Government offices were closed Friday
All City and Town halls, as well as Yavapai County offices, were closed Friday due to the Veterans Day holiday. All schools, colleges, post offices and public libraries were closed as well. Classes will resume Monday. The Prescott National Forest Service’s Chino Valley Ranger District Office on Highway 89, the Verde Ranger District Office on Highway 260 in Camp Verde and the Bradshaw Ranger District Office on Cortez Street in Prescott were also closed, with normal business hours to resume Monday.
Plan for delays on SR 260
Drivers who travel on Highway 260 in the Cottonwood area should plan for delays next week. ADOT crews will be paving the new eastbound alignment and a roundabout as part of the ongoing Highway 260 widening project, located 1 mile from the I-17 junction. Paving work will take place off the current mainline. Traffic will be impacted as construction trucks enter and exit the roadway. Work hours are 6 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday, November 16th. Work will resume Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st. Paving work won’t occur over the weekend. This project extends 9 miles from Thousand Trails Road to the I-17 junction in Camp Verde. This 62 million dollar project includes construction of 7 roundabouts to accommodate future traffic demands over the next 20 years. Roundabout construction is expected to be ongoing through next summer and the project is scheduled for completion next fall.
Murder charges for Charlie Malzahn
Flagstaff Police are requesting the Coconino County Attorney’s Office file murder charges against Charlie Malzahn. Malzahn was bailed out of the Coconino County Jail by Glendale Kindergarten teacher Catherine Gorospe on October 6th. The two had apparently met each other previously in the City of Williams. The 44 year old Gorospe was reported missing after she didn’t return home. Her remains were found on private property near Nugget Mine Road in Mayer October 13th. Flagstaff Police say Gorospe was stabbed to death. Malzahn was seen driving Gorospe’s damaged and blood stained vehicle and he was arrested later for evading law enforcement. Sergeant Cody Runge says they know she was killed in her car. She exited the vehicle in the Williams area and then was put back into the car. The 27 year old Malzahn had given investigators details and directions to narrow the search for Gorospe’s remains.
Proclamation for Veterans
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has read a proclamation in recognition of Veterans Day. The proclamation was read during last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting and veterans who were in attendance received a copy of it. During a live appearance on yesterday’s Talk of the Town on KQNA, Yavapai County Supervisor Tom Thurman read the poem “It Is the Veteran,” which was also presented at the meeting. Thurman explains why it’s important to honor veterans. Back in June, the Board of Supervisors presented World War 2 veteran Leonard Nawroci with an Arizona flag that flew over the Courthouse in honor of his 100th birthday.