Cottonwood residents will have another opportunity to share their comments on water quality and testing procedures. The City is hosting a public water forum at 2 tomorrow afternoon at the Riverfront Water Reclamation Facility, located on Riverfront Road. Utility Department staff will be doing sampling demonstrations and will be available to answer questions from attendees. During the first forum last Thursday, utility staff outlined the process of the City’s water system and rebutted claims about unsafe drinking water. Last month, an Arizona Grand Jury indicted former Wastewater Operations Foreman Hans Burnett after an investigation revealed he allegedly changed bacterial test results submitted to the State. Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh says based on the city’s investigation, there’s no indication the public was ever at risk. Burnett’s hearing is scheduled for this Monday.
A found human skull
It’s believed a human skull found in the Verde River isn’t evidence of a crime. On June 4th, swimmers found the skull at the Tuzigoot Access Point. Clarkdale Police responded and started an investigation. The Yavapai County Medical Examiner has determined the skull is historical remains. The Examiner’s Office will coordinate an additional examination by an anthropologist and possibly an odontologist to gather more information. On Sunday afternoon, Aaron Stubblefield, who was involved with the finding of the skull, returned to the scene and found a lower jawbone. Stubblefield was accompanied by his friend Travis Page and they have turned the jawbone over to an officer. The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an examination of this discovery and work with coordinating agencies on their findings.
Chino Valley fire
Heavy machinery doing road work is to blame for a Chino Valley fire that has burned 3 acres. On Monday afternoon, Central Arizona Fire and Medical crews were dispatched to help Arizona Department of Fuels and Fire Management crews on a grass fire near the Haystack Ranch subdivision. It took 6 engines, a water tender and a Battalion Chief an hour and a half to contain the fire. There were no injuries and no structures were burned.
Verde Valley attic fire
Meanwhile, Verde Valley Fire District crews put out an attic fire at a home on Rancho Vista Way in Cottonwood. According to Assistant Fire Chief Joe Moore, crews responded to the fire at about 10 Sunday night. Firefighters went into offensive mode and made an attack through the garage attic access, quickly stopping the fire spread to the rest of the home. There were no injuries. Other agencies that assisted with this fire were the Cottonwood Fire and Medical Authority and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.