Another Arizona Sundogs player is returning to the team. The Sundogs have announced that 7 year forward Craig MacDonald will play during the upcoming season, which starts in October. The 28 year old MacDonald was acquired last season in a trade that sent Jason Williams and Billy Bezeau to the Bloomington Prairie Thunder. In 20 games with the team, he scored 5 goals and added 15 assists and finished the year with 31 points in 50 games. From 2006 to 2009, he skated for the New Mexico Scorpions of the Central Hockey League, averaging nearly a point per game. The 2009-2010 season saw MacDonald get 44 goals, 46 assists and 90 points for the Prairie Thunder, all career highs. He joins returning Sundogs players Luke Erickson, Kyle Hood and Tyler Butler, as well as new forward Daymen Rycroft.
For more on this story, see: MacDonald Returns to Sundogs for 2011-12
A Master Plan amendment will be before the Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission at 9 tomorrow morning. City officials note the Plan amendment for the Preserve at Prescott would change the number of lots in Phase 4 as well as the proposed housing type and it would provide public ownership of the open space tracts with trail connectivity. The Preserve is a multi-phased subdivision that contains multiple unit plats and Phase 4 is proposed to be redesigned to accommodate a higher density residential type, such as patio homes. This proposal will result in 21 additional lots, no increase in the 144 lots originally proposed for this development and improved trails and open space connectivity within the Downer Trail area. Consideration and a public hearing will take place in Council chambers on South Cortez Street.
Cottonwood Police have started assessing administrative post storage hearing fees. According to Police officials, Council recently voted to allow the Department to assess these fees when vehicles are towed and impounded according to Arizona law. State Statute provides that law enforcement agencies shall tow and impound vehicles for a period of 30 days under certain circumstances. Over the past several years, Police have not enacted a provision that allows assessment of a 150 dollar Post Storage Hearing Fee. The hearing allows a vehicle to be released before or after the 30 days, depending on certain conditions. Sergeant Gareth Braxton states the fee will cover operating costs associated with enforcing traffic stops, towing the vehicle from the scene, associated paperwork and conducting and staffing hearings as they occur.
The Yavapai Humane Society’s July Pick Your Price event now includes kittens. Those looking to adopt any dog over 1 year old or 15 pounds and any cat over 6 months old can pick their price. One year ago, 146 cats and 112 dogs were adopted and this year’s goal is to increase that number to at least 300. Kittens have been included as a result of the Society quickly running low on adult cats. Society representatives are encouraging the public to meet cats and kittens at Betty’s Cattery on Sundog Ranch Road or at the Cat Adoption Center inside Petsmart on Highway 69 in Prescott. All animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped and examined by a vet before they can be adopted. Normal adoption fees range from 35 to 120 dollars based on the age and type of animal.
The City of Prescott is seeking volunteer park rangers. Individuals who enjoy hiking, biking and value an environmentally clean park and trails system can join the City’s team to become the eyes and ears of the City. Officials note volunteers are critical to ensure that facilities and natural resources in parks and trails are maintained at the highest level. Rangers will train with Park staff and the Police and Fire Departments on Park issues, safety and First Aid training. For more information, call 777-1588 or visit the Parks and Recreation office, located in the Grace Sparkes Activity Center at 824 East Gurley Street.