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October 30, 2014

City of Sedona


Shelby Drive Road Closure Extended to November 3


The construction roadwork that began on Monday, October 27, 2014 has been extended through Monday, November 3. Eagle Mountain Construction will be repaving a section of Shelby Drive and the road will remain passable during the weekend.

This work includes asphalt removal, subgrade preparation, and repaving a section of Shelby Drive from south of the Sedona Recycles to west of Finley Drive.

Shelby Drive, south of Sedona Recycles, will be closed to all through traffic during this time.

Access to local businesses will remain open. Anyone needing access to this area will be asked to follow the traffic control and detour routes along South Monte Verde Drive.

Please be advised that the schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or inclement weather conditions. Residents may contact Eagle Mountain Construction at 928-526-2587 with any special needs or questions.



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October 29, 2014

Prescott National Forest


Road and Trail Conditions Safety Reminder


PRESCOTT, AZ- Prescott National Forest officials remind visitors to use extra caution when driving, riding or hiking in the National Forest. Recent monsoon rains have caused damage to roads and trails across the forest. Recreationists need to use extra caution and drive defensively.

As an example, Senator Highway (County Road 56): Beginning at the junction of Senator Highway and Forest Trail 215 (Township 11 North, Range 1 West, Section 16); heading south along Senator Highway to the intersection of Senator Highway and Forest Road 362 (Hooper Saddle) is still closed. A recent storm downed trees and power lines on Spruce Mountain—impacting roads and trails. Groom Creek Trail 307 has reopened to the public, but users still need to scan their surroundings for any hazards.

Follow these safety tips:

Make sure your vehicle is in good condition before you travel.

Let a responsible person know about your travel plans – where you are going, how long you will be gone, and when you expect to be back.

Drive slowly to allow time to react to sudden or unexpected problems.

The road or trail you traveled a few months ago might not look the same, so maintain your situational awareness. Look up, look down, look all around for hazards on the roads/trails, along the travel corridor edges, and in the trees.

Watch out for washouts, scoured road shoulders and loose surfaces.

Share the road/trail with pedestrians, vehicles, cyclists, and horse riders.

Please report any potentially hazardous conditions to the Bradshaw Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.



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October 28, 2014

City of Sedona


YMCA Community Forums on November 6


The City of Sedona and the YMCA invite you to attend a community forum on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Two forums are being offered. The first will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road and the second will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 102 Roadrunner Drive.

The forums are intended to gather input from community stakeholders regarding the issues we face as a community, to establish an open dialog and begin sharing ideas, and to explore how the YMCA may be able to offer their services to positively impact healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development in Sedona.

Representatives from the YMCA will facilitate this community conversation and use the information to determine whether or not they have a role in Sedona and if so, what that role may be.

Thank you in advance for participating in this important conversation. We encourage you to pass this invitation along to others you know that would be interested in attending. RSVP is not necessary but appreciated by contacting Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch via email at or call 928-282-7098.



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October 27, 2014

Town of Camp Verde


Possible Sales Tax Increase


Camp Verde Town Council will be considering and increase to the current TPT (Sales Tax) rate in Council Chambers at 473 S. Main St. on January 7th, 2015. The increase to be considered is .65% which would bring the total Town rate for most categories up to 3.65%, making 10.0% the effective amount for the combined local, State & County rate.



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October 26, 2014

Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments


Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot to Commemorate Native American Heritage Month with Indigenous Arts, Crafts, and Cultural Events


CAMP VERDE, AZ—in honor of Native peoples' contributions to American culture, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will host special events each weekend in November to commemorate National Native American Heritage Month.

Native Americans have added to every area of endeavor in American life. They built North America's earliest cities, domesticated its first crops, and developed its earliest great civilizations. Countless Native people have served in our Armed Forces and have fought valiantly for our country.

The National Park Service invites the public to participate in these events throughout November:

November 1–2. Hubbell Trading Post, the oldest continuously operated trading post in the American Southwest, will present the Navajo Rug &American Indian Jewelry Show from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. The show will take place at Montezuma Castle on November 1 and Tuzigoot on November 2. With special rug talks at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day, Trader Edison Eskeets will describe the history, symbolism, artistry, and stories of the rugs.

November 2. National Park Service staff and volunteers will host a Día de los Muertos celebration between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at Tuzigoot. This Latino celebration of life originated in the ancient past among Native traditions. There will be a community ofrenda, or altar, as well as crafts and activities for children ages three and up.

November 8. Native American flute player Aaron White will give flute talks and demonstrations at Montezuma Castle National Monument. Mr. White is a Native American Music Award recipient, Grammy nominee, and flute maker. Talks are at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

November 9. The Bird Dancers and Gourd Singers from the Yavapai-Apache Nation will demonstrate traditional Yavapai dancing at Tuzigoot National Monument. The dance will begin at 11:00 a.m.

November 15. William and Ryan Gashweseoma will demonstrate old-style Hopi Katsina carving from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Montezuma Castle. Visitors will see how the dolls are carved and learn about their role in Western Puebloan culture.

November 22. Montezuma Castle National Monument will host Fiberfest, an exploration of traditional Native spinning, weaving, and dyes. Hopi artisans Evan Dawavendewa and Adkin Kuwanyaioma will demonstrate from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

November 29. Artisan Jerry Whagado will demonstrate the creation of Native American silver jewelry from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Montezuma Castle. Of Western Apache descent, Mr. Whagado was raised on the Hopi Mesas. His jewelry combines Hopi silver overlay with Apache designs and symbolism.

These events are sponsored by Western National Parks Association, a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service. Visitors' tax-free purchases in WNPA bookstores help WNPA provide direct support to 67 NPS units across the American West. More information can be found at

Montezuma Castle National Monument is located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Road in Camp Verde, Arizona. Tuzigoot National Monument is located at 25 Tuzigoot Road in Clarkdale, Arizona. Entry to each park individually is $5 per adult, or $8 per adult for a combined ticket to both monuments. Children 15 years of age and younger are admitted for free. The National Park Service accepts all Federal Recreational Lands Passes, including the Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Golden Age Pass, Access Pass, and Military Pass. For more information, please call 928-567-3322, extension 0.



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October 25, 2014

Sedona Chamber of Commerce


Annual Safe & Fun Trick or Treat


Photo credit SHEKNOWS


The 28th annual Safe & Fun Trick or Treat event will be held October 31 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Sedona Main Street Uptown Merchants welcome all good ghouls and ghosts to visit their storefronts along Main Street (State Route 89A) in Uptown for great treats! These merchants have a longstanding tradition of good will, providing this safe and fun Halloween celebration. 

This free community event is coordinated by Sedona Main Street Program for a howling good time. In partnership with the City of Sedona Parks & Recreation Department there will also be Costume 

Contests for three age groups, beginning at 5:30 in Canyon Breeze Plaza. Get creative and come amaze the judges for great prizes donated by local businesses.

For More Information go here.



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October 24, 2014

City of Cottonwood


A Celebration of Historic 89A



The City of Cottonwood is celebrating Historic 89A and the Verde Valley with “Walkin’ on Main” November 8, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A juried art show surrounded by the charming galleries, shops and local restaurants of Old Town Cottonwood will fill the streets of this historic section of town. Walkin’ on Main also includes wine tasting, historic displays, classic car show and jazz/blues music.

Live music will play throughout the day featuring some of the state’s best entertainers.

Verde Valley winemakers and vineyards will host an outdoor wine tasting on a closed off portion of historic 89A. Cost is $10 and with that each person will receive multiple taste of wine and a glass. Participating wineries and vineyards include: Alcantara Vineyards, Page Springs Cellars, Javelina Leap Winery, Pillsbury Winery, AZ Stronghold, Burning Tree Cellars and Dionysian Winery. This port ion of the program is brought to you by the Verde Valley Wine Consortium. The mission of the Verde Valley Wine Consortium nonprofit organization is for the overall advancement of the wine industry, tourism, economic development and education in the Verde Valley. The Mingus Union Art Club will be creating art live before your eyes on the street sidewalks. Rounding out the event will be displays from local historical societies, antique and classic cars organized by the Mingus Union Hot Rod Club, and self-guided historic tours of Old Town Cottonwood provided by the Cottonwood Hotel. Also, on November 10, don’t forget about the Zeke Taylor Barbeque hosted by the Clemenceau Heritage Museum just up the road at Willard Street and Mingus Avenue.

For more information contact the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 639-3200. Artist applications can be picked up at the Cottonwood Recreation Center front desk.



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October 23, 2014



ADEQ Awards Oak Creek Watershed Council $120,040 Grant to Reduce Pollution in Oak Creek


Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials announced today that a $120,040 grant has been awarded to the Oak Creek Watershed Council to assist in controlling polluted runoff into Oak Creek from primarily the Settler’s Rest neighborhood in West Sedona.

 The neighborhood is located near the top of Carrol Canyon, a popular spot near the Sedona Airport for hiking, people walking their dogs and horseback riding. The Carrol Canyon drainage typically moves runoff with elevated levels of nutrients, sediment and E. coli bacteria and shortly thereafter empties the stormwater into Oak Creek.

 The grant is one of eight in Arizona this year administered by ADEQ’s Water Quality Improvement Grant program (WQIG) to address polluted runoff from many different sources. Oak Creek, from its headwaters to its confluence with Spring Creek in Oak Creek Canyon, is listed as impaired for E. coli.

 The funding will be used to develop best management practices in the Settler’s Rest area like a series of retention basins and armored spillways and planting of native plants for soil retention and bioremediation. Outreach efforts will be made to encourage other residents and homeowner associations throughout Sedona to adopt similar practices. Erosion control work also will be performed and maintenance of dog waste stations to the extent that funding allows.

“This grant money will help restore water quality in one of the most beautiful and heavily visited tourist areas in the state,” ADEQ Director Henry Darwin said.

 ADEQ's WQIG program funded through a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act. For more information about the program, visit



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October 23, 2014

Coconino National Forest


Red Rock Ranger District to begin Birding Walks and Nature Talks


Sedona, Ariz. – The Red Rock Ranger District will start “Birding Walks” on Nov. 3 and will continue on the first Monday of each month through April 2015.

The series of walks will each begin at 9 a.m. and offer a chance to see a wide variety of wetland bird species as well as winter birds native to Arizona. Participants should be able to walk one mile on level ground, bring binoculars and/or spotting scope, and wear subdued clothing and good walking shoes. Reservations are required.  Call the Ranger District at 928-203-2900 for reservations and location details.

Additionally, first Friday “Nature Talks” continue on Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Red Rock Visitor Center. The first talk topic will focus on Sedona-area animals and their tracks, signs and scat.

These events will be led by Friends of the Forest volunteer and naturalist Kevin Harding.  Mr. Harding has been birding for 40 years and is a trained animal tracker. Programs are jointly sponsored by the Sedona Friends of the Forest, Arizona Natural History Association and the U.S. Forest Service.  The Ranger station is located on State Route 179, one mile south of the village of Oak Creek. 

Information about all events on the Coconino National Forest can be found online at by clicking “News & Events” in the left column.



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October 22, 2014

City of Sedona


Be a Part of Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds


Do you want to be a part of the newest holiday tradition in West Sedona? Check out Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds, a walk through holiday light display brought to you by Sedona Parks and Recreation in conjunction with Holiday Central Sedona. This is the second year for the event and it will be bigger and better than last year. Businesses and organizations have two awesome opportunities to participate. It’s not only a great opportunity for advertising your business/organization but decorating a ramada is a great team building exercise for coworkers and clubs. If you choose to be an exhibitor and create a holiday light display at one of the nine ramadas, the City will provide the location and electricity for a minimal participation cost of $50.

Become a sponsor for this event at a cost of $500, $1,500, or $5,000 and in return, your business/organization name will be displayed with the City’s event advertising as well as listed as a sponsor for Holiday Central Sedona and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce advertising. Depending on the level you choose, your donation will be used to pay for a themed light display or multiple displays at this event. Your business name will be recognized at the display(s) location that you sponsor. Sponsors will also have the option to decorate a ramada.

The holiday light display will be open to the public every Thursday through Sunday in December. For more information on becoming an exhibitor or sponsor, contact Parks and Recreation (928) 282-7098 or visit



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October 22, 2014

City of Sedona


AquaZumba and Water Aerobics Moves Indoors on November 3


The City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department will move its water aerobics indoors for the winter beginning Monday, November 3. This year-round program is available to adults of most physical fitness levels who are interested in adding variety to their workout routines. Water aerobics is a leader in low impact aerobic exercise, allowing the participant to work at their own pace while toning muscles, working range of motion and getting their heart rate moving.

Participants can enjoy water aerobics and AquaZumba on Monday through Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Villas of Sedona indoor swimming pool. Located at 120 Kaloff Place, it is conveniently located for the Sedona community to drive to and attend a great class. The class fee is $5 per class, or for your convenience, we offer discounted punch passes. Save 20% by purchasing an $80 pass good for 20-visits, or a $40 pass good for 10-visits. Passes do not expire until the punches are used.

For more information, please contact Parks and Recreation at 282-7098 or visit



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October 21, 2014

Congressman Paul Gosar


Either give us our land or give us our PILT


Rep. Gosar Pushes for Full Funding of PILT, Rural Schools Program


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after signing onto a bipartisan letter with 40 other House colleagues calling on House leadership to allocate full funding for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs for Fiscal Year 2015:

The letter, addressed to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, goes on to say, “Without full funding of these programs, counties throughout our districts and across the nation will be unable to provide our constituents with essential services such as education, law enforcement, and road maintenance.”

Congressman Gosar has continually called for the full funding of programs vital to rural Arizona such as PILT. “Either give us our land or give us our PILT. Since it frequently falls on our local governments to provide safety operations on federal lands, they should be reimbursed for performing this critical work.”


The full text of the letter to House leadership can be found HERE.

Over 90% of federally owned land is located in the Western half of the United States. Local governments, including many in Arizona, miss out on substantial tax revenues from potential energy extraction, mining, timber harvesting, and various other forms of economic development. This lack of revenue often leads to a decrease in the quality of public services available in these communities especially in more rural areas where access to government resources is already more difficult than in larger cities.

In Fiscal Year 2013, the average PILT payment to counties in Congressman Gosar's district was $1.07 cents per acre of federally owned land. This figure pales in comparison to the amount of revenues that would be generated for states and local governments if economic development and value-based taxation were allowed to occur on these lands.

SRS payments provide critical funding for more than 700 rural school districts and communities throughout the country. Historically, twenty-five percent of all timber harvest revenues went to counties with significant National Forest Lands within their borders to be used for education, roads and to offset property tax losses. Unfortunately, timber harvests are down 80% over the last 30 years, making SRS payments critically important until a point in time when the federal government allows for active management to take place within our nation’s forests.



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October 19, 2014

City of Cottonwood


Inaugural Cottonwood Historic Home Tour - November 8th




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October 11, 2014

Town of Clarkdale


Clarkdale Remains in Demand Reduction Strategy I Water Alert


On October 2, 2014 effective @ 12:01 a.m., The Town of Clarkdale moved from Demand Reduction Strategy II “Water Emergency” to Demand Strategy I “Water Alert” Water Restrictions.

The Demand Reduction Strategy I “Water Alert” water restrictions will remain in effect until at least the end of October 2014 when the Town will evaluate current water usage demand and our well production capabilities to determine if these restrictions can be lifted.

For reference Demand Reduction Strategy I “Water Alert” measures that are currently still in effect include:

1. Water shall be conserved both inside and outside the home using best practices available to minimize waste.

2. Landscaping for residential uses shall be accomplished with plant materials that require little or no supplemental irrigation water.

3. Outdoor water use shall not occur between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm. Watering days shall be coordinated with your address. Even numbered addresses may irrigate on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Odd numbered addresses may irrigate on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. For places where there is no discernable address, the even date schedule should be followed (playgrounds, right-of-ways, medians, etc.). No irrigation shall be allowed on Mondays.

4. Automobile washing shall only be undertaken with a bucket and hose with a shut-off nozzle or other water saving devices such as a pressure washer, or at carwashes that recycle or recirculate water.

5. No person shall waste water.

6. Cooling of outdoor areas with water or misting devices is prohibited.

7. Restaurants shall serve water to customers upon request only, and shall display table tents or other types of public notice to this effect.

8. Hotels shall wash a customer’s linens if a stay is in excess of one night on request only, and the hotel shall display notice to this effect.

9. Construction projects are required to use reclaimed water or effluent for construction purposes and dust control purposes.

10. Requests for Commercial Provisions must be made to the Clarkdale Utilities/Public Works Director. All Demand Reduction Strategies of the Plan are enforced by the Town of Clarkdale Utilities Department. Violations of this Plan shall result in the following surcharges:

1. A surcharge of $25.00 (twenty-five dollars) shall be assessed to the account of record for a violation of Demand Reduction Strategy I “Water Alert”, pursuant to Town Code Section 19-11-9 (D).

2. Surcharges shall double for every repeat violation that occurs within a calendar year.

Updates to Resource Status Levels and Demand Reduction Strategies will be posted on the Town’s website: Signage is also in place throughout the Town providing notice of the prevailing Demand Reduction Strategy Level (Strategy I = “Water Alert”; Strategy II = “Water Emergency”; Strategy III = “Water Crisis”).

Background: On July 2, 2014 @ 12:01 a.m., The Town of Clarkdale had moved into Demand Reduction Strategy II “Water Emergency” to reduce additional seasonal water usage demands to a level where safe well production capabilities exceeded water demands. In addition to the measures in Drought Strategy I outlined above the following measures listed below were mandatory under Drought Strategy II. Effective October 2, 2014 @ 12:01am the following measures are no longer in effect:

1. Sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios, or other similar paved surfaces shall not be washed down with water.

2. Water shall not be added to fountains, water features, recreational swimming pools, spas, or wading pools holding more than one hundred (100) gallons of water.

3. No new landscaping for commercial projects shall be installed.

4. Landscaping not installed, which was required by the Town of Clarkdale to meet the Landscaping Requirements of the Clarkdale Town Code or Zoning Code, will not delay a Certificate of Occupancy to be issued, providing its installation is delayed as a result of a suspension of new landscaping permits and a surety is provided that is acceptable to the Community Development Department.

The Town of Clarkdale is asking its residents and businesses to become more aware of their water use habits and determine where they can reasonably reduce their water use to ensure a long term, sufficient water supply for all of us in Clarkdale. By conserving water, residents and businesses supplied by the Town’s water system can do their part to limit impacts to our water production wells and to the Verde River.

For more information, please contact the Clarkdale Utilities Department at (928) 639-2520.



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October 10, 2014

City of Cottonwood


Notice of Intent to Increase Water and Wastewater Rates


Pursuant to A.R.S. 9-511.01, notice is hereby given that the Cottonwood City Council will consider increasing water and wastewater rates, fees and charges as set forth below beginning January 1, 2015. The terms "inside" and "outside" are used in reference to the corporate limits of the City.

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed increases at a special meeting on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood, Arizona, after which it may consider and approve a resolution adopting the proposed new rates or any lesser increases."

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September 30, 2014

Phoenix Business Journal


SRP faces legal challenge over dam permits


Salt River Project is in a legal fight with a group of farmers and landowners over water permits for five Arizona dams built in the 1920s and 1940s.

The legal tussle centers around the legality of water permits granted by the state of the Arizona to the utility for those dams and reservoir along the Salt and Verde rivers.

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September 26, 2014

Sedona Chamber of Commerce


Sedona - the most beautiful place on earth






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September 25, 2014

City of Sedona


Sedona Fire District to Issue Fall Burn Permits


To protect your home from potential wildfires as well as make fall yard cleanup easier, the Sedona Fire District (SFD) is issuing no-cost residential burn permits. The final date for burning with a permit is Saturday, December 6, 2014. As always, extreme caution must be used.

Permits are required for any open burning within the fire district, and are currently available at no charge at the SFD’s business office at 2860 Southwest Drive in West Sedona between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The SFD business office is closed on Fridays.

Open burning, under specific guidelines as described on the permit, will be allowed to start no earlier than one hour after sunrise with the fire being extinguished no later than two hours before sunset. The fire must be dead out by the end of the burning time. Burning will be allowed on Monday through Saturday; no burning is allowed on Sundays or holidays. Weather conditions will dictate if open burning will be allowed on a day-by-day basis. Any time winds exceed ten miles an hour, open burning will not be allowed. Permit holders are required to telephone SFD, at (928) 282-7101, prior to starting a burn, and will be advised if the permits have been cancelled for that day due to weather.

Construction materials, all plastic material, brush larger than four inches in diameter, paper, cardboard, rubbish and garbage may not be burned.

The burn permit is also available on our website, You may download the burn permit, fill it out completely, sign it and fax it to (928) 282-6857. The permit will be processed and faxed back. A complete list of conditions for burning is spelled out on the permit.

Here are some steps you can take to protect your home from potential wildfires:

1. Reduce flammable vegetation, trees, and brush around your home.
2. Remove dead trees and prune low-hanging branches.
3. Cut grass and weeds regularly.
4. Relocate wood piles and leftover building materials away from structures.
5. Keep your roof and yard clean of pine needles, leaves and debris.

To schedule a no-cost wildfire assessment of your property or for more information, contact the fire district at (928) 282-6800.



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September 24, 2014

Montezuma Castle National Monument


Montezuma Castle to Host Weekly Native American Flute Circles 



CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – Beginning Sunday, October 5, the National Park Service will partner with Western National Parks Association to offer a 10:00 a.m. flute circle at Montezuma Castle National Monument. A flute circle is a gathering of people who meet regularly to learn, play, share, or simply enjoy music played on Native American flutes.

The Montezuma Castle flute circle will be led by Mr. Harry Seavey, a WNPA volunteer who has played Native American flutes since 1998. His first two albums, Endless Beginnings (2008) and Footsteps (2009), received recognition at the Indian Summer Music Awards. In 2014, he released his latest album, a compilation entitled The Messenger.

Montezuma Castle is located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Road in Camp Verde, Arizona. Entry to the park is $5 per adult, and children 15 years of age and younger are admitted for free. The National Park Service accepts all Federal Recreational Lands Passes, including the Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Golden Age Pass, Access Pass, and Military Pass. For more information, please call 928-567-3322, extension 0.



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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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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.

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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 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



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 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 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



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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:


  • 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 More information about Slide Fire BAER efforts can be found online at



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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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