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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
Size: Approximately 25-30 acres.
Location: Originated in Fay Canyon, approximately 4 miles northwest
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
Closures: Fay Canyon Trailhead and Bear Mountain Trailhead are both
closed at this time.
Structures Threatened: None.
Injuries Reported: None.
July 20, 2014
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Sedona area Plane Crash results in 4 apparent Fatalities – Resulting
Fire still Burning
PRELIMINARY INFORMATION –
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: www.ycsoaz.gov
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
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.
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
“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
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 http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.
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 www.nps.gov/arizona.
July 17, 2014
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.
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
“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
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
July 16, 2014
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.”
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.
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 www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks.
July 14, 2014
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
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:
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
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 www.Sedona.AZ.gov/parks.
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
Residents with concerns regarding water quality and well water
questions are advised to visit the Arizona Department of Environmental
Quality website at http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/water/dw/download/wildfires.pdf.
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 http://coconino.az.gov/index.aspx?nid=1283.
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 www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks
or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 928-282-7098.
July 8, 2014
ADOT Ready to Address post-Slide Fire Flood Issues on
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
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
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
-Do not drive around “Road Closed” signs. You risk
your life and face being cited under the state’s “Stupid
-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 www.azein.gov.
For the most current information about highway closures
and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel
Information Site at az511.gov
, follow us on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 5-1-1.
July 8, 2014
City of Sedona
Selective Enforcement Patrols within Sedona City
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)
July 5, 2014
Town of Clarkdale
July 2, 2014
Verde Valley Medical Center
Verde Valley Medical Center News
wage implemented at Northern Arizona Healthcare; no rate increases for
Arizona Healthcare once again named top performing healthcare system in
U.S., as reported by Modern Healthcare
Kenneth Bescak, M.D.: ‘The Truth About What Your Cholesterol Numbers
Really Mean’ – July 16
Note Sedona: ‘Arthritis and Knee Pain’ – July 10
annual Chicks With Sticks golf tournament raises $40,000
July 2, 2014
Parks and Recreation E-Newsletter
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
July 1, 2014
Coconino National Forest
National Forest land in Oak Creek Canyon to
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 http://tinyurl.com/nmwp8co.
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
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
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:
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 http://tinyurl.com/n2lfxto.
June 29, 2014
Bureau of Reclamation
June 27, 2014
EPA Finalizes Pollution Controls at Six Arizona Facilities
the Phoenix Cement Clarkdale Plant
– 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
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
June 26, 2014
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 mraber@SedonaAZ.gov
or 928-204-7106. To learn more about this planning effort, and to submit
comments, go to: www.SedonaaAZ.gov/CFA1.
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
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
The BAER team has posted the Draft Slide BAER Report to InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/3884/22118/.
The Coconino National Forest and BAER team have been working with other
agencies sharing data and developing mitigation measures.
June 21, 2014
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
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 (http://bit.ly/Us1sNa).
According to the National Weather Service office in
Flagstaff, that is when monsoon season is expected to
begin across northern Arizona.
June 19, 2014
National Weaqther Service
June 19, 2014
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)
June 10, 2014
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 www.SedonaAZ.gov.
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
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
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
For more information, please contact the City Manager’s office at
June 2, 2014
Important Information: From Fire to Flooding – Post-Wildland Fire
Wildfires greatly increase the risk of flooding. To read this important
information on the National Flood Insurance Program, please view this brochure
or visit www.floodsmart.gov.
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
May 23, 2014
Sedona Chamber of Commerce
Sedona is Open for Business
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
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
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.
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
information about air quality, upcoming reservations,
general visitor information or to view
streaming Sedona web cam, visit VisitSedona.com.
following resources are available for travelers to stay
up-to-date on the latest conditions and closures:
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 visitsedona.com.
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