District One Legislators are scheduled to give an update to local residents tomorrow. Senator Steve Pierce and Representatives Andy Tobin and Lucy Mason have been invited to discuss what's happening in the Legislature in Phoenix, as part of the League of Women Voters of Central Yavapai County's Legislative Update meeting. Social time runs from 9 to 9:30 and the meeting runs from 9:30 to 11:30 at Las Fuentes Resort Village, located at 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott. Members of the public are invited to attend.
Governor Jan Brewer will also be in Prescott tomorrow. She will give the keynote address at the Yavapai Cattle Growers Association Annual Meeting and Dinner at 5:45 at the Prescott Resort, located on East Highway 69.
Prescott Valley's Downtown Entertainment District will host a carnival this weekend. During the Spring Fun Fest, "Eat, Drink and Be Merry" passes will be sold for 20 dollars. The purchase price includes one unlimited ride stamp and 5 food and/or game tokens. The ride stamp is good for one person the day of purchase only. The Fun Fest runs today through Sunday.
Also this weekend, Gary Niichel Memorial pool tournaments will take place at the Outpost Saloon on East Long Mesa Drive in Prescott Valley on Saturday, as well as the Windsock Lounge on Iron Springs Road in Prescott Sunday. Registration will take place at 11 and the tournaments start at noon. There is a 20 dollar entry fee for the tournaments and there will be a silent auction and prizes for the first place winners. The 52 year old Niichel was a Dewey-Humboldt resident and drywall contracting business owner who passed away on February 24th.
The Arizona Sundogs have been eliminated from playoff contention. Following a 4 to 1 Corpus Christi Ice Rays win over the Laredo Bucks Wednesday night, yesterday morning Arizona took on Rio Grande Valley. The Killer Bees took a 3 to nothing lead in the game's first 27 minutes, but Arizona rookie forward Joey Sides extended his point streak to 6 games with his 16th goal of the season just over 7 minutes into the second period. The Killer Bees scored again before Sundogs defenseman Rob Lehtinen cut Rio Grande Valley's lead to 2. It appeared Arizona had scored once again, but the goal was waived off and the Killer Bees scored 2 more for the 6 to 2 win. Arizona will try for its 16th road win tomorrow as it closes out its final road trip of the season. Game time against the Bucks is 6:30, and all the live action can be heard on KDDL, Cattle Country 94.3 FM, the official radio home of Sundogs hockey or online at cattlecountryradio.com.
The Arizona Department of Transportation's Prescott District Office is closed on Fridays starting today. New office hours are 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday, and officials note the new schedule is an opportunity for office workers to match the schedule of many of the maintenance teams. Some benefits are evident for the field staff, primarily in the summertime, when there are longer periods of daylight. ADOT will evaluate the schedule for efficiency after a period of several months. District staff will continue to be available to respond to emergencies. The District Office is located on Commerce Drive in Prescott.
The 8th annual Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy starts tomorrow. The Academy is once again being held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Student tuition is 70 dollars a day, which includes all course materials, breakfast, lunch and tent camping on site. Over 40 courses are being offered to prepare firefighters for the upcoming wildfire season. Coordinator Tony Sciacca explains how many people are participating in the week long academy:
Training courses include Basic Firefighting and Wildland Fire Behavior, Leadership, Wildfire Power Saws, Fire Operations in the Urban Interface and Prescribed Fire Implementation.
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will consider bids for 2 construction projects. The Commerce Drive site project includes a pad for 3 buildings with utility extensions and access, a 100 space parking lot for Public Works and a new County fueling station. The Base Engineer's construction estimate is 2 point 3 million dollars, while Capital Improvement Project Director Jim Holst's estimate is 2 point 1 million. The Camp Verde Building remodel project involves installation of a new roof and heating and cooling units, new offices for the County Attorney, Sheriff and Public Defender, carpeting and lighting.
The architect and construction estimate is 700 thousand dollars. The meeting starts at 9 Monday morning at the Administrative Services Verde Valley Complex on South 6th Street in Cottonwood.
The Prescott Valley Town Council has approved Final Development Plans in the Granville subdivision. The first plan amends an existing plan and allows an encroachment not to exceed 4 feet on specified lots. Developer Joe Contadino is adding a new home plan to the subdivision's product line, but due to the varying depth of the lots off the Granville Fairway, the footprint of the structure may encroach in the front setback. Town Planner Ruth Mayday explains the encroachment will have a minimal effect:
Also last night, Council approved a Final Development Plan for expansion of the Community Center off Tuscany Way. The project includes a 1400 square foot exercise center and an outdoor pool. Mayday says 44 new parking stalls will also be added:
Councils also approved an amendment to the Town Engineer agreement for design and construction period services for the Glassford Hill Asphaltic Rubber Asphaltic Concrete Friction Course. According to Public Works Director Norm Davis, Glassford from Long Look Drive to Highway 89A received American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds for a pavement overlay last fall and will receive the final surface application early this summer.