Letter to The Editor: Five Players and the Big Three

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

logo_lettereditorBy Henry Twombly, Sedona Resident
(March 28, 2017)

A basic tenet of our democracy is the freedom of speech, where each of us can express our beliefs no matter how varied they may be. And here in Sedona these opinions span the gamut of the spectrum when it comes to city politics. So here’s my take on what’s going on…

There are five major players: the City Council; the Sedona Oak Creek School District (SOCSD); the Sedona Fire District (SFD); the Chamber of Commerce; and the Sedona Red Rock News (SRRN). Behind the curtain as in The Wizard of Oz, the power brokers pulling the strings are these Big Three business groups: tourism; real estate and development; and building/road construction. The agenda of the Five Players and the Big Three is to fully develop and densify Sedona within its confines of being surrounded by a national forest. Read More→

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logo_ycsoOne Suspect Fired shots at Civilians and a Deputy  

Williams AZ (March 28, 2017) – At approximately 10:45 AM, yesterday, March 27, 2017, a YCSO K9 deputy initiated a traffic stop on east I 40 near Ash Fork on a maroon Kia sedan for a moving violation.

At the time of the traffic stop in Ash Fork, 3 persons were inside the vehicle. Suspect Freeman was driving, suspect Eads was the rear passenger and a 3rd adult male, who escaped at the initial traffic stop, was seated in the front passenger seat.

The vehicle pulled to the side of the road and stopped. As the deputy approached the driver, later identified as 31-year-old John Freeman, he began to speed away. The front side passenger door then opened and the passenger tried to jump out, but got tangled in the door and was dragged by the moving vehicle as it accelerated.  The vehicle then stopped again and this passenger was able to free himself and roll onto the shoulder of the highway. The subject vehicle then sped away. The passenger sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized. Read More→

Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography: Roadside

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

By Ted Grussing

… I spent several hours in the Lake Pleasant area, shooting some of the most beautiful flowered mountains I have ever seen in Arizona and then over to Scottsdale to see some friends and conduct a little business. I thought about heading back to Lake Pleasant to get some more late afternoon/early evening shots, but the thought of two servings of veggies and one of General Chicken at Famous Wok was calling … delicious as always. Then it was the drive home and it was beautiful including some very heavy thunderstorms which slowed traffic. The  climb back up out of Black Canyon to Sunset Point. As I came out of the canyon on top the most amazing light spread out over huge fields of flowers to the east and the last light in the clouds during a thunderstorm was like nothing I have ever seen.

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logo_SIFFMary D. Fisher Theatre is the official exclusive Northern Arizona location for monthly events

Sedona AZ (March 28, 2017) – The Sedona International Film Festival is the official, exclusive Northern Arizona home for the New York Film Critics monthly series debuting new films weeks prior to their theatrical release. The series is hosted by Rolling Stone Magazine’s Peter Travers, via satellite, and features a Q&A with the filmmaker and stars from the film each month. 

The April premiere event will feature the debut of Werner Herzog’s new drama “Salt and Fire” for one show, one night only on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Peter Travers will host and introduce the film; and the Q&A following the film will feature Academy Award-nominee and star of the film Michael Shannon. Read More→

logo_USFS_USDASedona AZ (March 28, 2017) – A final decision has been made by Coconino National Forest regarding the Soldier Pass motorized use proposal, which should reduce the volume of motorized traffic in the area and reduce the conflicts that are occurring as a result of this use.

Based on the Environmental Assessment (EA), Finding of No Significant Impact and public comments, Coconino National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West has issued a final decision notice, which is Alternative C. Read More→

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Financing Arizona’s Future Is Topic at Community Program

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

logo_arizonatownhallClarkdale AZ (March 28, 2017) – How do we maximize Arizona’s government revenue and spending? Clarkdale residents are being asked to share their thoughts and ideas during a community program.

Sponsored by Arizona Town Hall, the program will take place noon – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 at Yavapai College’s Verde Valley Campus, Building M Room 137 located at 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale. Participants will review results and recommendations resulting from the 109th Arizona Town Hall “Financing Arizona’s Future” conducted in November 2016. Read More→

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Sedona calculates costs for next K-9 officer

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (March 28, 2017) – The Sedona Police Department has begun planning for its next K-9 officer, beginning with a calculation of costs for police dog acquisition and care, and K-9 and handler training. Chief David McGill says the short-term costs include purchase of a dog that meets select criteria, while training for both the K-9 and its handler can add a significant amount.

 “The cost of a dog and initial training it receives before the city takes possession can run anywhere from $9,000 to $12,000. After the dog is purchased, the dog and handler will train as a team in patrol and detection, which costs approximately $10,000 more. We also need to plan for maintenance training, equipment, and care,” he says. Read More→

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Japanese Tea Ceremony – Elegance at the Hub

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

logo_sedonahubSedona AZ (March 28, 2017) – Greet spring with the peace and beauty of the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony on Sunday April 2nd at 2pm at the Sedona Hub. Brought to us by the Japanese Culture Club of Arizona and sponsored by Trailhead Tea and Sedona Arts Center, this is a rare opportunity to participate in an authentic ancient ritual. Read More→

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By Ted Grussing

… is an amazing place and it really needs to be visited on the ground to appreciate the full beauty it presents … I have flown low over the falls many times when there has been substantial water flows, but missed the full effect with the beautiful sounds of the waterfall (actually a mud falls) and the feel of the winds and mist on your face … plus the adventure of standing near unprotected cliffs. Too, the geology is amazing; Grand Falls was created when a lava flow from Miriam Crater about 8 miles to the SW flowed into the Little Colorado River channel and forced the river to re-route around the basaltic lava flow … it eroded the softer rock and created the falls. The vertical drop is 185 feet which is higher than Niagara Falls at 167 feet. The Little Colorado River drains the White Mountains and is one of few northerly flowing rivers and as it goes through the painted desert it picks up a lot of dirt and it looks like it.

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logo_SIFFSedona Film Festival hosts big-screen debut of new production at Fisher Theatre

Sedona AZ (March 27, 2017) – The National Theatre of London continues its season with its acclaimed production of “Hedda Gabler” showing in Sedona on Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“I’ve no talent for life.” Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Read More→