Cottonwood commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
The 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War will be commemorated today through Sunday in the Verde Valley. A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. known as The Wall is scheduled to arrive in Sedona at 3 this afternoon. A Patriot Guard Riders motorcycle escort for The Wall’s arrival starts at the Chevron Station on I-17 and Highway 260 in Camp Verde. It will proceed along Highway 260 to Highway 89A and will end at Posse Grounds Park. Members of the public are invited to stand along the route to welcome The Wall. At 1 tomorrow afternoon, there will be an opening ceremony at The Wall, which will be up for public viewing today through Sunday. This is part of the 5th annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day event. The Town of Prescott Valley observed the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War yesterday by flying American flags along Highway 69.
Prescott tackles 3 new road projects
Construction is scheduled to get underway on 3 Prescott road improvement projects within the next couple of months. The Smoke Tree Lane Pavement and Utility Upgrade Project involves repaving that roadway from Willow Creek Road to Tabosa Drive. The pavement will also be reconstructed from Tabosa to Birchwood Cove and a new 18 inch water main will be constructed from Willow Creek to Birchwood. A second project involves the reconstruction of Walker Road with new asphalt concrete pavement and placement of curb and gutter, sidewalk and drainage and water line improvements. The project runs from the Highway 69 intersection to the south City of Prescott limits. Over on Wickwood Lane off Copper Basin Road, new culverts with headwalls and safety railing will be constructed. All 3 projects are currently out to bid with construction tentatively scheduled for April or May.
Prescott Valley honors outstanding Police Officers
The Prescott Valley Police Department has honored its outstanding officers. Dave Demski is the 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Demski volunteered 747 hours, working closely with the Field Services Division to provide help to officers. The Civilian of the Year, Gabe Maldonado serves in the Support Services Division as a Community Service Officer. Maldonado is the Lead Hearing Officer for mandatory vehicle impounds that result in hundreds of hearings annually. He uses his bilingual skills to aid with translation needs.
The Community Policing ribbon has been awarded to Officer Rocky Hernandez for his involvement in such events as a Spanish speaking community outreach event and Shop with a Cop. The Rookie of the Year is Robert Payne and Officer of the Year is Carl Leithead. Leithead consistently conducts self-initiated on scene felony arrest investigations, resulting in the removal of many criminals from the streets of Prescott Valley.
Dyslexia - causes and symptoms
Learn about the symptoms and causes of dyslexia. The Prescott Unified School District will host a presentation by Susan Barton at 6 tonight at the Ruth Street Theatre. Barton will discuss why bright children struggle, first with spelling, then with written expression and eventually hit a wall in reading development by 3rd grade, if not sooner. She will also share the gifted areas that come with dyslexia, effective tutoring methods and simple classroom accommodations. Barton founded Bright Solutions for Dyslexia in 1998 to educate parents and teachers and to help with the appropriate resources and support. She will be available to answer questions following tonight’s presentation.
Representative Noel Campbell takes a stand
District 1 Representative Noel Campbell is among the lawmakers who voted against a campaign finance overhaul bill. Yesterday the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 1516, 31 to 27. This measure would loosen contribution rules for candidates, allowing one to give to another’s campaign, which is now illegal. It would also bring reduced penalties for spending above limits. Campbell explains why he voted no. The bill now heads to Governor Doug Ducey for his consideration.
Prescott Valley adds a new sculpture
The sculptor involved with a Prescott Valley Civic Center project has his work cut out for him. Two months ago, the Prescott Valley Town Council approved up to 90 thousand dollars for a sculpture to be placed at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Civic Circle. Twenty-eight artists applied for this project and a committee selected South Carolina sculptor Stephen Kishel. Kishel describes the steel pipe and aluminum sculpture. Kishel explains how he came up with the design. Kishel says when the sculpture will be ready for public viewing shortly. The Prescott Valley Town Council approved a 90 thousand dollar contract with Kishel 2 months ago.