Archive for June 2013

Sedona Real Estate TRENDS

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Is it Time to Buy Vacant Land in Sedona?

By Elisa Andreis J.D.,
20130629_svvreRuss Lyon Sotheby’s
International Realty of Sedona

Sedona AZ (June 29, 2013) - Vacant Land prices have dropped from a median high of $590,000 in 06 to $127,500 today. Put in another way, land today can be purchased at a 78% discount from the 2006 peak and at a 37.5% discount from 2003 levels.

Average prices rose 24% from a month ago. It will take a few more months of data through the summer to get confirmation of the uptrend. Read More→

The Sedona 25 Revealed

Friday, June 28th, 2013

By James Bishop, Jr.
(June 28, 2013) 

photo_bishopSomething wicked this way comes
–W. Shakespeare

Now it can be revealed amidst the numbing glare of quick-hit social-mediated bits and bytes, clouds of tweets and texting: The Great Gatsby was NOT great. Actually, by calling his character “great,” Scott Fitzgerald was being sardonic, even sarcastic.

Sound familiar?

Indeed, great is the word many citizens toss around Tourist Town from Wrenwood to Rene’s, when they talk of Arizona’s great legislature, great Sedona City Council, great mayors and city managers in the Verde Valley. Read More→

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20130628_HSS_willowPip says, “She’s a beautiful, mature and affectionate lady, and playful too. Willow just needs a family to shower with affection.”

Sedona AZ (June 28, 2013) – Willow is a three year old, spayed female Australian Shepherd/Lab mix that loves to walk and play in the water. She is a very good girl and gets along with other male dogs, older children and adults.

If you are interested in Willow and would like to meet her, please contact the Humane Society of Sedona at 928.282.4679 and they would be happy to introduce you!

A July 4th weekend cultural extravaganza!

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona AZSedona AZ (June 28, 2013) – If you are looking for a cultural infusion of world-class Native American dance and music come to Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village over the July 4th holiday weekend and enjoy a Celebration of Native American Music and Dance. Internationally acclaimed guitarist, Gabriel Ayala (Native American Music Awards 2011 “Artist of the Year”) and Kevin Duncan, four-time world champion hoop dancer and current 2013 Native American Music Award “Artist of the Year,” and the Yellow Bird Indian Dancers will perform throughout Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th.

And do not miss some fabulous free tastings, cooking demonstrations and more, European-style, from Tlaquepaque’s newest sensational food emporium, Vom Fass, celebrating the opening of their store on Friday, July 5th. Read More→

LIVE at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre featuring Las Vegas sensation Brian Hoffman

logo_SIFFSedona AZ (June 28, 2013) – “Remembering Red: A Tribute to Red Skelton” comes to Sedona when it is performed live, onstage by Brian Hoffman, who is currently playing to sold-out shows year-round in Las Vegas. This outrageous, live theatrical event will be presented by the Sedona International Film Festival at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre. There will be four performances July 11-14.

Brian Hoffman’s “Remembering Red: A Tribute to Red Skelton” is a nostalgic, light-hearted trip down memory lane. His expert portrayal of Red Skelton will have you in stitches with some of Red’s most well-known characters. Read More→

logo_NAWBOSedona AZ (June 28, 2013) – The Sedona ­ Verde Valley chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBOSVV) will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, July 11th at 11:15am at Heartline Café in Sedona.

Attendees will experience a unique and exciting Networking Extravaganza with the opportunity to network and mastermind. Women business owners who want a boost in business should definitely attend! Read More→

By Virginia Volkman, Library Director

logo_sedonapubliclibrarySedona AZ (June 28, 2013) – Sedona Public Library’s 2013 fiscal year ended May 31.  During this time we experienced another year of growth and change.  The library remains relevant by providing new and innovative services and programs.  Read More→

logo_cwag3Prescott AZ (June 27, 2013) – The Granite Creek Watershed has some trouble; its water future is uncertain and its surface waters are impaired. Increasing urbanization in our watershed presents a set of challenges different from those issues historically associated with our region.

“One of the greatest challenges as we urbanize is our area’s nostalgic view of a rural, ‘wild west’ community with clear-flowing waterways, in spite of evidence to the contrary,” says Ann-Marie Benz, Outreach and Communications Director for Prescott Creeks. Read More→

logo_USFS_USDASedona AZ (June 27, 2013) – The Red Rock Ranger District and Arizona Natural History Association invite the community and visitors alike to July’s first Friday program.  

Al Cornell, a practitioner of prehistoric skills, will be giving a presentation on the fabrication and usage of cordage in the southwest during prehistoric times on July 5 at 11 a.m. 

On July 6 and 7 the public can learn more about native snakes at the live snake display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each of those days.  Arizona Game and Fish volunteers, Russell Dunn and Karen McClelland, will allow visitors to handle individual snakes while teaching them about the important role snakes play in our environment.

The Red Rock Visitor Center is located on state Route 179, one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek.  For more information please call the Red Rock District at 928-203-2900.

By Warren Woodward, Sedona Resident
(June 27, 2013)

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As a result of my letter below, Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Commissioner Gary Pierce’s office is now taking reports of APS’s abuse and intimidation of customers who call APS to “opt out” of “smart” metering.

If APS has attempted to intimidate and discourage you by any means — especially by making it sound like you will have to pay huge “opt out” fees when none have in fact been approved by the ACC — then please call and report it to Pierce’s office at 602 542 3933.

Utility abuse is a violation of state statute. Read More→

logo_popupgallery2Sedona AZ (June 26, 2013) – Pop-Up! Sedona Gallery has announced that it will be moving into a larger space Center in order to accommodate its expansion and the addition of new artists.  The new location is just across the courtyard from the current location in Hillside Sedona Center.

The gallery’s tradition of great food, fine-art, and lively conversation on First Friday will continue at its current location for the July reception on Friday, July 5, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.   Many of the participating artists will be on hand to help friends and the public bid a fond farewell to the old space. Read More→

logo_ycsoCottonwood AZ (June 26, 2013) – At approximately 10:30 PM on June 21, 2013, a 25-year female residing in the 2600 block of Village Drive, Cottonwood, answered the door and was confronted by a man about 5’03-5’04,” 130 lbs, wearing a black shirt, black pants, along with a hood and mask. He entered the home and immediately struck her over the head with a metal bat or pipe. He continued striking her until she was unconscious. The victim was on the phone at the time of the attack, and the person she was talking to heard screams and called 911. The victim eventually regained consciousness, crawled next door, and spoke with a neighbor who called 911 for assistance. The victim was transported to the Verde Valley Medical Center by ambulance. She suffered multiple head injuries as a result of the attack and has since been released from the hospital. Read More→

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (June 26, 2013) – We, Council and staff, have heard directly and otherwise that there is confusion and concern among some in our community about the recent decision by City Council to eliminate some standing commissions and thereby reorganize how our citizens are directly involved with their government. Our motives and our commitment to citizen participation in our government process has been questioned because of our decision.

I am writing to assure you, neighbors, and fellow Sedonans, that our intent is the exact opposite of what is being charged and deduced. We have made this bold decision, and it is bold, in order to improve and increase citizen involvement! Read More→

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logo_SIFFAward-winning new award-winning independent films premiere at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Sedona AZ (June 26, 2013) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of “Augustine” and “Fill the Void” showing July 9-12 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Read More→

logo_cornvillecommunityCornville AZ (June 26, 2013) – The Cornville Farmers Market has been such a success in it’s first month that the hours will be expanded. Now opening from 4 PM until dusk continuing each Monday through September or until the veggies run out. Recently there were 26 vendors with an amazing array of products. So come check it out for yourself.

The event is held at Windmill Park where vendors may begin to set up at 3:30 PM and must supply their own tables, chairs, shelter, cooler, ice, etc. and must set up, take down, and clean their own area. Set up spaces are are available on a first-come, first- served basis. After unloading, vendor vehicles are to be parked outside the park. Alcohol is not permitted in the park. Read More→

Expect hot weather, possible summer dust storms

logo_azdotPhoenix AZ (June 26, 2013) – If your Independence Day plans include a road trip within the state or to a destination elsewhere in the country, the Arizona Department of Transportation urges you to take some safety steps before heading out on the highway.

Drivers should check their vehicles, or have a trained mechanic take a look ahead of a trip, especially during the hot summer months. Proper tire pressure can help reduce the chances of a potentially dangerous blow out. Checking engine belts and hoses for signs of wear and topping off oil and other fluid levels are among the important steps to take before traveling. Read More→

One-hour closure will now occur between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.

logo_azdotVerde Valley AZ (June 25, 2013) – Overnight work for blasting rock cuts along Interstate 17, approximately seven miles south of Camp Verde, will now occur between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. with only one closure as opposed to previously scheduled blasting which would require two one-hour closures, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

I-17 will be closed in both directions for one hour on Wednesday night, June 26 and next Monday, July 1.   Traffic on northbound I-17 will be stopped at State Route 169 and southbound I-17 traffic will be stopped at General Crook Trail until the area is reopened. Read More→

logo_sedonamuseumSedona AZ (June 25, 2013) – The Sedona Heritage Museum presents Michael Peach in “The Facts Keep Gettin’ in the Way of the Story” on Saturday, July 6 at 1:30 p.m..

Peach’s show is a tribute to the history, humor and hubris of the cowboy spirit, featuring his unique blend of original cowboy poetry with drama and tongue-in-cheek fun. Read More→

Sedona City Council Sinks Commissions

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Sedona AZ (June 25, 2013) – In a community where art is next to apple pie and cleanliness, the Sedona City Council, in a 4-3 vote, sent all citizen commissions except the legally required Planning and Zoning commission to the bottom of the ocean. Welcome to Davy Jones Locker.

In a city with a nice beach but no ocean, beach goers are now wondering what happened. Everything was fine when the good ship Sedona was christened back in ’88. Art was the glue that held the community together.  It has been said that Sedona runs on volunteerism and that’s part of how we’ve managed to keep the ship in smooth waters. Now, the ship that sailed under blue skies, preserving the small town character we have heretofore aspired to maintain, is sailing into troubled waters. Read More→

logo_ycsoSedona AZ (June 25, 2013) – Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies recently completed an extensive investigation resulting in the arrest of 17-year-old Dylon Horne of Camp Verde for 6 separate counts of Auto Theft.

In all cases, the suspect found vehicles unlocked with keys in plain sight. Please take an extra few seconds to remove keys and lock your car every time. Opportunistic crimes like this cannot occur if you do your part. Read More→