Williamson Valley News




The following provides contact information for important Yavapai County offices:

Yavapai County Website:  www.yavapai.us

Yavapai County BOS Supervisor,District 4
Craig Brown
Email:  web.bos.district4@yavaypai.us
Phone:  928 771-3200

Assessor’s Office
Pam Pearsall, County Assessor
Email:  web.assessor@yavpai.us
Phone:  928 771-3220

Development Services
Steve Mauk, Director
Email:  web.development.services@yavapai.us
Phone:  928 771-3216
Phone Main Office:  928 771-3214


Building & Safety
Customer Service & Permitting
Environmental Services
Septic Inspection Request Line:
928 771-3562
Permit Research Line:  928 771-3465
Email including Permit Research:
development.services.requests @ yavapai.us

Elections & Voter Registration
Leslie Hoffman, Recorder
Lynn Constable, Elections Director
Janine Hanna, Registrar of Voters

            Voter Registration 
Email:  web.voter.registration@yavapai.us
Phone:  928 771-3248

            Election Services
Email:  web.election.services@yavapai.us
Phone:  928  771-3250

Facilities and Parks
Kenny Van Keuren, Director
Email:  web.facilities@yavapai.us
Phone:  928 771-3115

Flood Control
Dan Cherry, Director
Email:  web.flood.control@yavapai.us
Phone:  928-771-3197
Flood Status Message Line:  928 771-3196

Public Works
Byron Jaspers, Director
Email:  web.public.works@yavapai.us
Phone:  928 771-3183

Roads Division
            Doug Federico
Email:  web.public.works@yavapai.us
Phone:  928 771-3177

Emergency Management
            Denny Foulk, Director
Email:  web.EM@yavapai.us
Phone:  928 771-3321

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Scott Mascher, Sheriff
David Rhodes, Captain
John Russell, Chief  Deputy
Frank Barbaro, Northern Area Commander
Email:  web.sheriff@yavapai.us
Phone:  928 771-3260 (Non-emergency)
Northern Area Sub Station – Williamson Valley –
928 771-3277(non-emergency)


Annual Meeting
Our WVCO Annual Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30 PM at the Fire Station on Outer Loop and Williamson Valley Road.  PLEASE NOTE:  The start time has changed – it now begins at 6:30pm rather than 6:00pm. DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR OWN CHAIRS – There are no chairs at the Fire Station.

Per our By-Laws, the Board of Directors is elected by the Membership present at a WVCO Meeting every odd year.  For our purposes, we do this at our Annual Meeting.  We are required to have a minimum of 5 Board Members and there are no term limits.
Having received no response from any potential applicants for an interview, our Nominating Committee has selected a slate of candidates, most from our existing Board, for our Board of Directors to be voted on at our Annual Meeting, as follows. 

  • Neil Thomas
  • Diane McKelvey
  • Judi Kay Williams
  • Virginia DuBroy
  • Tommy Meredith
Note:  Per our By-Laws, Officers shall be elected from the NEW Board of Directors immediately following the Annual Meeting.

We have no speaker scheduled this year, so our Annual Meeting will be strictly a business meeting. In addition to our Board Election, we will be reviewing Year Ending 12-31-18, as well as looking at 2019’s activities, etc. The Election is very important and all current 2019 members in attendance may vote for our New Board of Directors.  Please attend.

Light Food and Beverage (water) will be available.  We would love to see you there!
Good News

We are pleased to say that our 501c3 application has been completed, submitted and is pending approval.  It’s been a long haul, but we are almost there!

Looking Forward



February of 2019 is not that far away.  We want to remind you that per our ByLaws, the Board of Directors is elected every 2 years in the odd year.  Once that election takes place, the new Board elects the officers.  Some of our Board may choose to run again, and some may not.  To date we are aware of two members who are not running again. We need new people to step up to help us continue.  WVCO offers a good service to the community by, for example, trying to keep you informed on important issues that may affect this area, providing educational articles, holding community meetings with a variety of speakers, picking up trash and much more.  And let’s not forget our annual BBQ!  We feel it is important for you to know that the Board fears that if we don’t get new volunteers who are willing to work, we may have to consider dissolution of this organization.  That is difficult for us to say, but with the same people doing everything all the time, the end is rapidly approaching.  We would hate to see that happen.

So please, think about helping. The more people we have, the less work there is to do.  It is a great bunch!  If you think you might consider helping but would like to know more, please contact Diane McKelvey at  928 899-6002 or by email at freddiane@mtecom.net, or Sandi Brown at 928 445-3767 or by email at clbsnr@msn.com.  We would welcome the opportunity to to meet with you!

Thank you for your consideration.


Kirkland Mine Project

Kirkland Mining Company, Inc.
9694 East Chuckwagon Lane
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
Ms. Areta Zouvas
Phone: (619) 846-4671
Email: areta@kirklandmining.com
Kirkland Mining Company Receives BLM Approval of its High Quality Pozzolan Mining Plan
December 14, 2018 – Kirkland Mining Company, LLC. (KMC) announced that, on December 3rd, 2018, the
U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a Decision Record based on a Finding of No Significant Impact
(FONSI) approving KMC’s proposed Mining and Reclamation Plan of Operations (MRPO) at its site near
Skull Valley, Arizona.
Following KMC’s application in June of 2017, BLM conducted an Environmental Assessment on the
proposed 88-acre project per the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This
process involved a number of independent studies to evaluate the effect of the project on resources
including cultural and biological resources, traffic, noise, water and air quality. Additionally, BLM
provided for two separate extended public comment periods and attendant “open house” meetings
allowing the public to review study results, discuss proposed plans with KMC representatives and submit
formal comments to BLM.
KMC expects to submit financial assurance to meet the MRPO requirements to BLM before year end and
obtain final authorizations in time for operational startup in March. To KMC president, Areta Zouvas,
this achievement has been many years in the making.
“This has been my dad’s dream for thirty years,” Ms. Zouvas said. “After investing five years and a lot of
our family’s resources in this project, I’m so proud to help him realize his vision.” Ms. Zouvas also
acknowledged that, with much local support came a few critics. “I understand the concerns expressed
by some of our neighbors,” she added. “We’re going to work very hard to be a responsible and positive
member of the community. In the end, I believe we’re going to exceed the expectations of our supporters
and critics alike.”
Pozzolans are unique minerals that provide significant improvements in the strength, durability and
“carbon footprint” of concrete materials. The Kirkland High Quality Natural Pozzolan has been shown to
be some of the best performing material of its kind in the country. Its development also comes at a time
when the supply of fly ash, the dominant form of pozzolan in use for decades, is shrinking significantly.

Please use the following links to follow this project. 
To ensure full access to information, Kirkland Mining Company wants to make sure the correct address is shared with all of their contacts and the public in general.  Per BLM, the current project site address ishttp://go.usa.gov//xnJFX
You may also want to visit KMC’s website at www.kirklandmining.com to access this BLM link and view their information center about the unique High Quality Pozzolan project.  KMC encourages all interested parties, including their supporters, to review and utilize the information collected by BLM to support comments and ensure all public input is adequately included in the review.

Backyard Gardner
September 26, 2018

Backyard Gardener
Autumn Leaves
By: Jeff Schalau, Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Chlorophyll, the green pigment in plant leaves, captures light energy then transfers and stores it as chemical energy in sugars and starches: this is the process of photosynthesis. Although chlorophyll is the best known of the plant pigments, other pigments are present in plants. Carotenoids are the yellow and orange pigments in carrots and other yellow/orange vegetables. Anthocyanin pigments are purple and red plant pigments and found in red cabbage, chard, and turnips. Carotenoid and anthocyanin pigments are present in most plant leaves throughout the growing season, but are masked by chlorophyll.
As fall approaches, we may observe leaves changing color from green to yellow, orange, red, and even purples. Fall leaf colors are produced when weather interacts with physiological plant processes to cause color changes. Chlorophyll formation also slows down. A decrease in green pigment allows the yellow pigments to become more visible.
Chlorophylls and carotenoids are held within membrane-bound structures within the leaves called plastids. Anthocyanins are produced by different processes and are found in the cell sap (cytoplasm). Fall weather conditions favoring formation of brilliant red autumn color are warm sunny days followed by cool, nights with temperatures below 45 degrees F. Much sugar is made in the leaves during the daytime, but cool nights prevent movement of, sugar from the leaves. When this occurs, sugar breakdown process changes leading to the production of anthocyanin and results in red to purplish fall colors.
Different plant species have varying ratios of chlorophyll to other pigments. They also have widely varied physiological processes and leaf chemistry. This is the reason for the wide variation in fall color between deciduous tree species and even individuals within the same species. Aspens have little or no anthocyanin while Rocky Mountain maples have enough to make them pink to red. Purple leaf plum trees have abundant anthocyanins throughout the growing season. Landscape trees that provide the most reliable fall color in the Verde Valley are: sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) which has many named varieties that produce yellow, orange, red, and purple fall color and Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis) which produces rich red fall color.
As for native plants, Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus vitacea), three-leaf sumac (Rhus trilobata), and bigtooth maple (Acer grandidentatum) produce great red color while quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) and Arizona ash (Fraxinus arizonica) produce yellows. Another small, annual plant that is turning red everywhere on the forest floors is fetid goosefoot (Chenopodium graveolens). It turns a deep red and has a strong, sage-like smell.
What happens to the deciduous leaves after the fall color show? The technical term for leaf drop is abscission. In deciduous trees, the attachment of the leaf to the stem is designed to fail at the proper time. This abscission zone is characterized by two or more layers of cells: some with poorly developed cells walls to make it purposely weak and others that form a protective layer that can be “walled off” and sealed after the leaf drops.
A leaf is an expensive investment for any plant. To simply allow it to drop would be a great waste. Before leaves drop, many complex molecules are broken down into smaller units and transported from leaves into stems, down the trunk, and into the roots. This allows deciduous forest trees to survive in nutrient poor environments by salvaging many of the amino acids, sugars, lipids, and nucleic acids from the leaves before they fall.
After the tree has recycled many of the materials, other processes take over. Auxin (a plant growth hormone) levels decrease in the leaf, ethylene production increases, and enzymes are secreted that weaken the abscission zone to the point of separation. The leaf drops to the ground. Here, they lie until soil microbes, worms, and insects help decompose them to release the remaining nutrients for the plants to use again. The organic matter contained in the leaves is eventually broken down even further until all that remains is humus which improves soil structure and tilth.
Sometimes fall colors are not as brilliant as we’d like. On occasion, hard freezes can damage leaves before the nutrient salvage process is complete. This prevents the brightest colors from showing through. Conversely, very warm autumn temperatures accelerate the processes within leaves and thus shorten the length of time that the colorful leaves remain on plants. Warm temperatures also reduce the amount of red pigments produced in leaves. What will this year bring? See the online version for fall foliage photos (see URL below).
Follow the Backyard Gardener on Twitter – use the link on the BYG website. If you have other gardening questions, call the Master Gardener help line in the Camp Verde office at 928-554-8992 or e-mail us at verdevalleymg@gmail.com and be sure to include your name, address and phone number. Find past Backyard Gardener columns or provide feedback at the Backyard Gardener web site: http://cals.arizona.edu/yavapai/anr/hort/byg/.
The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information in its programs and activities.
Jeff Schalau
County Director/Agent Agriculture & Natural Resources, Yavapai County
Interim County Director, Mohave County
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
840 Rodeo Dr #C
Prescott, AZ  86305
Phone: 928-445-6590 ext. 224
Fax: 928-445-6593
WVCO Trash Pick UP
Ladies and Gentlemen!  How about a fun few hours outside making new friends while improving our community!  Our next trash pick up is scheduled for  Monday, January 28, 2019 at 9:00am.  We pick up on Williamson Valley Rd between Mile Markers 3 and 4 and we meet at Mile Marker 4.  If you would like to help with this effort, we’d be glad to have you.  An orange safety vest and  “grabbers” are provided.  Be sure to bring gloves and don’t forget that sunscreen and water!  A hat helps too!
Contact Judi Williams at 928-778-1038 with any questions or to sign up!


Annual Membership for 2019 is still only $25.00 per household.

WVCO has become a well-recognized and respected organization. The more members we have, the more representative and helpful we can be.  It’s a great resource for information.

Also, we greatly value your input.  Visit the website, come to the community meetings.  Let us know how you feel and what your vision is for Williamson Valley. Your contribution and insights are appreciated.
To download a membership form, please click here:  Membership Form 2019    

REMEMBER, if you are not current with your 2019 membership dues, you will not be able to vote at our Annual Meeting.

WVCO is volunteer-based and works diligently on your behalf to keep Williamson Valley a beautiful, rural community. This is done through many avenues, including, but not limited to:
•    Providing education for WV residents through newsletters, emails, community meetings regarding development, zoning, water and roads, as well as informational topics like fire-wise landscaping, native animal issues and, most importantly, keeping our community updated on current happenings affecting WV.
•    Serving as a voice of the WV community to public officials and organizations.
•    Advocating for water management and long-range planning, reasonable growth for Williamson Valley while maintaining its rural atmosphere – and much more.

REMINDER!  We feel it is important for you to know that if we don’t get new volunteers who are willing to step up, we may have to consider dissolution of this organization.  At this time, we are trying to condense some of the things we do in hopes that will keep us going, but the bottom line is, without volunteers, WVCO could cease to exist. That is difficult for us to say, but with the same people doing everything all the time, this could become a reality.  We would hate to see that happen. So please, think about helping. The more people we have, the less work there is to do.  It is a great bunch!  If you think you might consider helping but would like to know more, please contact Diane McKelvey at  928 899-6002 or by email at freddiane@mtecom.net, or Sandi Brown at 928 445-3767 or by email at clbsnr@msn.com.  We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you!

Thank you for your consideration.



It just keeps getting better and better!  From feedback received, our 4th Annual BBQ was a   huge success!  We were told by many when departing that it was the best yet!  And it was – a perfect day, gorgeous grounds, fantastically delicious food, great music (Denny had new equipment and sounded better than ever), the fun of the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies and, best of all, the most gracious of hosts, Jim and Barb Buchanan.  We can never thank them enough for sharing their beautiful ranch with all of us!  And they prepare all the food themselves – for 300 people!  The ambience was incredible and it was a joy to see neighbors visiting with friends and making new friends. WINNERS!!!  We are pleased to announce our 4 winners of door prizes!  They are Char Malone, Sherry Dickenson, Eileen Davis and Karen Patterson!  Congratulations ladies! Diane and I want to thank everyone who helped with this event behind the scenes (choppers, shredders, parking crew, set up, tear down, etc.), as well as Denny Kuller for great music, as well as the Prescott Regulators and Shady Ladies for helping point us in the right direction and serve us all that delicious food! And special thanks to Military Graphics for supplying us with some wonderful materials and designed the Williamson Valley License Plates! Thank you all for attending! Diane McKelvey and Sandi Brown  


Before Wildfire Strikes



Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission (PAWUIC)

Doce fire

Doce Fire, seen from Williamson Valley Road, 6-18,2013, InciWeb photo

Williamson Valley Community residents experienced the stark, albeit terrifying, reality of having a wildfire at their doorsteps in 2013. Having a Central Yavapai firefighter in full wildland turnout gear on your property and feeling the searing heat of the advancing fire made Jim Buchanan thankful that he and Barb had worked hard earlier that year to remove literally tons of hazardous vegetation from his ranch.

The Sundown Ranch had prepared for the inevitable wildfire.

Prepare is the first word in the new logo for the Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission, also known as PAWUIC. (pronounced: pou-ik)

prepare ● protect ● preserve

Creating Defensible Space around your home will help to protect your property from a fire by providing a safer environment for first responders to defend your home. Creating Defensible Space around your home in the face of an advancing wildfire is risky business And if it is too perilous for firefighters to defend your home, they will move onto the next structure that they can safely defend.

The final objective is to preserve lives and land  PAWUIC has helped to create more than 32 Firewise® communities to achieve these three goals over the last quarter century.The Commission is an all-volunteer, non-governmental organization bringing together public safety organizations, government forest and land services, and homeowners to solve the issues associated with living in the wildland urban interface (WUI).

PAWUIC has brought more than $6 million in grants to subsidize landowners’ costs to remove hazardous vegetation from their properties and create Defensible Space around their homes. We are currently working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to develop a program for ranchers/homeowners along the border with the Prescott National Forest to create a fuel break.

Visit us at www.yavapaifirewise●org for more information or call 928-277-8032.

To help support PAWUIC and in recognition of the assistance it has provided to Williamson Valley communities, the WVCO Board recently voted to donate $200 to PAWUIC.

PAWUIC provides:
• Information and education on how to reduce wildland fire danger by means of an annual EXPO, meetings, training, newspaper articles, helping local communities gain Firewise® community certification, and maintaining its regional information web site.
• A source of grant funding for area fire department efforts to reduce fuels and mitigate other fire dangers.
• Training scholarships for area firefighters at the Arizona Wildfire Academy.
• Supporting efforts for economically and environmentally sound ways to utilize the biomass generated from fuels reduction and forest health projects.
• A most important monthly forum for sharing ideas and coordinating efforts among the involved agencies. Time: 7:00 AM on the 1st Thurs. of each month in the Freeman Building at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Dr. The public is always welcome to attend. Becoming a volunteer is a rewarding experience.


Defensible Space Grant

Central Yavapai Fire Department recently was awarded a 90/10 grant through PAWUIC that expires September 30, 2017. CYFD will provide pre and post property assessments for creating defensible space to homeowners at their request.  This includes photo documentation as well as a written recommendation of hazardous fuels to be mitigated. The homeowner will hire a licensed contractor to complete the recommended work. Upon completion, the property owner can be reimbursed up to 90% of their expenses. The maximum reimbursement is 90% of $1,000.00/acre, up to 1 acre.

For this grant CYFD estimated that 26 acres within the Williamson Valley corridor and Granite Oaks subdivision would have defensible space work done. Most property owners have approximately
¼ – ½ acre of defensible space cleared around their home. We are hoping that residents in this area will participate and we can use up the allocated funds. Once the funds are used up we still provide defensible space assessments to property owners, just with no reimbursement.

For an appointment residents can call CYFD at 928-759-9933.

Central Yavapai Fire District will continue its dedication to provide fire wise protection for all Williamson Valley homeowners.

Happy New Year,

Rick Chase, Fire Marshall
Central Yavapai Fire District



For Williamson Valley Fire District Residents

The Williamson Valley  Fire Department will also assess your property and discuss how to make it defensible. Call the Department at (928) 717-2304 to schedule an assessment.



The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office now utilizes CodeRED® as its Emergency Notification System(ENS). With this service, we can send messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information when an emergency or time-sensitive issue arises.

Although ENS does contain published landline phone number information by default, the Sheriff’s Office may only get landline phone data updates twice a year. This is why it is vital that you register all your phone numbers, including mobile numbers, directly to assure contact in an emergency.

By signing up or opting-in, you may enter alternate phone numbers and/or modes of contact. You may also specify your primary contact mode. The opt-in process will require that you have a valid email address. A confirmation email and/or text message will be sent upon completion of registration (will be sent from noreply@ycsoaz.gov and may take up to 5 minutes). Once registered, you may opt-out at any time.

When delivery of the alert to your primary contact mode fails, the system will automatically fall back to other methods. With respect to phone notifications, if the system detects an answering machine, it will deliver the message to voicemail. If the phone is not answered and no answering machine is detected, the system will redial the number at a later time or, if specified, fall back to another contact mode. When the call appears on your caller-id, it will display the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office business number: (928) 771-3260.

Please, NEVER REPLY to Alert message emails or text messages! Instead, please call (928) 771-3260.

To register your phones on the Code Red system, go to http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/ens/

Where is the Williamson Valley Community?

Some of you may wonder what or where is the Williamson Valley(WV) Community. The WV Community is united by Williamson Valley Road from its intersection with Iron Springs Road at the south end to Campwood Road at the north end. All communities or homes that access Williamson Valley Road are considered part of the WV Community. The map below shows this area.