SR 89A reduced to one lane through switchbacks

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

logo_azdotMinimal delays expected as roadway striping underway

Sedona AZ (July 22, 2014) – Drivers can expect minimal delays as crews finish striping SR 89A through the switchbacks from Pine Flats Campground to the Vista Point Overlook. One lane will be closed during operations, with flaggers allowing alternating access for traffic. Striping is expected to be completed by Friday, and will be underway daily from 6 am to 6pm during operations. Read More→

logo_USFS_USDAFlagstaff AZ (July 22, 2014) – UPDATE 6 – The Willard, Pothole, and General Fires are no longer growing. Fire will continue to run its course within the perimeters, but the smoke they produce will decrease over the next several days.

Crews are still conducting burnout operations on the Bar M Fire, and expect size and smoke to increase; behavior remains moderate and beneficial to the landscape. The majority of smoke is moving to the east and settling overnight in Mormon Lake Basin. Some may drift down canyon toward the Verde Valley, but humidity is rising as we approach the weekend which will reduce fire behavior – thus smoke production – overnight. Read More→

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A Warm and Sultry Art Walk in Jerome on August 2nd

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

logo_jeromeartwalkJerome AZ (July 22, 2014) – A warm and sultry night filled with art, music and gallery hopping is in store on August 2nd for First Saturday Art Walk in Jerome. Visit 25 galleries and studios throughout this charming mountain town from 5:00-8:00PM. A free shuttle runs during the walk, from the newest studios at The Old Jerome High School to Patrick Lincoln and Janie Anderson in The New State Motor Company, the wonderful Made in Jerome Pottery at the top of Main Street and on the next level, The Adorn Collection, high desert style home decor with a flair for the unusual. Read More→

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Rednecks, Gators & Snakes taking over
Bearizona Wildlife Park

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

logo_bearizona2Grab your blanket or lawn chair and get gussied up for the Bearizona Backwoods BBQ complete with music, bounce houses, gators and snakes up-close and of course some darn good BBQ

Williams AZ  (July 22, 2014) – Bearizona is hosting a Backwoods BBQ on July 26, from 12:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m. This event will be held in the Fort Bearizona’a walk-thru area of the park and is open to the public. Read More→

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography: Choices

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

By Ted Grussing

There are pros and cons with respect to the use of prescribed burns and managing naturally caused fires as though they are a prescribed burn. The low intensity fires are reputed to mimic what occurred before man began meddling in things and are an effort to keep the forest in a healthier state. There are also questions as to the toxicity of low intensity versus high intensity burns. In short each camp has its proponents and its critics … each camp will drag out its experts and studies to support their viewpoint and you can end up in discussions where you try to impeach the credibility of each other’s experts … not very productive.

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Arts & Culture Candidates Forum to be held

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

logo_electionSedona AZ (July 22, 2014) – Concerned citizens of the Arts and Culture community have organized an Arts & Culture Candidates Forum moderated by Russell Fox, an active member of Sedona’s performing arts community on Thursday, July 31 from 4-6 PM at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. Winnie Muench First, Judy Reddington, Ed Wade, Mei Wei Wong, Nancy Robb Dunst, and Patrick Schweiss, have worked together in order to achieve a fair and informative process.

The format of the debate allows each of the candidates to give personal consideration to their views of how the city interacts with arts organizations and to reflect on their values regarding cultural life in Sedona. They have received the questions in advance of the discussions and are encouraged to give thoughtful consideration, research and write out their answers. Read More→

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logo_USFS_USDASedona AZ (July 21, 2014) – UPDATE – 5pm – The Fay Fire, reported just before 4 p.m. yesterday, is located approximately 4 miles northwest of Sedona in the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness area of Fay Canyon.

Firefighters were able to conduct a reconnaissance flight over the fire at about 4 p.m. today and report the size to be approximately the same, if not a couple of acres larger. The fire produced several spot fires on top of the rim of Fay Canyon, which were attended to by a heli-tanker, and a hotshot crew will remain on sight through the night to monitor the fire’s status. Read More→

National Night Day Out
on August 9th at Posse Grounds Park

Monday, July 21st, 2014

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (July 21, 2014) – Sedona residents and visitors are invited to join thousands of other communities nationwide in celebrating the 31st Annual National Night Out with safety presentations and a free community picnic on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Posse Grounds Park, Posse Ground Road. Read More→

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Letter to the Editor: Yavapai Reentry Project

Monday, July 21st, 2014

logo_lettereditorBy Hannah Johnson
Yavapai Reentry Project
(July 21, 2014) 

To the Editor,

In 2010, Arizona had 45,907 adults in the state prison system. The majority of individuals incarcerated will be released in their lifetime. Each year we have hundreds of men and women return to Yavapai County.  People living with felony convictions face multiple barriers to participate in society after exiting the Department of Corrections. These include roadblocks to employment, housing, education, voting and state assistance.

It’s easy to not think about people who are not here, who we do not see. Our communal values of justice, safety, accountability and healing are contingent on removing certain people from the public sphere. But what happens when these family members, friends, and community members come back? Read More→

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logo_wellredcoyoteSedona AZ (July 21, 2014) – The Well Red Coyote bookstore is proud to present a special program by Arizona author Erik J. Ekstrom on Saturday, July 26 at 2;00 pm, to honor those who serve to keep the rest of us safe. Read More→

Horse Care Volunteers Needed

Monday, July 21st, 2014

logo_connectionsequinetherapyAn exciting opportunity to help others and hang out with horses!

Cornville AZ (July 21, 2014) – Connections Equine Therapy located in Cornville, AZ is looking for volunteers to help with horse care.   Connections offers Therapeutic Riding and other services designed to improve the health and well being of individuals facing a wide range of challenges.  Read More→

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logo_lettereditorBy Coach Juan Carlos Aguilar
AZ FOOTY Soccer Coach
(July 21, 2014)

For the past 8 years I have been the AZ Footy soccer team coach.  Starting with AYSO (Arizona Youth Soccer Assoc.), the team became a traveling soccer club 7 years ago. The team has been able to compete around the state and outside the state.  The boys play with the best of the best soccer teams. Up until now the AZ Footy soccer team has returned home with 12 gold and silver championship medals! Each and every one of these boys truly plays their heart out for the wonderful game of soccer.  Read More→

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Have Instruments – Need Players

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Cottonwood AZ (July 21, 2014) – The Cottonwood Community Band invites area instrumentalists from Sedona and throughout the Verde Valley to join the band when it resumes rehearsals on August 4th. There is no audition and the band welcomes all instrumentalists who read music, especially trumpeters, percussionists, trombonists, French Horn players, and clarinetists. Read More→

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Deadly beauty

Monday, July 21st, 2014

By Ted Grussing

There is an all-out assault going on with managed fires of natural origin and prescribed fires being set by the USFS … perhaps there is a benefit to the forest that could not be achieved through the use of alternative means such as mechanical thinning, but look at all the human beings who are being forced to breathe this toxic soup. From the ground you never get an opportunity to see the extent of the problem and the reports issued by the USFS do not sound all that bad when issued on a fire by fire basis, but from 12,000’ msl you get a pretty good overview. The air quality behind me was actually worse and enveloped all of Camp Verde and extended fifty or more miles east from there. On a conservative basis more than 5000 square miles looked like this. The length of the horizon in this shot is probably close to 70 miles and from where I am to the San Francisco Peaks is about 40 miles … easy to do the math. Hard to see where any oxygen breathing creature is receiving a benefit.

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9,000 water utility ratepayers on hook for more than $31 million in bond debt & millions of dollars in interest

Cottonwood routinely used municipal revenue bonds secured by water bill revenues to finance its water utility expansion. Future generations will pay a staggering price.

By Sherry Twamley

Cottonwood AZ (July 21, 2014) – From 2004 to 2009, city officials in Cottonwood, AZ started a water utility and recklessly borrowed millions of dollars regardless of future needs, without asking voters’ permission or knowing if they could sustain the debt and interest payments over the next 25 years and beyond. Between 2004-2009, Cottonwood, a central Arizona city with 10,500 population in 2004, racked up $38 million in municipal revenue bond proceeds with no restrictions and virtually no oversight to take over private water companies. The city water utility’s ratepayers are indebted for these bonds until the year 2035 without regulatory supervision to safeguard them against double digit rate increases. Read More→

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National Day of the Cowboy Artists Demonstrate

Monday, July 21st, 2014

logo_sacSedona AZ (July 21, 2014) – In celebration of the tenth annual National Day of the Cowboy on July 26, 2014, Sedona Arts Center proudly offers artist demonstrations in their Fine Art Gallery in Uptown Sedona. The mission of the National Day of the Cowboy is to contribute to the preservation of America’s Cowboy heritage so that the history and culture can be shared and perpetuated for the public good, through education, the arts, celebrations, gatherings, rodeos, and community activities. With this in mind, Sedona Arts Center has scheduled demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with artists, Margo Mitchell (Oil), Linda Sherman (Watercolor), Lyn & Ken Mikell (Musical Ballads), Mary Lois Brown (Oil) and Sue Horine (Jewelry).  Read More→

logo_marketplaceSedona AZ (July 21, 2014) – Uma and Maestro Drew will wow you Thursdays (7/24 – 8/14) 6-9 pm with live music…Come out for the largest variety of tunes in the Verde Valley at Marketplace Cafe in the Village of Oak Creek!

Who: Maestro Drew Sweeney (he sang with Pla¡cido Domingo at the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Company, earned his doctorate in Vocal Performance from UCLA, was a Regional Finalist in the National Metropolitan Council Auditions for young opera singers in 2003 and won several professional singing competitions, conducted the Anchorage Opera and has coached singers at Bel Canto Alaska) Read More→

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What’s Happening with Yavapai College?

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Verde Valley AZ (July 20, 2014) - Misappropriated taxes, closed classes and yearly budgets tell a different story from what we are told about the future of Yavapai Community College in the Verde Valley.

 

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logo_waterresourcesresearchcenterTucson AZ (July 18, 2014) – How do Arizonans value water? Not only its price for consumers, but the myriad other ways users pay for water. The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) takes on this challenge in its newly released free publication, the 2014 Arroyo.

“People talk about the value of water as if it were an idea that everyone understands, but water’s value is incredibly difficult to define,” said Arroyo Editor and WRRC Assistant Director Susanna Eden. “In this year’s Arroyo, we ask readers to appreciate the complexity involved in defining the value of water, which can change from one user to the next, and is constantly evolving.” Read More→

CWAG Hosts LD1 Candidate Forum August 2

Friday, July 18th, 2014

logo_cwag3Verde Valley AZ (July 18, 2014) – The Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) will host a forum/panel discussion on water and related issues for LD 1 candidates on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation building, 882 Sunset in Prescott (two blocks behind True Value).

All five State House candidates will participate. The Democratic candidate, running unopposed in the Aug. 26 primary, is Frank Cuccia. The four Republicans competing for two seats are Noel Campbell, Sean Englund, incumbent Karen Fann, and Linda Gray. Senator Steve Pierce, running unopposed, has not yet responded to our invitation. Read More→