Missing Cottonwood woman is located
A happy ending in the search for a missing Cottonwood woman. Seventy-one year old Shirley Ludwig went missing at around 10 Saturday morning and a Silver Alert was issued. She was last seen by her husband in the area of Whitetail Run Road and Grey Fox Ridge in Cottonwood. According to Cottonwood Police Sergeant Tod Moore, Ludwig was located by Prescott Police Monday night and the Silver Alert was cancelled. She was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center as a precaution only. Ludwig appeared to have no major issues at the time. Her family was contacted and they met up with her in Prescott.
Chino Valley considers a motor sports park proposal
A motor sports park proposal in Chino Valley is headed to the Yavapai College Governing Board. Last year David Brinkley approached the Town with a plan to develop a motor sports facility at Old Home Manor. During a meeting in October, the Chino Valley Town Council was made aware that Yavapai College, which has a campus at Old Home Manor, was offered first right of refusal as part of a 2008 lease agreement. On Tuesday night, College President Penny Wills told Council those in favor of the park aren’t residents of Chino Valley. Wills added residents who are against this proposal have cited traffic, noise, decreased home values and environmental and water impacts as concerns. Council voted 5 to 1, with Mike Best casting the opposing vote and Lon Turner absent from the meeting to make a presentation to the Yavapai College Board. The Board’s next meetings are March 7th in Clarkdale and April 18th in Prescott Valley. The Board could make a decision on the motor sports park at 1 of those meetings. Until a decision by the Board is made, Mayor Darryl Croft has asked staff to hold off on any work on this project.
New President for ERAU
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will soon be under new leadership. During a meeting in Daytona Beach, Florida Tuesday, the University’s Board of Trustees named Barry Butler new President. Butler, who’s the Executive Vice-President and Provost at the University of Iowa, had received across the board support from the Presidential Search Committee. That Committee included trustees, faculty, staff and student representatives. The Prescott campus was represented by Anne Boettcher, Director of the Undergraduate Research Institute and Honors Program and Chancellor Frank Ayers. President John Johnson retired in May 2015. John Watret served as Interim President for 10 months before resuming his role as Chancellor of the worldwide campus.
Former Ohio State University President Karen Holbrook has been serving as Interim President since last April. Butler starts his new position on March 13th.
ADOT tries to keep drivers safe on icy roads
ADOT is using new technology to help keep drivers safe on icy roads in northern Arizona. ADOT officials say the combination of freezing temperatures and moisture means ice can form overnight in Arizona’s high country. It’s especially challenging on I-40 between Ash Fork and Flagstaff, which is above 6 thousand feet in most places and sees heavy use by both commercial and passenger vehicles. Sensors installed at 3 I-40 locations near Williams and Ash Fork Hill are helping ADOT forecast the likelihood of ice forming. The sensors are connected to road weather information system locations, which use cameras and instruments to provide the latest conditions. A computer program uses information to forecast the likelihood of ice forming, helping ADOT determine whether to send crews out to lay deicing material. The 3 sensors on I-40 cost 90 thousand dollars and have been funded through ADOT maintenance funds.
PV looks for CDBG funding
The Prescott Valley Town Council meets at 5:30 tonight to prioritize a grant project. The Town of Prescott Valley will be applying for Community Development Block Grant funds, which are awarded statewide on a competitive basis. A project has been selected for funding. Prescott Valley Deputy Town Manager Ryan Judy says this project will provide another benefit. Judy explains how much money is available in this latest round of funding. Judy adds the Town has a good track record with grant awards. A public hearing on the project was held last week and a second one is scheduled before consideration of grant submission during Council’s March 23rd meeting. Tonight’s Prescott Valley Town Council meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.