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Bill's Daily Roundup: Cleaning Granite Creek, Wildfire Expo

The 2009 Wildfire Expo will be held tomorrow, as well as a good cleaning of Granite Creek. Read this and more on Bill's Daily Roundup.

billcreekA Black Canyon City man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.  Last month, 21 year old Cody Forbis pled guilty to manslaughter, arson, weapons misconduct and aggravated assault with sexual intent.  The convictions stem from an incident on august 11th, 2008, where Forbis shot and killed the victim near Bumble Bee Road and Turkey Creek. Forbis, a convicted felon, illegally possessed the firearm used in the crime.  He then moved the victim’s vehicle from the crime scene and set fire to it.  The aggravated assault conviction arose from an improper relationship with an underage minor, which occurred in the months prior to the shooting.  Yavapai County Superior Court Judge William Kiger sentenced Forbis, who must register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. 

April River Days starts today and runs through April 25th. Renowned singer and storyteller Tony Norris will perform with the Springfed Band, starting at 7 tonight at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Prescott.  Soul Creek rounds out the program with songs celebrating the beauty and importance of flowing water.  Other activities include field trips, a symposium on Verde River ecology, movies, low cost river trips and more.

From 10 to 3 tomorrow at the Prescott Courthouse Plaza, the 2009 Wildfire Expo will be held.  This free event provides information on how to be wildfire smart, how to put key fire prevention tips into action and what programs and services are available.  Local fire department representatives will be on hand and there will be children’s activities, including face painting and pictures with Smokey the Bear.

Granite Creek will be cleaned up tomorrow.  According to the non-profit organization Prescott Creeks, the cleanup brings together school groups, local business volunteers, kids, teenagers, adults and special needs programs.  This event starts at 8 in the Granite Creek Park Ramada, where volunteers will receive their assigned stretch of creek.  Volunteers will also receive a free cleanup t-shirt along with coffee, snacks and locally grown foods.  The cleanup lasts until 10:30 and will be followed by Earth Day activities from 11 to 4 at the park.

Other earth day celebrations run from 9 to 1 at Posse Grounds Park in Sedona and 11 to 5 at Prescott College.  From 9 to 1 tomorrow in the Prescott Valley Sam’s Club parking lot, a free vehicle identification number etching event will take place.

Commercial vehicles targeted for traffic enforcement result in numerous violations.  On Wednesday morning from 7 to 11, the Prescott Police Department Traffic Section and a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer worked an enforcement detail on highway 89A.  During the detail, 78 commercial vehicles were stopped and crossed portable scales to check if they were being operated within the manufacturers and federal weight requirements.  20 vehicles passed the inspection area without stopping and were issued citations.  4 other citations were issued for vehicles being overweight and 6 inspections resulted in 21 violations.  The detail was done in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division and the Department of Public Safety.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will consider closing out a project contract.  Capital Improvements Project coordinator Jim Holst is recommending the board close the Prescott Lakes site contract with Claycomb Rockwell Associates and move forward with a roundabout contract with them.  In addition, the County is under contract with another company to design two office buildings and a juvenile detention facility.  An amendment to this building design contract would take 2 office buildings out and add in rough grading for the juvenile facility site, the necessary utility extensions and a driveway from the roundabout to the building site. This item will be considered at 9 Monday morning at the County Administrative Services Verde Valley complex, located on 6th Street in Cottonwood.

A fly-in, classic car show and pancake breakfast will be held at the Prescott Airport tomorrow.  Doors open at 7 with the breakfast that runs until 11.  Casa De Aero RC flyers will take flight at 8 and 10 and a bratwurst lunch is from 11 to 3.  Other activities include fly-by’s, classic car and aircraft displays, vendors and tours of Legend Aviation’s new facility at the airport.  David Roy, Manager of Flight Academics and Contract Training at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, explains flights for kids will also be featured:

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Roy adds this is a new event:

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The local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association is hosting this event.  At 7 tonight at Embry-Riddle’s Davis Learning Center, the movie “Gray Eagles” will be shown free of charge.

 

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