Wildfire Academy celebrates 15th anniversary.
The Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy is celebrating its 15th anniversary. This year, around 700 students from 19 states will attend to learn about basic wildfire training. Students are firefighters in federal, state, local and volunteer departments and the majority of them are from Arizona. Other courses offered at the Academy, which starts tomorrow morning, include leadership, public information, logistics and fire behavior analysis. Various field exercises will take place to reinforce what was learned in the classroom. The Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy runs through Friday, March 17th at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Willow Creek Road. If you would like to visit the Academy, call the Information Center between 7:30 am and 6 pm at 777-2473 after tomorrow.
Brownsfield Grant in Cottonwood used for asbestos abatement
The City of Cottonwood has received a grant that will help revitalize the downtown area. The more than 37 thousand dollar Brownsfield Grant is being used to perform an asbestos and lead based paint abatement on the Cottonwood Civic Center. The Center was first built in 1939 using local sandstone and river rock. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials say the building has fallen into disrepair due to the expense of removing the lead based paint and asbestos found in construction materials. The remodeling of this historic building is a step in the process of bringing new life to the historic Old Town Cottonwood District. Established in 2003, ADEQ’s Brownfields Assistance Program helps reduce environmental hazards, mitigate public health threats and restore habitats and blighted areas to productive use.
Building permits on the upswing
The Town of Prescott Valley is staying busy issuing building permits. Last month, the Town issued 262 permits with a total value of more than 15 million dollars. This includes 16 homes in the Granville subdivision, 7 each in the Quailwood and Viewpoint subdivisions, 4 in Pronghorn Ranch, 3 each in Central Prescott Valley and Mingus West and 2 in Stoneridge, for a total of 42 new homes. The permits issued are up from the 200 issued in January with a value of 8 million dollars. These are for 21 new homes. Prescott Valley’s General Plan states the Town will provide a fully balanced residential mix, which includes a wide range of housing.