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Slide Fire closure revised to smaller area

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

logo_USFS_USDASedona AZ (July 24, 2014) – The Slide Fire closure area has been revised to include only those areas which currently pose danger to the public, resulting in Forest Road 535 and 536 opening.

The area closure is part of standard operations procedure, which helps to protect the public from entering into an area that poses a threat due to ongoing wildfire activity and/or rehabilitation efforts. Read More→

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logo_lettereditorBy M. Lloyd
(July 24, 2014)

I am writing this as I feel that all the Verde Village residents should be aware of the inexcusable and reprehensible actions by a couple of directors/members of the Verde Village Property Owners’ Association with regard to homeowners installing solar panels.

We have just had solar panels installed on our roof and all the County and building permits were paid for by the solar company and the plans were approved by the County Building Inspector.  Read More→

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Bar M fire and smoke to continue near Mormon Lake

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

logo_USFS_USDAFlagstaff AZ (July 24, 2014) – UPDATE 8 – Smoke has significantly diminished in the Sedona, Verde Valley, and Blue Ridge communities. Though some smoke may still be noticeable at times, residents in these areas should expect it to continue to lessen in the coming days.

On the Bar M Fire southwest of Mormon Lake, crews continue to conduct burnout operations to solidify perimeters and maintain moderate fire behavior. The majority of smoke is moving to the east and settling overnight in Mormon Lake Basin. Some may drift down canyon toward the Verde Valley. Read More→

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Sedona area plane crash victim identities released

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

logo_ycsoSedona AZ (July 24, 2014) – The Yavapai County Medical Examiner has confirmed the identifies of 4 individuals killed in the plane crash near Sedona this past Sunday, July 20, 2014.

  1. Jonathan McGeary , 22, from Flagstaff, Arizona – Indicated as the pilot
  2. Levi Wallace, 23, from Prescott, Arizona
  3. Johanna Naber, 18, from Shellbrook, Saskatchewan (Canada)
  4. Sabrina Giebelen, 19, from Krefeld, Germany

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Gentle Hearts Service Dogs

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
logo_redroseinspirationBy Tina Allegrezza
Founder of Red Rose Inspiration for Animals

Red Rose Inspiration for Animals is proud to announce our newest program, Gentle Hearts Service Dogs.  Part of our mission is we promote programs that connect animals with people.  Gary DeGeronimo is the Founder and Director of Training for this exciting program with Red Rose.  Read More→

By Ted Grussing

… that we are a part of all that is and there is so much more than just this little planet we call earth and the very tiny part of this little planet which we occupy at any given time … so tonight my friend and I firmly planted our feet in the edge of a galaxy as we pondered the meaning of all that is … gazing at galaxies, the star birthing areas of a beautiful galaxy and billions of other galaxies out and beyond this one. Night is a time for dreaming, giving thanks for all the beauty experienced during the day and sometimes healing from other experiences and then there is the infinite expanses beyond our experience and the possibilities of other life out there … where … what … I loved Star Trek … what a grand passage that would be … so pull up a galaxy, rest your feet on the edge and enjoy life … consider that which we do not know and do not see and yet know of its existence.

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Questions and Answers about Sedona’s City Election

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

By Cliff Hamilton

Sedona AZ (July 24, 2014) - 

When is the deadline to register to vote?

Monday, July 28th is the last day to register to vote or update voter registration for the August 26th Primary Election. Read More→

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logo_sedonacommunityfoundationSedona AZ (July 24, 2014) – The Sedona Community Foundation is now accepting proposals for grant funding from organizations that serve greater Sedona.  Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools and Tribal entities are eligible to apply.  Applicants must meet stringent criteria, including proof of financial viability and lasting value. Read More→

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Sedona AZ (July 24, 2014) – Clarkdale resident and acting coach Kathleen Francis, training students in both improvisation and The Meisner Technique, and armed with a very impressive resume has coached actors for 30 years using a very specific technique. Trained directly by one of the world’s most respected acting coaches, Sanford Meisner, Francis brings her rich training to Sedona under the auspices of Pure PR Talent Division.  Sanford Meisner was part of The Group Theatre that emerged after their training in Europe by Stanislavski himself.  Read More→

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Summer Reading Experiment a Success!

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Bylogo_sedonapubliclibrary Meredith Clark, Youth Services Assistant

Sedona AZ (July 24, 2014) – The science-themed summer reading program experiment has been completed, and the results are conclusive: this summer was a lot of fun! Over 250 Sedona kids from birth to 18 participated in the Library’s summer reading program, logging in about 1,500 hours of reading. Read More→

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Sedona City Talk: The Right to Vote, Who Cares

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

City of Sedona ArizonaBy Sedona City Councilor John Martinez

Sedona AZ (July 23, 2014) – This article is addressed to the 4,011 registered voters who did not vote during our recent March Special Election for the Community Plan. This represents 62.8% of the registered voters. In addition, when I ran for office in 2012, only 42.9% of the registered voters participated, which means the majority of you failed to vote at all. Don’t you care? Read More→

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Slide Fire BAER work effective and near completion

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

logo_USFS_USDASedona AZ (July 23, 2014) – Efforts by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team have proven successful and effective on areas of the Slide Fire and work is nearing completion.

Even though the effects from rain events cannot be entirely prevented by Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) efforts they can mitigated by reducing water flow, debris runoff and erosion from rain event on lands downstream and down-slope from moderately to severely burned areas within the fire perimeter. Read More→

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Velogo_ycsorde Valley AZ (July 23, 2014) – On July 14, 2014, 62-year-old Mark Maki of Mesa, Arizona, was arrested for Aggravated Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation in Cottonwood. He was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and remains in-custody on a $35,000 bond. Read More→

logo_popupgallery2Sedona AZ (July 23, 2014) – During August, Hillside’s Pop Up Sedona Gallery will be highlighting two accomplished local artists who work with similar subject matter but in contrasting styles and mediums.

Painter Rick Gandolfo and photographer Mary Ratner will both be honored at the venue’s First Friday reception on August 1, 5-8 PM.  The public is cordially invited to attend, meet the artists, and hear about the creation of their latest works. Read More→

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Sedona AZ (July 23, 2014) – Learn how to create a fermented vegetable with up to ten trillion probiotics per 6 oz. serving. Also enjoy eating delicious snacks while having fun learning how to add fermented food to your life! Fermented vegetables are a probiotic super food, 10% of your total gut flora. Call 928-282-8918 to reserve your spot today. Sponsored by Danny Sapienza, Herbologist with “Super Foods R Medicine” (928-254-7328) and Karen Russell, Certified Health Coach (928-282-8918). Read More→

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SR 89A reduced to one lane through switchbacks

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

logo_azdotMinimal delays expected as roadway striping underway

Sedona AZ (July 22, 2014) – Drivers can expect minimal delays as crews finish striping SR 89A through the switchbacks from Pine Flats Campground to the Vista Point Overlook. One lane will be closed during operations, with flaggers allowing alternating access for traffic. Striping is expected to be completed by Friday, and will be underway daily from 6 am to 6pm during operations. Read More→

A Warm and Sultry Art Walk in Jerome on August 2nd

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

logo_jeromeartwalkJerome AZ (July 22, 2014) – A warm and sultry night filled with art, music and gallery hopping is in store on August 2nd for First Saturday Art Walk in Jerome. Visit 25 galleries and studios throughout this charming mountain town from 5:00-8:00PM. A free shuttle runs during the walk, from the newest studios at The Old Jerome High School to Patrick Lincoln and Janie Anderson in The New State Motor Company, the wonderful Made in Jerome Pottery at the top of Main Street and on the next level, The Adorn Collection, high desert style home decor with a flair for the unusual. Read More→

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Rednecks, Gators & Snakes taking over
Bearizona Wildlife Park

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

logo_bearizona2Grab your blanket or lawn chair and get gussied up for the Bearizona Backwoods BBQ complete with music, bounce houses, gators and snakes up-close and of course some darn good BBQ

Williams AZ  (July 22, 2014) – Bearizona is hosting a Backwoods BBQ on July 26, from 12:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m. This event will be held in the Fort Bearizona’a walk-thru area of the park and is open to the public. Read More→

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography: Choices

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

By Ted Grussing

There are pros and cons with respect to the use of prescribed burns and managing naturally caused fires as though they are a prescribed burn. The low intensity fires are reputed to mimic what occurred before man began meddling in things and are an effort to keep the forest in a healthier state. There are also questions as to the toxicity of low intensity versus high intensity burns. In short each camp has its proponents and its critics … each camp will drag out its experts and studies to support their viewpoint and you can end up in discussions where you try to impeach the credibility of each other’s experts … not very productive.

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Arts & Culture Candidates Forum to be held

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

logo_electionSedona AZ (July 22, 2014) – Concerned citizens of the Arts and Culture community have organized an Arts & Culture Candidates Forum moderated by Russell Fox, an active member of Sedona’s performing arts community on Thursday, July 31 from 4-6 PM at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. Winnie Muench First, Judy Reddington, Ed Wade, Mei Wei Wong, Nancy Robb Dunst, and Patrick Schweiss, have worked together in order to achieve a fair and informative process.

The format of the debate allows each of the candidates to give personal consideration to their views of how the city interacts with arts organizations and to reflect on their values regarding cultural life in Sedona. They have received the questions in advance of the discussions and are encouraged to give thoughtful consideration, research and write out their answers. Read More→

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