Friday, May 12, 2023

A letter from the President - Yavapai College



A Letter from the President

Dear Big Park Council Representatives and Subscribers,

At this morning’s Big Park Council May Meeting we had a lively discussion about the Yavapai County College District: Truth in Taxation Hearing-Tuesday May 16, 1:00pm Yavapai College Prescott Campus, Community Room 19-147, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Prescott.

At that meeting the District Board members will be considering a proposed 5% tax hike for the College.  The College is reported to have $32.3 million in cash reserves and is considering cutting 10.6 faculty positions at the Verde campus.  The consensus at today’s meeting is that this is strikingly unfair to the Verde Valley residents that pay a large share of the taxes that support the College.  If this tax rate hike is passed we must insist on restoration of the fire training, foundational, and prerequisite programs that have been cut at the Verde Valley campuses.

Please make your voices heard by attending the hearing or emailing Yavapai County College District board members. Districts 2 and 3 cover the Verde Valley with VOC in District 3.  The new District 3 board member is Toby Payne.

Their email addresses are:

District 1

District 2 and Board Chair

District 3

District 4

District 5

Thank you.

John Wichert,

President, Big Park Council

Monday, May 8, 2023

May Community News May 11th



Meeting Agenda Follows - Keep Scrolling
MAY 16 - 1:00pm
Yavapai College Prescott Campus Community Room 19-147,
1100 E. Sheldon Street, Prescott, AZ

The following information has been publicly noticed by Yavapai College.  Click HERE to view/download the FY 2023-23 Budget Book Draft from Yavapai College.  

Plan for intermittent daytime lane restrictions on State Route 179 in Sedona May 1-10
Post Date:04/27/2023 12:04 p.m.
Click HERE to view or download the press release from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) regarding an upcoming project on State Route 179:  

Coconino National Forest expands Flagstaff-area year-round camping/campfire ban
Click HERE to view or download the news release from the Forest Service.

Coconino National Forest to begin firewood permit sales May 5
Click HERE to view or download the news release from the Forest Service

9:00 A.M. Thursday, May 11th, 2023
Representatives, Alternates and Committee members are automatically on the guest list and will receive the meeting links in a separate email message.  No need to RSVP.

Guests must RSVP to receive the ZOOM link and to be on the attendees list.   If you would like to join the meeting, send an email to with your name and email address. You will be added to the guest list.  We welcome you!

ZOOM Meeting
The ZOOM Waiting Room opens at 8:30am.  Each attendee will need to check in prior to the 9:00am start time.  Please arrive early so you can be checked in by the host.  See meeting protocols for rules pertaining to this meeting.  
  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call – Mary Pope
  3. Approval of Agenda - John Wichert
  4. President’s Report – John Wichert 
  5. Secretary’s Report – Mary Pope
    1. Approve April minutes.
    2. Changes to Member Organizations and/or Representatives
    3. ACC Annual Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report – John Wichert
    1. Current financial standing
  7. Unfinished Business
    1. Membership – Colleen Hinds
  8. Committee Reports 
    1. Community Plan
    2. P&Z
      1. Verde Valley School – YC BOS decision
      2. Patel property request for federal flood mitigation funds
    3. Website Committee – Pat Robles 
    4. VVTPO Liaison – Steve Fiedler
    5. USFS Liaison - Rick Harroun
  9. Announcements

Next P&Z Meeting:  
Next EB Meeting: Tuesday May 30, 3pm, location TBD
Next Regular Meeting: Thursday, June 8, 9am via ZOOM

Meetings are posted on the BPRCC calendar and are open to the public.  Email for additional details.
Big Park Regional Coordinating Council: MEETINGS (
BPRCC Zoom Meeting Guest Etiquette
  1. Identify yourself with first and last name when you set up your zoom profile. 
  2. Arrive at least 10-20 minutes early.  Guests will be checked against our RSVP list and admitted by the co-host.
  3. We will lock the meeting at 9:15—no late entrance to avoid distraction.
  4. Audio Settings/Options
  5. Zoom will give you audio options - choose computer audio. Other audio options can generate disruptive feedback.
  6. While in the waiting room, test your audio to make sure it is working.
  7. When admitted to the meeting, your audio will be automatically muted.  When called on to speak, you will need to Unmute your audio first.
  8. Make sure you are familiar with the Raise Hand command on the toolbar.  This is the only means that the Chair and presenters can see that you wish to speak. and helps to maintain an orderly and efficient meeting. 
  9. The BPRCC Code of Conduct and Basic Rules of Parliamentary Procedure will be in effect at this meeting.  As a reminder, you will find them included with this message.  Click here to Download PDF 

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Friday, April 28, 2023

Flagstaff Hospital Hearing May 2nd



Flagstaff Hospital Hearing

$800 Million - Expansion Plans

Tuesday, May 2nd

From: Yavapai County Supervisor Donna Michaels

Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) Flagstaff healthcare decisions will impact the Verde Valley Urgent Alert! 

NAH hearing this coming Tues., 5/2/23. Please join me in letting the Flagstaff City Council know that we in the Verde Valley oppose the estimated $800 million Phase 1 of the proposed Northern Arizona Health and Wellness Village planned near Fort Tuthill County Park.

With NAH’s focus on a new “Village”, where will that leave us in the Verde Valley?  Imagine if the $800 million was used to improve the current infrastructures of both NAH hospitals and provide incentives to attract the much-needed medical staff our region needs. Time is of the essence! 

The Flagstaff City Council will hear this item on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 (this coming Tuesday). 

Please share this info and send your written comments ASAP to