Bill's Daily Roundup: Cellphones And Sirens, And A Beach Party

29 August 2009  
Lost hikers, Sharlot Hall and the Smithsonian, and a Beach Party! All this and more in Bill's Daily Roundup.

cellphoneA cell phone and a police siren are being credited in helping with a quick rescue. Last Sunday, a woman called the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, indicating she had just received a phone call from one of her sons, explaining his group of hikers was lost in the Village of Oak Creek. Deputies learned the foursome began hiking before nightfall from the Baldwin Trailhead located at the end of Verde Valley School Road. They got lost in the darkness attempting to reach the trailhead. Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says the deputy was able to contact one of the hikers by cell phone:

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The hikers, who are Yavapai County residents and range in age from 16 to 20 years old, were located on the trail in good condition at 1:30 Monday morning. They were later reunited with family members.

The Sharlot Hall Museum is partnering with Smithsonian Magazine. Sharlot Hall is participating in the 5th annual Museum Day on Saturday, September 26th by offering free admission to visitors who present Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day card at the admissions desk. The card is available in the September issue of the magazine and a downloadable version is available online at smithsonianmag.com. Museum Day involves museums and cultural institutions nationwide in a celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge. Officials note some 200,000 people attended this event across the nation last year. The Sharlot Hall Museum is located on West Gurley Street in downtown Prescott.

District One Congresswoman Anne Kirkpatrick has announced more than $72,000 for Yavapai–Prescott law enforcement. The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services will be making the funds available to help the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe better meet their public safety needs. The Tribal Resources Grant Program supports Native American law enforcement agencies by funding the salary and benefits of additional police officers, along with basic equipment, crime fighting technology and training. According to Kirkpatrick, she is very pleased the Tribe, along with other tribes and law enforcement agencies in the District, are receiving funding. The funds are part of more than 19 million dollars being allocated to enhance local law enforcement infrastructure and community policing.

Two Prescott boards will meet on Monday. At 10, the Fire Board of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System will meet in a closed executive session. Discussion items include consideration of entries into the system for Fire Engineer Dan Sanders and Captain William Short. Sanders’ entry has an effective date of May 31st with an estimated monthly benefit of $3400. Short’s entry has an effective date of August 1st with an estimated monthly benefit of $4200. The meeting will be held at the City’s Human Resources Conference Room on South Marina Street.

The Parks and Recreation Board meets at 2 for a fee workshop. The meeting will be held at the Prescott Public Library on East Goodwin Street.

A Cottonwood man has been sentenced to prison. On July 29th, 26 year old Nicholas Tavasci was found guilty of 5 counts of aggravated driving under the influence and 1 count of criminal damage. In addition, Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley found the defendant guilty of the misdemeanor of failure to notify an owner of an accident. On Tuesday, Tavasci was sentenced to 1 year in prison for a charge of criminal damage, 4 months in prison for aggravated driving under the influence and 20 days in jail for the misdemeanor offense. On February 28th, Tavasci crashed into the driveway pillars of a Cottonwood home before fleeing the scene. He has also been ordered to pay $801 in restitution.

Area residents are invited to hit the beach tomorrow. Prescott Valley’s Downtown Entertainment District will host its 4th annual Beach Party from 10 am to 9 pm. Attractions include kid safety activities, the Buck Up for Wounded Warrior Mechanical Bull Bash, a beach and water slides; a Radio Controlled Flying Air Show and a Creative Energy Fair preview. Community Services Manager Al Sengstock explains why this preview event is being held:

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Sengstock adds a wind powered generator will also be featured:

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The preview runs from 10 to 3 and attendees can learn about such topics as solar, wind, tax and energy credits; net zero building and rainwater harvesting. The 2nd annual Fair is set to occur on September 26th at Tim’s Toyota Center. The Beach Party will also feature a free concert by Mac Daddy from 4 to 6.


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