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Sedona, AZ (July 20, 2015) — Like the trumpet blasts that took down the walls of Jericho in Biblical times, 

Donald TrumpRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s clarion call for a reborn America may very well do the same to the Republican party establishment.

His brash entry into a race presently over-populated by standard-issue candidates has left the field of hopefuls staggering like boxer George Foreman did after being clocked by Ali in their legendary “Rumble In The Jungle” bout; stunned and bewildered by his sudden and unexpected rise to the number one contender spot. Read More→

By Tommy Acosta
Associate Editor

20150705_AG-SymbolSedona AZ (July 6, 2015) – The drama deepens in the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office launching a preliminary investigation into apparent violations of conflict of interest statutes by two present and one former school board member after citing the school board for three open meeting law violations.

The potential criminal investigation is a result of a complaint filed with the AG’s office May 26, 2015 by a group calling itself Concerned Citizens of Sedona (CCS) alleging present school board members Bobbi Surber and Karen McClelland, and former board member Carol Huggins, used their influence as SOCUSD board members to award contracts that were in conflict of interest. Read More→

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By Tommy Acosta
Associate Editor

Sedona AZ (May 6, 2015) – The effort to recall Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District Governing Board member Zach Richardson, has failed.

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter notified Mr. Richardson of the failure in an email dated Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

SOCUSD Governing Board Member Zach Richardson

SOCUSD Governing Board Member Zach Richardson

“The recall effort against you was NOT successful,” Mr. Carter stated in his email. “The committee did not turn in the requisite petitions by deadline yesterday [May 5, 2015]. This concludes the matter.”

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By Tommy Acosta
Associate Editor

Dr. Lisa Hirsch

Dr. Lisa Hirsch

Sedona AZ (March 19, 2015) – West Sedona School Principal Dr. Lisa Hirsch will not seek a new contract for WSS for the next school year, according to an email reportedly sent by her to the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District Governing Board and the district superintendent dated March 18, 2015.

In her letter Hirsch wrote that she voluntarily made her decision not to seek the new contract after having 21 “magnificent” years serving the district as a founding teacher, sports coach, curriculum coordinator and principal.

“It has also been an honor to work with a terrific staff district wide and to work with amazing students and their parents in all of my roles for this district,” she wrote in her letter. “I have developed deep connections to this community and I will continue to serve as a citizen of Sedona.” Read More→

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Fifty Shades Deeper

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

By Tommy Acosta
(February 22, 2015)

photo_tommyacostaI am one of the 32 percent of males that saw Fifty Shades of Grey.

This movie is not about a man dominating a woman through pain or a woman accepting anything for the love and protection of a man. It is about a contest of will between two people falling in love. Read More→

By Tommy Acosta

Sedona AZ (August 27, 2014) – The Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District continues to move forward full-speed ahead with its dual-principal concept at West Sedona School.

photo_tommyacostaAt its July 14, 2014 school board meeting four of five members voted to approve a plan developed by SOCUSD Superintendent David Lykins to have both a K-5 principal and a Grades 6-8 principal in WSS.

Lykins said the task of moving the school forward was too much for one principal alone and having two at the school would allow each to focus on the specific needs of their assigned grade span, eventually resulting in higher grades and better teacher retention. He said reducing teacher turnover is a first step.

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By Tommy Acosta

As part of my work I drive up and down 89A numerous times during the day. Sometimes the traffic is light, other times medium and not-too-often heavy.

photo_tommyacostaWhen the traffic is slow I get to look at the beauty surrounding us. When it’s not heavy I catch a glimpse here and there and get to where I need to go.

When I hear some people in this town consider the traffic situation in Sedona a near “crisis” I got to scratch my head and ask why. Read More→

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All Thoughts Are Lies
True or False?

(December 10, 2013)

photo_tommyacostaOne thing Sedona has no shortage of is spiritual teachers and healers.

Representing just about every spiritual philosophy and school under the sun and beyond, Sedona stands at the forefront of spiritual enlightenment and fulfillment in the world of meditation and metaphysics.

As varied as the philosophical perspectives on achieving enlightenment are, one particular school of thought (or non-thought as some would clarify) postulates that truth can not be held by any thought and that it exists on a plane that can not be defined by words or grasped by thought itself; rather, it can only be known wordlessly and completely here now in the present tense. Read More→

The Mayor Owes No One An Apology

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Sedona AZ (October 27, 2013) -I don’t usually write in the first person but I’m making an exception this time because this is personal.

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Sedona Mayor Rob Adams was recently criticized in a Red Rock News editorial offering him space to explain his walking out on an Aug 14 City Council meeting in protest over a vote the mayor felt was a great harm to the community.

The same editorial calls for an apology from the mayor to the people of Sedona for having done so. Read More→

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(October 13, 2013) – As Sedona stands poised to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to the Budget Override for the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District, students and parents wait with bated anticipation for the community to support them in their quest for a better education for their children and better teachers.

photo_tommyacostaIt’s no secret Arizona has some of the lowest-paid teaching jobs in the nation and the dismal drop out and achievement rates across the state reflect this.

Last election the budget override that would have allowed additional funding for Sedona teachers was voted down by but a few votes, stripping the school district of badly needed funds and seriously affecting education. Read More→

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