MATForce is offering mini-grants to youth serving organizations. Yavapai County’s Substance Abuse Coalition has a goal to reduce drug and alcohol use among young people, and one way to do this is to provide positive activities. The mini-grants, which are 250 to 500 hundred dollars, will fund activities that are designed to promote good choices and self confidence, while providing activity based learning that is fun and engaging. School counselors may also apply for these funds to support individual students. Today is the deadline to apply for these funds. Organizations or schools wishing to apply for the mini-grants can obtain an application online at matforce.org.
The Yavapai Humane Society has assumed operation of the Chino Valley Animal Control Shelter. Town Council met on September 24th and unanimously voted to approve the animal sheltering service agreement between the Humane Society and Town, at an annual rate of 18 thousand dollars. This amount will be paid at a rate of $1500 a month. According to Humane Society Executive Director Duane Adams, this is really going to make things more convenient for pet owners in the Chino Valley area. Before they took control of this facility, any animal picked up by Yavapai County Animal Control officers in that region had to be brought to the Prescott Animal Control Shelter. Chino Valley currently has 1 animal control officer who will continue to work for the Town. Two existing Humane Society employees have moved to the shelter and will be operating the facility from 8 to 5 seven days a week.
Low interest loans are available to small businesses impacted by Sedona flash flooding. The U.S. Small Business Administration is making the working capital loans available after a disaster was declared in response to a request from Governor Jan Brewer. The flash flooding occurred on September 10th. The disaster declaration makes assistance available in Yavapai and other Arizona counties, as well as 2 Utah counties. Customer service representatives are on hand at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center, located at the Sedona Chamber of Commerce building on Sunset Drive. Representatives will issue loan applications, answer questions about the loan program, explain the application process and help each business owner complete their application. Hours are 1 to 5 through next Thursday, October 22nd.
Water is the subject of tonight’s Williamson Valley Community Organization meeting. Representatives note water issues for Williamson Valley, including the areas vulnerable to climate change and excessive pumping, long term solutions for a sustainable water supply and the role of exempt wells on the water supply will be discussed during the meeting. Ken Janecek, Community Organization Advisory Board member and Citizens Water Advisory Group member is scheduled to discuss these issues as well as the Prescott Taxpayer Protection initiative. The meeting starts at 6:30 at the Central Yavapai Fire District fire station on Outer Loop Road. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs.
The Arizona Sundogs have added 2 players to its roster. With the Central Hockey League’s 2009-2010 season slated to start tomorrow, Head Coach and General Manager Marco Pietroniro has announced the addition of second year players Torren DelForte and Mike Nesdill. The 23 year old DelForte comes to the Sundogs after spending last season with the now inactive New Mexico Scorpions franchise. He averaged nearly a point per game as a rookie, recording 23 goals and 33 assists in 63 contests. DelForte was also named as a finalist for CHL Rookie of the Year. The 25 year old Nesdill spent his rookie season in the ECHL with the Victoria Salmon Kings, Cincinnati Cyclones and Mississippi Sea Wolves, acquiring 6 assists and 51 penalty minutes in 46 games.