The MATForce Speaker’s Bureau will be receiving an award. Yesterday Governor Jan Brewer and the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism announced the winners of the 2011 Volunteer Service Awards. Eleven recipients have been honored, including the Speaker’s Bureau in the Adult Group Category. The awards were established in 2002 to recognize and thank Arizonans who have given their time and talents to help address community needs important to Arizona. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges based on criteria of need, action, innovation and impact. The winners will be honored at a luncheon in Phoenix hosted by the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. MATForce, Yavapai County’s Substance Abuse Coalition makes speakers available for schools, businesses, civic groups, agencies and organizations.
The Better Business Bureau is warning residents of an e-mail scam. Bureau officials note typical phishing scammers pose as reputable companies to fraudulently obtain personal information. In the case of the Epsilon Data Breach scam, an e-mail from a fake Chase Bank warns that an account will be deactivated or deleted if the customer profile is not updated immediately. Those who suspect they have received this type of e-mail should never reply to it and don’t click on any links, as this is a way to spread a viral attack and don’t give personal or financial information via e-mail even if the sender claims they are from the bank, the IRS or a law enforcement agency, as these businesses will not ask for this information via e-mail. They will most likely send that person a letter.
The Prescott Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meets at 2 this afternoon. The Board will hear updates on the Fiscal Year 2012 budget, a concessionaire and trails, including a donation and improvements and status reports on the second Kuebler Field and Pioneer Park improvements and will discuss directional signage, department personnel changes, damages to park restrooms and consequences, advertising in City utility bills regarding the camping season opening and mountain bikes added to rental options and automated payment kiosks at City lakes. The total parking revenue to date this fiscal year is more than 91 thousand dollars. The meeting will be held at the Grace Sparkes Activity Center on East Gurley Street.
Also in Prescott at 2 this afternoon, the Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee meets at the Administrative Services Building on Fair Street to discuss the United States Geological Study Groundwater Model.
The Prescott Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 9 tomorrow morning. Requests that are part of the hearing include amendment of a Conditional Use Permit to allow all food items to be sold from a cart in the 200 block of South Montezuma Street and a Conditional Use Permit for a new car wash facility in the 900 block of East Gurley Street. The hearing will be held in City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.
At 3:45 this afternoon, the Humboldt Unified School District Meet and Confer Committees will discuss the state and local economy, student enrollment and finances; health benefits, wages, position classifications and between meeting assignments. The meeting will be held at the District Office Conference Room on Robert Road in Prescott Valley.
Prescott College will host its 3rd annual Earth Day Festival tomorrow. This free event, which is open to the public, runs from 11 to 3 at the Crossroads Courtyard on Grove Avenue. Prescott Water Conservation Coordinator Shaun Rydell explains this event is tied in to the City’s Water Conservation Awareness Month:
On Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5, The Spot Children’s Museum will host a special Earth Day celebration. With the 3 dollar paid admission, there will be a special kids’ upcycle art project attendees can participate in. Children must be accompanied by an adult at The Spot, which is located at the Prescott Gateway Mall. For more information on this celebration, go online to the spotmuseum.org.
A Cordes Lakes man has died following a motorcycle accident on Highway 87. According to Captain Stephen Harris with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, 58 year old Douglas King died north of Payson around 1 Sunday afternoon after his motorcycle crossed into the northbound lanes of Highway 87, striking a pickup head-on.
King was riding parallel with another motorcyclist in the southbound lane near Milepost 273, 3 miles north of the town of Strawberry when the outside motorcycle drifted left. When this happened, King, who was closest to the center line, was forced to cross into northbound traffic, says Harrison, and in doing so, he struck the truck and was ejected from his motorcycle. The other motorcyclist suffered a broken ankle.
The Prescott City Council is looking at more options for the Rosser Street Improvements Phase 2 project. Yesterday Council held a workshop to discuss options for traffic calming in the Cliff Rose subdivision and the possible removal of existing traffic calming on Rosser in the Meadows subdivision. Transportation Coordinating Committee representative Al Williams told Council the calming devices, with some modifications must remain in place and that the proposed installation of solar radar signs does not provide the same results as traffic calming. Williams says he was not aware Council was seeking further options other than the ones provided:
Council also discussed stop signs on Copper Basin Road. Council appeared to be focused on Copper Basin at Hassayampa Drive and Highland Avenue for the stop signs, but some members of the audience asked for signs at Highland and Pine Knoll Drive due to safety concerns. Traffic Engineer Ian Mattingly explains the stop signs have been an ongoing issue:
Residents from both the Rosser Street and Copper Basin Road areas were present at the workshop.