New Magistrate for Dewey Humboldt
The search will soon be getting underway for a new Dewey-Humboldt Town Magistrate. Judge Catherine Kelley has submitted her resignation after more than 9 years in that position. Kelley has indicated she has put measures into place prior to making her decision to leave to ensure a smooth, organized and functional transition to the next judge. Her basic plan would give Town Council members 3 months or more to hire a new Magistrate. Kelley will give up her pay from the Town and function as a Volunteer Presiding Magistrate. This month, next month and in November, Pro Tem Judges would fill the necessary functions of the court. Town Council will hold a closed session at 2 tomorrow to discuss the proposed Court Transition Plan, a reorganization of the court or its merger with the Justice of the Peace Court. The meeting will be held in Council chambers on Highway 69.
Injuries from Sedona hike
A Sedona resident is recovering from injuries suffered during a hike on Bell Rock. That person was hiking near the top of the peak yesterday when they suffered a compound fracture of their lower leg. The Sedona Fire District performed a short haul rescue with the help of 2 Ranger helicopters. Paramedic Cooper Carr helped the patient near the summit and both were lowered to a landing zone near the trailhead. The patient was then transferred to a second helicopter that was configured for medical transport before being flown to Flagstaff Medical Center. Sedona Fire District officials are reminding anyone who plans on going hiking to hydrate prior to going out, take more water than you think you will need, have a charged cell phone, let someone know where you plan on going and hike early to avoid high afternoon temperatures.
Probably no rain this week
If you’re hoping for rain before Arizona’s monsoon season ends, there’s little chance of any moisture hitting the area this week. The monsoon season started June 15th and it runs through the end of this month. While recent monsoon rains cooled down the area, it will be hot this week. Jaret Rogers with the Phoenix National Weather Service explains those hot temperatures could stick around. Rogers says it will be dry in northern Arizona. According to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff, Prescott has seen its 6th wettest monsoon season so far, with 11 inches of rain received through August 27th. That’s more than 5 inches above normal.