Autumn leaves are turning

800-140930-05WILLIAMS - The end of summer does not mean the end of activities in the Flagstaff and Williams area. The leaves on the trees are just starting to turn which makes for some pleasant drives, hikes and photography.

Of course it also means the beginning of the hunting season. Make sure you wear some bright colors and you might consider an orange vest for any animals that you take with you.

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The road to Bill Williams lookout is a beautiful, but rough, drive. Make sure your vehicle is up to the task.

The roads to Dogtown lake and White Horse lake are in good condition. Both are lined with aspens and oaks. On the road to Dogtown lake there is a grove of aspens that make for some great photos.

The road up to Bill Williams Lookout is rough. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition for the trip. You might also consider parking and hiking the Benham Trail to the top of Bill Williams. The journey is about nine-miles, so make sure you take plenty of water.

Take care where you drive or hike. You are likely to see deer and elk about.

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Seasonal and storm repairs on SR 89A through Oak Creek underway

adot-logo-03aMotorists travelling on SR 89A through Oak Creek Canyon may experience delays as maintenance crews clear debris and repair drainage facilities as part of ADOT storm response operations. Cleanup work will occur from the Midgley Bridge just north of Sedona and continue through the area switchbacks.

While work is underway please prepare for delays and plan accordingly. Operations will be underway weekly from 7 a.m. To 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and is anticipated to be completed by Oct. 16.

Doney Park Neighborhood Watch Meeting Thursday

neighborhoodwatchFLAGSTAFF - Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Driscoll and District 4 Supervisor Mandy Metzger would like to invite residents of the Doney Park community to attend the monthly Neighborhood Watch meeting on Thursday, October 2, 2014. The meeting will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Summit Fire District Station 32 and Administrative Offices located at 8905 Koch Field Road Flagstaff, AZ.

Chief Deputy Jim Driscoll will be at the meeting to encourage continued neighborhood participation and to share information. Chuck Jones who is retired from the position of Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and is currently a Cold Case Investigator for the Sheriff’s Office will speak about investigating older unsolved homicide cases.

In 2005, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office developed a Cold Case Squad to review cases that have not been solved. There are over 28 unsolved homicide cases that occurred in Coconino County and which are being reviewed by the Cold Case Squad. Some of these cases date back to 1955 when many forensic tools were unavailable for investigations. All members of the squad are volunteers. Their background and experience range from forensic nursing, to crime lab analyses.

The goal of the Cold Case Squad is to be able to state with confidence that everything that could be done to try to solve a case either is being done or has been done. Whenever possible, evidence from these cases is re-examined using the newest scientific methods. For a list of our Cold Cases, please visit http://www.coconino.az.gov/index.aspx?NID=684.

Jeff Taylor who is a teacher at Flagstaff High School and who was chosen as the 2014 Coconino County Teacher of the year will speak about his career and his passion for education.

Coconino County Health meeting in Williams October 2

marijuana3n-2-webWILLIAMS - The Coconino County Public Health Service is seeking to revise Chapter 8 of the Environmental Services Ordinance. There will be a public meeting in Williams this Thursday, October 2 from 9 am to 10:30 in the City Hall Council Chambers on 1st street.

The topic of discussion for the current series of public meeting is on Chapter 8, Food Establishments and Medical Marijuana Edible Est. (PDF)

Two other meetings will be held in Flagstaff on this topic. One on Thursday October 9 from 10:30 am to noon at the Board of Supervisors meeting room on Cherry Street and Wednesday October 29 from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Ponderosa Room at 2625 N. King Street.

Tampering with political signage a class 2 misdemeanor

signs8Arizona Revised Statute 16-1019. Political signs; printed materials; tampering; classification

A. It is a class 2 misdemeanor for any person to knowingly remove, alter, deface or cover any political sign of any candidate for public office or knowingly remove, alter or deface any political mailers, handouts, flyers or other printed materials of a candidate that are delivered by hand to a residence for the period commencing forty-five days before a primary election and ending seven days after the general election.

B. This section does not apply to the removal, alteration, defacing or covering of a political sign or other printed materials by the candidate or the authorized agent of the candidate in support of whose election the sign was placed, by the owner or authorized agent of the owner of private property on which such signs are placed with or without permission of the owner or placed in violation of state law or county, city or town ordinance or regulation.

C. Notwithstanding any other statute, ordinance or regulation, a city, town or county of this state shall not remove, alter, deface or cover any political sign if the following conditions are met:

1. The sign is placed in a public right-of-way that is owned or controlled by that jurisdiction.

2. The sign supports or opposes a candidate for public office or it supports or opposes a ballot measure.

3. The sign is not placed in a location that is hazardous to public safety, obstructs clear vision in the area or interferes with the requirements of the Americans with disabilities act (42 United States Code sections 12101 through 12213 and 47 United States Code sections 225 and 611).

4. The sign has a maximum area of sixteen square feet, if the sign is located in an area zoned for residential use, or a maximum area of thirty-two square feet if the sign is located in any other area.

5. The sign contains the name and telephone number of the candidate or campaign committee contact person.

D. If the city, town or county deems that the placement of a political sign constitutes an emergency, the jurisdiction may immediately relocate the sign. The jurisdiction shall notify the candidate or campaign committee that placed the sign within twenty-four hours after the relocation. If a sign is placed in violation of subsection C and the placement is not deemed to constitute an emergency, the city, town or county may notify the candidate or campaign committee that placed the sign of the violation. If the sign remains in violation at least twenty-four hours after the jurisdiction notified the candidate or campaign committee, the jurisdiction may remove the sign. The jurisdiction shall contact the candidate or campaign committee contact and shall retain the sign for at least ten business days to allow the candidate or campaign committee to retrieve the sign without penalty.

E. A city, town or county employee acting within the scope of the employee’s employment is not liable for an injury caused by the failure to remove a sign pursuant to subsection D unless the employee intended to cause injury or was grossly negligent.

F. Subsection C does not apply to commercial tourism, commercial resort and hotel sign free zones as those zones are designated by municipalities. The total area of those zones shall not be larger than three square miles, and each zone shall be identified as a specific contiguous area where, by resolution of the municipal governing body, the municipality has determined that based on a predominance of commercial tourism, resort and hotel uses within the zone the placement of political signs within the rights-of-way in the zone will detract from the scenic and aesthetic appeal of the area within the zone and deter its appeal to tourists. Not more than two zones may be identified within a municipality.

G. A city, town or county may prohibit the installation of a sign on any structure owned by the jurisdiction.

H. Subsection C applies only during the period commencing sixty days before a primary election and ending fifteen days after the general election, except that for a sign for a candidate in a primary election who does not advance to the general election, the period ends fifteen days after the primary election.

I. This section does not apply to state highways or routes, or overpasses over those state highways or routes.

Bad Bad Boy Buggies recreational vehicle recalled due to crash hazard.

BBB_Instinct_Red_640Bad Boy Buggies of Agusta Georgia is recalling three of its off-road, four-wheeled recreational vehicles due to brake problems which could result in a crash. No incidents have yet been reported.

This recall involves gas- and electric-powered, four-wheeled recreational vehicles manufactured by Bad Boy Buggies. The models are Ambush and Ambush iS, Instinct, Recoil and Recoil iS.

The vehicles have bench seats for the driver and passenger, a cargo bed in the rear of the two-person model, and a rear-facing back seat in the four-person model. The recreational vehicles were sold in black, camouflage, green and red, and have 1¾ inch tubular steel exterior frames.

The recalled off-road vehicles have serial numbers ranging from 8004970 through 8012901. Serial numbers are printed on a plate or label on the steering column. Brand and model names are printed on the side and front panels of the vehicle. Model names included in the recall are:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact Bad Boy Buggies or an authorized dealer for a free repair.

Arctic Cat recalls side-by-side due to fire hazard

300px-WildcatTrail_LimeArctic Cat of Thief River Falls Minnesota is recalling two of it’s side-by-sides utility vehicles after receiving 60 reports of oil leaking one one fire. The vehicles were sold at Arctic Car dealers nationwide from December 2013 to July 2013. The vehicles retailed from $11,400 to $12,400.

Consumers are advised to stop using the vehicles and contact their Arctic Cat dealer to schedule a free repair.

This recall involves all 2014 Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail and Wildcat Trail XT side-by-side utility vehicles with Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) 000001 through 316232. The VIN is located on the frame tube near the driver’s side front wheel. These units were sold in red, green, lime green, team arctic green and mat black. The words “Arctic Cat” and “Wildcat Trail” appear on the sides of these vehicles and on the hood.

Kidde recalls hard-wired smoke/CO2 alarms

smoke-alarm-recallWASHINGTON - Kidde United Technologies is recalling three of its hardwired smoke alarms. The recall affects 1.2 million units sold in America and about 112,000 units in Canada. The units were sold through various retailers, such as Home Depot and City Electric Supply, and on line from January 2014 through July 2014 for between $30 and $50.

This recall involves Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014, combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO with manufacture dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014.

The units are hard-wired into a home’s electric power. The il2010S and il2010SCO come with sealed 10 year batteries inside. The KN-COSM-IBA model has a compartment on the front for installation of replaceable AA backup batteries.

The alarms are white, round and measure about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Kidde is engraved on the front of the alarm. Kidde, the model number and manufacture dates are printed on a label on the back of the alarm. “Always On” is also engraved on the front of alarms with sealed 10-year batteries.

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement smoke or combination smoke/CO alarm. Consumers should keep using the recalled alarms until they install replacement alarms.

“Suspicious” person in Flagstaff identified

coco-sheriff-300pxFLAGSTAFF - On September 24, 2014 the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office issued a request to the public for assistance in locating and identifying a Native American adult female who was described as being heavy-set or overweight driving a maroon or red older model SUV possibly a Chevrolet Tahoe.

On September 12, 2014 the woman and vehicle were seen in the area of the school bus stop located at the intersection of Townsend Winona Road and Bluefield Road. A nine year old child reported the woman following her home and attempting to enter her house.

The Sheriff’s office received a call from one of the parents of the child involved who identified the person as the landlord of their home. No foul play was intended.

Happy Birthday John Marshall

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The power to tax involves the power to destroy,” wrote Chief Justice John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819.

The thirteen original States were a band of brothers, who suffered, fought, bled, and triumphed together; they might, perhaps, have safely confided each his separate interest to the general will; but if ever the day should come, when representatives from beyond the Rocky Mountains shall sit in this capitol; if ever a numerous and inland delegation shall wield the exclusive power of making regulations for our foreign commerce, without community of interest or knowledge of our local circumstances, the Union will not stand; it cannot stand; it cannot be the ordinance of God or nature, that it should stand. It has been said by very high authority, that the power of Congress to regulate commerce, ‘sweeps away the whole subject matter.’ If so, it makes a wreck of State legislation, leaving only a few standing ruins, that mark the extent of the desolation. – Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824

Chief Justice John Marshall was born this day in 1755. He was not only a brilliant jurist, but also fought in a War for Independence. McCulloch v. Maryland is one of his much quoted cases; particularly in the area of the Tenth Amendment.

His decision in the case of Gibbons v. Ogden was so maligned by subsequent Supreme Courts (Mainly during the Franklin Delano Roosevelt era) that the actual decision in the case has been lost.

Chief Justice Marshall is quoted by the so-called left when it serves their “decades of precedence” on gun control. They do not refer to this case when it comes to the matter of the bureaucracies they have created. In this case Chief Justice Story ruled bureaucracies, and particularly “private” agencies such as the Federal Reserve, unconstitutional. In Gibbons he wrote:

…for the power which is exclusively delegated to Congress, can only be exercised by Congress itself, and cannot be sub-delegated by it.

Article I, Section 1 states:

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Only CONGRESS has the power to make law or to effect anything that can be construed as law. They cannot delegate that authority to a bureaucracy.

Article I, Section 8, Clauses 2 and 5 give CONGRESS the power to:

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;
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To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

Therefore that cannot be turned over to any other authority.

For a brief introduction to this Chief Justice, see American Minute with Bill Federer