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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Every evening …

Friday, January 30th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… the sun slips below the horizon and for a few minutes before it does, the light passing through the atmosphere is filtered and only the red part of the spectrum arrives on the rocks and for those few minutes they become  increasingly shifted into the warmer colors which make them appear to glow. I took this shot on my way back to the Sedona Airport on January 3 at 5:18PM just a few minutes before sunset … I had already captured a series of photographs of the lenticular cap cloud and the moon over the San Francisco Peaks and was completing my sled ride back to Sedona (engine off … no lift) … about 7,000’ and on a 45 degree for entry into a downwind for landing rwy 3 at Sedona. I was approaching Brins Mesa and on the left is Wilson Mountain … Oak Creek Canyon can be seen either side of it. At the top of the image on the horizon line is part of Mormon Mountain and the light coming down from the left to right illuminates part of Munds Canyon which joins with Oak Creek canyon behind Wilson.

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HSS Pet of the Week: Meet Jenny!

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Sedona AZ (January 30, 2015) – Hi There! My name is Jenny and I am the sweetest little doggie you will ever meet.  I love to play and cuddle.  Why don’t you come and see me at the Humane Society in Sedona,m and I am sure you 20150130_HSS_JENNYwill want to make me your newest family member!  You can see more pictures of me here.”

Come by and take a tour of the shelter and see all the wonderful cats and dogs that are eager and ready to go home with you and be your next best friend. Stop by the shelter anytime seven days a week from 10 to 4 pm, or go by PetSmart daily to adopt a cat today. 

Also, remember there are GREAT opportunities to volunteer at the Humane Society of Sedona and the HSS Thrift Stores.  You can check out all the opportunities to volunteer on their website.

 

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logo_SIFFClassic film presented on the big screen at Mary D. Fisher Theatre to celebrate Mozart’s concerto

Sedona AZ (January 30, 2015) – The Verde Valley Sinfonietta and the Sedona International Film Festival will present an encore of the classic film “Elvira Madigan” on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 4 pm at the Mary D. Fisher Theater.

“Elvira Madigan”, released in 1967, is still regarded as one of the most beautiful films ever produced. Based on a glorious yet heart wrenchingly tragic true story, this Swedish film has almost no dialogue. Instead, the story unfolds through incredible cinematography and an even more incredible soundtrack based mainly on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, which will be featured prominently in Verde Valley Sinfonietta’s February 15th concert (featuring piano soloist Rita Borden). Read More→

Learn to Line Dance

Friday, January 30th, 2015

logo_cornvillecommunityCornville AZ (January 30, 2015) - Join the Cornville Community Association on Wednesday February 11, 2015 in the gym at Oak Creek School for an evening of line dancing from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Adrienne Harris, line dancing host  at Blazin’ M Ranch will teach us how, or lead those who already know! Adrienne is 4-time UCWDC World Dance Champion. Easy to follow steps to upbeat country tunes. No experience or partner required.

The Association will serve light refreshments: Coffee, Hot Tea, Bottled Water and Cookies.

Oak Creek School is located at 11490 North Purple Sage Rd, Cornville, off Page Springs Road.

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Cookbooks for Healthy Eating

Friday, January 30th, 2015

logo_sedonapubliclibraryBy Patricia Lowell, Reference Librarian

Sedona AZ (January 30, 2015) – Here it comes: the reality check on your resolutions and vows to kick off the New Year with exciting and new ways to be healthy! If you’re having a hard time getting started, we have wonderful ways to get you moving and into good eating with books from Sedona Public Library. Read More→

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logo_lettereditorBy Ron Vernesoni
(January 29, 2015)

Perhaps a better title for the recent Forest Service (FS) press release regarding damage to the Jordan Road, Sedona archaeological site would have been—”Yet another archeological site is damaged— more to come”.    If memory serves, not long ago an archaeological site was damaged by rogue mountain bikers building ramps out of ancient materials for their jumps.

Albert Einstein said–”Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”— in this case, implementing the same FS policies and expecting compliance with FS laws.  In reality, until there are dramatic changes in forest recreation policy and strong controls placed on the activities of visitors by the FS (including restrictions on forest access and numbers of visitors), we can expect a lot more of the same in the future.  These precious and irretrievable treasures will continue to be lost to the virtually uncontrolled crowds of tourists that the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sedona have successfully lured to the CNF—with no regard to the devastating impact that overcrowding and overuse is having on the CNF’s natural and historical resources, and dwindling wildlife.   Read More→

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logo_SIFFRobert Louis Stevenson’s tale is brought to life in thrilling new production on screen

Sedona AZ (January 29, 2015) – The National Theatre of London continues its season with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story “Treasure Island” showing in Sedona on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre. Read More→

Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Strawberry …

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

I don’t think I have ever sent out a photo of Strawberry Crater before, so it seems like a good idea to do so tonight … Strawberry is a relatively recent volcano located about 20 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona. It is estimated that the cinder cone was formed somewhere in between  the ninth and eleventh century AD. Forest Service road 545 which provides access to the crater runs along the bottom of the photo. I understand that it is a great place to photograph the surrounding area from … pretty good from my vantage point too :+) Also along the bottom if you look very close you can see power lines going across the image on a slight diagonal.  For reference I am on the south side shooting to the north.

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45th Annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

logo_stpatricksSedona AZ (January 29, 2015) – The 45th Annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival will be held March 14, 2015 on and along Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona. Both are free to attend. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. from Jordan Historical Park and proceeds south on Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue. Parade entrants include dignitaries and civic, social, cultural and religious organizations with area businesses. The Festival begins immediately following the parade, featuring all free children’s and family activities, food booths and music too until 3 p.m. The festivities are presented by Sedona Main Street Program, NAU Parks and Recreation Management Program and the Sedona Green Team.

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logo_museumofnorthernarizonaSedona AZ (January 29, 2015) – The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) and the Sedona Muses present “Mean Green–Poisonous Plants with Dr. Gwendolyn Waring,” Monday, February 9, at 7 p.m. The lecture is the second in the organizations’ monthly series running through April at the Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road. Tickets are $6 for MNA and Sedona Muses members and $7 for nonmembers and are available for purchase at MNA, Bashas’ in Sedona, Weber’s IGA at the Village of Oak Creek, or at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the event. Read More→

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logo_lettereditorBy Jean Jenks, Sedona Resident
(January 29, 2015)

Hello Mayor Moriarty and City Council,
 
Pursuant to Page 7 of Karen Daines’ December 23, 2014 updated Priority Setting Memo to you is false information about Capital Funding Projects, as follows:
 
COMPLETED Public Outreach to educate the public and initiate a public dialog on funding mechanisms for capital projects.  A public outreach session with City Council and the City’s financial advisor was held on July 30, 2013 to explore potential CIP funding options including general obligation bonds and improvement districts.” Read More→

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Looking Off Into Space: The Dark Skies of Sedona

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

logo_ksbKSB Features Astrophotographer Mike Cadwell

Sedona AZ (January 29, 2015) – Astrophotographer Mike Cadwell will be featured by Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc., at its Preserving the WonderSpeaker Series on Wednesday, February 11 at 5:30 pm, which takes place at its historic Pushmataha Center on 360 Brewer Road in Sedona.  Read More→

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logo_NAWBOSedona AZ (January 29, 2015) – NAWBO Civic Engagement Day will be held Wednesday, March 11 from 10:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Join members of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) from the Sedona, Tucson and Phoenix chapters as they collaborate to make a difference in their communities statewide. Read More→

City of Sedona Holds Citizens Academy 2015

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (January 29, 2015) – Would you like to know how Sedona City Hall works?  Do you want to have a voice in the future of your City?  These questions and others will be answered at the Citizens Academy, a program offered to educate and reach out to the community.  Residents will have the opportunity to meet with the Council and various department staff to better understand City operations and issues. Read More→

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Jerome First Saturday Art Walk Celebrates The Love of Art

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

logo_jeromeartwalkJerome AZ (January 29, 2015) – Jerome continues its love affair with ART on February 7th with the First Saturday ART WALK. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the 19 galleries and studios of Jerome will be brimming over with visual delights. There will be plenty of chocolate, music and good conversation at this vibrant event. Meet the artists that night and mingle with other art lovers who are drawn to this charming mountain town. Make a night of it with dinner at one of the town’s delicious restaurants. Maybe even spend the night at one of the delightful B&B’s or hotels. Read More→

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Surf’s Up …

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… well perhaps not that much for those who surf the ocean waves, but for sure it was for a pair of Hang Glider pilots who were working “ridge lift” in front of the bluffs along the California Coast as we were driving down to Monterey for brunch after church. When the wind is more or less perpendicular to a bluff or hill you get what is known as orographic lift where the wind is bent upwards when it flows into the bluff. This is a very neat form of lift and you can soar up and down the bluffs for hours … all you need is for the wind to continue to blow and not change direction much; if I remember correctly as long as the wind is at least a thirty degree angle to the slope it will generate enough lift to stay up.  

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Gallery 527 Celebrates Valentine’s Day
during February 7th Art Walk

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Jerome AZ (January 28, 2015) – Love is in the air…after all, it is February. Marian Ward creates something new especially for Gallery 527 every year for Valentine’s Day. This year, The Goddess has been added to other copper charms. Now, choose from hearts, keys and goddesses. Chains can be any length and you can mix and match for your own custom design. Marian can also engrave a name and date on the back of the heart as a special order.

This is a perfect gift for someone who has a great love. Think mother, grandmother, pet lover, wife. Read More→

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logo_humanesociety2Provides for Free Spay & Neuter Services for 800 Cats in Sedona and Verde Valley

Sedona AZ (January 28, 2015) – The Humane Society of Sedona’s (HSS) “Be a Part of the Fix” campaign, which offers no-cost spay and neuter services to income qualified residents of the Sedona and the Verde Valley, received a real boost from PetSmart Charities®.  This generous grant will assure that hundreds of pet owners who cannot afford spay and neuter services can get them free for their cats. 

Today, the needs within the Verde Valley for no-cost spay and a neuter service is significant.  There are an estimated 3,400 cats in the area that are still not altered. This large amount of cats is actively producing multiple litters throughout the year which results in pet homelessness, shelter intake and ultimately euthanasia. Read More→

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Sedona City Talk:
Take Another Look at the Verde River

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

City of Sedona ArizonaBy Councilor Jessica Williamson

Sedona AZ (January 27, 2015) – The Verde River flowing through Clarkdale and Cottonwood is the last free-flowing river in Arizona.  Seven other Arizona rivers have been dammed.  The Verde River emerges from springs east of Paulden.  Hundreds of springs and seeps feed the river for about 150 miles before it flows into Horseshoe Lake, 40 miles northeast of Mesa. The Verde joins the Salt River before heading to Phoenix to meet their water needs.

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Big Chino Pipeline Issues Revisited, Part One

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

logo_cwag3Verde Valley AZ (January 27, 2015) – Five years ago, in February, 2010, Prescott and Prescott Valley approved a Big Chino-related settlement agreement with the Salt River Project (SRP). Rather than continuing to battle in court over the proposed Big Chino Pipeline and its impact on the Verde River, the trio agreed to jointly engage in monitoring and modeling the effects of pumping on the river, with an eye to developing a mitigation plan prior to construction of the pipeline. Read More→

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