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08 August 2009  

How will the Demerse road construction affect the schools?

billdetourPrescott man has been arrested after allegedly attempting to evade police. The Prescott Police Department was contacted by Tribal Police after learning an individual failed to stop for them. Officers learned that 33 year old Michael Francis had been following a female from Wilhoit who then contacted Tribal Police after seeing one of their officers. As officers were stopping Francis, he intentionally attempted to swerve into two officers’ vehicles, forcing evasive action to avoid a collision. After running 9 red lights and driving erratically to avoid police, the suspect’s tires were disabled after spikes were deployed in the 1300 block of Iron Springs Road. Francis was arrested for two counts of aggravated assault, felony flight, extreme DUI and reckless driving.

The Demerse Avenue project will affect Prescott schools. With the start of school on Monday, the City’s Public Works Department has announced reconstruction of Demerse, which started in June, will affect both Prescott High School and Taylor Hicks Elementary. During construction, traffic will be constricted to single lanes in areas where possible. Other portions of the roadway will be closed to through traffic as needed. Detours have been established on Northside Drive and Campbell Avenue. Willow Creek Road is also a suggested alternate route. Construction is scheduled to last until November.

The intersection at Windsong and Lakeshore Drives in Prescott Valley will be closed tomorrow from 8 am to 5 pm. This closure will allow workers to install poles as part of overall construction of a traffic signal. Both directions of traffic will be restricted through the intersection.

Two town councils will hold special sessions. The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council is meeting from 8 to 5 today to discuss the Town vision and policy agenda for 2010-2011. Discussion on these two topics continues at 8 tomorrow morning. Both sessions will be held at the FX Ranch. From 8:30 to 5 Monday, the Chino Valley Town Council will hold a retreat. The session will include a departmental overview and discussion on economic development, revenue generation plans, water matters and general items. The meeting will be held at the former Yavapai College building, located on north highway 89. Council will tour the building prior to the retreat.

The Arizona Sundogs have released their schedule for their upcoming season. The Sundogs will begin the season at home at Tim’s Toyota Center on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th against the expansion Allen, Texas Americans. Arizona will also see first year club the Missouri Mavericks for a 2 game set at the Independence Events Center on Friday, January 8th and Saturday, January 9th, as well as a team it has yet to face in the past 3 seasons, the Tulsa Oilers on December 13th in Oklahoma. The only team Arizona will not play during the regular season is the Mississippi River Kings. The Sundogs will also continue its New Year’s Eve tradition with a home game against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Coach Marco Pietroniro notes of the 32 scheduled home games, 21 will take place on either Fridays or Saturdays.

Area school districts are getting ready for Monday’s first day of school. Schools in the Humboldt Unified School District have been holding open house and meet the teacher events in preparation for the start of school. A new teacher in service was held Monday and Tuesday and an all teacher in-service followed on Wednesday. Superintendent Henry Schmitt says the District is ready to go:

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Teachers returning to the Prescott Unified School District had to report in on Tuesday. That same day, Transportation staff prepared buses and dealt with safety issues. Superintendent Kevin Kapp explains the district is in good shape:

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Chino Valley’s first day of school is not until the 17th, so a new staff orientation will be held all day Monday, followed by an all staff orientation on Wednesday.


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