October 30, 2014
City of Sedona
Shelby Drive Road Closure Extended to November 3
The construction roadwork that began on Monday,
October 27, 2014 has been extended through Monday, November 3. Eagle
Mountain Construction will be repaving a section of Shelby Drive and the
road will remain passable during the weekend.
This work includes asphalt removal, subgrade preparation, and repaving a
section of Shelby Drive from south of the Sedona Recycles to west of
Shelby Drive, south of Sedona Recycles, will be closed to all through
traffic during this time.
Access to local businesses will remain open. Anyone needing access to
this area will be asked to follow the traffic control and detour routes
along South Monte Verde Drive.
Please be advised that the schedule is subject to change due to
unforeseen circumstances or inclement weather conditions. Residents may
contact Eagle Mountain Construction at 928-526-2587 with any special
needs or questions.
October 29, 2014
Prescott National Forest
Road and Trail Conditions Safety Reminder
PRESCOTT, AZ- Prescott
National Forest officials remind visitors to use extra caution when
driving, riding or hiking in the National Forest. Recent monsoon rains
have caused damage to roads and trails across the forest. Recreationists
need to use extra caution and drive defensively.
As an example, Senator Highway (County Road 56):
Beginning at the junction of Senator Highway and Forest Trail 215
(Township 11 North, Range 1 West, Section 16); heading south along
Senator Highway to the intersection of Senator Highway and Forest Road
362 (Hooper Saddle) is still closed. A recent storm downed trees and
power lines on Spruce Mountain—impacting roads and trails. Groom Creek
Trail 307 has reopened to the public, but users still need to scan their
surroundings for any hazards.
Follow these safety tips:
Make sure your vehicle is in good condition
before you travel.
Let a responsible person know about your
travel plans – where you are going, how long you will be gone, and
when you expect to be back.
Drive slowly to allow time to react to sudden
or unexpected problems.
The road or trail you traveled a few months
ago might not look the same, so maintain your situational awareness.
Look up, look down, look all around for hazards on the roads/trails,
along the travel corridor edges, and in the trees.
Watch out for washouts, scoured road shoulders
and loose surfaces.
Share the road/trail with pedestrians,
vehicles, cyclists, and horse riders.
Please report any potentially hazardous conditions
to the Bradshaw Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.
October 28, 2014
City of Sedona
YMCA Community Forums on November 6
The City of Sedona and the YMCA invite you to
attend a community forum on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Two forums are
being offered. The first will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the
Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road and the second will be held
from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 102 Roadrunner
The forums are intended to gather input from community stakeholders
regarding the issues we face as a community, to establish an open dialog
and begin sharing ideas, and to explore how the YMCA may be able to
offer their services to positively impact healthy living, social
responsibility, and youth development in Sedona.
Representatives from the YMCA will facilitate this community
conversation and use the information to determine whether or not they
have a role in Sedona and if so, what that role may be.
Thank you in advance for participating in this important conversation.
We encourage you to pass this invitation along to others you know that
would be interested in attending. RSVP is not necessary but appreciated
by contacting Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch via email at rmurdoch@SedonaAZ.gov
or call 928-282-7098.
October 27, 2014
Town of Camp Verde
Possible Sales Tax Increase
Camp Verde Town Council will be considering and increase to the current
TPT (Sales Tax) rate in Council Chambers at 473 S. Main St. on January
7th, 2015. The increase to be considered is .65% which would bring
the total Town rate for most categories up to 3.65%, making 10.0% the
effective amount for the combined local, State & County rate.
October 26, 2014
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot to Commemorate Native American Heritage
Month with Indigenous Arts, Crafts, and Cultural Events
CAMP VERDE, AZ—in honor of Native peoples' contributions to American
culture, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will host
special events each weekend in November to commemorate National Native
American Heritage Month.
Native Americans have added to every area of endeavor in American life.
They built North America's earliest cities, domesticated its first crops,
and developed its earliest great civilizations. Countless Native people
have served in our Armed Forces and have fought valiantly for our country.
The National Park Service invites the public to participate in these
events throughout November:
November 1–2. Hubbell Trading Post, the oldest continuously
operated trading post in the American Southwest, will present the
Navajo Rug &American Indian Jewelry Show from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00
p.m. each day. The show will take place at Montezuma Castle on
November 1 and Tuzigoot on November 2. With special rug talks at 10:00
a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day, Trader Edison Eskeets will describe the
history, symbolism, artistry, and stories of the rugs.
November 2. National Park Service staff and volunteers will host a
Día de los Muertos celebration between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at
Tuzigoot. This Latino celebration of life originated in the ancient
past among Native traditions. There will be a community ofrenda, or
altar, as well as crafts and activities for children ages three and
November 8. Native American flute player Aaron White will give
flute talks and demonstrations at Montezuma Castle National Monument.
Mr. White is a Native American Music Award recipient, Grammy nominee,
and flute maker. Talks are at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
November 9. The Bird Dancers and Gourd Singers from the Yavapai-Apache
Nation will demonstrate traditional Yavapai dancing at Tuzigoot
National Monument. The dance will begin at 11:00 a.m.
November 15. William and Ryan Gashweseoma will demonstrate
old-style Hopi Katsina carving from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at
Montezuma Castle. Visitors will see how the dolls are carved and learn
about their role in Western Puebloan culture.
November 22. Montezuma Castle National Monument will host Fiberfest,
an exploration of traditional Native spinning, weaving, and dyes. Hopi
artisans Evan Dawavendewa and Adkin Kuwanyaioma will demonstrate from
9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
November 29. Artisan Jerry Whagado will demonstrate the creation of
Native American silver jewelry from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at
Montezuma Castle. Of Western Apache descent, Mr. Whagado was raised on
the Hopi Mesas. His jewelry combines Hopi silver overlay with Apache
designs and symbolism.
These events are sponsored by Western National Parks Association, a
nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service. Visitors'
tax-free purchases in WNPA bookstores help WNPA provide direct support to
67 NPS units across the American West. More information can be found at www.wnpa.org.
Montezuma Castle National Monument is located at 2800 Montezuma Castle
Road in Camp Verde, Arizona. Tuzigoot National Monument is located at 25
Tuzigoot Road in Clarkdale, Arizona. Entry to each park individually is $5
per adult, or $8 per adult for a combined ticket to both monuments.
Children 15 years of age and younger are admitted for free. The National
Park Service accepts all Federal Recreational Lands Passes, including the
Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Golden Age Pass, Access Pass, and Military Pass.
For more information, please call 928-567-3322, extension 0.
October 25, 2014
Sedona Chamber of Commerce
Safe & Fun Trick or Treat
Photo credit SHEKNOWS
The 28th annual Safe &
Fun Trick or Treat event will be held October
31 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sedona Main Street Uptown Merchants welcome
all good ghouls and ghosts to visit their
storefronts along Main Street (State Route 89A)
in Uptown for great treats! These merchants have
a longstanding tradition of good will, providing
this safe and fun Halloween celebration.
This free community event is coordinated by
Sedona Main Street Program for a howling good
time. In partnership with the City of Sedona
Parks & Recreation Department there will
also be Costume
Contests for three age groups, beginning at
5:30 in Canyon Breeze Plaza. Get creative and
come amaze the judges for great prizes donated
by local businesses.
For More Information go here.
October 24, 2014
City of Cottonwood
A Celebration of Historic 89A
The City of Cottonwood is celebrating Historic 89A and the Verde Valley
with “Walkin’ on Main” November 8, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. A juried art show surrounded by the charming galleries, shops
and local restaurants of Old Town Cottonwood will fill the streets of this
historic section of town. Walkin’ on Main also includes wine tasting,
historic displays, classic car show and jazz/blues music.
Live music will play throughout the day featuring some of the state’s
Verde Valley winemakers and vineyards will host an outdoor wine tasting
on a closed off portion of historic 89A. Cost is $10 and with that each
person will receive multiple taste of wine and a glass. Participating
wineries and vineyards include: Alcantara Vineyards, Page Springs Cellars,
Javelina Leap Winery, Pillsbury Winery, AZ Stronghold, Burning Tree
Cellars and Dionysian Winery. This port ion of the program is brought to
you by the Verde Valley Wine Consortium. The mission of the Verde Valley
Wine Consortium nonprofit organization is for the overall advancement of
the wine industry, tourism, economic development and education in the
Verde Valley. The Mingus Union Art Club will be creating art live before
your eyes on the street sidewalks. Rounding out the event will be displays
from local historical societies, antique and classic cars organized by the
Mingus Union Hot Rod Club, and self-guided historic tours of Old Town
Cottonwood provided by the Cottonwood Hotel. Also, on November 10, don’t
forget about the Zeke Taylor Barbeque hosted by the Clemenceau Heritage
Museum just up the road at Willard Street and Mingus Avenue.
For more information contact the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation
Department at (928) 639-3200. Artist applications can be picked up at the
Cottonwood Recreation Center front desk.
October 23, 2014
ADEQ Awards Oak Creek Watershed Council $120,040 Grant to Reduce
Pollution in Oak Creek
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials announced today
that a $120,040 grant has been awarded to the Oak Creek Watershed Council
to assist in controlling polluted runoff into Oak Creek from primarily the
Settler’s Rest neighborhood in West Sedona.
The neighborhood is located near the top of Carrol Canyon, a
popular spot near the Sedona Airport for hiking, people walking their dogs
and horseback riding. The Carrol Canyon drainage typically moves runoff
with elevated levels of nutrients, sediment and E. coli bacteria
and shortly thereafter empties the stormwater into Oak Creek.
The grant is one of eight in Arizona this year administered by
ADEQ’s Water Quality Improvement Grant program (WQIG) to address
polluted runoff from many different sources. Oak Creek, from its
headwaters to its confluence with Spring Creek in Oak Creek Canyon, is
listed as impaired for E. coli.
The funding will be used to develop best management practices in
the Settler’s Rest area like a series of retention basins and armored
spillways and planting of native plants for soil retention and
bioremediation. Outreach efforts will be made to encourage other residents
and homeowner associations throughout Sedona to adopt similar practices.
Erosion control work also will be performed and maintenance of dog waste
stations to the extent that funding allows.
“This grant money will help restore water quality in one of the most
beautiful and heavily visited tourist areas in the state,” ADEQ Director
Henry Darwin said.
ADEQ's WQIG program funded through a partnership with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act. For more
information about the program, visit http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/water/watershed/index.html#wqig
October 23, 2014
Coconino National Forest
Red Rock Ranger District to begin Birding Walks and Nature Talks
Sedona, Ariz. – The Red Rock Ranger District will start “Birding
Walks” on Nov. 3 and will continue on the first Monday of each month
through April 2015.
The series of walks will each begin at 9 a.m. and offer a chance to see
a wide variety of wetland bird species as well as winter birds native to
Arizona. Participants should be able to walk one mile on level ground,
bring binoculars and/or spotting scope, and wear subdued clothing and good
walking shoes. Reservations are required. Call the Ranger District
at 928-203-2900 for reservations and location details.
Additionally, first Friday “Nature Talks” continue on Nov. 7 at 11
a.m. at the Red Rock Visitor Center. The first talk topic will focus on
Sedona-area animals and their tracks, signs and scat.
These events will be led by Friends of the Forest volunteer and
naturalist Kevin Harding. Mr. Harding has been birding for 40 years
and is a trained animal tracker. Programs are jointly sponsored by the
Sedona Friends of the Forest, Arizona Natural History Association and the
U.S. Forest Service. The Ranger station is located on State Route
179, one mile south of the village of Oak Creek.
Information about all events on the Coconino National Forest can be
found online at www.coconinonationalforest.us
by clicking “News & Events” in the left column.
October 22, 2014
City of Sedona
Be a Part of Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds
Do you want to be a part of the newest holiday tradition in West
Sedona? Check out Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds, a walk through holiday
light display brought to you by Sedona Parks and Recreation in conjunction
with Holiday Central Sedona. This is the second year for the event and it
will be bigger and better than last year. Businesses and organizations
have two awesome opportunities to participate. It’s not only a great
opportunity for advertising your business/organization but decorating a
ramada is a great team building exercise for coworkers and clubs. If you
choose to be an exhibitor and create a holiday light display at one of the
nine ramadas, the City will provide the location and electricity for a
minimal participation cost of $50.
Become a sponsor for this event at a cost of $500, $1,500, or $5,000 and
in return, your business/organization name will be displayed with the City’s
event advertising as well as listed as a sponsor for Holiday Central
Sedona and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce advertising. Depending on the
level you choose, your donation will be used to pay for a themed light
display or multiple displays at this event. Your business name will be
recognized at the display(s) location that you sponsor. Sponsors will also
have the option to decorate a ramada.
The holiday light display will be open to the public every Thursday
through Sunday in December. For more information on becoming an exhibitor
or sponsor, contact Parks and Recreation (928) 282-7098 or visit www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks.
October 22, 2014
City of Sedona
AquaZumba and Water Aerobics Moves Indoors on November 3
The City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department will move its water
aerobics indoors for the winter beginning Monday, November 3. This
year-round program is available to adults of most physical fitness levels
who are interested in adding variety to their workout routines. Water
aerobics is a leader in low impact aerobic exercise, allowing the
participant to work at their own pace while toning muscles, working range
of motion and getting their heart rate moving.
Participants can enjoy water aerobics and AquaZumba on Monday through
Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Villas of Sedona indoor
swimming pool. Located at 120 Kaloff Place, it is conveniently located for
the Sedona community to drive to and attend a great class. The class fee
is $5 per class, or for your convenience, we offer discounted punch
passes. Save 20% by purchasing an $80 pass good for 20-visits, or a $40
pass good for 10-visits. Passes do not expire until the punches are used.
For more information, please contact Parks and Recreation at 282-7098 or
October 21, 2014
Congressman Paul Gosar
Either give us our land or give us our PILT
Rep. Gosar Pushes for Full Funding of PILT, Rural
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.
(AZ-04) released the following statement after signing onto a bipartisan
letter with 40 other House colleagues calling on House leadership to
allocate full funding for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural
Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs for Fiscal
The letter, addressed to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Nancy
Pelosi, goes on to say, “Without full funding of these programs,
counties throughout our districts and across the nation will be unable to
provide our constituents with essential services such as education, law
enforcement, and road maintenance.”
Congressman Gosar has continually called for the full funding of
programs vital to rural Arizona such as PILT. “Either give us our land
or give us our PILT. Since it frequently falls on our local governments to
provide safety operations on federal lands, they should be reimbursed for
performing this critical work.”
The full text of the letter to House leadership can be found HERE.
Over 90% of federally owned land is located in the Western half of the
United States. Local governments, including many in Arizona, miss out on
substantial tax revenues from potential energy extraction, mining, timber
harvesting, and various other forms of economic development. This lack of
revenue often leads to a decrease in the quality of public services
available in these communities especially in more rural areas where access
to government resources is already more difficult than in larger cities.
In Fiscal Year 2013, the average PILT payment to counties in
Congressman Gosar's district was $1.07 cents per acre of federally owned
land. This figure pales in comparison to the amount of revenues that would
be generated for states and local governments if economic development and
value-based taxation were allowed to occur on these lands.
SRS payments provide critical funding for more than 700 rural school
districts and communities throughout the country. Historically,
twenty-five percent of all timber harvest revenues went to counties with
significant National Forest Lands within their borders to be used for
education, roads and to offset property tax losses. Unfortunately, timber
harvests are down 80% over the last 30 years, making SRS payments
critically important until a point in time when the federal government
allows for active management to take place within our nation’s forests.
October 19, 2014
City of Cottonwood
October 11, 2014
Town of Clarkdale
Clarkdale Remains in Demand Reduction Strategy I Water Alert
On October 2, 2014 effective @ 12:01 a.m., The Town of Clarkdale
moved from Demand Reduction Strategy II “Water Emergency” to Demand
Strategy I “Water Alert” Water Restrictions.
The Demand Reduction Strategy I “Water Alert” water restrictions
will remain in effect until at least the end of October 2014 when the
Town will evaluate current water usage demand and our well production
capabilities to determine if these restrictions can be lifted.
For reference Demand Reduction Strategy I “Water Alert” measures
that are currently still in effect include:
1. Water shall be conserved both inside and outside the home using
best practices available to minimize waste.
2. Landscaping for residential uses shall be accomplished with plant
materials that require little or no supplemental irrigation water.
3. Outdoor water use shall not occur between the hours of 9:00am and
5:00pm. Watering days shall be coordinated with your address. Even
numbered addresses may irrigate on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Odd
numbered addresses may irrigate on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. For
places where there is no discernable address, the even date schedule
should be followed (playgrounds, right-of-ways, medians, etc.). No
irrigation shall be allowed on Mondays.
4. Automobile washing shall only be undertaken with a bucket and hose
with a shut-off nozzle or other water saving devices such as a pressure
washer, or at carwashes that recycle or recirculate water.
5. No person shall waste water.
6. Cooling of outdoor areas with water or misting devices is
7. Restaurants shall serve water to customers upon request only, and
shall display table tents or other types of public notice to this
8. Hotels shall wash a customer’s linens if a stay is in excess of
one night on request only, and the hotel shall display notice to this
9. Construction projects are required to use reclaimed water or
effluent for construction purposes and dust control purposes.
10. Requests for Commercial Provisions must be made
to the Clarkdale Utilities/Public Works Director.
All Demand Reduction Strategies of the Plan are enforced by the Town of
Clarkdale Utilities Department. Violations of this Plan shall result in
the following surcharges:
1. A surcharge of $25.00 (twenty-five dollars) shall be assessed to the
account of record for a violation of Demand Reduction Strategy I “Water
Alert”, pursuant to Town Code Section 19-11-9 (D).
2. Surcharges shall double for every repeat violation that occurs
within a calendar year.
Updates to Resource Status Levels and Demand Reduction Strategies will
be posted on the Town’s website: www.clarkdale.az.gov.
Signage is also in place throughout the Town providing notice of the
prevailing Demand Reduction Strategy Level (Strategy I = “Water Alert”;
Strategy II = “Water Emergency”; Strategy III = “Water Crisis”).
Background: On July 2, 2014 @ 12:01 a.m., The Town of Clarkdale had
moved into Demand Reduction Strategy II “Water Emergency” to reduce
additional seasonal water usage demands to a level where safe well
production capabilities exceeded water demands. In addition to the
measures in Drought Strategy I outlined above the following measures
listed below were mandatory under Drought Strategy II. Effective
October 2, 2014 @ 12:01am the following measures are no longer in effect:
1. Sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios, or other
similar paved surfaces shall not be washed down with water.
2. Water shall not be added to fountains, water features, recreational
swimming pools, spas, or wading pools holding more than one hundred (100)
gallons of water.
3. No new landscaping for commercial projects shall be installed.
4. Landscaping not installed, which was required by the Town of
Clarkdale to meet the Landscaping Requirements of the Clarkdale Town Code
or Zoning Code, will not delay a Certificate of Occupancy to be issued,
providing its installation is delayed as a result of a suspension of new
landscaping permits and a surety is provided that is acceptable to the
Community Development Department.
The Town of Clarkdale is asking its residents and businesses to become
more aware of their water use habits and determine where they can
reasonably reduce their water use to ensure a long term, sufficient water
supply for all of us in Clarkdale. By conserving water, residents and
businesses supplied by the Town’s water system can do their part to
limit impacts to our water production wells and to the Verde River.
For more information, please contact the Clarkdale Utilities Department
at (928) 639-2520.
October 10, 2014
City of Cottonwood
Notice of Intent to Increase Water
and Wastewater Rates
Pursuant to A.R.S. 9-511.01, notice is hereby given that the Cottonwood
City Council will consider increasing water and wastewater rates, fees and
charges as set forth below beginning January 1, 2015. The terms
"inside" and "outside" are used in reference to the
corporate limits of the City.
The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed increases
at a special meeting on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the
Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood, Arizona,
after which it may consider and approve a resolution adopting the proposed
new rates or any lesser increases."
September 30, 2014
Phoenix Business Journal
SRP faces legal challenge over dam permits
River Project is in a legal fight with a group of farmers and
landowners over water permits for five Arizona dams built in the 1920s and
The legal tussle centers around the legality of water permits granted
by the state of the Arizona to the utility for those dams and reservoir
along the Salt and Verde rivers.
September 26, 2014
Sedona Chamber of Commerce
Sedona - the most beautiful place on earth
September 25, 2014
Sedona Fire District to Issue Fall Burn Permits
To protect your home from potential wildfires as well as make fall yard
cleanup easier, the Sedona Fire District (SFD) is issuing no-cost
residential burn permits. The final date for burning with a permit is
Saturday, December 6, 2014. As always, extreme caution must be used.
Permits are required for any open burning within the fire district, and
are currently available at no charge at the SFD’s business office at
2860 Southwest Drive in West Sedona between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and
6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The SFD business office is closed on
Open burning, under specific guidelines as described on the permit,
will be allowed to start no earlier than one hour after sunrise with the
fire being extinguished no later than two hours before sunset. The fire
must be dead out by the end of the burning time. Burning will be allowed
on Monday through Saturday; no burning is allowed on Sundays or holidays.
Weather conditions will dictate if open burning will be allowed on a
day-by-day basis. Any time winds exceed ten miles an hour, open burning
will not be allowed. Permit holders are required to telephone SFD, at
(928) 282-7101, prior to starting a burn, and will be advised if the
permits have been cancelled for that day due to weather.
Construction materials, all plastic material, brush larger than four
inches in diameter, paper, cardboard, rubbish and garbage may not be
The burn permit is also available on our website, www.sedonafire.org.
You may download the burn permit, fill it out completely, sign it and fax
it to (928) 282-6857. The permit will be processed and faxed back. A
complete list of conditions for burning is spelled out on the permit.
Here are some steps you can take to protect your home from potential
1. Reduce flammable vegetation, trees, and brush around your home.
2. Remove dead trees and prune low-hanging branches.
3. Cut grass and weeds regularly.
4. Relocate wood piles and leftover building materials away from
5. Keep your roof and yard clean of pine needles, leaves and debris.
To schedule a no-cost wildfire assessment of your property or for more
information, contact the fire district at (928) 282-6800.
September 24, 2014
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Montezuma Castle to Host Weekly Native American Flute Circles
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – Beginning Sunday, October 5, the National Park
Service will partner with Western National Parks Association to offer a
10:00 a.m. flute circle at Montezuma Castle National Monument. A flute
circle is a gathering of people who meet regularly to learn, play, share,
or simply enjoy music played on Native American flutes.
The Montezuma Castle flute circle will be led by Mr. Harry Seavey, a
WNPA volunteer who has played Native American flutes since 1998. His first
two albums, Endless Beginnings (2008) and Footsteps (2009),
received recognition at the Indian Summer Music Awards. In 2014, he
released his latest album, a compilation entitled The Messenger.
Montezuma Castle is located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Road in Camp
Verde, Arizona. Entry to the park is $5 per adult, and children 15 years
of age and younger are admitted for free. The National Park Service
accepts all Federal Recreational Lands Passes, including the Annual Pass,
Senior Pass, Golden Age Pass, Access Pass, and Military Pass. For more
information, please call 928-567-3322, extension 0.
September 18, 2014
Coconino National Forest
Resident receives fines and
probation for cutting 207 year-old juniper
A Rimrock resident was recently cited for illegally cutting timber and
conducting a business without a permit on the Coconino National Forest. He
was sentenced to two years unsupervised probation, fined $500, and owes
$3,000 in restitution to the Forest Service.
On June 6, Joshua Favrow was in the process of illegally cutting an
old-growth alligator juniper tree near FR 226 south of Munds Park when a
citizen reported it to a nearby Forest Service law enforcement officer.
Favrow admitted to cutting the live tree a year ago, thinking that when we
returned this year it would appear he was legally harvesting dead and down
wood. He was using the large slabs to make furniture to sell.
The old growth juniper tree Favrow destroyed dated back to 1807; it was
alive 53 years before the Civil War, 75 years before Flagstaff was
established, and 105 years before Arizona became a state. The tree could
have remained alive for many more centuries if it had not have been cut
“These are rare treasures on National Forest land that have been
taken away from us,” said Jon Nelson, Patrol Captain of the Northern
Favrow plead guilty in Flagstaff’s Federal Magistrates Court on Sep.
9 for cutting the old growth juniper. The maximum penalty for a Class B
misdemeanor such as Favrow’s is six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
August 29, 2014
Some consumers worry that smart meters pose health, privacy risk
Utilities use the wireless meters to track electricity use
Sedona resident Warren Woodward has serious concerns about the wireless
meters that utilities put on homes to track electricity use.
He is concerned that the meters might emit dangerous levels of microwave
radiation, transmit more frequently than the utilities suggest and could track
which appliances he is using. He is concerned they could overbill him or that
the data they transmit could be stolen.
August 27, 2014
City of Sedona
Hands-Free Portable Communication Device Use Required & Texting/Typing
on Device Prohibited While Driving in Sedona
A new City Code approved by the Sedona City Council restricting the use of
portable communication devices while driving became effective August 22, 2014.
The new ordinance states:
“A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a portable
communications device to engage in a call unless that device is configured to
allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used exclusively in that manner
while driving. Texting and typing while operating a motor vehicle are banned.”
The new City Code is similar to one that was enacted by the Coconino County
Board of Supervisors in April 2014. The purpose of the new code is to increase
traffic safety and to encourage healthy and safe driving behavior throughout
the community. The ordinance does not apply when a driver is making a call to
notify a police or fire department, a hospital or a physician’s office, or an
ambulance about an emergency situation. It also does not apply when a person is
operating a motor vehicle on private property or when the driver is parked on
the roadway in a safe and legal portion of the roadway.
To ensure that our community is informed and educated about the new code,
Sedona Police Officers will only be issuing verbal warnings to drivers who are
in violation of the new ordinance during the next 6 months. Additionally, the
Police Department will be collaborating with a Sedona Citizen Engagement group
to develop additional suggestions and insight on maintaining community
awareness on the new ordinance as well as hazards associated with distracted
driving. The group will also assist the department with identifying effective
Distracted driving is a significant issue across the United States. Recent
studies and research have found that:
-Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing
and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable
devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times.
-Cell phone use was reported in 18% of distraction-related fatalities in
-Texting takes your eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds – At 55 MPH
that’s like driving the entire length of a football field blindfolded.
Although the State of Arizona has yet to adopt substantial legislation to
address the hazardous created by distracted driving, it is hoped that
awareness, education and effective enforcement of this new ordinance along with
the development of suggestions and actions from the Citizen Engagement group
will make traveling along our roadways in Sedona much safer.
Remember….By working together, we can ensure a safer Sedona for all.
Any questions regarding this Community Information Bulletin can be directed
to the Police Chief Raymond Cota at (928) 282-3102.
August 14, 2014
August 12, 2014
Town of Clarkdale
TAPCO History Featured at River Access
Clarkdale, AZ – The Town
of Clarkdale opened the Lower TAPCO
River Access Point to the public on June 18th and has seen a steady flow of
day since. Clarkdale held several public forums in May and June to solicit
input on the
types of improvements people would like to see at the site. While much work is
yet to be
done, there have been continuous projects at
the site since its opening.
One recent addition was the
installation of the site’s first historic interpretive sign
featuring the history of the nearby TAPCO plant, an iconic steam powered
generating station operated by The Arizona Power Company from 1917-1958, and
namesake of the River Access Point. Although the TAPCO plant has been fully
decommissioned and is now privately owned, it remains a prominent feature for
travelling up Sycamore Canyon Road and is visible from the north end of the
TAPCO River Access Point.
Local resident Tim Coons
documented the history of TAPCO for a comprehensive
exhibit featured by the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum in 2011. The
shared at the site are a result of Tim’s research. Those with an interest in
about TAPCO or other interesting Clarkdale history can visit the museum at 900
North Street in Clarkdale.
The interpretive sign is
located at the park entrance, next to the Self-Pay Station. In
addition to the history of TAPCO, visitors will also find a site map, river
information, and the rules for use of the River Access Point at this entry
kiosk, which was
designed and installed by local sign company 928 Signs. All visitors entering
are required to stop at this location to secure a Vehicle Access Pass. There is
fee for the pass, although a $5 per vehicle
per day donation is suggested.
Located at 3400 Sycamore
Canyon Road on the Verde River @ Clarkdale, the park is
open seven days a week during daytime hours. For more information about the
TAPCO River Access Point, contact the Clarkdale Community Services Department
(928) 639-2460, or visit the site’s Facebook page at
From left to right: Guss
Espolt (Clarkdale Community & Economic Development Department
and sign designer), Cindy
Emmett (Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum), Tim Coons (local
historian) and Linda Smith (Clarkdale
Historical Society & Musuem).
August 8, 2014
Prescott National Forest
Forest Service Officials Looking for Information on Individuals Who Caused
Resource Damage in a Meadow Restoration Site
PRESCOTT, AZ - Prescott National Forest officials are looking for any
information related to an incident that occurred on the evening on July 4th
and the morning of July 5th. Unknown individuals cut a lock leading into a “Powerline
Meadow Wildlife Restoration Project Area” off Forest Road 106 just south of
the Woodchute Wilderness. After gaining illegal entry into the meadow they left
tire tracks and ruts throughout the recovering meadow, causing significant
damage around the perimeter of the wildlife tank and the meadow. The ruts left
by the vehicle were several feet deep.
The 10 acre meadow is being restored through a cooperative effort by the
Prescott NF, National Wild Turkey Federation, Arizona Game and Fish, Arizona
Public Service, and Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation. By excluding
livestock and motor vehicle use, controlling soil erosion, removing trees
encroaching into the meadow, and repairing and cleaning the tank; the meadow
will provide important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Kelly
Fleming at (928) 567-4121.
August 5, 2014
Verde Canyon Railroad
Verde Canyon Railroad "Fall
A Colorful Crescendo in the Verde Canyon
Glorious fall foliage adds to the colorful intensity of Arizona scenery
each fall, and nowhere do the branches dazzle quite as brilliantly as they
do along the Verde River. An adventure aboard Verde Canyon Railroad’s Fall
Colors Tour showcases the rich hues of scarlet and amber, crimson
and gold further enhancing the beauty of this red rock canyon in the heart
of Arizona’s Sedona area. Train passengers savor the comforts of
classic rail travel and its exclusive panoramic vantage point to view the
wilderness, breathe deep the inimitable autumn air and enjoy time with
family. In anticipation of the beauty provided by Mother
Nature’s seasonal display, first-class passengers celebrate with
private-labeled wines, chocolate brownies and an abundance of
freshly-prepared appetizers. The harvest season bounty of on-board
refreshments includes fan favorites such as prickly pear margaritas and
scrumptious fruit smoothies, adding extra relish to the adventure.
The deep summer greens along this rare desert river transform, changing
the canopy of cottonwood, sycamore, willow, mulberry and oak into a riot
of color. Photographic opportunities abound at every curve of the tracks.
The first glimpse of brilliant vegetation arrives from below, as the train
meanders along the canyon rim, overlooking the River. As elevation
increases, the railroad cuts deeper into the riparian ravine, bringing
passengers eye to eye with swaying tree tops near the Monocline Fold.
Further along the journey the crescendo of color builds as red sandstone
walls and pinnacles reach ever higher for the sapphire skies as the
vibrant autumn foliage arches over the train’s path from the canyon
floor. Warmed by the languor of the late afternoon sun, the Verde Canyon’s
hues begin to take on a dramatic radiance perfect for photos and lifetime
The peak of the fall colors in the Verde Canyon depends on temperature,
sunlight, and rainfall amounts. Timing can vary each year and can never be
predicted exactly, however, passengers can generally be assured of viewing
brilliant colors October through Thanksgiving, with the colorful climax
reaching its peak during early November. Reservations should be made
early, as this is a very popular time.
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October Verde Canyon
Railroad offers an added treat, Ales on Rails. It’s
a festive party on the patio where guests enjoy the option of a variety of
hearty beers from Southwestern craft breweries and an Oktoberfest-style
luncheon. The party continues on the train, as the copper, bronze and
golden hues of the autumn are complemented by the rich amber lagers served
aboard the train.
Postcard-perfect scenery is only part of the magic of Verde Canyon
Railroad. The train provides a comfortable, yet exciting journey through
this color palette as it travels a leisurely four hours from the charming
Clarkdale depot to the ghost ranch at Perkinsville and back. Awe-inspiring
rock formations, historic trestles, ancient cliff dwellings and soaring
raptors are just a few of the trip’s many highlights. First-class cars
boast plush seating, complimentary appetizers and a full-service bar.
Coach offers vintage Pullman-style seating, panoramic windows and snack
bars. Everyone has access to open-air viewing cars offering 360-degree
views and spectacular photographic opportunities.
Just 25 minutes from scenic Sedona and 10 minutes from historic Jerome,
Verde Canyon Railroad is located in the heart of Arizona’s Verde Valley,
named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations.
Only two hours from Phoenix, Verde Canyon Railroad is the perfect Arizona
day-trip, or if you plan to stay over, ask about our Room, Ride and Meal
packages. Reservations are accepted at 800.293.7245 or online at VerdeCanyonRR.com.
July 30, 2014
Coconino County, NRCS Complete Flood Mitigation to Protect Oak Creek
Southwestern Conservation Corps
members sandbagging at Garlands
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Coconino County and the federal Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) recently completed installation of flood
mitigation measures for approximately 40 residences and businesses
adjacent to and downstream of the Slide Fire burn area in Oak Creek
NRCS provided $230,000 in Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Exigency
funds and the County Flood Control District contributed $77,000 in
matching funds for the project. The NRCS funding component specified a
10-day window to complete installation of the flood mitigation measures.
Despite issues with gaining access to and working in very challenging
locations, including on steep slopes and in narrow spaces, the $307,000
project was completed ahead of schedule in nine days.
“In addition to NRCS and the County team, I would like to thank our
property owners and residents throughout the Oak Creek area for their
patience and cooperation during this mitigation project,” said County
Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Ryan, whose district includes the Slide
flood area. “Despite the threat of monsoon storms and a very tight
deadline, this was a successful community effort because of their
Between June 30 and July 9, crews installed more than 30,000 sandbags
and almost a mile of concrete and water barriers. The County’s partners
in this project included Civiltec Engineering and Natural Channel Design,
which provided engineering for installation of the mitigation measures and
Tiffany Construction, McCauley Construction and Fann Contracting, which
installed the barriers.
Sandbag production and installation was accomplished by the Arizona
Conservation Corps and the Southwest Conservation Corps from Salida, Colo.
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Arizona Department of
Transportation (ADOT) were instrumental in providing signage and
logistical support, and the County Sheriff’s Office managed traffic and
public safety throughout the project.
“This project is a great example of what can be achieved through
intergovernmental cooperation, determination and expertise,” said County
Manager Cynthia Seelhammer. “I’d like to thank NRCS for their funding
support and our County crews and contractors for a job well done under
very challenging circumstances.”
The County’s Public Works Department also assisted local residents
and business by creating two self-serve sandbag sites in Oak Creek Canyon.
These sites are located across Highway 89A from the Butterfly Garden
Resort and at Indian Gardens next to the U.S. Forest Service Visitor’s
Center. The County created sandbag signs and flyers for five City of
Sedona sandbag sites to educate property owners on how to properly install
sandbags around their properties without impacting Oak Creek.
The Oak Creek Canyon flood measures were determined to be feasible
through property assessments that were conducted by Public Works and its
engineering contractors last month in the aftermath of the Slide Fire. The
fire began May 20 and charred more than 21,000 acres in the western
portion of Oak Creek Canyon, significantly elevating the risk of flash
flooding within the canyon.
July 23, 2014
Coconino National Forest
Slide Fire BAER work effective and near completion
Flagstaff, Ariz. – 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
Burned Area Emergency
Response efforts promote the growth of grass in severely burned areas to
stabilize soil and slow runoff. These efforts also reduce impacts
to highways and roads, decrease effects to vital watershed areas, water
systems and wells, and lessen damage to sensitive areas, endangered
species habitat, and archaeological sites.
To-date, the Slide Fire
BAER implementation efforts have included the following:
seeding and mulching on 2,175 acres of moderate to high severity
burned areas with a certified weed free seed mix with quick
germinating and growing sterile barley, along with native grasses
such as slender wheatgrass, little bluestem, and squirrel tail.
The barely has already sprouted and is on its way to stabilizing
soils. Seeding and mulching was very effective at protecting
the topsoil in areas of the nearby 2006 Brins Fire.
drainage culverts were cleaned out along forest system road 231 so
that they do not clog up with debris and fail (wash out) during
heavy monsoon rains.
junction box at Sterling Canyon Spring, a water supply for the
Arizona Game and Fish Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery, the Forest
Service Pine Flats Campground, and supplemental water used at
private residences, is being protected with an enhanced concrete
encasement with structural reinforcement of a more hydrodynamic form
to reduce the potential of damage from flood waters.
historic sites including three historic ditches, the Ranger Thomas
Homestead, and the newly discovered Lolomai Lodge were protected
from erosion and sedimentation with straw bales, waddles, and aerial
seeding/mulching. Asbestos shingles were found at the Lolomai
lodge site and removed to prevent asbestos contaminates from
entering the water in Oak Creek.
potable water supply well heads susceptible to flooding were
protected from floodwaters with a combination of visqueen and
sandbags at Cave Springs, Manzanita, and Banjo Bill Campgrounds.
toilets in the Manzanita, Banjo Bill, and Cave Springs Campgrounds
and Slide Rock State Park susceptible to flooding are being pumped
and closed to reduce contamination of Oak Creek water from
floodwaters entering human waste.
Warning System ALERT stations were installed in the Slide burn area.
These ALERT stations provide real-time data on rain fall amounts.
This data from these ALERT stations can be viewed at the following
signs were installed at access travelways into the burned area with
the objective to prevent public entry and personal injury or loss of
life into or below burned areas. Barricades have also been
installed at potential access points into the closed area of the
fire and Oak Creek to prevent public entry into areas with high risk
of falling trees, debris flows, rock slides, and flooding with the
objective of preventing personal injury or loss of life to forest
Storm Inspection and Response Patrols are in
place to monitor conditions and implement cleanout of forest road
culverts after significant precipitation events within drainages
connected to Oak Creek. The objective is to remove debris from culverts
or drainages that otherwise might plug up and pose risk of breach that
might damage structures or flood downstream values including road
infrastructure, non-forest residential developments and flooding events
posing further risk to human life and safety along Oak Creek.
monitoring of seeding and mulching treatments will be performed in
years one and two to determine the effectiveness of seeding and
mulching on relatively flat slopes (5%) and on steeper slopes (about
The BAER Team also
provided a burn severity map and preliminary peak flow data to assist
the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in conducting their
damage assessment report. The NRCS provided emergency funds to
Coconino County to assist landowners in preparing private property for
potential runoff and debris flows from the burned area. The
Coconino National Forest continues to participate in coordination
efforts with both Coconino and Yavapai County Emergency Management
Residents and property
owners downstream from the fire area are encouraged to continue to take
precautions to protect their property and they should also be prepared
to leave their homes on short notice in case of intense rain events.
Visitors are reminded
that national forest lands are closed through Oak Creek Canyon until the
area is deemed safe. For further information contact the Oak Creek
Canyon Information Hotline at 928-203-7505 or the Coconino National
Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/coconino.
More information about Slide Fire BAER efforts can be found online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3884/.
June 1, 2014
Arizona Daily Sun
Public returns to upper Oak Creek Canyon
Now that the Slide fire is mostly contained, access has
been reopened to a large part of Oak Creek Canyon.
According to information from Coconino County, access from
the south to the northern end of the canyon was opened at
6 p.m. Friday. Recreation sites below Slide Rock State
Park are now open. Recreation sites above Slide Rock State
Park will remain closed. The Oak Creek Canyon Vista
Overlook is open, but it can only be reached from