An event to honor the fallen 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots took place this weekend. The 5th annual Hot Shot 19 Memorial Workout of the Day event was on Saturday and Sunday. Captain Crossfit on 6th Street in Prescott hosted this event. Proceeds go to the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Academy and the Captain Crossfit Youth Scholarship Foundation, which provides physical fitness funding for at risk youth. Representatives say this event attracts over 450 athletes as well as hundreds of spectators from all over the country. Last year’s Workout of the Day raised $16,500. Proceeds from the very first event were used to help the families of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots who were killed fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30th, 2013. For more information, go online to captaincrossfit.com.
The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization wants your comments on traffic safety. The organization and its design team, Burgess and Niple are analyzing crash data to determine the primary causes and identify potential projects and educational efforts that could reduce the number of crashes. An online survey at surveymonkey.com has been established to gather input from the community to identify unsafe driving behaviors and locations where there are concerns about safety. There’s also an opportunity to place virtual pinpoints on a map to identify worrisome areas and leave comments. The design team can be reached by mail at GCI, 67 East Weldon, Suite 103, Phoenix, Arizona 85012. Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Administrator Chris Bridges can be reached at 442-5730 for questions on the survey.
An elderly man has been hospitalized following an ATV accident in Cottonwood. At about 8:45 yesterday morning, the Cottonwood Fire and Medical and Police Departments, along with the Verde Valley Ambulance Company responded to South Camino Real for the accident. Firefighters found out a man had struck a parked backhoe that had been cleaning up debris from the roadway. He was treated on scene by Cottonwood Fire and Medical and Verde Valley Ambulance personnel. The man was later taken to the Cottonwood Airport where he was flown out to the Flagstaff Medical Center after suffering trauma.
Hot jazz in the cool pines of Prescott also took place this weekend. The 17th annual Prescott Jazz Summit kicked off at the Elks Theatre at 7 Friday with a concert featuring the music of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and All That Jazz. During a live appearance on yesterday’s Q and A with host DJ Fone on KQNA, Event Director Mike Vax described what would be taking place Saturday at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Vax says at 7:30 that night at the Performing Arts Center on Sheldon Street, there also would be an All Star Big Band concert. Afternoon performances were free. Vax said the Prescott Jazz Summit concludes Sunday night with a Jam Session at Murphy’s Restaurant on Cortez Street.