Watch for overnight closures on I-17 between Camp Verde and Flagstaff. ADOT crews will be starting a project to reduce the potential for rock fall on a quarter mile section of I-17, between Middle Verde Road and the Rimrock/Lake Montezuma/Cornville exit. Drivers using this route between 8 pm and 6 am should plan ahead for periodic closures near McGuireville this Sunday through Friday, April 22nd. The next round of closures starts Sunday, April 24th and ends on Friday, April 29th. Related work in this area will require lane closures between 3 am and 4 pm today and tomorrow for paving. A concrete barrier will be set up between 8 pm and 6 am Wednesday and Thursday.
Dewey-Humboldt Town Council wants to send Senator McCain a letter
The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meets at 2 tomorrow afternoon to discuss a letter to Senator John McCain. Town Council had directed staff to draft a letter to Senator McCain regarding the Iron King and Humboldt Smelter Superfund site. Council notes over 10 years have passed with numerous studies and much research having been conducted resulting in no workable clean-up action plan. Instead of waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency, Town officials have taken steps towards resolution of this problem. This includes a free well water testing program. Council is asking McCain to direct the EPA to move the entire clean-up process along. The Iron King Mine and Humboldt Superfund site has been placed on the EPA’s National Priorities List, also known as the Superfund List due to contaminated soil and water in the area. Contaminants of concern include arsenic, lead and sulfate. Council’s study session on the letter will be held at Town Hall on Highway 69.
Yavapai County homeowners have an extension on free slash drop-off
Yavapai County homeowners have some extra time to make their homes safe from wildfire. The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has announced the annual free slash drop off program is continuing as of today and continuing through June 11th. Items that will be accepted at County transfer stations include brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings. All slash must be removed from plastic bags. Items that won’t be accepted include lumber, stumps, roots, cactus, metal and garbage. This free program will help residents develop defensible space around their homes and other structures.
County Public Works officials say cutting away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures and removing all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks and the ground can reduce the potential of a wildfire from spreading to your home.
Anticipating the weather
The Prescott area could see more rain early this week. Following rain that fell over the weekend, the National Weather Service is forecasting scattered showers and thunderstorms across the area through tomorrow. National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Kuhlman says the high country is expected to see some rain and possibly snow. Mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures will return Wednesday and Thursday. There will be slight chances of showers Thursday night into Sunday.
Expanding Yavapai College's presence in Prescott Valley
Yavapai College is preparing to grow its Prescott Valley campus. Steve Walker, Vice-President of College Advancement says starting in the upcoming fiscal year, $2M is being invested in the Panther Path campus off Glassford Hill Road. Walker explains this project is something Yavapai College has been looking at doing for some time. The Sedona Center on Arts Village Drive is also scheduled to get some renovation work done, including painting of the outside of the building and roof replacement.
Also at Yavapai, open registration for the summer semester started March 30th and registration for students seeking a degree starts today. Walker says the Spring semester ends in just a few weeks. For registration information, go online to yc.edu.