The next Coffee Chat is April 11, 2018 from 8 am to 9am.
Please come by Step One Coffee House located at 6719 E 2nd St, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.
These informal gatherings are held in a casual friendly-environment giving residents the opportunity to ask questions and engage in open-discussions.
All are welcome to attend.
Stand With Me, Be Drug Free Week February 26th through March 3rd
A Proclamation declaring February 26th through March 3rd as Stand With Me, Be Drug Free week, was approved at the Board Meeting. Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney, was on hand to receive the proclamation and said, “This program came out of a meeting with a Nate Auvenshine of the PANT team. He said, ‘we all get so bogged down in the negative we really should take a moment and recognize that the majority of people do not use illegal drugs, and are making good decisions. We need to celebrate the fact that the majority of people are drug free’ and out of that came the slogan, Stand with Me, Be Drug Free.”
A section of the proclamation read, “The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like to especially commend the youngest of our citizens for not using marijuana, as 91% of 8th grade students, 79% of 10th grade students and 74% of 12th grade students DO NOT use marijuana; and for not abusing prescription drugs, as 94% of 8th grade students, 94% of 10th grade students and 95% of 12th grade students DO NOT abuse prescription drugs.”
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Proclamation for Yavapai County Salute to National Veterans Patients Week
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approve a Proclamation for Yavapai County Salute to National Veterans Patients Week.
Mary Dillinger, Public Affairs Officer for the Prescott VA was on hand to receive the proclamation declaring the week of February 12th through the 16th as National Salute to Veterans Patients Week.
The proclamation is for recognition of Veterans of U.S. Armed Forces who are currently under the care of the Veterans Administration Hospitals (VA). Mary said, “I would like to thank the board for their support of the VA. We would like to see everyone come by the VA and see the great work we are doing with our veterans.”
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Supports County Wide Broadband Initiative
At the February 7th Board of Supervisors meeting, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter presented the award of a $1.8 million Broadband Initiative Grant, to the Yavapai County Education Technology Consortium, which will be complimented by the e-Rate program. The program will be paying for up to 100% of the construction costs to bring high speed, low cost, fiber-based internet access to Yavapai County public and charter schools and public libraries.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “This project is very important and the board completely supports the important work that Schools Superintendent Tim Carter and the entire technology consortium is doing.”
The Yavapai County Education Technology Consortium (YCETC)—made up of school districts, charter schools, and libraries, facilitated by Tim Carter, Yavapai County School Superintendent, and led by Stan Goligoski, Executive Director of Yavapai County Education Service Agency (YCESA) and Frank Vander Horst, the e-Rate Manager for the agency—have taken advantage of a program offered by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and supplemented by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to provide high-speed internet to rural schools.
The FCC is offering to pay for construction of new Fiber optic lines if the state is willing to provide funds to cover 10% of the cost. Working with Andy Tobin, a member of the Corporation Commission, the Consortium was able to find the funds necessary to cover the required 10%.
There are 61 schools in Yavapai County that will be receiving high-speed internet in the next year to 18 months because of the work of the consortium has done. Schools Superintendent Carter said, “There are at least three schools that had no access, and several that have slow access and are paying far too much for it. With e-rate when the Consortium spends a million dollars we will get about 90% of that back.” The Consortium can then savings the next year and get 90% of that back. A one million dollar investment ends up returning almost 14 million dollars in value.
Stan Goligoski, Executive Director, Yavapai County Education Services Agency said, “About five years ago, when we stated this consortium, we knew there was a huge problem with high speed internet at our rural schools. There just was not anything we could do about it. Teachers would have to start a download the night before so the kids could see the educational video the next day.”
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Randy Garrison said, “Currently none of the schools in Yavapai County meet the FCC recommendations for bandwidth. The work this consortium is doing will support our local schools and the entire community in our efforts to prepare the next generation of community leaders.” School districts that will be receiving the new high-speed internet service will become anchor sites within the community, allowing vendors to provide much faster and more cost effective broadband to local citizens and businesses, and presenting significant economic development opportunities throughout the county.
Yavapai County Flood Control District
Did you know there is an abundance of information available on the Yavapai County Flood Control District website.
Current projects and studies are posted on the site along with a property search tool providing map and flood zone information. The District also offers access to the Weather Alert (Automated Local Evaluation in Real Time) System. This system consists of precipitation gauges, stream gauges and other weather related sensors that have been strategically placed in watersheds impacting communities in Yavapai County. Sensors transmit data from remote sites using VHF radio via mountain top repeaters to our base station in Prescott where it is received, decoded, time stamped and stored on our base station computer for analysis.
A separate database is networked to our base station allowing data to be viewed on the web. Access the Alert System by visiting: http://weather.ycflood.com/
Yavapai County Prescription Program
Yavapai County participates in a Prescription program to help consumers cope with the high price of prescriptions.The county is making the free prescription discount cards available under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) that offers substantial savings off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.
The cards may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, health, income, or existing health coverage. Even if you have prescription insurance coverage, you may still benefit from the discount card since it may save you money on prescriptions your existing plan does not cover.
It’s easy to use. Simply print a card and present your discount card at a participating retail pharmacy along with your prescription(s), and save an average of 24 percent on your prescription drugs. There are no limits on how many times the card can be used. You can use it for the whole family. Even use the card for your pets. If your pet is prescribed a medication that is also used for humans, ask your veterinarian for a prescription to use at a participating pharmacy. There are no claim forms to fill out and no membership fees.
The 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.
By 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.