New fire start added to Jar Complex on Tusayan Ranger District

TUSAYAN — A new fire started by lightning was added to three other fires being managed to achieve resource objectives on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.

The quarter-acre Old Fire is located west of Forest Road 2736 just north of Old Automobile Tank and is within the 16,100-acre planning area already established by fire managers for the Mason Fire. With the addition of the Old Fire, there are now four fires being managed within two planning areas as part of the Jar Complex, the goal of which is to improve forest health and reduce the potential for future high-intensity wildland fires on the Tusayan Ranger District.

The fastest growing of the four fires continues to be the Mason Fire, which is about 65 acres in size and is located just southwest of Camp 36 Tank about 4 miles south of Grandview Lookout Tower. If weather conditions allow, the Mason and Old fires will be able to grow within the predefined 16,100-acre management area over the next several weeks.

In a separate 3,600-acre planning area, the Lost and Shale fires continue to smolder but haven’t shown much growth due to rain showers over the last few days. They are each under an acre in size but could become more active if there is a drying trend in the area. The Lost Fire is located about 6 miles south of Tusayan and a quarter mile east of Highway 64. The Shale Fire is about a mile southeast of the Lost Fire just west of the junction of forest roads 2703 and 2703A.

The combined planning area acreage for the four fires in the Jar Complex is about 19,700 acres. The overall strategy for fire managers is to allow the fires to play their natural role as disturbance factors in the ecosystem within that predetermined area, which will provide a variety of ecological and other resource and community protection benefits.

The Mason Fire is most likely to produce smoke visible by members of the public over the next few days. Due to prevailing winds, smoke will largely be pushed toward the northeast, making it visible from Desert View in Grand Canyon National Park and from Cameron, Ariz. As the four fires pick up in activity over the coming days and weeks, smoke columns are likely to become more visible from other areas including the Town of Tusayan, Highway 64 and Highway 180.

“It is common for us to get a number of lightning-caused fires during monsoon season,” said Quentin Johnson, fire management officer for the Tusayan Ranger District and the incident commander for the Jar Complex. “If the fires get started in areas appropriate for managing them, we try to take those opportunities. In the long run, the forest will be healthier, our communities will be safer, and the fires that do get started will be much more like the historic fires that burned naturally across this landscape.”

Additional Jar Complex information, photos and maps are available through the following sources: InciWeb http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4344/; Kaibab National Forest Fire Information Phone Line (928) 635-8311; Text Message – text ‘follow kaibabnf’ to 40404.

Williams Independence weekend started

Updated 12:01 am 7/4/15 – Parade at 6:30 p.m.
sm-01sm-03WILLIAMS — The Williams Independence day weekend has started with the setup of the Kiwanis Route 66 Street Market across from the Memorial Park.

If you need prospecting equipment, camping items, movies, hats, or other general items, check out the Street Market. They usually get more day venders over the weekend.

There is even a bust of the first president under the Constitution on sale.

Tractors continue to arrive for the annual tractor display on Second Street next to the Dara Thai restaurant. The tractors also an annual feature of the Independence Day parade down historic Route 66 at 6:30 p.m tomorrow.
tractor15-07-03-13tractor15-07-03-14At 11 a.m. there will be a Community Prayer session at the Community Stage followed by the VFW chilli cook-off at noon. The United Methodist Church on Second Street will host their annual Ice Cream Social at 2 p.m on the Fourth.
wac15-07-03-11The Williams Aquatic Center will host a free swim from 12 to 4 p.m.

The forest trails and camping is open thanks to the wet weather we have enjoyed. Hike Benham Trail, Buckskinner trail or any of the other great trails around Williams. Camping is open at Dogtown and White Horse lakes. Fishing is open at Buckskinner and Santa Fe reservoirs as well as Kaibab Lake and the others aforementioned.

Or you can enjoy a guided tour to the Grand Canyon with Marvelous Marv and Magnificent Maggie. Perhaps take the train to the Grand Canyon.

The bear art will be on sale at Bearizona. You might want to even consider taking in the driving and walk-through tour of Bearizona while you are there.

So many things to do and so little time. You might just want to add a couple of days to your visit.
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Flagstaff Sex Offender notice

david-morrisonNAME: David Morrison
AGE: 23 HGT: 5’11” WGT: 165 lbs HAIR: Red EYES: Blu
ADDRESS: 700 S Blackbird Roost St. # 57 Flagstaff, AZ 86001

LEVEL 2 SEX OFFENDER ALERT

The Flagstaff Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3835, the Community Notification on Sex Offender Law. The offender in this publication is living in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels; Level One (low risk to the community), Level Two (intermediate risk to the community), and Level Three (high risk to the community).

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense, which allows for community notification. He is not wanted by the Flagstaff Police Department at this time.

This notification is not intended to increase fear: rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. CITIZEN ABUSE OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE, OR HARASS SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. The Flagstaff Police Department may be reached at 928-774-1414 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any offender, please call 928-774-1414 or Silent Witness at 928-774-6111.

SYNOPSIS: In 2011 Morrison was convicted of two counts of Indecent Liberties with a Minor in Brunswick County, NC. Morrison’s victim was a 12 year old boy.

Please contact the Flagstaff Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 928-556-2201 with any questions or concerns.

Flagstaff Sex Offender notice

viola-hinkleNAME: Viola Geneva Hinkle
AGE: 56 HGT: 5’7″ WGT: 158 lbs HAIR: Brown EYES: Blue
ADDRESS: 6005 E Abineau Canyon Dr. Flagstaff, AZ 86003

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

LEVEL 2 SEX OFFENDER ALERT

The Flagstaff Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3835, the Community Notification on Sex Offender Law. The offender in this publication is living in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels; Level One (low risk to the community), Level Two (intermediate risk to the community), and Level Three (high risk to the community).

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense, which allows for community notification. He is not wanted by the Flagstaff Police Department at this time.

This notification is not intended to increase fear: rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. CITIZEN ABUSE OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE, OR HARASS SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. The Flagstaff Police Department may be reached at 928-774-1414 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any offender, please call 928-774-1414 or Silent Witness at 928-774-6111.

SYNOPSIS: In 1991, Hinkle was convicted of Sexual Abuse with a Minor in Oregon. In 2005, she was also convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Kingman, AZ.

Please contact the Flagstaff Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 928-556-2201 with any questions or concerns.

Flagstaff Sex Offender Notice

alfred-diazNAME: Alfred Diaz
AGE: 47 HGT: 5’3″ WGT: 150 lbs HAIR: Bro EYES: Bro
ADDRESS: 4875 E Allen Ave Flagstaff, AZ 86004

LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDER ALERT

The Flagstaff Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3835, the Community Notification on Sex Offender Law. The offender in this publication is living in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels; Level One (low risk to the community), Level Two (intermediate risk to the community), and Level Three (high risk to the community).

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense, which allows for community notification. He is not wanted by the Flagstaff Police Department at this time.

This notification is not intended to increase fear: rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. CITIZEN ABUSE OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE, OR HARASS SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. The Flagstaff Police Department may be reached at 928-774-1414 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any offender, please call 928-774-1414 or Silent Witness at 928-774-6111.

SYNOPSIS: On 11/27/1989 Diaz was convicted of Sexual Assault and then in 1999, he was convicted of Failing to Register as an Offender.

Please contact the Flagstaff Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 928-556-2201 with any questions or concerns.

Flagstaff Sex Offender notification

johnathan-kerleyNAME: Jonathan Kerley
AGE: 32 HGT: 6’2 WGT: 300 HAIR: Black EYES: Brown
ADDRESS: 822 W Route 66 #24

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDER ALERT

The Flagstaff Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3835, the Community Notification on Sex Offender Law. The offender in this publication is living in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels; Level One (low risk to the community), Level Two (intermediate risk to the community), and Level Three (high risk to the community).

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense, which allows for community notification. He is not wanted by the Flagstaff Police Department at this time.

This notification is not intended to increase fear: rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. CITIZEN ABUSE OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE, OR HARASS SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. The Flagstaff Police Department may be reached at 928-774-1414 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any offender, please call 928-774-1414 or Silent Witness at 928-774-6111.

SYNOPSIS: In March of 2003, Jonathan was convicted in US District Court for Sexual Abuse. In April of 2007, Jonathan was arrested for attempting to Lure a Minor for Sex Exploitation. He plead guilty in August of 2007 and was sentenced to serve 3 years in prison for his crime.

Please contact the Flagstaff Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 928-556-2201 with any questions or concerns. If you have any information on felony crime please contact SILENT WITNESS at 928 774-6111.

Jar Complex on Tusayan District continues growing, benefiting forest

The Mason Fire picked up in activity yesterday, growing to about 50 acres and cleaning up the forest floor as it moved through pine needles and other forest fuels. Photo taken July 1, 2015, by Bob Blasi, U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest.

The Mason Fire picked up in activity yesterday, growing to about 50 acres and cleaning up the forest floor as it moved through pine needles and other forest fuels. Photo taken July 1, 2015, by Bob Blasi, U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest.

TUSAYAN — The Jar Complex fires continued growing yesterday on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest, providing ecological and other resource and community protection benefits.

The fastest growing of the three fires in the Jar Complex is the Mason Fire, which is about 50 acres in size and is located just southwest of Camp 36 Tank about 4 miles south of Grandview Lookout Tower. The Mason Fire area didn’t receive as much precipitation yesterday as some other areas on the district, which allowed it to continue its expansion and become well established in surrounding ponderosa pine forest.

Fire managers have defined a 16,100-acre planning area within which the Mason Fire will be able to grow while achieving resource-related objectives such as allowing fire to play its natural role in a fire-adapted ecosystem and improving overall forest health conditions.

The Mason Fire is expected to increase in size rapidly over the next several days if the area doesn’t receive significant rain. Smoke from the Mason Fire will largely be pushed toward the northeast due to prevailing winds, which means it will likely be very visible from Desert View in Grand Canyon National Park and from Cameron, Ariz. While direct smoke impacts to the Town of Tusayan are unlikely, a column will be visible from the community and from Highway 64 as the Mason Fire expands. The smoke column may also be visible to those traveling from Flagstaff on Highway 180 toward Valle.

The other two fires in the Jar Complex received more precipitation than the Mason Fire yesterday and grew only slightly due to the different conditions. The Lost and Shale fires are each under an acre in size but may pick up in activity if drier conditions prevail over the next few days.

The Lost Fire is located about 6 miles south of Tusayan, a quarter mile east of Highway 64, and 5 miles north of Red Butte. The Shale Fire is about a mile southeast of the Lost Fire just west of the junction of forest roads 2703 and 2703A. Fire managers have defined a 3,600-acre planning area within which the two fires will be allowed to grow, bringing the entire Jar Complex planning area size to about 19,700 acres.

Much of that 19,700-acre planning area is ponderosa pine forest that has seen various forms of treatment over the last several years from other managed fires, prescribed burns and various kinds of mechanical treatments. Fire managers are hopeful that the Jar Complex fires will continue the important forest restoration work accomplished through those prior treatments in the area.

Man Arrested on Multiple Counts of Aggravated Assault

300-stephen-lee-garciaASH FORK — On June 27, 2015 at approximately 10:48 pm Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single family residence located in Kaibab Estates West which is a rural unincorporated neighborhood located north of Ash Fork, Arizona on the report of an aggravated assault in progress possibly involving an axe and a firearm. Upon their arrival Deputies identified an adult female as the home owner and an 18 year old female who was identified as the home owner’s granddaughter who had her two six month old twin infants with her.

The Deputies approached the home and found the suspect identified as 29 year-old Stephen Lee Garcia of Ash Fork, AZ laying face-down on the ground. Deputies secured him and placed him in handcuffs. The Deputies were assisted with this response by Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputies and Arizona Department of Public Safety Officers.

According to the homeowner, Garcia was a friend of hers who she had not been in contact with for a number of years. On June 27, the victim gave Garcia a ride and dropped him off at an undisclosed location. Later in the afternoon the suspect arrived at the victim’s residence and she allowed him to enter. According to the victims, Garcia who had been consuming alcohol was holding one of the infants and began to put pressure around the baby’s upper torso and squeezed the child tightly to his chest. They were concerned about the child because they believed he was turning purple. The child’s mother struggled with Garcia until she was able to take her baby at which point she took both infants to a bedroom locking the door behind them.

During the course of this assault Garcia allegedly assaulted both of the adult females to include squeezing their upper torsos making it difficult for them to breath. According to one of the victims, Garcia also struck one of the family dogs three or four times in the head with an axe causing serious injuries to the animal. Garcia began kicking the locked door of a bath room that the granddaughter was hiding in and was able to reach in and grab her by the leg attempting to pull her out. Garcia got to his hands and knees and was threatening the victim with an axe. The homeowner took the axe away from Garcia and struck him in the back of the head with it multiple times rendering him unconscious.

Garcia was flown to the Flagstaff Medical Level One Trauma Center by Native Air. The homeowner, her granddaughter, and the two infants were taken to the hospital by ground ambulance and by Sheriff’s Deputies. The dog that Garcia attacked sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Upon Garcia’s release from the medical center, he was taken to the Coconino County Detention Facility where he was incarcerated for multiple counts of Aggravated Assault, Animal Cruelty, Criminal Damage and Disorderly Conduct. He is currently being held on a $100,000 cash or secured bond.

Are you up for the PTSD Challenge?

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Glen Davis

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a complication many veterans suffer with upon returning home. It used to be called “battle fatigue.” They find it difficult to sleep because of dreams or memories. They find it difficult to relax because they are used to constantly being on guard. Sharp loud noises which most civilians take for granted are grating on the nerves of these veterans.

22 veterans die each day by taking their own lives. The 22 Until None Facebook page documents the continuing victims of war each day.

While Ted Turner and VA representatives may find it fun to mock the 22 suicides daily, veterans of all eras take it very seriously. Our prayer for this Independence day is that we become independent of this suicide trend. That from here on out, our brothers and sisters seek the help they need. There are plenty of veterans out there that know what you are going through. Some of us do not. We are, however, willing to spend the time to listen to your story.

To raise awareness, Iron Apparel (Facebook) has issued a video challenge in hopes of raising $22,000 for the PTSD Foundation of America. The challenge is in the video below.

The T-shirts they speak of can be found at their website. I ordered mine today and with shipping it costs about $35. You may simply donate $22 directly to the PTSD foundation.

To help raise awareness more, however, I will do a video completing the challenge since my T probably will not arrive for two- to three-weeks. Watch for the video and I will throw down the gauntlet then.

Another healing resource used by a friend of mine is Honor House in Phoenix.

Whether you have served or not, you can help by contributing to these resources.

No state highway construction closures over Independence weekend

PHOENIX — As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, state and local agencies are focusing efforts on promoting safety along the busy highways, including Interstate 17 between north Phoenix and Camp Verde, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

ADOT and its contractors will not schedule construction closures along state highways between Thursday afternoon and late Sunday night. Drivers are urged to use caution over the weekend, especially in areas that have been narrowed due to existing work zones.

As they have done over recent major holiday weekends, ADOT, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will team with local first responders on the state’s “Stay Alert, Stay Alive” safe-driving campaign.

While pointing out that drivers hold the key to safety, state officials stress the importance of being patient, obeying speed limits, buckling up and avoiding distractions. While the holiday weekend safety campaign is underway, DPS will place an emphasis on speed enforcement, especially during the busy Thursday and Sunday afternoon travel periods.

ADOT’s I-17 overhead message boards will be used to post safety and highway-condition messages. Highway crews also are staging equipment such as front loaders and utility trucks at strategic locations along the highway, including the Outlets at Anthem mall and the Sunset Point Rest Area. The equipment will allow crews to respond as soon as possible if crashes or disabled vehicles need to be cleared.

Existing work zone locations along state highways include State Route 260 about 20 miles east of Payson, where traffic is shifted to single lanes in each direction for a bridge-improvement project. Interstate 40 west of the State Route 89 junction near Ash Fork also is narrowed to one lane in each direction for bridge work.

Drivers are urged to check their vehicles, including tire pressure, and get a good night’s rest before heading out on a trip. Motorists also are urged to:

  • Buckle up
  • Obey speed limits
  • Avoid the busiest travel times if possible
  • Never drive while impaired. Arrange for a designated driver in advance
  • Be prepared for unexpected closures during warmer weather and possible thunderstorms
  • Pack extra drinking water and snack foods in case traffic is stopped due to a crash or disabled vehicle up ahead

State agencies also will work with the Black Canyon City and Daisy Mountain fire departments as part of the I-17 safety corridor campaign. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is working with local law enforcement agencies on a holiday DUI enforcement campaign.

Last year in Arizona, nine people were killed in a total of seven fatal crashes along highways and local streets over the Independence Day weekend. The sobering figures were higher during the holiday weekend in 2013, when 16 people died in 15 fatal crashes across the state.

You can check on statewide highway conditions on ADOT’s Travel Advisory site at az511.gov or by calling 5-1-1 (within Arizona). Traffic information also is available on ADOT’s Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT).