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Bill's Daily Roundup: World AIDS Day, Christmas Lights, More

29 November 2011  
Bill brings news about this week's recognition of World AIDS Day and tonight's sneak peek at the Christmas Tree Lighting.

christmaslightingThe Citizens Tax Committee will host its annual meeting at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon. Matthew Ladner, the Senior Advisor to the Foundation for Excellence in Education is the scheduled guest speaker. Ladner is one of the nation’s leading experts on school choice, charter schools and special education reform. The meeting will be held in the Prescott Public Library’s Founders Suite at 215 East Goodwin Street.

Speaking of schools, a tour of the Welding Joint Technical Education District program at Ash Fork High School will take place from 9 to 11 tomorrow morning. This Students in Action Tour will be hosted by District officials with an opportunity to visit with J-TED students. This program was recently recognized as one of the Outstanding High School Welding Programs in America by the American Welding Society. On Friday morning at 10, the Central Campus Career and Technical Education Day will be held. This event will feature a tour of the Automotive, Pre-engineering and Welding programs. The campus is located on Ruger Road in Prescott.

World AIDS Day events will be held in Prescott this week. An AIDS Walk starts at 5:30 tomorrow night at the Prescott Courthouse Square and a Community Remembrance will follow at 6:30 at the Prescott Methodist Church on West Gurley Street. From 5 to 8 Thursday night, a World AIDS Day Wreath Auction will be held at Monk’s Restaurant on North Cortez Street. Community events will continue next week as Coyote Joe’s on South Montezuma Street will host a benefit concert featuring local musicians from 4 to 10 Sunday night. A 5 dollar donation is being requested. On Monday night at 6, an HIV Educational event will be held at Prescott College’s Crossroads Center on Garden Street. Proceeds from these events go to benefit Northland Cares clinic, a non-profit organization that offers programs and services to individuals with HIV and AIDS who reside in northern Arizona.

The Town of Prescott Valley Streets Department has scheduled crack sealing from 9 to 3 today. Pronghorn Ranch Parkway will be reduced to 1 lane between Viewpoint and Antelope Meadows Drives. Traffic control services will be in place and motorists should plan on delays through the area during this sealing work.

As for the nearby Viewpoint Drive, Public Works Director Norm Davis explains a mile long connector to join the roadway between Manley and Roundup Drives is being designed.

Davis adds this project is funded by the 1/3 cent sales tax for roadway improvements outlined in the 2002 Street Committee Report. Dava and Associates will perform design services totaling more than 274 thousand dollars.

Area residents and visitors can get a sneak peek at the Prescott Courthouse Christmas lights. The lighting doesn’t take place until 6 this Saturday night, but the Prescott Chamber of Commerce has announced it will have the lights on from 5:30 to 6:30 tonight. Chamber Director David Maurer explains how this idea came about.

No formal program will take place. The 57th annual Ceremony will include the lighting of 100 trees in the Courthouse Plaza in honor of the state’s Centennial. Contributions to help fund the lighting project are still being accepted at the Chamber offices on West Goodwin Street. The City of Prescott kicked off the holiday season last weekend with the Holiday Light Parade, which featured 28 entries adorned with Christmas lights in the downtown area. Unisource Energy Services won the award for Best Overall Entry.

Pavement reconstruction is continuing along Fair Street. Crews worked on completion of milling operations from Miller Valley Road to Gail Gardner Way yesterday and they have already finished construction of a headwall at the north end of Mosher Lane. During the early part of this week, traffic delineators adjacent to the headwall will be installed. Motorists should be aware of reduced speeds and narrow lanes from 7 am to 6 pm today and tomorrow. City of Prescott spokesman Kim Kapin explains what else crews are working on.

Over on Williamson Valley Road also from 7 am to 6 pm through Friday, crews are continuing to excavate and backfill shoulders to set the new road grade adjacent to the existing roadway from Shadow Valley Ranch Road to Sidewinder Road. Crews are also forming and pouring footings for new retaining walls and installing sewer mainlines. Kapin explains what impacts this project could have on motorists.

City officials add this work is highly weather dependent and subject to change. For more information, call the Project Hotline at 541-7825.

The Humboldt Unified School District Certified and Classified Meet and Confer Committees will hold a joint meeting at 3:45 this afternoon. On the agenda is a presentation on the Open Meeting Law, election of Committee co-chairs, the Meet and Confer focus and process, discussion on the state and local economy, student enrollment, finance, Meet and Confer topics and a possible staff survey and between meeting assignments. The meeting will be held in the Transportation Training Facility located on Robert Road in Prescott Valley.

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