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Nine Chino Valley Police Officers Recognized for Life Saving Efforts

 

Nine Chino Valley Police Officers Recognized for Life Saving Efforts CHINO VALLEY - For immediate release: May 11, 2022 Chino Valley Police Chief Chuck Wynn presented nine of his officers with Life Saving Awards at the Town Council meeting on Tuesday evening, May 10, 2022. Chino Valley Officer Jonethen Mitea, Lt. Josh McIntire, Lt. Randy Chapman, Sgt. Cody Johnson, FTO Jon Szymanski, SRO Jeff Pizzi, FTO Todd Hyslip, Officer Jay Murray and Officer David Herrera (not present) were recognized for their heroic efforts with one or more of three critical incidents in which they were first on the scene.

The first incident was a tragic two vehicle rollover involving local high school students. Officers were able to triage the injured and alert fire that additional response vehicles and air support would be needed. In the motorcycle incident, the officers were able to stop the bleeding with a tourniquet and stabilize the victim until fire arrived. In the last incident, the officer was able to clear the airway and again stabilize the victim until fire arrived.

Mayor, Vice-Mayor and Town Council came down from the dais to personally thank each officer for their bravery after which the officers received a standing ovation from the room. The presentation culminated in an emotional moment when many of the students involved in the first incident assembled with the officers for a picture, and they and their families were able to personally express their gratitude to the officers whose quick action was key to their being able to be present in the room.

Vice-Mayor Perkins summed it up well when she said, “These kids are Chino Valley High School kids.” She continued, “A couple of those kids weren’t expected to make it. I’m up here crying because they are here. A lot of prayers and a lot of gratitude to our PD and everyone involved.”

With all the negative that seems to surround us these days, it is more important than ever to take advantage of moments to celebrate extraordinary action and life affirming events. We are proud of the selfless service and heroic action of our police officers who day in and day out serve the public good and make Chino Valley a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

The video of the Town Council meeting is posted on the Town’s Facebook page and our YouTube Channel – link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s45D8EUaAA. The Life Saving Awards presentation begins at 1:02:33.

Left to right: Chief Wynn, Officer Jonethen Mitea, Lt. Josh McIntire, Lt. Randy Chapman, Sgt. Cody Johnson, FTO Jon Szymanski,

SRO Jeff Pizzi, FTO Todd Hyslip, Officer Jay Murray

Councilmember: Tom Armstrong, Cloyce Kelly, Mayor Jack Miller, Vice-Mayor Annie Perkins show their appreciation.

 

 


Yavapai County Job Fair May 24th!


Cooks Fire Update - May 9, 2022

 

Location: 11 nautical miles south of Prescott-Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, SEC 1), near Mt Union. Start Date: April 18, 2022 Size: Approximately 9402 acres, 96% Containment   Cause: Under Investigation Vegetation: Timber (Litter and Understory), Chaparral (6 feet)  Number of Personnel Assigned: 217

Firefighters have made progress strengthening and improving the northwest edge of the Crooks Fire, preventing growth during critical fire weather. Crews and heavy equipment will continue to patrol the fire, mop up remaining hot spots near control lines, repair and rehabilitate areas where suppression actions were taken, and clear hazardous snags and debris along roadways in and around the fire area. Light smoke may be visible at times, as interior fuels continue to burn and smolder.

Over the next few days, the Incident Management Team will begin to release resources. This process is known as right-sizing the organization. Crews will be released from the fire as objectives are met and made available to assist with other wildfires in the southwest. Remaining resources will patrol and hold the fire perimeter to ensure the fire remains within the planning area. As resources are released, the CWZ Type 3 team will begin moving the Incident Base Camp out of Watson Lake and over to Groom Creek Horse Camp on the Bradshaw Ranger District. This move could start on Tuesday, May 10 and continue through Thursday May 12, allowing the City of Prescott to re-open Watson Lake.

As a reminder, residents within the Crooks Fire area need to utilize caution while driving on the roads as firefighters continue to work in and around the fire area. The Prescott National Forest has issued a new reduced closure order which reduces the size and continues to provide for public and firefighter safety. Hazards still exist in and around the fire area and residents living nearby should utilize care as fire-weakened trees, ash pits, and burned stump holes remain.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Fire restrictions are used to limit certain activities on public lands during periods of extreme fire risk. Fire restrictions have various levels called stages. Each stage limits specific activities and can vary from place to place, even those areas in close proximity. Know before you go on that trip to visit our national forests or public lands. Check on current fire restrictions at: WildlandFire.az.gov

WEATHER: Sunny, dry and breezy conditions are expected to continue through midweek. A weather system will rapidly increase south-southwest winds on Wednesday before winds shift to northwest Wednesday evening. Drier and less windy conditions will return later this week.

FOREST CLOSURE: The Prescott National Forest has reduced the fire area emergency closure allowing for Upper Goldwater Lake and portions of the Circle Trail to re-open to the public. The closure provides public health and safety due to firefighting operations on the Crooks Fire. Prescott National Forest Fire Closure Order and Fire Closure Map

Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place: Wildfires are a NO Drone Zone. Flying recreational and media drones within a TFR is illegal and impedes fire suppression efforts. Report drones to local law enforcement. If you Fly, We Can’t.

Infrared Map from May 8th press release.

Map below from May 4th press release.

 


Forest Service News Release

Thinning Operations Partially Completed in the Camp Wood Area on the Chino Valley Ranger District

PRESCOTT, AZ –May 2, 2022 - For the last 6 weeks a contractor has been using heavy equipment to thin trees on 366 acres of Prescott National Forest land in the Camp Wood area on the Chino Valley Ranger District. The Connell and Stinson Stewardship Projects are located along Camp Wood Road (County Road 68) in the vicinity of Yolo Ranch, Forest Service Road 9 and the Rock House Spring.

The contractor has completed all thinning operations and closeout work in current units of the two projects. The contractor is expected to return to the area later this year or early next winter to complete the remaining 739 acres in the Connell and Stinson Stewardship project areas.

The intent of the project is to improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while reducing the risk of bark beetle outbreaks which are heavily impacting the Prescott National Forest.

With the completion of operations, all roads, trails, and dispersed camping sites in the project area are now open to the public. Members of the public are reminded that the Prescott National Forest is entering into Stage 1 Fire Restriction on May 5, 2022.  Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott for more information on fire restrictions or call (928) 925-1111.

Stay up to date on Prescott National Forest news by checking the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.   

Prescott National Forest Announces Fuelwood Opportunity in the Camp Wood Area on the Chino Valley Ranger District

PRESCOTT, AZ – May 4, 2022 - The Prescott National Forest is announcing that a recently thinned area in Camp Wood on the Chino Valley Ranger District is available for dead and down fuelwood collection. The Connell and Stinson Stewardship Projects recently completed thinning of 366 acres of ponderosa pine in the vicinity of Yolo Ranch, Forest Service Road 9 and the Rock House Spring. The contractor was not permitted to remove any oaks or junipers so there is a significant amount of quality fuelwood available, especially near the project’s landings, or areas where cut trees were processed and loaded onto log trucks.

Fuelwood permits for 2022 are available for purchase at the price of $2.00/cord with a $20.00 minimum purchase. Maps will be available at the Verde District Office and the Bradshaw-Chino District Office.

Fuelwood permit purchases can be made by credit card over the phone, or by check through the mail. 

Please call the offices below to schedule a time to come in and purchase fuelwood permits, maps, or passes:

  • Verde Ranger District Office

(928) 567-1117

M-F 8:30-12:30; 1:00 – 4:00

300 East Highway 260, Camp Verde AZ 86322

  • Bradshaw-Chino Valley District Office

(928) 443-8000      

M-F, 8:30 – 4:30

344 S. Cortez St, Prescott, AZ 86303

 

 

Know Before You Go and remember the following tips as you prepare to go out and cut your firewood:

  • We are entering into Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on May 5, 2022.  Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott for more information on fire restrictions
  • Ensure chainsaws have a functional spark arrestor. Bring water and a shovel in case of sparks
  • Pick up your free Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) from any of our offices or view on at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/prescott/maps-pubs/?cid=fseprd586426&width=full
  • Make sure you have your MVUM, fuelwood permit and tags with you when you go to collect wood
  • Make sure to pack your personal safety supplies – such as water, snacks, first aid kit, etc.

For more information, please contact the Bradshaw & Chino Valley Ranger Districts at 928-443-8000.

Stay up to date on Prescott National Forest news by checking the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.   

 

 


Firefighters’ lines hold back Crooks Fire during wind storm

Location: 11 nautical miles south of Prescott-Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, SEC 1), near Mt Union. Start Date: April 18, 2022 Size: Approximately 9402 acres, 75% Containment   Cause: Under Investigation Vegetation: Timber (Litter and Understory), Chaparral (6 feet)  Number of Personnel Assigned: 826

Red flag conditions tested containment lines Sunday on the fire with strong southwest winds and low relative humidity.  Blowing ash and dust were present with some interior pockets of fuels producing smoke.  The hard work of firefighters paid off as containment lines held during 44 mph wind gusts.  The fire area did not expand, and containment increased to 75%.  

On Sunday, crews continued to focus on structure protection and finished thinning of vegetation along Senator Highway. This was to provide a fire break which will help provide protection to communities for years to come. Heavy equipment is being used to repair road damage in preparation for re-population of evacuated neighborhoods, when conditions are safe, and the Sheriff approves.

But this fire is not out yet, and as baseball great Yogi Berra said, ‘it ain’t over til it’s over.’ The weather remains dry, and the forest is parched by drought. Firefighters will be patrolling, monitoring and mopping-up hot spots on the Crooks Fire on Monday and every day until containment reaches 100%. People living in the wildland-urban interface are encouraged to thin vegetation for defensible space around homes. YavapaiFirewise.org is a good resource for help.

WEATHER: Dry and breezy Monday with southwest winds 10-20 mph. Minimum humidity should be around 20%. Gusts near 30 mph are possible Tuesday as a low-pressure system passes through Central Arizona.

SMOKE INFORMATION: Residents can monitor current conditions for the Crooks Fire, via Arizona Smoke Forecasting system located at https://azdeq.gov/wildfireforecast?fire=crooksfire

EVACUATIONS: Several areas remain in both the “READY” and “SET” status. Residents should continue to monitor the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page for additional information. https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/

FOREST CLOSURE: To provide public health and safety due to firefighting operations and fire danger associated with the uncontrolled Crooks Fire the Prescott National Forest has expanded the fire area emergency closure to the south. To view the Crooks Fire area closure order and map visit: Prescott National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov)

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place: Wildfires are a NO Drone Zone. Flying recreational and media drones within a TFR is illegal and impedes fire suppression efforts. Report drones to local law enforcement. If You Fly, We Can’t! 

 

 

 

 


Interagency News Release

Fire activity and dry conditions trigger fire restrictions in portions of Western, Central, and Northern Arizona Phoenix, Ariz. (May 2, 2022) – Effective Thursday, May 5 the following agencies will implement campfire and smoking restrictions:

• Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Phoenix and Colorado River Districts; • Coconino, Kaibab [Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts], Prescott, Tonto, and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests; • Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management as it relates to state trust lands in Coconino County south of the Grand Canyon, Mohave, La Paz, Yavapai, Yuma, Maricopa, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Apache, and Navajo counties.

Beginning May 5, 2022, and until rescinded, the following are prohibited: • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire, except within a developed recreation site, or improved site. • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building. Smoking is prohibited in all federal buildings.

In addition, the BLM Phoenix and Colorado River Districts, Prescott and Tonto National Forests will implement the following restriction, which temporarily prohibits recreational target shooting: • Discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal law, and regulations.

Fireworks and exploding targets are never allowed on federal and state trust lands. Recreational target shooting is prohibited year-round on state trust lands.

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters possessing shut-off devices are allowed. When using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other fine fuels. Prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire.

Residents and visitors should check with respective county and municipal governments for information on fire restrictions in those jurisdictions.

National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service units across Arizona maintain similar fire restrictions as those being implemented, year-round. Variations are possible, and visitors should check with the unit’s visitor center for area-specific restrictions and regulations.

Violation of restrictions is punishable by fine, imprisonment or both. Violators may also be held personally responsible for reimbursement of fire suppression costs.

To prevent wildfires, never throw cigarettes out of a vehicle window. Use an ashtray instead. Never park a vehicle over dry grass as the catalytic converter can ignite the vegetation. Make sure your vehicle is in good operating condition, tires are well inflated, and check for any dragging metal or chains from towed trailers.

Fire conditions as well as localized closures and restrictions are subject to change. Tribal, federal, state, and local mandates are different, they may have some differences in their restriction notices. For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please contact the nearest land management agency office where you plan to work or play or visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov

 

 


Congratulations Miss Amazing!

Last week Beth Vicory stopped by Supervisor Brown's office to show him the award she won

during Miss Amazing National Pageant! We are so proud of you Beth!


ADOT Seligman Bridge Project

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Plan for Interstate 40 daytime lane restrictions at the East Seligman Bridges (Exit 123) near Seligman April 18 - June 10

Drivers should use caution and allow extra travel time

 

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for eight weeks of lane restrictions on east- and westbound Interstate 40 at the East Seligman Bridges (Exit 123) near Seligman. 

The following restrictions will occur around-the-clock weekdays beginning 7 a.m., Monday, April 18, through 5 p.m. Friday, June 10:

  • East- and westbound I-40 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction near the East Seligman Bridges (Exit 123) between mileposts 122-125.
  • The speed will be reduced to 55 mph through the work zone.
  • No weekend restrictions or work is scheduled.  

The closures are needed for crews to construct the detour crossovers prior to the bridge deck replacement work beginning later this summer.

ADOT advises drivers to slow down and use caution around personnel and equipment. For more information, visit azdot.gov/I40EastSeligman.

 

E Seligman Bridge restrictions

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Bilingual Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or go to azdot.gov/contact and select Projects from the drop-down menu. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, Need to know where a milepost is? Click on the "Mile Markers" icon on the map at www.az511.com. Follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

 

 


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Paulden Community Clean Up


I-40 Seligman Bridge Project


Board of Supervisors Approve Free Slash Drop-Off


Bridging the Digital Divide one "book" at a time


Chino Valley Equestrian Park - 2022 Buckle Series


New Chair and Vice Chair for 2022

At the regular Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting today (12/1/2021) the Board voted unanimously to make Vice-Chair Mary Mallory the Chair for next year and Supervisor James Gregory the new Vice-Chair. Vice-Chair Mary Mallory said, “I look forward to serving as the Board of Supervisors Chair for 2022 along with having Supervisor Gregory as the Vice Chair.” Supervisor James Gregory said, “I am honored and excited to be selected as the 2022 Vice Chair for the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors. This past year in office has been a whirlwind of learning and navigating through County government and resources; and I can sincerely say we have the best staff! I look forward to this next year of continued service and commitment to the citizens of Yavapai County.” The new positions will take effect on January 1, 2022


Comprehensive Plan Survey needs your input!

The Yavapai County Development Services Department needs your input. Development Services kicked-off the Yavapai County Comprehensive Plan Update process on November 19, 2020. The Comprehensive Plan is a state required policy document that guides future growth and development in the County. All residents are encouraged to participate in the process and share their thoughts and ideas on how they would like to see their communities and the County grow. 

Here is a link to the Yavapai County website where you can find the surveys and see the results. https://planningyavapai2032.org/surveys

For more information on the Comprehensive Plan, or to learn how you can participate, please join our mailing list by clicking on the following link (Contact Us (list-manage.com))

 


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