It’s time to clean up in Cottonwood. The City is hosting a clean-up event through Friday at the Transfer Station, located on Mingus Avenue. This event is open to all Cottonwood residents at no charge with proof of residency. Items that will be accepted include construction debris, brush, car and truck tires, furniture, mattresses, water heaters, stoves and electronics such as TV’s and computer monitors. Items that won’t be accepted include concrete, rocks, dirt, all liquids, hazardous waste, heavy equipment and freon appliances. No commercial dumping will be allowed and the size of each load will be limited to a large pickup truck. Each resident will be limited to 2 loads. First come, first served, the free event will end when the budget limit is met. Transfer station hours are 8 am to 3 pm today and noon to 5 tomorrow and Friday. For more information, call City of Cottonwood Public Works at (928) 634-8033.
Humboldt Schools are closed today and tomorrow
The Humboldt Unified School District won’t hold classes Thursday and Friday, but the Prescott and Chino Valley Unified School Districts will be on delays. As teachers statewide prepare for a walk-out over a dedicated funding source for a 20 percent raise, Humboldt Superintendent Daniel Streeter says officials have decided on school closures today and Friday. Streeter says the closures are only for 2 days for now. Streeter says they will be keeping an eye on the instructional minutes. Streeter explains other activities will go on as planned.
Prescott Unified School District times are 2 hours later than usual today. Before School Breakfast won’t be served and dismissal of school in the afternoon will be at the regular time. Buses will arrive 2 hours later than usual. On Friday, schools will let out at a similar time as Early Release Wednesdays. All afternoon activities are cancelled except for sports practices. Chino Valley schools will be on a 3 hour early release today; schools are always closed Friday.
The 3 hour early release day in the Chino Valley Unified School District is prompting the rescheduling of some activities. The Territorial Early Childhood Center Kindergarten field trip to Bearizona has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 10th. The 1st Grade field trip to Heritage Park Zoo has been postponed. Principal Brandi Cox is working with the zoo to determine a future date for the field trip. The afternoon pre-school session has been cancelled. At Del Rio Elementary, the 4th grade field trip to Sharlot Hall Museum will still take place as scheduled. The Heritage Middle School 7th and 8th Grade dance has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 9th from 5:30 to 7 pm.
Trolley Tour bus fire
Sedona Fire District officials are working to determine what caused a trolley tour bus fire. While responding to a medical emergency Monday morning, an engine company came across a bus that had caught on fire on Highway 179 near the Village of Oak Creek. Crews quickly notified the Dispatch Center of the situation and went to work on putting out the fire. According to Investigator Rick Evans, the fire was confined to the engine compartment, but due to the large amount of electrical wiring, fuel source and other equipment, they weren’t able to pinpoint the exact cause of the fire. There was only one injury; a passenger suffered a twisted ankle while exiting the bus.
Highway 89 Delays
Watch for delays on Highway 89 in Yarnell due to lane closures and parking restrictions. The closures and restrictions are planned on a 2 mile stretch of the roadway due to pavement preservation work that’s scheduled for 7 am to 5 pm today. Eighty-nine will be narrowed to 1 lane in each direction with partial closures. Flaggers will be in place directing traffic. On-street parallel parking will be restricted until work is complete. No Friday or weekend work is planned. Meanwhile, on Highway 89 in Prescott, crews have been conducting asphalt paving operations between the 89A and Pioneer Parkway interchange and Granite Dells. The highway is closed to through traffic from 7 tonight to 6 tomorrow morning while this work is underway.