Changing of the guard at the Chamber of Commerce
David Maurer’s time as Prescott Chamber of Commerce Director comes to an end. Maurer announced earlier this year he would be retiring at the end of the year after serving as Director for the past 12 years. During his last appearance as Chamber Director on Wednesday’s Talk of the Town on KQNA 1130 AM, 99.9 FM and 95.5 FM, Maurer discussed what brought him to Prescott from Flagstaff. Maurer explains what sets Prescott apart from other communities. A nationwide search has resulted in the hiring of Sheri Heiney as the new Prescott Chamber of Commerce CEO. Heiney has served as President of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce in Michigan for 15 years. Heiney’s first day on the job is Tuesday.
Catch 22 nets two
The latest phase of the Catch-22 program has ended with 2 arrests. Twenty-two wanted felons were featured from December 1st through the 22nd as part of the program. Yavapai Silent Witness Director Steve Skurja explains how those fugitives are chosen. The featured felon on Day 4, Summer Sizelove was arrested on December 13th in Oceanside, California by U.S. Marshals. This arrest was due to a call to Silent Witness and a 500 dollar cash reward was paid immediately. The Day 14 felon, Callie Smith was arrested by the Joplin, Missouri Police Department on Christmas Eve. This arrest wasn’t due to a call to Yavapai Silent Witness and the reward is no longer available. Skurja says people may have information on the other felons who may have left the area. The rewards on the remaining felons are still in place. You can view their photos and read their bios by going online to yavapaisw.com.
Delays on I-17
Expect delays on I-17 at the Mud Springs overpass. ADOT crews are scheduled to perform work at the overpass starting this Wednesday. This construction requires a full closure of the bridge for 6 weeks. Crews will remove and replace the rail at the overpass, as well as repair deck joints and replace guardrail. Drivers will use Velda Rose or Rock Springs roads as alternates. This work is part of a larger project underway on I-17 that includes pavement resurfacing, guardrail improvements and railing replacements on 8 bridges. For public safety, no vehicular or pedestrian traffic is allowed on the bridge during construction.
Breast cancer awareness efforts get boost
The Community Health Center of Yavapai has received a generous donation to help with breast cancer awareness efforts. For the 8th year in a row, Fry’s Food Stores has donated funds from the Sharing Courage campaign to the Health Center. This year’s donation of 8 thousand dollars will be used to provide breast diagnostic services for uninsured and low income patients throughout the county. Funds raised by the 2016 Sharing Courage campaign go to assist dozens of local organizations in fighting breast cancer in communities across the country. This includes supporting research projects, funding mammograms and educational outreach and assisting local support groups for women and families.
Desert Hockey Classic
The University of Connecticut Huskies skated off with the championship trophy following the 2016 Desert Hockey Classic. This 4 team tournament was held at the Prescott Valley Event Center, with UConn defeating the St. Cloud, Minnesota University Huskies 4 to 3 Friday night. In Game 2 of the tournament, the Arizona State University Sun Devils played the Brown University Bears to an 8 to 8 tie. Brown ended up advancing to the Championship game Saturday night while ASU played the consolation game against St. Cloud. ASU lost that game 4 to 2 and UConn beat Brown 4 to 1 to capture the championship trophy. During last year’s inaugural classic, which was held in Glendale last year, UConn finished third.
Be a good neighbor - help others, too
Resolve to improve your health by helping others. During a recent live appearance on KQNA’s Talk of the Town, Yavapai County Community Health Services spokesman David McAtee discussed a way to help new moms. Any new moms who are interested in helping with this program is asked to call 771-3138. For those who have resolved to quit smoking, consider the negative effects of smoking on the health of family members. McAtee says there is help available. The Ashline number is 1-800-556-6622. If you have a coat that no longer fits, you can help the less fortunate by donating it to Yavapai County Health Services. They work closely with many organizations that take donated coats. For more information, call 771-3122.