Road improvement projects underway
Now that the Labor Day holiday is over, road improvement projects are getting underway. Cactus Asphalt, in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing road work on Yuma and Pleasant Drives in Chino Valley, Spring Lane in Spring Valley, Western and Eastern Drives in the Verde Villages, Hogan Lane in Cottonwood and Wild Horse Mesa and Chavez Ranch Road in the Village of Oak Creek. Road construction involves asphalt overlays, shoulder work, guardrail installation, new striping and miscellaneous concrete work. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times. Construction is scheduled to run through November 15th. Meanwhile, ADOT is advising drivers to plan for morning lane closures on Highway 69 near Main Street. Crews will perform pavement repair on the southbound right lane before shifting to the left lane. Work hours are 5 am to noon tomorrow.
Prescott Unified School District approves agreement aimed at helping foster kids.
The Prescott Unified School District Board approved an agreement aimed at helping foster children. The National Center for Youth Law is a California based non-profit corporation. Its mission is to help low income children achieve their potential by transforming the public agencies that serve them. According to Superintendent Joe Howard, Foster ED is an initiative of the Center focused on improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students in foster care. The program expanded into Maricopa County last summer and it’s expanding into Yavapai County this summer. As part of the agreement, the National Center for Youth Law will work with students receiving intensive or responsive level services.
Catch-22 fugitives in custody
Fugitives that were being sought as part of Yavapai Silent Witness’s Catch-22 program are now in custody. Silent Witness had been informed the featured suspect on Day 8 of the latest phase of the program, 33 year old Kyle Sims had been arrested in Marion County, Florida on or about August 20th. Sims had been featured in several phases of Catch-22 for alleged sexual exploitation of a minor. He wasn’t arrested due to a tip to Yavapai Silent Witness so no reward will be paid. A tip received on Thursday, August 23rd involved information about the location of 46 year old Francisco Gardea. He was supposedly living on North Starlight Drive in Prescott Valley.
Officers have arrested Gardea on charges that include fraud, identity theft and forgery. A 500 dollar reward is being offered to the tipster who shared the information about this wanted suspect. That same day, Prescott Valley Police officers also arrested 22 year old Jerri Viliborghi on probation violations warrants. This arrest was also made due to a Yavapai Silent Witness tip.
Humboldt Unified School District partners with 2 AZ universities
The Humboldt Unified School District is looking to partner with 2 Arizona universities. The District’s Special Services Department can provide internships to social workers, at both the Bachelor and Master levels, under the supervision of a licensed school social worker. According to Patty Bitsilly, Director of Special Services, agreements with Arizona State and Northern Arizona Universities have the potential to provide some support in the areas of emotional and social skills to students. These are unpaid positions.
Sedona home sustains $250K in damage
A Sedona home has sustained an estimated 250 thousand dollars in damages following a fire. Neighbors in the Casa Contenta neighborhood noticed the home on fire Sunday. They called 911 and advised the residents, who were unaware their roof was on fire. Sedona Fire District spokesman Jon Davis explains firefighters were able to pinpoint where the blaze had started. Davis says lightning is the likely cause. One of the residents went back inside to get some personal items. Fire officials say it’s never safe to go back inside a burning structure. Many people die in fires every year after returning to the structure to get personal belongings.
Asphalt pavement in Dexter neighborhood completed
Some relief for drivers as asphalt paving operations are done as part of the Dexter Neighborhood Improvement Project in Prescott. Work is finished on Dameron Drive from Comfort Avenue to the Brannen Avenue intersection. Dameron is temporarily open to through traffic; however drivers are reminded this is an active work zone and they should use an alternate route if possible. Paving operations are also done on Bird Street from West Hillside Avenue to West Merritt Avenue. In addition, crews have also completed the process of tying the newly installed service lines into private connections along Ruth Street from West Hillside to Whipple. On Sonora Drive, crews are preparing the subgrade and laying base course in advance of chip sealing operations. Work hours for the Dexter Neighborhood Improvement Project are 7 am to 6 pm today through Friday.
Watch for delays on I-17 near Dugas Road and on Robinson Drive in Prescott. ADOT crews are scheduled to perform pavement repair work on the northbound right lane before shifting work to the left lane on a 3 mile stretch of I-17. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 miles per hour during the noon to 6 pm work hours today. Meanwhile, on Robinson Drive, crews will be installing new sewer main throughout this week. This street is closed to through traffic between East Gurley Street and Moore Place. Work hours are 7 am to 6 pm today through Friday. In order to avoid any conflicts with construction equipment, contractor Capital Improvements is asking drivers to avoid on street parking while road construction is underway. Personnel are working with businesses and residents to maintain driveway access through the work zone.