Fallen veterans will be honored this holiday season.
The Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony is scheduled for 10 Saturday morning at the Prescott National Cemetery off Highway 89. During a recent live appearance on Q and A with host DJ Fone on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM, Coordinator Darren Driggs explained what Wreaths across America is. Mary Dillinger with the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System has some advice for those who plan on attending this event. There’s no parking available at the Cemetery itself due to construction. Shuttle service will be provided from the VA Hospital and parking will be available there. Over 1400 wreaths are expected to be placed this year.
The reelected Chino Valley Town Council members are ready to start their next terms.
Darryl Croft, Cloyce Kelly, Corey Mendoza and Lon Turner ran unopposed for their 4 year terms in the August 28th Primary Election while Mike Best ran unopposed for a 2 year term. During its Tuesday night meeting, Council recognized Turner for his service as Vice-Mayor over the past year before the Oath of Office was administered to all Council members. A short recess followed so a public reception could be held. Once Council reconvened, they selected Councilman Jack Miller to serve as Vice-Mayor for 2019. Town Council is already looking ahead to next year’s elections. It’s expected to call an election regarding a property tax to fund the road maintenance program during its January 8th meeting.
Changes could be made to the Silver Tornado statue in Prescott.
During its meeting at 11 tomorrow morning, the Art in Public Places Committee will discuss a meeting between Chairwoman Cindy Gresser and Natalie Krol, sculptor of the Silver Tornado, donated to the City of Prescott in 1996. The 14 by 10 foot steel kicking bull statue sits near the 5 Points Intersection. Krol has requested a plaque be added next to the statue to include her name and the original date of the donation.
She is also asking for lights to be added around the statue if electric utilities are located nearby and a re-dedication ceremony to be held sometime next June, before the 2019 Frontier Days Rodeo. The Committee will consider these requests during its meeting, which will be held in the Lower Level Conference Room at Prescott City Hall, located on South Cortez Street.
Cottonwood Police need your help in finding suspects who took more than 7 thousand dollars worth of musical equipment.
The burglary occurred at Verde Valley Discount Music Store, located on Highway 89A sometime after 4 Saturday afternoon and before 2 pm the next day. Cottonwood Police Sergeant Monica Kuhlt describes the items that were taken. The suspects gained entry into the store by breaking out a window. Fortunately, all the music equipment had serial numbers that were recorded and ente4red into the National Database as stolen. Anyone who has information on this burglary is asked to call Cottonwood Police at (928) 634-4246.
A couple of Yavapai County schools are getting the gift of grant funding from Arizona Public Service and the Phoenix Suns.
For the past 13 years, APS and the Suns have teamed up to provide grants to help Arizona teachers bring innovative hands-on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM learning to tens of thousands of students throughout the state. This year’s grants total 48 thousand dollars. Coyote Springs Elementary in Prescott Valley is getting nearly 24 hundred dollars for the Makerspace K’Nextions project. This will provide curious 7 and 8 year olds with K’Nex kits that correspond to hands-on math and science concepts. Bagdad Elementary is getting 25 hundred dollars for the Little Bits Go a Long Way program. This program includes classroom kits that are designed to provide elementary students with hands-on, collaborative STEM learning. This will provide Science Club team members with real time understanding of circuits and circuitry. All recipients are scheduled to be recognized at a Phoenix Suns game later this month.
Work is underway on the Carleton and South Cortez Streets reconstruction project.
This project involves the removal and replacement of existing pavement along West Carleton, from the entrance of Mile High Middle School to South Cortez, and along South Cortez from Carleton to Goodwin Street. Additional improvements include the installation of underground storm drain, water and sewer main upgrades and streetscaping. Streetscape elements include landscaping and the replacement of concrete sidewalks, driveway entrances and curb and gutter. This week City of Prescott and Asphalt Paving and Supply crews are mobilizing equipment into the work zone and starting installation of new sewer main along West Carleton, from the Mile High Middle School entrance to Montezuma Street. Work hours are 7am to 7 pm through this Friday. This project is scheduled for completion next spring.
Portions of the Verde River are closed to allow bald eagles to breed.
The Needle Rock Recreation Area as well as the areas near Chasm Creek, the East Verde Confluence and Horseshoe and Bartlett Dams are closed to foot and vehicle entry now through June 30th. Floating through is allowed, but stopping on the river is restricted. Arizona Game and Fish officials say a closure for the Sycamore Canyon area isn’t planned this year, unless the eagle pair in that area resumes nesting. The area below the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness may be closed to foot and vehicle entry through June 15th. In Prescott, a portion of Lynx Lake off Walker Road is closed through June 30th. Game and Fish officials recommend you enjoy bald eagles from outside the closure areas, which are marked with signs or buoys. Watch from a distance using a spotting scope, binoculars or a telephoto camera lens.
The New Year means a new Cottonwood City Manager.
City Council has approved a contract with Ron Corbin to serve in that position starting January 7th. Corbin, who is the current Deputy Administrator for the City of Yuma, was the city’s top candidate following interviews with 4 finalists November 16th and 17th. More than 100 applications for the position were received. Corbin is scheduled to participate in Council’s annual strategic retreat January 11th and 12th. He’s taking over for current City Manager Doug Bartosh, who’s retiring after 10 years at the end of next month.