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Wildfire Prevention is Everyone’s Responsibility

PRESCOTT, AZ – April 16, 2021— The Prescott National Forest wants to remind our visitors about the importance of campfire safety and your part in preventing human-caused wildland fires. Warmer temperatures and spring winds are increasing fire danger across Arizona.  

 

Please be vigilant of the high winds and rising temperatures and avoid using anything with an open flame or a spark.  #OneLessSpark

  • If mowing grass down, use a string-style trimmer rather than a lawn mower as the blades can strike rock and produce a spark. 
  • Make sure that your chain saw has a spark arrestor and if welding avoid hot dry and windy days. 
  • Maintain vehicle brakes, check that your trailer chains are not dragging and that all cigarettes are extinguished in an ashtray. 
  • Did you know that that shooting of tracer rounds or exploding targets are prohibited on federally managed public land in Arizona? Place your targets on dirt or gravel; and shoot in areas free of dry vegetation and avoid windy days.  Before you leave, inspect your target areas for signs of burning embers/grass. 
  • Always be prepared - have extra water on hand, a shovel and fire extinguisher.

Campfire safety tips are:

  • Bring a small shovel, rake, and buckets of water to drown that fire.
  • Don’t start your fire in tall grass – make sure there is bare ground, or a pre-established fire pit.
  • Don’t start underneath overhanging trees or brush.
  • Don’t start your campfire on a windy day or during a RED FLAG WARNING day.

  

For information on the Prescott National Forest, check out the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.   


Prescott Valley Police Foundation to host second annual Thank the Blue event

The Prescott Valley Police Foundation presents its second annual Thank the Blue event, an evening dedicated to the men and women of the Prescott Valley Police Department.

This year’s free event will take place on Wednesday, May 12 at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Theater on the Green. Citizens can partake in a drive-by salute lining up at the Findlay Toyota
Center parking lot at 6 p.m., proceeding to the PD and ending at the PV Police Department.  Citizens are encouraged to decorate their cars, fly flags, and honk their horns to show their
appreciation!

The outdoor ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the Theater on the Green. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. The program will feature remarks from Mayor Kell Palguta,
Congressman Paul Gosar, and HUSD Superintendent John Pothast. Special presentations, music, an Honor Guard and Central Arizona Pipes & Drums will also be included.

The Foundation is inviting local children and adults to write letters of appreciation for police officers. These letters will be placed in a book and presented to Police Chief Steve Roser, and
several letters by children will be chosen to be read during the program. Please mail letters to Prescott Valley Police Foundation, P.O. Box 27532, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312 or email to
pvpolicefoundation@gmail.com by April 30.

For more information on the 2021 Thank the Blue event, please call 928-775-4002 after 2 p.m.


Yavapai County Fallen Officers Memorial Ceremony May 1, 2021 1pm at Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza


Castle Court Park Ribbon Cutting



2021 Clean Up


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Meetings Now Open to In-Person Attendance

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that because Arizona has seen 10 weeks of declining positive Covid-19 test results, with hospitalizations at their lowest levels in months, business guidelines would transition from requirements to recommendations.  

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown decided today that because we have seen such positive indications that the Covid-19 Virus is on the decline in our communities that it was time to reopen the Board of Supervisors meetings to the public.  Chairman Brown said, “Starting Monday March 29, we will open our public meetings back up to in-person attendance.  We will still require masks and physical distancing in County public buildings, but we look forward to seeing people in our meetings once again, and not just on the screen.” 

Chairman Brown went on to explain that this is a very important time, “Yavapai County must continue to do the things we know are succeeding in the fight against Covid.  Washing your hands and staying home when you are sick, are the actions that will keep us in this positive trajectory.”  Chairman Brown also encourages everyone that can get the Covid Vaccine to do so as soon as possible.  Yavapai County Community Health Services Director Leslie Horton said, “There are lots of appointments available on both sides of the mountain.  If you are in the first three priority groups, now is the time to get your vaccine, before we open appointments up to anyone 18 or older, which we will do on Monday (3/29/2021).” 

Governor Ducey’s announcement today also stated that restrictions on organized public events as outlined in Executive Orders 2020-43 are lifted and will no longer be enforced. Several Executive Orders (2020-09, 2020-36, 2020-40, 2020-43, 2020-47, 2020-52 and 2020-59) have been rescinded.  That no county, city, or town may make or issue any order, rule or regulation that conflicts with or is in addition to the policy, directives or intent of this or any other Executive Order relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency, or any other order, rule or regulation that was not in place as of March 11, 2020.  And finally, that his order shall expire upon the termination of the Public Health Emergency unless amended. 

The full text for from the Governor’s announcement can be found here: https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2021/03/arizona-hits-3-million-vaccine-doses-administered-governor-ducey-announces-new

 


Recreation Sites in the Prescott NF – What’s Open/What’s Closed

 

PRESCOTT, AZ, March 19, 2021 –The Prescott National Forest will begin opening family campgrounds across the Forest on Thursday, April 1.  Several developed recreation sites will remain closed to protect public health and safety and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Developed recreation sites open:

  • White Spar Campground
  • Powell Springs Campground
  • Yavapai Campground
  • Alto Pit OHV Campground
  • Hayfield Draw OHV Day-Use Area (September 1 through May 31)
  • Granite Basin Recreation Day-Use Area
  • Lynx Lake Recreation Day-Use Area
  • Thumb Butte Recreation Day-Use Area
  • Mingus Mountain Recreation Day-Use Area
  • Sycamore Cabin (available Thursday-Sunday, with a 2 night minimum stay)

Developed recreation sites that open April 1:

  • Hilltop Campground
  • Lynx Lake Campground

Developed Recreation sites that open May 1:

  • Potato Patch Campground
  • Mingus Mountain Campground
  • Groom Creek Horse Camp

Developed recreation sites that will remain closed:

  • Group Campgrounds - Eagle Ridge, Playground, Turney Gulch and Upper Wolf Creek
  • Group Day-use Sites - Thumb Butte Group Picnic Site, Groom Creek Schoolhouse Group Day-Use and Nature Trail, Spruce Mountain Picnic Area
  • Family Campgrounds - Hazlett Hollow, Lower Wolf Creek
  • Cabin Rentals – Horsethief Basin Cabin

Most developed campgrounds on the Prescott NF accept reservations, with a few sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made online at Recreation.gov. Reservations for group sites for the 2021 season are not being accepted at this time.  

If you are planning to visit the Prescott NF, please remember to:

  • Be a good steward and recreate responsibly.
  • Avoid crowded areas to maintain social distancing and limit group size.
  • Park only in designated areas. Do not impede emergency access by blocking roadways, fire lanes or driveways.
  • Follow “Leave No Trace” principles, including “pack it in, pack it out” with your trash, to avoid creating a public health hazard for forest visitors and employees.
  • Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.

Visitors can obtain additional information by visiting the Prescott National Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/ or by following us on Facebook or Twitter

 


Rental Assistance Program To Provide Financial Assistance And Housing Stability

As part of the COVID-19 relief package recently passed by Congress, the U.S. Department of Treasury provided a total of $492 million to the state of Arizona. The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) was awarded $289 million with the remaining balance going directly to large cities and counties. Funding will be used toward direct payments for rent, rental arrears, utilities, utility arrears, and other expenses related to housing stability incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DES will serve Yavapai County.

Renters residing in the Yavapai County can apply for housing and utilities assistance via the DES portal starting Tuesday, February 23.

View Emergency Rental Assistance Program payment details and eligibility requirements.

Individuals will be able to apply online at des.az.gov/ERAP beginning February 23, 2021. The rental assistance portal will be available online 24/7, and will be mobile-friendly.

Applicants can apply and check the status of their application through the portal.

It will be available in English and Spanish.


Library District Branches Ease Restrictions - No Appointment Necessary Starting March 15

Fourteen District Libraries will expand service beginning Monday, March 15th. Patrons will be able to visit their community branch libraries without having to make appointments, once again. Clark Memorial Library in Clarkdale will continue to offer curbside service only until further notice.


To maximize safety, the number of people in the building at one time and some services will still be limited. We recommend all patrons follow CDC guidelines for sanitizing hands and keeping a physical distance of 6 feet. Wearing a mask over nose and mouth is required in the library. Restrooms will remain closed for now.


Computer stations and times will be limited, though meeting rooms will be available for use as long as the total number of people in the library is under the limit. When inside the library, any items patrons handle but don't check out must be left at a re-shelving station to be cleaned before being returned to the shelf. In addition, we are not accepting donations of physical materials [books, DVDs, etc.] at this time.


Curbside pickup service is still available at all District branches for patrons who prefer not to come in to the library or wear a mask.


***Please do not come to the library if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.***


Visit ycfld.org to find your library's hours and contact info.

Call your District library with any questions. District branches are located in Ash Fork, Bagdad, Beaver Creek, Black Canyon City, Clarkdale, Congress, Cordes Lakes, Crown King, Dewey-Humboldt, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, Spring Valley, Wilhoit, and Yarnell.
 


Memorial Day Observance – Save the Date and Volunteers Needed

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like to invite anyone wishing to remember and honor those who have fallen in service to their country to join them, Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli, and many others at the Historic Citizens’ Cemetery, on May 31, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  The Citizens’ Cemetery is located at 815 Sheldon St in Prescott AZ. 

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is also looking for a few volunteers to help during the event.  If you are interested, please contact Barbara Fox-Thomas at 928-771-3200. 

Presentations for the observance will include Master of Ceremony the Honorable Ken Bennett, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown, Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Harry Oberg, Prescott City Council member Phil Goode, and Yavapai County Sheriff Dave Rhodes.   

Period attire is welcome, and parking will be available at Yavapai College with shuttle vans picking up near the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.  CDC Covid-19 guidelines will be followed with additional cleaning and limiting the number of attendees.  Additional parking is available at Prescott Transit Authority and Bennett Oil.  Golf carts will be available to shuttle attendees from the entrance of the cemetery to the event.  Seating is limited and anyone able to bring a light chair is encouraged to do so.  

For more information about the event or to volunteer, please contact Barbara Fox-Thomas at Barbara.Fox-Thomas@yavapai.us or by calling the Board of Supervisors office at 928-771-3200.  


New York Times Digital Newspaper Now Available In Yavapai County's Public Libraries and at Home

Do you like to start your day with a cup of coffee and the newspaper? Maybe you like to stop by the library to sit and read for a while. 

As of March, l st, the New York Times Digital version is available to all patrons of the Yavapai Library Network's public libraries [see list below]. This service includes unlimited article access on library computers or patrons' own devices, on the library's WIFI. The service also allows limited remote access from home computers and mobile devices. 

Inside YLN public libraries, patrons will be able to access the New York Times by visiting 

N YTimes.com/r egister. From home, users can access the YLN subscription by going to yin.info/databases and scrolling down to the New York Times link. 

All users will need to log in with their public library card and pin, and then set up a New York Times account, as prompted, if they don't already have one. All patrons inside public libraries will be able to read the paper, while remote access is limited to the first 30 YLN patrons to log in each day. These offsite readers will have 

accessor 24 hours, which means they can sign in as many times as they want during that day. The many features available to readers in the library, include: 

  • full access to NYTimes.com content & archives 
  • international, national, and regional up-to-the-minute news 
  • multimedia pieces with closed-captioning, plus transcribed videos, and podcasts 

So, whether you're just a curious person, working on research, or enjoy the newspaper habit, the YLN has you covered, with access to one of the most revered and comprehensive daily papers in the world. All for free, at your public library. 


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