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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→

Full Speed Ahead at West Sedona School

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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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Sedona Traffic: Boon or Curse?

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

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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In The Metaphysical Ring With Tommy Acosta

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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.


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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(August 13, 2013)

The medical marijuana debate will become a major issue of contention between and within the parties this election.


Let’s take a hard, cold look at what this fight is going to boil down to.

There are two marijuana industries: the industry of cultivation and selling; and the industry of catching and punishing growers, sellers and users.

People wonder why the fed drug squads are still busting down doors and terminating medical marijuana operations in California and other choice states.

The answer is basically about profit and loss margins. Read More→

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Green Light

Uncle Marc (left) and his trombone add a new dimension to Green light!


Sedona AZ (May 24, 2013) – Sedona’s Green Light will perform Saturday May 25, Memorial Day Weekend, from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Sedona Wine and Beer Co. (The Hoppy Grape Lounge) located on S.R. 89A in West Sedona. The band’s popularity continues to grow exponentially as more and more learn there is a band out there that continues to carry the creative-musical torch of the Baby Boomer generation forward.

On Sunday, May 19, they were interviewed by KATO FM in Telluride, with 20 thousand listeners tuned in.

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Meditation Center Opens in Heart of Sedona

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Group shotSedona AZ (May 20, 2013) – The ribbon is cut, the launch is successful and the grand opening of the McLean Meditation Center in the heart of Sedona is official! On Tuesday, May 14, the community gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Sedona’s professional meditation center. “I’m excited and grateful to be opening this center and I hope it will serve the needs of the Sedona meditation community as well as become a meditation hub for visitors from all over the world,” said Hay House author, founder and owner Sarah McLean. “Meditation is so beneficial to everyone and can enhance anyone’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Its benefits are amazing!” Read More→

Yes For Sedona Schools

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

20130519_Zach2-2Sedona AZ (May 19, 2013) – Concerned parents of school-aged children in the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District and community supporters are ready to launch their campaign to save Sedona schools.

According to parent Zach Richardson, the Yes For Sedona Schools Committee hopes to convince the majority of Sedona voters to vote yes in the upcoming November elections on the approval of Budget Increase Override for the district. Read More→

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(May 7, 2013) 


The reason it is taking the Jodi Arias jury so long to come to a verdict is there is so much conviction on the part of the juror’s themselves on what they believe happened the day Travis got killed. They are not willing to bend their principles. There is a faction that wants her dead and a faction that has reasonable doubt that are willing to stand by what they believe is right, no matter the pressure. Those seeking the death penalty will settle for nothing less than Murder 1. The “beyond–reasonable-doubters “will not agree to anything more than Murder 2. There is an impasse. The jurors are committed to doing what is right. Those who want a Murder 1 conviction know in their hearts she did it. Those who believe not enough evidence was presented to warrant a beyond-reasonable-doubt guilty verdict, will not in good conscience convict her of a crime that could lead to her execution.

Perhaps there is a piece of the puzzle missing. Something both the defense and prosecution missed.

Let’s look at an alternate theory as to what may have transpired in the moments leading to Travis’s death. Read More→

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By Tommy Acosta
April 18, 2013


The Boston Massacre of April 15 blew the gun control debate out of the race.

The bill lost its legs in Congress.

No rifle or handgun could match the bang of an IED.

Kids going crazy in schools and killing other kids is one thing.

An explosive device placed where it can do the most damage is another. Read More→

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By Tommy Acosta

Sedona AZ (April 6, 2013) – A true American hero has passed away and taken his place with the stars above where his memory will shine forever.

On the morning of March 29, 2013, America lost one of its most colorful luminaries and icons.

Buffalo Don Thompson, a world-famous war hero, businessman and owner of Buffalo Don’s Corral in Sedona, passed peacefully in his sleep.

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photo_tommyacostaBy Tommy Acosta
(April 4, 2013)

Pray, America.

Pray the conflict in the Korean Peninsula does not break into an all-out-war because this one will be quite different than the war on terror our country has been waging for the last decade plus.

We are not invading a prehistoric nation like Iraq whose military was supplied by the very country that invaded it, allowing us to bomb them into submission and wipe out whatever real resistance they had before our soldiers set their boots upon their land. Read More→

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Let’s Get Cosmic

Friday, March 8th, 2013

By Tommy Acosta
(March 8, 2013)


There is something happening out there and we can’t deny it any longer. Too many comets and asteroids are appearing out of nowhere almost daily. There was a meteor explosion in Russia. A giant asteroid just misses us on a cosmic scale and now three- recently discovered comets are buzzing or about to buzz the earth. It’s time for a closer look.

Basically, asteroids are broken rocks of different sizes that orbit the sun at various angles.

Meteors are smaller pieces of rock or metal orbiting the sun that sometimes enter earth’s atmosphere when orbits intersect. Read More→

In the Political Ring With Tommy Acosta

Monday, February 25th, 2013

50 Shades of Jodi

photo_tommyacostaBy Tommy Acosta
(February 25, 2013)

Sometimes we are like surfers waiting for the right wave to ride. Bobbing up and down in an ocean of news, we hope a big one will come along.

We finally got one. A really big one and it’s time to ride again.

No. It’s not the stupid sequester scare because just like the fiscal cliff hoopla, it will never come to be.

No, it’s not the gun ban fight because it has degraded into trench warfare now and it will drag on and become boring as more and more people become immune to gun violence news. Read More→

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In The Political Ring with Tommy Acosta

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Why does a person need an AR15 Anyway?

photo_tommyacostaBy Tommy Acosta
(January 25, 2013)

This is the question CNN’s Piers Morgan keeps asking over and over again but no one gives him a satisfactory answer.

The reason for this is the question requires two distinct answers because it’s really two questions in one.

There is the “need” a person has to possess such a weapon; the desire to own one that is.

And there is the question of whether an automatic weapon is “needed” to defend oneself. Read More→

In The Political Ring with Tommy Acosta

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Guns Don’t Kill: Bullets Do!

photo_tommyacostaBy Tommy Acosta
(January 12, 2013) 

Let’s talk about guns.

For those who grew up in the Bronx, other high-crime areas or states like Arizona, guns are no big deal, legal or not. You just got to assume everyone else is packing heat and that’s just the way it is.

Be careful who you mess with. Be alert at all times. You understand there is no way anyone can stop anyone from getting a gun if they want it. If the bad guys can illegally get guns anytime they want to then the good guys should have the ability to do it legally. Might as well all be on a level playing field. Read More→