Fire restrictions will be put in place across much of the state tomorrow morning at 8-am. The best way to find out about fire restrictions on our national forests and public lands is to visit www.firerestrictions.us. For local restrictions within cities, towns and communities, contact your local fire department or fire district. Under the restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only. The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds.
Teen found murdered near Ash Fork
Filed under Flagstaff, Home Page on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Author: News.
Coconino County Sheriffs Office says the boy suffered trauma to his head.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the murder of a 16-year old Ashfork boy. Officials say on Friday, the Sheriff’s Office received a call of a body located on the north side of I-40, just east of Ashfork. A motorist pulled off the highway on a side road and discovered the body on the ground in a turnaround area. Investigators found the victim had suffered trauma to his head. The victim has been identified as a 16-year old male from Ashfork; his name was not released. An autopsy was conducted Monday; the cause and manner of death are pending the doctor’s review. A suspect has not yet been identified.
The May 21-st General Election is taking place today. Runoff elections are being held in Prescott Valley and Cottonwood. In each municipality voters are filling one final council seat. In Cottonwood, voters are also deciding Prop-425, a Permanent Adjustment to the state’s imposed expenditure limitation. All ballots are due in by 7-pm tonight; ballots should be dropped off in person at the special election boxes outside Prescott Valley Town Hall, Cottonwood City Hall or at the County Buildings in Prescott and Cottonwood.
A trial date has been set in a high profile 2008 Prescott murder case. Friday a trial date was set for Steven DeMocker, the financier charged with murdering his ex-wife in July, 2008. The Yavapai County Attorney's Office says jury selection will begin the week of July 17-th with the trial beginning July 23-rd. Prosecutors expect the trial to continue into October. It's alleged that DeMocker used a golf club to bludgeon to death his ex-wife 53-year old Carol Kennedy in order to avoid paying alimony. At the time of the attack, Kennedy was on the phone with her mother.
Work begins in June on the 4 Forest Restoration Initiative. The work will begin with 1,000 acres on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near Show Low. As operations begin, visitors to the area and residents need to be aware of the hazards associated with the logging operation. This is the beginning of restoration work that will treat an average of 30,000 acres per year on the Coconino, Kaibab, Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto National Forests over the next 9-years and is part of the larger 20-year plan to restore 2.4 million acres of ponderosa pine forest in northern Arizona.
Sonya Williams-Rowe fills Dewey-Humboldt council vacancy
Filed under Quad-Cities on Monday, May 20, 2013 by Author: News.
Williams-Rowe will be sworn in Tuesday night.
The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council last week filled a vacancy on the council after interviewing 3 applicants. The seat became available with the April resignation of David Hiles. The Council selected Sonya Williams-Rowe to fill the seat. Williams-Rowe is scheduled to be sworn in during tomorrow's council meeting at 6:30.
Work underway on Schultz Flood project
Filed under Flagstaff on Monday, May 20, 2013 by Author: News.
Crews are working in the Wupatki Trails neighborhood.
Coconino County and the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service have broken ground on the second Emergency Watershed Protection project in the Schultz Flood area, which is designed to reduce the threat of flooding in the Wupatki Trails neighborhood. Tiffany Construction, began the $900,000 Wupatki Trails Project last week. Crews will work daily between 7-am and 5-pm Monday through Friday. Flaggers, signage and other traffic control devices will be in place as needed to direct vehicles through the construction zone. The project includes the creation of sediment reduction measures on Forest Service property and the construction of a floodwater channel through the community.
Yavapai County will enter a fire ban on Wednesday morning at 8-am. Emergency Services Coordinator Denny Foulk says the fire ban covers the unincorporated areas of the County. Each fire department or district has the authority to apply fire restrictions for their respective jurisdiction. Many jurisdictions such as Skull Valley, Peeples Valley, Yarnell, and Congress follow the County’s Ban Policy. The county ban prohibits all open fires and campfires. Other types of outdoor fires banned are those that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps. The ban also prohibits the outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark. This restricts the use of welding equipment and chain saws. The county ban allows cooking on charcoal barbecue grills as long as they are covered, and it will allow the use of store-bought fire pits if they also have screened covers that do not allow sparks to pass through.
The Yavapai County Personnel Review Board recommended to Sheriff Scott Mascher that the employees connected to a bar room brawl in December in Prescott be terminated. The board recommended that Marc Schmidt, Bill Suttle and Mark Boan be terminated. Schmidt and Suttle already resigned, Boan has indicated he will appeal the decision. All were members of the Iron Brotherhood motorcycle club. The club is made up of acting and retired law enforcement officers. The men were part of a fight in a Prescott downtown bar in which the victim was struck at least twice in the face causing him injury.