Christmas Decorating Challenge
Join your neighbors in lighting up the neighborhood for the holiday season. Plan to decorate your home before December 21st to join the challenge.
It has been a very dark year and we hope that all home owners will join with us in the challenge to bring light to our neighborhood. Home owners of SFE and MRR are invited to enter into a house decorating challenge hosted by the SFEFD Auxiliary and SFE POA.
To enter the challenge just email your address to email@example.com and we will make sure we come by your house on the 21st to see the joy you bring to Christmas.
Sherwood Forest Estates
WHEN: Saturday Oct. 31
TIME: 2:00 to 4:00 ish
WHERE: 7797 E Knighthood Lane
All ages of kids in Sherwood Forest Estates are welcome to celebrate at this Halloween event. We are hosting a Covid 19 safe Halloween event with masks and social distancing. There will be a costume parade (with prizes) at 3PM. We have a fall backdrop for family pictures. . . .either on your phone or with our camera and emailed to you!! There will be: Corn hole. . . hot dogs, chili, chips and drinks and pre-bagged goodies for the kids.
~Jeanna Roush and Brienne McDowell, SFE POA
and an excerpt:
Last Train Leaving
As you know the last attempt to bring high speed internet into the community did not get an adequate community response to the CenturyLink proposal to negotiate for a more reasonable offer. Therefore, it was dropped. That brings us to the last train leaving.
I have been in talks with a company that is interested in bringing Internet Fiber to the Door to a large number of communities here in Northern Arizona which includes us. As you know there is a risk in large ventures like this. To mitigate that risk, a buy in will be required for each community to participate. This buy in will be approximately one year of service and a small fee to bring the fiber to your door on your property including installation of the equipment. This “deposit or pre-payment” will be held in escrow until your service is up and running and then your escrow will disperse. If for some reason the project does not go forward due to a lack of participation from our community your funds will be returned and our community will be bypassed. There will be several tiers of service pricing available to fit your budget. This will be an unlimited bandwidth service, so watching TV over the internet will be possible. This can bring down almost by half of your overall cost by combining your services.
Now that the Virus has changed the business habits of many companies and schools, working and learning from home has become a new way of life for many. This was not for seen late last year while working with CenturyLink.
On a technical note, when the powers goes out, all of our CenturyLink phone and internet service goes out regardless of having a generator to keep your lights on at home. There is no backup power for the CenturyLink equipment feeding our community. This means the SFE Fire Dept has lost all communications too. Poor Cell Phone service is all that is left. The Fiber System will have backup batteries to maintain connectivity for an extended period of time. This will keep many of your cell phone apps and laptops connected with loved ones and others over your fiber internet service Wi-Fi. A backup battery will be required at your home to keep the fiber interface box and Wi-Fi powered up if you don’t have a generator.
For more information, questions and registering for the SFE FIBER project, please visit https://telcomwest.com Don’t mistype the web name or you will get the wrong website. This is an early bird offering so you can plan ahead. In short, we will need about 100 residences to participate to qualify for our portion of the project. For those who don’t participate in the initial project build out, your cost to extend the service across your property to your home will be much higher as the equipment will have to be brought in each time. Everything will be underground.
Be Safe and stay connected,
Judson Swearingen Jr, Member at large and newsletter editor.
From the Office of Matt Ryan:
Executive Order 2020-43 requires businesses to adhere to Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) COVID-19 guidelines. Details are available on the Arizona Department of Health Services Business Dashboard. Under the requirements, certain businesses have been allowed to open when the three benchmarks fall within the Moderate range or below for a two-week period. The benchmarks include cases per 100,000 residents, percent positivity, and COVID-like illness as a percentage of hospitalizations. Coconino County has remained in the Moderate category for several months.
As Coconino County COVID-19 case numbers change over time, clarification regarding a move from the Moderate category to the Substantial category was requested by the County. ADHS confirmed that the all three benchmarks for transmission on the ADHS Business Dashboard must be met for 14 days, with a 12-day reporting lag, to move to a higher transmission phase. This is a change from previous guidance.
Coconino County is experiencing a substantial case incidence rate, however percent positivity and COVID-Like Illness are within the Minimal range. Based on the ADHS guidelines, Coconino County remains within a Moderate level of community transmission.
Finally, on Thursday October 15th from 1:00pm to 5pm Coconino County Health and Human Services and North Country HealthCare will host No Cost COVID-19 Testing as well a low cost flu vaccines. This event will be located at North Country HealthCare Williams – parking lot
300 S 6th St, Williams, AZ 86046. Nasopharyngeal Swab and Saliva COVID testing will be available. Please call North Country HealthCare at 928-635-44410 to register for Nasopharyngeal COVID testing or flu vaccines. For COVID-19 salvia testing please pre-register through www.coconino.az.gov/covid19 .
From Matt Ryan’s Office:
I hope everyone is well and safe. Matt asked me to send out an update. Overall cases decreased last week from the decline from the previous week. Please see the attached dashboard and graph. The COVID 19 Data will be updated at 10am for today and you can find the information here: https://www.coconino.az.gov/2376/Dashboard-Data
COVID-19 Surge testing has been extended. Please see the press release attached here in English and Spanish. Surge testing will continue through Friday September 4.
Surge Testing Locations and Hours:
- Fort Tuthill County Park, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff, AZ
- Now through September 4, daily, noon – 8 p.m.
- University Union Fieldhouse at NAU, 1050 Knoles Drive, Flagstaff, AZ
- Now through August 30, daily, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m
- This site is open to all Coconino County residents including the NAU community. Free parking is available on the upper levels of the San Francisco Parking Garage.
- Motel 6, 831 W. Rt. 66, Williams, AZ (parking lot)
- Now through August 24, daily, noon – 8 p.m.
- August 25 – September 3, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, noon – 5 p.m.
All testing sites will utilize self-administrated testing. At the site individuals will be instructed on how to conduct a self-administered nasal swab test. Health professionals will guide participants through the testing process. Individuals who do not feel comfortable self-administering a test should contact their healthcare provider or call the COVID-19 Information Line at 928-679-7300 for information on other testing options.
Individuals seeking COVID-19 testing at a Testing Surge site are asked to register in advance to expedite the testing process. Registration for testing is available at https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/ . Please the attached press release for more information.
Thank you for your continued help in getting this information out to our communities. Please let me know if you need anything. I stand ready to assist.
FLAGSTAFF, WILLIAMS , Ariz., Aug. 10, 2020 — Due to lack of monsoon precipitation and key criteria being met for restrictions, the Coconino and Kaibab national forests will enter Stage 1 campfire and smoking restrictions Friday (Aug. 14) at 8 a.m. The goal of the fire restrictions is to protect public health by reducing the number of preventable human-caused wildfires.
Under the restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are prohibited, except within a developed recreation site. Smoking is also prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or a developed recreation site. Using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device. Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest lands.
Fire officials acknowledge it is rare for restrictions to be applied twice in the same year, however these decisions are based on a combination of factors that are carefully measured. Criteria used to determine when to implement restrictions include things such as current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, a variety of science-based indices, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources.
Fire restrictions are implemented to help prevent unwanted, human-caused fires and to limit the exposure of visitors during periods of potentially dangerous fire conditions. With no significant moisture predicted in the long term forecast, additional restrictions may be applied at any time conditions warrant which could include Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and additional closure areas as needed. Fire restrictions typically remain in effect until the area covered by the restrictions receives significant precipitation, at which time they will be rescinded.
An explanation of the different stages of fire restrictions and what is typically prohibited during those stages can be found online at www.tinyurl.com/firestagesexplained.
The Kaibab National Forest will also temporarily close the Bill Williams Mountain watershed just southwest of the City of Williams due to the area’s susceptibility to uncharacteristically severe wildfire and post-wildfire flooding that could result.
There will be a modified boundary of this closure area on the south side of the mountain reducing the southern closure boundary from FR108 north to FR122.
Forest officials would also like to remind visitors that having a campfire on the national forest while under fire restrictions is a violation that can carry a mandatory appearance in federal court. Visitors should use extra caution when recreating on all public lands during fire season.
Know Before You Go! The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
· Fire Restrictions on Public Lands in Arizona and New Mexico – 1-877-864-6985
· Coconino National Forest – www.coconinonationalforest.us
· Kaibab National Forest – www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab
· Arizona Fire Restrictions: https://firerestrictions.us/az/
· Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention and Information Website – www.wildlandfire.az.gov/
Fire Information Officer
|USDA Forest ServiceKaibab National Forest – Williams / Tusayan Ranger Districts|
|742 S Clover Rd|
Williams, AZ 86046
Fire Restrictions to be Lifted Tuesday on Entire Kaibab National Forest
Williams, Ariz., July 28, 2020—For Immediate Release. Due to significant and widespread precipitation received across much of northern Arizona, the Kaibab National Forest will lift all fire restrictions on all three districts on Tuesday July 28 at 6:00 a.m.
The area closure protecting the Bill Williams Mountain watershed will also be rescinded at this time, and visitors can once again camp, hike, and drive in the popular recreation areas. However, due to the hazardous nature of technical work in the higher elevations where steep slope fuels reduction operations have been occurring, a revised area closure will be forthcoming in September to ensure public safety on that portion of the mountain as work resumes.
The districts have received a substantial amount of rain over the last two weeks relaxing the danger levels across the forest. Each year fire officials closely monitor conditions before decisions are made to implement fire restrictions and area closures designed to protect human life, property and natural resources. These procedures are used to help prevent unwanted, human-caused fires and to limit the exposure of visitors during periods of potentially dangerous fire conditions.
The Kaibab National Forest would like to express appreciation for all those who assisted our firefighters and patrol units with their compliance while under these conditions. When members of the public abide by fire restrictions and closures, they greatly help in protecting their public lands and adjacent communities from the threats posed by human-caused wildfires.
For more information about the Kaibab National Forest and any fire restrictions in effect, reference the following sources:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/KaibabNF
- Arizona Fire Restrictions: firerestrictions.us/az/
Fire Information Officer
USDA Forest Service
Kaibab National Forest – Williams / Tusayan Ranger Districts
742 S Clover Rd
Williams, AZ 86046