Bill's Daily Roundup: Arrests, Water Resource Study, More

11 April 2011  
Two alleged auto burglars arrested, road projects and how the recent weather will benefit the fire season.

bill_sfpeaksA regional water resources study is scheduled to be published this week. According to the United States Geological Survey Arizona Water Science Center in Tucson, this Computer Groundwater Flow Model could have broad implications for future water use within the Northern Arizona region. Information from the USGS website indicates the 3 dimensional model was designed to provide a quantitative estimate of groundwater flow among the major river basins of Northern Arizona and enable communities to incorporate local scale models into the regional groundwater flow system. Interim Prescott City Manager Craig McConnell describes the model as a general framework that together with the subsequent addition of more detailed, local scale models will improve scientific understanding of the complex geo-hydrology typical of Northern Arizona.

Two alleged auto burglars have been arrested. According to Prescott Police, officers were called out to the area of the 1500 block of Campbell Avenue regarding a report of suspicious activity and possible auto burglary. Eighteen year old Michai Fischer and 19 year old James Doran, both of Prescott were contacted with a large duffle bag full of items. Both individuals were apparently checking for unlocked vehicles last Wednesday after dark through the early morning hours Thursday. The suspects started at the Fry’s grocery store parking lot on Fair Street and worked their way north on Willow Creek Road, going up and down streets to the east of Willow Creek and as far north as Prescott Heights Drive. The suspects have been arrested on 20 counts of burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools.

Drainage improvements are scheduled to get underway today. According to the Yavapai County Public Works Department, the improvements are taking place on Bertha Street in Black Canyon City. To facilitate this construction, this street will be closed to all traffic between Kings Way and Wanda Drive during construction, which is set to run through July 9th.

As for the Clubhouse Drive project in Prescott, the plans are complete and bid advertising took place last month. Bids were opened last Thursday and the contract is expected to be awarded later this month.

Qwest, Unisource Gas and Cable One have completed relocation work and APS will relocate their facility during Phase 1 of the road construction.

The Dewey Humboldt Town Council will hold a study session at noon tomorrow. Council will hold a closed executive session to interview Town Manager finalist Melinda Carlton by telephone or video conference. After returning to open session, Council will discuss the Manager recruitment process and may give direction to staff. At 2, Council will meet in a special session to consider such items as an Emergency Response Plan, the Kachina Place Capital Project, a speed limit for substandard roads and the purchase of a historic Humboldt map. All sessions will be held in Council Chambers on south Highway 69.

At 1 tomorrow, the Prescott/Yavapai Enterprise Zone Commission meets in the Prescott City Manager’s Conference Room on South Cortez Street to hear a Zone Program update.

At 2 this afternoon, the Central Yavapai Fire District Board will meet in a closed executive session to discuss Training Center drainage and an employment contract with the new Fire Chief. The contract will be discussed during open session, as will a Fiscal Year 2012 Budget update, a Master Fire Protection contract, a Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Award and a SWAT Paramedic Intergovernmental Agreement with the Prescott Valley Police Department. The meeting will be held at the center on East Valley Road in Prescott Valley.

The weekend snowstorm caused its share of closures and cancellations. The Arizona Department of Transportation closed northbound Interstate 17 between the Sedona turnoff, the Highway 179 interchange and Flagstaff at 5:30 Saturday morning. That portion of the roadway was reopened at 1:15 that afternoon. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Outler says the moisture from the storm should help the dry forests:

According to Prescott Field Operations Director Chad McDowell, streets crews started snow removal at 2 Saturday morning and remained on alert for the rest of the weekend.

The Special Olympics Regional Competition, which had been scheduled to take place Saturday, was cancelled for the year. The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary has rescheduled its Breakfast with the Tiger Event to Saturday, April 30th from 9 to 10:30 am.

Bill Monroe

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