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Bill's Newscast: Injured Hiker Rescued in Oak Creek

05 September 2017  
Photo courtesy Coconino County Sheriff's Department

The hiker fell 100 feet into Oak Creek Canyon.

Dewey-Humboldt recognizes volunteers.

The Town of Dewey-Humboldt will be honoring its volunteers. Among the honorees is the Blue Hills and Foothills Firewise Board. Officials say the Board has worked relentlessly to help residents in those areas create defensible space around their homes. The Board has also been successful in gaining Firewise certification for those areas. The Town will also honor former Historical Society President Carl Marsee. Marsee, who passed away in July, had been instrumental in creating and curating the most exciting and educational exhibits of local history ever gathered. Bart Brush, who recognizes the importance of hands-on education, is also being honored. Brush is responsible for the voluntary creation of the Humboldt Elementary School’s garden, native habitat and nature trail, as well as the planting of 12 native trees along the perimeter of the playground. Town of Dewey-Humboldt officials will be hosting a barbecue at 4 this afternoon at Butte Street Park to celebrate the contributions of this year’s honorees.

Dewey-Humboldt comes to agreement with Town Historical Society

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meets at 6:30 tonight to consider an amendment to an agreement with the Town Historical Society. The amendment would allow the Society to use the 2nd Street right of way for exhibition of large historical items. Town officials say the Historical Society has a number of artifacts for display and storage in the right of way, which will now be referred to as the Dewey-Humboldt Outdoor Museum. The original agreement for display of items in the 30 foot strip was approved in 2014. The Town Museum had been using the Gateway Baptist Church on Main Street, but that lease hasn’t been renewed, so the indoor portion is closed. The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meeting will be held at Town Hall on Highway 69.

Construction projects in Prescott resume

Now that the Labor Day holiday is over, work is resuming on construction projects in Prescott. The City of Prescott and contractor Asphalt Paving and Supply are working on a road and utility upgrade project along Highway 89. In preparation for widening the roadway from 2 to 4 lanes, crews are performing earth work and extending the existing drainage culverts this week. Work is occurring between the 89A/Pioneer Parkway Interchange and Granite Dells. Work hours are 7 am to 7 pm today through Saturday. Sewer main installation is also continuing along 89 from Prescott Lakes Parkway to the Willow Lake Road roundabout.

Meanwhile, stormwater detention basin work is nearing completion in Acker Park. Crews will be installing metal containers and landscape plantings over the next 2 weeks. Work hours for both the sewer main installation and the stormwater detention basin work are 7 am to 6 pm today through September 16th.

Long term bonds on the agenda for the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meets at 9 tomorrow morning to state its intention to incur long term bond obligations. The purpose of these obligations is refinancing to pay the entire balance of the County’s lease obligations under a 2008 lease agreement. This agreement financed the costs of the Verde Valley Superior Court building and the Prescott Juvenile Detention Facility in the amount of more than 17 million dollars. During a public hearing last month, County Administrator Phil Bourdon told the Supervisors the loan couldn’t be paid off until may of next year at the earliest. The Board of Supervisors meeting will be held in the County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street in Prescott.

Hiker rescued from Oak Creek Canyon after a 100 foot fall

A 23-year-old Chandler man is recovering after he fell 100 feet off the rim of Oak Creek Canyon. The fall occurred Sunday morning. Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Jason Lurkins says they lowered a member of their Technical Rescue Team and pulled the injured hiker to safety. An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter used a 150 foot long line in the rescue. There were 10 other individuals in the group who had been camping in the area. The group had been hiking off trail around a rock outcropping when the man fell. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the fall.

Child dies after falling from Midgley Bridge Trail

A 2 1/2 year old child has died after falling from the Midgley Bridge Trail near Sedona. On Saturday afternoon at around 2, Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Sedona Police and Fire Departments and the U.S. Forest Service responded to a report of a child who fell an estimated 50 to 60 feet down a cliff. Sedona Fire Battalion Chief Dave Cochrane located the child on a ledge below the Midgley Bridge Trail. After firefighters gained access, they determined the child was deceased.

The family is on vacation visiting the area from Omaha, Nebraska. The case remains under investigation by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Medical Examiner’s Office.

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