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Chino Valley in Brief: Police issue 1st day of school traffic plan

Joe Konkel and Friends play to a packed room in the Prescott Valley Public Library on Tuesday, July 23, during a Cowboy Poets Gathering presentation. From left are Konkel on banjo, Paulden; Jordan Brambila, on fiddle, Paulden; and Tom Walker playing spoons, Prescott. (Sue Tone/Review)

Joe Konkel and Friends play to a packed room in the Prescott Valley Public Library on Tuesday, July 23, during a Cowboy Poets Gathering presentation. From left are Konkel on banjo, Paulden; Jordan Brambila, on fiddle, Paulden; and Tom Walker playing spoons, Prescott. (Sue Tone/Review)

Police issue 1st day of school traffic plan

The Chino Valley Police Department has established a First Day of School traffic plan to facilitate and expedite traffic at Heritage Middle School, Del Rio Elementary School, and Territorial Early Childhood Center.

Monday, Aug. 5, is the first day of the 2019-20 school year, which generally means increased traffic in the area of the schools. “We strongly encourage parents to allow their child(ren) to ride the bus, even the first day,” police stated this past week. “If you choose to drop your child off at Del Rio Elementary or Heritage Middle School we encourage you to approach from the north utilizing Road 1 West from Perkinsville Road or Road 3 North as we have prevented most northbound access to the schools on the first day at Heritage Middle School and Del Rio Elementary School.

“Only right turns to travel north will be permitted when exiting the parking lot at Territorial Early Childhood Center.”

To help ensure constant traffic flow and reduce congestion the police have restricted movement and traffic patterns in the area on Aug. 5 from 6:30 a.m. to until 7:45 a.m. The traffic changes will be as follows:

1) No left turn out of any parking lots on any campus.

2) No left turn into Del Rio Parking lot.

3) Buses are the only exception to the left turn restriction.

4) Northbound traffic that wants to access Del Rio must turn left into Heritage Middle School, go through the parking lot and then head south on Road 1 West.

5) All parking lot traffic at Del Rio and Heritage must make a right turn when they exit and go to Road 2 North.

6) All parking lot traffic at Territorial must make a right turn when they exit and go to Perkinsville Road.

7) Access only allowed into Del Rio parking/drop off lot will be from south bound traffic on Road 1 West.

8) No parking in drop off lanes at both Heritage Middle School and Del Rio Elementary School.

9) No parking or stopping on dirt shoulders outside of school areas.

Uniformed officers will be assisting with traffic control in the area. Officers will not be authorized to issue warnings for parking violations in the school area during the 1st two weeks of school.

Clothing giveaway set for Aug. 2-3

First Southern Baptist Church of Chino Valley will be having a clothing giveaway on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3, from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, 1524 N. Highway 89.

Come and pick up clothing needed for kids starting school. Clothing includes all sizes and gender. Shoes, sleepwear, shirts, pants, and many miscellaneous items. Clothing for infants and toddlers will also be available.

For more information, call 928-636-2014.

One session remains for summer kids club

One session remains in Frontier Girl Elizabeth Vicory’s Summer Fun Kids Club at the Chino Valley Public Library. The session starts at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 31.

A program put on for Vicory’s Frontier Girl Eagle Level Diamond Award, it bridges the gap at the library, which is currently without a children’s librarian to put on a summer reading program. Past sessions have included an astronomy program.

The Chino Valley Public Library is located at 1020 W. Palomino Road. For more information, call 928-899-3582.

Police offer Citizen Academy

The Chino Valley Police Department is offering the Police Citizen Academy, beginning Aug. 7. This session consists of five evening classes and two Saturday morning classes. Citizens will learn the various functions of the Police Department, including K-9s, detectives, traffic enforcement, investigations, and will get to participate in discretionary shoot training that officers go through.

For further information or to sign up, contact Laurie at 928-636-4223, ext 8 or email

Explore Arizona offers day trips across state

Explore Arizona, in partnership with Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation, offers day trips to new destinations each month through December.

Upcoming trips include: Montezuma’s Castle and Tuzigoot in Verde Valley, Aug. 22, $35; Grand Canyon National Park, Sept. 26, $40; Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Oct. 24, $55; Shopping Trip at Tanger Outlets in Glendale, Nov. 7, $15; Desert Botanical Garden, Tempe, Dec. 12, $70.

Trip price includes transportation in a 12-passenger van, admission fees and lunch. For more information, call 928-759-3090 or visit

TOPS group meets each Tuesday

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Club #9168 meets each Tuesday in Chino Valley at the Chino Valley United Methodist Church at 725 E. Road 1 South, in Remp Hall (the building between the church and the food bank).

Weigh-in is from 7 to 8 a.m. and the program and meeting are from 8 to 9 a.m. National dues are $32 per year and local dues are $2 per month. For more information about TOPS go to The first meeting is free and all are welcome.

Library’s sale features summer selection

The Chino Valley Public Library bookstore is featuring a summer paperback fiction sale. All proceeds benefit the library, 1020 W. Palomino Road, Chino Valley.

For more information, call 928-636-2687.

50-plus-year grads of Prescott High to meet

Prescott High School students who graduated 50 or more years ago will gather on Sept. 19 at the Prescott Resort for the annual Half Century Club luncheon.

Since many graduates have stayed in the area or still have connections in the area, this is open to PHS grads — no matter where they live.

This year’s event is hosted by members of the Class of 1968. Those who graduated in 1969 will be inducted into the Half Century Club at the luncheon.

Prescott High School’s Half Century Club was formed in 1978 by Taylor Hicks and Jack Orr, and originally consisted of 14 PHS graduates who met annually for lunch in Orr’s carport. Over the years, more and more people were invited to the lunch (cooked by Margaret Orr) and the event expanded to include all PHS graduates of 50-plus years. Today, the Half Century Club luncheon sells out with more than 600 attendees.

“It’s our once a year opportunity to reconnect and reminisce with fellow Prescott High classmates,” said Jane Orr, Jack’s daughter-in-law and a member of the HCC Steering Committee. “It’s a great social occasion, and many alumni travel from far distances to attend. It’s wonderful to see that our school spirit still exists.”

It’s not just lunch. The Prescott High School band will perform, and the high school’s ROTC group will present the colors. The Class of ’68 is also sponsoring a photo booth where alumni can take class photos. Local artist and PHS alum Bill Nebeker is donating “Born to Run,” a bronze sculpture of running horses as the grand prize in the Half Century Club’s drawing.

“The Half Century Club has a stellar record of investing in Prescott High students by donating funds for scholarships each year,” said Steve Pierce, member of the Arizona House of Representatives and president of the Class of 1968 when he was in high school. “We’re proud to be continuing the tradition this year.”

Prescott High 50-plus year graduates can learn more about the event by visiting

Animal group seeks members, volunteers

If you love dogs and cats, Chino Valley Animal Partners, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, would love to have you as a member.

The organization’s mission is to organize fundraising events, volunteer time, and raise money to help the local shelter with its needs and those in the community on fixed incomes with companion care dogs or cats and may require some financial assistance.

The monthly meetings are the first Monday of every month at the Senior Center at 6 p.m. located at 1021 Butterfield Road, Chino Valley.

Visit or FB page, Chino Valley Animal Partners or email for additional information.

Town seeks board, committee applicants

The Town of Chino Valley is seeking applicants interested in sharing their talents, expertise and enthusiasm to serve on the following Town Council-appointed boards and committees: Board of Adjustment; Industrial Development Authority; Parks and Recreation Advisory Board; Roads and Streets Committee; and Senior Center Advisory Board.

Visit to obtain a Public Body Appointment Application or to view committee descriptions, desired qualifications, residency requirements, terms of office, meeting days and times to see where you best fit in.

Applications must include a brief resume or summary describing relevant experience. Applicants must be willing to serve on a volunteer basis. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. First review was April 29.

For questions and to obtain and submit applications, write to Town of Chino Valley, Attention: Town Clerk’s Office, 202 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley, AZ 86323, call 928-636-2646, ext. 1052, or email

Woof Down Lunch event is Aug. 3

You know your dog is unique and now is your chance to share his special talent with everyone. Local dogs can compete to win a trophy in the “Best in Show Contest” at Woof Down Lunch Saturday, Aug. 3, on the courthouse plaza in downtown Prescott.

This year’s categories are Best Wiggle Butt, Best Ears, Most Affectionate, Most Beautifully Aged Senior, and Most Original Costume. There is no fee and contestants can enter up to two categories. Sign-up is prior to the contests in the Activities Area and competitions are set to begin at noon.

Best in Show is just one of many activities at Woof Down Lunch presented by United Animal Friends (UAF) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your pooch to enjoy a day of food, music, vendors, canine demonstrations, and other activities on the square. This is the 11th year that UAF is hosting the fun-filled fundraiser for pet lovers to enjoy. All proceeds from the event will help animals in need.

Woof Down Lunch is sponsored in part by Olsen’s for Healthy Animals, The Prescott Dog, thINK4inc, Whiskers Barkery, Prescott Animal Hospital, Chino Valley Animal Hospital, The Flagstaff-Sedona Dog, Harmony Holistic Veterinary Care, Prescott Valley Pet Clinic, run-a-muk, Zeman-Mullen & Ford LLP, Doggie Dude Ranch, Kachina Animal Hospital, Raskin’s Jewelers, and Taylor & Padgett.

All visiting dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and be on leash. If using a retractable leash, it must be in a locked position no longer than six feet. For their safety, young dogs should have completed all of their puppy vaccinations.

For information, visit

Chamber’s business, networking slated

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Business Networking Luncheons are held on the first Wednesday of the month. For August, the presenter will be ADOT. Come find out what is in store for our area and what new changes will be happening.

In addition, meet your fellow business professionals, expand member network of contacts, generate new business leads, learn the most effective strategies for networking, and increase business opportunities.

The event is Aug 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 2010 Highway 89, Chino Valley. Lunch is provided by Catering By Liz.

For information, call 928-636-2493.

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