Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has a new Executive Vice President. University President John Johnson has announced Frank Ayers has been selected Vice President for the Prescott campus. Ayers previously served as Chairman of the Flight Training Department in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus. He takes the helm from former Vice President Dan Carrell, who is retiring after a 23 year career at the University. In his new role, Ayers is responsible for leading a campus of more than 1600 students and over 300 employees. Other responsibilities include leadership at the University cabinet level and external relationships with government and industry.
The Prescott Valley Public Library is temporarily closed starting today. Officials note the closure will allow staff to move into the new Library facility on Civic Circle. The last day for the library’s courtesy cart service was Friday, but the Library book drop at the Civic Center will remain available for all patrons and materials will be checked in on a daily basis. Books and materials checked out prior to the closure will not be due until after the Saturday, October 10th grand opening. Patrons may still place a hold on materials within the Yavapai Library Network, except for those within the Prescott Valley Library due to the transition. Also at the Civic Center today, the Town is sponsoring a blood drive for United Blood Services. The drive runs from 9 to 2 in Community Room 331.
A prescribed burn is scheduled to occur in the Bean Peaks area and Mingus Mountain this week. Prescott National Forest fire management officials plan on conducting the burns starting today through Friday, weather conditions permitting. The Bean Peaks burn is located 3 miles south of downtown Prescott. The project area will consist of 500 acres. The Mingus maintenance burn is located in the Mingus Springs camp area, 5 miles southeast of the Potato Patch campground and will encompass 1,000 acres. Specific days to burn are determined by appropriate air temperatures, wind conditions, humidity and expected weather patterns. Smoke may be visible for numerous days in the surrounding areas. Signs will be posted warning drivers and residents of fire activity.
Yavapai County Community Health Services will host flu shot walk-in clinics this week. The clinics are scheduled to be held tomorrow from 9 to 1 at Central Yavapai Fire Station 53, located on East Yavapai Road in Prescott Valley; on Wednesday from 1 to 4 at the Verde Valley Senior Center, located on East Cherry Street in Cottonwood; on Thursday from 8 to 11 at the Mayer Senior Center and 11:30 to 2 at the Humboldt Senior Center on Prescott Street in Dewey-Humboldt and on Saturday from 9 to 1 at the Community Health Center on Commerce Drive in Prescott. Clinics are subject to change. For updated information, go online to www.co.yavapai.az.us. Shots cost 30 dollars cash or personal check with photo ID. Medicare or Medicare Advantage and Blue Cross Blue Shield will be accepted.
Investigative persistence leads to the arrest of an alleged Seligman robbery suspect. Last week Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Route 66 Auto in Seligman regarding an attempted car theft. During a meeting with the reporting party, an employee of the Route 66 General Store approached and told deputies 2 men just tried to rob her. A short time later, deputies located 36 year old Richard Seim during a traffic stop and he was detained. Deputies continued their investigation into the auto theft, believing it might be linked to the robbery. Seim and another male both denied any involvement and were released. Later in the week, deputies reviewed a surveillance tape that showed Seim and another man heading towards Route 66 Auto and the General Store just prior to the robbery. Seim was arrested at his Seligman home for one count of armed robbery. Additional charges are likely as the investigation continues into the attempted auto theft.
Yavapai County District 1 Supervisor Carol Springer is scheduled to host 2 Town Hall meetings this week. The first meeting will take place at 6 tonight at the Skull Valley Community Hall, located at 127 Old Skull Valley Road. The second meeting will be held at 6 Wednesday night at the Arizona Department of Transportation building, located at 901 West Old Route 66 in Ash Fork. In addition to Springer, Public Works Director Phil Bourdon, Development Services Director Chad Daines, Sheriff Steve Waugh and members of their staffs will give short presentations on pertinent County issues. Question and answer sessions will follow at the end of the meetings.
Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog has been re-elected to an Executive Committee position. Skoog will serve a 2 year term on the Executive Committee for the Arizona League of Cities and Towns. Skoog says he is glad to be serving on the 25 member committee once again:
Officials note the League is a voluntary association that also provides information and inquiry services, along with publications and educational programs to strengthen the quality and efficiency of municipal government. It was founded in 1937 to serve the interests of cities and towns and to preserve the principles of home rule and local determination. Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig is also a member of the Executive Committee. The League’s 2009 annual conference ran from September 1st through the 4th in Oro Valley. It included presentations from Prescott City Councilman Bob Luzius on transit and Sedona City Manager Tim Ernster on how managers help Council members achieve results. Skoog also presided over a session on making sure the upcoming census count is accurate.
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