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Bill's Newscast: Pile Burning Likely to Commence Next Week

Depending on weather, pile burning to start again next week.

No pile burning was done in the Prescott National Forest this week, but Fire Managers are planning on doing prescribed burning next week.

Burning of 30 acres per day is scheduled to start Monday in the Prescott area and could continue through Friday, February 12th. Piles are made up of debris left over from thinning projects and are located near the community of Groom Creek, Highway 89A and Mount Francis, the Sierra Prieta Overlook and the White Spar campground. All fire activity is dependent on the weather, availability of personnel and equipment and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Learn about trail building in Prescott Valley.

The Town Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an International Mountain Bicycling Association Trail Building School. This free school trains local volunteers and land managers how to build and maintain sustainable, fun trails. There will be 3 hours in the classroom followed by 4 hours in the field doing hands-on trail work and field instruction. Participants are asked to wear closed toe boots or shoes and appropriate work attire. The school runs from 9 am to 5 pm tomorrow in the Library Crystal Room located on Civic Circle. For more information, call Parks and Rec. at 759-3090.

A national search for a new Prescott Center for the Arts Executive Director will soon be getting underway.

Current Director John Meyer has submitted his resignation, which has been accepted by the Center Board of Directors. The Board is currently looking for an Interim Director who will work with Meyer during this transitional period. No time frame has been set as to when the new Director would begin. Meyer has been with the organization for 6 years and his last day is February 29th. The Center, which is a theater and art gallery, is located on Marina Street in Prescott.

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