Opinion: Selling Sedona, Epilogue

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4 • Part 5 • Epilogue

By [Concerned Sedona Resident]
(April 27, 2015)

The Chamber of Commerce has made no official effort to refute or counter the facts presented here, perhaps because they ARE facts and are not refutable.  The Chamber has not responded to the analysis of these facts either, perhaps because they believe they control the City Council and there is no need to bother.  That approach will continue until Sedona residents rise up and finally say enough is enough.

We have provided you with researched and documented information on the activities and impacts of selling Sedona to the tourism world.  Whether any change comes of it is up to you, the community.  We have purposely omitted our identity in a conscious effort to put the focus to the issues rather than on attacking the authors as at least one vocal Chamber leader is prone to do.  For some that has been just fine, for others, not so much.  Read More→

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Attitude

Monday, April 27th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

Sometimes it is just a waste of time to try and talk with someone … you can easily tell when this is the case … usually facial expressions tell it all and a perfect example of that is the photo tonight of a tiger who was just irritated and nothing you could say was going to change his mind or make him any happier, unless perhaps you were to go in there with the intention of talking with him and calming him down. I do believe that would in fact work … you go in with all good intentions … he eats you … with a full belly (of you) he is contented and lays down for a nice nap … you in turn have made him happy fulfilling your purpose in life … to make another happy. Sorry just couldn’t resist.

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Tlaquepaque: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo,
Saturday, May 2nd

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona AZ5th Annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off

Sedona AZ (April 27, 2015) – Cinco de Mayo is fast becoming a hugely popular celebration from Mexico and Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts will be fully decked out to celebrate this historic day in grand style. This year Cinco de Mayo will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm. The day will be filled with vibrant expressions of Mexican culture including folklorico dancers in dazzling costumes, phenomenal flamenco dancing from South of the Border that brings thunderous applause every time, hot Latin vibes, and the ever-popular roaming Mariachis. Mouth-watering Mexican fare from Tlaquepaque’s El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano, will be on hand as well as a special beer garden offered by Oak Creek Brewery and Grill featuring its award-winning brews. Read More→

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Linda Martinez to Speak to OLLI About the NAIC

Monday, April 27th, 2015

logo_olli2Verde Valley AZ (April 27, 2015) – It now takes millions of dollars to elect candidates to public office.   

That’s fine for wealthy individuals and organizations.  But how can the voices of people without big bucks be heard?   How can they wield power?

Local groups are learning alternatives from the Northern Arizona Interfaith Council  (NAIC), which works locally to help people who lack funds and other forms of privilege to develop “relational  power.”  Read More→

logo_arizonadepartmentofeducationPhoenix AZ (April 27, 2015) – The State Board of Education today established the Arizona Standards Development Committee to oversee the development of Arizona Mathematics Standards and English Language Arts Standards.

Last month, Governor Doug Ducey called upon the Board to make any necessary changes to the standards to ensure they are vetted, approved and controlled by Arizona, and that the standards are the best for Arizona’s students. The current College and Career Ready Standards will be the starting point for the process and comments will be sought to inform revisions to ensure that the newly adopted Arizona standards are excellent and rigorous. Read More→

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MATFORCE DUMP the DRUGS Event May 9 in Beaver Creek

Monday, April 27th, 2015

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (April 27, 2015) – A “Dump the Drugs” event will be held on Saturday, May 9th, in Lake Montezuma at the Beaver Creek Adult Center.  MATFORCE, the Beaver Creek Community Action Team and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office are helping sponsor this event.

The Beaver Creek Dump the Drugs event gives local community members a chance to safely dispose of unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medication.    Thirty percent of youth report they get pills to abuse right out of the family medicine cabinet.  Proper disposal of unwanted medication will help keep potentially dangerous drugs out of the wrong hands and from getting into our water systems. Read More→

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Former Marine Band Trumpeter
Solos with Cottonwood Band

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Cottonwood AZ (April 27, 2015) – Come hear the Cottonwood Community Band when it presents a free concert for all ages on Sunday, May 10 at 3 PM in the Camp Verde Multi-Use Theater, 210 Camp Lincoln Rd. in Camp Verde. Headlining the concert is a performance by trumpet soloist and Cottonwood resident, Carl Rowe. Read More→

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logo_SIFFTheatrical event features the renowned museum on the big screen in cinemas around the world

Sedona AZ (April 27, 2015) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the Sedona Arts Center to present ‘Hermitage Revealed’ from St. Petersburg, Russia on Monday, May 4. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. 

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world holding over 3 million treasures and boasting more curators than any other art institution. To mark the momentous occasion of its 250th anniversary, the museum opened its doors for the filming of “Hermitage Revealed” — a cinematic event that is a must-see for all fans of art, architecture and the culture and history of Russia. Read More→

Planning for the Future of the “Western Gateway”

Monday, April 27th, 2015

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (April 27, 2015) – As a follow-up to the March 31 community workshop, the City of Sedona is hosting another opportunity for everyone to express their thoughts on a preliminary working draft plan for the “Western Gateway” of Sedona.  This community planning workshop will be held on three separate days at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, in Sedona.

  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

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Opinion: Selling Sedona, Part 5

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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By [Concerned Sedona Resident]
(April 27, 2015)

This is the fifth and final article examining the selling of Sedona via public tax funding through the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.  Last week’s focus examined the Chamber’s violation of its non-profit status in contracting with the City of Sedona to provide specific services normally carried on by for-profit businesses.   This week’s closing part brings issues of the first four parts together with additional questions surrounding the selling of Sedona.

Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4 • Part 5 • Epilogue

Part 5

The past 4 weeks have looked at the business of selling Sedona to the world and the many issues surrounding it.  We began by documenting the 500 percent rise in public tax funding for Sedona Chamber of Commerce operations and tourism promotion over the past 20 years.  We explored the lack of a return to city residents for this “investment” of millions of dollars and showed this spending has resulted in financial loss to the city, increased congestion from misdirected promotions and an unsustainable use of city infrastructure and our surrounding natural landscape.  We looked at the discrimination against non Chamber-member businesses that also contribute to tourism promotion funding via their sales and bed tax revenues and that the level of discrimination is increasing.  And finally we exposed the Chamber’s violations of its non-profit status by providing particular services to individuals and competing with for-profit businesses. Read More→

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ART – What am I buying?

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

By Mary Helsaple
www.Helsaple.com

photo_maryhelsapleSedona AZ (April 26, 2015) – The Fine Art business has evolved with new technology, and it has exploded into the public environments,  mass consumer, and decorative marketplaces.  New art materials made of resins and plastics along with changes in image photography and print technologies have made ‘reproductions’ and ‘facsimiles’ more accessible. The many shapes, surfaces and forms it can be confusing.  Purchasing art is a wonderful experience, an exciting pastime,  and art enriches our lives.  Art also enhances our personal space and inspires us.  The choice of Art reflects our individuality, personal tastes, and our uniqueness in a chaotic commercial world.  So,it is important that ART buyers know what they are buying when they visit an art fair, artist’s studio, art museums or art gallery. Read More→

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logo_SIFFNew production from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet debuts on the big screen at Fisher Theatre

Sedona AZ (April 26, 2015) – The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema on Sunday, May 3 when it hosts the big screen premiere of a new production of “Ivan the Terrible” from the famed Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. There will be one show at 4:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. 

In 1975, Yuri Grigorovich decided to stage “Ivan the Terrible” using Sergei Prokofiev’s score, originally written for Eisenstein’s famous movie of the same title. It was a challenge for the Russian ballet master, but was eventually met with great success right from the beginning. “Ivan the Terrible” has become the perfect example of a ballet during the Soviet era, with one of the most complex male roles of the repertoire. Read More→

VVHS Pet of the Week: Meet Betty!

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Cottonwood AZ (April 25, 2015) - Sweet Betty arrived in the middle of giving birth. She has completed that process and is now spayed and ready for a little pampering of her own. She’s a calm, happy girl, about 4, and loooooooves her tennis balls. 20150425_VVHS_bettyLet’s find Betty a home. 

Verde Valley Humane Society is open from Monday-Saturday from 10a.m. to 5p.m. and is located at 1520 W. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood, AZ 86326 (approx. 1 mile past the Cottonwood Muncipal Airport).

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logo_SIFFAll-star casts in new independent films making Sedona premiere at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Sedona AZ (April 25, 2015) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of “While We’re Young” (starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) and “Serena” (starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper) showing May 1-8 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Read More→

Volunteers Needed for Mitzvah Day

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

logo_mitzvahday2Sedona AZ (April 25, 2015) – Volunteers are still needed for the 8th annual Mitzvah (Good Deed) Day to be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Everyone is invited to participate in this community-wide intergenerational, interfaith, spirit-led day of community service in Sedona and the Verde Valley.

Rabbi Alicia Magal, Mitzvah Day co-chair, said the volunteer day presents an opportunity for organizations to come together to help those in need in the community and to promote volunteerism throughout the year. Read More→

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Fun places …

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

I flew this morning and it was just beautiful up there; quite a bit of dust and stuff in the air but the winds were pretty well blowing things out.

USFS is planning on resuming burns again as early as Sunday and hoping that it will vent … that means people downwind get the smoke impact and health issues but they probably do not know where it came from … or it will not vent and we get to breathe all that stuff again. Good for the medical business though.

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Can Our Local Communities
Make Better Use of Recycled Water?

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

logo_cwag3Verde Valley AZ (April 25, 2015) – As water scarcity and concerns about nutrient impacts on waters receiving discharged treated effluent increase, closed-loop recycling of water is gaining interest. In many cases, potable reuse has proven to be less expensive than deploying reclaimed water through pipeline networks separate from the potable system, and technology advances have demonstrated that potable reuse can be done safely and reliably.

On Saturday, May 9, Guy Carpenter, national manager of the Carollo Engineers water reuse/resources group, will explore national trends in potable water reuse when he speaks to the Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation building, 882 Sunset in Prescott (two blocks behind True Value). Read More→

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Adult Summer Softball League Registration Starts May 1

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (May 25, 2015) – The City of Sedona Parks and Recreation is accepting registrations beginning Friday, May 1 for the Adult Summer Softball League.  Sign up for the comradery, fun and chance to show your stuff on the beautiful Posse Grounds Park baseball fields.  Men and women are welcome to participate. You may sign up your team until Wednesday, May 20.  There is a maximum of 20 players per team and players must be 16 years of age or older.  The fee is $275 per team and $15 per player.  Read More→

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HSS Pet of the Week: Meet Fernie!

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Sedona AZ (April 25, 2015) – Fernie is the goofiest, cuddliest, snuggliest –most gentle soul who loves to roll over for belly rubs. He’ll make the PAWFECT addition to any family and will act as a great protector of your children- he just loves 20150425_hss_ferniethem! Won’t you give this handsome devil the key to your heart? WOOF!!

  • Gender: Neutered
  • Breed: Staffordshire Terrier/ Hound Mix
  • Age: 3 years old
  • Available For Adoption

www.HumaneSocietyOfSedona.org • 928.282.4679

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Safe zone …

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… not only are we fortunate to live in the safe zone or sweet spot in our solar system, but our solar system is in the safe or sweet zone of our galaxy … our galaxy is about 100,000 light years in diameter and there is a sweet spot that is roughly 15,000 light years across between the outer edges of the galaxy and the inner part of the galaxy … a space of relative calm at least for the present where star systems like ours can form and not be stripped of planets or the star (our sun) be shredded by the massive stars further in. How long would it take to cross the Milky Way in a space ship going say 18,000 mph? about 4 billion years or about the time our little solar system has left … traveling by commercial jet at typical speeds about 120 billion years … give or take a few … and we know that the light from the outermost galaxies from us has been traveling for over ten billion years to get here. We sure will be able to save everything … huge smiles.

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