If you’ve ever been upset over someone leaving trash in the forest, this story will make you furious. Spokesman Ken Simeral explains the dumping occurred on August 13th along White Spar Road and Highway 89. It’s unlawful to dump any material onto forest lands. Simeral says if you see someone illegally dumping, you shouldn’t approach that person. Anyone who has information on the White Spar dumping is asked to call Forest Law Enforcement Officer Andy Mullinnix at 443-8000.
Hot jazz will be performed in the cool pines of Prescott this weekend. The 12th annual Prescott Jazz Summit kicks off tomorrow at noon with a free concert at the downtown Courthouse Plaza. During Monday’s Q and A with Sandy Moss on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM, event organizer Mike Vax explained in addition to planning this Summit, jazz concerts are held year round. Vax describes what will be happening Friday and Saturday.
The summit wraps up on Sunday. For locations, times and ticket information; go online to prescottjazz.com or call 484-558-0066. All proceeds go to the music departments at local school and for student scholarships.
Two storm water management projects intended to help with flood control will be moving forward following approval by Prescott Valley Town Council members. Public Works Director Norm Davis explains the money for 2 projects comes from a countywide tax.
The Western Boulevard Phase 3 project will cost $275,000. $225,000 will be used for an Agua Fria Floodplain Revision Study.
Davis adds the Town has had success with earlier projects, which include construction of drainage pipes and ditch improvements. Council will vote on the total 500 thousand dollar allocation during its voting session at 5:30 tonight. The meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.
Chino Valley Transit has been using volunteers for staffing and operations, but professional consultants are expected to take over those duties. According to Town Manager Robert Smith, the Transit organization has been able to operate far under budget and has saved grant funds for use after Local Transportation Assistance Funds were no longer available. Using that funding, Steinback and Associates would provide management services for $20 an hour and William Mitchell will be paid $15 hourly for transit dispatch. An agreement between the Town and both consulting firms will be considered by Council at 6 tonight. Also during the special session, Ed Steinback is scheduled to give a financial report on the Transit System operation. The meeting will be held in Council chambers on North Highway 89.
Expect delays due to lane changes and flagging operations on South Mount Vernon Avenue in Prescott due to new sidewalk construction. Mount Vernon is closed to through traffic from East Gurley to Oak Street, but there is local access at East Goodwin. In addition to work on the new sidewalks and curb and gutter, crews are excavating and installing water and sewer lines from oak to the end of Mount Vernon. Water lines are also being installed from East Goodwin to East Carleton and some line replacement is underway on Senator Highway near Summit Pointe. Work hours are 7 am to 6 pm today and tomorrow.
With the August primary just around the corner, you should elect not to get scammed. The Better Business Bureau is urging voters to be on the lookout for scams that are likely to continue until the November General Election. Yavapai County Bureau Director Mary Hawkes explains what one of the phone survey scams involves. Hawkes says another scam involves the President paying your utility bills. Hawkes adds legitimate polling companies will never offer prizes for participating in a telephone survey, nor will they ask for a credit card number. Hawkes says you should also be cautious of calls for political donations. Bureau officials say you should never provide your Social Security or credit card numbers or banking information to anyone requesting them over the phone. Don’t give in to high pressure tactics, whether over the phone or in person.