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25 September 2018   Lynne LaMaster

Yavapai County Supervisors take a long, hard look at a texting and driving ban.

Watch for delays on Washington Avenue in Prescott due to concrete work.  

Temporary sidewalk and driveway closures are required while this work is underway from East Sheldon to Churchill Streets, but personnel will accommodate access for local businesses and residents.   Drivers are asked to follow the marked detour signage to get to their destinations.  Construction involves the removal and replacement of sidewalks, driveway entrances and curb and gutter.  Crews are also removing and replacing the water main and installing new storm drain in that area.  Work hours are today through Friday from 6 am to 6 pm.  The City of Prescott and Fann Contracting are working on the improvements, which will enhance drainage capabilities and upgrade utilities.   This project is scheduled for completion this winter.  

Changes could be made in the Humboldt Unified School District’s Finance Department.  

According to Finance Director Cynthia Windham, the District has a Budget Technician position that’s currently vacant. It’s recommended this position be revised to focus on the cash management aspect of the budget, which will help ease the cash processing and accounting tasks of the Internal Audit Manager.  The Budget Technician would also assume the responsibilities for submitting and reconciling cash and revenue transactions submitted to Yavapai County.  In addition, the District has another vacant position that was used to monitor student attendance submission and reconcile District data.  It’s believed the monitoring and reconciliation aspect of student data could be incorporated into the Business Manager position.  The District Board will consider the Finance Department reorganization during its meeting at 6:30, which will be held in the Transportation Facility on Robert Road in Prescott Valley.  

The Prescott City Council meets at 3 this afternoon to consider a donation for the Granite Mountain Hot Shots Memorial.  

According to City Manager Michael Lamar, the 50 thousand dollar donation will go towards creation and installation of a Memorial honoring the 19 Hot Shots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30th, 2013.  The Memorial, which will be located on the Prescott Courthouse Square, is a larger than life bronze statue of a young firefighter standing in front of a granite stone.  The names of the fallen Hot Shots will be etched in the stone.  

The Memorial will also include a walkway all around it.  Idaho artist Deborah Fellows has been selected to create the Memorial.  The Council meeting will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.  

The Prescott City Council will hear a presentation on an energy project at 1 this afternoon.  

According to City Manager Michael Lamar, the southwest states are moving to adopt large scale solar and wind energy to supplement other forms of energy generation.  This changing generation mix is creating concerns due to future energy supply and grid reliability in an area that’s already experiencing rapid population growth, increasing energy demands and constrained interstate transmission lines.  The proposed Big Chino Valley Pump Storage Project would use technology to anchor new electricity transmission infrastructure as a solution to the region’s growing energy needs.  It would be centered about 5 miles from the town of Seligman.  Lamar says ITC Holdings Corporation is committed to transparency and engagement with stakeholders throughout this process.  ITC plans on assessing viability of the project to ensure benefits are realized throughout the region.  The presentation on this project will take place in Prescott City Council chambers, located on South Cortez Street.   

Cottonwood Police need your help in identifying a burglary suspect.  

The Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity, located on Main Street in Cottonwood, was burglarized either on Friday, September 14th or Saturday, September 15th.  Surveillance video shows the suspect stealing power tools, a generator and various other tools valued at between 6 and 8 thousand dollars.  According to Cottonwood Police, this incident doesn’t just affect Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity, but also community members who benefit from critical home repairs and construction, such as wheelchair ramps.  The Habitat performs these and other services for those in the community who are deserving and in need.  These repairs can’t be made without these tools.  If you have information about this burglary, call Cottonwood Police at (928) 649-1397.  

Things are back to normal on I-17 in the Sedona area after 2 semi-trucks crash into each other, causing a closure of the highway.  

At 2:45 Saturday afternoon, Sedona Fire District crews found one of the semis was on fire.  The fire had spread to the wildland area off I-17.  Copper Canyon Fire crews also responded and worked to put the flames out on the semi.   Sedona Fire crews started an attack on the wildfire, which grew to 1/4 of an acre and was burning at a fast rate.  A hose line was used to stop forward progression.  They then helped Copper Canyon on the semi fire and with medical care for both drivers.  

I-17 was shut down for 3 hours following the crash.  

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors wants your comments on a texting ordinance.  

This ordinance would regulate the use of portable communication devices and texting while driving. During a recent live appearance on Talk of the Town on 1130 AM and 95.5 and 99.9 FM, County spokesman David McAtee explained what the Supervisors hope will happen once all the counties pass texting while driving ordinances. The Supervisors held a public hearing on the ordinance last Wednesday.  The Board is scheduled to hold another hearing before considering adoption on October 3rd in Prescott.   

Congressman Paul Gosar is facing opposition to his reelection campaign, from 6 of his brothers and sisters.  

Gosar’s sister Jennifer talked to CNN about why they made a commercial for his Democratic opponent David Brill. Jennifer also talked about a conspiracy theory peddled by the Congressman that apparently set them off.  Gosar, who represents Prescott, has criticized his siblings, stating they don’t live in Arizona.  Jennifer responds. Brother Tim Gosar says in the ad it’s intervention time, and that means to vote his brother out of office.  Mother Berandette Gosar told the New York Times Saturday she was unaware of the endorsement but is shocked and crushed by the ads.  Gosar has served Congressional District 4 since 2013.