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Bill's Daily Roundup: Workshops, Budgets, Bulldozers

17 January 2011  
There's a workshop and special meeting regarding the City of Prescott budget; and an opportunity to become an equipment operator for the upcoming fire season.

bulldozerwantedThe Prescott City Council has scheduled a workshop and special meeting at 3 tomorrow. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the Fiscal Years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 budgets. Following the workshop, Council will meet in a closed executive session to discuss the Big Chino Water Ranch Project and property located in east Prescott, south of the Sundog Extension Corridor. The meeting and the workshop will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.

At 10 tomorrow morning, the Prescott Active Management Area Groundwater Users Advisory Council will meet to consider a proposal to use conservation funds to develop the 4th Management Plan and to discuss the Prescott Active Management Area assessment. This meeting will be held at the Prescott Valley Civic Center, Room 406 on Civic Circle.

Prescott National Forest officials have information available on becoming an Equipment Operator for Wildland Fire suppression. Officials note most categories of equipment are being phased in to an Electronic Virtual Incident Procurement System under a 5 year competitive plan. To participate in this competition resulting in an award with the Forest Service, vendors must have use of a computer with internet capabilities, a valid e-mail address and registration in several databases. Interested vendors can obtain information about the Virtual Incident Procurement System, vendor requirements at the forest service website, fs.fed.us. Equipment that will be competed for this year’s fire season includes bulldozers, excavators, fuel tenders, helicopter support trailers and weed washing equipment. Current solicitation notices are published on the federal business opportunities website, fbo.gov.

Prescribed burning is scheduled to continue tomorrow through Thursday. Fire Managers plan on burning 25 acres of accumulated slash piles located east of Ponderosa Park. Specific days to burn are determined by current and expected weather patterns. The piles will be monitored and allowed to completely burn themselves out and smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas.

Officials add this project is part of an ongoing effort to improve forest health by reintroducing fire into the ecosystem, reducing hazardous fuels and creating defensible space around residential and high use areas. Last week 125 acres were treated.

Work on the Highway 69 Low Profile Median Barrier continues this week. Arizona Department of Transportation crews will begin removing pavement from the median in preparation for installation of the new low profile median barrier. Although the work will take place behind the temporary barrier, motorists should be aware of trucks and machinery entering and exiting the highway. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 miles per hour throughout the work zone and will be strictly enforced. Left turns into Victorian Estates at Baker Street are prohibited until the barrier construction is past that intersection. Drivers are advised to go past Baker and make a U-turn at Ramada Drive. U-turns are not permitted at Diamond Drive for north to southbound travel during construction or when the project is complete, due to the proximity of the guardrail near the travel lane at the intersection. Drivers are advised to use the signal at Ramada to make U-turns.

Prescott Police Detectives have released more information on a suspicious fire and murder incident. On Thursday afternoon, detectives attended the Medical Examiner’s autopsy of the female victim. Lieutenant Andy Reinhardt explains it appears the woman was killed before the fire was set:

Twenty-four year old Zachary Sutton was arrested Wednesday afternoon on alleged charges of 1st degree murder, arson of an occupied structure and interference with judicial proceedings. The fire occurred at a residence in the 700 block of Campbell Avenue and Sutton was the boyfriend of the female renter at the home. Police note positive identification of the victim is not possible at this time pending further dental record examination. It is still not known how the fire started.

Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation officials have announced the closure of Fain Park. For the safety of its users, the Park will be closed starting tomorrow and staff anticipates that closure will be in effect until Tuesday, March 1st to perform maintenance of various park amenities.

Department officials are reminding all hikers and prospectors that the Park’s boundaries are inclusive of both Lynx and Rose Creeks, east of Stoneridge Drive and continuing beyond the lakes dam.

In other parks news, Town Council members have approved a more than 369 thousand dollar contract with CLM Earthmovers for construction of the Mountain Valley Park Exercise Multi Use Path Project, as well as an amendment with Dava and Associates for construction administration services for this project, which includes new exercise equipment, ramadas and picnic tables.

The Arizona Sundogs dropped a couple of games on the road over the weekend. On Friday night, the Sundogs kicked off the 2nd half of the season against the Tulsa, Oklahoma Oilers. Tulsa took a 3 to 1 lead in the first period and that lead was extended following 4 goals in the 2nd period. Forward Kyle Hood scored 2 3rd period goals, but it wasn’t enough as the Oilers got the 9 to 3 win. Forward Cam Keith says the race for a playoff spot in the Berry Conference remains tight:

On Saturday, the Sundogs didn’t fare much better, as they lost to the Wichita, Kansas Thunder 6 to 3. Keith extended his point streak to a season high 10 games in that loss. He explains what the Sundogs need to do to ensure a post-season appearance:

Arizona hasn’t won on the road since they defeated the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 3 to 2 in overtime on December 11th. The Sundogs close out their 3 game road trip at noon today against the Allen Americans. All the live action can be heard on Cattle Country, 94.3 FM KDDL or online at cattlecountryradio.com.

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Lynne LaMaster