Delays on Highway 260
Watch for delays on Highway 260 in Camp Verde due to ongoing utility work. In preparation for widening Highway 260 between I-17 and Thousand Trails Road, utility work will be ongoing for the next 5 months. ADOT crews are relocating utility lines to make room for the 4 lane divided roadway that’s set to begin construction next spring. This relocation requires work along shoulders and trucks entering and exiting the roadway. Work hours are 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday. Meanwhile, construction has started at the intersection of Verde Ranch Road on Highway 89 in Paulden. This 211 thousand dollar project includes new pavement, roadway excavation, drainage improvements, pavement markings and signage. Work hours are 7 am to 4 pm Monday through Thursday. This project is expected to be finished by the end of the year.
School Board Vacancy in Mayer
Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter will be working to fill a School Board vacancy. An opening on the Mayer Unified School District Board has been created by the resignation of long time member Jeremy Barr, who is moving out of the District. Any Mayer District resident interested in applying for this position must be a registered voter, a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old. Applicants must also have continually lived within the school district for at least 1 year and the candidate or spouse can’t be employed by the district. The deadline for letters of interest is December 9th. Carter is scheduled to interview finalists at the Mayer District Office on Main Street on December 12th or 13th. An appointment is expected to be announced by December 14th. The term runs through December 2018. Interested residents who want more information can call Carter at (928) 925-6560.
New Zoning in Prescott Valley
The Prescott Valley Town Council met at 5:30 Thursday to consider a zoning map change for a new apartment complex. Slade Investments has made a request to change the zoning on 9 and a half acres near Florentine Road, between Commons Circle and Majesty Drive. According to Prescott Valley Community Development Director Richard Parker, a 29 acre parcel was envisioned as a commercial center but remains undeveloped. The owner now wishes to develop a 198 unit apartment complex on a portion of the property. The complex would be part of the Navajo Commons project, which already includes a Dollar General store. The Town Planning and Zoning Commission recommendedCouncil approval of the zoning map change from Commercial to Residential usage. The Prescott Valley Town Council meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.
Protect Yourself from Ongoing Scams
Unisource Energy Services is reminding its customers to protect themselves from ongoing scams. Callers who claim to work for Unisource threaten to disconnect service for unpaid bills or damaged meters. They tell customers to make payment over the phone with a pre-paid money card within a limited amount of time to avoid shut-off. In some cases, callers instruct customers to bring a money order or cashier’s check to a local pharmacy. In other cases, scammers contact customers via text message or even registered letter. Some scammers even use ID spoofing software that disguises phone calls or text messages to appear as though they’re coming from Unisource. Unisource officials are asking customers to simply hang up, delete or ignore such communications. The company, which provides natural gas to northern Arizona, doesn’t use these methods to collect payments. Customers with questions can call 1-877-837-4968.
New Director for YHS
The Yavapai Humane Society has a new Executive Director. The Humane Society Board of Directors has announced Jocelyn Bouchard has been named to that position following a nationwide search. Humane Society Marketing and Development Director Elizabeth Haugan explains this was a pretty extensive search. Haugan says Bouchard will bring a wealth of experience with her. Haugan adds Bouchard is coming all the way from Hawaii.The Board of Directors started a national search following the resignation of former Humane Society Director Ed Boks in July. One hundred fifty applications were received and area residents gave input regarding future leadership through a survey. Bouchard starts December 26th.
Help Local Food Banks Restock
Help local food banks restock their shelves to feed needy families this holiday season. Cattle Country, 94.3 and 103.1 FM KDDL will be holding a Fall Food Drive from 10 to 1 on Saturday. KDDL staff members will be on hand during a live remote from Safeway stores on Willow Creek Road in Prescott, on Highway 69 in Prescott Valley and Highway 89 in Chino Valley. Bring your non-perishable food items such as canned soup, pasta, cereal and rice to any of the 3 broadcast locations. Meanwhile, the Living Faith Church on Coyote Springs Road in Prescott Valley will be distributing Thanksgiving dinner boxes to those in need. The Yavapai Food Bank supplies the turkeys and St. Vincent De Paul in Mayer helps provide the trimmings for a full Thanksgiving dinner in each box. Volunteers will be filling the boxes from 1 to 3 Monday afternoon. People will be able to pick up a box from 1 to 6 Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information call the church at 775-3025.
Gingerbread Village at the Resort
A popular holiday attraction returns to the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. The 24th annual World’s Largest Gingerbread Village contains handmade gingerbread houses that will be on display 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Individuals, families, businesses and community organizations create the houses, which can be seen in the lobby of the Resort. The Village is a fundraiser for Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters. Donations are received from lot sales and gingerbread men cookie decorating. There’s no charge to view the Village, which opens tomorrow and will be on display through New Year’s Day. The Resort is located on Highway 69.
Open Skate at the Prescott Valley
Event Center Grab your skates and head to the Prescott Valley Event Center ice rink now through Thanksgiving. Open Skate sessions are underway from 3 to 5 and 5:30 to 7:30 today. Due to the Northern Arizona Suns game against the Salt Lake City Stars at 7 tomorrow night, there will be no Open Skate. Sessions resume with an 80’s theme from 2 to 4 and 4:30 to 6:30 Sunday. There will also be Open Skate from 3 to 5 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with an extra session from 5:30 to 7:30 Tuesday. On Thanksgiving Day, a session will be held from 11 to 1. For more information on admission and skate rental fees, go online to pvaz.net or call the Skating Hotline at 775-3165.
Cut Your Own Live, Fresh Tree
Better act fast if you want to get a permit to cut down a live Christmas tree. Prescott National Forest officials will sell 500 over the counter permits from 8 to noon at the Bradshaw Ranger District office on Cortez Street in Prescott and the Chino Valley Ranger District on Highway 89. The Verde Ranger District on Highway 260 in Camp Verde will sell permits on Monday from 8:30 to 4. Permits will be sold on a first come, first served basis until they are gone. Customers will be provided a map that shows the designated cutting areas along with additional tree cutting instructions. The permit will allow the holder to cut a tree within designated areas between November 19th and Christmas Eve. Payment can be made with cash, check or credit card. In addition, up to 200 free permits will be issued to 4th graders who have a valid Every Kid in the Park pass.