Archive for January 2014

logo_lettereditorBy Donna Joy Varney, Sedona Resident
(January 31, 2014)

Dear Mayor Rob Adams & [City of Sedona] Councilors,

I have lived in Sedona for over 20 years,  lived in Kachina Subdivision for 18-19 of them.    Our city was just a few years old when  my family moved here. When the Sedona Marathon was created 8 years ago by  Four Winds Adventures, LLC. I supported it. In fact I have supported it all along.  Four Winds Adventures, LLC are still the legal owners according to our Secretary of State today, I understand that Jennifer Wesselholf, the Chamber took over  the running of the event. Read More→

Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Sedona AZ (January 31, 2014) – is proud to introduce the “Today’s Photo” feature, with photography generously provided by Ted Grussing of Ted Grussing Photography.  We hope our readers enjoy Mr. Grussing’s stunning photographs and commentary.


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City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (January 31, 2014) – On Saturday, February 1, 2014, Dry Creek Road northbound from SR 89A to Thunder Mountain Road will be closed between the hours of 8:30 a.m. through 10:30 a.m. as part of the Sedona Marathon event. A signed detour route has been planned via Andante Drive/ Thunder Mountain Road. This temporary closure will also impact street access to both connections of White Bear Road onto Dry Creek Road, Kachina Drive at Dry Creek Road, and Remuda Road at Dry Creek Road. Read More→

logo_SIFFSedona Film Festival hosts Northern Arizona debut at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre 

Sedona AZ (January 31, 2014) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present a one-night-only premiere event on Thursday, Feb. 6 with the Northern Arizona debut of “Blue is the Warmest Color”. There will be two screenings of the film at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Blue is the Warmest Color” was nominated for a Golden Globe award and short-listed for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In addition, it has won numerous top awards at prestigious film festivals around the world. It was the Palme d’Or Winner at the Cannes Film Festival as well as audience and critical sensations at the Toronto, Telluride, New York and Chicago Film Festivals, among many others. It has garnered top accolades around the globe and is included among the top 10 films of the year with every major critic, both in the United States and abroad. Read More→

February 10th Toastmasters Event

Friday, January 31st, 2014

logo_toastmastersinternationalSedona AZ (January 31, 2014) – On Monday, February 10th, 2014 Toastmasters of Sedona will facilitate a reunion of guests and members featuring Bill Kreiger, master storyteller and creative wordsmith, who will lead an experiential workshop on The Art of Storytelling.  Following this educational presentation there will be time for everyone to create and briefly share their own stories incorporating creative props! Read More→

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Arizona State ParksCamp Verde AZ (January 31, 2014) – Join the Buffalo Soldiers, as they provide living history presentations at Fort Verde State Historic Park. The event is Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring your special someone or all of your loved ones to Fort Verde State Historic Park and learn about history with the Buffalo Soldiers and the Buffalo Soldiers of America Motorcycle Club. There will also be flag raising and lowering ceremonies, an 1880s period church service and presentations about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers. Read More→

Sedona AZ (January 31, 2014) – Dora is a 3 year old spayed tabby female and currently the Humane Society of Sedona’s longest feline resident. It is time for Dora to go to her fur-ever home!


Dora is currently in foster and loving it! Here’s what she has to say about herself…

” Meow. I’m friendly and lots of fun, and I’ll play if you want to. I love being scratched behind my ears. That will get you a big purr! I’m ready for a home of my own, and a lap of my own. I just love interacting with people so much so I’ve taken over my foster home, but if you call I’m sure my mom and dad will set up a time for us to meet, so I can take over your home.”

Our foster parents are amazing volunteers who help homeless pets like Dora get ready for their new home. Call HSS today to meet and (crossing our paws) adopt Dora.

The Humane Society of Sedona is open seven days a week from 10-4 pm. 928.282.4679

Workshop Creates New Poets For Peace

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Sedona AZ (January 31, 2014) – Tapping into everyone’s wish for peace, the last workshop of Sedona World Peace Dance Celebration Week will turn to poetry for a final expression of personal involvement.

“Poets and Peace — Readings and Workshop” will feature the talents of 15 local poets to share their own work and then assist attendees to write their own commitments to peace through poetry. Working with published poets, attendees will receive personal attention and guidance as they find their own ways of relating to peace. Read More→

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  • Rotating Artist Reception: “Cowboys of Color,” the artwork of Bev Jenai, is currently featured at Sedona Public Library in the Village,located in Tequa Plaza. To commemorate Black History Month, a reception for the artist will be held Wednesday, February 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

logo_sedonapubliclibraryBy Virginia Volkman, Director

Sedona AZ (January 31, 2014) – The 9th Annual Sedona Marathon will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Like last year, there will be members of the Library Board of Trustees and staff walking or running the 5K race, and there will be many patrons also taking part, perhaps in the 10K, half-marathon, or full marathon races. Read More→


Thursday, January 30th, 2014

By James Bishop, Jr.
(January 30, 2014) 

photo_bishopMan invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.
Lily Tomlin (1939 – )

Day dies into night wrote the great Tertullian “and is everywhere buried in darkness…and yet again it revives, with its own beauty, its own dowry, the same as before, whole and unimpaired.”

Is that a fair description of Sedona? Read More→

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Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet Comes to OTCA

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Old Town Center for the ArtsCottonwood AZ (January 30, 2014) – When Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet, comes to Cottonwood’s Old Town Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 8, 7:00 pm, he’ll be joined by Flagstaff mandolin player, guitarist, banjo player and instrument maker, Bill Burke.

Waldman has titled the evening show From Cottonwood to Kodiak. Waldman and Burke will be picking right up where they left off two and a half years ago, when they played six shows at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Read More→

logo_lettereditorBy Robert Albrecht, Kachina (Sedona) Resident
(January 30, 2014)

Little did I know that my “Letter to the Editor [of the Red Rock News]” was going to be selected by Christopher Fox Graham to respond with an “Editorial “comment.  Nicely written and it contained all of the “feel good” information that you would expect from the Editor of the town newspaper.

I would however like to respond to several issues so the general public has a little additional information on this matter. “The road is public, paid for by Sedona taxes from locals and tourists.” The fact is Kachina residents pay those same taxes and the “public” designation is for road and right-of-way maintenance, police, fire and emergency services and sewers if you have them. Read More→

2014 American Veda with Philip Goldberg

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Beatles & The Vedas:  a Multimedia Presentation with Philip Goldberg
Friday February 28, 7:00 pm in the Great Room at the Sedona Creative Life Center

logo_mcleanmeditationSedona AZ (January 30, 2014) – The Fab Four changed the world spiritually as well as musically. Their mind-blowing trip to India legitimized meditation, introduced us to words like mantra, guru and ashram, and opened the floodgates for yogic teachings to spread throughout the West. Read More→

Love Abounds at Hillside Sedona

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

logo_hillsidesedonaSedona AZ (January 30, 2014) - In concept, Karen Dilks, Hillside property manager and co owner of Peppermint Zebra, asks, “What is love? It ‘s a question that has been asked for ages…and the concept behind this Hillside event.”

Poets, artists and composers have tried to define it creating monuments through history in homage to the most complex human emotion of all. Great epics have been written about it. Civilizations have risen and fallen in its name. Love is what inspires the spirit, great religions and the very soul of humanity. Why does love make us feel the way we do, from that first queasy feeling we get in our youth when we fall in love for the first time to the universal love felt by those that have transcended? Even a special day has been named its name. It’s called Valentine ‘s Day. It ‘s a day we share our heart with those we love; a day we show them with flowers, action and gifts the depth of our love. Read More→

By Elemer Magaziner
(January 30, 2014) 

logo_lettereditorThe new Citizen Engagement Program is a detailed set of rules the City Government is to observe when engaging citizens.

These rules include the functions of many entities: City Council, City Manager, City Staff, Citizen Engagement Coordinator, Community Plan Advisory Groups, Citizen Work Groups, Arts and Culture Coordinator, Volunteer Registry, and a Citizen Registry. The rules also include a process covering Soliciting, Organizing, Prioritizing, Implementing, and Reporting Ideas and Issues; Periodic Reviews and an Annual Evaluation of the Program; and a Recognition Program. Overall, the process contains approximately three dozen steps, calls upon two dozen methods and tools, and includes several decision points. The process is conducted, managed, controlled, and evaluated by the City. Read More→

logo_lettereditorBy Warren Woodward, Sedona Resident
(January 30, 2014)

APS is lying about the intensity of their “smart” meter transmissions.

In my letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission (following) there is a Youtube link to video proof of their lying. The video shows APS “smart” meters transmitting at over 400% stronger than APS claims, and about 20 times stronger than cell towers at 30 yards.As I ask in the letter, “If APS is lying intentionally, one must ask why. If APS is lying unintentionally then isn’t the public being placed at risk by a monopoly utility so inept that they do not even understand the technology they are using?” Read More→

Sedona AZ (January 30, 2014) – Celebrate Valentines with a fabulous quartet playing  romantic music from the American songbook,  International love songs in French, German, Spanish and Portuguese .

Ingrid Hagelberg “Vismaya”  a singer/songwriter, was  born in Sweden but lives and performs in Arizona. She has toured the world with her jazz/cabaret show and she promises to sing original  songs from her latest album “Songs from my red suitcase” which features the accomplished Ioannis Goudelis,  a recording artist on piano and accordion, who will be joining her  as a special guest for this Valentines show.   Read More→

Sedona’s citizens pool their time and talents to raise money for Granite Mountain Hotshot Families and 6 other charities.

Sedona AZ (January 30, 2014) – Verde Valley men’s store, Richard David for Men, is very pleased to announce that “Wrap It at the Y” raised $2,147.00 for seven local charities.

Supported by donations from Holiday Central Sedona, Wrap It at the “Y” offered a free gift wrapping station. Read More→

Romancing the Arts at SAC

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

logo_sacSedona AZ (January 30, 2014) – Join Sedona Arts Center in “Romancing the Arts” at their fine art gallery in Uptown Sedona from February 7–March 4, 2014. Indulge in the spectacular creativity of James Latham’s fine turned-wood vessels, Janet Noll Naumer’s landscape photography, Janet Collins’s photography and pencil works, Beth Jaynes’s colorful and whimsical mixed media paintings, and Shirley Clausen’s pen-and-ink landscapes plus her delightful handmade dolls, each in a vibrant costume. You also don’t want to miss the last day of the Members’ Winter Co-op still showing in the Special Exhibition Gallery and Theatre Classroom! Come mingle with the artists and art lovers on Friday, February 7, 5–8 p.m. And enjoy receptions for both of these fabulous shows. Read More→

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (January 29, 2014) – The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) announced that the City of Sedona has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year 2013-2014 budget.

The award represents a significant achievement by the City.  It reflects the commitment of the City Council and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  In order to receive the budget award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.   Read More→

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