With the mercury rising, residents and visitors are being reminded to never leave children, pets or disabled adults in parked vehicles. During the summer season, parked cars quickly trap the sun’s heat. According to the National Weather Service, if the outside temperature is 80 degrees, the temperature inside the vehicle can get as high as 99 degrees in about 10 minutes. It goes up to 109 degrees 10 minutes after that. Prescott Valley Police say it’s a misdemeanor to leave a pet unattended and confined in a motor vehicle. House Bill 2494, which was recently signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey, allows a person to use reasonable force to remove a child or animal from a locked vehicle. That person isn’t responsible for damages if they believe there’s an immediate danger of serious injury or death. The rescuer must stay with the child or pet until authorities arrive.
Offices for Sale
An offer hasn’t been accepted on the Prescott Unified School District property just yet. School Board members met for about an hour Tuesday night in a meeting that was closed to the public. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the sale of the District Office property on Granite Street, but when the Board reconvened into open session, they didn’t make a decision on a sale. Superintendent Joe Howard explains there will be further discussions on the offer. Howard says the Board isn’t in any hurry to get this deal completed.
Ironline Partners of Phoenix had originally opted to buy to District Offices, but later backed off from that offer. Howard adds the deal probably won’t be completed until January of next year at the earliest.
Sedona rescue of 70-year-old woman
A 70 year old woman has been rescued after she got lost in the Brins Mesa area near Sedona. At 8 Wednesday morning, the Coconino County Sheriff’s office had received a call from a lost hiker. The New York woman stated she had hiked up the Brins Trail Tuesday afternoon. Before dark, she became disoriented, losing the trail. She didn’t have cell phone service at that time. Tired and weary, she rested under a tree and fell asleep. Just after dawn, she woke up and started to walk around until she found cell service. She called 911 and reported she was lost and getting dehydrated.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit responded to the Jordan Trailhead, where members climbed to the top of Brins Mesa and found the woman. They gave her water and escorted her back down the trail. She has no medical conditions and didn’t require further treatment.
New roundabout in Camp Verde
Traveling around a commercial area in Camp Verde just got a little easier. ADOT crews have completed installation of a roundabout on Highway 260 and Industrial Drive. This is an area where many drivers pull over for gas, a bite to eat or to have a cup of coffee. Prior to this project, ADOT officials say the area was congested with limited traffic movements, making it longer and more difficult for drivers to access businesses. The more than one million dollar project also includes new sidewalks on Highway 260 between Cliffs Parkway and Main Street and between 7th and Main Streets for improved pedestrian movement. Although the roundabout is open to traffic, ADOT crews will be finishing landscaping and electrical work over the next few weeks. Crews are also scheduled to return for final pavement striping later this summer.