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A flying start

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… to the new week … geez what a corny lead in to a photo I got of a Vermillion Fly Catcher over the weekend … not exactly a perfect shot, but I like it and as I improve on a new technique that my friend Steve showed me, I will share a better one. A small bird and shot from about 70 feet, so not entirely unhappy with the result. Very happy the way the weekend went, saw a lot of friends and got a lot of image work finished and several outings with One. The novelty of the outdoors is wearing off and she is coming in by herself before I am ready to come in. She has a large indoor territory that is entirely safe and she kinda prefers it I think … we’ll see how it goes. I’m enjoying spending more time on the deck again.

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logo_ycsoVerde Valley AZ (November 23, 2015) – On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, Mr. D.Brook Cunningham who is a member of the Sedona based Central Arizona Masonic Lodge No. 14, presented a $1000 check to Sheriff Mascher and Deputy Godina for the upcoming Shop-with-a-Cop program in Camp Verde. These funds will be used to support the purchase of gifts by specially selected children as they ‘Shop-with-a-Cop’ on December 12th. Read More→

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Sedona AZ (November 23, 2015) – World-renowned star of stage and TV Barbara Brighton brings her acclaimed “To Broadway With Love” Holiday Show to Sedona when she performs live, onstage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. There will be three performances Dec. 4-6, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival.

Barbara Brighton is an accomplished actress as well as a singer-comedienne. Her television stints include “General Hospital”, MTV’S “Hard Times of RJ Berger”, “The Next Best Thing”, “Hart to Hart”, “Archie Bunker’s Place” AND “Superior Court”, as well as a number of comedy pilots for the television networks. Read More→

Sedona Lit is a new series by Dr. Elizabeth Oakes, an award winning poet and former Shakespeare professor. A Sedonian of three years, she will highlight the literature, written or performed, of Sedona, past and present.

photo_elizabethoakes_216By Elizabeth Oakes
(November 23, 2015)

Alberto Rios, Arizona’s first poet laureate, has visited Sedona several times in his two year tenure, the most recent being on Oct. 23 for the Pumphouse Poetry and Prose Project’s fourth awards ceremony. He shared from his new volume of poems, A Small Story about the Sky, his thirteenth, as the audience at the Sedona Public Library imbibed every word.

Rios’ resume would take up almost a book! Here are only a few, a very few, of his honors and his views on writing. Read More→

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Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (November 23, 2015) – Enjoy the largest collection of animated holiday lights in Sedona during Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds. This beautiful walk through light display will dazzle the entire family. This third year promises to be larger and better than before with more lights and holiday music to enjoy. This free event is brought to you by Sedona Parks and Recreation in conjunction with Holiday Central Sedona. Read More→

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logo_UniversityWomenOfSedonaSedona AZ (November 23, 2015) – University Women of Sedona will hold their December 7 meeting at the Church of the Red Rocks, 54 Bowstring Drive, Sedona.  All women with university or college degrees are welcome to attend.  Read More→

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logo_lettereditorInformation & Perspective by Warren Woodward
(November 22, 2015) 

Several points I have made about APS’s toxic “smart” meter boondoggle have been verified once again. Last week I received news from an alert Phoenix couple that APS was already replacing all the “smart” meters it had installed in their neighborhood only seven years previous.

Upon hearing this news I phoned APS and learned that APS has hired subcontractors from a company headquartered in Virginia called Apex Covantage to replace all of APS’s Elster brand “smart” meters with Landis & Gyr ones. The explanation I was given for this so-called “upgrade” is that the 2G cellular system that the Elsters use will soon be obsolete. APS informed me that they intend to change out the “smart” meters in their entire service territory by December of next year.

With roughly 1.2 million customers, this so-called “upgrade” will be quite a payday for APS.

The so-called “upgrade” is really an upgrade to APS’s rate base.

The rate base is the sum total of APS’s expenditures on which by law APS gets a guaranteed rate of return. In other words, the more APS spends, the more money they make. The enormous and never ending costs of the “smart” grid are why customers always get a hefty rate increase whenever and wherever the “smart” grid is installed. Count on a sizable rate increase at APS’s next rate case. Read More→

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logo_SIFFMary D. Fisher Theatre will host four-part documentary series all in one day

Sedona AZ (November 22, 2015) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of “Standing on Sacred Ground”, a four-part documentary series that will be presented in its entirety in two shows on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

There will be a discussion following both screenings of the film, facilitated by The Inspiration of Sedona community-building group. Anthropologist and photographer Martin Gray, author of “Sacred Earth,” and Roberto Nutlouis, Green Economy Coordinator and Co-founder of the Black Mesa Water Coalition of the Navajo Nation, will be present for Q&A. This event is part of 15 days of local “Climate Care Awareness” events, from November 28th through December 12th. These will take place in conjunction with the global actions surrounding the upcoming December UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris. For more info see Read More→

Coffee Talk with Rabbia Alicia Magal and Angela LeFevre

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Sedona AZ (November 23, 2015) – Rabbi Alicia Magal of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley and Angela LeFevre of the Sedona City Council will be available for informal questions and concerns at the monthly “Coffee Talk” open gathering at Java Love Café near Harkins Plaza on Rte 89A in West Sedona, from 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1.  Read More→

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HSS Pet of the Week: Meet Sam!

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Sedona AZ (November 21, 2015) 

Sam’s Story
20151121_HSS_samIn-Take Date of February, 2015 
Fee Waived for Senior Dogs the month of November.
Animal ID# 10775

My name is Sam and I am a neutered male Cattle Dog at 8 years of age. I recently was transferred from Arizona Humane Society where I was living since February of 2015. I was rolled into what is called a “Transfer” which means maybe someone here in Sedona may find me desirable and adopt me into their home to become a part of their family. From what I understand, “Transfers” have proven to find homeless animals a place to live because sometimes . . . the person that really wants me . . . may live somewhere else.  The Transfer protocol has helped to stop mass numbers of euthanasia.

I have had 8 years of a previous life of which I wish I could tell you about, but I can only keep these thoughts in my mind. I sometimes wish I could share your human language more fully to explain how I miss having a real home environment. I would love a person or family to love.

I am sweet, kind, and an affectionate one eyed dog (removed surgically) with very good manners.  I pride myself on being a true gentleman. I like dogs and kids but real loud noises tend to make me nervous.

If you would like to know more about Sam please call (928)282-4679 or log on to our website at  


Keep your pet healthy!
Vaccination Clinic – December 12th from 8:00 am until noon

Sign up now to reserve your place in line! All vaccinations for cats and dogs are just $15. Also, microchipping is $15 and is truly a way to keep your pet safe if they are lost. Each week the HSS takes in lost animals that are sometimes tagged or not, microchipped or not . . . and those that are chipped “do” find their way back home. For more info visit:  or call the Humane Society of Sedona at (928)282-4679. Please bring in the Vaccination Application

Also, please come by and visit the shelter and see all the other wonderful dogs and cats that are available for adoption. It is a nice facility and I am sure you will enjoy your visit. The shelter is open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Also, PetSmart in Sedona is another available location to find your special cat that needs a forever home. Please call the Humane Society of Sedona at (928)282-4679 or log on to our website @

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