Roadway contruction completion
Construction is coming to a close on a few Prescott roadways. With the final lift of asphalt pavement installed and utility adjustments finished on Walker Road, City of Prescott crews are installing permanent striping this week. Work is taking place along Walker and East Liese Drive. Meanwhile, seal coating is complete in the Los Pinos and Village communities off Copper Basin Road and Enchanted Canyon off Sierry Peaks Drive. City crews are adjusting utility covers back to the finished road grade throughout this week. Over on Smoke Tree Lane, crews are removing and replacing sidewalk and curb and gutter. Work is taking place where repairs are necessary along Smoke Tree from Willow Creek to near Birchwood Cove. Work hours on all projects are today through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times and drivers are asked to remain alert for flaggers in work zones.
Christmas festivities in Prescott Valley
The Town of Prescott Valley is getting ready to kick off the Christmas holiday season. Town officials say Public Works crews have been working since the beginning of October putting up Christmas lights throughout the Civic Center grounds. This is in preparation for this Friday night’s Festival of Lights. The lighting of the Civic Center will take place just before 6, followed by the Night Light Parade.
PHS Teachers David Stengel and Courtney Check receive Golden Bell Award
Two Prescott High School teachers are receiving a special honor. Teachers David Stengel and Courtney Check are the latest recipients of the Golden Bell Award for excellence in increasing student achievement. Awarded annually, the award recognizes school programs from throughout the state that have shown outstanding successes in student growth and success. Stengel and Check teach U.S. Block, a co-curricular History and English class. They are scheduled to present an hour long session to school board members from across the state to promote the U.S. Block idea. They will receive their award at the Arizona School Boards Association annual conference, which will be held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on December 14th and 15th.
Carbon monoxide poisoning
A Sedona family is recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Just before 10 yesterday morning, Sedona Fire District units were dispatched to an Andante Drive home. A man was complaining of nausea and lightheadedness. Fire Captain Gary Johnson says crews found out what was causing the man’s illness. Johnson explains carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly. Five residents of the home were taken to Verde Valley Medical Center. Two children, who had previously been picked up for school, were taken to the medical center by their mother. One other adult refused to be taken to the hospital.
A new state park to honor the fallen Granite Mountain Hot Shots
A new state park that will honor the fallen Granite Mountain Hot Shots has officially been dedicated and is opening to the public. After the Yarnell Hill Fire killed 19 Hot Shots on June 30th, 2013, state lawmakers passed legislation to buy the land at the site of the fire for $500,000. Arizona State Parks officially purchased the 308 acres exactly 2 years after the tragedy. The park was created in just over a year through the collaboration of state officials, donations from the Arizona Public Service Foundation and the public and efforts from volunteers and State Parks staff.
The state park, which is located on the site where the Hot Shots lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30th, 2013, was dedicated yesterday morning. Governor Doug Ducey was among those who spoke at the ceremony, which had families of the Hot Shots in attendance. Ducey says he met with those family members before the ceremony.
Other speakers included former Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo and Senator Steve Pierce, who praised the new park. Pierce and Representative Karen Fann brought forth legislation to purchase the 320 acre site for 500 thousand dollars. Fann says these men weren’t just firefighters, but members of our family. The park, which includes a 7 mile trail and plaques honoring the Hot Shots, is open to the public starting today.