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Proclamation in recognition of veterans on Veterans Day, November 11, 2019

Central Arizona Fire Medical Authority Graduation Ceremony

I would like to congratulate the new graduates of CAFMA ,Zach Du Charme, Jake McIntire, Joshua Redfern, Jacob Smith, Valentin Jimenez.

2-1-1 Arizona

Arizona's 211 information line provides Arizona residents with referral services and information on homeland security, local disasters, and public health. 

Dialing 2-1-1 within Arizona, or going online to affords you access to Arizona's Community Information & Referral Services. 

2-1-1 helps people find organizations that can help them with their needs including food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, utility assistance, veteran services, mental health and support groups and more. The organization coordinates with hotlines for child abuse, domestic violence, and human trafficking.

New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center

New Horizons launched Prescott’s first Adaptive Fitness Center on October 25, 2019. They are located at 9400 E Valley Road in Prescott Valley. They can also be reached at 928-237-0073 or their website

New Horizons began its disability problem solving in 1992 when founded by a handful of volunteers in the Prescott area.  In 1993, it began to become clear that traditional service models were not the way they wanted to go, but Independent Living was.  In October of 1994, these volunteers, a majority of them with disabilities themselves, received a vote of confidence from the Federal Government with a five-year commitment of $103,000 per year.

This grant covered basic expenses and specified a responsibility for continuing and expanding Independent Living services throughout the rural counties of Mohave, Yavapai, Coconino, Navajo and Apache counties, 59,000 square miles, an area larger than the entire state of Pennsylvania.

In 2001, New Horizons began its long partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation. Through a rigorous grant process New Horizons was able to procure two vehicles. They now have 18 vehicles which travel over 400,000 miles a year providing people who lack mobility a chance to be a part of our growing community.

In 2015 the New Horizons received the biggest donation it had ever received. A very generous man donated a 10,000 square foot commercial building and it has changed everything. They renovated the building to meet their needs and created central and northern Arizona’s first ever Disability Empowerment Campus. They have the space to provide a disability fitness center, a fully adaptive computer lab, and are working towards raising the funds to create a wheelchair friendly outdoor sports court!

Yavapai County Citizens Academy

On September 9, 2018, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved the development of a "Citizens Academy." The academy, which is currently accepting applications for attendees, will provide Yavapai County residents with insights into how County government works, promote open lines of communication, and offer a clear understanding of how County services affect the everyday lives of its citizens. 

Participants will interact with the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, County leadership, and other citizens in this collaborative and informative course.  By the end of the class, participants will have an increased understanding of the organizational structure and operation of the various County departments that influence the quality of life in Yavapai County.

The Citizens Academy is at no charge and is open to anyone living in Yavapai County, 18 years of age or older.  Classes will be offered once a year in Prescott and again in the Verde Valley.  The class will accommodate 20 participants and registration is on a first come, first served basis.  The Academy is not intended to be a platform for complaints or to debate political issues but rather a place to ask questions and learn.   

The Academy will consist of 8 classes, each of which will highlight various Yavapai County departments.  Classes run each Thursday evening from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM and a light dinner will be provided.  This class will be held at the Yavapai County Board Room, located at 1015 Fair St. Prescott AZ 86305.

The Academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony at a Board of Supervisors meeting shortly after the completion of the class.

To apply click the following link: Citizen’s Academy

Code RED

CodeRED logoThe Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office now utilizes CodeRED® as its Emergency Notification System. With this service, we can send messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information when an emergency or time-sensitive issue arises.

Although ENS does contain published landline phone number information by default, the Sheriff’s Office may only get landline phone data updates twice a year. This is why it is vital that you register all your phone numbers directly to assure contact in an emergency.

contact mode options: Voice, TDD/TTY, SMS, EmailBy signing up or opting-in, you may enter alternate phone numbers and/or modes of contact. You may also specify your primary contact mode. The opt-in process will require that you have a valid email address. A confirmation email and/or text message will be sent upon completion of registration (will be sent from and may take up to 5 minutes). Once registered, you may opt-out at any time.

When delivery of the alert to your primary contact mode fails, the system will automatically fall back to other methods. With respect to phone notifications, if the system detects an answering machine, it will deliver the message to voicemail. If the phone is not answered and no answering machine is detected, the system will redial the number at a later time or, if specified, fall back to another contact mode. When the call appears on your caller-id, it will display the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office business number: (928) 771-3260.


Please, NEVER REPLY to Alert message emails or text messages! Instead, please call (928) 771-3260.

Ready, Set, Go flyer found here - Please printout and share with family, neighbors and friends

Yavapai County Awarded $385,000 For Housing Rehabilitation

On Thursday October 10, 2019, Yavapai County was awarded grant funds totaling $385,000.00 by the Arizona Department of Housing, for the Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program.  Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) will administer the grant funding and related projects in partnership with Yavapai County. 

These funds go toward making repairs to homes and removing mobility barriers.  This can include adding hand rails, ramps or any necessary repairs to bring the homes up to code and to improve the health and safety of the home.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Garrison said, “This ongoing partnership between NACOG and Yavapai County is a great way to direct grant funds to those in need.  I look forward to seeing the critical improvements these funds will make possible for the residents of Yavapai County.”

This is the second time Yavapai County has been awarded this grant.  The first award of funds assisted homes located throughout Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Cordes Lakes, Mayer, Prescott Valley and Spring Valley.  Some of the most urgent needs that were met include, ADA repairs, plumbing and electrical repairs and fire alarm replacements.

According to the grant stipulations, no more than two households will be at 50%- 80% of area median income (the maximum qualifying income), at least two will be at or below 30% of area median income, and the balance must be at or below 50% of area median income.
At least 50% of the funds must be allocated for physically disabled persons and at least 70% of the beneficiaries will be seniors (62 years of age and older).

For more information contact Chloe VanHoose, 928-445-0211,

These funds are designated for rural areas in Yavapai County and can only be used outside of Prescott Valley and City of Prescott.

The Prescott National Forest announces that Christmas Tree Permits are Available November 16

PRESCOTT, AZ – October 18, 2019 - The Prescott National Forest will sell 600 over-the-counter Christmas tree permits starting on Saturday, November 16th.  Permits will be available at our Bradshaw Ranger District and the Supervisor’s Office on Saturday, November 16th from 8:00 AM to noon. The Supervisor’s Office is located at 2971 Willow Creek Road, Building 4 and will only sell permits on Saturday, November 16th. Please note that permits will not be sold out of our Chino Valley Ranger District as the office will be closed for renovations. The Verde Ranger District Office will start selling permits on Monday, November 18th from 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM.

Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone. Permits can be purchased with cash, check, or credit card, but note that exact cash is highly preferred as it will keep the lines moving. Customers will be provided a map that shows the designated cutting areas along with additional Christmas tree cutting instructions. The permit will allow the holder to cut a tree within designated cutting areas between the dates of November 16 through December 25. 

Rules for Christmas Tree Permits

  • Each Christmas tree permit is $20 and allows permit holders to cut a tree up to 10 feet tall
  • A customer may only purchase one tree permit, which is intended for his or her family
  • Permits are for personal use only
  • Trees must be cut within designated cutting areas
  • No refunds on Christmas tree permits

In addition to the regular Christmas tree permits, up to 100 free Christmas tree permits will be issued Forest wide to 4th Graders that have a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass. In order to receive a free Christmas tree permit, the 4th Grader must be present and possess a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass or voucher. To obtain the pass, please go to and follow the instructions. Prescott National Forest personnel will NOT be able to issue Every Kid Outdoors passes on Saturday, November 16th, so please obtain the pass ahead of time. 

Tree cutters are reminded to be prepared for sudden weather changes and colder conditions when in higher elevations. A fun family outing can become miserable and even dangerous with a quick change of weather for the unprepared. The permits expire at midnight on December 25th, however forest officials recommend cutting your tree early in the season before the higher elevations are snow bound. Trees can stay fresh for quite some time if cared for correctly. For more information on Christmas Tree Permits on the Prescott National Forest, please call the Bradshaw Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.

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

Yavapai County Library District presents check to Prescott Valley Public Library

At the Prescott Valley Town Council Meeting, Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Mary Mallory joined the Yavapai County Free Library District Director Corey Christians to present the Town with a check for $349,184.51. Supervisor Mallory said, "Many of the things we do as a county and as a town are through partnerships. Together we accomplish more for our community."

Skoog Blvd. Sidewalk/Street Improvement Partnership

Members of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors and the Town of Prescott Valley Council gathered to celebrate the completion of a section of sidewalk and street improvement near Skoog Blvd. 

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