Tonight’s H1N1 vaccination clinics have been cancelled. Yavapai County Community Health Services officials report because production has been slow for the new vaccine, clinics scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Prescott Health Department on Commerce Drive and the County Complex on 6th Street in Cottonwood will not go on as scheduled. Depending on the availability of the vaccine, clinics are scheduled to be held on Saturday from 9 to 1 at both locations. Information on the virus, vaccine and immunization consent forms is available at yavapaihealth.com.
As for another cancellation, Prescott National Forest fire management officials will not be conducting the Kendall Camp prescribed burn this week due to unfavorable weather conditions. The burn was scheduled to take place 6 miles south of Prescott and one mile south of the community of Groom Creek. The project totaled 750 acres.
Arizona Public Service employees are teaming up with local first responders for a rescue drill. APS employees are partnering with the Central Yavapai Fire District and others to understand the seriousness of working around downed high voltage electric lines, especially in emergency situations. Officials note the drill will be one scene with two critical situations. A lineman working from a bucket truck will suffer severe injury from an energized line as a result of another pole being hit by a vehicle. The vehicle will be subject to the line resting on it, preventing immediate rescue or escape. A rescue will be performed from the top of a power pole while crews will work to de-energize the line on the vehicle to safely remove the crash victim. The drill is set to start at 10 tomorrow morning at the District training center on Valley Road in Prescott Valley.
The Prescott Unified School District will host a public forum on communication at 5:30 tonight. Superintendent Kevin Kapp will discuss the District website, while computer technician Beth Zachary will discuss the Power School program. Other presentations will be made by Granite Mountain Middle School Principal Stephanie Hillig and Lincoln School Principal’s secretary Rita Brammer. The forum will be held at Mile High Middle School’s Hendrix Auditorium.
Cocaine has been recovered in Cottonwood. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Bureau Special Crimes Unit Detectives had developed information regarding alleged cocaine sales from a home in the 6900 block of River Run Drive in Cottonwood. As a result of the investigation, detectives arrested 49 year old Francisco Rendon for possession of a narcotic drug for sale. Two baggies of cocaine, each over one and a half grams were located inside a spark plug box. Clear plastic packaging baggies were stored nearby. A plastic bag containing over 88 grams of cocaine along with a digital scale were located hidden in a car starter body stored with various auto parts inside the garage. Rendon admitted to selling cocaine to supplement his income.
At 3 this afternoon, the Prescott City Council will consider a resolution supporting the incorporation of the Town of Williamson Valley. Last week representatives were before Council to discuss incorporation of the Town, which has an estimated population of 5,000 people. The Committee has received enough signatures from residents to place incorporation on the August 24th, 2010 ballot and plan on presenting a petition to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors in February. Committee Chairwoman Georgene Lockwood says annexation is not an option:
If the incorporation is approved by voters, city staff would provide cost estimates for police and sanitation services. The area would continue to be serviced by the Central Yavapai Fire District.
A hiker has been rescued from a Sedona rock ledge. A Yavapai County Forest Patrol Deputy who arrived off Dry Creek Road in Sedona notified the Verde Search and Rescue Posse Hasty Team to assist in locating the stranded hiker. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says the 25 year old climber was stranded for more than 9 hours, and a mechanical anchor system had to be established utilizing bolts driven into the rock:
Rescue personnel rappelled down to the ledge and safely rappelled the hiker down to ground level. He was uninjured and not appropriately dressed or equipped for the type of activity he had been engaged in.