The Central Hockey League has announced teams that will compete in the League’s 19th season. Officials note although some material matters still remain to be worked out with the International Hockey League, the CHL will welcome 4 teams from the IHL who will join 13 returning CHL teams. The 4 existing IHL markets include the 3 time defending Turner Cup Champion Fort Wayne Komets, the Bloomington Prairie Thunder, the Dayton Gems and the Quad City Mallards. Among the returning teams are the Arizona Sundogs, who will return to home ice at Tim’s Toyota Center for a 5th season. According to representatives, more than 530 thousand fans have attended Sundogs games during the club’s first 4 seasons, including 175 thousand during the 2007-2008 championship season. The 2010-2011 regular season schedule is slated to be released next month.
A temporary closure at the Chino Valley Aquatic Center will not be effect until tomorrow as originally planned. Officials note a mechanical failure occurred Wednesday night and while no damage was incurred to the facility, the Town Aquatics Division had to close the pool. Due to a faulty backwash valve, a large amount of water was released during the night. Upon learning of the situation, Aquatics Division Staff contacted the appropriate regulatory authorities and other operations affected by this occurrence. A closure was originally scheduled to be in effect until noon tomorrow, but the mechanical failure has been repaired, the water has been stabilized ahead of earlier estimates and is ready for swimmers as of 9 this morning.
Tomorrow is free fishing day in Yavapai County. The Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service are co-sponsoring a Verde Valley Free Fishing Day event from 8 to noon at the Dead Horse Ranch State Park Lagoon. Participants can request a free permit on the day of the event at the Park, located on Dead Horse Ranch Road in Cottonwood. Five hundred pounds of channel catfish will be stocked into the lagoon and bait and a limited number of poles will be provided to those who do not have their own equipment while supplies last. Game and Fish is also hosting its 3rd annual Free First Fish Fishing Clinic from 9 to noon at Goldwater Lake on Senator Highway in Prescott.
According to Information and Education Program Manager Zen Mocarski, this event is focused on individuals who haven’t experienced the thrill of catching their first fish.
The Prescott Chamber of Commerce will host a Territorial Days Celebration this weekend. This free event will feature nearly 150 artisans and crafters offering a wide variety of gifts, collectibles, decorative items, packaged gourmet food items, unique furniture and clothing as well as food vendors. This event runs from 9 to 5 tomorrow and 9 to 4 on Sunday at the Downtown Courthouse Plaza. The Territorial Days Pancake Breakfast runs from 9 to noon tomorrow at the First Congressional Church at the corner of Alarcon and Gurley Streets.
From 8:30 to 4 tomorrow, the Arizona Equifest, Northern Arizona’s premier horse and dog event will be held at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. This event will feature demonstrations, food and entertainment.
A traffic stop has resulted in arrests involving LSD and marijuana. A Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a mustang on East Interstate 40 near Seligman for speeding. While speaking with the driver, 21 year old Florida resident Aleksandra Kalishman, the deputy inspected a cigarette pack Kalishman had removed from her pocket and found strips of apparent LSD laced paper. The deputy checked the vehicle and located 2 marijuana pipes and a glass container with marijuana residue. An examination of a backpack revealed a container of marijuana, another pipe, a nitrous oxide muffler and a baggie that held a sheet of paper consistent with LSD use. Twenty-two year old Hunter Morton from Florida claimed ownership of the backpack and admitted to the purchase of LSD in California. Although no laughing gas was located, the vehicle’s trunk was full of nitrous oxide fill kits and mufflers. Kalishman, Morton and 18 year old Juan Semper, also from Florida have been arrested on possession charges.
The Prescott Unified School District Board will meet in a special session Monday morning. The closed executive session starts at 11:30 and will involve discussion on personnel matters. Once the Board convenes into open session, members will consider the dismissal of classified employee Charles McNally from employment with the district. The meeting will be held in the District Office Boardroom on South Granite Street.
At 11 in Prescott Valley, residents are invited to join town officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Viewpoint Drive extension. The ceremony will take place at the intersection of Civic Circle and Long Look Drive.
The Prescott Valley Town Council has a new Vice Mayor. As just they have done since May 2007, last night Council held an election to determine who will act in the place of the Mayor over the next 12 months when Harvey Skoog is absent. Rick Anderson, who was appointed to Council in February 2009, was selected to replace Lora Lee Nye, who has served in that position for the past year. Anderson says he is looking forward to the challenge:
Anderson officially takes over on June 24th. Council also approved the new Library and Northern Arizona University Yavapai College campus as an official posting location for meeting notices. The Town had been using the CASA Senior Center in addition to the Civic Center and Police Operations Facility on Civic Circle as posting locations.
Prescott Valley Public Works Director Norm Davis says he is pleased with the paving of Glassford Hill Road. Starting last Monday, the Arizona Department of Transportation continued work on a joint project with the Town to apply the final layer of rubberized asphalt to Glassford Hill Road between Long Look Drive and Highway 89A. While ADOT has completed this work, Davis explains this is not the end of paving operations:
Davis gave Town Council an update on the project during its voting session last night.
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