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Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission

The Independent Redistricting Commission's mission is to redraw Arizona’s congressional and legislative districts to reflect the results of the most recent census. The concept of one-person, one-vote dictates that districts should be roughly equal in population. Other factors to be considered are the federal Voting Rights Act, district shape, geographical features, respect for communities of interest and potential competitiveness. The state Constitution requires the commissioners – two Republicans, two Democrats and an independent chairperson – to start from scratch rather than redraw existing districts.

A new Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission was appointed in January 2021 to adopt new congressional and legislative districts for Arizona. This comprehensive website is being used to inform the public about its work. 

 

Click here for more information. 


Online Library Catalog

We are so excited to introduce you to the
brand new Online Library Catalog

It has improved searching, browsing, and lots more great features you'll love.

  • Find new books and resources in a snap with browsable displays and a powerful new search engine. 
  • See all available formats for each title at once in search results and lists. 
  • Manage all your holds and checkouts in one place [print and digital]. 
  • Check out, read, and download eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines right from the catalog. 

 If you love it, you can start using it full time right now.  Explore at your own pace!  You have several months to get acquainted before the new catalog is fully operational in January.

 

Click Here to Take a Video Tour of the New Catalog!


Pile Burning Planned on Mingus Mountain

PRESCOTT, AZ, November 3, 2021 - Fire Managers on the Verde Ranger District plan to take advantage of the moisture received last week and burn 90 acres of piles on Thursday, November 4 and Friday, November 5, 2021.  Piles are located on Mingus Mountain, near the junction of Forest Service Road 413 and Forest Service Road 132 near Burnt Tank (T15N, R2E, Sec 15).  Fire managers expect smoke impacts to be light in the surrounding area with no road or trail closures.  Pile burning helps to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience. 

In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the prescribed burn as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area.

The purpose of this project is to reduce hazardous fuels following thinning and fuelwood removal activities.  Reducing hazardous fuels will help reduce the threat of high severity, high intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and communities.  Burning of debris left over from brush-crush and thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning.  

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as much as possible, and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

Messages will be posted on social media when managed fires are ignited on the Prescott National Forest:

For fire information please call (928) 925-1111; or stay up to date on Prescott National Forest news by checking the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.   

 

 

 


Flood Control District

The Flood Control District is responsible for floodplain management in all unincorporated areas of Yavapai County as well as the incorporated communities of Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Dewey-Humboldt, and Sedona (the Yavapai County portion).

Under State of Arizona enabling legislation, flood control districts are political subdivisions, designated as special taxing districts, and are given the authority to levy a secondary property tax on parcels within the County.  The tax rates are set by the Yavapai County Flood Control Board of Directors.  Flood Control District projects are funded by a variety of Federal, State, District, County and City cost sharing partnerships.

The Yavapai County Flood Control District has a long history of returning a portion of each community’s tax revenue for use in funding drainage projects that are run by the communities.

While the funding has varied year to year, each community has a base level of funding that has been set aside annually for its Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), with any money not spent being carried over into the next year.

Approximately 60% of the money collected from the communities is returned to them.

Click here for more information about Yavapai County Flood Control District.


7 Years and $40,000 Raised - Wrangling Breast Cancer with Prescott Frontier Days

(PRESCOTT – October 13, 2021) –Members of Prescott Frontier Days, Inc., the Prescott Frontier Days Foundation, and the Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) Foundation, a member of Dignity Health, met recently to celebrate the success of this year’s Wrangler® “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” fundraising program to benefit the Breast Care Center at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

“This year’s program which included our annual ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ banquet and ‘Tough Enough’ featured night at the rodeo generated $7,500,” said Chris Graff, President of Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. “It is gratifying to see our rodeo fans and our community come together to support the Center and the patients and families it serves.”  

Funds donated to the Breast Care Center are used to provide screening mammograms for those without insurance, essential health supports to breast cancer patients, and continuing staff education. They also help ensure the Center has the latest technology. According to YRMC Foundation Executive Director Robbie Nicol, the Foundation was able to fund the purchase of three next-generation ultrasound units designed specifically for breast imaging.

In accepting this year’s donation, Nicol stated, “We, the Prescott Frontiers Days organization and our Medical Center, share a common bond of service to our community. We are grateful for all they do throughout the year to make our community healthy and prosperous.”

To learn more about the Breast Care Center at YRMC or to speak with a YRMC Foundation staff member, please contact (928) 771–5686 or foundation@yrmc.org, or visit www.yrmcfoundation.org.


Christmas tree permits available online through Recreation.gov starting October 14

PRESCOTT, AZ – October 8, 2021  Christmas tree permits for the Prescott National Forest will be available for purchase starting on October 14, 2021.  This season 500 permits will be available to purchase online through Recreation.gov and 100 permits will be available at district offices.  Details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut may be found here -  Prescott National Forest Christmas Tree Permit in Arizona - Recreation.gov

“For every tree that is found, cut and carried home as a holiday fixture, a new story is created,” said USDA Forest Service Chief Randy Moore. “These stories become the precious memories that create traditions worth carrying on for generations and further connect families with their local forests.”

To purchase a Christmas tree permit online, visit Recreation.gov and search for Prescott National Forest  Christmas Tree Permits. It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will also need to set up or login to a Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction.

To purchase a Christmas tree permit locally you can call the Bradshaw/Chino Valley Ranger District at 928-443-8000.  Please leave your name and phone number, we will call back in the order calls are received.  Procedures and protocol have been implemented to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities.  Because of these new procedure’s permits will only be available through the mail.  Permits will be mailed to customers within two weeks with a map showing designated cutting areas and additional Christmas tree cutting instructions.

Rules for Christmas Tree Permits

  • Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone.
  • The permit will allow the holder to cut a tree within designated cutting areas between the dates of November 1 through December 24.   
  • Each Christmas tree permit is $20 and allows permit holders to cut a tree up to 10 feet tall.
  • A customer may purchase only one tree permit, which is intended for his or her family. However, any remaining permits after December 1 can be purchased by anyone.
  • Permits are for personal use only.
  • Trees must be cut within designated cutting areas.
  • No refunds on Christmas tree permits.

In order to receive a FREE Every Kid Outdoors Christmas tree permit, the 4th grader must possess a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass or voucher. This free Christmas tree permit is available to obtain with their pass online; to do so visit Recreation.gov and search for Prescott National Forest  Christmas Tree Permits. At checkout select the option for Every Kid Outdoors and enter your card ID number to complete checkout and obtain the permit.  If your fourth grader has not obtained an Every Kid Outdoors voucher, please go to https://everykidoutdoors.gov/pass.htm and follow the instructions. 

Tree cutters are reminded to be prepared for sudden weather changes and colder conditions when in higher elevations. A fun family outing can become miserable and even dangerous with a quick change of weather for the unprepared. The permits expire at midnight on December 24; however, forest officials recommend cutting your tree early in the season before the higher elevations are snow bound. Trees can stay fresh for quite some time if cared for correctly.

For more information on Christmas tree permits on the Prescott National Forest, please call the Bradshaw – Chino Valley Ranger District Office at (928) 443-8000 or Forest Offices for the Prescott National Forest at 928-777-2200.

 


Pile Burning Planned in the Prescott Basin on the Bradshaw RD

 

PRESCOTT, AZ, October 12, 2021 - Fire Managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District plan to burn debris piles near the community of Groom Creek, in and around Iron Springs, Lynx Lake, Walker Road, Goldwater Lake and near White Spar Campground.  Recent moisture and higher humidity provide desired conditions to burn piles created from previous fuels reduction projects.  Ignitions are planned to start as early as Wednesday, October 13,  2021 and will continue through the month of October as long as favorable weather conditions allow.  Fire managers expect smoke impacts to be light in the surrounding areas. Pile burning helps to reduce hazardous fuels in the wildland urban interface and increases ecosystem and community resilience.

In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the prescribed burn as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area.

The purpose of this project is to reduce hazardous fuels following thinning and fuelwood removal activities. Reducing hazardous fuels will help reduce the threat of high severity, high intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and communities. Burning of debris left over from brush-crush and thinning projects requires moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as much as possible, and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

Messages will be posted on social media when managed fires are ignited on the Prescott National Forest:

For fire information please call (928) 925-1111; or stay up to date on Prescott National Forest news by checking the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.   

 


Camping and Motor Vehicle Use Closures at Perkinsville Bridge on the Chino Valley Ranger District

PRESCOTT, AZ, October 5, 2021 - Officials on the Prescott National Forest have implemented a 2-year Camping and Motor Vehicle Use closure for the area near Perkinsville Bridge on the Chino Valley Ranger District effective October 3, 2021 through October 3, 2023.

Forest Officials have signed and implemented a temporary camping and motor vehicle use closure in and around the Perkinsville Bridge area.  This includes a motor vehicle use closure of National Forest Service Roads 9004W and 9004M adjacent to the bridge.  Overnight camping in and around the bridge along the Verde River is prohibited. County Road 70 will remain open with limited parking alongside the roadway.  The area is open to both day use and non-motorized activities including swimming, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and hiking, among other recreational activities.   

Over the past few years, dispersed camping in these areas and high use has caused significant resource damage to soil and water quality; as well as abandoned property, trash, and sanitation issues creating an unsafe environment for other forest users and continued resource degradation.  The area is also subject to flash flooding potential and is critical habitat for both threatened & endangered species. 

Over the next two years the district will be analyzing current dispersed camping corridors, district-wide recreational opportunities, areas of overuse and look at the long-term management of these areas. This process will provide opportunity for public involvement and input.

For more information 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.


New Physician Joins Community Health Center of Yavapai

YAVAPAI COUNTY – Community Health Center of Yavapai (CHCY) is pleased to announce that Daniel Lefkowitz, DO will be seeing patients at their Cottonwood clinic located at 51 Brian Mickelsen Parkway.  

 Dr. Lefkowitz has been serving the Verde Valley since 2018 and said he’s excited to join CHCY to serve patients in Cottonwood.  

 “I’m really grateful to be here and help the Cottonwood community members improve their health,” He said. “I’ve grown to love this place. It’s an amazing community and I’m happy to raise my family here.”  

 Dr. Lefkowitz graduated cum laude with honors from the University of Arizona for his undergraduate degree and received his medical degree from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York.   

 “Working in underserved and rural areas during medical school is what sparked my passion for rural medicine. I find it very rewarding to help the people who need it the most.”  

 Dr. Lefkowitz specializes in treating acute and chronic medical conditions in adults. He has special interests in rural medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT).  

 “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment is a person-centered approach to medicine,” said Dr. Lefkowitz. “We specialize in treating the entire person rather than just the symptoms. It’s more of a hands-on approach that involves manually moving, stretching, and adjusting the body to reduce pain and increase mobility.”  

 Having Dr. Lefkowitz offer this level of personalized care compliments Community Health Center of Yavapai’s newest recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for its continuous quality improvement and patient centered approach.  

 The Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care supports a team-oriented approach while positioning the patients as the primary focus of their care. This means improved patient experience and access, ultimately helping health care providers better manage their patients with chronic conditions.  

 “The entire COVID-19 pandemic revealed just how important it is for patients to have a place they call their medical home,” said Willa Miller, the business manager at CHCY. “No matter how chaotic someone’s personal life may be, they are put at the center of care at CHCY. The PCMH then builds a network of support around them by working with other health professionals and community resources to make sure all their needs are met. Having Dr. Lefkowitz here with his passion for personalized medicine and education is going to be a great benefit to our Cottonwood location.” 

 In his spare time, Dr. Lefkowitz enjoys traveling with his wife, spending time with his children, and hiking and mountain biking in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona.


Yavapai Library Network Announces New & Improved Online Catalog

Great New Features Make Using the Library Even Better 

The Yavapai Library Network (YLN) is excited to announce that a brand-new catalog will launch for libraries across Yavapai County this October 12th. The new catalog will make it easier to find just what you're looking for and treasures you didn't even know you wanted. It has a bold, clean design that makes searching and browsing intuitive and fun. It has loads of great features you'll love. The old catalog will be active through the end of the year, so you have plenty of time try out the new catalog. We know you'll love it. 

Check out a sneak preview here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kty1QlKzoUs 

New catalog powered By Aspen Discovery, supported by ByWater Solutions 


Library District Branches Return to Full Service Starting Monday, August 30th

Location: Yavapai County 

 All fifteen District Libraries will return to full service beginning Monday, August 30th.  Patrons will be able to visit their community branch libraries in person, to browse shelves and use public computers, etc., once again.   We recommend all patrons follow CDC guidelines for sanitizing hands and keeping a physical distance of 6 feet.  Wearing a mask over nose and mouth is recommended in the library.  Curbside pickup service is still available at all District branches for patrons who prefer not to come into the library.   

  ***Please do not come to the library if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.***   

  Visit ycfld.org to find your library's hours and contact info.  Call your District library branch with any questions. District branches are located in Ash Fork, Bagdad, Beaver Creek, Black Canyon City, Clarkdale, Congress, Cordes Lakes, Crown King, Dewey-Humboldt, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, Spring Valley, Wilhoit, and Yarnell.   


There is still time to let your voice be heard

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. 

Yavapai County Development Services Director David Williams said, “We are truly appreciative of everyone’s participation in the Comprehensive Plan and the development of our great County. If you know someone who may be interested, please forward this website link to your family, friends, and neighbors and have them click “Get Involved” to be added to our mailing list for upcoming meetings and future survey’s which will help us draft the new Comprehensive Plan.” 

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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