The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced Governor Jan Brewer is scheduled to make a stop in the Prescott area on January 18th. Brewer will discuss her State of the State speech that she will deliver at the start of the regular Legislative Session. Her local appearance will take place at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center and it is sponsored by the Prescott Valley, Prescott and Chino Valley Chambers of Commerce. Brewer was elected Governor in November after being appointed to that position last year. Prior to that appointment, she served as Secretary of State, Maricopa County Supervisor and a member of both Houses of the Arizona Legislature, rising to leadership of the State Senate.
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Women’s Volleyball Team has captured honors for the first time in program history. College officials note the Eagles entered the 2010 Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament in the post season and ranked 4th, but they finished with a number 3 ranking in the Conference. Freshman setter Morgan Vieira, an Aerospace Engineering Major from Las Vegas and Sophomore hitter Mahlet Lee, a Mechanical Engineering Major from Downey, California were both named the Association’s First Team All Conference members. They were also named to the All-Tournament Team, with Vieira the only setter selected for these honors. Lee also received an honorable mention recognition to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Mid-South All-Region Team. Out of 8 players chosen for this honor, she is the first athlete in the history of Embry-Riddle’s Volleyball Program to have received such recognition.
Last minute shoppers who plan on giving gift cards as presents should know about new Federal rules. The local Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission note new rules that went into effect in August prevent money on a gift card from expiring for at least 5 years from the date the card was purchased, or from the last date any additional money was loaded onto the card. Inactivity fees can be charged only after a card has not been used for at least 1 year and expiration dates and fees must be clearly disclosed on the card or its packaging.
The Bureau is suggesting consumers buy cards only from sources they trust, use caution when buying cards from online auction sites, never wire funds for a card purchase and determine if there are any fees associated with purchase or use.
The Arizona Sundogs attempted a comeback after falling behind to the Colorado Eagles last night, but that effort fell short. The Eagles had a 3 to nothing lead in the 1st period before Arizona forward Joey Sides scored to cut that lead down to 2. By the end of the 1st period, the Eagles had a 5 to 1 lead. Colorado scored again, as did Sides and rookie forward Jason Williams to make the score 6 to 3. Forward Luke Erickson scored 2 goals and forward Kyle Hood followed up with his 7th goal of the season but it was too little too late, as the Eagles skated away with the 7 to 6 win in the final game before the weeklong Christmas break. Arizona remains in a 2 way tie for 7th Place in the Berry Conference with the Odessa Jackalopes and they sit 1 point back of 5th Place and 3 points back of 3rd Place.
The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce has honored its Volunteers of the Year. During Monday’s Q and A with Sandy Moss on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM, Chamber Director Ab Jackson reported around 200 people attended a Mixer last week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Chamber. The chamber’s anniversary is actually tomorrow but it was also commemorated at a Membership Luncheon this past August. Jackson explains the Volunteers of the Year honored at the Mixer are Susan and Mike Tobey:
Jackson adds the Tobeys have been presented with the Reid Kaecker Award, named for former Chamber Board Presidents Bob Kaecker and Virginia Reid. The Chamber held their 4th annual Hometown Christmas event last weekend, which was a big hit with residents and visitors. This event was held at Heritage Middle School last weekend and according to Jackson, there were about 50 decorated trees and about a dozen crafters with items for sale. Entertainment in the school’s cafeteria included a performance of a Charlie Brown Christmas by high school students, choirs and singers. Jackson says attendance was up from last year:
In Prescott at 11 Saturday morning, the Don’t Spend Christmas Alone Dinner will take place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 2000 Shepherd’s Lane. This event, which will feature dinner and entertainment, is free but donations are accepted. Transportation is available for those who need it in Prescott and home delivery is available for homebound residents in the Tri-City area. Call 778-4499 for more details.