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September 20, 2014

Coconino County Sheriff's Office

 

Multiple Agencies Conduct Technical Rescue of Critically Injured Fall Victim

 

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 Center.

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.

 

 

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September 19, 2014

City of Sedona

 

Community Invitation to Address Drug Abuse Problems and Create Solutions

 

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.

 

 

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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 down.

“These are rare treasures on National Forest land that have been taken away from us,” said Jon Nelson, Patrol Captain of the Northern Arizona Zone.

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.

 

 

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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 179.

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.

 

 

 

 

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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 balance.

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 928-639-2500.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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 the west.

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.

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September 13 2014

Town of Camp Verde

 

Food Tax

 

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.

 

 

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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, which include:
• 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 University.

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/.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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September 10, 2014

Marketwired

 

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.

Verde 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 rituals.

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 Scottsdale's Liberty 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 watch" season.

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

 

 

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September 9, 2014

DPS

 

School Bus and Dump Truck Collision Hospitalize Two near Jerome, Arizona

 

 

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.

 

 

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September 8, 2014

Montezuma Castle National Monument

 

Special Program at Montezuma Castle Honors National Anthem’s Bicentennial

 

 

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 Monument.

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 Gettysburg Symposium.

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.

 

 

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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 health hazards.

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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September 6, 2014

Tlaquepaque

 

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 the day.

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.

Festivities Schedule:

Mosaico Flamenco will perform in Patio Del Norte from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.

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 pm.

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 5:00 pm
  • Organizer: Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
  • Email: info@tlaq.com
  • Location: 336 State Route 179 Sedona AZ 86336
  • Phone: (928) 282-4838
  • Cost/Fees: Free

 

 

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September 4, 2014

City of Sedona

 

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 application.

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 visit, www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks.

 

 

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September 3, 2014

City of Sedona

 

Parks and Recreation E-Newsletter

 

September Events

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 information

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 information.

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 information.

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) 282-7098. More information.

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 information.

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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August 29, 2014

azcentral

 

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.

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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 enforcement strategies.

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 America.

-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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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 (928) 203-5088.

 

 

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August 17, 2014

City of Cottonwood

 

Donate to the Dog Park Shade Structure

 

 

 

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August 14, 2014

Sedona Recycles

 

News from Sedona Recycles

 

 

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August 12, 2014

Town of Clarkdale

 

TAPCO History Featured at River Access Point

 

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 visitors every 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 electricity generating station operated by The Arizona Power Company from 1917-1958, and the 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 those travelling up Sycamore Canyon Road and is visible from the north end of the Lower 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 facts shared at the site are a result of Tim’s research. Those with an interest in more details about TAPCO or other interesting Clarkdale history can visit the museum at 900 First 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 safety 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 the park are required to stop at this location to secure a Vehicle Access Pass. There is no adopted 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 Lower TAPCO River Access Point, contact the Clarkdale Community Services Department at (928) 639-2460, or visit the site’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LowerTAPCORAP

 

 

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).

 

 

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August 11, 2014

azfamily.com

 

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.

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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.

 

 

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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) 567-4121.

Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following:

 

 

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August 6, 2014

PRWEB

 

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 Bird pricing!

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 America."

For details and to register, visit SedonaMarathon.com.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12070174.htm

 

 

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August 5, 2014

Verde Canyon Railroad

 

Verde Canyon Railroad "Fall Colors Tour"

 

 

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 memories.

                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.

 

 

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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.”

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August 1, 2014

Cronkite News Service

 

Arizona could be ‘solar capital’ with better access to public lands

 

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.

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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."

Additional information and video

 

 

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July 30, 2014

Coconino County

 

Coconino County, NRCS Complete Flood Mitigation to Protect Oak Creek Canyon Properties

 

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 Canyon.

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 support.”

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.

 

 

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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 perimeter.

 

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:

 

  • Aerial 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.

 

  • Ten 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.

 

  • The 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.

 

  • Several 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.

 

  • Several 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.

 

  • Vault 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.

 

  • Early 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 link:  http://jefullerdata.com/ADWR/Slide/Slide.html

 

  • Warning 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 users.

 

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.

 

  • Field 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 25%). 

 

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 Services.

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/.

 

 

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July 5, 2014

Town of Clarkdale

 

Clarkdale Initiates Demand Reduction Strategy II Water Alert

 

 

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June 27, 2014

EPA

 

EPA Finalizes Pollution Controls at Six Arizona Facilities

 

Includes the Phoenix Cement Clarkdale Plant

 

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

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

For more information, including a map, and fact sheet go to: www.epa.gov/region9/air/actions/az.html

 

 

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June 1, 2014

Arizona Daily Sun

 

Public returns to upper Oak Creek Canyon

 

 

Now that the Slide fire is mostly contained, access has been reopened to a large part of Oak Creek Canyon.

According to information from Coconino County, access from the south to the northern end of the canyon was opened at 6 p.m. Friday. Recreation sites below Slide Rock State Park are now open. Recreation sites above Slide Rock State Park will remain closed. The Oak Creek Canyon Vista Overlook is open, but it can only be reached from Flagstaff.

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