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Important Notice Of Temporary Office Closures - Prescott National Forest

PRESCOTT, AZ – January 10, 2020 – The Prescott National Forest is undergoing an office consolidation that will result in the permanent closure of the Supervisor's Office located at 2917 Willow Creek Road in Prescott by the summer of 2020.  During this transition, the offices in Chino Valley and Camp Verde may experience limited services, and the Bradshaw Ranger District on Cortez Street in Prescott will temporarily close for renovations.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
 

During the Bradshaw Ranger District office renovations, office locations and schedule will be as follow: 

  • The office in Chino Valley will reopen to the public on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.  
  • The Bradshaw Ranger Station is scheduled to close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 for renovations, and reopen to the public in May or June of 2020.
  • The office located at 2917 Willow Creek Road, Building 4, in Prescott will begin offering visitor services (map and permit sales; and information) on Monday, February 3, 2020, and close permanently once renovations are complete.

Upon completion of office renovations, the office locations will be as follows:

  • The Supervisor's Office will be located in the facilities formerly occupied by the Chino Valley Ranger District.
  • The Bradshaw and Chino Valley Ranger Districts will be managed out of the office on Cortez Street in Prescott.
  • The Verde Ranger Station will remain in its current location.

Visitor Services: Once office renovations and consolidation are complete, visitor services will be available at the same locations as in the past:

  • Supervisor’s Office – 735 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley, Arizona
  • Bradshaw/Chino Ranger District – 344 S. Cortez, Prescott, Arizona
  • Verde Ranger District – 300 E. Highway 260, Camp Verde, Arizona

 

For more information please call the Bradshaw/Chino Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.

 


A Message from the Director - U.S. Census Bureau

The Census Bureau is visiting Yavapai County as part of the 2020 Decennial Census. The decennial census counts everyone in the United States, including people who live or stay in nontraditional living situations such as RV parks, marinas, campgrounds, racetracks, carnivals and hotels/motels. The Census Bureau data collected determines how more than $675 billion of federal funding are spent on infrastructure, programs, and services each year.

Please allow the census interviewers access to your location to knock on the doors of the occupied units at this location, so that they may attempt to speak with the residents of those units. The census interviewers will work efficiently with minimal disruptions to the residents. Each interview will take approximately 10 minutes.

The Census Bureau is required by law to protect your information (Title 13, U.S. Code, and Section 9). The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify anyone at your facility. We are conducting this survey under the authority of Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141, 193, 221 and 223. Federal law protects your privacy and keeps your answers confidential (Title 13 U.S. Code, Section 9). Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data is protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. All web data submissions are encrypted to protect your privacy.

For more information about how we protect your information, please visit our website at census.gov and click on "Data Protection and Privacy Policy" at the bottom of the home page. This page also includes information about the collection, storage, and use of these records; click on "'System of Records Notices (SORN) and look for Privacy Act system of Records Notice COMMERCE/CENSUS-5, Decennial Census Program.

Please visit the Census 2020 Web site at www.2020census.gov for more information. 


SR 89 at Road 1 N - ADOT project

The Arizona Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, is planning to improve a section of State Route 89 in Chino Valley.  The project is located on SR 89 at Road 1 North (milepost 327 to 328). The purposes of the project are to relieve traffic congestion at the intersection and improve turning movements onto SR 89.

As part of the project, a new traffic signal and traffic detection sensors will be installed at the SR 89 and Road 1 North intersection. ADOT will install a right-turn lane on northbound SR 89 to east Road 1 North, and construct left-turn lanes and widen SR 89 at Road 1 North.

Construction is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2020 and last approximately six months.

Project Area Map: SR 89 at Road 1 North Road, Chino Valley


Board of Supervisors December 4th

Click on the link below to review the Board of Supervisors Agenda for the December 4th meeting.  Hope to see you there.... December 2019 Board o Supervisors Agenda.pdf



US Census

Very important information from Supervisor Brown.....

The Census 2020 is Coming!

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

 

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Will Your License Fly?

Supervisor Brown wanted to share this very important information with you.....

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not accept the standard AZ Driver’s License if you plan to travel by plane after October 1, 2020.  It is critical that you trade in your old license for a new federally approved one before TSA turns you away from your flight or attempt to enter a federal building or military base.

Three years ago, Arizona issued drivers licenses that stated, this ID is not valid for federal identification.  The Homeland Security website (https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs) states that the REAL ID Act, enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.  The site goes on to explain, “The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.” 

Customers who want to convert their Non-Travel Arizona Driver License or Identification Card to a Travel Driver License or Identification Card can avoid the wait by making an appointment at a participating MVD office.  The new ID will cost you a minimum of $25 and there are several documents you must bring with you in order to prove your identity, social security number and residency.  The list of allowed forms of ID include Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport, or Passport Card.  There is also a required proof of Social Security Number, which includes your Social Security Card or W-2 form.  Finally, you will need to bring in proof of residence such as a utility bill, Credit Card Statement, bank statement or insurance policy.

There are some subtle changes you will notice to the new cards design including a gold star in the corner, indicating the ID is federally approved, and you will need to renew your Voluntary Travel ID every eight years.  It makes sense to take action now before the deadline approaches.  For more information, visit AZTravelID.com. To make an appointment with MVD go to https://servicearizona.com/ and click on MVD Office Appointments, or call 800-251-5866.


Fire Area Closure Important For Firefighter and Public Safety

The fire area closure order that is in effect over the Sheridan Fire area is extremely important for firefighter and public safety. Firefighters and forest officials have been working closely with area permittees for access as needed, but we continue to see non-authorized individuals in the closure area. County Road 68, also known as the Camp Wood Road, acts as the northern boundary to the closure and remains open to local traffic at this time. Areas south of the Camp Wood Road within the Forest boundary is closed, while areas to the north of Camp Wood Road remain open. County roads on the perimeter of the closure remain open. A map and detailed description of the closure area is available on Inciweb and on the Prescott National Forest website.  

Sheridan Fire Overview

Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16)

Start Date: August 5, 2019

Size:  2,380 acres [more accurate mapping from drones and infrared aircraft]

Percent Contained: 0%

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass and Brush

Resources: Approx. 80 personnel including: 3-Engines, 1-Water Tender, 1-Handcrew, 1-Helicopter, 1 – Hotshot crew

Current Situation:

The fire continues to move steadily across the landscape in a remote and rural area south of the Camp Wood Road, and northwest of Willow Spring in the Sheridan Mountain area. There are no homes or structures threatened.

We are asking everyone to use caution as they continue to use the Camp Wood Road, as firefighters and multiple fire resources are working in the area. Area roads, trails, and natural barriers will be used as control features. Masticators will begin working along the Camp Wood Road and in select areas to clear vegetation to enhance the effectiveness of control features. Firefighters are continuing to use a helicopter and agency operated drones to monitor fire activity as access to the immediate fire area is limited mostly due to rough and rugged terrain.

The Sheridan Fire is a lightning caused fire being monitored as it burns naturally across the landscape. This fire is being allowed to play its natural role within the fire-adapted ecosystem. There is a wide variety of vegetation densities on the fire which, along with terrain and weather, will influence fire behavior and effects. Under the right conditions, fire helps break down nutrients and minerals in plants and other debris such as old logs and dense undergrowth and restores them to the soil.  The process also effectively reduces fire intensity in the case of future ignitions in the area as well.

Smoke:

Smoke from the Sheridan Fire will continued to be visible from Prescott and the Tri-City area during mid-afternoon and into the evening hours, extending as far north of the general fire area relative to the predominant wind direction.

With smoke impacts continuing to be expected, we recommend that the public plan activities during the earlier part of the day. For those more sensitive to smoke, we also recommend staying indoors with windows and doors closed and bringing pets inside.

Prescott Fire Information Phone: 928-925-1111

Prescott National Forest – Fire Closure Order & Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6522/

Prescott National Forest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

Prescott National Forest Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrescottNF    


Arizona Department of Transportation scheduled road improvements....

 

The Arizona Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration is planning to improve the roadway and traffic interchange along a 15-mile stretch of westbound I-40 between the Markham Wash Bridge and the East Seligman traffic interchange (Exit 123). The improvements and repairs include the following:

  • Reconstruct sections of the roadway
  • Mill and replace existing pavement
  • Apply a fog-seal coat
  • Build up the roadway shoulder with pavement millings
  • Replace existing barriers and guardrails

Construction is anticipated to begin in June 2019 and last approximately 12 months. The project will occur within ADOT right of way. The purpose of this project is to improve roadway safety and maintain the pavement.

Project Map

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Stay Informed

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors.  Subscribe to receive project updates and traffic alerts by email. For more information, please call the ADOT Bilingual Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or submit a question or comment by email.  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 while driving.


Arizona's 32nd Annual Statewide Transit Conference presented by AzTA & ADOT!

 

L-R: Steve Hogan, President of AZ,TA, Ron Romley-Board Chairman, YRT,  Cheryl Romley,-YRT, Chris Bridges-Vice President of Az/TA, Sandy Stutey-YRT

Yavapai Regional Transit (YRT) was recently awarded the 'Outstanding Rural Transit System of the Year' by the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Transit Association.

Congratulations Yavapai Regional Transit.  Your many years of hard work, fortitude and determination has earned you respect and recognition in the transit world!!!!

For more information regarding Yavapai Regional Transit, visit their website at:  https://www.yavapairegionaltransit.com

 

 

 

 

 

 



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