With winter officially underway today, the Arizona Department of Transportation is offering some cold weather driving tips. Motorists should drive defensively, be patient and allow additional time for your trip. Carry snow chains or cables in case highways are snow packed and icy, as well as an emergency kit that includes a fully charged cell phone, extra food and water, blankets, a flashlight, extra batteries, a shovel, an ice scraper and sand for traction. Leave sufficient space between your vehicle and others, give yourself plenty of room and time to stop to avoid upcoming hazards and if you are stopped on the roadway, leave room for emergency vehicles to get around you. Area residents who are heading out for the Christmas holiday should check road conditions at az511.gov, since ADOT closes certain highways in the higher elevations in the winter and reopens them in the spring. There is also the potential for temporary unscheduled highway closures due to severe winter weather, large accumulations of snow and ice, or unsafe driving conditions.
The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council will discuss a budget shortfall at 6:30 tonight. Finance Director Jane Fuller indicates following its December 7th meeting, Council agreed to discuss further budget cuts to the Fiscal Year 2010-2011 allocations, in order to bring the budgeted expenditures in line with estimated revenues. Fuller adds although departments were able to come up with some reductions, staff did not recommend reductions to allocations that provide direct service to the community or services that the community values. Council will also discuss Arizona Commerce Authority Rural Economic Development Grant Program Guidance and will consider an application for Local Transportation Assistance grant funds during the meeting, which will be held in Council chambers on south Highway 69.
The Town of Dewey-Humboldt has a new Interim Town Manager. During a recent special meeting, Council interviewed a short list of applicants for the position. There were originally 5 finalists, but candidate Gerald Stricklin withdrew his application prior to the interviews. Each candidate was individually ranked by Council from 1 to 4, with 1 being the highest. Town Clerk Judy Morgan tallied all the rankings and revealed the winner as Art Castricone, who had a score of 12. Mike Nathe followed with a score of 15, Hershel Eaton had a score of 18 and Daniel Payne ranked last with a score of 25.
Castricone accepted the offer of a salary of 2 thousand dollars per month on a contract with no benefits. The Town had been looking for an Interim Manager since Morgan stepped down from that position last month.
The Arizona Sundogs are in South Dakota to take on the Rapid City Rush for the 4th time this season. Although the Sundogs were able to get a win over the defending President’s Cup Champion last Wednesday at home, they dropped last Friday’s Game 2 by a score of 8 to 2 and Saturday’s Game 3 4 to 2. During their last road trip earlier this month, Arizona won 5 games out of 8. While they were at home, the Sundogs helped make the season brighter for 40 less fortunate boys and girls by donating toys, game tickets and merchandise to them. The children got a chance to tour Tim’s Toyota Center and when they got to the Sundogs locker room, players surprised them with toy trucks and teddy bears. Participants also got a chance to sound the goal horn, talk with players, try on equipment, pose for photos and get autographs. All the live action of tonight’s game can be heard starting at 6:35 on Cattle Country, 94.3 FM KDDL and online at cattlecountryradio.com.
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is urging area residents to be wary of scams when making holiday donations. According to Goddard, people should never give on impulse or give in to high pressure requests for contributions or donations, make sure they know exactly how their donation will be distributed and how much of that donation will actually go to the charity itself, avoid giving cash and always make checks payable to the charity, never an individual and never give out personal information, such as your birth date, social security number, credit card number, checking account number or any other financial information.