Keep Sedona Beautiful is praising District One Representative Ann Kirkpatrick's introduction of legislation for a scenic area designation. This legislation would protect 160 thousand acres of Coconino National Forest land from any future public and private trades. It would also preserve the natural beauty of the Sedona area. Keep Sedona Beautiful, the area's first conservation group, is part of the Sedona Red Rock Scenic Area Coalition, which recently worked with Sedona city staff and the U.S. Forest Service to formulate draft legislation. Former state Senator Tom O'Halleran had hoped Kirkpatrick would keep her promise to introduce legislation to prevent land trades in a 250 square mile area. She introduced the Sedona Red Rock National Scenic Area Act of 2010 on Friday.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has recognized a Cottonwood Police Officer as DUI Officer of the Year. The Department nominated Cory Shilling for his efforts in 2009. During that year, he arrested 23 DUI offenders within the city and out of those arrests, 4 were Aggravated DUI's. Several others included DUI Drugs, Extreme DUI and DUI involving persons under 21. Shilling started his career with the Department in 2008. He has also received the Rookie of the Year award for 2009 and he is excited and interested in becoming a Drug Recognition Expert in the near future. This designation will further enhance his ability to detect DUI offenses. Director of the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety Alberto Gutier and Attorney General Terry Goddard were on hand for the recent award presentation.
Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Robert Brutinel has received a national award. Judge Brutinel has been named National Judge of the Year by the National Court appointed Special Advocate Association, for furthering the best interests of children through his significant support of the Association's program. CASA volunteers work with children who have been made wards of the court due to abuse or neglect in their own homes. In her nomination letter, Christie Brink of Sedona wrote it has largely been due to Judge Brutinel that she has been so willingly giving of her services to the courts for so many years, and she has been honored to work with him and serve in this way.
Esther Brohner, CASA coordinator in Prescott has stated Brink's comments are echoed by the volunteers she works with on a daily basis.
The City of Prescott's Parks and Recreation Department has developed a program to preserve sports fields. According to Parks, Recreation and Library Director Debbie Horton, the first step is to consistently collect all applicable fees for reservation only fields. These fields include the 4 fields at Pioneer Park, Ken Lindley Field, Bill Vallely Lower Field at Roughrider Park, Kuebler Field and the 4 fields at Heritage Park. All other amenities in the parks will remain open to the public with no fee. The 9 no fee parks and fields that are open throughout the year for use by the general public include the Willow Creek Ball Field, the VIP Soccer Field at Pioneer Park, Granite Creek and Watson Lake Parks, the Mile High and Granite Mountain Middle School Fields and VA Field.
Those traveling to the Phoenix area should be aware of some road work. The Arizona Department of Transportation is starting overnight repair work tonight on a slope next to southbound Interstate Seventeen, about 2 miles south of the Sunset Point Rest Area. ADOT has been monitoring the slope for a couple of weeks because a portion of it, saturated by recent rains, shifted and exposed loose rocks. I-17 will be narrowed to one lane south from Sunset Point over a 2 week period. ADOT spokesman Doug Nitzel explains crews are trying to minimize delays as much as possible:
Crews will concentrate the overnight work on removing loose rocks along the I-17 slope to reduce the risk of rock fall in the area. Drivers are asked to slow down, allow extra travel time and follow directional signs while staying alert for workers and equipment in the area.
The Arizona Sundogs have wrapped up their final road trip of the season with a loss. On Saturday night, the Laredo Bucks had a 2 to nothing lead before Arizona Defenseman Nick Biondo scored in the middle period. The Bucks scored again, but Sundogs forward Marc Belanger cut the lead to 1. Laredo reclaimed a 2 goal lead less than a minute later and extended that lead early into the final period. Forward LInus Fagemo closed out scoring for Arizona, who fell to the Bucks 5 to 3.
This marked goalie J.F. Perras' first game back since he was sidelined with an injury on December 13th. The Sundogs failed to match a franchise best 16 road wins in a season first set during the 2007-2008 championship season.
Area residents are asked to fill out their 2010 Census forms and mail them in. According to U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves, the Census forms are being sent out this week. Prescott Valley officials note responses by residents will help communities receive their fair share of more than 400 billion dollars in federal funds each year for such items as hospitals, job training centers, schools and senior centers. Census Partnership Specialist Gail Sadler explains those who live in Yavapai County on April 1st should be counted here, regardless of what other address they have:
Sadler adds there are ramifications the final numbers could have for the area:
Those who don't mail the form back may receive a visit from a Census taker, who will ask questions from the form.