Prescott residents are invited to a community meeting at 6 tonight. City officials are hosting a meeting for the Zone 19 Utility Improvement Project in the Thumb Butte area. This project will improve service to Pressure Zone 19 by adding a new storage reservoir, replacing the existing pump station and extending water mains, including the design of a waterline extension along Mullen Way for additional future upgrades. The design team will be on hand to answer questions during the meeting, which will be held at the Trinity Presbyterian Church on Park Avenue.
Northern Arizona University-Yavapai College is holding an open house from 5:30 to 7 tonight at the campus on Civic Circle in Prescott Valley. Participants can tour the campus during this free event.
Grant applications are now being accepted by the Yavapai County Resource Advisory Committee. Grants are available for projects that can be funded under the authority of the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act of 2000, as reauthorized in 2008. Grantees could receive funding on a reimbursement basis starting as early as this Spring. The Resource Advisory Committee is expected to receive 1.3 million dollars in Title 2 funding. Each project proposal will be evaluated on how cost effective it is and to what extent partners are involved, how the project improves the quality of human life and how many benefits accrue to the ecosystem health. Projects should be less than or equal to 75 thousand dollars. For more information, contact Debbie Maneely at 443-8130. Deadline for the second round of funding is June 10th.
Traffic is back to normal following a Friday morning accident on Interstate 17 near Sunset Point. Arizona Department of Transportation crews had intermittent closures throughout Friday night and into Saturday as crews worked to remove an overturned cattle truck and debris from the roadway. Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Robert Bailey explains fatigue may have been a factor in this accident:
Twenty-four cows died in the rollover but 13 survived.
Timothy Tait, also from ADOT adds even though many travelers were angered over the delays they faced on the southbound lanes just north of Black Canyon City, this is just the way things are handled during a critical incident like this.
Two alleged burglars have been arrested in Cottonwood. Late Thursday night, Police Detectives, along with Yavapai County Sheriff’s Investigators served a search warrant at 5 different locations in the Verde Valley linking 25 year old Dominic Blue Mayes and 27 year old Aaron Chambers to a string of stolen property and residential burglaries. The suspects gained entry into the residences through open or secured doors and once inside, they used articles belonging to the victims to remove stolen items. Spokesman Sergeant Gareth Braxton explains hundreds of dollars worth of property has been recovered, including a gun that was recently reported as stolen:
One of the victims positively identified Mayes as being in possession of stolen property and further investigation led detectives to Chambers.
Cottonwood Police are investigating an officer involved shooting. On Saturday afternoon, Police responded to the Camelot RV Park in the 600 block of North Main Street after a witness reported seeing an armed female subject. Officers found her with 2 handguns walking down Main Street. Spokesman Sergeant Gareth Braxton says attempts to taser the 60 year old woman were unsuccessful:
Police believe the woman was upset about being evicted from her long time home.