Closures of Viewpoint Drive at highway 89A start this Sunday. The Arizona Department of Transportation will close the north and southbound lanes of Viewpoint from 8 pm to 5 Monday morning, and again from 8 Thursday night to 5 next Friday morning. The street will be closed as crews work on the new overpass bridge. Motorists traveling southbound on Viewpoint Drive can take westbound 89A to Glassford Hill Road. At the exit, they can turn left to travel under the interchange and reenter eastbound 89A to access southbound Viewpoint. Drivers who wish to access Fain Road or south Robert Road will be required to detour on Glassford Hill instead of Viewpoint to turn around and head towards the Robert and Fain Roads intersection.
A missing Chino Valley resident has been found dead. Police had been seeking the public’s help in locating 57 year old Jeffrey Bratz, who was last seen on Saturday, July 16th at his home on east Road 4 South. Police conducted a primary search of his residence and the surrounding area after his disappearance was reported on Tuesday. A secondary, widespread search was conducted on vacant acreage east of Highway 89. With assistance from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Bratz’s body was located on that acreage in high weeds. The circumstances surrounding this death are currently under investigation and the cause and manner of death will be determined by the County Medical Examiner.
Yavapai County will not be awarded National Food and Shelter Program funding this fiscal year. According to Emergency Management representatives, the National Program Board employs a formula using data from Bureau of Labor Statistics and poverty level figures to determine 2011 funding. Yavapai County didn’t meet the required threshold percentages of either unemployment or poverty level rates to qualify for funding. Jurisdictions qualify for funding if their number of unemployed is 300 people or more with an 11.5 percent rate of unemployment and a 14.4 percent rate of poverty. The Food and Shelter Program was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations that help people in need of emergency assistance. Last year, the County received 126 thousand dollars that was distributed to 29 non-profit organizations.
Prescott’s historic Whiskey Row has received a special honor. Whiskey Row has been named number 10 in the list of the Top 25 Urban Places to visit in Arizona by AAA Highroads Magazine in its July/August issue. City officials note the publication has undertaken a multi-issue campaign to highlight 100 of the state’s best offerings in 4 different categories, including Quintessential, Urban, Historical and Festive as a way to generate excitement and pay tribute to the upcoming State Centennial on February 12th, 2012. According to the magazine, though Whiskey Row is now much more tame than in past decades, it still attracts a great number of visitors and residents to its shops, live music, bars and restaurants. Sedona’s Chapel of the Holy Cross is ranked at Number 8 in the same category.
Two people have been airlifted to a Phoenix hospital following a single vehicle rollover accident. According to Prescott Valley Police, the accident took place yesterday morning at about 11 on Highway 69 just north of Bradshaw Mountain Road. A vehicle that was in the slow lane swerved into the fast lane, causing the driver of a Jeep to take evasive action. Once the driver entered the painted median, the driver lost control and crossed back over both northbound lanes of 69. The Jeep then went into a ditch and the driver, 46 year old Dewey-Humboldt resident Kenneth Perkins was ejected. The passenger, 34 year old Jason Metiva also of Dewey-Humboldt was airlifted to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix along with Perkins. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt. The occupants of the other vehicle were not injured and impairment is not believed to be a factor, but it is not known why that vehicle entered the fast lane.
A development transfer agreement for the Stoneridge development will be before the Prescott Valley Town Council for consideration. Last night, Council discussed the agreement with the Phoenix based M3 Companies to take over for Stoneridge developer Suncor, which intends to file for bankruptcy. Homeowners have raised concerns over the bankruptcy due to a bond repayment totaling 14.8 million dollars. Managing Partner Bill Brownlee told Council M3 is committed to making this project successful and that they were probably about 90 to 100 days away from a heavy marketing campaign. Brownlee explains how M3 got involved in this transfer effort:
Brownlee says Suncor is negotiating with a third party for the Development’s golf course, so that will not be a part of the agreement that will be before Council during its voting session next Thursday. M3 developed the Prescott Lakes and American Ranch subdivisions in the Prescott area.