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22 September 2015  

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Smoke is expected in the area due to prescribed burning. Verde Ranger District managers are planning on treating 150 acres near the Town of Cherry and Highway 169. Early last year, fire managers completed a brush crush project in that location. Now managers will finish the work by burning to reduce the fuel loads. Smoke will be visible due to heavier fuel such as downed logs and large branches. The Sunnybrook Burn is part of ongoing work aimed at improving forest health and helping to reduce the fire danger to Cherry and the Federal Mine. Specific days to burn are determined by the availability of personnel and equipment, weather and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The burns are scheduled to run today through Friday.

Cottonwood’s Tilted Earth Music and Wine Festival is the winner of 3 Arizona Talent in Event Concepts awards. The Festival, which was held earlier this month, was up against other events throughout the state. It won an award for Janice Cordner of Design Studio Sedona’s poster featuring the earth in a tilted wine glass. The Best Kids Element was provided by the Prescott Creeks organization. It included a hands on 3-D display to educate participants as to how water arrives to the Verde River and how it flows through other rivers. The nomination itself was a 1 page entry and was required to be written in crayon. The best beverage element was received for a special wine produced by Page Springs Cellars in Cornville, representing the Festival. AZTEC has been giving awards to outstanding events since 1994.

The low water crossing on Lincoln Avenue will be closed for about 2 weeks starting today. Lincoln is closed to through traffic between Hillside Avenue and Miller Valley Road. Local traffic is only permitted inside the closure area. The low water crossing closure is due to ongoing construction in the area, including installation of a new 24 inch sewer main along Sonora Drive. An 8 inch sewer main is being installed near Comfort Avenue to Hillside. City of Prescott officials say installation of the new 12 inch water main is complete. Crews are continuing installation of water service lines and finishing testing of the main between Hillside and Home Street. Work hours are 7 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday.

The Prescott City Council will be discussing budget reductions and ways to generate revenue. During a meeting earlier this month, Deputy City Manager Alison Zelms told council 1.2 million dollars would have to be cut from the budget and another cut will have to occur in November. Proposed reductions include reducing levels for tournaments, closing facilities and increasing recreation user fees. Zelms says suggestions are preliminary at this point. Zelms explains there will be plenty of discussion on the reductions. Other suggestions include reducing personnel, hours and programs at the library. The Fire and Police Departments may also need to reduce personnel and response times, programs and services. The Council meeting starts at 1 tomorrow in the Lower Level conference room at City Hall, located on South Cortez Street. This meeting is closed to the public.

The Prescott Art in Public Places Committee will hold its first public meeting. Back in August, City Council appointed Jim Antonius, Cindy Gresser, Ron Miller, Thomas Restifo and Alexandra Rudolph to the Committee. These members have been appointed to 2 year terms and they will make recommendations to Council on matters related to the acceptance of public art. Gresser says one of the Committee’s first tasks is evaluating all the art that’s out there. Gresser explains why the committee was formed. Gresser adds Deputy City Manager Alison Zelms was a big help in getting the Art in Public Places policy drafted. Gresser doesn’t think the evaluated art will be appraised. The meeting starts at 3 this afternoon at the City Hall Lower Level Conference Room on South Cortez Street. There will be discussion on guidelines for accepting public art, Committee goals and outcomes and Chairperson duties.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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