Granite Mountain Hotshots
The State of Arizona and the nation was shaken to its core in June of 2013 when 19 of 20 Granite Mountain Hotshots died in Yarnell protecting the town from a wild-fire. Arizona State parks purchased 308 acres on Yarnell Hill in 2015. On November 30th, a memorial state park will open in dedication to the 20 Granite Mountain Hot Shots. In a release, Governor Doug Ducey said, “These brave Americans gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting Arizona’s communities, people, and property,” Ducey said. “They deserve a lasting legacy to memorialize their heroism and sacrifices, along with that of all wildland firefighters who put their lives on the line to keep our state safe.”
Prescott Municipal Airport
People in the quad cities will soon have more options for flights. On December 17th, Great Lakes Airlines is adding more flights and a larger aircraft at the Prescott Municipal Airport according to a release. The airline will be testing a 30 seat aircraft with increased amenities to LAX airport in Los Angeles and also include renewed service to Denver, Colorado. The plane will make two round trips daily to LAX and two round trips a week to Denver (once on Wednesday and once on Saturday). Tickets are on sale now for flight beginning Saturday December 17th.
Prescott Home Invasion
At around 2:45 am on Friday November 18th an unknown suspect forced entry into a home located in the 5000 block of Blue Jay Road in Prescott according to a release by the Yavapai County Sheriff Office. It stated the suspect gained entry by breaking a glass pane in a door enabling them to reach inside and open the door. The adult couple at the house heard the noises, checked the damage then left and called YCSO according to the release. It also stated the residents did not see the suspect or the vehicle. Once deputies arrived, the release stated the perpetrators were gone. In the follow-up, it was determined that the phone line and power were shut off, likely in an attempt to prevent the victims from calling law enforcement according to the YCSO. The release stated as of Friday evening there was no credible leads and YCSO is seeking information, which could aid in identifying the suspect or vehicle involved. If you have any information YCSO is urging people to call the Sherriff’s office at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
New Executive Director at Yavapai Humane Society
The Board of Directors of the Yavapai Humane Society announced last Wednesday Jocelyn Bouchard has been named the new Executive Director, taking effect on December 26th. The release stated the directors conducted a national search, which generated 150 applicants. Bouchard comes to YHS from the Hawaiian Human Society where she served as the director of operations. In the release, Brouchard said, “It is a real honor to be offered the opportunity to carry on the great work that Yavapai Humane Society does in the community. I am truly looking forward to working with the talented and dynamic individuals that make up this wonderful organization and I am confident that together we will continue to provide excellent programs and services to Yavapai County's citizens and animals."
Vici Lee Jacobs Wins Seat on Central Yavapai Fire District Board
Vici Lee Jacobs is the winner of the 3rd seat on the Central Yavapai Fire district board. Jacobs maintained a lead throughout the election process but the race got close on election night before ultimately pulling out the victory. The final count was just a 33-vote difference but it was enough to keep her seat on the board. Jacobs filled the seat left vacant by Debbie Horton who moved out of state in July 2014.
Yavapai County Leads Arizona in Voter Turnout
Yavapai County came out to the polls in droves this year as the County lead Arizona in voter turnout this election. Over 116 thousand ballots were counted out of 137 thousand registered voters which totals over an 84% turnout; 79% of which were cast early. There was 15,000 more votes this election when compared to the 2012 Presidential Election. The ballots cast and registered voters have increased each year in the county since 2000.
Yavapai Food Neighbors Expanding to Prescott Valley
The Yavapai Food Project Coordinator Mike Newcomb announced Yavapai Food Neighbors would be expanding to Prescott Valley in December. The project was adopted in 2013 and holds collection events in Sedona, Village of Oak Creek, Cottonwood and Prescott. The release said Over 300,000 pounds of food has been collected and distributed to people in the various communities.
New DeMolay Chapter
Yavapai DeMolay proudly announced last week that DeMolay International has reconstituted a chapter in Prescott Arizona. The new Yavapai DeMolay heralds back to the original chapter in Prescott first founded in 1924. The organization helps develop young men between the ages of 12 to 21 in civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills by combining a serious mission with a fun approach, which builds long-lasting friendships among members. Interested individuals can attend a informational meeting and game night on Monday November 28th from 6-8pm at the AZTLAN Freemason Lodge Building on the 3rd floor at 1028 Willow Creek Road in Prescott. The organization wishes people to RSVP by emailing Prescott.firstname.lastname@example.org or Prescott.email@example.com or by calling Ken Davis at 603-456-3581
NAZ Suns Continue Winning Ways
The Northern Arizona Suns are still un-beaten so far this season after picking up a road-home two game series sweep against the Salt Lake City Stars on Friday and Saturday, pushing their record to 3-0 on the young season. Suns travel to Los Angeles for a game against the Defenders at 8:30 pm on Wednesday before returning home for a matchup against the Reno Bighorns Friday at 7pm.
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