By Ted Grussing

We spent around five hours at Out of Africa http://outofafricapark.com/ today enjoying monsoonal thunderstorms, the Tiger Splash, deluxe Serengeti tour and just walking among the various wildlife habitats. We fed the Giraffes by letting them pluck the cookies from our mouths ; kinda weird fun and photo of that to follow too.

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Red Rock Ranger District hosting public events in August

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

logo_USFS_USDASedona AZ (July 30, 2014) – The Red Rock Ranger District invites the public to attend the following events in August at the Red Rock Visitor Center south of the Village of Oak Creek:

  • Friday (August 1): Join Forest Service firefighter Anthony Montiel as he presents August’s first Friday talk, “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.”  This new campaign is aimed at preventing wildfires when working outdoors.  Learn how to protect your home, yard, and the National Forest from devastating wildfire.

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City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (July 30, 2014) – The Coconino County Elections Office is seeking Election Board Workers in Sedona to work the polls on August 26 and November 4.  Please contact Kimberly Graves immediately if you would like to work and invite a friend to sign up to work the polls! Read More→

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

Sedona AZ (July 30, 2014) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of the acclaimed new award-winning independent films “Obvious Child” and “Words and Pictures” showing Aug. 8-12 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Read More→

Verde Brewing Company Tasting Room opens August 1st

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

logo_verdebrewingcompany2Camp Verde AZ (July 30, 2014) – The Verde Brewing Company is opening their doors to the public. Starting August 1st, VBC invites their fans to stop by their brewing location at 348 S. Main St, to try new beers and talk with brew master and owner Alex Goetting from 11am to 7pm, in their new tasting room.

The Verde Brewing Company is Camp Verde’s first brewery, and the first farm to table brewery in Arizona. It was established last year after two successful Kickstarter Campaigns, funded heavily by the local community. Since settling into their location next to The Horn in downtown Camp Verde, the brewery has created 11 styles of beer using local grown ingredients. Read More→

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Flagstaff AZ (July 29, 2014) – UPDATE 13 - The Bar M Fire southwest of Mormon Lake received additional precipitation yesterday and continues to smolder and creep. Over the next couple days, crews on scene will be conducting small burnout operations to stay ahead of the main fire and prepare for drier conditions forecast for later this week. Some smoke may be in noticeable in the immediate area, but will be light. Size remains at approximately 4,600 acres. 

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Flagstaff AZ (July 28, 2014) – UPDATE 12 - Heavy rain fell over much of the Bar M Fire yesterday. Fire behavior is significantly subdued today, though some areas within the interior continue to smolder and creep. Crews remain on scene. Smoke will be much lighter today and tonight. Size remains at approximately 4,600 acres. Read More→

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By Ted Grussing

… my friend Rich Oliver at Lowell Observatory sent me some of the most interesting comments relative to activities on and around the San Francisco Peaks that I am including them here. Also the photo tonight is a nice view of the Sedona area and up onto the plateau. This view encompasses most of the Oak Creek Watershed area. Off the end of the runway a few miles you can see where Oak Creek and Munds Canyon split with Oak Creek Canyon making a left turn behind Wilson Mountain and Munds Canyon veering a little to the right and heading a relatively short distance to Munds Park, Anyhow, it was a glorious day to be up there.

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Debt And Water Rates, Part 2:
Water Under the Bridge

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

By Sherry Twamley

Ratepayers get stuck footing a $38 Million Bill

Cottonwood AZ (July 29, 2014) - It was a watershed moment when Suzanne, an elderly widow surviving on social security income in the Verde Village — a rural suburb of Cottonwood, AZ — opened her water bill in November, 2013 and was shocked to see her water rates had jumped 67%. She thought the pipes had broken or ‘there must be a big billing mistake’ that could be corrected… All she had to do is call the billing office at Cottonwood Municipal Water & Wastewater Utility (CMWWU) and they would fix it. In the meantime only a block away, another water utility customer inside city limits received his water bill with only a 30% water rate increase. Read More→

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logo_sedonamuseumSedona AZ (July 29, 2014) – The Sedona Heritage Museum presents Michael Peach in a performance of his new original show “Deceptions, Lies & Alibis” on Saturday, Aug. 2 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. Read More→

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“Born to Be Wild” Exhibit at SAC

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

logo_sacSedona AZ (July 29, 2014) – This month at Sedona Arts Center, experience the charismatic attitude and wild creativity of member artists in the “Born to Be Wild” Exhibit showing August 1–September 2, 2014. In the music world, the song “Born to Be Wild” evokes a biker’s appearance or attitude. In the Art world, it represents creative freedom. “Get your motor runnin’ Head out on the highway…” and join them for the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. August 1, 2014. Read More→

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Humane Society of Sedona:
Debunking the Euthanasia Myths

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

logo_humanesocietyBy Betsy Klein
Director of Marketing & Development

Sedona AZ (July 29, 2014) – As most of you know the Humane Society of Sedona is an icon of the city and has been since the 1950s. There are many who are familiar with what we do and many who know why we are here but are not aware of the many programs and services we offer. Recent events have indicated it may be time for an update to all of our supporters and residents of the City of Sedona on what the shelter is all about.

 As a point of reference, we are referring to the accomplishments from the past year. In our opinion references to anything beyond a year ago isn’t relevant. Why? Because the shelter has been under new management since May of 2013 and many positive changes have occurred in the past year including the live release rate increasing from 86% to averaging an incredible 91-95%. Read More→

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Getting high

Monday, July 28th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… I got an early start this morning and lifted off about 6:15A … very little beauty anywhere to be seen because the entire earth seems to be wrapped in a smoke haze from burns … so I just kept climbing and climbing as I headed NE. It was cooler and definitely nicer up there … not sure how high I climbed but well in excess of 15,000 feet. I spent some time over the San Francisco Peaks and took this shot from the backside just outside the caldera and shooting towards the SW.

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logo_wellredcoyoteSedona AZ (July 28, 2014) – The Well Red Coyote bookstore in West Sedona kicks off its annual summer concert series on Friday, August 1, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, with “An Evening of Acoustic Blues,” featuring Joe Neri, Hutch Hutchinson and Gregg Gould.

This popular summer concert series is always fun, showcasing some of Northern Arizona’s best musicians. The first concert in the series will have Neri performing some of his original blues songs, performed acoustically, with Neri on guitar, Hutch Hutchinson on bass and Gregg Gould on harmonica and cajon. Read More→

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (July 28, 2014) – The epidemic of prescription drug abuse continues to receive broad local and national attention.  According to the National Institute of Health, “About 9% of the population is believed to misuse opiates over the course of their lifetime, including illegal drugs like heroin and prescription pain medications such as Oxycontin.” (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000949.htm)  Increased abuse leads to increased addiction rates.  Read More→

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Organize A to Z

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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

Sedona AZ (July 28, 2014) – What a great question!  It just so happened that I recently had the same questions presented to me from two different angles:

I have not visited my sister in quite a while because I live on the east coast. When I walked into her house the other day I could not believe my eyes.  There was stuff everywhere…the floor and every surface was covered!  I asked her how she could live like that and she got very insulted! Can you help her and how can I make the suggestion to her without making her angry or hurting her feelings? Read More→

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logo_yavapaicollegeVerde Valley AZ (July 28, 2014) – As part of the State of Arizona’s FY 2015 budget, Yavapai College received $802,900 to bolster educational efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Workforce areas.

“The Career Technical Education Center in Prescott and the Southwest Wine Center on the Verde Valley campus in Clarkdale present the strongest opportunities for workforce development leading to direct job growth,” said Clint Ewell, vice-president of finance and administrative services.   “In support of both programs, the STEM funding will be used for capital expansion and development of both facilities.” Read More→

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logo_SIFFSedona Film Festival presents two screenings of important film at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Sedona AZ (July 27, 2014) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present its premiere series with the two-night-only debut of the award-winning documentary “Ivory Tower”. There will be two shows: Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), “Ivory Tower” asks: Is college worth the cost? Read More→

logo_amigosdelverdevalleyCottonwood AZ (July 26, 2014) – The Amigos del Verde Valley Volunteer Coalition  today announced its new “Amigos Heart-to-Heart Seniors’ Yard Adoption and Beautification Programs” to benefit low income and elderly homeowners in Cottonwood, Clarkdale and the Verde Villages with ongoing yard care and beautification. These community volunteer programs are designed to help seniors prevent overgrown yards; avoid the risks of injury and heat-related illnesses if they attempt to perform the yard work themselves; and to increase seniors’ pride in their homes while beautifying the entire neighborhood. Read More→

Letter to the Editor:
The Red Rock News got it wrong…

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

logo_lettereditorBy A Concerned KSB Member
(July 26, 2014)

In the July 25 edition on page 2 of section A is an 8×6 inch picture of a cartoon caricature projected by laser light on the large rock formation across Oak Creek/Schnebly Hill Rd from uptown. The caption to the picture reads, “YOUR EYES WEREN’T PLAYING GAMES. The City of Sedona, Keep Sedona Beautiful, local businesses and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce performed a laser light test on Camel Head Rock…” Read More→

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logo_SIFFSedona AZ (July 26, 2014) – For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python will perform live on stage together. Broadcast from London’s O2 Arena, “Monty Python Live (mostly)” — also known as “The Last Night of Monty Python” — will play in cinemas around the globe, including the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona. There will be two shows: Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. Read More→