Neighborhood Communications Tower Meeting Scheduled for 3/11/2019

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Dear Neighbors
Neighborhood Communications Tower Meeting
Monday, March 11, 6 PM
Beaver Creek Adult Center
4250 Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma Village Square (across from Cricket’s)
This is the text of the letter copied below.  Due to technical issues it is not easy to read in the eNews.  We will post copies of the letter, map, and plot construction design which will be mailed to property owners within 1000 ft at Rimrock Resale bulletin board on Beaver Creek Rd, the LM Post Office, and the BCCA bulletin board in Rollins Park as weather permits.  The CCF&MD owns this parcel and currently has a small tower on it. Fire Chief Terry Keller will be at the meeting. The eNews will also email this information to subscribers upon request.
From Luke Sefton, President & Principle engineer of Sefton Engineering Consultants:
Paul Giovanni, Chief Technology Officer with MerIT Technology Partners, plans to submit an application to Yavapai County for the installation of a communications tower on behalf of the Copper Canyon Fire & Medical District at 3660 E Stardust Circle which is near or adjoining your property.  This tower will have communications equipment for the Fire District and Broadband equipment to provide Internet service to the area.

Based on very positive community input, it has been recommended that cell service be added to the tower.  This would require an increase to the tower height to eighty feet from the originally intended sixty feet height.  This will allow the tower to be a three-carrier cell tower and encourage use of it by carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint/T-Mobile.  Verizon, in particular, requires and eighty feet minimum height for their cellular transmissions.

I would like to invite you to meet Paul Giovanni of MerIT Technology Partners and to hear about their plans for this location.  This would be an informal meeting to give you the opportunity to review the proposed plans and to discuss the proposal with them.

The meeting will be held on March 11, at 6 PM, in the Beaver Creek Adult Center.
At this meeting MerIT Technology Partners will discuss the proposal and then discuss any concerns that you may have.  We encourage you to attend this meeting and to share your thoughts.  If you cannot attend, please feel free to contact me at 928-202-3999 and I will be glad to discuss the matter with you.  Additionally, you may send the comment sheet to the address below.
Luke A Sefton, P.E., CFM
President/Principle Engineer
Sefton Engineering Consultants
Paul Giovanni–Wireless Tower–on 3660 E Stardust Circle
If you cannot attend the meeting, we would appreciate your time and feedback is very important to our process moving forward.  Please take a moment to fill out the information below as well as any comments you with to make regarding this project.
Please email comments to:  or mail to:
Luke Sefton
40 Stutz Bearcat Drive
Sedona, AZ 86336
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Local Monuments Open with Restrictions 2/15/2019

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Local National Monuments Open w/Restrictions
National Park Service  News Release
For Immediate Release – February 15th, 2019
Laura Varon-Burkhart, MOCA/TUZI, 928-649-6195 x 229
Camp Verde, AZ – Montezuma Castle National Monument
Rimrock, AZ – Montezuma Well
Flooding has temporarily restricted activities at Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well
Due to overnight flooding in Beaver Creek, much of the loop trail at Montezuma Castle will be closed potentially through Wednesday. The outlet trail at Montezuma Well will also be closed to foot traffic until the creek water recedes. Both parks will remain open, but visitors must remain in designated areas while our maintenance staff remove mud and debris from the trails.
Crossing desert washes and flooded streets can be very dangerous. Visitors planning a trip to Central Arizona are advised to check weather reports and traffic information before departing.
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Swift Water Rescue 2/15/2019

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On February 14, 2019 at 10 PM Copper Canyon Fire & Medical District was dispatched to a report of water rising in the area of Rimrock Dr. Upon arrival the street was found to be flooded so units repositioned and began assessing the area. A van tried to cross the road and was unable to go any further so a swift water technician team assembled and was able to make a rescue of all 4 occupants in the van and 2 dogs utilizing a haul system and a boat. The team then started doing low water rescues and going door to door to assist in evacuation of some of the residents, while some residents chose to shelter in their homes. The boat and haul team were again utilized to get an elderly person out of her house due to rising flood waters.
At another location, units comprising of swift water technicians from Copper Canyon Fire and Sedona Fire were able to successfully remove 8 people from a residence on foot. All people evacuated or rescued were evaluated for injuries and transported to a Red Cross location set up at the Beaver Creek Baptist Church. The location also had a setup to shelter small pets.  In all, 13 people and 2 dogs were safely removed to the Red Cross location.
There were units from Copper Canyon, Sedona and Verde Valley Fire used to rescue and transport people removed from their homes. Yavapai County Sheriffs were used to help with rescues and traffic control and Yavapai County Emergency Management was activated and were able to get resources to set up the Red Cross location and future needs.
Steve Sarkesian
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical
Battalion Chief
Photos courtesy of Mikki Weissinger


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Flood Watch Continues 2/14/2019

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Flood Watch

Flood Watch National Weather Service Flagstaff AZ 1216 PM MST Thu Feb 14 2019

Yavapai County Mountains-Northern Gila County- Yavapai County Valleys and Basins-Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons- Including the cities of Prescott, Seligman, Ash Fork, Payson, Strawberry, Young, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Cordes Junction, Bagdad, and Sedona 1216 PM MST Thu Feb 14 2019 … FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON… The Flood Watch continues for * Portions of Yavapai and Gila counties. This Flood Watch includes Oak Creek, Sycamore Creek, Granite Creek, Dry Beaver Creek, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, Fossil Creek, Tonto Creek, East Verde Verde River, Verde River and Agua Fria River. * Through Friday afternoon * Periods of moderate to heavy rain will develop over Yavapai county early this morning and will move eastward through tonight. Some of the heaviest rain will fall over portions of northeastern Yavapai county and northern Gila county. In addition, snowpack in these areas will melt, adding to the potential for runoff. * Area creeks, streams, washes and rivers will begin to run high by this afternoon, peaking later tonight, or even Friday morning. Many larger waterways are forecast to reach or exceed flood levels. Larger waterways will continue to drain at or above flood levels well into Friday. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flood Watch Means That Developing Conditions May Lead To Flooding Within The Watch area. People…especially those located along area creeks…rivers or other flood prone areas…should continue to monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take immediate action should flood warnings be issued.
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Verna Shafer Celebration of Life

A toast in celebration, to the life of 

Verna Lee Shafer  (1929 to 2019)

A wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, sister, friend, artist, entrepreneur, business owner, avid gardener, community organizer, visionary and all around active, engaged and committed member of society. There was no dream too big or detail too small that Verna wouldn’t whole heartedly devote her undivided attention to it. She was a woman of action.
Verna was born in Chickasha Oklahoma to Henry “Hank” and Madelyn Yates their first of two daughters. The Yates family spent the first years of Verna’s young life enduring the hardships of the dust bowl and great depression. To escape dust related health issues the family moved to Phoenix, AZ. While in Phoenix Verna spent her developmental years building lifelong friendships and a passion for art.
A business opportunity prompted the Yate’s family move to Flagstaff, AZ where Verna spent her senior year of high school. It was there that Verna met the good looking shortstop on the baseball team with a “hotrod” ford car who quickly became the love of her life, Frank Allen Shafer. After graduating, and in a hurry to be together, Frank and Verna eloped and were married on Halloween day of 1947. The couple resided in Flagstaff for 55 active years until Frank’s health forced their move to the lower elevation of Beaver Creek. Verna would always call Flagstaff her home town. While in Flagstaff, Verna was active in the community working various jobs, following her children’s pursuits, volunteer work especially the art community. Verna owned and operated an interior design studio (The Finishing Touch) with her partner Debbie (Booth) for many years. Verna was both a student and teacher of art her entire life. During the final days of her life, as her health was failing, she found the desire and strength to give her final (hours long) art lesson to her great granddaughter Taylor Engle (19). Taylor was assisting in the care of her great grandmother during her final days. Upon the completion of the lesson Verna bequeathed to her great-granddaughter her well-worn easel, paint spattered smock and painting supplies hoping to share her passion with future generations.
Verna ShaferOnce relocated in Beaver Creek Verna and Frank felt blessed to live in a beautiful new house built by their (builder) sons Chris and Craig Shafer. Established in the Beaver Creek community Verna once again immersed herself in community service work, organizing people, planning, permitting, arranging funding and overseeing the construction of Sycamore Park and other community projects. She also started a garden club and stayed busy hosting many events in her beautifully decorated house and exquisitely landscaped yards. Verna was instrumental in raising money for many causes. As a reminder, to the family, of Verna’s endless optimism while going through her things we found many sketches and drawings of paintings and projects planned and not yet started. An example would be the partial pallet of concrete pavers, next to the backyard gate, yet to be laid. In her eighties Verna laid hundreds of (heavy) walkway pavers in her yards. It was not uncommon to find an elderly Verna in her back yard, pry bar in hand, rolling a large bolder to a new location simply because she thought it would “look better over there”.
Blessed with a large loving family and in the final weeks of her life Verna was able to stay in her beautiful home tended with loving care by her devoted daughter Vicki Womack (Jim) and son Chris Shafer who live nearby. She also enjoyed multigenerational family care provided by Taylor Engle (great-granddaughter) and her final hours were spent in the loving care of her hospice nurse granddaughter Elizabeth Ruby (Shafer) who gently assisted Verna to the gates of heaven.
Verna was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Frank Shafer and her daughter in law Jennifer Welk (Chris). She is survived by daughter Vicki Womack (Jim) and sons Chris and Craig Shafer (Debi). Her large extended family includes 14 grandchildren, and a whopping 32 great grandchildren and counting.
Our family is deeply saddened by Verna’s passing, but we find solace in knowing she was well loved by many and is now reunited with her love Frank. Verna was one of a kind and will be remembered fondly by her family and those who knew her best.
There will be a memorial celebration of Verna’s life hosted at her house on February 2, 2019, in Beaver Creek at 3890 Sycamore Lane (turn off Montezuma on Meadow proceed to Sycamore) at 11:30 am. A short service with refreshments to follow.
Since there is limited parking in the vicinity of Frank and Verna’s home, shuttle transportation (Beaver Creek Transit) will be available from 10:45 AM on in Sycamore Park by the bridge.  At the park, there is also an opportunity to see the plaque dedicated to Verna and the Beaver Creek Garden Club.
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Annual Meeting Saturday 1/26/2019

Beaver Creek Community Association

Annual Meeting


“Good Neighbors 2019″

January 26, 2019


Please enjoy the refreshments before, during and after our meeting!!


Pledge of Allegiance


President’s Welcome & Update:  Includes introduction of 2018 board members; Janet Aniol, president; Sharon Olsen, vice president; Bob Burke, secretary/treasurer,  Mike Nelson, Ron Melcher and Phil Edwards, directors.  Chris Nicol is the webmaster.


Special recognition for Good Neighbor 2018 Award to Missy Maine & Attitudez on Maine.


Yavapai County Presentations:

District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman, “State of the County”

Public Works, Updates on road projects.

Development Services, Updates on building permits.


BCCA Business Directory Presentation–Bob Burke


BCCA Board of Directors Election


Adjournment.  The next regular association meeting will be on Monday, February 11 at 3 PM in the Beaver Creek Adult Center.

Beaver Creek Events this Weekend 1/26/2019

Dear Neighbors
This morning Scott Reed, YCSO Officer, and Jeannette Estes, BCCAT Chair, will be in the Beaver Creek Adult Center from 10 AM until Noon collecting no longer needed medications.  If you need to clean out a medicine cabinet, this is a fine opportunity.
This afternoon in the Adult Center, the annual Community Meeting for Supervisor Thurman and the Beaver Creek Community Association starts at 4 PM.  Good information and tasty food.  The cake served at the BCCA 50th anniversary celebration is back in response to multiple requests.
The Adult Center’s Pancake Breakfast has returned and will be on a new day, Monday, still from 8 AM to 10 AM. The same tasty menu will be served.  The main room of the Center is open for your use.  The library portion is getting new flooring installed and will be reopened at some point during the next two weeks. Below is a thank you from President Phil Edwards to the volunteers who make these services possible.
Monday evening the Grief Recovery Course starts at Sheets Hall in Montezuma Chapel.  It runs for 13 weeks, but may be started on any of the Mondays.  So no worries if you can’t make the first meeting. Please come when you can.  Cyndi Howell, Director of the Olive Branch Group Home, is our local contact for more information.
Attached below is further information about how to get the new digital license plates which are now accepted by ADOT.
Looks like a busy few days,
. . . . . the calendar crew 
Jeannette Estes
Saturday, Sunday & Monday Special Events
Saturday, 1/26-Dump the Drugs   is back at the Beaver Creek Adult Center from 10 AM to Noon.  This event gives an opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medication (including ones for pets).  Please drop medications off at the Beaver Creek Adult Center (across from Cricket’s), 4250 E. Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma.  The event is sponsored by the BC Community Action Team, YC Sheriff’s Office and MATFORCE.   Jeannette Estes is our local contact at 928-567-5421 for more information . (See FlyerBelow) 

Saturday, 1/26–BCCA Annual Mtg & Supervisor Thurman Community Mtg. The annual Beaver Creek Community Association (BCCA) meeting in conjunction with District 2 Supervisor Thomas Thurman’s Community Meeting will start at 4 PM in the Beaver Creek Adult Center located at 4250 E Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma. Supervisor Thurman will speak about Yavapai County and Beaver Creek issues. Yavapai County Public Works will present roads information and Development Services will discuss land use. BCCA will present an update including a brief presentation on our soon to be distributed business directory, the 2018 financial report and conduct the board of director election. Members and non-members are welcome to attend and enjoy some tasty refreshments and visiting with neighbors. More information available at


Monday, 1/28–The Donation Pancake Breakfast  is from 8 to 10 AM at the Beaver Creek Adult Center. Join your neighbors at the Center for pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and fruit – all for a suggested donation of $5. Yummy!!  Phone:  928-567-4556

Montezuma ChapelMonday, 1/28-The Grief Recovery Course will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in Sheets Hall at Montezuma Chapel, 3450 E Rusty Spurs Rd in Rimrock, for 13 weeks. Your attendance can start at any week. There is a $15 book charge for which scholarships are available. The course is sponsored by Grief Share. Please contact Cyndi Howell at 928-567-4759 for more information.
Pancake Breakfast Thank You
       from BC Adult Center President, Phil Edwards
The Beaver Creek Adult Center Board Members were once again pleased at the turn out for our November Pancake Breakfast. It was special because in celebration of Veterans Day, we served all veterans free. We served 47 breakfasts. Also, in place of scrambled eggs, we served this time an egg casserole, it was very tasty and well accepted. This is also to thank Ron and Darla Melcher, and Cindy Upshaw who flipped pancakes, served, helped set up the tables and clean up after we were finished serving. It is also time to recognize your neighbors who are also board members who work hard and volunteer their time to present this breakfast and many other duties and activities: Dixie Edwards, Julie Uli, Judy Edwards and Diane Daniel.
The December breakfast was replaced by the Christmas Pot Luck. Our January Pancake Breakfast was postponed due to water damage after the severe freeze. However we’ve been back open for a couple of weeks and will renew the breakfast on a new day. So please come visit us for the Donation Pancake Breakfast this Monday, 1/28, from 8 AM to 10 AM.
Digital license plates now available as option for Arizona motorists
ADOT and DPS collaborate to ensure technology is safe
Technology buffs have a new Arizona license plate option available to them with the introduction of electronic digital plates.
For over a year, the Arizona Department of Transportation has tested this technology on a limited number of its fleet vehicles throughout the state to determine operational capabilities and endurance under multiple weather conditions.
ADOT also collaborated with the Arizona Department of Public Safety to ensure that the look of the plate and its messaging capabilities conform to legal requirements and law enforcement best practices.
The plates, called Rplate Digital License Plates, are LTE wireless connected devices similar to a tablet. The license plate number is constantly displayed, and the technology allows for added messages such as “invalid,” “stolen” and other notifications if needed.
While use of the Rplate is authorized by the ADOT Motor Vehicle Division and the Arizona Department of Public Safety, it’s not available at MVD or Authorized Third Party offices. Motorists who wish to buy the plate must do so through participating resellers, including vehicle dealerships and professional auto service providers or the plate manufacturer, Reviver Auto. The plate’s cost is determined by the manufacturer, and MVD does not receive any proceeds from sales.
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Adult Center Still Closed for Most Uses 1/11/2019

The Beaver Creek Adult Center is open to Meals on Wheels volunteers for drop off and pick up of meals containers.  Today’s scheduled BCPHS meeting will be held at 10 AM in in the Rock School Building at Beaver Creek School.  Monday’s BCCA meeting will be held at 3 PM in the Beaver Creek Library.
The Adult Center hopes to have some areas in the main room open for use late next week.  The library portion will remain closed until flooring is replaced.  Burst pipe issues will take time to repair subject to contractor availability.
Those who attend chair yoga or other meetings, please call your contact to get information about alternative locations, postponements, or use of the Center.
The Beaver Creek Adult Center phone number is 928-567-4556 which will be answered when portions of the Center are again open to the public.

Kiwanis Christmas House 12/6/2018

Christmas House Continues this year at the former Barefoot’s Grocery & Deli
The Kiwanis Christmas House is back this year and located in the former Barefoot’s building on Beaver Creek Rd.  Christmas House is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through December 15 from 10 AM to 5 PM in order to raise funds to purchase Christmas gifts and food for families with children from sales of holiday items.  Donation of additional holiday decorations, dishes, and clothing, etc. to sell at the shop would also be appreciated.
On Saturday, 12/8, the Kiwanis Key Club (local high school members) will be selling baked goods at the store and hope to visit with you and give you their best wishes.
100% of proceeds will go to the Adopt-A-Family program from Beaver Creek Kiwanis.  Use of the old Barefoot’s shop has been donated by the owner.
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