A driver has been arrested after traveling 100 miles per hour on highway 260. A Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed over the I-17 overpass, continuing west into a construction zone area and passing numerous vehicles on the wrong side of the roadway in a no passing zone. The vehicle finally stopped near the Camp Verde jail and the driver, 25 year old Fredonia resident Linda Majenty could not stand without assistance and mumbled comments about the situation while occasionally falling asleep. Majenty was arrested for aggravated DUI, 7 counts of endangerment, extreme DUI, driving on a suspended license, criminal speeding and open container in a vehicle.
Highway 89A is staying open during retaining wall work. Work on the wall in south Jerome is underway, but the temporary traffic signal will not be installed until this week. The signal will only affect traffic traveling between Jerome and the Prescott area. One lane of the roadway is restricted 24 hours a day for 2 months. A temporary traffic signal will allow traffic to move through the area in alternating directions. Motorists should expect delays of up to 30 minutes during the 7 am to 7 pm work hours Monday through Thursday and 7 am and 2:30 Friday, and 10 minutes during non-work hours.
In other road work news, the Arizona Department of Transportation has closed the Sunset Point rest area due to a water supply problem. ADOT crews are working to resolve the problem and anticipate reopening the rest area by tomorrow.
The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority has announced the closing of 19 point 1 million dollars in loans. These loans, which include federal stimulus funds, will allow the City of Prescott to install a 12 inch water line from Melville Road around the south end of the airport runway and connect to the existing 10 inch main on the northwest side of the runway. This loan totals 9 million dollars and a second 3 point 6 million dollar loan will allow for an additional line to increase water supply to the system and service area.
A third 6 point 5 million dollar loan, which does not include federal stimulus money will fund the replacement of a deteriorating 14 inch force main line. The line will have a more energy efficient gravity sewer line along highway 89, as well as a building that will separate wastewater solids from liquid at the Airport Wastewater Treatment Plant.
District One Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has kicked off her “Working for You” Tour. Kirkpatrick was at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University yesterday afternoon to give an update on securing federal funding for the NASA Educator Resource Center, which will help expand the professional development of science, technology, engineer and math educators. Kirkpatrick says good progress has been made:
Kirkpatrick also answered questions from attendees on education, immigration and health care. Her Working for You tour moves to Payson tomorrow for a Chat with Ann event and discussion on public safety needs.
The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meets at 6:30 tonight. Council will consider an amendment to the access ordinance. The amendment would exempt trees growing in the town rights of way and would ensure residents would not face penalties for having trees in the roadway. Other agenda items include tax code amendments, a proposal to retain an Environmental Consultant to advise the Town and reports on Town financial activity and public safety activity from April through June.
Yavapai Regional Medical Center CEO Tim Barnett is scheduled to make presentations to the Prescott and Humboldt Unified School District Boards tonight. Barnett, along with YRMC Board Chairman Joe Jackson has visited area City and Town Councils and the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors to gather input on the hospital’s strategic planning process. According to Barnett, the comments made have been mostly positive:
YRMC officials want to know what the hospital does especially well and if one thing could be changed, what would it be. Barnett explains how the comments collected will be used:
The Prescott School Board meeting starts at 5:30 and will include consideration of goals for the upcoming school year. The Humboldt School Board meets at 6:30 and will also consider Board goals and objectives.
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