Selling Sedona

Monday, March 30th, 2015

logo_sellingsedonaBy [Concerned Sedona Resident]
(March 30, 2015)

This is the first in a series of five parts examining the marketing of Sedona to the world and City of Sedona funding for various operations of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.  This first part looks at the history and background of how that relationship began and the growing amounts of public tax money flowing to the Chamber.


The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau is a 501(c) (6) non-profit organization made up of four major divisions: the Chamber of Commerce; the Tourism Bureau; the Film Office; and the Events Division.  For purposes of this article, it will simply be referred to as the Chamber since all divisions are part of the same organization with one board and one CEO governing it.  While efforts are often made by the Chamber to suggest the Tourism Bureau is somehow separate from the rest of the organization, it is not.  Even as this is written, the Chamber board and CEO are working to remake fee structures which will further blur distinctions between and among the four Chamber divisions. Read More→

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Call for Visual Artists – Sedona 24 Hour Theater 2015

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Sedona AZ (March 30, 2015) – Professional and amateur painter-designers in the Sedona area are invited to apply now for the 24 Hour Theater Visual Art Teams. On May 16, talented volunteer artists will create the scenic sets for four original plays written overnight, and presented on the Mary D. Fisher Theater stage.  Read More→

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logo_bigparkcommunityschoolptsaSedona AZ (March 30 , 2015) – The Big Park Community School is hosting an all new event: the Spring Fling & FUNdraiser April 24, 2015. The event will take place at the Tequa Room of the Sedona Hilton Resort & Spa.

This new event with a fun carnival atmosphere for adults will include food stations, beer, wine, entertainment, games, and a silent auction. The silent auction features amazing items to bid on including; overnight stays at resorts in Arizona, massage certificates, dining certificates, hiking gear, Sedona Marathon entries, beauty products, and tickets to Disneyland as well as countless other items. Read More→

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12th Annual Sedona Open Studios Tour

Monday, March 30th, 2015

logo_svacSedona AZ (March 30, 2015) – The 12th Annual Sedona Open Studios Tour is the annual celebration of the arts in the greater Verde Valley. The free event runs from 10 am to 5 pm daily, April 24-26. The tour provides thousands of visitors a unique opportunity to meet the artists and see the studios in the greater Verde Valley. There will be over 50 artists participating, working in a variety of mediums, such as: ceramics, painting, fiber, photography, jewelry, watercolors, and sculpture. Read More→

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logo_SIFFAcademy Award-nominee Catherine Deneuve stars in award-winning new French Film

Sedona AZ (March 30, 2015) = The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to wrap up the Rendezvous with French Cinema Series with the one-night-only debut of the award-winning “In the Courtyard” — starring Academy Award-nominee Catherine Deneuve — on Thursday, April 9. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Forty-year-old musician Antoine (Gustave Kervern) suddenly decides to end his career. After several days’ aimless wandering, he is hired as the caretaker of an old residential building in Paris. Mathilde (Catherine Deneuve) is a recently retired resident, generous-spirited and deeply involved with the management company of the building. Read More→

logo_ksbSedona AZ (March 30, 2015) – Communities across the world and even entire countries have taken action to address the proliferation and rising impacts of disposable packaging and plastic waste, especially in the form of thin-walled plastic shopping bags which have been called “the most ubiquitous consumer item in the world.”

Please join Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc., at its Preserving the Wonder™ Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 8th at 5:30 pm at its historic Pushmataha Center on 360 Brewer Road, in collaboration with the city of Sedona for a public discussion on the use of disposable shopping bags in our community.  The popular documentary film “Bag It”, which offers an entertaining and highly informative narrative of one man’s investigation into the role and impacts of plastics of all forms on our lives, will serve as the basis of our dialog. Read More→

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By Ted Grussing

… depends on your perspective, but sometimes the familiar seems not so familiar. Not sure why, but coming over the north end of the village late Friday afternoon,  I cranked and banked and took some shots looking down on a road I have traveled thousands of times. Following the road north bound or south bound I can visualize  what I am seeing from every place on the highway ( SR 179) … the towering rocks, the craggy washes , the trees and how the light hits the rocks at different times during the day. The crimson colors when it has rained and the light is low … low clouds wreathed in and amongst the peaks closing you in as though there is nothing beyond and you are safe … the universe blocked from view by daylight and low clouds … but it is there … about 8,000 miles straight down the universe is visible in all its glory and beauty as our little planet continues its journey to wherever it is going and we are along for a very small part of the journey.

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Register Now for “Fabulous Faux for Boring Walls” Class

Monday, March 30th, 2015

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (March 30, 2015) – Have you ever wanted to have professional looking faux-painted walls but just could not afford to have it done? If you have ever thought of doing this yourself, set aside Saturday, April 11 on your calendar. Sedona Parks and Recreation brings Linda Coffman in to teach her very popular class “Fabulous Faux for Boring Walls.” Read More→

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Two More Days to Opt-Out of Smart Meters

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Sedona AZ (March 30, 2015) - There are only two days remaining to opt-out from the Arizona Public Service Smart Meter Program. Here’s how to do it.

An account holder can still have their smart meter replaced until April 1, 2015. After that a $5/month fee will apply.
For rate payers wanting a non-transmitting analog meter back after April 1, 2015, a $50 set-up charge plus $5/month fee extra for having a non-transmitting analog meter will apply.
Call APS at 1.800.253.9405, Be persistent but polite and follow up your phone call by completing these steps:

  1. Completing the “notice of no consent” here
  2. Copying it and
  3. Mailing it to APS via certified/return receipt for your records.

Be a part of this historic event.

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Suspect in Custody in Rimrock Homicide

Sunday, March 29th, 2015


Rimrock AZ (March 29, 2015) – UPDATE – The suspect, formally a person-of-interest identified as Manuel Lopez Moncada, was taken into custody without incident in Rimrock on 03/28/15 at approximately 2200 hours. He called to turn himself in and has admitted involvement in the murder of his wife, Maria (first name corrected) “Cecilia” Nava Pila. Further details expected this week.

20150329_Lopez-Moncada-ManuelLopez-Moncada was booked at the Camp Verde Verde Detention Center on a charge of Murder – bond has not been set.  Read More→

Letter to The Editor: “Smart” Meter Fiasco in the UK

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

logo_lettereditorInformation & Perspective by Warren Woodward
(March 29, 2015)

A premier United Kingdom business organization, the 34,500 members strong Institute of Directors (IoD), has just issued a press release announcing their 21 page report critical of the UK government’s “smart” meter program.

The IoD echos points I have been making for years. Read More→

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Film Festival presents award-winning ‘Cake’ April 2-8

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

logo_SIFFJennifer Aniston received Golden Globe nomination for film at Fisher Theatre

Sedona AZ (March 28, 2015) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the critic and audience sensation “Cake” starring Golden Globe winner and nominee Jennifer Aniston. The film will show April 2-8 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Aniston received a Golden Globe nomination and Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role for “Cake”, and critics are calling this a career-defining performance from her. Peter Travers from Rolling Stone Magazine raves “Jennifer Aniston is triumphant and cuts straight to the heart!” Rex Reed from The New York Observer calls it “an impressive film by Daniel Barnz — you will want to cheer!” Read More→

McGuireville Rest Area work continues next week

Friday, March 27th, 2015

logo_azdotNorthbound rest area will be closed on Thursday between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Rimrock AZ (March 27, 2015) – Motorists traveling on Interstate 17 need to be aware that the northbound McGuireville rest area entrance will be closed on Thursday, April 2 between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. as crews work on the roadway, forcing the closure of the rest area. Read More→

logo_USFS_USDACamp Verde AZ (March 27, 2015) – The Forest Service will host a wildfire preparedness drill on Thursday at the Verde Ranger Station, which will consist of various training scenarios that include personnel from federal, state, and municipal fire agencies.

All of the Verde Valley emergency management agencies will train together at this pre-season drill to ensure a seamless response from the very onset of an incident, as wildfire can affect not only the National Forest, but the entire range of jurisdictional lands in some way. Read More→

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Oak Creek Canyon Creekside Clean Up Event

Friday, March 27th, 2015

logo_oakcreekwatershedcouncilOak Creek Watershed Council will host event at Indian Gardens Café and Marketplace

Sedona AZ (March 27, 2015) - Spring break in Sedona has been a prelude to the looming summer crowds sure to visit Oak Creek this summer. To prepare, the Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC) will host a creek-side clean up event on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10 am to 3 pm at Indian Gardens Café and Marketplace in Oak Creek Canyon. Read More→

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Whoops x 2

Friday, March 27th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… so at about 1:30AM my head was drooping and I did not get the missive out last night … head is dropping again, but will get one out. I like the agility of the Pelican in flight ,  cranking and banking preparing for a rapid descent to the water far below him and the gull quietly cruising overhead, perhaps waiting to see what the pelican gets … or not … the constant search for food to sustain life … and some fun cruising when basic needs fulfilled. Life is a joy to observe whatever the species …


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The Chili is heating Up for The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off

Friday, March 27th, 2015

logo_greatsedonachilicookoffRestaurant Sign Ups have reached the Maximum

Sedona AZ (March 27, 2015) – A select group chefs from throughout the Verde Valley are perfecting their favorite chili recipes as they prepare for the toughest competition yet at the fifth annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, May 2. The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sedona and is a featured event of the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. Chili tasting at this hot event will begin at 11 am through a 3:30 pm awards ceremony; admission is $15, children under ten are free. Read More→

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logo_azdot‘Expect the Unexpected’ is safety message from transportation agencies

Verde Valley AZ (March 27, 2015) – It is one of the most dangerous jobs across the country, that of the highway worker. Operating close to traffic subjects highway workers to safety risks, including speeding, impaired or distracted drivers. But the Arizona Department of Transportation also points to national statistics that show most victims in work zone crashes are likely to be drivers or their passengers.

“Expect the Unexpected” is the theme of this year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week, which started Monday. Read More→

Volunteers Needed at
Connections Equine Therapy Program

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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

Cornville AZ (March 27, 2015) – Connections Equine Therapy is a non-profit organization located in Cornville, AZ offering Therapeutic Riding and other services designed to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals with disabilities.   This is your opportunity to get involved with a great group of people, get to know some wonderful horses and help a worth-while cause! Read More→

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logo_sedonamuseum2Sedona AZ (March 27, 2015) – The Sedona Heritage Museum presents Michael Peach in a performance of his original show “MORE Deceptions, Lies & Alibis” on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m.

Peach’s show features his unique blend of original cowboy poetry with a tongue-in-cheek look at Arizona and local history, also incorporating jokes, stories, and first person narrative. Read More→

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