The Prescott City Council will discuss an amendment to the Elks Opera House restoration contract at 3 this afternoon. According to Administrative Services Director Mic Fenech, the Elks Opera House Foundation guaranteed a portion of a 3 party contract at over $842,000. $308,000 was guaranteed by the City for the fire sprinkler system and the marquee restoration. The Foundation has received additional donations in the amount of $170,000. These funds will be used to provide additional restoration and decorative elements not funded in the original contract price. Council will also discuss a $17 million expenditure for construction of the Highway 89A Granite Dells Parkway traffic interchange project.
Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition groups meet this week. The Coalition Board meets at 2 tomorrow afternoon in Prescott City Council chambers for consideration of a Safe Yield Workgroup replacement member and a water conservation efforts update and discussion on a presentation on a recharge and source water pilot projects study. At 1 Thursday afternoon, the Coalition’s Technical Advisory Committee meets for consideration of the pilot projects update, the conservation implementation update and a grant application and funding plan. That meeting will be followed by a Safe Yield Workgroup meeting at 2. Thomas Whitmer, Regional Water Resources Planner with the Arizona Department of Water Resources will discuss planning specific to the Upper Verde River watershed area. Both meetings will be held at the Prescott Valley Civic Center.
An Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger assisted in apprehending an armed suspect. On Saturday morning, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputies were told 46 year old Bruce Burger was extremely distraught and armed with a rifle inside a Dana Street residence in Dewey-Humboldt. A deputy later saw Burger exit the home, place an object in a truck and drive away. Deputies tried to stop Burger in the area of Highway 169 and Old Cherry Road, but he sped away and intentionally rammed his truck into a water tank. A DPS Ranger helicopter was called to assist and eventually located Burger’s truck as he drove, and occasionally stopped along Old Cherry Road. He finally surrendered and a rifle was recovered from his truck and he was also found with several rounds of ammo on his person, and extra ammo in the truck.
Burger was charged with disorderly conduct per domestic violence, aggravated assault on law enforcement officers, flee pursing law enforcement, threatening and criminal damage.
A Halloween night fight leads to an arrest for alleged aggravated assault. According to Prescott Police, 20-year-old Phoenix resident Nicholas McCracken was allegedly involved in a verbal altercation inside the Denny’s restaurant. When he left, the altercation became physical in the parking lot between McCracken and the victim, identified as a 30-year-old Prescott Valley man. During the incident it was reported the suspect grabbed a taser stun gun device and stunned the victim near the left eye with it. McCracken was taken into custody for a warrant for his arrest and for one count of aggravated assault.
At 5:30 tonight, the Humboldt Unified School District Board is scheduled to hear a legislative report from Janice Palmer, Director of Governmental Relations with the Arizona School Boards Association. Other agenda items include a preliminary timeline for the Superintendent search to be conducted by Search Solutions and the Bradshaw Mountain High School improvement plan update. The meeting will be held at the District Transportation and Maintenance facility on Robert Road in Prescott Valley.
At 6, the Chino Valley Town Council will hold a study session to discuss budget matters, including a recap of the fiscal year 2008-2009 unaudited general fund status, overview of budget concepts, development, policies and procedures and initial planning and strategies for developing the 2010-2011 budget.
The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meets at 6:30 to consider annexations into unincorporated territories, including the remainder of parcels adjacent to and running along the north boundary of the town limits, west of Highway 69; a proposal to award the design and community coordination contract for open space preservation and improvement and trails alignment and the appointment of Ethan Wolfinger as Town Attorney.
District One Representative Ann Kirkpatrick will host a telephone town hall at 5 tonight. The topic of the Town Hall will be restoring fiscal discipline in Washington.
Representatives note Kirkpatrick has been a noted advocate for fiscal responsibility during her first term, voting to slash billions of dollars in spending and waste with a bill requiring Congress to balance every new dollar of spending with cuts to other programs. Residents from across the District will be talking with her about what the next step is to reduce federal spending and start paying down the national debt. Participants can dial in to 1-877-269-7289 and should press 15024 when prompted. They can then ask the Congresswoman a question by pressing *3.
Promotions are planned for this week’s Arizona Sundogs home games. It’s Dollar Dog Night during tomorrow night’s 7:05 game against the Laredo Bucks, meaning $1 hot dogs will be available while supplies last and from 6 to 7, $1 Pepsi drinks and $3 domestic drafts will be available. Public Relations Manager Shane Ferraro says this is the first time the hockey club has done this promotion:
The first 1,000 fans at tomorrow night’s game will receive free copies of Prescott Woman magazine. On Friday night, ACE Hardware will distribute blinking buttons to the first 2,000 fans and on Saturday night, Rocky Construction will give out megaphones to the first 1,500 fans.
Yavapai County Community Health Services is canceling tonight’s swine flu shot walk-in clinics. The cancellations are due to the County getting too little of the injectable and nasal inoculations too late. County Health Officer Robert Resendes says a shipment did arrive yesterday, and that will allow future shot clinics to continue:
Tonight’s clinics were scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7 at the Prescott Health Department on Commerce Drive and at the County Complex on South 6th Street in Cottonwood. Those 2 locations are scheduled to hold clinics on Saturday from 9 to 1. Resendes adds if the shipments continue to trickle in at the current rate, they won’t get their full allotment of H1N1 vaccine until January.
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