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)


21 AZ Cases Linked to Salmonella Outbreak
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has now confirmed 21 cases of illness in Arizonans from Salmonella Newport linked raw beef products, which were recalled earlier this month.
JBS Tolleson, Inc., expanded the recall’s scope to include nearly seven million pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated. The raw, non-intact beef items, including ground beef, were packaged on various dates from July 26, 2018, to Sept. 7, 2018. Arizonans are urged to double-check meat in their freezers for the number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Recalled meat should be thrown in the garbage or returned to the store where purchased.
The recalled beef has been sold under several names including Showcase/Walmart, Cedar River Farms, Comnor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, and Grass Run Farms Natural. The recalled items can also be identified by the products list(https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/6ae70f90-0f59-4006-a665-4d10d05156a0/RC-085-2018-Products-List.pdf?MOD=AJPERES)  or product labels (https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/a772fd78-7d73-40eb-9e47-049eb7050883/Recall+085-2018+Labels.pdf?MOD=AJPERES) and distribution list (https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/d198b5f7-e009-4654-8195-5d61009d361f/RC-085-2018-Retail-List.pdf?MOD=AJPERES).
To prevent foodborne illness, ADHS advises everyone to thoroughly wash hands with soap and water prior to eating or preparing food. Avoid cross-contamination of raw meat and other food during preparation by washing hands, cutting boards, utensils, and any food preparation surfaces. To destroy harmful bacteria, cook ground beef to an internal temperature of 160°F  (71.1°C ) measured by inserting a food thermometer in the thickest part of the meat.

Thank you,

David McAtee, MPA
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors
Public Information Officer
928-420-2017 (Cell)
Annual Meeting


Annual Town Hall Meeting with Supervisor Craig Brown and County Directors
6 pm, Tuesday, October 30, 2018

  Fire Station #57
Outer Loop and Williamson Valley Roads

Annual Town Halls provide the opportunity for the community to learn and ask questions regarding the functions of Yavapai County Government.  These meetings are always informative.  In attendance will be:

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors ~ Craig L. Brown, District 4

Yavapai County Public Works ~ Dan Cherry, Director

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department – Lt. Tom Boelts

Development Services ~ David C. Williams, Director

Community Health Services – Leslie Horton, Director
Please mark the date on your calendar and we hope to see you there!!!!
The public is invited to attend.
Sandwiches, Chips, Water and Cookies will be served.
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CHAIRS – There are NO CHAIRS available at the Fire Station.



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


As published last month, a community meeting was held on July 11th in Skull Valley regarding this mine project.  There is a new Public Comment period which began July 7th and runs through September 4th.  There will be no extension to this comment period.  Although our Board members were unable to attend, we have gathered substantial information on this important issue for you.  It is lengthy, but informative.  If you are at all interested in this, please read the information provided.

During the July 11th meeting of the BLM regarding the Kirkland Mine, transportation and water were major concerns of the residents in the room. Add to that list air, vegetation and wildlife to name a few. 

The segments below are taken from the Kirkland High Quality Pozzolan Mining and Reclamation Plan-Draft Environmental Assessment July 2018 (MRPO).  The entire document is 100 pages and can be viewed at https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=80330  It is listed under Documents as “Draft Environmental Assessment”.   There is an abundance of information available on this site, including background, studies, National Historic Preservation Act, Public Meeting Materials and Public Scoping.

Proposed Action and Alternatives
2.1.1 Mine Production Activities-Line 29 and 30
At full production expected by year five, the expected output from the Kirkland Mine is 500,000 tons of material per year.
Page 10 –Line 30 and 31
In part states that ‘for the foreseeable future mining operations would occur during daylight hours within a 10 hour daily shift.  Loading and hauling operations could occur 24 hours per day, 4-7 days per week…’ Offsite Transportation Line 16 and 17
The total daily vehicle estimate of inbound and outbound traffic during full production is 210 vehicles, 160 transport haul trucks and 50 vehicles for employee traffic including water trucks for dust suppression Lines 24-31
The haul routes that would be used in support of the proposed action are as follows:
1)            Haul Route 1 – Iron Springs Rd from the mine entrance to SR 89 via Kirkland Valley Rd and to US Route 93 via SR 89
2)            Haul Route 2- Iron Springs Rd from the mine entrance to the Hillside area via Yava Rd
3)            Haul Route 3 – Iron Springs Rd from the mine entrance to SR 89 north of Prescott via Williamson Valley Road and Pioneer Parkway
Westland Resources’ worst-case scenario of 100 percent of all mine traffic on Route 3 indicates an increase in all vehicle traffic between 2.9 and 10.7 percent. For truck traffic, the increase would be between 29.4 and 82.5 percent

2.3.2 Transportation Options Considered Based on Scoping Comments
During public scoping, use of BNSF Railway from the Kirkland Junction Rail Yard approximately 1.5 miles south of the mine entrance was suggested. The rail yard at Kirkland junction is a maintenance site, where BNSF Railway stages equipment required for maintenance activities along the adjacent rail lines. The rail yard at Kirkland junction was not constructed as a loading facility and would require construction of a spur, interchanges and loading structures to outfit the site as a loading station. While constructing a rail spur and interchange may technologically feasible from and engineering perspective, it is not economically feasible as the construction of a rail spur would require extensive earth work to adjust the grade of the rail line for loading as well as building a railway siding and loading facility. The implementation of this option would require truck transport from the mine to the rail yard. The likelihood for the potential use of the option by KMC, LLC in the future is speculative at this time.

3.13.3 Environmental Consequences
Transportation-Lines 30-32
Under the most conservative estimate, a maximum of 7 full trucks per hour would exit the mine (4 or less trucks per hour is more likely).

Five completed studies on the 88 acres of public land and adjacent private property have been filed with the BLM: geochemical assay, jurisdictional waters, traffic impact, supplemental traffic analysis, and evaluation of Skull Valley Ranch Wells.
The only water that will be used at the site is for dust abatement. KMC estimates an average demand of 28,800 gallons per day (gpd), with a maximum demand for 35,000 gpd, when mining operations reach full capacity.
KMC is looking at purchasing water from two irrigation wells on a nearby ranch. Ranch irrigation consumes at least two times more water than the maximum demand expected for the mine.


Following is the article from the Courier dated: 7/16/18.
Every person who spoke during the public comment period Wednesday, July 11, voiced concerns about the Kirkland Mining Company’s (KMC) proposed pozzolan mine in Skull Valley. Even after numerous studies and analyses, residents of Skull Valley and Prescott continued to express their worries about transportation, water, dust and environmental impacts.
KMC’s application to the Bureau of Land Management requires BLM to host public meetings, and the July 11 meeting at the Kirkland Community Center was one of several that have taken place since the first Public Scoping meeting 2017.
The high-quality pozzolan mine site would be located on about 88 acres of public lands in Skull Valley; the company will build support facilities on four acres of privately owned property.
Pozzolan is an ingredient used to improve the durability of cement. It can substitute for fly ash, a manmade product of coal-fired power plants that is becoming harder to obtain.
A stenographer recorded the presentation and the comments during and after the meeting. Maps, comment forms, baseline studies, the draft environmental assessment and other materials can be found on the BLM website at go.usa.gov//xnJFX.
Transportation continues to be the biggest complaint from nearby residents and those of Prescott, 26 miles away via Iron Springs Road. KMC has proposed three transportation routes, depending on locations of potential buyers of their product. An initial traffic study by Lee Engineering was completed in March, and a Supplemental Traffic Analysis completed in April by Westland Resources, Inc.
The latter company looked at traffic impacts for the opening year of mining operations (2019) and again for 2040. In addition, it produced traffic counts for worst-case scenarios — as if 100 percent of projected traffic were to travel on only one route during full production estimated by year five.
Route 1 takes material south to Highway 93 toward Phoenix. Route 2 heads west to Hillside for possible railway transport. Route 3, the main concern of Prescott residents, heads north on Iron Springs Road to Highway 89 via Williamson Valley Road and Pioneer Parkway.
With an anticipated haul rate of 500,000 tons of material per year at full operation, KMC would require about 160 truck trips per day (80 entering and 80 leaving the site), including five to nine water truck trips. Adding 50 employee vehicle trips in and out come to a total 210 trips, although half the employees would arrive from the south and half from the north. Currently, about 1,656 vehicles pass the entrance to the mine daily, with 186 of those being trucks. Projected growth would add 2.2 percent more traffic per year.
Westland Resources’s worst-case scenario of 100 percent of all mine traffic on Route 3 indicates an increase in all vehicle traffic between 2.9 and 10.7 percent. For truck traffic, the increase would be between 29.4 and 82.5 percent.
Prescott resident Karen Lindsay said she was concerned about the additional seven trucks per hour traveling Iron Springs Road. She said, following the meeting, that trucks turning from Iron Springs Road to Williamson Valley Rod also would be an issue.
“We’ve seen nothing like this,” Lindsay said, also mentioning concerns with dust and safety as trucks pass by schools, residential areas and summer camps.
Another person called the intersection a potential “nightmare.” Prescott Councilman Phil Goode, who said he lives on Williamson Valley Road, called the transportation studies “inadequate,” and he expects to hear more “jake brakes” from trucks.
“There is a safety aspect at the intersection of Williamson Valley Road and Iron Springs Road, especially when school is in session. The trucks trying to make that turn, they’re not going to be able to make that turn,” Goode said. “And what happens if the fire trucks are responding to a fire and there’s a gridlock?”
KMC will be using two types of trucks: the 40-ton articulated trucks only within the mine property to load material and take to the staging area, and the 25-ton tractor trailer that hauls covered loads to their destinations. The 25-ton trucks are 40 feet long, said engineer Al Burch, Kirkland Mining project manager. For comparison, a school bus is 45 feet in length.
“That turn with their trucks is not a hard thing to do. Besides, this (Iron Springs Road) is a designated alternate truck route,”
Burch said, adding that heading up Highway 89 with its switchbacks is not really a viable route.
Five completed studies on the 88 acres of public land and adjacent private property have been filed with the BLM: geochemical assay, jurisdictional waters, traffic impact, supplemental traffic analysis, and evaluation of Skull Valley Ranch Wells.
The only water that will be used at the site is for dust abatement. KMC estimates an average demand of 28,800 gallons per day (gpd), with a maximum demand for 35,000 gpd, when mining operations reach full capacity.
KMC is looking at purchasing water from two irrigation wells on a nearby ranch. Ranch irrigation consumes at least two times more water than the maximum demand expected for the mine.
Bill and Sandra McCallum, Skull Valley residents, expressed their concern about Arizona’s drought. “Why would any person take water to pour on dirt?” Bill McCallum said.
The mine will extract pozzolan material, typically 6 to 24 inches in size and feed it into a crusher to crush into 2-inch maximum size before transporting to its customers, where it usually is ground to fine powder. KMC’s scientists ran numerous analyses and found no identified airborne carcinogens. BLM scientists also analyzed samples in an independent study and found no asbestos or erionite crystals.
Trace amounts of quartz, a crystalline silica, were found, which can be dangerous if inhaled. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will monitor strict dust control measures, said Shelby Cave, BLM geologist.
Nevertheless, people remain concerned about dust produced at the site and during transport. Prescott resident James Wills said breathing any level of silica can lead to a “horrible way to die.”
“The idea there will be very little dust does not sit well with me,” he said.
Walt Anderson, a wildlife biologist, told the audience that he has taken students to the mining area to study the diverse environment. He said he felt the plan for reclamation and replanting to be “ridiculous.”
Joe Trudeau, Southwest Advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity, emailed the Courier July 12, stating in part, “The Center for Biological Diversity stands with these local voices in staunch opposition to the wanton destruction of a sensitive and remarkable geologic wonder for the benefit of an absentee leaseholder and an out of state corporation.”
KMC, a family owned company, has its headquarters in Phoenix.
Trudeau also mentioned KMC’s “the blatant disregard for Native American cultural sites.”
However, BLM Archeologist Chris McLaughlin said BLM met with cultural resources staff from the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe and with elders from the Hualapai Tribe in May and visited the site as required under the National Historic Preservation Act. Consultation with the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office took place in 2017 and again in May this year.
Brad Belt, with Kirkland Mining Company, left, answers questions as interested people study a map with three proposed trucking routes following a Bureau of Land Management public meeting on the mine’s application July 11. (Sue Tone, Courier)
McLaughlin said KMC has redesigned its project area to move its boundary 100 feet to avoid a petroglyph location. All agencies agreed with the BLM’s determinations: the transportation network would not affect historic properties; certain sites were eligible as cultural sites, others were ineligible; and there would be no adverse effect to historic properties.
Rem Hawes, BLM Hassayampa Field Office manager, said “This is the most robust Environmental Assessment I’ve ever done.” He added that he was pleased with the spectrum of concerns from the public, which will be a part of the BLM’s analysis of KMC’s application.
Mining has taken place in this location since the 1890s. Tuft rock from its quarry was used in construction of the Arizona State Capitol Building and other building such as the Kirkland School.
In 1979, Kitty Litter Mine began shipping oil absorbent material from the mine, producing as much as 1,200 tons of tuff per month. The mine was closed in 1985.
Sharon Shafer’s grandfather owned the Kitty Litter Mine. She has attended all BLM public meetings.
“I thought this meeting was the best. It was well-organized, the information was good and the forum was good,” she said. “I didn’t hear anything new from those opposed.”
Shafer said when the Kitty Litter Mine was in full operation, no one could hear it.
“We had massive crushers, dirt movers, loaders, graders and cats back in the 1980s. And we used blasting. Nobody complained,” she said, adding that big trucks hauled material out of the mine site and transported it across the country.
She pointed to the Kirkland School’s basketball court where she and other kids used to play on a large tufa mound. She still lives in a house next to the school, both made of the material extracted from the mine site.
The BLM will accept public comment through Sept. 4. Written comments may be mailed to Geologist Shelby Cave at the BLM Hassayampa Field Office, 21605 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85027, faxed to 623-580-5580, or emailed to KIRKMPO@blm.gov.
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 Tuesday, November 13th at 9:00am.  We pick up on Williamson Valley Rd between Mile Markers 3 and 4 and we meet and 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!
Contact Judi Williams at 928-778-1038 with any questions or to sign up!


WON’T YOU PLEASE JOIN US?  OUR 2018 MEMBERSHIP/RENEWAL DRIVE CONTINUES.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you have submitted your membership dues between October 2017 and December 31, 2017, you are current for 2018. Please do not resend!

Annual Membership for 2018 is still only $25.00 per household.
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.

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.

But don’t forget, we are always in need of volunteers to help in the following areas and more.

  • write articles for our newsletter
  • publish or help publish our newsletter
  • attend various meetings on the Board’s behalf

If you are interested in helping in any capacity, please contact Diane McKelvey by email atfreddiane@mtecom.net or by phone at 928 899-6002.   We can then arrange for you to come to our next Board Meeting so we can meet you and discuss your interests and what would be a good fit for both you and WVCO.

Thank you for your consideration.

To download a membership form, please click here:  Membership Form 2018 (1)    
Thank you!

WVCO Board of Directors




  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.