District One Representative Ann Kirkpatrick will host her 4th telephone town hall at 5:30 tonight. This discussion will focus on her fight to defend and preserve the right to bear arms. Officials note Kirkpatrick has worked tirelessly to stop the White House and Congressional leadership from infringing on the rights of gun owning Arizonans and Americans. The Congresswoman also joined in a successful Gun Owners of America endorsed push to strengthen Second Amendment protections for law abiding citizens in National Parks. Residents who want to participate in the Town Hall can do so by calling 1-877-269-7289 and pressing 15024 when prompted. They can then ask the Congresswoman a question by pressing *3.
The Arizona Sundogs have been recognized in the Central Hockey League's Best of the Best poll. For the 3rd straight year, the Sundogs have received recognition for Best Website, beating out the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees and the Corpus Christi Ice Rays. Also for the 3rd year in a row, defenseman and Assistant Coach Chris Bartolone received mention, finishing 3rd in the Best Leader category behind Colorado's Riley Nelson and Laredo's Jeff Bes. First year Sundog Konrad Reeder finished 3rd in the Most Annoying Player category, finishing behind former Sundogs forward Karl Sellan and Texas' James Hiebert. The team's Communications Staff received a nod in the Best Game Notes category, finishing 3rd to the Killer Bees and the Ice Rays. The Town of Prescott Valley occupied the number 3 spot in the Best City category. A complete listing of the poll results is available online at centralhockeyleague.com.
Sundogs players and Coach Marco Pietroniro are scheduled to be on hand for the Sundogs' Coach's show, which starts at 6 tonight at the Pony Espresso on Robert Road in Prescott Valley. Those who can't be there in person can listen to the show live on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM in Prescott.
The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council will consider a budget item at 6:30 tonight. The Fiscal Year 2011 tentative budget was delivered to Council as of last Friday, and members will acknowledge preparation of that document.
Budget request forms that were first released in early January were turned in in February. Following acknowledgement, Council is scheduled to host its first budget work session on April 13th, followed by a public hearing on April 20th. After deliberations and public comment on May 4th and a work session on May 11th, tentative adoption is scheduled to occur on May 18th. Town Manager William Emerson notes this budget only establishes the ceiling of expenditures in each division. The meeting will be held at Town Hall on South Highway 69.
The Prescott City Council will discuss recommendations on Board and Commission appointment procedures. A Council subcommittee has been reviewing the process used for appointments. City Clerk Liz Burke indicates to start the review process, a table was developed that indicates by what authority each of the Boards and Commissions was established, the length of terms, the process used for selection of Chair and Vice Chair and how changes would be made. Council members Tammy Linn, John Hanna and Jim Lamerson serve on the subcommittee. The recommendations will be presented during Council's study session, which starts at 3 this afternoon at City Hall on South Cortez Street.
Several new classes are underway at the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy. Officials note there are 619 students representing 20 states and Canada attending 21 classes including Assessing Wildfire Hazards, Initial Attack Incident Commander and Basic Air Operations. Yesterday firefighters were in the field at the Nature Center laying the groundwork for a prescribed pile burn on 18 acres. The burn, which is scheduled to take place at 9 Thursday morning, allows students to plan and initiate under the supervision of experienced firefighters and is part of an ongoing effort to remove hazardous fuels buildup. The Academy is being held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott campus through Friday.
A lane restriction is in place on Cornville Road. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, Cornville Road is reduced to one lane at the McGuireville Traffic Interchange this week. This is being done to provide a safe work zone as crews conduct bridge repairs. Temporary barricades as well as flaggers on site will direct traffic through the work zone. Lane restrictions will be in effect from 7 am to 7 pm through this Friday. Drivers should plan for reduced speed limits and potential delays.
Bridge repairs are not expected to impact traffic on Interstate 17.
ADOT has also announced completion of work on a second retaining wall on Highway 89A, just south of the Town of Jerome. Repair work was performed as an extension of the Jerome Retaining Wall Project.
An effort is underway to improve the Chino Valley Police Department shooting range off Perkinsville Road. Town Council has authorized the Department to develop an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Town and the Arizona Game and Fish Department to improve the range. Speaking on yesterday's Q&A with Sandy Moss on KQNA, Police Commander Mark Garcia described what will be involved with Game and Fish's range design:
Garcia explains there is some grant money involved with this project:
Council also authorized the Department to determine whether or not the Prescott Sportsmen's Club is a sole provider who could run the range, and if there were other providers, directed staff to initiate a Request for Proposals process.