Highway 89 delays
Watch for delays on Highway 89 due to a Prescott road widening project. Asphalt Paving and Supply crews are laying base course material and grading Highway 89 between the 89A and Pioneer Parkway Interchange and Granite Dells. One lane of traffic will remain open in both directions at all times. Crews are also installing concrete curb and gutter for the new Constellation Trailhead parking lot. Parking and access for the trailhead remains unchanged at this time. Trail users are asked to respect the work zone and be careful when hiking near construction personnel and equipment. Work hours are 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday. This project, which extends the roadway from 2 to 4 lanes and also includes a roundabout, is scheduled for completion next Spring.
Hoo-Dini Flies Again
A great horned owl will fly the friendly skies again thanks to the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary and Liberty Traditional School. On Monday, Prescott Valley Animal Control Officer James Risinger was called to the school on Lake Valley Road regarding a possible injured owl. The owl seems to have gotten stunned when it hit a window at the school. The kids and staff were able to confine the owl until Animal Control could arrive. One student gave the owl the nickname of Hooo-dini. Risinger was able to take the owl to the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary on Heritage Park Road in Prescott. Executive Director Pam McLaren and her staff evaluated the owl and no injuries were found.
Successful Prescribed Burn
A prescribed test burn is being called a success. The Burnt prescribed burn is nearly 500 acres on Mingus Mountain near Mingus Springs Ranch. Vegetation is pine needles, grass and logging slash. A test burn was conducted with no problems yesterday. Verde Ranger District Fire Managers will be conducting this and 2 other prescribed burns now through November 20th. The Brushy Burn is nearly 54 hundred acres near I-17 at Bald Hill in the grass lands while the Crater Burn is more than 3 thousand acres near the Powell Springs Campground and the Town of Cherry. Vegetation is grass and chaparral. All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, favorable weather, conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
Rural Transportation needs
Elected and appointed officials came to Prescott to discuss rural transportation needs. The 19th annual Rural Transportation Summit took place at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. The Conference started yesterday with Council of Governments and Metropolitan Planning Organization and Rural Transportation Advocacy Council Board meetings. Discussion items included freight in rural areas, financing statewide transportation and rural ride sharing. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce hosted dinner, which included a presentation on investing in Arizona’s infrastructure. The Summit ended with a State Transportation Board meeting in Prescott Valley Town Council chambers, located on Civic Circle.
Early AZ Female Artists
Arizona’s early female artists were part of a free presentation. Betsy Fahlman, Arizona State University Art History Professor, made a presentation on art history at 10 tomorrow morning. Among the subjects were Kate Cory, the Hopi People Chronicler who arrived in Arizona in 1905; Lillian Wilhelm-Smith, illustrator of the Zane Grey novels and Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, a co-founder of the Museum of Northern Arizona in 1928. Yavapai College Art Gallery representatives say Fahlman is an authority on the history of art in Arizona and has authored several books and essays on the subject.
School Security & Safety
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is getting some funding help to improve school security and safety. The University’s College of Security and Intelligence has received a nearly 770 thousand dollar grant from the National Institute of Justice. University officials say the grant will be the first to test technologies designed to keep a potential school intruder from entering a building. Information gathered during the research period will be used to develop an emergency response time analysis model for designing school security. The funds will also be used to test various barrier technologies such as doors, windows and locks to determine how long each technology will delay an intruder’s ability to move past that barrier. Each product will be tested against various shotgun ammunition and brute force attacks.
It’s Parade Time!
The Veteran’s Day parade will be held in downtown Prescott on Saturday, November 11th at 11 am. The theme is “Honoring All Who Have Served: Let Us Never Forget.” During a recent live appearance on Talk of the Town on KQNA 1130 AM, 99.9 FM and 95.5 FM, City of Prescott Recreation Coordinator Michelle Stacy-Schroeder explained why this theme was chosen. Schroeder says the City worked with the VA Hospital to find representatives from each branch of the military to be represented. For more information on the entry form and parade rules, call 777-1552.