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Bill's Daily Roundup: Stay Put! More Health Care $$$

07 July 2009  

Stay put if you are lost in the wilderness; more funds to help improve access to quality health care; Yavapai Humane Society to join with the City of Prescott.

billadamsThose who get lost in the wilderness should stay put and allow rescue personnel time to get you. This reminder comes from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office following a July 1st incident. The Sheriff’s Office received a report from a Spring Valley resident, indicating that her 41 year old son called and told her he was lost in the desert somewhere between Anthem and Black Canyon City. Matthew Blondin had abandoned his mother’s disabled minivan off Interstate 17, and set out northbound on an ATV in anticipation of reaching Mayer by traveling back roads. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn explains they had no luck reaching Blondin:

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Blondin was located by the County Jeep Posse severely dehydrated with little muscular coordination. He was transported to a Phoenix area hospital, where he was kept overnight for observation and released the next day.

Yavapai County Community Health Services is receiving funding to help improve access to quality health care. The more than $585,000 in funds are part of $851 million in grants that the Department of Health and Human Services will release, in order to address facility and equipment needs at health care centers nationwide through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Yavapai County Community Health Services will use the funds to help build a new facility for the Community Health Center in Cottonwood. Currently, the Center operates out of the renovated city library building, which is 50 years old and does not have enough space for its dental services. District One Congresswoman Anne Kirkpatrick, who helped secure the funds, indicates the grant will enable Community Health Services staff to help even more people access the services and treatment they need.

Yavapai County Community Health Services is warning residents to beware of rabbit fever. Officials report there have been recent incidents of dogs and cats contacting rabbit fever, or tularemia in the County. People and pets who spend time outdoors can contact this disease if they are bitten by infected deer flies, ticks or other insects; or by handling infected rodents or rabbits. Rarely, rabbit fever can spread to humans through contaminated food or water, or by inhaling the airborne germ.

Symptoms in humans include sudden fever, chills, headaches, diarrhea, muscle aches, joint pain, dry cough, progressive weakness, and in worst cases pneumonia. Symptoms may vary from person to person, and generally show up 3 to 5 days after exposure.

The Prescott Unified School District Board will consider budget cuts at 4:30 this afternoon. According to Superintendent Kevin Kapp, the Board has been discussing and analyzing these cuts for the upcoming school year for several months while waiting for the State Legislature and Governor Jan Brewer to finalize a state budget. Last week, the Board discussed the proposed cuts further, and Kapp explains what they entail:

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Also during its voting session, the Board will consider adoption of the 2010 budget and the recall of eligible certified and classified staff members who were riffed earlier this year.

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council will consider calling an election. According to Town Manager William Emerson, Council previously approved the 2009 General Plan, referring it to voters for ratification. State law requires the call of election to be made no later than July 26th for the November 3rd General Election. Emerson adds the Town Planner is in the process of preparing budget language, and the budget document will be reviewed during Council’s August 4th meeting. Also during tonight’s 6:30 meeting, Council will consider adoption of a Town Code and a contract for final design and construction management services for pedestrian pathway construction. These services are for the pedestrian pathway connecting Upper Main to Lower Main Street.

The Prescott City Council will discuss an animal sheltering service agreement at 3 this afternoon. Last month, the Yavapai Humane Society asked that this item be pulled from Council’s agenda, due to concerns about negative comments and misinformation that have been made about the organization. United Animal Friends has raised concerns over the agreement in previous meetings, but Humane Society Executive Director Duane Adams says he isn’t sure if that will be the case today:

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Adams explains this agreement makes perfect sense:

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Council’s study session will also include discussion on an intergovernmental agreement with Yavapai County, regarding revision of the site, grading and landscaping plans at Lowe’s on highway 69.


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