Bill's Daily Roundup: Goodbye Chief Oaks, Bus Tour of the Big Chino

22 September 2009  
Bill brings news of prescribed burns, a bus tour of the Big Chino Water Ranch and a goodbye to Prescott Police Chief Randy Oaks.

billoaksPrescribed burns are scheduled to occur this week. Prescott National Forest fire management officials plan to conduct burns in the Sierra Prieta area today and tomorrow and in the Powell Springs area Wednesday through Friday, weather conditions permitting. The Sierra Prieta burn is located 4 miles east of downtown Prescott and consists of 200 acres. The Powell Springs burn is located along highway 169 and consists of 600 acres. No road closures are expected, but drivers may encounter road delays in both areas and are asked to please be cautious when driving in these areas. Both burns are ongoing projects consisting of several past prescribed fire entries which reduce ponderosa pine understory and thick chaparral vegetation, maintain the health of ponderosa pine stands and protect the wildland urban interface in the event of a catastrophic wildfire.

A bus tour of the Big Chino Water Ranch area is scheduled to occur tomorrow morning. The Town of Prescott valley and the City of Prescott, who are partners in the Ranch project, are hosting the tour to inform and educate citizens. The tour runs from 7:30 to noon and participants are paying a 20 dollar fee to cover costs for bus administration, including fuel. There will be several stops along the way to the Ranch, which is located about 18 miles northwest of the town of Paulden. More information on this project is available online at protectingourwaterresources.com.

Valley View Drive in Prescott Valley will be closed to traffic starting tomorrow for paving operations. Prior to this closure, there will be no right turn access for traffic traveling northbound on highway 69. All businesses along the frontage road can be accessed by using Glassford Hill Road or Prescott East Highway. Crews started paving the new travel lane on 69 from Glassford Hill to Valley View last week. Motorists are asked to be aware of temporary signage to guide traffic through the construction zone. As for highway 69 paving work in Dewey-Humboldt, crews have mobilized into the project area along highway 169 from the main street entrance. This project will remove and replace the top layer of asphalt with rubberized asphalt, resulting in a quieter and safer roadway. Paving activity will occur Sunday through Thursday nights between 7 pm and 6 am.

The southbound lanes of interstate 17 will be closed just north of the Sunset Point rest area. The closure is in effect as of 9 tonight due to blasting and excavation of rock. The roadway will remain closed for no longer than 30 minutes and will be reopened no later than 10 pm. No traffic will be allowed to travel through the construction zone during these closures. Once blasting has been completed, crews will resume normal paving activities. The Sunset Point rest area will remain open during the closures. Crews will also continue to remove existing guardrails throughout the project limits and replace with new guardrail. This work will be conducted at the same time as the ongoing paving operations.

Cottonwood Police have recovered an undisclosed amount of money. Earlier this month, a Police Department employee located the money in the parking lot of a local Cottonwood business. The Department is actively seeking to return the money to its rightful owner or owners. For obvious reasons, the location and actual denomination are being withheld. Anyone who can provide further details surrounding the loss of this money is asked to contact the Department Investigations Division at 634-4246. Police will thoroughly investigate to determine the true owner of this money.

Two committees will meet this afternoon. The Prescott Arizona Centennial Committee meets at 1 in City Council chambers to receive updates and reports on an application for use of the Elks Theatre for the centennial kick-off and culminating events, the schedule of a quarterly report to Council, the City website, the State centennial stamp and City centennial projects and community outreach. The committee is also scheduled to hear from its standing subcommittees and ad hoc committees. The Verde River Basin Partnership Committee meets at 2 at Jerome City Hall to hear from its coordinating, communications and structure committees and the Technical Advisory Group. Also on the agenda is consideration on a partnership campaign to obtain fiscal year 2011 federal funding, planning for the November 2nd annual meeting of the Partnership and proposed modification of by-laws.

Prescott Police Chief Randy Oaks has said his final farewells to City staff. After making his retirement announcement in July, Oaks was honored at a reception at the Antelope Hills Golf Course’s Manzanita Grill last week. City Manager Steve Norwood, who hired Oaks in late 2005, says he thinks the Chief did an excellent job in building great department. He adds that department now has much needed equipment, more officers and top rated talent from top to bottom. Oaks explains the response to his retirement has been positive:

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Even though he is retired, Oaks says he is not going anywhere right away:

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Norwood has asked Oaks to continue on until January 15th to help Deputy Chief Mike Kabbel with the transition.

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