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Bill's Newscast: Overturned Tractor-Trailer on Mingus Mountain

04 May 2018  
An accident on 89A caused a closure near Jerome. 

PV Town Council has just one item on it’s agenda

It could be a very short night for the Prescott Valley Town Council.  The only item on tonight’s agenda is approval of a special event license for “The Town of Prescott Valley Honors National Guard” parade this Sunday at noon.  This event will honor the Charlie Company Infantry Army National Guard Unit 1-158.  This item has been placed on the consent agenda, meaning it will be approved automatically unless a Council member decides to pull it.  Interested residents are invited to attend the parade, which will be held at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Complex.  Following the parade, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10227 will host a lunch for troops at its 5th Street location.  A 10 dollar donation is suggested for the 2 pm lunch. The Town Council meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.  

Torch Run for the Special Olympics

Representatives from the Prescott and Prescott Valley Police Departments and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office have supported the Torch Run for Special Olympics.  Lieutenant Scott Stebbins, Deputy Chief James Edelstein, Community Services Officer Javier Martinez and Sergeant Jason Kaufman biked and ran the torch through Prescott Valley on its way to the state Special Olympic games.  They were joined by Town of Prescott Valley Information Technology Director Casey Danner.  Yesterday, Deputy Michael Lewis agreed to handle a leg of the route as part of his commitment to represent the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.  Although Lewis is recovering from an injury, he accepted the torch from Prescott Police officer Brandon Gerlach in Skull Valley, then rode 23 miles to the Town of Yarnell.  In Tarnell, the torch was passed to Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper Chris Allard.  The Arizona Special Olympics are taking place at Raymond S. Kellis High School in Glendale today through Saturday.  

Kids are back in school

The school closures in the Humboldt Unified School District have come to an end.  The District shut down its schools a week ago due to the teacher walkouts and have remained closed ever since.  According to Humboldt Unified School District Superintendent Daniel Streeter, all schools are reopening and all normal activities are resuming as of today.  Streeter says students, families and staff have shared concerns they face as the District deals with any changes to the calendar as a result of the closures.  Officials will be working on options for covering required instructional minutes.  

Every option will be explored for meeting the legal mandates and officials will try in every way to minimize the impact on students and families.  There will be no more 1 hour early releases on Wednesday for the rest of the school year.   

Traffic back to normal

Traffic is back to normal on Highway 89A after an overturned semi-truck and trailer causes a closure.  On Monday the Jerome Fire Department found the tractor-trailer blocking the highway on Mingus Mountain with the trailer on the side of a ten foot ravine.  There were 5 wheels suspended about 5 feet off the ground with the 40 thousand pound load of copper slag in bags that were spilling into a wash.  Jerome Fire checked for additional hazards and assisted the Department of Public Safety and ADOT with traffic control.  Eighty-nine A was closed starting at the Fire Station for any traffic headed to the Prescott, Prescott Valley or Chino Valley areas.  A heavy lift tow truck arrived and helped remove the trailer, which was still attached to the truck from the ravine.  The fire crew was placed on standby due to the potential for sparks and fire.  

Underground Drainage issues @ Goodwin & Montezuma

The right turn lane on Goodwin Street at Montezuma Street is closed through at least today while crews repair underground drainage.  Right turns are allowed through the through lane.  Meanwhile, over on the nearby Willis and Cortez Streets intersection, crews have completed installation of concrete crosswalks, access ramps and driveway entrances.  Asphalt paving operations along Willis, from the Cortez intersection to Montezuma are also done.  Crews have been doing landscaping installation this week.  Installation of the new storm drain in the Bashford Alley, between Cortez and the Bashford Courts parking lot is ongoing.  Work hours are 7 am to 7 pm today and tomorrow.  This project is scheduled to be finished later this spring.

Chip seal work

Chip seal work is underway in Yavapai County, so prepare for delays.  Earth Resources is working with the Yavapai County Public Works Department on chip and fog seal operations.  Affected areas include Highland Pines, Ho Kay Gon, Hootenanny Holler, Williamson Valley, Walker, Verde Village and the Village of Oak Creek.  Construction includes placement of the seals and striping on various roads.  Public Works officials say the chip seal is a rapid moving construction method.  One lane of traffic will remain open at all times, but drivers may encounter lane restrictions, reduced speeds and flagging operations.  

Construction is scheduled to run through June 14th.  

 

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