logo_lettereditorBy Sherry Twamley, Cottonwood Resident
(May 29, 2016) 

The current proposed City of Cottonwood FY 2017 documents are being presented in a way that makes it more difficult to compare the proposed level of expenditures to income (revenues) that includes the cost of pensions and other fringe benefits and are extremely misleading. 

And press coverage of the proposed budget, therefore, has apparently been limited to the story the Mayor wants to tell.  The budget is what the city wants to spend, including proceeds of loans. Read More→

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logo_azdpsMultiple details will be held in effort to reduce injury and fatal collisions

Verde Valley AZ (May 28, 2016) – The Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADPS), along with the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, will be working together this Memorial Day weekend in an effort to reduce injury and fatal collisions statewide.

During the Memorial Day weekend last year there were five fatal collisions investigated by Arizona troopers.This year, as they have done in past years, troopers will be targeting impairment and driving behaviors that are dangerous to the motoring public in Arizona. Read More→

Sedona Publisher Receives Two Book Honors

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

logo_dancingdakinipressSedona AZ (May 28, 2016) – Sedona’s Dancing Dakini Press has earned two book honors for their new children’s book Orangutan: A Day in the Rainforest Canopy!  Written and illustrated by longtime Arizona resident Rita Goldner, Orangutan: A Day in the Rainforest Canopy earned both a Nautilus Book Award silver award and an International Book Award honor. Nautilus Book Awards honors books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities, and global citizens. The International Book Awards honors worldwide excellence in traditional and independent publishing. Read More→

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By Ted Grussing

… going about our daily business I wonder how many people we pass by in the same manner as this Great Blue Heron who was looking for a better fishing spot than he had just left. No saying hi as he passed with a rather grim face … the mallard seems to cock his head with a little attitude and in split seconds the encounter is over and both creatures go on with life … so at least proffer a smile to those you pass today.

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Emergency Area Closure for the Mormon Fire

Friday, May 27th, 2016

logo_USFS_USDAFlagstaff AZ (May 27, 2016) – The Coconino National Forest has issued an emergency closure on all National Forest System lands within the area of the Mormon Fire on the Coconino National Forest, in Coconino County, north of the intersection of Forest Service Road 700 and FR 240 until rescinded or June 26, 2016, whichever event occurs first. 

This area closure is implemented as a standard wildfire operations procedure which helps to protect the public from entering into an area that is still active with fire, so as not to impede the efficiency of firefighters and allow for their safety while they do their job.  The public is prohibited from entering any trails, roads, or areas within the fire closure area, which will be in force until further notification. Read More→

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logo_azdotState, local agencies emphasize safe driving, planning ahead

Verde Valley AZ (May 27, 2016) – During the Memorial Day weekend, state and local agencies are focusing on keeping motorists safe and placing equipment and resources along heavily traveled highways to help move traffic should incidents occur.

The Arizona Department of Transportation and its contractors won’t schedule construction closures along state highways from Friday through late Monday evening. Drivers are urged to use caution over the holiday weekend in existing work zones and in three “holiday travel corridors” that will receive extra enforcement and resources to minimize travel delays. Read More→

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (May 27, 2016) – In an effort to protect Oak Creek from pollutants, and as part of administering the Storm Water Quality Management Program, the city of Sedona Public Works Department is requesting public comment on their Storm Water Master Plan. This public outreach also helps maintain compliance with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Read More→

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Chaz Ebert to be Keynote speaker for Conscious Film Convergence

logo_illuminatefilmfestivalSedona AZ (May 27, 2016) – The Honorable Dr. Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, a pioneer in the world of conscious cinema and founder of the culturally, racially and spiritually diverse trans-demoninational Agape International Spiritual Center, will receive the inaugural Conscious Visionary Award at the 2016 Illuminate Film Festival following the world premiere of Love, Sweat and Tears at 7 p.m. on June 3 at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Read More→

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Summer Reading Open to Adults

Friday, May 27th, 2016

logo_sedonapubliclibraryBy Bridget Rowan, Reference Librarian

Sedona AZ (May 27, 2016) – Do you remember participating in a summer reading program as a child? Perhaps you’ve even signed your children up for the annual reading club. For the first time ever, Sedona Public Library is incorporating adults into the summer reading program! The program for lifelong readers runs from May 31 through July 31, and you can register now. Read More→

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Growth in Upper Verde River/Big Chino Watershed

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

logo_verde_river_basin_partnershipPrescott AZ (May 26, 2016) – On Tuesday, June 7th at 10:30 a.m., a free public presentation, “Growth in the Upper Verde/Big Chino Watershed” will be offered at the Yavapai County Administration Building in Prescott, 1015 Fair Street, in the Board Room.

Steve Mauk, Director of Yavapai County Development Services, will review future growth projections of anticipated high-growth areas in Yavapai County, as well as future projections for growth in the County as a whole. Mr. Mauk will discuss some issues surrounding non-regulated development and the benefits of regulated subdividing. Read More→

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