Yavapai County Superior Court Division 2 Judge Robert Brutinel is being considered for the Arizona Supreme Court. Brutinel, who has served on the Yavapai County Superior Court since 1996, is one of 13 applicants for a vacancy created by Justice Michael Ryan’s retirement on August 6th. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review the applications and hear comments at a public meeting on September 13th. At that time, the Commission will decide which applicants will be interviewed for the opening. The meeting will be held at the Arizona State Courts Building in Phoenix, 1501 West Washington, Conference Room 345 starting at 10 am. Citizens can address the Commission at that time or send written comments to 1501 West Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, Arizona 85007. Comments must be received by September 6th to be considered.
Motorists can expect delays on Highway 89A this week. The delays are the result of periodic lane closures, one lane in each direction for eastbound and westbound traffic now through Friday. Asphalt Paving and Supply is reminding the public the speed limit on Highway 89A has been reduced to 55 miles per hour through the construction site.
Arizona Department of Transportation crews have completed paving between milepost 331 and 337 as part of the 89A Mingus West Curve Improvement and Pavement Preservation Project, but project work will continue at the Curve to install a retaining wall and improve drainage. Work hours are 5 am to 7 pm Monday through Thursday. A flagger will be on site during construction to direct traffic and provide a safe work zone. Drivers should expect brief delays during work hours.
Prescott College has been named a Best of the West College by the Princeton Review. Officials note the school is one of 120 institutions the review recommends in its Best in the West list in its “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” updated this month on the Review’s website, princetonreview.com. According to Robert Franek, Senior Vice President of Publishing, they are recommending Prescott College to users of the site as one of the best schools at which to earn undergrad degrees.
Collectively, the 623 colleges named as Regional Best constitutes about 25 percent of the nation’s 2500 four year colleges.
Yavapai College has started the Fall semester with soaring enrollments. College officials report as of Sunday, the headcount stood at more than 7800 students, up over 4 percent from the same day a year ago. The full time student equivalent statistic was up nearly 11 percent over last Fall. The huge increase in the number of students and the number of classes for which they registered is in stark contrast to last year’s numbers, which were flat compared to 2008. College officials attribute the increase to a variety of factors, including changes in enrollment management practices that made the process more user friendly, a national trend pointing to higher college enrollments due to a poor job market and some new marketing initiatives. The figures are expected to change slightly, but not by much, as the standard registration period ends and students add and drop classes during the first week.
Legislative District One Representative Andy Tobin is hoping to continue on to the November General Election. Tobin has represented the District since 2007 and in today’s Primary, he faces former Chino Valley Mayor Karen Fann and Noel Campbell. Tobin explains voters are concerned about the state budget crisis:
His fellow Representative, Lucy Mason is prohibited from seeking reelection, but she says she is endorsing one of Tobin’s challengers:
Fann, who was a guest on yesterday’s Q&A with Sandy Moss on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM yesterday, explains she is a little nervous about the election:
The 2 winning candidates will take on Democrat Lindsey Bell on November 2nd.
Voters have a wide variety of candidates to choose from in today’s Congressional District 1 Primary. Candidates running in this race include Bradley Beauchamp, Rusty Bowers, Paul Gosar, Sydney Hay, Joe Jaraczeswski, John Jensen, Steve Mehta and Thomas Zaleski.
Beauchamp explains he has been talking with voters all over the District:
Beauchamp has ranked 1st in a survey among Yavapai Tea Party members as to who they would like to see receive the nomination, with 35 percent, followed by Gosar with 27 percent and Sydney Hay with 11. Bowers says with 8 candidates, this race can get a bit crowded:
The winner in this election will face Democrat Incumbent Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick in November.
Yavapai County voters should check to make sure their polling place is still the same as in the last election. According to Elections Director Lynn Constabile, the County used to have 95 polling places, but due to the big turnout for early voting and voting by mail, a lot of people aren’t going to polls anymore. Polling places have been cut down to 50, so there may have been a change from 2 years ago. Constabile says ID is required wherever someone goes to cast their ballot:
Constabile adds ballots cannot be sent in at this point:
Voters who are unsure of their polling place can check online at co.yavapai.az.us or on the sample ballots that have been sent out or call 771-3248.
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