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Free Slash Program.....

Supervisor Brown is happy to announce that Yavapai County will be offering the free slasn program once again.  

Click on the link below for further information and REMEMBER.....take advantage of this FREE program...

Free Slash August 2017.pdf


BLM Extends Public Input Time to Thirty Days...

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Hassayampa Field Office, has extended the public scoping period for the Kirkland Mine, Mining and Reclamation Plan of Operations (Plan) until August 25, 2017.  The proposed pozzolan mine involves approximately 76 acres of public lands near Skull Valley, Arizona.

Scoping is a part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process through which a federal agency describes a proposed action and possible alternatives. The agency then seeks input from other agencies, organizations, and the public on potentially affected resources, environmental issues to be considered, and the agency’s planned approach to analysis.

For a copy of the map of the mine area, the frequently asked questions, the public open house presentation materials, draft Kirkland Mining Company Mining and Reclamation Plan, and the biological resources baseline report, please visit the project website at: http://bit.ly/2rRYTII

Comments can be sent to: KIRKMPO@blm.gov

Questions on the Plan can be addressed to: attn.: Shelby Cave

 


Hyde Fire - Update

Hyde Fire – July 17 Update

Location: 30 miles northwest of Prescott in Camp Wood (T17N, R6W, S26)

Start Date: July 10th                                                   

Size: Approximately 17,813 Acres

Percent Contained: 0                                   

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Chaparral and Ponderosa Pine

Resource Commitment: 30 personnel assigned - 1 Fuel Modules; 1-Type 3 Engine; 1-Type 3 Helicopter

Summary:  With the onset of monsoon rains, the Hyde Fire remains at 17,813 acres and is located in the Camp Wood area of the Chino Valley Ranger District.  Moderate rain was received over the north and west portions of the fire diminishing fire behavior.  Crews have effectively allowed the fire to move across the landscape as it continues to remove heavy fuel accumulation.  Benefits from allowing fire to plays it natural role will assist in preserving critical wildlife habitat, archaeological sites, wilderness values, range allotments, as well as improving ecosystem resiliency.  Crews will continue monitoring and securing the perimeter over the next few days.    

Closures: The following Prescott National Forest lands will be closed to the public until such time that conditions are deemed safe: PNF land north and west of County Road 68 and Forest Road (FR) 9821B extending west to FR 9; FR9 north to County Road 125; County Road 125 to FR 95E; FS95E south along FS95 to the junction of County Road 68 and FR 9821B.  For a complete description of the closure area and map visit the Prescott National Forest website www.fs.usda.gov/prescott  or InciWeb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5359/ .

Smoke Impacts: Light smoke may be visible in the area and could drift to parts of northern Chino and Paulden. 

The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:

 


Yavapai County Budget

Press Release-

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will save the residents of Yavapai County nearly 1.8 million dollars when the budget, scheduled to be voted on next month, is approved.  Yavapai County Chairman Thomas Thurman says, “Yavapai County has very little debt, and the little we do have, we are always looking for ways to reduce.” By refinancing the debt, and getting a lower interest rate, Yavapai County expects to save just under $200,000 a year or what works out to be almost $1.8 million over the remaining ten-year life of the loan.

County Administrator Phil Bourdon says “The Budget for this coming fiscal year is up nearly 11%, but that increase is due in large part to the one-time addition of a refinancing loan, at the lower interest rate, to pay off the old debt with the additional savings.” 

Yavapai County in past times of economic downturn has used its financial reserves to avoid raising taxes.  This was the case several years ago when the State shared revenues declined dramatically along with county revenues because of many economic factors. The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors cut expenses and asked the Flood and Library Districts to reduce their levy and utilize reserves to help the county keep taxes down while maintaining the critical services Yavapai County residents have come to expect.  This year the Flood Control District will raise their levy and regain about half of what was reduced a few years ago.  This increase will allow them to continue the important work they do in monitoring and mitigating flood issues.

So what does this mean to you?  The Flood Control District portion of the property tax on a home worth $100,000 was $19.14 last year, and this year it will be $23.46.  Bourdon said, “Because this is a tax increase, Yavapai County must hold a hearing where the public is invited to ask questions on this issue and voice their opinion.”  There will be a hearing during the Board of Supervisors meeting in the Verde Valley on 7/19 and the formal hearing in Prescott on 8/2, where the board will take action on the budget.

In the same $100,000 home scenario mentioned above, the Library District portion of the property tax will be going down from $18.42 to $18.15.  This reduction combined with the Primary Property Tax amount, has once again provided for a reduction in the total tax rate.  Thurman said “I am very proud to be able to say, this is the third year in a row that this Board has been able to reduce the tax rate in Yavapai County.  Keeping your taxes down while doing everything we can to maintain county services is one of our top priorities.” 

If you have questions about the budget or would like to voice your opinion, please be sure to attend one of the two meetings that will discuss the 2017-2018 budget in the coming weeks.

 


Fire Restrictions Lifted...

 Fire Restrictions Lifted Monday, July 17th

 A coordinated decision has been made to lift fire restrictions across lands with similar conditions.  As of Monday, July 17th at 12:00 p.m., fire restrictions will be lifted across the following jurisdictions:

  • Prescott National Forest;
  • Yavapai County;
  • Bureau of Land Management – Phoenix District;
  • Arizona State Department of Forestry and Fire Management – NW District;
  • Lands serviced by Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA- the former Central Yavapai and Chino Valley Fire Districts) which includes the Town of Chino Valley, Paulden and the areas surrounding the City of Prescott such as Williamson Valley, upper Copper Basin Road and Mountain Club area, Ponderosa Park off of White Spar Road, the Senator Highways area of Karen Drive, Sweet Acres, and Oak Knoll Village and finally the areas extending south of Prescott including Govt. Canyon, Diamond Valley, the Town of Prescott Valley and the Town of Dewey/Humboldt;
  • And all lands serviced by the City of Prescott Fire Department.

Coordination regarding this decision also included discussions with the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests in northern Arizona; the Tonto National Forest; and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Decisions and timelines regarding the lifting of fire restrictions on lands administered by these agencies are likely close or will coincide with the decision noted above.  However, visitors are encouraged to check the conditions and fire restrictions status on those lands.

“Despite some significant rain storms over the past week, we hadn’t seen enough rain across enough of the area to feel comfortable lifting the fire restrictions.  However, this weekend brought about quite a bit of rain in many areas and the forecast calls for a dramatic increase in rain chances across most of the state in the next few days.  The conditions are changing dramatically and rapidly reducing the threat of any significant fire behavior” – Pete Gordon, Fire Chief – Prescott National Forest

Prescott National Forest and our Inter-Agency Partners would like thank our local neighbors and forest visitors for their cooperation in preventing wildfires.  While all fire restrictions will be lifted on Monday, everyone is reminded that the potential for wildfires still exist and to please use caution with campfires and other potential ignition sources.  It is also important to pay attention to the monsoon weather where rain storms can cause flash-flooding and dangerous conditions can quickly arise several miles down-stream from the storm.

For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general,  please contact the nearest land management agency office where you plan to work or play, visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov or call the toll free Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline    1-877-864-6985. The direct fire restrictions information website for Arizona is http://firerestrictions.us/az.

 


Tentative budget approval for 2017-2018 by the Board of Supervisors

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The Board of Supervisors approved the tentative budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 on Wednesday, July 5th.  Click on the following link for more information: 

Official County Budget Forms2017-18.pdf

 


Pioneer Parkway and Willow Creek Road night-time road work

Fann Contracting, Inc., will be performing night-time road work at the intersection of Pioneer Parkway and Willow Creek Road beginning Sunday, July 9th and continuing through Thursday, August 10th.  Designated work hours are 8:00 pm – 6:00 am. Willow Creek Road between Pioneer Parkway and the southern Chino Valley round-about will be closed intermittently to through traffic for paving operations during work hours.  One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times on eastbound and westbound Pioneer Parkway as well as Willow Creek Road south of Pioneer Parkway.

For additional information, please contact Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183 or visit the web at: www.yavapai.us/publicworks.

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Wildfires are serious business!

               Flying Drones Impact Goodwin Fire Aviation Operations  

Two separate incidents involving hobbyists flying drones hindered operations on the Goodwin Fire, causing a delay when the helicopter flying over the fire was forced to return to the airport for safety reasons. 

On June 30, 2017, Yavapai County Sheriff arrested a hobbyist for flying a drone near the Goodwin Fire. https://www.dcourier.com/news/2017/jul/07/man-formally-charged-flying-drone-over-goodwin-fir/ 

Forest Service officials continue to emphasize that flying drones over or in close proximity to wildfires is illegal, endangers aviators as well as crews on the ground, and slows operations which potentially could result in the fire increasing in size.  Flying a drone near a wildfire is, in fact, breaking the law.  The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations -- 43 CFR 9212.1(f) – indicates that it is illegal to resist or interfere with the efforts of firefighter(s) to extinguish a fire.

Drone operators also need to be aware that the Forest Service generally requests a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) from the Federal Aviation Administration on all fires when the Forest Service has aircraft responding. A TFR is a certain area of airspace where air travel is limited because of a temporary hazardous condition, such as a wildfire. The rules and regulations regarding which aircraft can enter a TFR can be found in 14 CFR 91.137(a)(2).

All unauthorized unmanned aircraft systems flights over wildfires on National Forest System lands will be reported to the FAA and law enforcement agencies. Drone operators determined to have endangered manned aircraft or people on the ground and/or interfered with wildfire suppression may be subject to civil penalties, including fines of up to $25,000, and potentially criminal prosecution.

With regard to aerial firefighting operations, all authorized aircraft on an incident maintain radio communication with each other to safely coordinate their missions, but aerial firefighting flight crews have no way to communicate with drone operators.  


A message from Yavapai County Flood Control District

There is a reasonable potential that the watersheds within the burn area, including Big Bug Creek and its tributaries, and Turkey Creek and its tributaries, will see increased flows and mudflows as the debris and ash from the fire are washed downstream.  Any residential structure in Yavapai County is eligible for flood insurance under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This includes structures in a Special Flood Hazard Area as mapped by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There is a waiver to the 30-day waiting period for flood insurance if any claims are for a flood resulting from a fire on Federal property and the policy was purchased prior to the flooding event.  Any residents downstream of the burn area are encouraged to talk to your insurance agent about obtaining flood insurance.  More information on flood insurance can be found at www.floodsmart.gov.  See the Flood After Fire Fact Sheet.  Contact Emergency Management for information on sandbags. Specific questions about the flood hazard area on your property can be directed to the Flood Control District at (928) 771-3197.

“As we enter monsoon season and especially after a fire, it is important to look at your property from the perspective of water flow and make sure all drains and water shed areas are clear of obstructions.  This includes downed trees or general debris from the fire and it is a good idea to make sure your culverts are clear” said Denny Foulk, Yavapai County Emergency Operations Manager.

The National Flood Insurance Program aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. These efforts help mitigate the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. Overall, the program reduces the socio-economic impact of disasters by promoting the purchase and retention of general risk insurance, but also of flood insurance, specifically.

Why do you need flood insurance?

FACT: Floods are the nation’s most common and costly natural disaster and cause millions of dollars in damage every year.

FACT: Homeowners and renters insurance does not typically cover flood damage.

FACT: Floods can happen anywhere--More than 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside the high risk flood zone.

FACT: Flood insurance can pay regardless of whether or not there is a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

FACT: Most federal disaster assistance comes in the form of low-interest disaster loans from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and you have to pay them back. FEMA offers disaster grants that don't need to be paid back, but this amount is often much less than what is needed to recover. A claim against your flood insurance policy could and often does, provide more funds for recovery than those you could qualify for from FEMA or the SBA--and you don't have to pay it back.

FACT: You may be required to have flood insurance. Congress has mandated federally regulated or insured lenders to require flood insurance on mortgaged properties that are located in areas at high risk of flooding. But even if your property is not in a high risk flood area, your mortgage lender may still require you to have flood insurance.

Flood insurance helps more: Check out your state's flood history (https://www.fema.gov/data-visualization-floods-data-visualization) with FEMA's interactive data visualization tool. Roll your cursor over each county to see how many flooding events have happened. The tool allows you to compare how much FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration have provided in terms of federal disaster aid after Presidential Disaster Declarations to the amount the National Flood Insurance program has paid to its policyholders. It's easy to see that having flood insurance provides a lot more help for recovery.

Who can buy flood insurance?

If you are a renter or homeowner (residential policy); or business owner (non-residential policy) and your property is located in a NFIP-participating community, you can purchase a policy. Contact your insurance agent to find out if your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program.

Flood insurance from the NFIP is only available in participating communities. Ask your agent if your state and community participate, or look it up online in the Community Status Book here https://www.fema.gov/cis/AZ.html

How can I buy Insurance?

Find an insurance agent near you. The agent who helps you with your homeowners or renters insurance may be able to help you with purchasing flood insurance too.

You can only purchase flood insurance through an insurance agent; you cannot buy it directly from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). If your insurance agent does not sell flood insurance, you can:

Contact the NFIP Referral Call Center at (888) 379-9531 to request an agent referral.

Goodwin Fire - SANDBAGS AVAILABLE

Sandbags and sand are available at the following locations.  Bring your shovel to fill your own bags.

Poland Junction -  At Junction Christian Fellowship, 6555 AZ-69, Mayer, AZ 86333

Mayer -  At the Fire Station located at 10001 Miami St, Mayer, AZ 86333

Spring Valley - 13802 S Burton Rd, Spring Valley

Residents downstream of the Goodwin Fire burnt areas will likely be affected by an increase in stormwater runoff. Property owners should assess their properties for the potential to increase stormwater runoff flow capacity and be prepared by cleaning out culverts, clearing debris, and preparing a safe exit route in the event of flooding conditions. Pay attention at low water crossings, it is likely not to be inundated for long periods of time. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

 

 


Yavapai County Public Defender

Yavapai County has a new Public Defender

On Wednesday July 5th Kennedy C. Klagge was selected by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors to be the next Yavapai County Public Defender.  Chairman Thurman said “I have the upmost confidence that she will not only do a good job for the public but also keep costs down for the tax payer. I look forward to Kennedy’s leadership as part of the Yavapai County team.”

Kennedy is a third generation native to the State of Arizona but began her career at the Nevada Federal Public Defender’s Office after passing the Bar in May of 2003.  Kennedy joined the Yavapai County Public Defender’s Office in May of 2004 and has primarily focused on felony defense. For the past two years Kennedy has led the Mental Health Unit within the Public Defender’s office. She has also served on non-profit boards such as the Yavapai County Re-entry Project, represented clients in the Adult and Family Drug Courts, helped establish the DUI Court and was the first Public Defender assigned to the Early Disposition Court. She currently serves as the Executive Secretary for the Yavapai County Republican Women. 

And yet, with all of these accomplishments Kennedy says “My most honored position is Mother to my 8-year-old son.”


 


Susan G Komen Award

Susan G. Komen Arizona awards Community Health Center of Yavapai $50,000 to Fight Breast Cancer

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This June, Susan G. Komen® Arizona awarded a $50,000 grant to Community Health Center of Yavapai (CHCY) to help fulfill Susan G. Komen’s  mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever. In total, Susan G. Komen Arizona awarded $418,997 in grants to nine community programs in Arizona to fund life-saving breast cancer education, screening, diagnostics, treatment and survivorship support programs.

“This funding will assist with the cost of breast cancer treatment for people who don’t have other options for treatment,” said Kevin Goss, business manager at CHCY. “It targets that gap population that does not qualify for AHCCCS and may not be able to afford or qualify for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace.”

The grant money will benefit CHCY’s Well Woman HealthCheck program, which is funded through the Arizona Department of Health Services in part through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program helps uninsured and underinsured women ages 21 to 65 gain access to age-appropriate screenings for breast and cervical cancer, such as clinical breast exams, mammograms, PAP and HPV tests, and pelvic exams. Diagnostic testing such as ultrasounds, biopsies and other tests are available if screening results are abnormal.

To date, Susan G. Komen Arizona has contributed more than $26 million to the local community through grants and more than $8.9 million to research, making it the largest private grantor of breast cancer funds in Arizona.

For more information about the current 2017-18 community grant recipients, please visit www.komenarizona.org. To see if you qualify for the Well Woman HealthCheck Program, call (928) 442-5491 in the Prescott area or (928) 634-6835 in the Verde Valley.

 


Leonard Chester Nawroci receives Yavapai County flag....

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors presented Leonard Chester Nawroci with a Yavapai County Flag, flown over the Prescott Courthouse, on June 15, 2017, in honor of his 100th birthday and thanking him for his service to our country in WWII.  Mr. Nawroci was accompanied by his son in law Michael Perkins.

Leonard 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 Officer/ 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.

L-R: Supervisor Randy Garrison, Supervisor Rowle Simmons, Supervisor Tom Thurman
Leonard Chester Nawroci, Michael Perkins, Supervisor Jack Smith, Supervisor Craig Brown

 

Leonard Chester Nawroci

News Release from the Az House of Representatives - Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard

Supervisor Brown wanted to share an important news release from the Arizona House of Representatives with you.

Speaker of the House, J.D. Mesnard (R-17) today announced the creation of an Ad Hoc Study.......

please click here for further information: Speaker Mesnard Announces Creation of House Ad Hoc Committee on PSPRS.pdf

 


Arizona Highways

Keep Arizona Beautiful Arizona Litter Hotline

Supervisor Brown wanted you to know that:

If watching someone toss a cigarette butt or other trash out the car window has ever made you mad, there’s an easy way to take action: Report the offender to the Arizona Litter Hotline.

In partnership with Keep Arizona Beautiful, the Arizona Department of Transportation maintains this hotline to spread the word about the harm roadside litter causes.  All that’s required is providing  the vehicle’s license plate number and incident details in a call to 1-877-3LITTER (1-877-354-8837) or fill out the litter report form online at:  http://kazb.org/resources/programs/litter-hotline/

Once the report is received, the owner will receive a free litter bag for their car, along with a courteous letter letting them know that they were spotted tossing litter, reminding them about the negative impact of litter and letting them know that litterers can be fined up to $500 if caught by law enforcement.

Taxpayers pay more than $3 million each year to clean up litter long Arizona highways.  Besides marring our state’s scenery, there is an additional cost to the economy when businesses and tourists fail to return to our state because of a poor impression.

In addition to the hotline, Yavapai County combats litter through their own Adopt A Road program.  Volunteers can apply for permits to clean up roadside litter at the Public Works website: http://www.yavapai.us/Portals/30/adopt-a-road.pdf  or call: 928 771-3183

Let’s all raise public awareness, change behaviors and reduce the amount of trash on our highways!  

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Paulden Plunge

Summer Fun for Paulden* Children 

Free transportation is being provided by Yavapai Regional Transit, along with  FREE admission to the Chino Valley pool from June 5th through August 4th for the children of Paulden.  This, however, would not have been possible without the generous community partners and sponsors.   For more information, call (928) 636-2272 or visit their website for more information or to register: pauldenplunge@pauldenfoundation.org

*Paulden residents only. Ages 0 - 18.  Under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.


Patriot Week Beginning September 8th


What is happening in Paulden?

There seems to be a lot going on in the lovely little community of Paulden....

Community Meeting at 165 E Aspen
June 1 at 7:00 pm

"Getting your Ducks in a Row"-Taking the Fear Out of Advance Funeral Planning.

Presenter, Kathie Reis, Pre-Arrangement Specialist from Chino Valley Funeral Home will show you how to be the master of your own farewell. Come hear the facts and falsehoods about funerals, your options regarding cemetery, cremation and burial, and Veteran's benefits. Hear answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding pre-planning. Be prepared and ask your questions for free!

And, if you want the opportunity to be entered in our Business of the Month drawing, please see below and join us at our monthly meetings.  

Reminder:  Bring your nonperishable food items for donation to Paulden Food Bank and be entered in our monthly drawing as well. Thank you! 

 

Ever feel like this guy?  Then here is some good news for you!  The P.A.C.O. Board has referral information for residents interested in making improvements to your roads.  This includes gravel and equipment to be used for road repairs AND the County Roads Department will come out to give ideas of what may need to be done to your road if you need help. If you and your neighbors are interested in getting together and having grading done, please come to our next P.A.C.O. Community Meeting on June 1 at 7:00 p.m. and we can give you the contact information then.

 

 

 

NEWS ON PAULDEN COMMUNITY CENTER

The work continues.  The interior doors have been received and the Air Exchanger System has been ordered.  Work continues on the drywall and prep for painting.  If you'd like to volunteer your time, please call Jeff Stewart (928) 460-2959 or Jerry Roberts (928) 830-3471 to find out the work schedule. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered your time.  

 

Paulden Plunge- Donations at work!!!!!

P.A.C.O. is happy to collaborate with other civic organizations and sponsors in the Paulden Plunge program for our community this summer.  The Board and members voted to donate $300.00 to this program.  

 
ALSO DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU can ride the bus into Chino for your errands and even transfer and go on into Prescott and Prescott Valley?  Check out their routes and very reasonable fares at www.yavapairegionaltransit.com

 

Paulden Library-Build a Better World Summer Reading Program

 

 

Community Clean Up Day

 

Saturday, June 24th is scheduled for the next Big Chino Road clean up! Plan on meeting at 9:00 a.m. at the Paulden Public Library parking lot.  Donuts, coffee and water will be provided!

Remember to bring gloves and a hat, which will be needed for protection! The more the merrier, this is a community project and it would be wonderful to have as many of you as possible. Volunteers must be 16 years of age to be able to participate.  Once the clean up has been completed, the Yavapai County Public Works Department will mow the sides of the road, which will make it look even better, after all of our hard work.  

Paulden Area Community Organization
Board 2017 Contact Information

 

Don Nowell, President                                                                    (509) 688-5875
Gin Sullivan, Vice President & Food Bank Chairman                           (928) 636-1310 
Terri McPherson, Secretary & Communications Chairman                   (928) 899-1838 
David Chrzanowski, Treasurer                                                         (928) 273-9643
Betsy Terry, Director                                                                      (928) 379-3190 
Gary Hanby, Director & Roads Chairman                                          (928) 310-8647 
James Haley, Director & Veterans Chairman                                     (928) 460-1767 
Judi Lewis, Director & Event Chairman                                            (928) 899-6300 
Tom Martens, Director & Bldg. Committee Chairman                        (928) 830-4045
Jerry Franklin, Consultant  & Circus Chairman                                 (928) 310-4513


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