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Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Congressman Paul Gosar

Congressman Paul Gosar held his Town Hall meeting on November 9th at the Supervisors Board Room on Fair Street. The event was well attended by the community and Chairman Brown led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Veterans Day Proclamation

At the Board of Supervisors meeting on November 2nd, Chairman Brown read our Veterans Day Proclamation as stated below.  Veterans that were present in the audience were asked to stand and be recognized.

Veterans Day November 11, 2015

WHEREAS, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 marked the end of the ‘War To End All Wars’ so named because of the great slaughter and destruction, and;

WHEREAS, on June 1st, 1954 Congress declared that Armistice Day should be Veterans Day to honor all who had served in all wars to preserve world peace and on October 8th, 1954 President Dwight D Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation, and;

WHEREAS, it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer to those who have served freedom’s cause; we salute the members of our Armed Forces who are confronting our adversaries; and we honor the men and women who left America’s shores but did not live to be honored as Veterans; and;

WHEREAS, to protect the Nation they love, our Veterans stepped forward when America needed them most. In conflicts around the world and at home, their sacrifice and resolve helped destroy the enemies of freedom and in answering the Nation’s call with honor, decency and resolve, our Veterans have shown the power of liberty and earned the respect and admiration of a grateful Nation and;

WHEREAS, all of America’s Veterans have placed our Nation’s security before their own lives, creating a debt that we can never fully repay.  Our Veterans represent the best of America, and they deserve the best America can give them.

NOW, THEREFORE be it resolved that the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, do hereby acknowledge November 11th, 2015 as Veterans Day and urge all citizens of Yavapai County to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our Veterans through ceremonies and prayers.

IN WITNESS THEREOF, the Board of Supervisors have hereunto set our hand and caused the seal of the County of Yavapai, Arizona, to be affixed this 2nd day of November, 2015.

If you would like to have a copy of the signed proclamation, please contact our office at (928) 442-5132.

September 2015

It has been a busy time for Chairman Brown.  There have been many interesting events that have not yet been posted to the website.   Please check out our latest additions to the website!   Hope you enjoy!!!!

On September 3rd,  Chairman Brown held the first of 6 scheduled Town Halls within District 4 in Paulden.  The Town Hall was well received and many community members were in attendance.  Of importance to the community is generally roads and growth within their areas.   The agenda for the town halls include Supervisor Brown, and department heads from Public Works, Emergency Management, Flood Control, Development Services, Health Department and the Sheriff’s Office.

Chairman Brown
Sheriff Scott Masher

September 4th Prescott Valley hosted the 4th Annual Northern Arizona Healing Fields U.S. flag display to honor and remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  This has become a Prescott Valley tradition and the Healing Field presentation brings the community together as organizers, volunteers and area residents share an experience of optimism and healing.

L-R Supervisor Rowle Simmons, Sandi Brown and Chairman Brown

Later that same day, Chairman Brown traveled to Historic Route 66 west of Ash Fork to meet with J.D. Simpson, President and Founder of Three Hots and a Cot for a groundbreaking ceremony for Fort Comfort Veterans Village. The key objective of Fort Comfort is to provide affordable housing to those that have served in the U.S Military, surviving spouses and families of those who gave their life in the line of duty. Chairman Brown emphasized the importance of taking care of our vets for the sacrifices made by them for god and country. For more information on this endeavor, please contact Mr. Simpson at: jdsimpson@cotsforvets.org

L-R J.D. Simpson, Chairman Brown

The Board of Supervisors, Yavapai County endorsed the creation of the Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission (PAUWIC) on September 4, 1990, and others agencies joined with the City of Prescott in a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Commission on September 9, 1990. The group is a chartered by a group of citizens and agency representatives given the express task of identifying, prioritizing and guiding the management of wildland/urban interface issues. On September 8th, at the Board of Supervisors meeting, PAUWIC celebrated their silver anniversary and the Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation for the week of September 7th. Bob Betts is the current president of PAUWIC.




Also, on September 8th the Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation for the Daughters of the American Revolution, proclaiming the week of September 14th – 19th, 2015 as “Constitution Week” in Yavapai County. Those in attendance were from the General George Crook Chapter, Prescott; Oak Creek Chapter, Sedona; Yavapai Chapter, Prescott Valley; All Yavapai County Chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. DAR’s motto is “God, Home, and Country.”

 

 

On September 10th, Chairman Brown attended the public hearing for the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held at the City of Prescott. There were 5 items on the agenda that were related to the Deep Well Ranch annexation. Of concern to District 4 was the ANX 15-002 Deep Well Ranches South Annexation totaling approximately 321 acres, located generally west of Pinon Oaks and north of Pioneer Park. The main concern of citizens that live within the area, were the impact the construction could have on their narrow roads, multifamily dwellings and water. Chairman Brown emphasizes that the planned area development ( PAD) needs to be received first and then a better discussion can take place.

On September 16th, Chairman Brown attended the Ice Cream Social hosted by the Seligman Historical Society. Currently, the Historical Society is raising funds to restore the Cottage Hotel, built in 1912 and is a registered historic building . When finished the Cottage Hotel will serve as a much needed visitor’s
center and museum.

L-R Sandy, Chairman Brown, Charlotte Lindemuth
Cottage Hotel – Seligman

September 18th was National POW/MI A recognition day which was held at the Prescott Veterans Hospital on Hwy 89.  The veteran keynote speaker was Ronald Byrne a United States Air Force Pilot who served in the military from 1952-1974 and flew 75 missions before he was captured in 1986. It was a moving ceremony as families shared stories of their loved ones that demonstrated courage and love of country.

On September 23rd,  the second Town Hall meeting was held in Ash Fork. There was a very nice turnout of community members and the food was excellent! Thank you Ash Fork for an enjoyable meeting.

L-R Back Row: Steve Mauk, David McAtee, Denny Foulk L-R Front Row: Dan Cherry, Chairman Craig Brown, Byron Jaspers and Sheriff Mascher

And to finish off the month of September, Yavapai County Records Management Division held an Open House on September 30th. In 2013 the Board of Supervisors had a plan for updating many of the county buildings within Yavapai County that were in dire need of repair. After approval, the Yavapai County Records Management Division was slated for renovation and on September 30th, 2015, Yavapai County held an Open House at the newly renovated Yavapai County Records Management Division on Prosser Lane in Prescott. A new roof, parking lot, safety rails and painting were just some of the improvements.
The Yavapai County Records Management Division is located at 918 Prosser Lane in Prescott. The public is always welcomed!


2015 Chino Valley Citizens Academy


East-West Connector Plan

At the July 8th, Chino Valley Chamber luncheon at Gabby’s Banquet Hall, a presentation was given to the audience by Chris Bridges from Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization (CYMPO).  CYMPO is made up of the following member agencies: Yavapai County, Town of Chino Valley, Town of Prescott Valley, City of Prescott, ADOT State Transportation Board, Town of Dewey-Humboldt, Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe and the Prescott National Forest.  The organization predominately uses federal funding for transportation planning purposes only. ADOT administers the money and funding is based on population.

Mr. Bridges described the East-West Connector plan, to extend West Center Street to Williamson Valley Road that would come out near the Inscription Canyon subdivision. Chairman Brown added that the Board of Supervisors believes Reed Road in Chino Valley could become a collector road, as it crosses Center Street.  The soonest the connector road could be constructed would be 2018-19.


Granite Mountain

Smoke Visible West of Granite Mountain

Prescott, AZ (July 8, 2015) –A small lightning caused wildfire was detected in the Granite Mountain Wilderness near Blair Pass (T15N, R3W, S33).  Smoke and flames may be visible to on the 1/10 acre fire burning within the Doce Fire perimeter.

The Blair Pass fire is being monitored.

 More information on the Prescott National Forest via the following:

  • Arizona Fire Restrictions http://firerestrictions.us/az/
  • Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline: (928) 777-5799
  • Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
  • Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

Hell Canyon Bridge Replacement

Hell Canyon bridge replacement to begin this month north of Paulden

ADOT to construct wider bridge while limiting SR 89 traffic impacts during construction

While the Arizona Department of Transportation completed interim repairs to the Hell Canyon Bridge in 2013, the agency moved forward with plans to design a new bridge along State Route 89 in Yavapai County that would ultimately replace the aging and narrow bridge that does not meet today’s design standards. Two years later, ADOT will start construction on Tuesday, July 14 on a modernized bridge that will replace the current bridge when completed.

The existing nearly 600-foot-long bridge, which was built in 1954, is located 18 miles north of Chino Valley at milepost 346 and serves as a key connection linking Prescott and northern Arizona (Interstate 40 in Ash Fork).

The $14.4 million improvement project will include constructing a new four-span steel-plate girder bridge to the east of the existing bridge and removing the existing three-span steel deck truss bridge, which has been classified as structurally deficient by bridge inspectors. The current bridge is safe; however, some needed repairs or improvements have been identified during bridge inspections.

The new 665-foot-long two-lane bridge will feature wider travel lanes and will be approximately 47 feet wide, more than 17 feet wider than the current bridge. The bridge will also accommodate heavier loads, ensuring commercial trucks can conveniently carry goods and produce to their final destinations, particularly when I-40 traffic is diverted onto SR 89 during serious crashes.

There will be limited traffic impacts to motorists during construction because traffic will remain on the existing bridge, while work progresses on constructing the new bridge east of the current bridge.

The first phase of the project, which is expected to take up to 12 months to complete, will include construction of the new bridge as well as temporary access roads along the north and south sides of the canyon to assist with bridge construction and removal.

Daytime blasting operations, which will begin at 9 a.m. July 14, will be required for the construction of the access roads and intermittent closures will be necessary during that time. Delays of up to 20 minutes are possible until blasting operations are completed by the end of next month. ADOT will send advance notice to the public when any closure dates are finalized.

After the new bridge is completed, traffic will be switched to the new bridge. The existing Hell Canyon Bridge will then be dismantled and removed, which is expected to take up to three months. Additional road construction/realignment will be necessary to the north and south of the new bridge.

For more information on the project, please visit azdot.gov/SR89HellCanyon.


Road Maintenance - District 4

Weather Permitting – Road Maintenance

Week of 6/29-7/2 Rolling Hills Rd Patching
   O’Neal Road  
   Michele Lane  
Dewey Road
Kelly Drive
McIntosh Drive
Commerce Drive Fireworks Preparation
Sosi Circle Drainage
Yampa Drive Mailbox Relocation
Burnt Ranch Drive Ditch Maintenance
     
Week of 7/6-7/9 Shadow Valley Drive Ditch Maintenance
Willow Way Patching Maintenance
Granite Dells Road Shouldering
Williamson Valley Subdivision Mowing
     
Week of 6/29 – 7/2  Rolling Hills Road  Patching
O’Neal Road
Michele Lane
Dewey Road
Kelly Drive
McIntosh Drive
Commerce Drive Fireworks Prep
Sosi Circle Drainage
Yampa Drive Mailbox Relocate
Burnt Ranch Drive  Ditch Maint
     
Week of 7/6-7/9 Shadow Valley Drive Ditch Maint
Willow Way Patching
Granite Dells Road Shouldering
Williamson Valley Subdivision Mowing

PACO Adopt-A-Road

Chairman Brown is happy to announce that the Adopt-A-Road program for the Paulden Area Community Organization is up and running!!!

Nine people braved the heat on Saturday June 20th, to pick up 42 bags of trash on Big Chino Road. There is room for all levels of participation and physical ability. Hope you will consider joining PACO in the future. The more the merrier!


Paulden Area Community Organization Adopt-a-road

The Paulden Area Community Organization (P.A.C.O.) has joined the Yavapai County Adopt-a-Road Program! Their clean-up area involves the first 4 miles of Big Chino Road (west of State Route 89).

The first clean-up event will be Saturday, June 20th. Gather at the Community Center between 7 and 8 a.m. – Assignments will be made from there.  There will be water, juice etc. to get you started!

Bring a hat and sunscreen. Wear BRIGHT colors ( orange vests will be available & a few bright yellow t-shirts), sturdy shoes (preferably high top) and gloves. Bags & ties will be provided.  Trash will be picked up only as far as we can reach from road’s edge – you are not asked to enter waist high weeds!

Come give us a hand – it is YOUR community! Any amount of time is welcome!

Hope to see you there!!


Lloyd Halgunseth

The ARES/RACES Communication Van has a new look. As many know, Lloyd Halgunseth was an Amature Radio Emergency Services Volunteer with Yavapai County for 16 years. He volunteered his time to bring communications to Yavapai County in time of emergencies when all else failed. Lloyd always came with a smile, had a “can do” attitude, and went above the call of duty. He was involved in multiple special events, trainings, and incidents throughout the county during his years of service with us.

When he started, an old van was donated for communication use. It had old yellow shag carpet and very little space to run the emergency communications. When a grant became available for a new mobile communications vehicle, Emergency Management immediately applied and was awarded the funds. Lloyd’s life was dedicated to communications, so when the day arrived for Lloyd to pick up this new vehicle, you would have thought he won the jackpot! Lloyd was walking on clouds and had a smile that didn’t go away for days. He was so excited and so happy he gave the new van a big hug, and his wife caught the moment on film. To this day, his wife Jane speaks of how excited he was and how much he cared for and enjoyed working in this communications vehicle. Sadly, Lloyd passed away on November 1, 2014, and his loss was felt statewide as the radio communications fell silent during his last call.

Knowing his dedication and love for communications and this vehicle, Emergency Management felt there was no better way to honor this amazing man than to dedicate the ARES/RACES communication van to Lloyd. After many months of work and coordination, the van was finally given its proper stripes. The driver door has “Lloyd,” and the side says “In memory of WA6ZZ1, last call November 1, 2014.”

The day the van arrived with the new decals, the entire office of Emergency Management was able to share the moment with Lloyd’s wife Jane and his daughter Patti. It was an emotional and happy moment for us all. Jane was so appreciative and couldn’t express her gratitude enough. Of course, once the tears cleared, there was one last thing that had to be done, and that was for Jane to give the van a big hug as Lloyd did years ago. We all know Lloyd was there too, returning the hug.

Emergency Management and Lloyd’s family would like to express a special thank you to Dave Legue, who helped coordinate getting these graphics on the van. Also, a big thank you to David Gartner who helped with the expenses of this project.


Public Works Updates

The Public Works Department has been very busy in District 4.  Here are some updates:

Center Street – Chino Valley

The County portion of Center Street in Chino Valley was full of potholes. The Public Works Department  evacuated, renovated, and chip sealed the section of roadway.

Paulden Clean Up

The Paulden Community Clean Up ran for 3 weeks, beginning April 30th and ending May 16th. Over 1,000 vehicles were processed tons of trash along with 1,393 tires. Thank you to the Solid Waste Department and all who participated to make the clean up a success. Community Clean Ups will resume in the fall.

Yampa Drive

I would like to extend my thanks to the Yavapai County Engineering design group for the drainage, sight distance improvements and new roadway paving on Yampa Drive.

It was a challenging project and there were many utility conflicts as this effort came together. Another great improvement to a county road that will last for many years to come!

Many thanks to our Yavapai County survey and road crew… the project is finally paved!

 


Road Maintenance in District 4

Road Maintenance – District 4 (Weather Permitting)

Week of 6/8-6/11 Tonto Rd Chip Seal Preparation
Week of 6/15-6/18 Tonto Rd Chip Seal
Granite Dells Road Paving Preparation

Notice - I 17 near Sunset Point

Crash closes I-17 southbound near Sunset Point
Drivers should delay travel or use alternate routes

scene of accident on I-17June 04, 2015
PHOENIX — A crash has closed Interstate 17 southbound about two miles south of the Sunset Point Rest Area, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The crash is near milepost 250.
Drivers should consider delaying travel or using alternate routes. Those routes include exiting I-17 in Camp Verde and taking State Route 260 eastbound to SR 87 southbound, then going through Payson to reach the Phoenix area. Also, drivers can exit I-17 at State Route 169 to reach Prescott, where SR 89 southbound, US 93 southbound and US 60 eastbound will lead drivers into the Phoenix area.

There is no estimated time to reopen southbound lanes of I-17. Northbound lanes remain open.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow us on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 5-1-1


Spotlite on Juniper Wood Ranch

An exciting event scheduled for Saturday!

Saturday, June 20, 2015 – Stargazing with Al. Al Schober will be hosting a stargazing event at the JLA Clubhouse at 7:30pm.  Telescopes for viewing the skies will be available and you can bring binoculars as Al will point out what can be seen with them. Light refreshments will be served.


Annual Flag Day Ceremony - Chino Valley

Chairman Brown would like to invite you to the Annual Flag Day Ceremony in Chino Valley!!

On June 13th at 10:00 am at Memory Park located at Road 1 West and Butterfield in Chino Valley, the Chino Valley Elks will be hosting the Annual Flag Day Ceremony.

Bring a chair and join them for a presentation of the United States history of the American flag. Also, be sure to bring any of your American worn-out flags for retirement.  Refreshment will follow. Hope to see you there!!


Important News Release Regarding National Forests in Arizona

U.S. Forest Service Southwestern Region

333 Broadway,

SE Albuquerque, NM 87102

www.fs.usda.gov/r3

News Release

Violating campfire restrictions on national forests in Arizona now means mandatory court appearance

Flagstaff, Ariz., April 28, 2015 — For Immediate Release –

Beginning this fire season anyone issued a citation for violating campfire and smoking restrictions on any national forest in Arizona will face a mandatory court appearance. Previously, citations issued for violating fire restrictions carried a fine that could be paid without appearing in front of a judge; however, anyone contesting a citation had to appear in court.

“The change in procedures reflects the Court’s ongoing concern regarding the threat fire season possess to all public lands in Arizona,” said U.S. Magistrate Mark Aspey.

National forest managers consider certain criteria to determine when to implement fire restrictions including current and predicted weather, forest fuel moisture, fire activity, and available firefighting resources. Currently, there are no campfire and smoking restrictions in place on any of the six national forests in Arizona, and the six forests are reporting low or moderate fire danger.

Public land management agencies monitor weather and fuel conditions to determine when it is appropriate and necessary to implement fire restrictions. Not all fires can be prevented if forest users are careless with fire. We need the public’s help in reducing the number of preventable, human-caused fires. Forest visitors are reminded to completely extinguish a campfire before leaving their camp site, and regardless of whether or not restrictions are in place, abandoning a campfire is always illegal.


Prescott National Forest - update

Just so you know…..The thinning operations near Iron Springs are now completed! 

 PRESCOTT, AZ (April 15, 2015) – All mechanical thinning operations have been completed within the Spence Basin Timber Sale, locally known as Emmanuel Pines and the temporary closure order has been lifted. However, forest managers want visitors to know that there will still be heavy equipment operating within the closure area. The logging contractor is currently conducting closeout work which involves closing temporary roads and skid trails. The Forest Service would like to thank the public for their patience and for observing the closure which was necessary to protect public health and safety while the contractor thinned out the overly dense ponderosa pine forest.

One of the primary purposes of this forest restoration and fuels reduction project was to mitigate the risks associated with wildfire starts within close proximity to neighboring communities. Fire Managers plan to burn the piles of branches this fall or winter and then conduct a prescribed burn across the landscape 2-3 years from now.

Additionally, the thinning project presented an opportunity to reroute a short segment of the Javalina Trail 332 (a portion of the Prescott Circle Trail), which may look a little different.  Prescott National Forest trails staff; volunteers from the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance and Over the Hill Gang have begun re-routing this trail segment which should be completed in the next few weeks.  Forest Managers understand that there were several trails used by the public in this area, many of which have been impacted by the thinning operation.  These trails, with the exception of the 332 trail, were unauthorized trails – either illegally built or created over time by the passage of users.   The Forest Service had limited authority to protect these unauthorized trails during the thinning operation. However, the future for official, sustainably designed trails in this area will be one of the primary focuses for the Greater Prescott Trails Planning meeting scheduled for May 11thfrom 6-8pm at the Grace Sparks Activity Center (Armory)  in Prescott.  Prescott National Forest encourages public participation at this meeting to help shape recreation opportunities in the area.

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

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!

 It only takes one spark to start a wildfire.   Chainsaws, dragging trailer safety chains, carelessly tossed cigarettes,  fireworks, abandoned campfires, and discharge of firearms are all known causes of wildfire.  Wildfires impact recreation areas, may destroy homes, and threaten lives.


Spring in Central Arizona

Spring in Central Arizona

Spring in central Arizona brings wind, warm days, cool nights and is the season for yard work and getting outdoors to enjoy a hike, go for a bike ride, or camping.  Chairman Brown and fire Officials want to remind visitors that we all have a role to play in preventing human-caused fires.  Fire dangers are not uniform across the landscape, some areas, due to more or less precipitation, varying elevation and temperature will dry faster than others. This means that fire dangers can vary over relatively short distances and can change quickly in short periods of time. We ask our forest visitors to take responsibility in knowing the conditions in the forest; knowing when fire restrictions are in place; and to understand what is allowed and forbidden when fire restrictions are in place.  We ask all of our local residents who live near or within the forest boundaries to know and understand the same important fire danger characteristics and precautions.

Safety Reminders:

  • Don’t throw cigarette butts in the forest or out vehicle windows.
  • Keep your campfires small.  Bring water and a shovel to extinguish your campfire.
  • If possible use an established campfire ring.
  • Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, dry grass, pine needles and leaves.
  • Clear the ground to bare soil within a 10-foot diameter circle.
  • Never leave your campfire unattended.  Even a small breeze could cause the fire to spread by carrying hot embers out of your fire ring.
  • When extinguishing your campfire, use the Pour, Stir, Feel method.  Pour water onto your campfire.  With a shovel, stir the ashes and embers, using dirt to help cool the fire faster.  Gently feel with the back of your hand for any heat in your campfire.  If it’s too hot to touch, than it’s too hot to leave.  Repeat these steps until you are certain your campfire is Dead-Out.  When it’s cool enough to stick your hand in, it’s cool enough to leave.
  • Fireworks and exploding targets are always prohibited on all national forest lands.
  • Pausing or parking a car or truck in tall grass or over shrubs can start fires. This not only may damage your vehicle but may also start a quickly moving fire. Do not park where vegetation is touching the underside of your vehicle.
  • Ensure trailer safety chains are not dragging and won’t come loose.  Check that your trailer tires are in good condition to minimize the possibility of a flat tire and sparks from the wheels.
  • Check your lawn and property for large rocks before mowing.  Mower blades striking rocks can create a spark.
  • Use and maintain spark arresters on motorized equipment including chain saws, ATVs, and motorcycles.
  • Refrain from welding and use of activities or equipment that may create a spark when fire danger is high.
  • Know before you go. Check current fire information and restrictions at wildlandfire.AZ.gov or at www.firerestrictions.us  call 1-877-864-6985.

 THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!

 It only takes one spark to start a wildfire.   Chainsaws, dragging trailer safety chains, carelessly tossed cigarettes,  fireworks, abandoned campfires, and discharge of firearms are all known causes of wildfire.  Wildfires impact recreation areas, may destroy homes, and threaten lives.


Vietnam Veteran Traveling Wall

March 19, 2015

On March 19, 2015, Chairman Brown and other dignitaries from the area, joined together for a special event at the Prescott Gateway Mall, the opening ceremony of the Vietnam Traveling Wall.  Chairman Brown spoke at the event recalling his fallen friends and honoring all Vietnam Veterans.

“I want to thank all the veterans that are here today, especially. Those and their families who have given so much for such a long time and were never recognized for it. They tell us this is the 50th year anniversary for the Vietnam War.  We all know that is not exactly right. It ended in what was a terrible situation. It was a war in that we won all the battles, but yet we lost the people. Subsequently….bear with me please…I am like the chaplain a I get a little emotion. Looking back over the 50 years, I remember one of the most disappointing times of my life was watching on television the fall of Saigon. Knowing how many gave their lives, giving so much to try to give that place democracy like we have here in the United States.  Four of my team members are on that wall.  This gives me a little closure to be here today. Moving forward, I just want to say to all of you, welcome home and thank you for all your service. We all enjoy our freedom because of people like us”.


Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy - Prescott

Tuesday, March 10th

On Tuesday, March 10th, Chairman Craig Brown and Vice Chairman Chip Davis, attended the 3rd Annual Tribute Dinner held to remember the fallen firefighters for 2014 at the Prescott Resort in Prescott.  The evening evolved to “Honoring Our Friends and Supporting our Future.”  About 500 people attended the event.  It was a memorable evening for the community, the academy and the wildland firefighters.  The raffle and auction brought in $11,700!!

The Yavapai County Board Supervisors was selected to receive the Herb McElwee Loyalty Award. The award is given to a person or group that has shown a long term commitment to supporting the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy.

The award was accepted by Chairman Brown and Vice Chairman Chip Davis.

Left to right: Pete Gordon, Chairman Brown, Vice Chairman Davis and Tony Sciacca

Thursday, March 11th

Chairman Brown and other officials joined the Arizona Wildfire Incident Management

Academy on Thursday, the 11th at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University for a glimpse of the training that occurs during the academy.  This year’s academy offered 45 classes covering positions in all ICS areas; Command and General Staff, Operations Plans, Logisitics and Finance.  Also including, courses from National Wildfire Coordination Group, FEMA  and independent instructors.  The academy brought in firefighters from 23 states and Australia.

Chairman Brown addressing the academy
Left to right: Tony Sciacca and Chairman Brown

ERAU students welcomed the academy with a painted boulder signifying AWIMA
Remembering the fallen 19


Cinder Pit Closure - Chino Valley Ranger District

Cinder Pit Closure on the Chino Valley Ranger District

PRESCOTT, AZ (February 12, 2015) – To facilitate the reconstruction of the Hell Canyon Bridge, Prescott National Forest has authorized Arizona Department of Transportation use of the cinder pit located along Forest Road 9010K just off Highway 89 north of Paulden. The closure will begin March 1, 2015 and continue through October 1, 2016. In order to protect the safety of the public and contractors, access to this area will be prohibited until operations are complete, per Temporary Closure Order 09-222. Signs will be posted along with fencing surrounding the closed area.

Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following:

• Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
• Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000
• Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200
• Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121
• Arizona Fire Restrictions http://firerestrictions.us/az/


Drake Cement Plant

Recently, Chairman Brown, Supervisor Simmons, Administrative Assistant Barbara Fox-Thomas and Mary Conner enjoyed a one-on-one tour with Jorge Tejada of the Drake Cement Plant located in Paulden. The plant currently employs over 100 local employees and operates 24/7.

Drake Cement is a state of the art, six stage precalciner/preheater with a rated capacity of 660,000 tons of clinker per year. Several operating and pollution controls incorporated into the plant are so advanced they are found in only a few other facilities throughout the world.

Left to right. Chairman Craig Brown, Jorge Tejada, Supervisor Simmons and Administrative Assistant Barbara Fox-Thomas.
Drake Cement plant – Paulden


Prescott Litter Lifters

In District 4, there are approximately 46 miles of roads that have been adopted for clean-up by various local groups.  One of those groups, is the Prescott Litter Lifters and we thought we would share an article and a few pictures with you…..

 PRESCOTT LITTER LIFTERS – “We never run out of work”

Contributed by: Farrish Sharon, Don Edick and Nancy Piehl

11 bags of trash collected in one hour on Hwy 89 from intersection of 69 to Industrial Way.
Many visitors to Prescott comment on how clean and beautiful our town is. As in every city, keeping the roadways clean is a special challenge. 

You may see crews wearing orange shirts picking up trash along the highways and streets around Prescott on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. These dedicated volunteers are the Prescott Litter Lifters. 

The Litter Lifters are passionate about keeping the roadways of “everybody’s home town” litter free. They cover 60 miles of city, county and state roadways in a rotating schedule. Last year the Litter Lifters picked up 1183 bags of trash and logged 1026 worker hours. 

The number 1 litter items are beer cans and alcohol bottles. These roadside aluminum cans and metal scraps are recycled and last year brought in $380. This money is sometimes donated to local charities. 

Surprisingly, in this wild fire country the Litter Lifters report finding hundreds of cigarette butts carelessly discarded into the highly flammable ditches. Other common litter items include tire shards, fast food containers, construction debris and plastic bags. Old mattresses, broken furniture and other household items fall from pick ups and shatter on the road. Occasionally a cell phone or credit card is found and the owner is contacted. It is not unusual to find money and once $158 in cash was found strewn along the highway. Each August the Litter Lifters display some of their finds at the Prescott Library. 

If you are nterested in helping the Litter Lifters, contact Don Edick at (928) 771-2690. 

Everyone can contribute to a beautiful environment. When walking or hiking carry a plastic grocery bag and if you see a piece of trash or discarded can, “Pick it up!”.

Truck bed full of aluminum found on roads
scott Litter Lifters – hard at work
Litter Lifters Coordinators (left to right) Sharon Farrish, Don Edick and Nancy Piehl

 


SR 89 at Road 4 North in Chino Valley

Roundabout construction begins on SR 89 at Road 4 North in Chino Valley this week

Minimal impacts expected over the next three weeks as detour is constructed

PRESCOTT: The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin construction this week of a new roundabout at the intersection of State Route 89 and Road 4 North in Chino Valley.

For the next three weeks, crews will begin building a temporary detour on the east side of SR 89 at Road 4 North and drivers should be aware of shoulder work and increased truck traffic through the work zone, weather dependent.

The work zone will be clearly marked by temporary barricades and signage. ADOT advises drivers to allow additional time to reach their destinations and to proceed through the work zone with caution, comply with the reduced speed limit, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

This $2.1 million project consists of a new roundabout at the intersection of SR 89 and Road 4 North between mileposts 330.48 and 330.78. Additional work includes removal and replacement of existing pavement, drainage improvements, new pavement markings and lighting.

This project is expected to be complete by August 2015.

For more information about this project, please call Tricia Lewis at 928-606-2420 or email tlewis@azdot.gov.


Ash Fork - Local Artists

What is Happening at the Ash Fork Museum in Ash Fork?

January 9, 2015
What a wonderful way to start off the New Year.  On Friday January 9, 215, local historian, teacher, preservationist, storyteller and entertainer Marshall Trimble,  who is a home-grown boy from Ash Fork will be at the Ash Fork Museum at 11:00 am.  Be sure to come by and say hello!!!


Ash Fork Museum

Supervisor Brown wanted to keep you informed about the museum in Ash Fork. Due to the heavy rains recently, the Yavapai County Public Works crew repaired the berm at the Arizona Department of Transportation yard. This helped to deter the water from flooding the museum. Also, debris was removed from the fence line which was restricting the water flow into the ditch. The work was completed on an emergency basis, and is pending a cross section study from Flood Control in order to make a more permanent repair.

Safe Medicine Storage

Supervisor Brown wants you to know:

The Do’s and Don’ts of Safe Medicine Storage 

Medicine that is not properly secured could be taken or stolen from your home as well inadvertently poison children or pets:

  • DO lock up medicines that are at risk for being abused– ask your community pharmacist or other Health care professional if the medication has abuse potential;
  • DO store medicines in a cool, dry place;
  • DO store medicines in original containers– the label provides important information about the medicine;
  • DO keep track of how many pills you have during the course of treatment;
  • DO properly discard medicines that are no longer needed or have expired.

 

  • DON’T leave medicines in places that are easily accessible for children;
  • DON’T share medicine with someone for whom it was not intended;
  • DON’T repackage medicine in unmarked containers;
  • DON’T leave medicines that are at risk for being abused in plain sight or in unsecure places;
  • DON’T take medicines in front of children as they often mimic the behavior of adults.

Safely Dispose of Prescription Medications in your area

Expired or unwanted prescription medications can be taken to the police department during normal business hours. Please contact the appropriate authorities for more information.

  • Chino Valley Police Dept. (928) 636-4223
  • Prescott Police Dept. (928) 777-1988
  • Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (928) 771-3260



School Back In Session

Where has the summer gone? It seems like only yesterday that the final school bells rang and students raced for the doors to begin their summer break. Fast forward a few months and it’s time to begin another school year.

With the new school year, there are many concerns, for both children and parents. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has outlined steps that can be taken to ensure a successful year.

For making the first day easier, try the following-

  • Remind your child that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.
  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun! They will see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh positive memories about previous years, when they may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because they had a good time.
  • Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your youngster can walk to school or ride on the bus.
  • If you feel it is appropriate, drive your child (or walk with them) to school and pick them up on the first day.

Teach Your Kids To Turn Down Drugs
Drug Free AZ Kids
There’s no way you can shield your kids from drugs and alcohol, but you can help your child turn down offers to try them.

Before you work with your child on this issue, there’s one thing you need to know: Kids don’t usually get drugs from strangers. They get drugs from their friends. And that’s the toughest issue of all – teaching your kids that it’s okay to say no to their friends–the people they look to for validation, recognition and fun. Strongly encourage your child to avoid friendships with kids who use drugs.
A great way to help kids prepare for drug-related situations is by acting out—also known as role playing—scenarios with them. It’s important to practice these scenarios with your kids before these situations really happen.

Remember, teens rarely verbally pressure or chastise each other into drinking or doing drugs. Rather, the offer is usually casual. “Peer pressure” is more internal than you probably think. For example, your child sees other teens that they want to be friends with enjoying a drink or a drug and they feel like they want to be part of it too. Or, they  may be afraid that the other teens will think they are less cool if they don’t join in. Try to include this dynamic when you act out scenarios with your teens.

For more information: matforce.org

Reprinted with permission by MatForce.



In Your Community

October 25, 2014
Harvest Day Event: Put this fun annual event on your calendar and plan to be at the Juniperwoodsclubhouse for a chili cook-off, costume contest and karaoke. This is a great fall event when the weather is usually perfect. There will be a BBQ of hamburgers and hot  dogs to go with the chili!  Dress up and enjoy the day.

Gun Club – If you are interested in finding out more information about the local Juniperwood Gun Club, please call Steve Edgar at (928) 308-3488 for details.


Community Clean Up

In Your Community

Supervisor Brown and the Public Works Department are pleased to announce FREE community cleanup days in Seligman. Items should be taken to the Seligman Transfer Station located at  55799 N Seligman Landfill Road. The event is open to Yavapai County residents.

Cleanup Dates:
September 10, 13, 17 and 20, 2014 from 8:00AM to 4:00PM.

Accepted items:
Household appliances, bagged trash, auto batteries, dismounted tires, furniture and yard trimmings.

Items that will not be accepted:
Loose trash, liquids, hazardous materials, cars, Ni Cad batteries or dead animals.  Commercial dumping will not be permitted.  For questions please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Solid Waste Division at 771-3183.

Thank you and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (928) 771-3207.


Fire Bans Lifted

Yavapai County Lifting Fire Ban From all Fire Zones

With the increasing moisture across all Fire Regions of Yavapai County, the Fire Ban will be lifted across all fire zones. The Fire Ban in the Southern Zone is hereby lifted, effective August 1, 2014 at 8:00 AM.

The Yavapai County Fire Ban has already been lifted for the Central, Eastern and Northern Fire Ban Zones. Please reference your local fire district for any remaining fire restrictions. Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management encourages all people living or recreating in Yavapai County to exercise extreme caution.

For statewide restrictions
Know before you go: http://firerestrictions.us/az/


Jail District Presentation in Seligman and Ash Fork

On Monday, August 4th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sheriff Scott Mascher, Supervisor Brown and County Administrator Phil Bourdon will give a presentation on the proposed sales tax proposal for the new jail in Prescott.  The event will take place at the Seligman Library on Floyd Street.

On Monday, August 4th from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., a presentation of the same will be made in Ash Fork at 450 Lewis.

Please plan on attending, so that you can be better informed about the sales tax proposal.  Thank you and as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Supervisor Brown at (928) 771-3207.


In The Know

Firefighters Respond to Lightning Sparked Fires

July 29, 2014

Supervisor Brown would like for you to know that Prescott National Forest firefighters have been active in locating and suppressing several small lightning fires across the forest this past weekend. Fire officials are managing a few of these fires for resource benefit. This allows the fire to have positive effects on the landscape by reducing fuels and to promote healthy soils for vegetation grown and wildlife habitat. Crews will use various tactics to ensure the fires moves through the landscape at appropriate intensities and within pre-determined boundaries.

Perkinsville Fire: Currently 75 acres in size, the Perkinsville Fire was reported on Sunday July 27 and is located approximately 10 miles east of Chino Valley (T16N, R1E, S5).

Twin Peaks Fire: Currently 40 acres in size, the Twin Peaks Fire was reported on Friday July 25 and is located just east of Crown King in the Castel Creek Wilderness (T10N, R1E, S14).

Tex Canyon Fire: Currently 2 acres in size, the Tex Canyon Fire was reported on Monday July 28 and is located north of the White Horse Subdivision (T14N, S2E, S17).

Golden Eagle Fire: Currently 4 acres in size, the Golden Eagle Fire was reported on Saturday July 26 and is located just north of Palace Station (T12N, R2W, S14).

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!
It only takes one spark to start a wildfire. Chainsaws, dragging trailer safety chains, carelessly tossed cigarettes, fireworks, abandoned campfires, and discharge of firearms are all known causes of wildfire. Wildfires impact recreation areas, may destroy homes, and threaten lives.


In Your Community

Supervisor Brown, Sandi Sutterfield (right) and Brooke (left)

If you were in Seligman last Saturday on July 19th, you may have seen Supervisor Brown and his wife Sandi riding on the Seligman Historical Society float during the Seligman Days Parade!  They both appreciated being  part of the celebration and enjoyed the festivities of the day.  Even the rain could not keep the dampen the cheerful spirits of those that attended Seligman Fun Days.

 

Sir Tow Mater (Mater)

Does this truck look familiar to you?  Well, if you are a fan of the Pixar movie “Cars”, you know that this is Sir Tow Mater, more commonly known as Mater.  Looks like he was having a wonderful time also!!!


Prescott National Forest

Prescott National Forest would like to remind visitors to please be careful when recreating on the forest. While recent rainfall has brought much needed temporary relief to the area, overall conditions across the forest remain dry and Fire Officials want to remind visitors to stay vigilant.

• Don’t throw cigarette butts in the forest or out vehicle windows.
• Keep your campfires small. Bring water and a shovel to extinguish your campfire.
• If possible use an established campfire ring.
• Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, dry grass, pine needles and leaves.
• Pile extra wood away from the fire.
• Clear the ground to bare soil within a 10-foot diameter circle.
• Never leave your campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could cause the fire to spread by carrying hot embers out of your fire ring.
• Do not bury your coals as they can smolder and re-ignite later.
• When extinguishing your campfire, use the Pour, Stir, Feel method. Pour water onto your campfire. With a shovel, stir the ashes and embers, using dirt to help cool the fire faster. Gently feel with the back of your hand for any heat in your campfire. If it’s too hot to touch, then it’s too hot to leave. Repeat these steps until you are certain your campfire is Dead-Out. When it’s cool enough to stick your hand in, it’s cool enough to leave.

The public is reminded that fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest lands.

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!
It only takes one spark to start a wildfire. Chainsaws, dragging trailer safety chains, carelessly tossed cigarettes, fireworks, abandoned campfires, and discharge of firearms are all known causes of wildfire. Wildfires impact recreation areas, may destroy homes, and threaten lives.


Update On Solar Project

Supervisor Brown is happy to report that the solar project in Camp Verde is moving along very nicely. The project is split into two phases; the solar field that serves the Jail, and the parking canopies that will serve the Superior Court.

 

Camp Verde Solar Field (view from Detention Center)
The solar field is nearing completion of the installation of the structure and the panels; currently 90% of the solar panels are mounted. The permanent fencing surrounding the solar field is in place, and outside of a couple of minor adjustments is 100% complete. Very soon, the contractor will begin pulling all the wiring to the inverters and eventually to the electrical service entrance. Projected completion date of this phase is August 25th.

 

Solar Parking Canopies (looking south)
The parking canopies are being constructed in two stages, to allow for sufficient parking. The first stage of the parking canopies started over a week ago and now can be seen with vertical posts. After the concrete has had sufficient time to cure, beams will be placed between the posts; then solar panels will be installed on top.  Projected completion date of this phase is September 17th.


In Your Community

Williamson Valley Fire District

Left to right Board Chairman-George Price, Engineer-Adam Gallego, Fire Chief- Brian Smith

At the Williamson Valley Fire District Board of Directors meeting on Monday July 21st,  Adam Gallego was sworn in as Engineer.

Congratulations!!!!

 


Mobile Command Post

Sheriff Mascher and Alberto Gutier, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), announce a new addition to the Sheriff’s fleet for use as part of ongoing DUI enforcement efforts throughout Yavapai County. A Ford truck was graciously provided to YCSO by a grant from GOHS.

Essentially a mobile command post for DUI enforcement teams, it will provide space for processing arrestee’s on site with access to computers, remote booking capability, and intoxilyzer testing. Sheriff Mascher greatly appreciates the opportunity to obtain this state-of-the-art vehicle as part of YCSO’s mission to keep impaired drivers off the road. The vehicle will also be shared with our partner agencies while DUI task forces are activated.


In Your Community

Flu Clinics
The Yavapai County Health Department Flu Shot Clinic will be coming to Ash Fork and Seligman in the fall. Keep checking the website for more information …….

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