Archive for August 2017

By Ted Grussing

… crater is Strawberry Crater, located to the NE of Sunset Crater, and it is one of the more beautiful craters in the SF Volcanic Field and it is accessible by road which can be seen the very lower left portion of the photo … primitive road to be sure. I diverted up to the crater after shooting Miriam and its flow last week. Strawberry Crater has its own national Wilderness area consisting of something in excess of 10,000 acres. The peak is 6,526’ and I was about 8200’ when I took this shot. I am much lower when shooting the Little Colorado River and painted desert area and establish a climbing flight path when I leave the river as the terrain rises all the way to Flagstaff. Next time I think I’ll just spend a half hour or so exploring shooting options at Strawberry Crater and drop down to about 6,000’. The crater rises about a thousand feet from the land around it … about 5500’ and it is one of the more recent volcanic cinder cones in the field dating back to somewhere around 800 BC. Wikipedia has got a nice and informative article on Strawberry at: 


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logo_SIFFBeethoven’s five piano concertos featured in award-winning film at Fisher theatre

Sedona AZ (August 31, 2017) – Sedona International Film Festival presents the Arizona premiere of “Concerto: A Beethoven Journey”. The event will show in Sedona on Monday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Filmed over the course of four years award-winning director Phil Grabsky follows leading concert pianist Leif Ove Andsnes’s attempt to understand and interpret one of the greatest sets of works for piano ever written: Beethoven’s five piano concertos, in “Concerto: A Beethoven Journey”. Read More→

logo_azdotSpeed limits lowered on I-17 during peak holiday travel times

Verde Valley AZ (August 31, 2017) – During the Labor Day holiday weekend, state and local agencies are focusing on keeping motorists safe and placing equipment and resources along heavily traveled highways to help move traffic should incidents occur.

Motorists will play key roles in keeping traffic moving, too, by making smart driving decisions that won’t result in serious crashes that ruin road trips and create travel delays. Drivers should use caution over the holiday weekend in existing work zones and in three “holiday travel corridors” that will receive extra enforcement and resources to minimize travel delays. Read More→

logo_arizonafarmerchefconnectionEvent Will Unite Food Buyers with Local Food Producers in the Verde Valley

Clarkdale AZ (August 31, 2017) – Originally scheduled to be hosted by the Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde, the Farmer+Chef Connection will be hosted instead at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse in Clarkdale on September 11, 2017. The decision to move the event came after unanticipated construction at the Cliff Castle Casino prevented the event from being hosted at that venue.

“We understand how these issues can arise and hope that all continues to go well for the next phase of development at the Cliff Castle Casino,” said Natalie Morris, Director of Foods Initiatives for the Local First Arizona Foundation. “We are grateful to the Town of Clarkdale for stepping in so quickly, allowing us to keep the event in the Verde Valley for this year. We look forward to partnering with the Cliff Castle Casino on future events and endeavors.” Read More→

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona AZWorld-class Music, Flamenco, Folk Dancers and Kid Zone Fun!

Sedona AZ (August 31, 2017) – Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, the Art and Soul of Sedona, is hitting a big milestone this year! Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, one of Sedona’s premiere events honoring Mexican Independence Day, is celebrating its 45th year! Mark your calendars for September 9, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and be sure to gather friends and family, including the kids, for a day of non-stop South of the Border fun and entertainment! Admission is free and parking is available at the Uptown municipal parking lot with continuous shuttle service to and from Fiesta from 11:00 6:30 pm, provided by Sedona Magic Trolley. Read More→

logo_mentalhealthawarenessweekSedona AZ (August 31, 2017) – September 10-16 is National Suicide Prevention Week and The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is partnering with Spectrum Healthcare Group to host a panel of community members who have attempted suicide and are willing to share their stories so people can better understand this trauma which is the 8th leading cause of death in Arizona. On average in Arizona, one person dies by suicide every 7 hours according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Read More→

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logo_ycsoCottonwood AZ (August 31, 2017) – After the arson and burglary in May of 2013 at a home in the 1900 block of South Deserama Circle, Cottonwood, an investigation was initiated until leads were exhausted. In July of this year, a YCSO detective received tips regarding the involvement of certain suspects in this incident. These tips provided information which proved reliable as they contained details only known to detectives and not shared in the media. After weeks of follow-up by the detective, the suspects were identified as 26-year-old William Stockwell from Cornville, 25-year-old Joshua Dawson from Cottonwood, and 22-year-old Bradley Meyer from Cottonwood. Detectives confirmed the suspects knew that the residents at the Deserama Circle home were out of town at the time of the burglary/arson. It was learned Dawson apparently had an ongoing conflict with the Deserama Circle occupants related to drug sale favoritism so the 3 suspects decided to burglarize and burn down the home. The suspects did not realize that one of the occupants was actually still in town and came home to discover the fire around 1 AM and call 911. Read More→

Dog Park construction begins Sept. 11

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (August 31, 2017) – The Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments have set the start of construction for long-awaited improvements to the Sedona Dog Park.

Work will begin, and the park will be closed, beginning Sept. 11. Construction is scheduled to last approximately 60 days and the park is scheduled to reopen to the public on Nov. 11. Closing the park is necessary to ensure the safety of pets and people. Construction will also affect a small portion of the Sunrise Trail near the southern end of the park, and trail traffic will be rerouted to ensure hiker safety. Read More→

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League Hosts Independents Forum

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

logo_leagueofwomenvotersSedona AZ (August 31, 2017) – Politically, are you more an Independent, rather than consistently red or blue?  If so, The League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley invites you to  “Independents Day”, a forum for voters unaffiliated with any of the major parties in Arizona on Saturday, September 162:00-4:00 pm at the Sedona Public Library, 3150 White Bear Rd, Sedona. Read More→

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By Ted Grussing

… there is beauty and there is life. We headed down to Watson Lake this afternoon, in and between, some fantastic monsoonal storms … after checking the weather radar apps we headed out on the lake, somewhat confident that we would be remaining between several large storms that were traversing the area. Lots of wind and stormy skies and not a lot of sun except for some rays that occasionally poked through. The wildlife was a little uneasy too and spooked sooner than on previous trips, but we still managed to get pretty much full frame shots of them.

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