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Bill's Roundup: Congrats to Two Local Small Businesses

21 March 2011  
Two small businesses will receive a special honor at the State Capital tomorrow.

azxbdcbillThe Tri-City DUI Task Force has released results from a St. Patrick’s Day Saturation Patrol. With funding made possible from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, on Thursday, specially assigned law enforcement personnel set up a command post in the parking lot of Costco on Highway 69 in Prescott. 116 traffic stops were made and arrests were made for 1 felony Aggravated DUI, 4 Extreme DUI, 8 DUI’s, 2 under the age of 21 and 1 with a prior conviction. The average Blood Alcohol Concentration was .130 and 6 designated drivers were contacted. Three citations were issued for minor consumption, 2 for seat belt citations and 89 for other miscellaneous violations.

The Prescott and Prescott Valley Police Departments are scheduled to conduct traffic enforcement on Highway 69 from 1 to 6 tomorrow. Officers will be targeting speeding violations as well as aggressive driving and other moving violations. They will be checking for both seat belt and child restraint violations as well as any other applicable traffic laws. Department officials note Highway 69 is a very busy highway and with the addition of construction zones and new traffic signals, it is important as ever to adhere to the law and drive responsibly. Drivers are encouraged to drive attentively and safely, adhere to posted speed limits, wear your seatbelt and do not engage in activities that could distract you such as texting while driving.

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council will hold a closed executive session at 10:30 this morning. Council is scheduled to interview candidates for the Town Manager position, starting with Melinda Carlton by telephone or video conference, Dennis Walls in person and Eric Stahl, Garrett Earls and Yvonne Kimball by telephone or video conference. Following the hour long interviews, Council will reconvene in open session to possibly select 1 or 2 candidates for further interviews for appointment. A final vote or decision will not be taken during the closed session.

At 2 tomorrow, Council will consider former Councilman Floyd Wright’s application for the Environmental Issues Advisory Committee, when to appoint a new Council member, since Mayor elect Terry Nolan’s seat will be vacated on June 7th and consideration of a Town Public Relations person. Both meetings will be held in Council chambers on South Highway 69.

The Humboldt Unified School District Meet and Confer Committees will meet at 3:45 this afternoon. The Committees will discuss the state and local economies, student enrollment and finances; position classifications, level pay for classified employees, health benefits and between meeting assignments. The meeting will be held in the District Office Conference Room on North Robert Road, Building 100 in Prescott Valley.

At 6 tonight, a quorum of the Prescott Unified School District Board may be attending the Superintendent’s Awards Ceremony at Mile High Middle School, located at 300 Granite Street. District officials note this is a celebratory event and no Board business or voting will occur.

Two Prescott small businesses will be honored at the State Capitol tomorrow. The Arizona Small Business Development Center Network will host an event that will honor 15 of these businesses for their achievements. Guidance Aviation of Prescott has been named the 2011 Master Award Winner because according to Center State Director Janice Washington, the Company’s performance embodies everything they look for in a success story. Infamous Network, which is also located in Prescott, is also receiving an Arizona Success Award. Speaker of the House Kirk Adams is the featured speaker and Arizona Capitol Times Publisher Ginger Lamb will serve as emcee of the 2011 Success Awards, which runs from 11:30 to 1:30.

The Highlands Center for Natural History is looking for some volunteers. The Center has started Habitat Garden programs at Coyote Springs and Granville Elementary Schools in Prescott Valley, Territorial Elementary in Chino Valley and Miller Valley Elementary in Prescott. All these schools need volunteers to set up and put away instructional materials, refocus children as they explore plants and insects in the garden, guide children as they draw in nature journals and share your interest and wonder about nature with children.

The time commitment is 12 days during the 9 month school year, 3 hours per day. An introduction and training session will take place from 9 to 11:30 tomorrow at Miller Valley School, Room 34 on Iron Springs Road in Prescott.

For the 3rd time in 5 years, the Arizona Sundogs are returning to the Central Hockey League playoffs. The Sundogs were shut out 2 to nothing in a home game against the Colorado Eagles Friday night and dropped Game 2 8 to 4 Saturday night. The Laredo Bucks’ 3 to 1 loss to the Rapid City Rush Saturday mathematically secured a playoff spot for the Sundogs, the first since its Championship run in 2007-2008. Forward Mark Kolanos, who was on that Championship team, says he’s glad the team will be back in the post-season:

Forward Jason Visser, who also played for the Sundogs during the Championship run, explains the team has mixed feelings following this weekend’s losses:

Coach Marco Pietroniro explains the regular season isn’t over yet:

The team has also announced it has waived goalie Michel Robinson and forward Morgan MacLean.

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