free assistance. Sign up soon to assure you get an appointment as spaces are limited. Remember, better eyesight enriches lives.
Since 1917, the Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving. Helen Keller spoke in 1925 at the Lion’s Club International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, and challenged the Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade of darkness.” The Lion’s accepted her challenge and continue to take it seriously. In fact, that is the premise of the entire Lion’s eyeglass program.
The Lions serve people who otherwise would not have access to any type of eye care. Quality eye exams for low income families are made available by the Lion’s Mobile Eye Care Van in many small towns throughout Yavapai County.
Please take advantage of this free program and make your appointment!!!
The University of Arizona Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Offers Summer Cooking Class
Supervisor Brown wanted you to know that:
This two hour class will teach you how to prepare affordable and healthy dishes. It includes cooking demonstrations, sampling creative recipes, and helpful tips for eating more fruits and vegetables while saving time in the kitchen and stretching your food dollar.
This FREE class is being offered at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Office 840 Rodeo Drive, Prescott, AZ 86305 on June 26th from 5:30-7:30pm. To register and reserve your seat please call 928-445-6590 x221. For more information, visit thier website at https://extension.arizona.edu/events/2018-06-26/preparing-seasonal-produce
Persons with a disability may request reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Lydia Watts at 928-445-6590 x221. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.
West Seligman Bridges project
The work on the West Seligman Bridges project is scheduled to begin in early June, 2018. ADOT has been working to provide many of the ideas developed at the April Business Workshop to the public. Suggestions were incorporated into their Project Deliverables prior to the start of construction, as well as signage and messaging during the construction phase.
As ADOT moves forward with the West Seligman Bridges project, they want to provide you and your business with materials to use on your websites and in your outreach to those who may be looking to visit Seligman in the near future.
Please find attached the following:
Flyer Seligman Bridges.pdf
Brochure Seligman Bridge Repair.pdf
The ADOT Project Flyer – this can also be found posted on the project website: www.azdot.gov/I40bWSeligmanBridges
The ADOT informational brochure-this will also be posted on the project website and hard copies available at ADOT Rest Stops and the Power House Museum in Kingman.
In addition, below is the link for the video produced by ADOT Video Team which informs the public about the exit closing, bridges project and route to Seligman. This will also be posted on the project website and on YouTube.
ADOT is planning to provide the information above to other State transportation and tourism outlets, but will not be able to provide this information directly to tour bus companies or other businesses that may provide services to your business. Please feel free to share all of the materials with them through your business website or other means.
Prescott National Forest Open House
Effective the morning of June 1st, the Prescott NF will be implementing a partial/area closure of the Forest on the Bradshaw Ranger District. In an attempt to balance public access to public lands, minimize impacts to local economies, and address potential suppression challenges, this area was selected after more than a week of analysis and a final decision by the Forest’s Line Officers late Friday.To help answer questions in the community, Prescott Forest Leadership we will be hosting an open-house on Wednesday, May 30th as mentioned in the news release below.
Area Closure Implemented on the Bradshaw Ranger District
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.
Bradshaw Ranger District Area Closure Description
Starting on the northwest corner of the closure area at the Prescott National Forest (PNF) boundary and County Road 10 (Iron Springs Road) intersection. Following County Road 10 north and east to the intersection of FSR 74 (County Rd 120, Skyline Drive). Following Forest Service Road (FSR) 74 south to non-motorized Trail 264. Following Trail 264 south and east to FSR 373 (Thumb Butte Road). Following FSR 373 south/southeast to FSR 9402C. Following FSR 9402C to the Mount Francis Non-Motorized Fuel Break. Following the Mount Francis Non-Motorized Fuel Break south/southeast to meet State Hwy 89 (White Spar Road). Following State Hwy 89 northeast to the junction of Indian Creek Road (County Rd 102). Following Indian Creek Road (CR 102) to National Forest/Ponderosa Park private property boundary. Following National Forest/Ponderosa Park boundary south then east to County Rd 101 (Ponderosa Park Road). Following County Rd 101 south to the junction of FSR 97B. Following FSR 97B south to FSR 667. Following FSR 667 south and east to FSR 9403C. Following FSR 9403C north and east to National Forest/private property boundary. Following the National Forest/private property boundary south and west to FSR 52B. Following FSR 52B to FSR 52 (Senator Hwy). Following FSR 52 south and east to County Rd 59 (Crown King Rd). Following County Rd. 59 north and east to the Prescott National Forest (PNF) boundary. Then following the PNF boundary south until it turns to the west. Then following the PNF boundary west until it turns north. Then following the PNF boundary north until it turns west again. Then following the PNF boundary west across the eastern intersection of County Road 60 and continuing to the western intersection of PNF boundary and County Rd. 60. Following County Rd. 60 north and west to the PNF boundary. Then following the PNF boundary north back to where it intersects with County Rd. 10 (Iron Springs Road).
All approved vehicle travel roads, and non-motorized trails which the closure boundary parallels but does not overlay are open for public use except for the following prohibited roads:
- Forest Road 97B
- Forest Road 9403C
- Note: Traveling upon Forest Fuel breaks is prohibited.
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 land owners 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.
This area closure has been in the planning phases for nearly two weeks and is part of a larger process that includes multiple criteria to determine the level of extra precautions. Earlier this spring, Stage I and the current Stage II Fire Restrictions are part of this process. Stage II has been very effective to date. The closure to be implemented on June 1st addresses a significant portion of the Forest that is relatively inaccessible to firefighters and has large expanses of dry chaparral vegetation and few hazardous fuel treatments.
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).
Law enforcement and fire prevention patrols have been increased on all districts along with additional fire suppression resources stationed here. Information is being disseminated far and wide about forest conditions and the need to be extremely careful when using the forest. The public can help by spreading the word, reporting violators, and making sure their homes and communities are Fire-wise. While most defensible space activities should have been completed by now, it’s not too late. Please use caution in mowing or using heavy equipment. Due to current conditions, limit current efforts to protect property to those things that cannot cause a fire (e.g. moving wood piles away from the house, cleaning roofs and gutters, weed eating with nylon trimmers, etc.).
When it comes to implementing both fire restrictions and closures, community sentiment is always a major consideration for Forest Leadership. We balance the need for restrictions with allowing public access to the National Forest and limiting the economic impacts to neighboring communities.
We hear a range of opinions and comments from our local community members and our visitors and consider these very seriously in our decisions about what level of restrictions or closures to implement and when best to implement. Forest Leadership carefully decide which areas meet specific criteria for closure, which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Fire danger: Areas where the moisture content level of live and dead vegetation is extremely low.
- Vulnerability: Areas that are most vulnerable to fire suppression efforts due to inaccessibility, limited resources, and are difficult to evacuate visitors quickly and safely.
- Values at risk from wildfire: Values such as life, critical watersheds, trailheads, campgrounds, utility corridors, private property, communities, and critical infrastructure, etc.
- Topography: Areas with steep slopes and canyons that are difficult to access and effectively suppress wildfires, hazardous areas for firefighters, and areas which often align with traditional wind directions.
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.
Interested community members who would like more information on current forest conditions, fire restrictions and the area closure; the Prescott NF will be hosting an open-house:
When: Wednesday, May 30, 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Where: Embry Riddle Davis Learning Center & Auditorium
20 Hunt Drive, Prescott, Arizona 86301
Violating any fire restrictions is a violation that carries a mandatory appearance in federal court, punishable as a Class B misdemeanor with a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or up to six months in prison, or both.
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
Road Work in Yavapai County
When the weather is nice and you want to hit the road with your family, keep in mind that summer is also the best time for Yavapai County Public Works Department to perform the necessary maintenance on those roads to ensure your safety. The Yavapai County Public Works Director, Dan Cherry said, “We know that this can cause some inconvenience, but if you plan for minor delays and allow extra time when traveling through construction areas, everyone will get where they are going safely.” During construction, motorists may encounter lane restrictions, reduced speed, temporary traffic signals and flagging operations in the following construction areas:
WILLIAMSON VALLEY ROAD SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS IN PRESCOTT – Williamson Valley at the following intersections, Granite Oaks Drive, Buchanan Drive, Blackjack Ridge Road, and Outer Loop Road. Construction will take place, Monday-Thursday from May 14 - June 28, 2018, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM.
OVERLAY ROAD WORK IN WILLIAMSON VALLEY, DIAMOND VALLEY, AND GROOM CREEK COMMUNITY – Merrill Drive and Oneal Drive in Williamson Valley, Ramada Drive in Diamond Valley and School House Gulch Rd. in the Groom Creek Community. Construction will take place, Monday-Thursday from May 14, through June 21, 2018, 7:00 AM-5:30 PM.
HO KAY GAN DRAINAGE, STORM DRAIN AND STREET IMPROVEMENTS IN PRESCOTT - Hozoni Road from Yampa Drive to Dineh Drive. Construction will take place from April 30 - June 28, 2018, Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
CHIP SEAL ROAD WORK - Highland Pines, Ho Kay Gon, Hootenanny Holler, Williamson Valley, Walker, Verde Village, and Village of Oak Creek. Construction will take place from April 30, 2018-June 14, 2018.
LAKE FORK – GRANITE GARDENS ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN PRESCOTT - Granite Gardens Road and Lake Fork Road in the Granite Dells area of Prescott. Construction will take place from May 14 - June 25, 2018, Monday-Thursday, 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
WILLOW CREEK BRIDGE REPAIR ON IRON SPRINGS ROAD IN PRESCOTT - Bridge construction on Iron Springs Road at the Willow Creek Bridge. Construction will take place from May 29 - September 20, 2018, from 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM.
For more detailed information on each of these projects and a link to an interactive map, please visit us on the web at www.yavapai.us/publicworks. For additional information, please contact Yavapai County Public Works at 928-771-3183.
Willow Creek Bridge on Iron Springs Road
Please be advised that Technology Construction, Inc., in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing bridge construction on Iron Springs Road at the Willow Creek Bridge. Bridge construction will include removing half of the current bridge deck, replacing steel stringers, repairing cracks in the abutments, new guardrail placement, and resurfacing the new bridge deck. Construction will begin on May 29, 2018, and continue through September 20, 2018. Construction activities will be Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Motorists will encounter lane restrictions, reduced speed, and flagging operations in the construction zone. Technology Construction, Inc. will be implementing a 24-hour temporary traffic signal at the bridge. Motorists should expect minor delays and allow extra time to get through the construction area. Please follow all traffic control devices, including the traffic signal, when traveling through the work zone.
For additional information, please contact Yavapai County Public Works at 928-771-3183 or visit us on the web at www.yavapai.us/publicworks.
Master Gardeners Plant and Yard Sale
The University of Arizona Yavapai Master Gardener Association will hold its annual Monsoon Madness Plant and Yard Sale on Saturday, July 14th, 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM (or until sold out) at the rodeo grounds, 840 Rodeo Drive, in Prescott. A wide variety of locally grown plants, garden tools, pots, and garden and yard stuff will be available.
Shoppers can stop by the information table where Master Gardeners will answer questions on choosing and growing plants, watering, composting, and insect control. Local musicians will provide entertainment.
Rain or shine. All sales are cash only. Please no pets. For more information call 928-445-6590 x222 or visit our website at http://extension.arizona.edu/yavapai
Arizona is very dry and we are continuously having days of high winds and low humidity. We would like to ask for your help in sharing these reminders. It is up to us and our visitors to stay safe and do what we can to reduce wildfire danger.
Currently all Fire Districts, Arizona State Forestry, and National Forest are under Stage II restrictions.
Stage II Fire Restrictions:
- · NO burn permits will be issued-residential or commercial.
- · Use of model rockets is PROHIBITED.
- · Use of fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are PROHIBITED except by commercial special events permit.
- · NO smoking outside of vehicles, outside of residential yards, or outside of designated smoking areas.
- · NO outdoor use of firearms
- · Welding, cutting and grinding is PROHIBITED (Permission may be granted under special circumstances and repair situations as approved by the Fire Marshal).**
- · Chain saws are allowed with a spark arrestor, water or fire extinguisher and a fire watch.
- · Warming fires, campfires, as well as charcoal and wood burning barbecues (ember and ash producing) are PROHIBITED in all locations. This also prohibits the use of other devices that produce open flame such as tiki lamps.
- · The use of propane, natural gas or other gas flame-producing barbeque cooking grills or fire pits MAY BE USED as long as they are constantly attended, are in an enclosed device, and can be turned off.
All unincorporated areas of the County will fall under the Yavapai County Fire Ban which prohibits all open flame and campfires.
Pay very close attention to the chains and equipment on your vehicles and trailers. One spark can quickly turn into a roadside fire and spread quickly!
DON’T WAIT - clean up around your properties to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire and help protect the firefighters and other emergency responders.
The Yavapai County FREE slash program (brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings) ends June 1st. County transfer stations are located in Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman and Skull Valley. Free slash drop off will be held during normal operating hours. For locations and hours, please visit: http://www.yavapai.us/Portals/30/TransferStationList.pdf
Only the following items will be accepted: brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings. Items not accepted are: lumber, stumps, roots, cactus, metal and garbage. All slash must be removed from plastic bags. This program is for residential use only. Commercial loads will not be accepted.
Home Ignition Zone: If you live next to a natural vegetation area, you should provide firefighters with the space they need to protect your home. Create a buffer zone by removing weeds, brush, and other vegetation. This helps keep the ﬁre away from your home and reduces the risk from ﬂying embers.
Consider This: Flammable vegetation between and around homes and outbuildings increases the risk of wildﬁre spreading throughout the community, endangering lives and property. Pre-ﬁre planning, vegetation management, and sufﬁcient breaks in vegetation allow ﬁreﬁghters an opportunity to keep ﬁre from entering the community.
Did you know - wildﬁre embers can travel over one mile. A home within one mile of a natural area is considered a part of an ember zone, where wind-driven embers can be a risk to your property. You and your home must be prepared well before a ﬁre occurs. Ember ﬁres can destroy homes or neighborhoods far from the actual front of the ﬁre.
ARE YOU SIGNED UP FOR EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS?
Register with the Emergency Notification System (Code Red) at:
Evacuations may be mandated by any number of events such as fire, flood, hazardous materials and earthquakes to name a few. The actual evacuation of any area is the primary responsibility of Law Enforcement. Under extreme conditions, other agencies’ staff and volunteers may assist in evacuations. Evacuation warning and recommendations are broadcast by every means available, including, radio, television, CodeRED, weather radio, Law Enforcement and associated volunteers (VIP’s, Jeep Posse, etc), fire vehicles, public address and door-to-door.
READY— This notification warns residents that a major incident exists in their area. They should monitor local media outlets & web sites for information. Residents with access and functional needs should take note and begin making arrangements to evacuate. Assemble your emergency supply kit (Go Kit)
Be Prepared - This notification indicates there is a significant danger to your area. Grab your Go kit. Residents should either be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice or voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends.
GO!—Mandatory - An evacuation order indicates that danger to your area is current or imminent and you should leave immediately. Follow instructions from emergency personnel and listen to local media for further instructions regarding the evacuations.
DON’T WAIT! PREPARE
For additional information on the free slash program, please contact the Yavapai County
Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.
For more information about being emergency preparedness, please contact 928-771-3321 or email@example.com
ALL WAY STOP SIGNS INSTALLED!!!
Supervisor Brown is happy to announce that the ALL WAY STOP SIGNS at the intersection of Bramble and Enid are now installed!!!
Be on the lookout.
Paulden Plunge Sponsorship
If you are interested in sponsoring a child this summer for the Paulden Plunge....please see below!!!!
Summertime fun for the kids of Paulden...don't forget to register!!!! You can email the address as listed below, or call at the phone number listed below.....
'Buckle up Arizona.... It's the Law"
Yavapai County Sheriff Office (YCSO) enforcement effort funded by GOHS
In an effort to save more lives on Arizona roadways, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety......click here to get more information on YCSO's law enforcement partnership: GOHS Seat belt campaign.pdf
Road Maintenance Scheduled - Weather Permitting
OVERLAY ROAD WORK IN WILLIAMSON VALLEY, DIAMOND VALLEY, AND GROOM CREEK COMMUNITY
Please be advised that Asphalt Paving & Supply, Inc., in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing road construction on Merrill Drive and Oneal Drive in Williamson Valley, Ramada Drive in Diamond Valley, and School House Gulch Rd in the Groom Creek Community. Road construction will include overlaying the existing asphalt with new hot mix asphalt and shouldering activities. Construction will begin on May 14, 2018, and continue through June 21, 2018. Construction activities will be Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Motorists will encounter lane restrictions, reduced speed, and flagging operations in the construction zone. Motorists should expect minor delays and allow extra time to get through the construction area. Please follow all traffic control devices when traveling through the work zone.
LAKE FORK – GRANITE GARDENS ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN PRESCOTT
Please be advised that Copperstate Paving and Construction, LLC, in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing road construction on Granite Gardens Road and Lake Fork Road in the Granite Dells area of Prescott. Road construction will include removal of existing soils, import of select materials for the road grade, drainage work, culvert work with concrete headwalls, and pavement of hot mix asphalt on the roadway. Construction will begin on May 14, 2018, and continue through June 25, 2018. Construction activities will be Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Motorists will encounter lane restrictions, reduced speed, and flagging operations in the construction zone. Motorists should expect minor delays and allow extra time to get through the construction area. Please follow all traffic control devices when traveling through the work zone.
WILLIAMSON VALLEY ROAD SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS IN PRESCOTT
Please be advised that Fann Contracting, Inc., in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing road construction safety improvements on Williamson Valley Road at its intersection with the following locations: Granite Oaks Drive, Buchanan Drive, Blackjack Ridge Road, and Outer Loop Road. Road construction will include widening of the shoulders to accommodate a center turn lane, increasing turn lane lengths, and increasing lengths of acceleration and deceleration lanes. Construction will begin on May 14, 2018, and continue through June 28, 2018. Construction activities will be Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Motorists will encounter lane restrictions, reduced speed, and flagging operations in the construction zone. Motorists should expect minor delays and allow extra time to get through the construction area. Please follow all traffic control devices when traveling through the work zone.
For additional information, please contact Yavapai County Public Works at 928-771-3183 or visit us on the web at www.yavapai.us/publicworks.
Stage II Fire Restrictions on Friday, May 4th
Due to increasing fire danger the Prescott National Forest will implement Stage II fire restrictions effective Friday, May 4th, at 8 a.m. These additional fire restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire.
Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire, including fires in developed campgrounds and improved sites.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
- Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations.
- Operating any internal combustion engine between the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Chain saws must have an operational spark arresting device.
- Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:
- Using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
- Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle (enclosed RV cabinet) or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
- Operating motorized vehicles in compliance with forest Travel Management regulations.
“Despite the recent, short-lived rain event, the conditions across Arizona and especially on the Prescott National Forest continue to worsen. This rain will only have positive impacts measured in days, not weeks. By this weekend, weather is expected to warm quickly and will be dry. Most fire behavior indicators are setting records and the live vegetation is exhibiting signs of drought stress. Elevating the fire restrictions is necessary to decrease the likelihood of unwanted human fires. They don’t prevent a fire caused by someone deliberately ignoring the rules and conditions, nor do they prevent a fire caused by someone who is simply unaware of the conditions. Therefore, we ask everyone to pay attention to activities and conditions that are likely to cause a spark or wildfire”, said Pete Gordon, Fuels, Fire & Aviation Staff Officer.
The public can obtain fire information via the following:
Yavapai County Flood Control District's Spring Newsletter
The Yavapai County Flood Control District has just released their 2018 Spring Newsletter, which includes news, recent events, projects and awareness.
Click on the link to review the newsletter: 2018 Spring.pdf
ADOT seeks to keep public informed on projects in Flagstaff
Series of open houses to report on schedule, traffic impacts
With multiple paving and improvement projects happening in the Flagstaff area this year, the Arizona Department of Transportation wants to keep the public informed on progress and traffic restrictions with open houses this spring and summer.
Throughout April, work will begin on Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff with paving and road reconstruction between Parks and Cataract Lake in Williams and reconstructing the westbound lanes west of Williams between mileposts 156 and 161. Paving and reconstruction work will also begin on Interstate 17 northbound between mileposts 312 and 340.
Also, the I-40 bridges over I-17 and Beulah Boulevard at the I-40/I-17 interchange are being revamped, requiring ramp closures and detours around the interchange.
To keep the public up-to-date on these projects, ADOT will host open houses at its facility, 1901 S. Milton Road in Flagstaff, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 9, May 8, June 12 and July 10.
Project teams will present information and answer questions on the construction schedule and traffic impacts.
Preceding the public open houses will be stakeholder meetings from 3 to 5 p.m. on the same dates.
For more information on these projects, visit azdot.gov/projects
For questions or comments, please contact Mackenzie Kirby, ADOT Northcentral District Community Relations project manager at 928-525-6494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't Drive Distracted D3
Click on the link to learn more about the 'Don't Drive Distracted' campaign.....Distracted Driving Press Release_Feb_2018.pdf
Free caregiver support group in Paulden
Beginning March 6th at the Paulden Food Bank located at 195 E Aspen, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic will be sponsoring a caregiver support group....click on the link to learn more.....Caregivers support Paulden_.pdf
The capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest meaning and significance. - Pablo Casals
Chino Valley Equestrian Center
Interested in the Chino Valley Equestrian Center and the upcoming events? If so, please click on the link below to get the latest information!
CVEP 2018 EVENT SCHEDULE Final.pdf
Drilling of Monitor Wells (Not for water supply)
Supervisor Brown wanted you to know that beginning on January 22nd.....
please click here for more information: Monitor well drilling Big Chino.pdf
John's Tank Trail - PNF
Beginning December 1, 2017, new prohibitions along the John’s Tank Trail will be enforced on the Prescott National Forest east of Lynx Lake. These prohibitions will protect the nesting bald eagles from the potential disturbance from human presence during the nesting season. While the John’s Tank Trail #94 will be closed to all uses, the Lynx Lake Shore Trail #311 and the Salida Gulch Trail #95 will remain open for their respective uses.
These prohibitions apply to the approximately 1 mile stretch of the John’s Tank Trail that is east of Lynx Lake and connects the Lynx Lake Shore Trail to the Salida Gulch Trail. The prohibitions will also be enforced north and south of the trail between Lynx Lake and the Salida Gulch Trail. A map of the closure area will be posted at all trailheads accessing the area and well as on the Prescott National Forest website and the Bradshaw Ranger District office.
Special restrictions are written as follows:
- It is prohibited to go into or be in the restricted area. 36 CFR 261.53 (e).
- It is prohibited to be on the trails in the restricted area. 36 CFR 261.55(a).
Trail loop opportunities in other areas can be found on the adjacent Highlands Center for Natural History just north of Lynx Lake. The Prescott National Forest would like to thank the members of our community who brought this nest to our attention. We can all work together to be stewards of our natural resources.
In the spirit of stewardship, observing the closure order is critical during egg incubation and the first six weeks after hatching. Any disturbance that causes the eagles to be off the nest for an extended period of time during these important stages of nesting could cause egg failure or death to young eagles that may be in the nest.
For more information, please call the Bradshaw Ranger District at 928-443-8000 or go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott for a copy of the Closure Order Number 09-237 and the associated map.