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September 20, 2014
Coconino County Sheriff's Office
Multiple Agencies Conduct Technical Rescue of Critically Injured Fall
Flagstaff, AZ- On September 20th at approximately
7:40 am the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a
subject who had fallen down a cliff and sustained serious injuries in
the West Fork of Oak Creek area west of Buzzard Point. Coconino
County Sheriff deputies, Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and
Rescue-Mountain Rescue Team, Guardian Medical Transport, Guardian Air
Transport, and Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue responded
to the call.
Once on scene it was determined that the subject had hiked
approximately 200 feet below the rim of the canyon climbed a tree and
subsequently fell from the tree approximately 30 feet to the ground and
then rolled and fell another 80 to 100 feet down steep rocky terrain
stopping near a cliff edge. Guardian Medical Transport and a
deputy sheriff accessed the patient and began providing care to the
critically injured patient while Search and Rescue set up a technical
rescue system and DPS Air Rescue, with a Search and Rescue member
on board as a Heli-Rescue Technician, prepared for a short haul rescue.
The Heli-Rescue Technician rappelled from the helicopter to the scene
and packaged the patient for short haul rescue. A short haul
rescue involves flying the patient and rescue technician suspended at
the end of a rope approximately 150 feet below the helicopter from the
scene to a safe landing zone. The patient and technician
were flown from the scene to Fry Park where the patient was transferred
to Guardian Air Transport so that he could be flown to Flagstaff Medical
Once the patient had been extracted, Search and Rescue personnel
aided the bystanders and other rescuers up the steep slope to the rim
with the aid of a rope and personal protective equipment.
September 19, 2014
City of Sedona
Community Invitation to Address Drug Abuse Problems and Create
MATFORCE and the Greater Sedona Substance Abuse Committee invites you
to help the fight against drug abuse by attending the October 1st
Community Solutions Forum in Sedona. The forum will be an open and
interactive discussion generating ideas to improve drug prevention,
intervention, treatment and support for recovery in our community.
If you were asked whether drug or alcohol abuse creates serious problems
among the youth and adults in our community, how would you answer? If you
were asked what problems are related to substance abuse would you include
bullying, violence, crime, child abuse, family problems, job loss, health
problems and addiction?
Did you know that drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental
death in the U.S., surpassing auto accidents? Should we all be concerned?
The 2012 Arizona Youth Survey reveals that marijuana use and underage
drinking are on the rise in Yavapai County. Sadly, Yavapai County is above
state and national averages in youth substance abuse.
Sedona Mayor and Chair of the Greater Sedona Substance Abuse Committee Rob
Adams says, “We can’t afford to ignore these problems, especially
among our very youngest citizens. I believe that almost every family has
been affected by substance abuse in some way. So yes, we have problems
and, yes, we need solutions. I firmly believe our drug and alcohol abuse
problems can best be solved by our own community members. I would like to
personally invite each and every concerned citizen to attend the upcoming
MATFORCE Community Solutions Forum. Your ideas and input are vitally
important to the health and safety of our community.”
Share your suggestions at the Drug Abuse Community Solutions Forum in
Sedona on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the Sedona
Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information call 928-708-0100 or visit matforce.org.
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.
September 17, 2014
Coconino National Forest
Construction on Forest Service Road
618 will cause temporary delays
The Coconino National Forest’s Engineering Crew began work yesterday
on Forest Road 618 – sometimes known as Beaver Creek Road – to repair
drainage systems damaged by recent heavy rains and flooding. The public
should expect delays of up to 30 minutes as sections of the road are
temporarily closed for public and crew safety.
Work will take place on a 5-7 mile stretch of the southern portion of
the road, starting from the junction with Hwy 260. Crews plan to be on
site from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The entire
project is expected to take approximately two weeks.
The road will be open to through-traffic outside of operating hours and
on Sundays. To avoid delays during operations, visitors to areas such as
Bullpen Recreational Area, Bell Trail, Wet Beaver Canyon, Bull Pen, Walker
Basin, V bar V Heritage Site and Beaver Creek Campground can use the north
entrance of FR 618 accessed via the interchange for I-17 and State Route
For more information on this and other Forest Service news please
visits our website at www.fs.usda.gov/coconino
or call the Red Rock Ranger District at 928-203-2900.
September 15, 2014
Town of Clarkdale
Clarkdale's Sustainability in our Backyard
The Community and Economic Development Department is sponsoring the
second Sustainability in our Backyard Event on Saturday, October 18th from
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Town Center at 19 N. Ninth Street. This
event is focused on celebrating community and individual wellness and will
feature a variety of vendors offering assistance in maintaining a
sustainable town and a sustainable lifestyle.
WestTech Recyclers will be collecting e-waste, and Sedona Recycling and
Patriot Disposal will have information about the waste stream and reducing
and recycling. APS will be demonstrating the effectiveness of solar power.
Salt River Materials Group, a leading promoter of sustainable products and
practices, will also be in attendance.
Check out the Town of Clarkdale’s website for a list of items
accepted as e-waste: www.clarkdale.az.gov.
Yavapai College, Spectrum Healthcare (formerly Verde Valley Guidance
Clinic), the Verde Valley Senior Center, United Way Services, Friends of
the Verde River and Community Legal Services will have information
available on their programs supporting our local neighborhood.
In addition to these community focused participants, the Arizona School
for Integrative Studies will be offering free massages and a Qigong master
will be available for demonstrations to help you relax and find inner
Free vendor spaces are still available. Contact the Community
Development Department at (928) 639-2500 to sign up or with questions.
Join us on October 18th to reduce, recycle and refresh!
Questions should be directed to the Community Development Department at
September 15, 2014
City of Sedona
Music Together® Classes for Children Begin October 1
Sedona Parks and Recreation is pleased to offer Music Together®
classes this fall. Beginning Wednesday, October 1, 2014, these 45-minute
classes, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., will take place once a week for a
ten-week session at the Recreation Room located within Posse Grounds Park.
Classes are designed to engage children from birth to five years old and
parents in a variety of songs, movement, and instrument play.
Traditionally, communication during the classes is non-verbal. Parents and
caregivers encourage their child's initiative through singing, dancing,
smiles, eye contact, and imitation.
Pre-registration for these classes is necessary before the beginning of
class. Please contact Parks and Recreation for fees and second sibling
discount information by calling (928) 282-7098 or walk in to the office at
525 Posse Ground Road. Additional class information and instructor
biography can be found at www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks.
For questions concerning the Music Together® program, contact Claudia
Tulip at 480-688-9597 or e-mail OneCommonSky@gmail.com.
September 14 2014
City of Cottonwood
Thunder Valley Rally
Welcome to Thunder Valley Rally in Historic Old Town Cottonwood. Old
Town Cottonwood—founded in 1879—is rich with history from our
bootlegging past. It's one of the last prohibition-era towns left in
While here you will walk the streets the same as Mae West, John Wayne,
Elvis Presley, Burt Lancaster and Jon Cryer have done in the past. Old
Town Cottonwood became a haven for those seeking freedom from the
regulation of nearby company towns Clarkdale, Clemenceau and Jerome. Old
Town is nestled between the Black Hills mountain range, Sedona and Jerome.
Thunder Valley Rally will provide you with breathtaking rides through the
Verde Valley, allow you to scale the 7,815 ft. peak of Mingus Mountain and
descend down 89A with more than 100 curves. We are proud of our community,
heritage and local businesses. Please support them and enjoy their charm.
September 13 2014
Town of Camp Verde
The food tax discussion item which was scheduled to be discussed at the
Sept.3rd, 2014 Council meeting was postponed by Council action to the
Sept. 17th, 2014 Council meeting. The Agenda item for the 17th is also to
postpone one more time to the Oct. 1st, 2014 Council Meeting. At that
meeting, Council will discuss and possibly approve amendments to the Model
city Tax Code which will include the discussion of implementing the new,
up to 3% food tax.
September 12 2014
Coconino National Forest
Wilderness 50th anniversary fair coming to Red Rock Ranger Station
Sedona, Ariz. – The Red Rock Ranger District of the
Coconino National Forest will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
Wilderness Act on Sep. 20-21, beginning at 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The public is invited to come participate in the activities both days,
• Crosscut saw demonstrations
• Branding of tree cookies
• “Wild About Wilderness” clips
• Wilderness survival techniques
• A short film entitled “Untrammeled”
• Booths with activities for children and adults
• Prize giveaways and more!
Booths and activities will be provided by the Forest Service, Arizona
Wilderness Coalition, Arizona Natural History Association, Friends of the
Forest, Leave No Trace Inc., Wilderness.net and Northern Arizona
The Red Rock Ranger Station can be reached at 928-203-7500 and is at
8375 State Route 179, one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek south of
Sedona. More information about the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act
can be found online at www.wilderness50th.org/.
September 11, 2014
City of Sedona
City of Sedona Seeking Volunteers to Serve on City-Wide Green Team
The City of Sedona is currently looking for volunteers to participate
on its City-wide Green Team Work Group. The Green Team is an organization
that until now has been comprised of city staff working on environmental
and sustainability initiatives related to the city’s internal operations
at City Hall and other city facilities and events.
Under the Citizen Engagement Plan, the Green Team is being expanded to
invite citizen participation and take on sustainability initiatives that
will benefit the Sedona community as a whole. The focus of the work group
will be on targeted, achievable initiatives.
The first work group will be tasked with identifying a list of possible
initiatives to be presented to the City Manager for consideration. Once a
list has been compiled, the initial group will disband. The City Manager
will decide if the initiatives should be explored further into the
development of specific projects. In this case, work groups will be
created for these specific projects. Participants in the first work group
will be encouraged to apply for participation on future work groups.
Participants will be selected based on the project at hand, and the groups
will be dissolved upon completion of a specific project’s objectives.
For more information, please contact Lauren Browne, Citizen Engagement
Coordinator at 203-5068 or email lbrowne@SedonaAZ.gov.
September 10, 2014
Verde Canyon Railroad Celebrates the Return of Eagle Season
San Juan Capistrano has its swallows; Michoacán, Mexico has its
monarch butterflies and Hawaii has its humpback whales. Arizona's
protected Verde Canyon (near
Sedona) has its own famous migration each winter:
bald and golden eagles and a great variety of hawks join resident raptors
in the Canyon's riparian paradise. Long before humans wishing to escape
chilly climates deemed sunny Arizona an ideal winter getaway, the original
"snowbirds" were already here. An ideal eagle breeding habitat
with cozy cliffs for nesting, abundant prey and the perennially flowing
river full of fat fish, Verde Canyon is a sheltered area closed to the
public from December through June.
Canyon Railroad provides the only vantage point to view
this population of extraordinary animals in their natural habitat. The
eagles pay no mind as this heritage railroad, slow rolling along this
river for more than 100 years, clickety-clacks its way to Perkinsville and
back on a four-hour journey. The raptors not only live harmoniously with
the train, they also share this wild refuge with countless other feathered
and furred, including Great Blue Heron, Javelina, coyote,
brown bear, elk, deer and an occasional brigade of feral burros. With
wingspans stretching to six feet, the majestic eagles carve lazy circles
in the brilliant blue sky, captivating train passengers with their aerial
acrobatics as they waft overhead or engage in breathtaking courting
Verde Canyon Railroad takes its title, "Arizona's Longest Running
Nature Show," quite seriously. In addition to providing support for
Arizona Game & Fish's Eagle Watch program, the train is sponsor to
Wildlife, an animal rescue and rehabilitation center that
tends to the needs of thousands of abandoned and injured Arizona wild
creatures each year. In celebration of this partnership, volunteers from
Liberty Wildlife bring rescued educational animals for special
presentations at the depot and aboard the train each month. Visitors may
enjoy a close up glimpse of owls, hawks, falcons, tortoises, snakes and
even share a train ride with Sonora, a bald eagle who enjoys traveling
through the Verde Canyon by train. She's not the only one who appreciates
the luxury on board.
The vintage FP7 locomotives are both dressed proudly in eagle livery,
the national bird's visage leading the train's way through the winding,
wild canyon. Comfortable first-class accommodations lavish passengers in a
luxurious living-room setting, including an abundant selection of
appetizers and attentive beverage service right to the comfy seats.
Coach-class is redolent of vintage-style passenger car charm with a
well-stocked snack bar. Both classes have access to open-air viewing cars,
a favorite aspect to this rail journey immersing passengers into the
sights, sounds and scents of this wild western canyon. It's the best
location on the train during "eagle
Only two hours from Phoenix and 25 minutes from Sedona, Verde Canyon
Railroad is the perfect Arizona day-trip, or if you plan to stay over, ask
about our Room, Ride and Meal packages. Trains depart at 1 p.m. daily.
Reservations are accepted at 800.293.7245 or online at verdecanyonrr.com.
It's not the destination, it's the journey
September 9, 2014
School Bus and Dump Truck Collision Hospitalize Two near Jerome,
A Mingus Springs Charter School bus was rear-ended by a bottom (belly)
dump truck along SR 89 at milepost 337, across from the Paulden Post
Office, at 6:39 a.m. The school bus was slowing to pick up a child when
the dump truck slammed into the school bus. The dump truck rolled onto it’s
side while the school bus remained upright. Although a child aboard the
school bus received minor injury, she was treated and released from
Yavapai Regional Medical Center. The dump truck driver sustained serious
injury and was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center. The dump truck was
loaded with approximately 40k lb. of concrete mix. The roadway was wet
from recent rain.
The bus driver had a previously established rule with the children
prohibiting them from sitting in the back of the bus. It is evident from
the considerable damage to the rear-end of the school bus that the lives
of many children were saved today. Parents along with school officials
were on scene to pick up their children from first responders.
September 8, 2014
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Special Program at Montezuma Castle Honors National Anthem’s
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – A special commemorative program observing 200
years of America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” will
be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, at Montezuma Castle National
At 8:30 a.m., park rangers will raise a 15-star flag that flew in
August over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. The event honors the
approximate moment 200 years ago when the defenders of Fort McHenry
hoisted the fort’s garrison flag on the morning of September 14, 1814.
As the rains ended and mists lifted off Baltimore Harbor, attorney and
poet Francis Scott Key and others were able to see the 30-foot by 42-foot
American “Stars and Stripes” in the early morning sun.
The image of the flag still flying despite a night of intense
bombardment inspired Mr. Key to write a poem, “Defence of Fort M’Henry,”
which was set to the music of a popular social club song. The composition
became known as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and would become the
national anthem in 1931.
The theme of the afternoon program, introduced by national park ranger
and veteran John P. Reid, is “Many Voices: Honoring 200 Years of Our
National Anthem.” Historian Debbie Roberts of Yavapai College in
Prescott will give an overview of the War of 1812 and the 1814 conflict
that inspired the writing of the poem. Professor Roberts specializes in
American History and is a contributor to the book The Making of the
West. She was an organizer and speaker at Yavapai College’s recent
The words to America’s national anthem were originally written as a
poem, and this will be addressed by Northern Arizona University professor
emeritus of English, Paul Ferlazzo. Dr. Ferlazzo has a special interest in
American poetry of the nineteenth century and is the author of Poetry
and the American Presidency. He will discuss the enduring power of the
words that were published and then set to music five days after the Battle
of Fort McHenry.
A men’s choir from Flagstaff will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner”
as it would have been sung in 1814, and then Rebecca Cauthen of Flagstaff
will discuss the music of the composition. Ms. Cauthen is a music
instructor with Maine Consolidated Schools in Parks, Arizona, and she
recently attended a National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored
workshop on the national anthem in Washington, D.C.
David Eidson of Cottonwood, tenor soloist for Verde Valley Voices, will
perform the national anthem at the conclusion of the program. After Mr.
Eidson’s performance, anyone who would like to sing “The Star-Spangled
Banner” is invited in recognition of the theme “Many Voices.”
Admission to Montezuma Castle National Monument is $5 per adult, with
children ages 15 and under admitted free. There is no additional fee for
the special program, and all Federal Recreation Passes will be honored,
including Annual, Golden Age, Senior, Access, and Military passes.
Montezuma Castle is located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Road in Camp Verde,
Arizona. For more information, please call 928-567-3322, extension 0.
September 8, 2014
City of Sedona
Sedona P.D. Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs September 27 at
Sedona City Hall
On Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Sedona Police
Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the
public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft
by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and
unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Sedona City
Hall – Vultee Conference Room, N/E corner of the complex, at 102
Roadrunner Drive (the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only
pills or patches). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of
prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than
4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results
are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back
events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.1 million pounds—more
than 2,100 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health
issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to
diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S.
are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and
overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused
prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from
the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that
their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down
the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and
DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the
Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the
Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a
patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance
medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized
by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney
General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their
residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.
September 7, 2014
City of Sedona
Airport Road Rehabilitation Project – Update #1
Construction on Airport Road began on August 18, 2014 and will continue
through the end of October 2014. The project is located on Airport Road
between the northern Forest Service Boundary and Airport Terminal Road at
the top of the mesa. The project includes milling and overlay of
approximately 4,000 feet and complete asphalt rebuild of approximately 720
feet of the road. A portion of this road rehabilitation project includes
trailhead parking pavement, striping, and guardrail improvements.
The project is running ahead of schedule. Milling and paving operations
are now scheduled for September 22, 23 and 24. During the milling and
paving operations traffic restrictions and delays should be expected. The
following restrictions and delays should be noted:
Milling operations (September 22) from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• No tour busses or delivery trucks will have access through the roadway
• Small vehicles can expect delays ranging from 20 to 30 minutes
Paving operations (September 23 and 24) from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• No tour busses or delivery trucks will have access through the roadway
• Small vehicles can expect delays ranging from 20 to 40 minutes
Note: Pedestrians are prohibited within the work area during construction.
Safety for all of our residents and visitors is paramount.
Due to the construction activities, traffic control will consist of
signage, flagmen, a pilot car and the parking at the trailhead will be
closed. The United States Forest Service will continue to be closing the
following trails (two phases, August 20 through September 5 and September
22 through October 13):
• Sedona View Trail
• Brewer Trail
• Airport Loop Trail
• Table Top Loop (off of Airport Loop Trail)
Construction work is being performed by C and E Paving & Grading, LLC
of Flagstaff, AZ. This is a City of Sedona project. If you have questions
regarding the project, please contact Adam Miele, Engineering Supervisor
at (928) 203-5088.
September 6, 2014
41st Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
September 13, 2014
We are pleased to announce our 41st annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque,”
a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, September 13th,
2014. The charming plazas, patios, and streets of Tlaquepaque will be
dressed in a festive wash of color, music, and dancing in the spirit of
old Mexico. The lively mariachis, the heart-pounding rhythms and beats
of Flamenco dancers, and the mouth-watering tastes of Mexico will fill
Continuing a long tradition of fabulous food, music, dance and
entertainment for young and old, this year’s Fiesta promises to be
extraordinary. Arts and crafts exhibits will abound offering a glimpse
into the traditional and present artistry of Mexico. “The artists at
the Fiesta are a great expression of the diversity, artistry and spirit
of the community,” said Wendy Lippman, Tlaquepaque General Manager and
Resident Partner. “Abe Miller, the visionary builder of Tlaquepaque,
started this tradition more than 30 years ago and Fiesta attracts people
from all over the state and country.”
Parking is available at the Uptown municipal parking lot with continuous
service to and from Fiesta from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Mosaico Flamenco will perform in Patio Del Norte from 10:30 am to 2:00
Jaleo Band will perform in Patio Del Norte from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Ballet Folklorico de Colores will perform in Plaza De La Fuente at 11:00
am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
Ritmo Latino will perform in Patio De Las Campanas from 1:30 pm to 4:30
Mariachi La Familia Rojas will roam the streets of Tlaquepaque from
10:00 am to 12:00 pm and also from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
There will be free face painting and Balloon Twisting for children and
adults in the Calle Independencia from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- Date Details: Saturday, September 13th, 2014 from 10:00 am to
- Organizer: Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Location: 336 State Route 179 Sedona AZ 86336
- Phone: (928) 282-4838
- Cost/Fees: Free
September 4, 2014
Sedona Military Service Park Veteran’s Day Inscription Deadline
Don’t miss out! Those veterans and families of veterans wishing to
have their names or the names of their loved ones inscribed on the granite
walls of the Sedona Military Service Park by Veteran’s Day should
contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 282-7098 to receive
the Inscription Application before October 6th. This form can also be
found on the City’s website at www.SedonaAz.gov/Parks
and it clearly explains what documentation needs to be provided with the
The purpose of this park is to honor all our brave Sedona men and women
who have honorably served their country in times of peace and during war.
For more information regarding the Sedona Military Service Park, please
September 3, 2014
Parks and Recreation E-Newsletter
Community Campout- September 19 and
20th at Sunset Park. Tickets on sale NOW for this event! Tent camping,
campfire cook out, astronomy, hiking, s’mores and much more. Call Parks
and Recreation to reserve your spot, (928) 282-7098. More
Softball Tournament- The Single Elimination tournament
for our Recreation Adult Summer Softball League will be held on September
4 and 11. We were waylaid with all the rain! Games begin at 6:15 p.m. Come
out and cheer on your favorite team! More
Fall Pool Schedule- The Sedona
Community Pool is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday
and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This schedule is in affect August 3 –
November 8. More
Music Together- October 1, for a ten
week session. Music and movement for children ages birth to five and the
adults who love them. Registration is being accepted now at (928)
Red Cross Lifeguarding Course- October
3,4,5,10,11,12 at the Sedona Community Pool. Become a certified lifeguard.
Registration is required before the beginning of the course. Contact Parks
and Recreation at (928) 282-7098 to register. More
Bike Skills Park- Staff are currently
negotiating a contract with a design firm to begin working on the bike
skills park. Up to date information on this project can be found here.
Once a contract is signed, a current time line will be posted on the website.
August 30, 2014
City of Sedona
Community Campout at Sunset Park on September 19
It is time again for the popular Community Campout at beautiful Sunset Park
offered by Sedona Parks and Recreation. Residents and visitors have the
opportunity to camp with food provided, activities planned, and restrooms
nearby, all while surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Sedona. This fall’s
event takes place on September 19 and 20 beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday evening
and ending at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Sunset Park is located at 655 Sunset Drive in Sedona. For only $15 per tent (if
you provide your own) or $35 per tent (if we provide your tent), participants
can join others for a night of camping under the stars, telescope star viewing,
and a group hike in the morning. This event is great for first time campers as
well as seasoned campers that want to enjoy camping close to home.
So much is included in the small registration fee. Set up your tent at 5 p.m.
and enjoy the new splash park. At 5:30 p.m., join the Arizona Natural History
Association and the Red Rock Ranger District for activities on Leave No Trace
Behind and Day Hike Preparedness. Next, get ready to roast hot dogs provided by
Whole Foods around the campfire. Children can enjoy running around the park and
adults can enjoy sitting outside in the fresh air. Frisbees, balls and games
will be provided for participants to use. When the stars come out, JD Maddy,
President of Astronomers of the Verde Valley, will be on site with telescopes
for you to use. Join other campers around the bonfire and enjoy roasting s’mores
provided by Parks and Recreation. In addition, a local musician with guitars
and other instruments will entertain you with great campfire songs.
Wake early for a continental breakfast at 7 a.m., sponsored by the Sedona Elks
Lodge. At 7:30 a.m., adults and children over eight may enjoy the guided 1¼
mile hike on Bandit Trail. The Park Rangers will point out the natural,
geological, and cultural features along the trail and provide plenty of rest
stops and opportunities to ask questions. Hikers must carry water and have
proper hiking shoes to join in. No dogs are allowed on the hike or during the
camping portion of the event.
This might be your only chance to camp in a City park, so don’t miss out. The
registration deadline is Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Please contact the
Parks and Recreation Department at 282-7098 or 525 Posse Ground Road in Sedona
to register for this event.
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 25, 2014
Coconino National Forest
Bridge construction may cause traffic delays on Forest Road 618
Sedona, Ariz. – Beginning next week, Coconino National Forest will be
replacing an outdated single-lane bridge along Forest Road 618—a heavily used
road used by the public when exiting Interstate 17 to reach Beaver Creek.
The construction project will begin Sept. 2 and result in temporarily
closure of the bridge, but a detour bypass will be available to allow traffic
continued access to Forest Road 618. Travelers in that area should expect some
delays and heavy construction traffic.
The new bridge will meet all current design standards, including two-lane
traffic, safety barriers and a rail. The overall bridge length will be
increased to allow the existing wash to perform in a natural condition similar
to upstream and downstream conditions. The original bridge was installed in
1952 and is currently only single lane.
August 18, 2014
City of Sedona
Airport Road Rehabilitation Project
Construction on Airport Road is scheduled to begin on August 18, 2014 and
continue through the end of October 2014. The project is located on Airport
Road between the northern Forest Service Boundary and Airport Terminal Road at
the top of the mesa. The project includes milling and overlay of approximately
4,000 feet and complete asphalt rebuild of approximately 720 feet of the road.
A portion of this road rehabilitation project includes trailhead parking
pavement, striping, and guardrail improvements.
Due to the construction activities, traffic control will consist of signage,
flagmen, a pilot car and the parking at the trailhead will be closed. The
United States Forest Service will close the following trails (two phases,
August 20 through September 5 and September 22 through October 13):
• Sedona View Trail
• Brewer Trail
• Airport Loop Trail
• Table Top Loop (off of Airport Loop Trail)
Construction work is being performed by C and E Paving & Grading, LLC of
Flagstaff, AZ. This is a City of Sedona project. If you have questions
regarding the project, please contact Adam Miele, Engineering Supervisor at
August 17, 2014
City of Cottonwood
Donate to the Dog Park Shade Structure
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 11, 2014
Bear caught at Sedona resort
... Phoenix said they had to tranquilize the yearling female black bear after
she was once again spotted in the resort.
"Security at the resort was able to actually chase it up a tree,
immediately called us," Phoenix said.
They sedated her and Phoenix climbed up into the tree and got the sleeping bear
down with ropes.
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 7, 2014
Prescott National Forest
Logging Operations on Mingus Mountain
Forest managers on the Prescott National Forest are conducting a
thinning operation across roughly 500 acres on the Verde Ranger District,
on top of Mingus Mountain, beginning in August, 2014. The project is being
done in an effort to reduce tree density, improve forest health, and
reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire adjacent to private property.
Forest visitors can expect log truck traffic on Forest Roads 104, 413, and
132; please exercise extreme caution while travelling on these roads.
Hauling will not occur on weekends and holidays until the end of
September. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.
For more information contact the Verde Ranger District at (928)
Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional
information via the following:
August 6, 2014
Sedona Marathon Event Opens Registration and Offers Early Bird Pricing
Sign-up with your family and friends before September 1, 2014 to save
on registration with Early Bird pricing! The boutique destination race
event is expected to host more than 2,600 runners/walkers who will
participate in one of these breathtaking panoramic races: 5K, 10K, Half
Marathon or Full Marathon race, presented by the Sedona Chamber of
Commerce & Tourism Bureau.
The course will take registrants through the scenic Coconino National
Forest District known for its magical iron-clad formations, and onto the
streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the Country – a town
which was recently placed on the "Top
10 Best Small Towns in America" list!
Spectators, supporters, and participants will be treated to an Awards
Party, a Pasta Dinner, and an Event Expo at the world renowned Tlaquepaque
Arts & Crafts Village. The Expo will feature vendors, artists, and
live performers that will inspire and entertain both locals and visitors
alike. All registrants will also have access to a fully loaded Virtual
Goodie bag, a gender specific tech running t-shirt, and all finishers will
be given a Finishers Medal.
Sign up before September 1, 2014 to save on registration with Early
Come to the Sedona Marathon Event and be part of a rich tradition of
healthy, sustainable living that has most recently been named by Good
Morning America as one of the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in
For details and to register, visit SedonaMarathon.com.
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12070174.htm
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.
August 4, 2014
International Dark-Sky Association
IDA Designates Sedona, Arizona, the World’s Eighth International
Dark Sky Community
TUCSON, Ariz., and SEDONA, Ariz. (4 August 2014) – The red rock
scenery of Sedona has long been an iconic setting for Hollywood films
about the Old West and a popular magnet for artists and tourists alike.
Sedona is committed to preserving its small-town charm, and thanks to the
sustained efforts of concerned residents, its dark night skies. In
recognition of Sedona’s efforts protecting this important natural
resource, the International Dark-Sky Association has designated the city
of Sedona the world’s eighth International Dark Sky Community.
“We are pleased to honor the dedication and hard work of the many
Sedona citizens committed to protecting the nighttime environment,” said
Acting IDA Executive Director Scott Kardel.
Sedona, a community of more than 10,000 people, is a prime tourist
destination featuring a variety of outdoor activities. The city hopes to
highlight its commitment to dark skies preservation as a more visible draw
for new residents and businesses.
“Sedona is known worldwide for its spectacular natural environment,”
explained Sedona Mayor Rob Adams. “It is my personal goal to take a
leadership role in establishing Sedona as a model city in sustainability
and environmental stewardship. Preserving our dark skies is just one
component of this goal.”
August 1, 2014
Arizona could be ‘solar capital’ with better access to public
WASHINGTON – Arizona could become the “solar capital of the world”
if public lands can be made more readily available for renewable energy
development, an Arizona official told a House subcommittee Tuesday.
July 31, 2014
Congressman Paul A. Gosar
Robust Support for Gosar Energy Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.
(AZ-04) released the following statement after the House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on
the Congressman's sponsored legislation H.R. 596, the Public Lands
Renewable Energy Development Act.
"I was pleased to hear testimony from numerous experts today
speaking in favor of my common sense legislation to improve America’s
renewable energy potential and unleash an industry that can lift states
like Arizona out of its economic struggles."
The Chairman of La Paz Country Board of Supervisors, D.L. Wilson,
testified about the implications of H.R. 596 and how it would speed up the
process to create renewable energy projects and helping to move America
toward a more sustainable energy program.
"H.R. 596 will help counties by creating a straightforward
permitting process tailored to the unique characteristics of renewable
energy projects that can be used by public land management agencies. It
will also establish a revenue sharing mechanism that ensures fair
compensation to help make up for the millions of acres of that the U.S.
government pays no local taxes on."
"Congressman Gosar, I would like to thank you for bringing this
bill (H.R. 596) forward and for being a champion for rural Arizona. Your
hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated in La Paz County and
throughout the state."
Eric Fitzer, the Senior Energy Programs Manager for the Arizona
Governor’s Office of Energy Policy testified saying; "What H.R. 596
does is modernize wind and solar development on public lands... H.R. 596
will help Arizona become the Solar Capitol of the World."
information and video
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/.
July 5, 2014
Town of Clarkdale
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 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
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