Quad Cities in Brief: Federal Employment Workshop

Federal Employment Workshop

The Prescott Valley Public Library is partnering with the Northern Arizona Veterans Affairs Healthcare System to host a “Federal Employment Workshop,” designed to help veterans navigate USAJOBS and learn how to apply for federal employment. This is a two-part program, with the first part focused on “translating military service to civilian employment.” Forms will be provided along with instructions and documentation needed for federal employment. The second part of the workshop will provide one-on- one assistance. Two Vocational Rehabilitation specialists will be available at the workshops to assist veterans. The program will take place in the Glassford Hill room, 5 - 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25. Space is limited, and registration is required. Register online at pvlib.net, Federal Employment Workshop. Participants must attend the first class in order to attend the second class. For more information, call Michele at 928-759-6196.

Local climbing sites temporarily closed for peregrine nesting

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Peregrine nesting

Only two weekends remain for climbing on the cliff faces of Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte before Prescott National Forest officials -- on Thursday, Feb. 1 -- impose restrictions on climbing and other activities at the sites, which are occupied by nesting peregrines at this time of year.

The annual closures of the sites ensure an undisturbed nesting habitat for the falcons, essential for them to successfully raise their young.

The sites will remained closed to the public until July 15.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, this year’s closures are identical to those imposed at these sites over the past 20 years. Peregrine falcons were once listed under the Endangered Species Act, and they continue to be managed under the protection of the federal code of regulations, as well as state law.

The local restrictions will prohibit access to the Granite Mountain rock cliff face and the rim above the rock face and restrict rock climbing or any other means of access 100 feet back from the edge of the cliff. Trail 261 will, however, remain open.

On Thumb Butte, the north and south climbing faces, the top of Thumb Butte and the areas at the base of the climbing faces will be closed to entry. But Trail 33 will remain open for hiking.

Maps of the closed areas will be posted throughout both the Thumb Butte and Granite Basin Recreation Area.

The Prescott National Forest is asking local birders to share their field observations of peregrine falcons with the park’s resource managers to provide information on peregrine nesting progress. Send observations, photos and related information to Noel Fletcher at nfletcher@fs.fed.us.

Land managers consider the needs of the peregrines and the recreation desires of people to strike a balance where both can effectively use the same space at different times for their respective purposes.

For questions about the peregrines and their management in the Bradshaw District, call Noel Fletcher 928-443-8020

Information provided by the U.S. Forest Service.

Women of the Old West is the subject of Arizona Humanities AZ Speaks Lecture

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Sharlot Hall

“Hellraising, Heroic and Hidden Women of the Old West” is the title of a talk to be presented by one of Arizona’s most respected journalists, Jana Bommersbach, when she discusses some of the amazing women who came to the West in 1800s, women like Donaldina Cameron, Biddy Mason, Sharlot Hall and Pearl Hart. This is a free event will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Prescott Valley Public Library’s auditorium, 7401 E. Civic Circle. Registration is not required. For more information, call 928-759-3040.

Virgil Earp lecture set for Saturday

Anyone slightly familiar with Western history has heard about the shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, the Earps and Doc Halliday. Although Wyatt Earp usually grabs the headline, the toughest of the Earp bunch was probably his brother Virgil.

Author Brad Courtney and veteran law enforcement officer Ron Williams will present “Virgil Earp: Toughest of the Earps” during a lecture presentation at Sharlot Hall Museum, Sat., Jan. 20, beginning at 2 p.m. Many are unaware that Virgil Earp’s law enforcement career began on the streets of Prescott, and his favorite Western town was Prescott.

Williams, who held the same office Virgil Earp held in 1879, joins Courtney for a lively discussion about this unique Western icon and legendary lawman.

Courtney is a retired teacher, former Colorado River guide and author of Prescott’s Original Whiskey Row, which tells the history of the famous, block-long landmark.

Tag-teaming with Williams at this first Museum lecture for 2018, the duo expect to showcase some of the myths and legends surrounding the Earp brothers, with an emphasis of the ruff-‘n’-tuff Virgil. Admission to the lecture is free, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come basis.

Local Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society meets

Arizona Archaeological Society, Yavapai Chapter, meets 2 p.m., Sat., Jan. 20 at the Smoki Museum Pueblo meeting room, 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott. This is a one-time schedule change to accommodate Dave Dove, who will discuss pottery identification. His talk will be followed by a pottery tour of the Smoki Museum by Cindy Gresser. For additional information: charlesstroh@yahoo.com.

Ham radio licensing test

The Yavapai Amateur Radio Club offers periodic license testing for all classes of amateur radio license. A test session will be held 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Jeep Posse Building, 1200 Commerce Drive, in Pioneer Park, Prescott. The building is behind the outdoor hockey rink. Look for the large antenna. An entry level class -- to prepare for the “Technician” level license – will be Saturday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, March 3. A subsequent test session is scheduled for March 17. For more information or to pre-register for the test, see the website, http://www.w7yrc.org/arrl-vec/. Follow the steps to use the on-line pre-registration form.

Women’s March

The Women’s March will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Prescott Courthouse Plaza. This is a non-partisan, peaceful march that supports women’s marches throughout the United States and the world. Marchers advocate legislation and policies supporting human rights, women’s rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, reproductive issues, the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, worker’s rights and other issues. For more information, Facebook at Women’s March on Prescott, and see the blog –www.Whyimarchprescott.blogspot.com or email womensmarchprescott@gmail.com.