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Monsoon season is in full swing as we round the corner into the last stretch of summer! The arrival of this much-needed moisture is just one of many news-worthy happenings in our area.

In this newsletter:
  • Prescott OKs two purchases of Storm Ranch Granite Dells Land
  • Update on Efforts to Fill Vacant Prescott Council Seat
  • Election Update | Primary Election Results
  • And of course, your weekly Dose of the Dells!
City of Prescott Votes 6-0 to OK Granite Dells Purchases

On Tuesday, August 9th the Prescott City Council voted unanimously to approve two land purchases in the Storm Ranch area of the Granite Dells.

Save the Dells chair Tom Rusing and Granite Dells Preservation Foundation President Ruth Anne Norris were among the showing of citizens who commented at last Tuesday's meeting in support of the deal.

This decision marks another exciting step toward the vision of a Granite Dells Regional Park and Preserve, adding to a growing total of protected, contiguous land in this critical wildlife and recreation corridor. But there is much work left to do in bringing this dream to fruition. Check out our Regional Park webpage for more on the value of a park & preserve!

Read the Courier Article Here
City of Prescott Receives 22 Applications to Fill Vacant Council Seat

The City of Prescott received 22 applications from citizens interested in filling the council seat recently vacated by Jessica Hall. The finalists are expected to be selected at today's August 16th executive session, with support expressed for a publicly conducted interview meeting August 23rdThe individual ultimately chosen by the council will serve until the next election in 2023.

Save the Dells hopes to see a final candidate selected that will strongly represent the priorities and values of the overwhelming majority of voters demonstrated in the 2021 election cycle, including support of open space conservation, sustainable water management, well-planned growth, regional cooperation, and integrity and transparency in decision-making.

Read More & See Candidate List Here

Arizona Primary Election Results

In a previous newsletter we detailed the importance of Independent voters in the outcomes of Primary Elections, with particular attention to the Republican State Senate Race in Legislative District 1, Yavapai County (LD-1). 

According to the Daily Courier, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors reported the following after finalizing the Primary Election results with a Monday, August 15th canvassing:

  • Yavapai County had the highest turnout in the state with 51.77% voter turnout recorded.

  • Legislative District 1 State Senate, Republican primary – Ken Bennet, 28,357 votes (50.2%), Steve Zipperman, 28,101 votes (49.8%). Bennett leads by 256 votes.

  • Legislative District 1 State Senate, Democratic primary – Mike Fogel, 20,939 votes (100%).

  • Legislative District 1 State Representative, Republican primary – Quang Nguyen, 36,832 votes (40.85%), Selina Bliss, 24,161 votes (26.79%); and Judy Burges, 20,732 votes (22.99%).

  • Legislative District 1 State Representative, Democratic primary – Cathy Ransom, 19,105 votes (54.3%), and Neil Sinclair, 16,103 votes (45.7%).

Stay tuned for more information on the General Election on November 8th, 2022. We will continue to share information to support voters in making informed decisions at the state and local level in November.

SAVE THE DATE | Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) to host Water Issues Candidate Forum October 8th, 2022

WATCH VIDEO | CWAG August Program | Former AZ Governor and Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt Discusses the Need for Rural Management Areas and Other State and Citizen-Level Actions to Avoid a Disastrous Water Future

Your Weekly Dose of the Dells!

"The Prescott City Council just approved acquisition of another 300 acres of Storm Ranch property to fill in an important gap in the protected portion of the Granite Dells. Bravo and thanks! Citizen input and pressure has had a positive effect in getting a responsible and responsive city government.

Now there are opportunities for informed and engaged citizens to contribute to management plans for Willow Lake at the edge of the Dells. This week's Wild Wednesday is about turtles--native and introduced--and ultimately about how we must actively manage the rare water bodies that create oases in this dry state."

View the full Wild Wednesday photo essay by Walt Anderson here.

"Our eyes have rods for light gathering and cones for interpreting color, but the Red-eared Slider puts us to shame by having 7 types of cones!

While that doesn’t approach the many flavors of Baskin-Robbins, it’s impressive all the same. I can’t begin to imagine how a slider sees the world. Perhaps it’s a kaleidoscope of rich colors, like 512 individual Crayola crayons all at the same time. Who knows?"

-- Walt Anderson
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