Bill's Daily Roundup: Back to School in Chino, Canine Leptospirosis, More

16 August 2010  
The Sundogs have added a new defenseman; two dogs have been diagnosed with canine leptospirosis in Camp Verde, and back to school for Chino Valley.    
billcvbacktoschoolThe Arizona Sundogs have added a new defenseman.  Last season 26 year old Mike Novosad skated in 44 games with Sherbrooke Saint Francois in Quebec last season, collecting 6 goals and 26 assists.  The 6 foot 1, 205 pound defenseman also skated with Sherbrooke during the 2007-2008 season, notching 20 points in 50 games.  During the 2008-2009 season, Novosad skated overseas with France’s top league.  The Sundogs plan on holding a press conference Wednesday afternoon at 2 to make an announcement on the upcoming season and to introduce new defenseman Tyler Butler.   The conference will be held inside Tim’s Toyota Center and attendees are encouraged to enter through the Team Store.



Two cases of canine leptospirosis have been discovered in Camp Verde. Yavapai County Public Health officials are investigating an irrigation ditch that allegedly sickened two Cottonwood area dogs with harmful bacteria.   Both dogs were taken to the veterinarian after exhibiting signs of decreased appetite, increased thirst and urination and dehydration.  One dog had to be euthanized after kidney failure while the other dog is recovering.  According to County Health Officer Robert Resendes, leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects both humans and animals.  In late 2008, two Cottonwood area dogs were diagnosed with the disease after swimming in the Verde River.

The Chino Valley School District starts its school year today.  During an appearance last week on Q and A with Sandy Moss on KQNA, Police Commander Mark Garcia indicated because Chino Valley is so rural, a lot of kids walk to school or ride their bikes, so motorists need to be cautious.  Garcia has some tips for parents of kids who will be walking to school:

Motorists are reminded they must stop for anyone in a school crosswalk, regardless of which direction they are traveling and unless they are on a divided highway, all drivers must also stop for school buses that have their red lights flashing and the stop sign displayed.

Upcoming district events include an open house at Chino Valley High School at 5 and a Parent Information Night at Del Rio School at 6 on Tuesday, August 24th.

Motorists can expect delays on Highway 89A this week.  Periodic lane closures, one in each direction for east and westbound traffic, are part of the ongoing Granite Dells Parkway Traffic Interchange Project.  The closures will be in effect today through Friday.  Also in Prescott, preparations are underway for Phase 2 of the Rosser Street Reconstruction Project, which will be bid in November.  This project includes replacement of the aged and deteriorating asphalt pavement, upgrade of the old water system, extension of the existing sewer main and installation of traffic calming features.  Unisource Gas Company has completed locating gas lines and Arizona Public Service has been on site verifying the locations of various underground electrical, telephone and cable television lines.

The Prescott Arizona Centennial City Committee meets at 1 this afternoon.  Reports will be presented from the Comptroller, Outreach, Legacy and Local Projects and Media and Promotions Standing Committees, the Executive Committee and Ad Hoc Groups.  The Committee will also discuss the resignation of member Lora Lopas and a Yavapai College vacancy.  The meeting will be held in City Council chambers.




Lynne LaMaster