logo_lettereditorInformation & Perspective by Warren Woodward
(December 17, 2014)

About 30 people spoke at the recent “smart” meter meeting at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). For some reason, the ACC chairman, Bob Stump, has chosen to single out one of them for the benefit of his Twitter subscribers.

Not once but twice, Bob Stump has sent out “tweets” calling attention to Floris Freshman who spoke wearing a hat she made herself to shield her head from EMF. Read More→

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Play time …

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

I was driving on Beaver Flats Rd on the way home from the ponds yesterday and saw a couple of guys playing in their powered parasails around the hills. They were not close and the quality of the photograph is not what I would like, but what the heck it is always fun to see others having a good time. The lower one is what is called a trike and the upper one just has his fan strapped on his back and his feet are the landing gear.  

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Verde Valley Caregivers ready to deliver gifts to seniors

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

logo_verdevalleycaregiversCottonwood AZ (December 17, 2014) – Verde Valley Caregivers has collected more gifts for seniors this year than ever before. VVCC placed giving trees at Sedona, Cottonwood, Camp Verde Public Libraries, Oakcreek Country Club, and Wal-Mart. Visitors selected gift tags, purchased the items, and returned them to a box located near each tree.

“This has the best turn out ever with each neighbor receiving multiple gifts,” said VVCC Operations Manager Kim Meller. “Normally neighbors receive socks and slippers, but this year there has been a much wider range of gifts. Bigger and better items such as toasters and crockpots will also be delivered to older adults in need.” Read More→

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KSB Announces Awards of Excellence Recipients

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

logo_ksbSedona AZ (December 17, 2014) – The KSB Awards Committee proudly announces the winners of its 43rd Annual Awards of Excellence.

An annual event since KSB’s inception, the Awards of Excellence recognize community organizations and businesses whose activities have most contributed to the spirit of keeping Sedona beautiful without compromising future needs. Read More→

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
On the run …

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

Seems like most of the day has been and continues to be on the run … after some appointments in Cottonwood I stopped at the Ponds on the way home and met a friend there. The lighting was not all that great, but it was fun and the action good. Seems like this hen Ring Neck duck was having my kind of day too. The churning water in the background is from some of her friends that were also on the go and the water had not yet had a chance to settle. Fun.

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Letter to The Editor: APS Decisions

Monday, December 15th, 2014

logo_lettereditorBy Barbara Boelter, Homeowner and Taxpayer
(December 15, 2014) 

Dear Members, AZ Corporation Commission:

You are not getting the message are you?  ALL speakers who came to your 12-12-14 meeting spoke AGAINST “Smart Meters”, yet you continued to support and approve APS’s installation of them, and fees upon those who won’t have them.  You are not representing the people of Arizona! Read More→

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By Ted Grussing

… a B-24 Liberator Bomber that was on a night training mission slammed into the San Francisco Peaks at about the 11,000′ level; all eight crew members were killed in the crash. Humphreys Peak, the tallest mountain in Arizona at 12, 633′ is the farthest left peak in this image and the crash site is in the clearing just past the third slide area from the left, about 1500′ below the peak and a ways to the right just left of and below center about a quarter up from the bottom. The wreckage which was left there is clearly visible when there is no snow, but it appears to be pretty well covered in this image.

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Arizona Public Service Opt-Out Fees Settled

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

MeterBy Stephen DeVol

Sedona AZ (December 14, 2014) - At the December 12, 2014, Arizona Corporation Committee (ACC) meeting it came as no surprise that the ACC voted 5-0 to accept some Opt-Out fees and charge for analog meter reading for Arizona Public Service (APS) customers in Arizona. Opt-In or Opt-Out, your monthly bills for electricity are going up.

The Public Meeting which began at 10:00 am lasted until 6:00 pm on Friday. More than 25 people spoke about their adverse health effects from smart meters. No one spoke in favor of Smart meters. APS refers to Smart meters as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and vigorously promoted AMI for “Operational and reliability” reasons. Read More→

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Letter to The Editor: Fools Rule at the ACC

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

logo_lettereditorReport on the Arizona Corporation Commission’s 12/12/14 “Smart” Meter Meeting

Information & Perspective by Warren Woodward
(December 14, 2014)

Three “smart” meter dockets were discussed at the ACC. One dealt with health, one confidentially, and one extortion. The upshot was that the commissioners voted unanimously to continue to allow utilities to bombard people with microwaves and to extort $5 per month from people trying to avoid that and other “smart” meter related harm.

The commissioners were spectacular in their near complete ignorance of the subject matter, or even the English language. Read More→

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logo_SIFFAcclaimed new independent films make Sedona premiere at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Sedona AZ (December 14, 2014) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of the acclaimed new award-winning independent films “Listen Up Philip” and “Art and Craft” — which was just shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary — showing Dec. 19-23 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Read More→

Organize A to Z: Holiday Tips

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

logo_organizeazBy Tracey Shadley
Organize A to Z
“Organize Your Space, Organize Your Life!”

Sedona AZ (December 14, 2014) - 

I always feel so overwhelmed with all of my commitments as the holiday season approaches.  Any suggestions? -  Carole C

The best way to stay calm during the holidays is to start planning early — at least a month in advance! Start by creating a calendar for the weeks leading up to, during and after the holidays. Read More→

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Oak Creek Apples Macintosh User Group Monthly Meeting

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

logo_oakcreekapplescomputerclubBy Arthur Poole

Sedona AZ (December 14, 2014) – The Oak Creek Apples Macintosh User Group will meet on Wednesday, December 17, at the Elks Lodge off Airport Road in West Sedona.

Beginning at 5:00 PM:

Continuing our regular sessions of “Mac Basics and Beyond”, local Mac/PC consultant Alan Gore will field any questions the audience might have about the Mac. Read More→

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January 2015 Activities at
Sedona’s Red Rock State Park

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (December 13th, 2014) – If you’re interested in the natural history of Sedona, plan to visit Red Rock State Park for one of the daily guided walks, weekly bird walks, workshops, or monthly lectures. The park is located at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road and provides a great introduction to Sedona, complete with a natural history museum, easy hiking trails, knowledgeable staff, and wildlife viewing. This month R.R.S.P. will be continuing the ongoing watercolor workshop, this month’s theme will be Native American pottery. They will also be hosting Tony Nester for the second annual day long Basic Survival workshop on January 31st. Visit us to learn more about these activities!

As always, RRSP offers twice weekly guided bird walk and daily nature walks with a knowledgeable naturalist.  Read More→

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona AZSedona AZ (December 12, 2014) – Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is truly the happening center for holiday fun. After the back-to-back Festival of Trees and Festival of Lights, it’s time to motor on over for one last holiday bash, the Second Annual Holiday Sweet Stroll. It takes place Saturday, December 20th from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Come for non-stop entertainment— festive seasonal music and song, Dickens carolers, delectable sweets in the boutique shops and galleries, and the sweetest holiday deals in town! Admission is free and discounts abound on purchased items in the shops. Read More→

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HSS Pet of The Week: Meet Marmalade

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Sedona, AZ (December 12, 2014) – As we move into the Holiday Season, be sure and think about adopting a wonderful pet from the Humane Society of Sedona.  Give the gift of a new home to sweet cat or loyal dog this during this special time of year and you will make a friend for life! 

20141121_HSS_Marmalade-2Marmalade is a wonderful 4 year old neutered Domestic Short Hair looking for her new home.  She loves to both snuggle and play.  She is great with people and a purr-fect cat for you and your family. Marmalade would love to meet you! So come visit her at the shelter today. Or see more photos of Marmalade.

Come by and take a tour of the shelter and see all the wonderful cats and dogs we have that are eager and ready to be your next best friend. Please remember all animals deserve a loving home. Stop by the shelter anytime seven days a week from 10 to 4 pm, or go by PetSmart daily to adopt a cat today.

www.humansocietyofsedona.org, 827.282.4679

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
A waterfall …

Friday, December 12th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… in an otherwise undisturbed and undulating sea of white covering thousands of square miles I found a waterfall this afternoon … a slight opening in the low level fog and clouds a break in the cover appeared and a waterfall was created. It looks like one, but the water is not quite in a dense liquid state … but it is water and it is flowing.

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ADOT gears up for winter storm season;
snow removal top priority

Friday, December 12th, 2014

logo_azdotDrivers encouraged to ‘Know Snow’ and prepare for winter driving this weekend

Verde Valley AZ (December 12, 2014) – Do you “Know Snow in Arizona?” If not, now is the time to get ready for the winter driving season.

As the first significant winter storm rolls into the state this weekend, delivering snow to high country areas, the Arizona Department of Transportation has been getting ready to respond to keep motorists safe while clearing snow and ice from highways. Read More→

An Evening of FUNdraising at Marketplace Cafe

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Sedona AZ (December 12, 2014) – Cornucopia Community Advocates, Marketplace Cafe and world-class guitarist Anthony Mazzella invite you to an evening of FUNdraising. Join us for great music, incredible food and a raffle with your chance to win vacations, beautiful art and other prizes, all while supporting a charitable cause. The event will be on December 20th at Marketplace Cafe, 6645 State Route 179, Sedona, from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Read More→

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City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (December 12, 2014) – The Red Rock Arts Council (RRAC) and the City of Sedona are proud to announce the unveiling of the life-size bronze sculpture, Joey alongside Josie and the Storytellin’ Cowboy, which completes the trio at the Sedona Heritage Museum.  The unveiling will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 19th, 2014 at the Jordan Historical Park located at 735 Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona.  Mayor Sandra Moriarity will accept Joey on behalf of the City of Sedona.  The public is invited to join this event and light refreshments will be served. Read More→

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KSB’s Historic Lock Stolen

Friday, December 12th, 2014

logo_ksbSedona AZ (December 12, 2014) – Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) is seeking the community’s assistance for the return of the historic padlock which was removed from the original front door of its Pushmataha building, the organization’s headquarters located at 360 Brewer Road.

Designated in 2007 as Sedona Historical Landmark No. 15, it was built in 1960 by Harold and Christine Strohm as “Museum, Etc.” to showcase their collection of antiques. The Strohms named the Old-Western-style building after the Chocktaw chief, Pushmataha, a warrior, diplomat and gifted negotiator. In 1993 Susan Coleman donated the building to KSB to preserve it by deed stipulating that it be used for environmental purposes. Read More→

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