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July 21, 2014

Coconino National Forest


Fay Fire: 5 p.m., July 21 update


Flagstaff, Ariz. – The Fay Fire, reported just before 4 p.m. yesterday, is located approximately 4 miles northwest of Sedona in the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness area of Fay Canyon.

Firefighters were able to conduct a reconnaissance flight over the fire at about 4 p.m. today and report the size to be approximately the same, if not a couple of acres larger. The fire produced several spot fires on top of the rim of Fay Canyon, which were attended to by a heli-tanker, and a hotshot crew will remain on sight through the night to monitor the fire’s status.

Size: Approximately 25-30 acres.

Containment: 0%

Location: Originated in Fay Canyon, approximately 4 miles northwest of Sedona.

Date Reported: Sunday, July 20 at 3:41 p.m.

Cause: Single engine aircraft crash. Four fatalities have been reported. The Forest Service does not have any details in regards to reasons why the aircraft went down or what type of aircraft it was. Questions regarding the crash can be directed to Dwight D’Evelyn of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at 928-777-7441.

Fuels: Pinyon-juniper, heavy brush and mixed conifer.

Resources Currently on Scene: Approximately 30 personnel including one Hotshot crew, two helicopters, air attack and several cooperating agencies.

Closures: Fay Canyon Trailhead and Bear Mountain Trailhead are both closed at this time.

Evacuations: None.

Structures Threatened:  None.

Injuries Reported:  None.



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July 20, 2014

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office


Sedona area Plane Crash results in 4 apparent Fatalities – Resulting Fire still Burning




Just before 4 PM this afternoon, hikers in the Bear Mountain area of Sedona reported a possible plane crash and fire. Crews from the Sedona Fire District and United States Forest Service (USFS) arrived to assess and begin working the fire. Initial attempts to locate a downed plane were unsuccessful, even by flyover. Witnesses believe the fire resulted from the plane crash although they did not have a line of sight view.

Just after 6PM, fire crews on the ground located a downed single engine plane with 4 fatalities in Fay Canyon, N/E of Bear Mountain. Access to the crash site is currently difficult due to the terrain and fire.

The NTSB / FAA have been notified regarding the plane crash.

Forest Service crews continue working the fire. There have been no evacuations at this time.

Updates provided when available.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website:



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July 18, 2014

City of Sedona


Water Quality Issues in Oak Creek


Runoff from Slide Fire Burn Causes Water Quality Issues


Debris flowing into Oak Creek from the Slide Fire burn area caused water quality issues within the creek.

The Coconino County Public Health Services District warns that water contamination is likely to flooding events within Oak Creek Canyon and the creek. Health officials recommend residents and visitors - especially children and pets - not to drink untreated creek water or swim in the creek as bacteria may be present.

Residents with concerns regarding water quality and well water questions are advised to visit the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality website.

As a reminder, flash floods can occur after a few minutes or hours of heavy rainfall.

Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of moving water carrying rocks, mud and other debris. Heavy rainfall could trigger flash floods, rockslides and debris flows within and downstream of the Slide Fire scar area. Please use caution.

Get away from the water and, if possible, head toward state highway 89A or get to high ground east of Oak Creek during flood events.

More information is available here.



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July 18, 2014

Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments


Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments = Visitors, Money, and Jobs for Local Economy


Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments, Camp Verde, AZ – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 474,837 visitors in 2013 spent $26,173,000 at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments and in communities near the monuments. That spending supported 366 jobs in the local area.

“Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said park superintendent Dorothy FireCloud. “We are delighted to interpret and share the legacy of the Sinagua culture and to use the monuments as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service – and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.6 billion of direct spending by 273.6 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported more than 237,000 jobs nationally, with 197,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.5 billion.

According to the 2013 economic analysis, most visitor spending was for lodging (30.3 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.3 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.3 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (10 percent).

The largest jobs categories supported by visitor spending were restaurants and bars (50,000 jobs) and lodging (38,000 jobs).

To download the report, visit The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in Arizona and how the National Park Service works with Arizona communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to



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July 17, 2014

SoFA Staff


National Day of the Cowboy Celebration


Sedona’s 10th Annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration will be held on Saturday,  July 26th, in the Main Street District of Sedona. 

Come enjoy “a whole lot of cowboy goin’s on”! See live performances of gunfights, roping, bullwhip cracking, storytelling and historical re-enactments. Listen or dance to country music. Watch cowboys and girls strut their stuff throughout town, and see western art. 

This free event is presented by Sedona Main Street Program with the “Red Rock Posse” and area businesses.



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July 17, 2014



ADOT supports efforts to fight wildfires


Agency utilizes prevention practices before, during wildfire season


Among the different agencies and organizations involved in fighting wildfires, the Arizona Department of Transportation may not come to mind. However, ADOT is active in helping to prevent wildfires both before and during wildfire season.

During the winter and spring seasons, ADOT crews mow down vegetation along the highway shoulders. Crews also engage in brush removal, thinning trees and spraying fire retardant within the ADOT right-of-way in order to prevent a fire or slow the spread of one.

ADOT also requires fire plans as a part of the construction contract for highway projects. Fire plans indicate what measures will be taken to prevent a fire starting in the work zone and what to do if a fire flares up. Employees also engage in training to work in a way that prevents wildfires.

“Combating the threat of wildfires is a team effort,” said Flagstaff District Engineer Audra Merrick. “We make sure we work in ways to help prevent wildfires along the highway system.”

During a wildfire, ADOT supports firefighting efforts by offering the use of ADOT maintenance crew water trucks to help supply water to firefighters. ADOT also manages traffic control along highways affected by wildfires, and notifies the motorists through overhead and portable message boards. Alerts are also posted on the Traveler Information System at

ADOT crews also work with the wildfire incident command team to assist it in meeting its goals.

“We are happy to offer aid to those fighting wildfires,” Merrick said. “From providing water to helping emergency responders get in and around the affected area, ADOT will offer assistance in any way we can.”

After a wildfire has been extinguished, ADOT crews assess any damage done to the highway as well as adjacent areas. As seen recently in Oak Creek Canyon with the aftermath of the Slide Fire, crews help curb flooding hazards by staging heavy equipment such as road graders and repair roadway embankments along burned out slopes within ADOT’s right of way in an effort to restore vegetation.

ADOT crews also place erosion control features such as logs, rock dams and “wattles” – straw-filled canvas tubes that help keep the soil and debris off highways – along the right of way in preparation for potential flooding.



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July 16, 2014

SoFA Staff


Che-Ah-Chi Restaurant Earns AAA Four Diamond Award


Che-Ah-Chi restaurant at Enchantment Resort in Sedona has earned AAA's prestigious Four Diamond award.

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff and Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino in Laveen have also earned this presigious rating.

“These properties have exceeded the expectations of the most discriminating traveler – the AAA inspector,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs director for AAA Arizona who oversees the program in Arizona. “Earning the Four Diamond award is one of the highest accolades in the travel industry.”

Che-Ah-Chi is Sedona’s second Four Diamond restaurant. L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek is the only other restaurant to earn this AAA honor in Sedona.

AAA has been inspecting and approving lodgings for more than 75 years. The Diamond Rating system is the only system that covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is also one of only two that conducts physical, on-site evaluations by anonymous inspectors. On average, AAA inspectors evaluate nearly 900 hotels and restaurants per year in Arizona. This contributes to the evaluation of more than 58,000 establishments annually nationwide.



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July 15, 2014

City of Sedona


5K Summer Run on July 31


Be a part of the 5K Summer Series hosted by Sedona Parks and Recreation and the Sedona Running Company. This is the final one of the summer series and it takes place on Thursday, July 31, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

These quick-paced runs through the park are sure to be popular amongst those of you in the running community. Sedona is a beautiful location to be outdoors, and this series will take you up and down dirt and paved trails through scenic Posse Grounds Park.

You may register ahead of time at Sedona Running Company or arrive early the day of the race. On-site registration and the race will begin and end at the Sedona Community Pool, located at 570 Posse Ground Road behind West Sedona School. Run fast, run hard, and then enjoy a cool dip in the pool to celebrate your finish!

All ages are welcome, but children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The race is $10 per person. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at (928) 282-7098 or visit our website at



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July 14, 2014

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office


Jail Escapee Now a Fugitive - $5000 Reward Offered



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July 13, 2014

City of Cottonwood


Business Assistance Center (BAC) July 2014 Training Opportunities


Check out our new list of workshops for July, many at no charge! Here is what the BAC and our partners are offering this month:

Read more



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July 12, 2014

City of Sedona


City of Sedona Parks & Recreation Office Now at Posse Ground Park


As of Monday, July 14, 2014, the City of Sedona Parks & Recreation department’s office can be found at 525 Posse Grounds Road. This new location, formerly the Public Works Maintenance building, is conveniently close to the tennis courts and amenities at Posse Ground Park.

The department hopes this will be an easy transition for patrons needing to speak with staff. Office hours will remain the same on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch states, “Stop by and see us! New location but same great staff you have come to know.”

The Parks & Recreation Department can be reached at 928-282-7098 and information about the parks and upcoming events is available at



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July 10, 2014

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office


State Route 89A and Oak Creek Canyon Businesses are Open


Oak Creek Canyon, AZ; Even though the Slide Fire has been extinguished, there remains a threat of flash floods, mudslides and rock slides in Oak Creek Canyon. On three occasions recently, the Arizona Department of Transportation temporarily closed portions of State Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff due to flooding and debris flow. With the exception of weather driven closures, State Route 89A remains open. Even though Forest Service campgrounds and forest service recreation areas in Oak Creek Canyon are closed, all of the businesses are open.

Public safety agencies are trying to reduce the negative impact of road closures on residents and businesses by limiting closures. There will be times that the road closes for public safety and motorist safety reasons. Once the highway is closed responding agencies work together to reopen the highway as soon as possible. Life Safety is of paramount importance to agencies responding to the area

Debris flow caused by storm water runoff in Oak Creek has resulted in grey murky water creating questions regarding water quality in Oak Creek. According to the Coconino County Public Health Services District, water contamination is likely following flooding events. Health officials recommend that residents and visitors, especially children and pets, not drink untreated creek water or swim in the creek water as bacteria may be present.

Residents with concerns regarding water quality and well water questions are advised to visit the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality website at

As a reminder, flash floods can occur after a few minutes or hours of heavy rainfall. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of moving water carrying rocks, mud and other debris. Heavy rainfall could trigger flash floods, rockslides and debris flows within and downstream of the Slide Fire scar area. Please use caution. Move away from the water and if possible head toward State Route 89A or get to high ground east of Oak Creek during flood events.

More information is available at



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July 9, 2014

City of Sedona


Livin’ the Luau at Sedona Community Pool on July 26


The City of Sedona offers another great community event that will bring people together for both fun and exercise. The Sedona Parks and Recreation Department has added Livin’ the Luau to their lineup of summer pool events. It takes place on Saturday, July 26 and tickets are only $5. This event begins at 9 a.m. but arrive early to purchase your ticket or register ahead of time at the Sedona Community Pool.

Whether you are an avid water aerobics enthusiast or a first time participant, this event will introduce you to this activity in a fun environment. It includes themed music, goodie bags at the door, challenges and prizes. After the hour-long water aerobics class, participants can enjoy fruit, cheese, lemonade, ice tea, and of course, camaraderie.

Our knowledgeable and energetic instructor Jean Marie Nixon will be teaching the class and leading participants through creative challenges to help them earn prizes. Let this be your excuse to try water aerobics.

The Sedona Community Pool is located at 570 Posse Ground Road behind West Sedona School. For more information on pool happenings, please visit or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 928-282-7098.



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July 8, 2014



ADOT Ready to Address post-Slide Fire Flood Issues on SR 89A


Motorists urged to be alert for changing weather conditions in Oak Creek Canyon during monsoon season


The Slide Fire has been extinguished, but the threat of flash floods, mudslides and rock slides is real in the Oak Creek Canyon area. Just in the last week, the Arizona Department of Transportation has been forced to temporarily close a portion of State Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff on three occasions due to flooding and debris flowing along the burn area near the highway.

Large-scale wildfires can dramatically alter the vegetation and soil conditions, which increase the risk of flooding from monsoon rains through the burn and downstream areas. Fire debris, mud and silt clog streambeds and drainage culverts, thereby increasing the likelihood of flood damage.

Following the wildfires within Coconino National Forest, ADOT has been preparing to combat potential flooding issues along SR 89A north of Sedona. While ADOT has no plans to close SR 89A for the entirety of the monsoon season, there is the possibility that the highway could be closed periodically due to flash floods and other risks, particularly during heavy rains.

In an effort to minimize the impact of post-Slide Fire risks, ADOT has initiated several flood-damage mitigation measures recently, including staging heavy equipment, including road graders, in the Oak Creek Canyon area and positioning staff in the canyon during adverse weather conditions.

Before, during and after the most recent monsoon storms during the Fourth of July weekend, ADOT crews have been clearing accumulated debris from drainage culverts and roadside ditches. Additional post-fire maintenance includes repairing roadway embankments along burned out slopes within ADOT’s right of way in an effort to restore the vegetation.

Maintenance crews have also replaced burnt erosion control features such as logs, rock dams and “wattles,” which are straw-filled canvas tubes that help keep the soil and debris off highways, in preparation for potential floods.

ADOT, which is responsible for maintaining areas within the highway right of way, is working in coordination with the other governmental jurisdictions, agencies and private property owners whose responsibility includes restoration and flood-prevention work on the damaged watershed.

When the National Weather Service forecasts potential thunderstorms in the canyon, ADOT works closely with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Sedona Fire and Police Department, U.S. Forest Service, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety to set up informational checkpoints along SR 89A near Slide Rock State Park and Vista Point overlook to warn motorists about the potential flood risks and distribute flood hazard safety pamphlets. More than 4,500 pamphlets were distributed during the Fourth of July weekend.

“ADOT is partnering with DPS, U.S. Forest Service, Coconino County, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, city of Sedona, Sedona Fire Department, Sedona Police Department, and Yavapai County to ensure the safety of the traveling public in the Oak Creek Canyon area,” said Flagstaff District Engineer Audra Merrick, and reminds travelers, “Oak Creek Canyon is a beautiful place to visit, particularly in the summer, but drivers need to use caution and be prepared for what could happen. Drivers need to be alert for changing weather conditions, be tuned to weather reports and be aware of the risks, which could include flowing debris, flash floods, mudslides and rockslides.”

ADOT is warning motorists traveling between Sedona and Flagstaff to be aware that changing weather conditions could create hazardous driving conditions in matter of minutes. Every motorist should be aware of the following monsoon safety driving tips:

-Don’t risk crossing a flooded wash, even if it doesn’t look deep. Water is a powerful force that should not be underestimated.
-Do not drive around “Road Closed” signs. You risk your life and face being cited under the state’s “Stupid Motorist” law.
-If traffic lights are out, treat an intersection just like a four-way stop.
-Expect the unexpected. Have extra supplies, including an emergency kit and drinking water, in case you experience an extended highway closure.
-Storm runoff can loosen boulders and rocks on slopes above highways. Stay alert in rockfall-prone areas.

Additional information on post-wildfire recovery and mitigation can be obtained through the Arizona Division of Emergency Management at

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at , follow us on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 5-1-1.



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July 8, 2014

City of Sedona


Selective Enforcement Patrols within Sedona City Limits


The Sedona Police Department, in partnership with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), will be conducting a 90 day Selective Enforcement Patrols (STEP) within the city limits of Sedona. STEP is focused on a variety of safety-related moving violations and traffic offenses. The goal of the selective enforcement is not only to locate violators of traffic laws, but to also increase public awareness about motorists of traffic laws and to reduce and prevent vehicle accidents and fatalities. For more information, please contact Sedona Police Department, Lieutenant Lucas Wilcoxson at (928) 282-3100.



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July 5, 2014

Town of Clarkdale


Clarkdale Initiates Demand Reduction Strategy II Water Alert



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July 2, 2014

Verde Valley Medical Center


Verde Valley Medical Center News


Living wage implemented at Northern Arizona Healthcare; no rate increases for consumers

Northern Arizona Healthcare once again named top performing healthcare system in U.S., as reported by Modern Healthcare

Cardiologist Kenneth Bescak, M.D.: ‘The Truth About What Your Cholesterol Numbers Really Mean’ – July 16

Take Note Sedona: ‘Arthritis and Knee Pain’ – July 10

5th annual Chicks With Sticks golf tournament raises $40,000



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July 2, 2014

City of Sedona


Parks and Recreation E-Newsletter


July Events

4th of July Concert and Laser Show: July 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Sedona Red Rock High School. This free event, brought to you by Diamond Resorts International, has a live concert, food for sale, and a laser show at dark. New this year, KidsLIFE Wet-n-Wild Play Area!!!” A SAFE area for children Birth - 6th Grade (moms & dads, plan on hanging out with those toddlers!), featuring Wet-n-Wild slides, activities, & FUN! Bring a blanket and flashlight, but leave your dogs at home please. More information.

Wet Wednesday: Every Wednesday in July at Sunset Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids can enjoy sliding on the 31 foot slip-n-slide or playing in the brand new Splash Park. This free event is a great time to enjoy the sunshine. Pack a picnic and relax. More information.

Dog’s Day Out in the Park: July 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Posse Grounds Park Multiuse Field. This event is free for those interested in playing with their dogs on the beautiful grass field. Let us help you pamper your pooch with fun doggy stations. There will be dog nail trimming, dog baths, discounted vaccinations and free dog licensing (with proof of rabies vaccination). There will be an “Off Leash” fenced in area with a kiddie pool for the dogs to play in as well. Support dog friendly events! More information.

SuddenLink Flick & Float Movie: July 26 at 7 p.m. enjoy a movie at the pool for only $2 per person. Bring your own raft and enjoy dinner, playing in the pool and a movie at dark (around 7:45 p.m.). The movie will be Zookeeper. More information.

5K Summer Series: 3 months, 3 races and great views. The last race is July 31 at 6 p.m. These races take you on both dirt and paved trails around Posse Grounds Park. All ages welcome. More information.
Lifeguard Training Course- Register now for this two weekend class beginning July 25. Staff needed to help operate the pool during the fall and spring. More information.



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July 1, 2014

City of Sedona


Important Update on Oak Creek Canyon Closures


Due to isolated thunderstorms in different areas near Oak Creek Canyon, the Red Rock Ranger District is in the progress of closing some recreation sites and developed campgrounds earlier than Thursday, July 3.

This includes sites such as Grasshopper Point, Manzanita Campground, Encinoso Picnic Site and Midgley Bridge (but could include others depending on how the weather develops).

Please call the hotline (928-203-7505) for updates on the status of Oak Creek Canyon.



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July 1, 2014

Coconino National Forest


National Forest land in Oak Creek Canyon to close


Sedona, Ariz. – The Coconino National Forest has expanded the Slide Fire emergency closure area to include all National Forest land within Oak Creek Canyon beginning Thursday (July 3).

The closure is being implemented for public safety due to the risks associated with flooding from monsoon, debris flow and the limited ability to quickly inform and evacuate people along Oak Creek if a flood event were to occur.

The closure boundary expansion will include all National Forest land within Oak Creek Canyon from the northern switchbacks to an area near the southern Huckaby trailhead at Schnebly Hill Road. All developed recreation sites and vehicle pullouts along State Route 89A will be closed.  To view the official Closure Order and a map of the entire closure area, visit

The closure only affects National Forest land, roads, and trails within the closure area on the Coconino National Forest.  The closure does not affect any private, state, county, or other non-National Forest lands or roads within the closure boundary. 

Additionally, the public water Sterling Springs standpipe in Oak Creek Canyon has been shut off to protect the water system from potential contamination, silt and debris during flooding.

The following information sources have been established for the public to obtain information about the status of Oak Creek Canyon and preparing for possible monsoon flooding in the canyon:


For visitors looking who had plans to visit Oak Creek Canyon during this time of the year, alternatives to recreating at Oak Creek Canyon can be found online at



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June 29, 2014

Bureau of Reclamation


Bureau of Reclamation seeks public comments on proposed Native Fish Restoration Project in central Arizona



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June 27, 2014



EPA Finalizes Pollution Controls at Six Arizona Facilities


Includes the Phoenix Cement Clarkdale Plant


SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing more stringent emission limits at six facilities in Arizona to improve visibility at 17 national parks and wilderness areas. 

EPA is finalizing a federal plan to limit emissions such as nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxides at several facilities, including the TEP Sundt Power Plant in Tucson, the Lhoist North America Nelson Lime Plant in Peach Springs, the ASARCO Hayden Smelter, the Freeport-McMoRan Miami Smelter, the Phoenix Cement Clarkdale Plant and the CalPortland Cement Rillito Plant. As a part of this process, EPA also evaluated other sources but is not requiring any additional controls at this time.

For more information, including a map, and fact sheet go to:



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June 26, 2014

City of Sedona


Planning for the Future of the “Western Gateway”


The City of Sedona is hosting a community planning meeting to introduce a very important planning opportunity for the “Western Gateway” of Sedona. This community event is on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Yavapai College Sedona Center for Arts and Technology, 4215 Arts Village Drive, Room 34, in Sedona.

The Western Gateway Community Focus Area (CFA) is the area including the Cultural Park, High School, Yavapai College, Sedona Medical Center and general vicinity. The City will be preparing a specific plan for this area that will address a variety of topics such as land use, circulation, the environment, community, and the economy. This meeting will introduce the planning process and timeframe, the planning area, how the future plan will be used and most importantly, how everyone can be a part of this process. This meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss concerns, ask questions, and provide thoughts and ideas on this area.

This planning effort is supported by the Sedona City Council as a way to begin implementing new Sedona Community Plan. Although the new Community Plan did not make significant changes to land uses on specific properties, it identifies 13 general priority areas for more detailed planning. Within these 13 Community Focus Areas (or CFA’s), specific plans will be developed that are consistent with the Sedona Community Plan’s vision, but are intended to provide better guidance for future development. As part of City Council’s direction, staff is initiating this specific planning effort for the CFA’s around the “Western Gateway” to the community, including the general area described above.

The City’s Citizens Engagement Program is also playing a vital role by including a working group of citizens in this CFA planning project. The Engagement Program provides several opportunities for citizens to be involved in other City projects.

For questions about this CFA planning process and how to participate, contact Mike Raber at or 928-204-7106. To learn more about this planning effort, and to submit comments, go to: The website includes a link to Engage Sedona, an on-line forum where anyone may provide comments. The comment form also allows you to enter your email address to receive updates.



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June 25, 2014

Coconino National Forest


Slide Fire BAER implementation team update


Sedona, Ariz. – The Slide Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been heavily engaged in treatments efforts and now with Interim Request #2’s approval, hillslope treatments of seeding and straw mulch application using certified weed-free products has begun.  Aerial seeding began mid-morning today and helimulching efforts begin tomorrow.  The goal is to treat the areas which pose the most severe hydrologic response to values at risk before the onset of the monsoon season in an effort to slow down runoff and decrease the water repellency of the soil. 

Be advised that fixed wing and helicopter aircraft will be active over the Slide Fire area for the next two to three weeks.  Also, expect heavy semi-truck traffic carrying straw bales for the helimulching effort on Forest Road 231 (Woody Mountain Road) and Forest Road 535 during that time.

The BAER team has posted the Draft Slide BAER Report to InciWeb at


The Coconino National Forest and BAER team have been working with other agencies sharing data and developing mitigation measures.



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June 21, 2014

The Republic


Unprecedented forest land closures worry some Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona businesses


SEDONA, Arizona — As the impending summer closure of tens of thousands of acres of national forest looms, northern Arizona business owners are hoping to still attract visitors.

The U.S. Forest Service announced this week that all public recreation areas and national forest lands in Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona, will close July 7, the Arizona Daily Sun reported (

According to the National Weather Service office in Flagstaff, that is when monsoon season is expected to begin across northern Arizona.

Read more



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June 19, 2014

National Weaqther Service


Slide Fire Debris Flow Hazard Assessment



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June 19, 2014

Sedona Recycles


News from Sedona Recycles



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June 18, 2014

Town of Camp Verde


Proposed Changes/Increases to Town Fees & Taxes


On August 20th, 2014 there will be a public hearing to collect input from the public in regards to proposed changes and increases in 1) the Town fees schedule for FY14, 2) removal of food purchase exemptions under the retail sales tax code (food tax) and 3) increasing the use tax from 2% to 3%. The matter will go before council immediately after for consideration and possible approval of all three measures. (posted June 16th, 2014)



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June 10, 2014

City of Sedona


Sign Up Now for Emergency Alerts


The City of Sedona encourages you to be prepared and sign up now to receive alerts from the City and Coconino or Yavapai County, depending on which county you live in. To sign up, please click on the red link “Sign Up For Emergency Alerts” located on the homepage at It is important to sign up for both the City and a county, as there may be emergency notifications sent by the City that are not a county issue and vice versa.

The City of Sedona utilizes Sedona Citizens Connect, a free smartphone application that supports the Reverse 311 push notifications and notifies the community of emergency situations or critical alerts. For example, Sedona Citizens Connect was utilized during the Slide Fire incident. In the future, it can be used for urgent updates such as flooding, road closures, and emergency community meetings. In addition, it allows Sedona residents to help improve their neighborhoods and the City by reporting non-emergency civic issues, such as potholes, abandoned vehicles, and loose animals.

Coconino and Yavapai Counties utilize CodeRED as their Emergency Notification System. CodeRED is a free service that alerts residents and businesses about time-sensitive general and emergency situations that are either imminent or occurring in their communities. Both counties are using the service to keep residents informed about emergencies, including flooding, severe weather, or wildfires.

In addition, those signing up for CodeRED notifications can receive them through land-line and cell phones, text messages and/or e-mails. CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which requires a street address to ensure that information is delivered to the proper individuals in a given situation.

For more information, please contact the City Manager’s office at 204-7127.



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June 2, 2014

City of Sedona


Important Information: From Fire to Flooding – Post-Wildland Fire Awareness


Wildfires greatly increase the risk of flooding. To read this important information on the National Flood Insurance Program, please view this brochure or visit



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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 Flagstaff.

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May 23, 2014

Sedona Chamber of Commerce


Sedona is Open for Business    



With the Slide Fire burning in Oak Creek Canyon heading into Memorial Day Weekend, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau urges those with travel plans to proceed with their plans but to remain diligent about staying informed about fire conditions. To see current air quality conditions in Sedona, visit our live streaming webcam at


Jennifer Wesselhoff, President/CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, reminds travelers that Sedona and Flagstaff are open for business. "Sedona is open for business and we can assure you that the fire shouldn't have many impacts your stay," says Wesselhoff.   


While Oak Creek Canyon from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff is closed, all other streets and highways are open. The USFS has closed some trails and trail roads, but more than 200 miles of trails are still open for visitors to explore and enjoy. Visitors planning on traveling between Sedona and Flagstaff, or going to the Grand Canyon, can still do so by using State Route 179 (an All American Road and Scenic Byway) and Interstate 17.


"We understand the serious nature of this fire and our primary concern is for the citizens and businesses impacted by the fires. We extend our best wishes to those impacted and we offer our gratitude to the firefighters and public safety officials working to keep everyone safe," says Wesselhoff. 


For information about air quality, upcoming reservations, general visitor information or to view

the live streaming Sedona web cam, visit   


The following resources are available for travelers to stay up-to-date on the latest conditions and closures:

inciweb fire updates Facebook  ADOT highway conditions
Media inquiries: 623-252-1782
ADOT highway conditions: 5-1-1
General Fire Information 928-679-4173
Visitor information 800-288-7336

Sedona is ready and open to welcome visitors. Hundreds of miles of trails, and dozens of tour companies, hoteliers, galleries, and restaurants await your arrival! Please go to




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