Before the dust settles at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, you can catch Cowboy Capital Professional Bull Riding action there Saturday night. The 9th annual bull riding event will feature announcer Rob Smets, a 5 time World Champion Bullfighter and 40 of the top ranked riders versus 40 of the toughest bulls. During a live appearance on Tuesday’s Q&A with Sandy Moss on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM, Frontier Days General Manager JC Trujillo explained this is a big money event. Trujillo says the party for this event starts tonight. The bull riding will start at 7:30 at the Rodeo Grounds, located off Fair Street in Prescott. For ticket information, go online to worldsoldestrodeo.com or call 445-4320.
If you want to vote early in person for the August 28th Primary, you only have until 5 tonight to do so. Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman explains how you can cast your ballot before Tuesday’s Election Day. If you have received a ballot in the mail, you must return it by mail or delivered to an election drop box or Vote Center no later than Tuesday night at 7. Any ballots sent or received after the deadline won’t be counted. Hoffman says there are some numbers you can call if you have questions about the election. Information is also available online at yavapai.us.
More than $265,000 is available for forest related projects, but you need to apply by today’s deadline if you want some of that funding. During its meeting earlier this month, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors voted to make funding available for activities under the Firewise Communities Program or programs that develop community wildfire protection plans. Projects that reimburse the County for search and rescue and other emergency services are also eligible. The funding comes from payments based on timber sales on federal Forest Lands. For more information or to get an application, call County Budget Manager Donna Fagan at 442-5366. Program information and applications are also available online at the county’s website, yavapai.us.
Due to the Gladiator Fire near Crown King and the monsoons that followed, Governor Jan Brewer is freeing up flood repair funds for Yavapai County. The Gladiator Fire started on May 13th and burned more than 16 thousand acres before it was fully contained 1 month later. Last month’s monsoon storms in the burn area caused flooding in the Lincoln Ridge and Peck Canyon watersheds. Portions of Crown King Road were damaged and repairs have been estimated to cost nearly 85 thousand dollars. An Emergency Declaration issued by the Governor frees up $100,000 from the state General Fund.
Tom Pettit Park in Granite Creek is getting some much needed improvements. The City of Prescott, Yavapai County Adult Probation and Arizona Public Service are teaming up for an enhancement project. City Parks and Recreation Director Joe Baynes says the tree trimming and cleanup was supposed to be done earlier this year, but those improvements got postponed. Baynes explains what probationers and APS arborists are doing as part of this project. The pocket park is located at the intersection of Sheldon and Montezuma streets and heading north to the La Guardia Bridge. Baynes expects this project to be completed by the end of next month.
The funding has been approved, so 2 Prescott Valley flood control projects are ready to move forward. Last night, the Prescott Valley Town Council approved 500 thousand dollars in funding for the Western Boulevard Phase 3 Stormwater Management Project, as well as the Agua Fria Flood Plain Study. With this funding from the Yavapai County Flood Control District in place, Public Works Director Norm Davis explains what’s next in the process.
Davis describes what the purpose of the study is.
Also during last night’s voting session, Council approved a Town Code change that would allow the Town Clerk to refuse to issue a new business license or revoke an existing one. This would be for businesses that don’t submit their sales tax collections to the town. Town Auditor Sara Herzog says cancelling a license would be a last resort. Herzog says steps are being taken to let affected businesses know about the change. Herzog has told Council as of may, there are liens on 19 businesses for failure to submit tax collections, and the amount due totals more than $145,000/