Bill's Roundup: BestFest and Fire Dept. Drills

17 August 2011  
Best Fest has some awesome entertainment coming to Prescott; and the local emergency personnel have a preparedness drill.

blackhawkThe Arizona Sundogs have acquired another player. The Sundogs have announced in conjunction with the Missouri Mavericks that the rights to David Nimmo have been traded in exchange for future considerations for the upcoming season. Last season, Nimmo recorded 42 points in 56 games for the Allen Americans with 16 goals and 26 assists. He was sent to Missouri in the off-season. The 29 year old Nimmo is a former CHL Rookie of the Year after scoring 84 points in 64 games with the Amarillo Gorillas in 2007-2008. His rookie year was followed by stints in the East Coast Hockey League and overseas in England.

On Monday, Sundogs defenseman and Team Captain Tyler Butler and forward Luke Erickson played hosts to a couple of kids from Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters. The 2 visited with the children for a while before taking the kids for a private tour of the Sundogs locker room. The kids left with autographed pucks and youth jerseys. The 6th season of Sundogs hockey starts at Tim’s Toyota Center on Friday, October 21st.

Today at 5 is the deadline to apply for a Chino Valley Unified School District Board vacancy. The opening was created by the death of longtime Board member Bob Kaecker in June. A letter of interest should be delivered to County School Superintendent Tim Carter’s office on Fair Street in Prescott. The applicant should include information about themselves, why they want to be a Board member, residence and mailing addresses and home and work phone numbers. This will be the 2nd Board position to be filled due to the death of a member. Bagdad Unified School District Board member Ron Long passed away in May and Laura Phelps has been appointed to that position, which expires on December 31st of next year. Kaecker’s term also expires on that day.

Arizona Department of Transportation crews will close the north and southbound lanes of Viewpoint Drive from 8 tonight to 5 tomorrow morning. The road will be closed to traffic at the junction of Highway 89A due to work on the new bridge. A clearly marked detour will guide traffic through the construction zone. Motorists driving north on Viewpoint will travel east on 89A to the paved crossover, make a u-turn and access northbound Viewpoint from westbound 89A.
Southbound traffic on Viewpoint will travel west on 89A to Glassford Hill Road and travel under the traffic interchange to access eastbound 89A and southbound Viewpoint. The construction detour will be clearly marked by temporary barricades and signage. Viewpoint will be reduced to 1 lane in each direction at 8 tomorrow night until 5 Friday morning to provide a safe work zone as crews continue work on the bridge superstructure.

The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Board meets at 6 tonight. The Board will consider an amendment to the Fiscal Years 2012 to 2016 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program. This is a 5 year program that covers the most immediate implementation priorities for transportation projects and strategies. The Board will also consider a Request for a Statement of Qualifications for the Transportation Plan Update. This update will be prepared for the 25 year planning horizon validating and updating the existing 2030 Plan, which was previously adopted by the Board. The update will include a transit component. The Board will also receive a Fiscal Year End Final Financial Update during the meeting, which will be held in the Yavapai County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street in Prescott.

An all-star lineup is coming to the Arizona Best Fest in Prescott. Event organizers have announced the main stage lineup on Friday, September 16th is scheduled to feature Nils Lofgren and rock veterans The Tubes, who started in Phoenix; on Saturday, September 17th American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and rhythmic Rock and Blues artist Jerry Riopelle will be featured and on the final day of the event, Sunday, September 18th; Arizona native and Mr.. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton is scheduled to perform. Ken Koziol, Senior Vice President of Entertainment Solutions explains why this event presents some challenges.

A historical musical retrospective titled “Salute to Arizona” is also set for Saturday, September 17th and will be accompanied by a fireworks display. Arizona’s official State Historian Marshall Trimble and official State Balladeer Dolan Ellis are also scheduled to appear on the Main Stage.

The Prescott Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 9 tomorrow morning. Items that will be part of the hearing include a request for a variance to allow encroachment into the rear setback to construct an exterior vestibule for an existing stairway at a residence in the 900 block of East Gurley Street and an appeal of an administrative decision relating to certain sections relating to certain Land Development Code sections. A complaint was received by Code Enforcement regarding a fence being built on property in the 200 block of North Pleasant Street. The property owner has filed an appeal, but City staff feels the denial of the permit should be upheld, since the property owner started installation of the fence before a permit was granted. The meeting will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.

At City Hall from 1 to 3:30 this afternoon, a free Tax Seminar and Training will be held on the Construction Contracting Tax Code. This is the 3rd and final seminar on the Tax Code hosted by the City’s Tax and Licensing Division. The other sessions focused on Residential and Commercial Rental Tax and Retail Sales Tax.

A Regional Mass Casualty Incident Exercise is being called a success. The Prescott Fire Department hosted the exercise, which was held at Ernest A. Love Field yesterday morning and involved more than 100 participants from over 25 regional agencies. Fire Department spokesman Eric Kriwer explains what scenario was presented. Kriwer also explains what will happen next following the exercise.

Kriwer adds the Air National Guard also responded as well. The agencies functioned to work together and attempted to make the response better not only at the Airport, but also at other mass casualty incidents. Other agencies that participated included the Prescott Airport Department, the Central Yavapai, Chino Valley, Mayer and Groom Creek Fire Districts, the Civil Air Patrol and the Federal Aviation Administration. A mass casualty incident is described as an event with critical injuries or deaths exceeding the normal response capability of an Emergency Medical Services organization. Examples of mass casualty emergencies include a bus accident, a large weather related event or acts of terrorism.

Bill Monroe

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