November 19, 2014
City of Sedona
City Seeks Applicants for Planning and Zoning Commission
The City of Sedona is currently seeking to fill one position on the
Planning and Zoning Commission. The Planning and Zoning Commission is
one of three City Commissions and Boards required by the State of
Arizona. This voluntary body is made up of seven citizens appointed by
The term of service for this vacancy begins immediately and ends
October 31, 2015. Interested applicants must be current residents
residing in the Sedona city limits. The deadline to submit applications
to be considered to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission is
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Interested applicants should have
interest or experience or knowledge in land use or related fields,
including but not limited to architecture, construction, landscaping,
and planning. If you are interested in serving on the Sedona Planning
and Zoning Commission, applications are available from the City Clerk’s
office at Sedona City Hall located at 102 Roadrunner Drive, or by
calling 928-282-3113. Please return completed applications to the City
Clerk’s Office, 102 Roadrunner Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336.
The Commission plays a critical role in the City’s planning process
as it serves as the Council’s advisor on land use, growth and
development issues. The Commission’s duties include making
recommendations to the City Council on Community Plan annual and 10 year
updates, Land Development Code amendments, property zone changes and
subdivision applications. In addition, the Commission makes the final
decision on conditional use permits and development review applications.
Citizens can learn more about the Planning and Zoning Commission’s
particular responsibilities by contacting Audree Juhlin, Community
Development Director, Sedona Community Development Department at
928-204-7107 or email ajuhlin@SedonaAZ.gov.
November 18, 2014
City of Sedona
Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds Begins December 4
Come enjoy 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 free event and
exciting new activities are scheduled.
Tinsel Town is open to the public every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday, December 4 through December 28, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at
Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road.
Various community businesses and organizations will proudly present their
individual light displays, accompanied by the professional displays of
event sponsors Arizona Water Company, Sterling Financial, and APS.
In addition to the light displays, come enjoy the music of the Sax Appeal
Saxophone Quartet on Thursday, December 4 playing from 6 to 8 p.m. On
December 11 through the 21st, A Day in the West will be selling hot cider
and cookies and Santa will be there to greet you. On December 6, 13 and 19
from 6 to 8 p.m. will be outdoor movies featuring Christmas classics. Best
of all, join us on Friday, December 19 for a fun-filled afternoon and
evening including a 45’ dual lane toboggan slide ride from 4 to 8 p.m.,
Christmas classic movies on the big screen from 6 to 8 p.m., goodies for
sale and Santa!
For more information, please contact Parks and Recreation at (928)
282-7098 or visit www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks.
November 17, 2014
Sedona Chamber of Commerce
Spending The Holidays In Sedona
November 17, 2014
Hiker found dead in Coconino National Forest;
sheriff's office says he was injured from a fall
SEDONA, Arizona — Authorities say a Sedona man
who went missing while hiking in the Coconino National Forest in
north-central Arizona has been found dead.
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight
D'Evelyn says the agency's helicopter spotted 57-year-old David Polcyn's
body in a canyon area Monday morning and that it appears he was injured
from a fall.
November 17, 2014
City of Cottonwood
November 16, 2014
Sedona Main Street
Tree Lighting & Santa Visit
On December 5, 2014: Sedona’s Tree Lighting
& Santa Visit kicks off the holiday season. Live entertainment,
activities and refreshments will be available from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at
Canyon Breeze Plaza on State Route 89A in Uptown with the 20' holiday
Come hear Christmas carols and holiday favorites
from musical and performing groups and let your youngsters tell Santa
all their hopes and dreams.
This free family event is presented by Sedona Main
Street Program with Sedona Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sedona.
November 15, 2014
City of Cottonwood
November 14, 2014
Court rejects Arizona ruling on
proof of citizenship before voting
PHOENIX -- Arizona cannot require people to
produce proof of citizenship before they register to vote, at least not
for federal elections, a federal appellate court ruled Friday.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said neither Arizona nor Kansas
can demand that the federal Election Assistance Commission add a
proof-of-citizenship requirement to the federal registration form the
Justice Carlos Lucero, writing for the unanimous three-judge panel, said
Alice Miller, the commission's acting director, was within her rights to
reject the request by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Kris
Kobach, his Kansas counterpart. Lucero said the evidence shows there are
other viable -- and less burdensome -- ways for states to ensure that
people who are not citizens do not vote. He also said there was no
"substantial evidence' that those in the country illegally were
using the federal form to register or vote.
November 13, 2014
Prescott National Forest
Sarah Tomsky Selected as New District Ranger for
the Prescott National Forest's Bradshaw Ranger District
PRESCOTT, AZ (October 13, 2014) – SarahTomsky
has been named District Ranger for the Bradshaw Ranger District of the
Prescott National Forest. Most recently Tomsky has served as Deputy
District Ranger on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Districts of the Inyo N.F.
in Lee Vining, California. She entered the Forest Service in 2010
through the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program. As a
participant in this program, she spent 2 years as a Fuels Management
Program Specialist in the Pacific Southwest Regional Office in Vallejo,
CA. During this time, she led the collaborative development of the
regional Fuels Management Strategy for the 18 National Forests in
California. She has also done temporary assignments in the recreation
staff on the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino N.F., in Sedona,
AZ, as well as serving as Acting District Ranger on the San Bernardino
N.F. in Big Bear, CA. Tomsky holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental
Policy and Planning and Conservation Biology from the University of
Michigan - Ann Arbor’s School of Natural Resources and Environment,
and a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts from Washington University in St.
“I’m thrilled to join the Prescott National
Forest’s team, and I’m honored to serve as the Bradshaw R.D.
District Ranger,” Tomsky said. “I’ve fallen in love with Northern
Arizona’s landscape and Prescott’s surrounding communities, and I’m
looking forward to learning more about the land and the people I’ll be
working with.” Sarah is an avid hiker, cyclist, and photographer, and
looks forward to exploring the Bradshaw Ranger District and Prescott
community upon her December 1st arrival.
Tomsky’s reporting date is December 1; she
replaces Linda Jackson who is now the Forest Supervisor on the Ottawa
National Forest in Ironwood Michigan.
November 12, 2014
City of Cottonwood
Communication Center Ribbon Cutting Invitation - November 19th 11:00
November 11, 2014
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments
Native American Artists to Demonstrate
Traditional Spinning, Weaving, Natural Dyes
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – A gathering of Native
American artists demonstrating traditional natural dyes and twill and
belt weaving will be held Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde, AZ.
Each cultural specialist will showcase an element
of classic Hopi and Pueblo-style weaving: using a support spindle to
create yarn; vertical looms to fashion complex twill blankets and belts;
and a display and discussion of the plants and other natural materials
utilized before pre-industrial dyes and fibers became widely available.
Men are the weavers in traditional Pueblo society, creating the wedding
robes, belts, kilts, wearing blankets, and mantas used in dances and
Adkin Kuwanyaioma of Second Mesa weaves the
complex diagonal twills found in textiles similar to those on display in
the Montezuma Castle Visitor Center Museum. Twills differ from plain
machine-made weaves in that the alternating patterns allow flexibility
and create a fabric that is durable and air and water resistant. Hopi
twill blankets were used as warm clothing for boys and men, and are
traditionally made in patterns of natural white, black, and dark brown.
Nuvakuku Dawavendewa of lower Moenkopi specializes
in natural dyes, including Hopi black sunflower, cochineal, and other
materials. He also spins cotton and wool yarn, using a support spindle,
and weaves complex twills.
Blayne Honanie of Kykotsmovi is one of several
Hopi weavers who create the belts and sashes worn in katsina dances.
Traditional colors include red, black, green, and white, and patterns
are interwoven into the design of the belt through the weaving process.
Participating artists will alternate with informal
talks and will be available for questions and answers. At noon Saturday,
Pueblo weaver Louie Garcia (Tiwa/Piro) will give a special presentation
on the influences and continuities of Mesoamerican weaving techniques
and design. He will bring examples of textiles from Mexico and Guatemala
and illustrate the relationship with Pueblo weavings from the American
At 2 p.m., Mr. Garcia will address, "Enduring
Connections: How Pueblo Textiles Sustain Cultural Traditions—Past to
the Present." Mr. Garcia founded the New Mexico Pueblo Fiber Arts
Guild in 2009, has been an artist in residence at the School for
Advanced Research in Santa Fe, and teaches introductory Pueblo weaving
as a part of the Pueblo Artist Workshop Series at the Indian Pueblo
Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
The schedule for presentations will be:
10 a.m.: Blayne Honanie: “Hopi Belt Weaving”
11 a.m.: Nuvakuku Dawavendewa:” Natural Dyes: A
Gift from Plants and the Process”
Noon: Louie Garcia: “Complexity of Design:
Mesoamerican Influence in Pueblo Textiles”
1 p.m.: Adkin Kuwanyaioma: “Hopi Twill Blankets”
2 p.m.: Louie Garcia: “Enduring Connections: How
Textiles Sustain Cultural Traditions—Past to the Present”
For beginning weavers, local textile artists
Krystina Mucha and Susan Wilcox will have a hands-on area for children
and other enthusiasts as the artists demonstrate the techniques of
spinning yarn and the basics of weaving.
Regular admission fees apply, but there is no
additional charge for the special programs. All Federal recreation
passes are accepted, and children 15 and under enter for free. For
further information, call 928-567-3322, extension zero. Montezuma Castle
National Monument is located off exit 289, Interstate 17, at 2800
Montezuma Castle Road, Camp Verde, AZ 86322.
November 10, 2014
Town of Camp Verde
Sales Tax Reporting
The Az. Dept. of Revenue is changing
the way businesses complete their sales tax returns
beginning January 1st, 2015. While the proecess will
remain the same, with both form and online filing options,
the classifications will change. There are now numerous
“business class codes”. Business will need to select
the correct code for their business type. For instance,
Restaurants will no longer report sales under the code
CE000 under retail sales but will now use code CE011
Restaurants & Bars. for a complete printout of the new
codes see the following link.
November 9, 2014
the Red Rocks Green Since 1989
November 8, 2014
City of Cottonwood
CAT/LYNX Will Be Assisting the
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in Their Annual Toys For Tots Christmas Drive.
CAT/Lynx buses will be opening
their doors for folks to drop off their unwrapped toys for the Toys for
Tots campaign by the US Marine Corps Reserve. Toys may be left with the
drivers in all CAT and Lynx buses or may be dropped off at the CAT
Offices at 340 Happy Jack Way, just west of the Cottonwood Airport, from
now until December 12. Please make sure to let the drivers know that the
toys are for the Toys for Tots campaign. Please have them in a bag for
The CAT/LYNX administrative
offices are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. There
is a donation box in the lobby for your toys.
CAT provides three fixed routes
serving Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Verde Villages, as well as ADA
Paratransit service to complement the fixed route service Monday through
Friday. LYNX provides commuter service between Cottonwood and Sedona
seven days a week.
November 6, 2014
Prescott National Forest
Christmas Tree Permits Available Monday, November
17 - December 24
Prescott National Forest will sell 450
over-the-counter Christmas tree permits starting on Monday, November
17th. Permits will be available at our Bradshaw and Camp Verde Ranger
Districts Monday –Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; and our Chino Valley
Ranger District Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. It is important to
note that Prescott National Forest permits will not be sold at Big 5
Sporting Goods stores this year.
Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served
basis until they are gone and can be purchased with cash, check, or
credit card. Customers will be provided a map that shows the designated
cutting areas along with additional Christmas tree cutting instructions.
The permit will allow the holder to cut a tree of a particular species
within a designated area between the dates of November 17 through
Rules for Christmas Tree Permits:
Each Christmas tree permit is $15 and allows
permit holders to cut a tree up to 10 feet tall
A maximum of 5 permits per household, but each
permit must have a different name assigned
Permits are for personal use only
Trees must be cut within designated cutting
Trees may be cut until December 24
No refunds on Christmas tree permits.
Tree cutters are reminded to be prepared for
sudden weather changes and colder conditions when in higher elevations.
A fun family outing can become miserable and even dangerous with a quick
change of weather for the unprepared.
The permits expire on December 25th, however
forest officials recommend cutting your tree early in the season before
the higher elevations are snow bound. Trees can stay fresh for quite
some time if cared for correctly.
To help keep your tree fresh, cut two inches from
the bottom of your tree when you get home and place it in water. Keep
your tree watered and in a shady spot until you are ready for it in the
house. Another helpful hint is to bring an old tarp to wrap your tree
in. Then when you drag your tree out of the forest, the tarp protects
the tree and helps you avoid breaking branches. The tarp can also help
avoid wind damage on the way home.
For more information on Christmas Tree Permits on
the Prescott National Forest, please call the Bradshaw Ranger District
at (928) 443-8000.
November 5, 2014
Prescott National Forest
2015 Dead and Down Fuelwood Permit Gathering
Season Will Be March 15- December 31
Prescott National Forest wants to remind customers
that starting in 2015 the firewood gathering season will be March 15
through December 31. We are making this change for several reasons; to
make the Prescott National Forest’s firewood program more consistent
with the other northern Arizona forests and to reduce the need to be
traveling on forest roads during the winter season when they are most
vulnerable to rutting and resource damage. Additionally, we are
experiencing a higher percentage of firewood cutting violations during
winter season than other times of the year. For 2014, firewood gathering
will expire on December 31. In the past, permits were yearlong.
For additional information please contact the
Bradshaw Ranger District office at (928) 443-8000, the Chino Valley
Ranger District office at (928) 777-2200, or the Verde Ranger District
office at (928) 567-4121.
November 4, 2014
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments
Montezuma Castle National
Monument Receives 2014 Park Stewards Grant
THANKS TO UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
AND SUBARU OF AMERICA, NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION PROGRAM WILL ENGAGE
TEACHERS AND YOUTH IN SERVICE-LEARNING PROJECTS IN AMERICA’S NATIONAL
Camp Verde Arizona (November 4, 2014) – Montezuma
Castle/Tuzigoot National Monument is one of 28 national parks selected
to receive a 2014 Park
Stewards grant from the National
Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s
national parks. Our Natural Resource project educates youth on native
plant identification, propagation, and restoration of our native areas,
by working directly with two local high schools.
Now in its seventh
year, this program gives local high school teachers and students the
opportunity to explore the relevance of National Parks to their lives,
and enables them to become civically engaged stewards of their National
Parks through year-long service-learning projects.
“With our Park Stewards program,
teachers and students are able to explore science, nature,
sustainability, and more through America’s largest living classrooms
– our National Parks,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of
the National Park Foundation.
The funds will go directly to Camp Verde and
Mingus Union High teachers to enhance their
programs as well as providing transportation monies allowing youth to
attend field trips to the local monuments. While on the day- long field
trips, the students will work closely with the Natural Resource and
Education staff, engaging in hands on restoration practices. This
includes native plant propagation, seed collecting, and identifying
invasive plants and their removal. During the second
half of the day, youth will learn how to test the health of the water
and soil in our monuments. They will also learn about, species
monitoring and reinforce this knowledge with real hands on experience.
We are grateful to
the organizations that support the youth programs in small communities
and will strive to expand the knowledge of the next generation.
Montezuma Castle/Tuzigoot National Monument’s youth outreach program
mission is to engage, educate and inspire all the youth in the Verde
Valley. Each year we receive the grant, will be one more year connecting
local youth to their local monuments.
University of Phoenix is now
serving in its third year as the program’s official educational
sponsor. The University is committed to opening opportunities for
education and workplace readiness, and supporting sustainable solutions
for environmental health. Its support of the Park Stewards program helps
both teachers and students build a deeper connection to and sense of
stewardship for America’s national parks, while offering students the
chance to explore new career horizons.
“University of Phoenix is proud
to once again support the National Park Foundation in helping build
future generations of national park enthusiasts and supporters,” said
Pat Gottfried, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for
Apollo Education Group, parent company of University of Phoenix. “The
University has long supported environmental stewardship in our
operations, offered sustainability-related degree programs and engaged
in environmental philanthropy across the nation. We welcome the
opportunity to continue to reinforce this commitment through our support
of the National Park Foundation and the teachers and students it
Since 2009, the Park
Stewards program has made it possible for 110 high school teachers to
work in parks over their summer break, creating engaging curriculum to
teach to their students in the coming school year. During their time in
the parks, the teachers and park staff also develop service-learning
projects for students to take part in during the school year. The
projects tie to state academic standards and make meaningful impacts in
the national parks. Examples of projects include monitoring water
quality, creating digital history apps, hosting a Bio Blitz, and
designing art sculptures. In addition, two students from each grantee
school team will be selected for summer internships that will help
support and grow their interest in national parks and the National Park
The National Park Foundation also
wishes to thank Subaru
of America for their generous support of
the Park Stewards program. A listing of the 2014 Park Stewards grantees
and their project descriptions can be found on the National Park
For more information on the National Park Foundation and how to support
and protect America’s national parks, please visit http://www.nationalparks.org.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
More than 20,000 National Park
Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with
communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create
close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at: http://www.nps.gov.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation is
the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner
to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the
National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than
84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and
preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable
natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the
next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part
of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.
November 3, 2014
City of Sedona
Uptown Traffic Control Operations to Continue
through November 2014
The Sedona Police Department will be continuing
its efforts to manage traffic and pedestrian traffic in Uptown during
heavy congestion through the month of November. For the past two weeks,
department personnel have been managing pedestrian crossings on N. State
Route 89A at Jordan Road, the midblock traffic signal and Apple Avenue
to facilitate smoother traffic flows through Uptown.
Police Department personnel will also set up a
temporary left turn lane closure from N. State Route 89A onto Jordan
Road when heavy traffic conditions develop. The lane closure allows the
second southbound lane on N. State Route 89A to be extended to Jordan
Road for a more efficient flow of traffic.
The lane closure is only established if heavy
traffic conditions are present or are rapidly developing. Motorists
needing access to areas adjacent to Jordan Road can either turn onto
Forest Road or Apple Avenue.
The traffic control operations are scheduled to
occur on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to about 6 p.m. or when it is
determined that traffic will flow smoothly on its own.
Any questions regarding this Community Information
Bulletin can be directed to the Lieutenant Lucas Wilcoxson at (928)
November 3, 2014
City of Sedona
Parks and Recreation E-Newsletter
Water Aerobics & Aqua Zumba- These great year-round
classes have moved to the Villas of Sedona indoor heated pool for the
winter. They are held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on
a first come first serve basis. Class size is limited. Classes are $5
per day or discounted punch passes may also be purchased. More
Faux Painting- Registration is being accepted now for
these workshops by contacting Parks and Recreation at (928) 282-7098.
Faux Fun, November 17, Walls for the West, November 20. During the Faux
Fun workshop you will learn the secrets to stripes, diamond patters, how
to improve a bathroom with false file and what to do with that
"niche" indention in your wall. During the second workshop,
Walls for the West, learn how to mesh two colors at once for rustic or
suede looking walls. For an added bonus, learn how to work with joint
compound to create false stones or bricks for that special area. More
Piano Workshop- Registration is being accepted now for
this workshop by contacting Parks and Recreation at (928) 282-7098. On
November 17, in just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the
trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. And you can learn all the
chords you'll need to play any song in this one session. Any song. Any
style. Any key. More
Guitar Workshop- Registration is being accepted now for
this workshop by contacting Parks and Recreation at (928) 282-7098. On
November 20, in just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the
guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won't have to
take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some
basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right
away. Bring your acoustic guitar. More
Pumpkin Splash- What a fun event! The Photo
Gallery can be seen here.
Sedona Community Pool- The pool closes to the public on
November 8 at 4 p.m. We will be back in April for the spring. Look to
and Specialty Classes page for information on upcoming Red Cross
Lifeguard Training Courses.
October 31, 2014
Prescott National Forest
Winter Closure of Recreation Sites
Prescott, AZ – Prescott National Forest will close the following
developed recreation areas for winter at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November
The following campgrounds will close for the
Lower Wolf Creek
Potato Patch and Potato Patch RV Sites
Eagle Ridge Group
Turney Gulch Group
Upper Wolf Creek Group
Groom Creek Horse Camp
The following campgrounds remain open Year-Round:
White Spar (campsites 1-12 only, no water and
fee reduced to $10)
The public can obtain additional recreation
information via the following:
Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District,
(928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde
Ranger District (928) 567-4121
October 31, 2014
Pink Jeep Tours blazes the trail to adventure
with state-of-the-art tour vehicle
Pink Jeep Tours is revolutionizing the
adventure tour industry with its next generation tour vehicle
Sedona, Arizona - Pink Adventure Group, the
premier tour company in the Southwest known for its iconic pink Jeep®
Wranglers and exhilarating adventure tours, has unveiled its next
generation, state-of-the-art, off-road tour vehicle. This first-of-its
kind, all new Jeep Wrangler was custom designed and built in the Pink
Jeep Tours Eco-friendly service center located in Sedona,
Arizona and will begin a new era of more Eco-focused
tours starting in 2015.
Pioneering the tour industry over 50 years ago,
Pink Jeep Tours is excited to introduce their most progressive vehicle
to date, incorporating not only the best of the best when it comes to
off-road upgrades, but an improvement in both passenger
safety and trail
conservation. Under the hood, the powerful 3.6L V-6
engine generates approximately 20% more fuel efficiency, and runs
quieter than previous models. Additionally, cryogenic treated spark
plugs are used, which significantly reduces emissions.
“We’re very proud to be the industry leader in
off-road tour vehicle design and pride ourselves on putting conservation
first in everything we do. In addition to being a longstanding member of
Tread Lightly, we are committed to preserving the trails on which our
tours operate. The cutting edge safety and Eco-friendly features of our
new Jeep Wrangler keep Pink Jeep Tours at the head of the pack” says
Pink Adventure Group owner Shawn Wendell.
To transform a stock Jeep Wrangler, each vehicle
goes through an extensive modification
process, receiving top end enhancements. At the heart,
each vehicle receives a custom suspension with heavy duty BDS adjustable
track bars and ARB coil springs, providing a 2.5 inch lift that towers
over the competition. Above the wheels are patent pending features
including an easily accessible side entry, reinforced roll cage, and
custom bumper, resulting in industry leading safety out on the trail.
Guests will also enjoy a wider 20 inch seat and nearly 15% more leg room
than previous models leading to an even more enjoyable tour experience.
And like all the vehicles in the fleet, it’s accented with a coat of
iconic pink paint.
On October 22, 2014 Pink Jeep® Tours unveiled
this state-of-the-art vehicle in Sedona, AZ to a crowd of local business
professionals, community members, and elected officials, including
Sedona Mayor-Elect Sandy Moriarty, who actually jumped into the driver’s
seat of the new vehicle for a photo opportunity. Sedona Mayor-Elect
Moriarty was in awe of the vehicle, stating, “Thank you for what you
do for the community.”
To experience an adventure with Pink Adventure
Group, call 800-873-3662, or visit http://www.pinkjeeptours.com
for more information.
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.
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.
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
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 www.wnpa.org.
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.
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 http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/water/watershed/index.html#wqig
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 www.coconinonationalforest.us
by clicking “News & Events” in the left column.
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
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
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.
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
7. Restaurants shall serve water to customers upon request only, and
shall display table tents or other types of public notice to this
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
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: www.clarkdale.az.gov.
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.
September 30, 2014
Phoenix Business Journal
SRP faces legal challenge over dam permits
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
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.
September 25, 2014
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
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
The burn permit is also available on our website, www.sedonafire.org.
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
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
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.
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.
September 18, 2014
Coconino National Forest
Resident receives fines and
probation for cutting 207 year-old juniper
A Rimrock resident was recently cited for illegally cutting timber and
conducting a business without a permit on the Coconino National Forest. He
was sentenced to two years unsupervised probation, fined $500, and owes
$3,000 in restitution to the Forest Service.
On June 6, Joshua Favrow was in the process of illegally cutting an
old-growth alligator juniper tree near FR 226 south of Munds Park when a
citizen reported it to a nearby Forest Service law enforcement officer.
Favrow admitted to cutting the live tree a year ago, thinking that when we
returned this year it would appear he was legally harvesting dead and down
wood. He was using the large slabs to make furniture to sell.
The old growth juniper tree Favrow destroyed dated back to 1807; it was
alive 53 years before the Civil War, 75 years before Flagstaff was
established, and 105 years before Arizona became a state. The tree could
have remained alive for many more centuries if it had not have been cut
“These are rare treasures on National Forest land that have been
taken away from us,” said Jon Nelson, Patrol Captain of the Northern
Favrow plead guilty in Flagstaff’s Federal Magistrates Court on Sep.
9 for cutting the old growth juniper. The maximum penalty for a Class B
misdemeanor such as Favrow’s is six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
August 29, 2014
Some consumers worry that smart meters pose health, privacy risk
Utilities use the wireless meters to track electricity use
Sedona resident Warren Woodward has serious concerns about the wireless
meters that utilities put on homes to track electricity use.
He is concerned that the meters might emit dangerous levels of microwave
radiation, transmit more frequently than the utilities suggest and could track
which appliances he is using. He is concerned they could overbill him or that
the data they transmit could be stolen.
August 27, 2014
City of Sedona
Hands-Free Portable Communication Device Use Required & Texting/Typing
on Device Prohibited While Driving in Sedona
A new City Code approved by the Sedona City Council restricting the use of
portable communication devices while driving became effective August 22, 2014.
The new ordinance states:
“A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a portable
communications device to engage in a call unless that device is configured to
allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used exclusively in that manner
while driving. Texting and typing while operating a motor vehicle are banned.”
The new City Code is similar to one that was enacted by the Coconino County
Board of Supervisors in April 2014. The purpose of the new code is to increase
traffic safety and to encourage healthy and safe driving behavior throughout
the community. The ordinance does not apply when a driver is making a call to
notify a police or fire department, a hospital or a physician’s office, or an
ambulance about an emergency situation. It also does not apply when a person is
operating a motor vehicle on private property or when the driver is parked on
the roadway in a safe and legal portion of the roadway.
To ensure that our community is informed and educated about the new code,
Sedona Police Officers will only be issuing verbal warnings to drivers who are
in violation of the new ordinance during the next 6 months. Additionally, the
Police Department will be collaborating with a Sedona Citizen Engagement group
to develop additional suggestions and insight on maintaining community
awareness on the new ordinance as well as hazards associated with distracted
driving. The group will also assist the department with identifying effective
Distracted driving is a significant issue across the United States. Recent
studies and research have found that:
-Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing
and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable
devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times.
-Cell phone use was reported in 18% of distraction-related fatalities in
-Texting takes your eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds – At 55 MPH
that’s like driving the entire length of a football field blindfolded.
Although the State of Arizona has yet to adopt substantial legislation to
address the hazardous created by distracted driving, it is hoped that
awareness, education and effective enforcement of this new ordinance along with
the development of suggestions and actions from the Citizen Engagement group
will make traveling along our roadways in Sedona much safer.
Remember….By working together, we can ensure a safer Sedona for all.
Any questions regarding this Community Information Bulletin can be directed
to the Police Chief Raymond Cota at (928) 282-3102.
August 12, 2014
Town of Clarkdale
TAPCO History Featured at River Access
Clarkdale, AZ – The Town
of Clarkdale opened the Lower TAPCO
River Access Point to the public on June 18th and has seen a steady flow of
day since. Clarkdale held several public forums in May and June to solicit
input on the
types of improvements people would like to see at the site. While much work is
yet to be
done, there have been continuous projects at
the site since its opening.
One recent addition was the
installation of the site’s first historic interpretive sign
featuring the history of the nearby TAPCO plant, an iconic steam powered
generating station operated by The Arizona Power Company from 1917-1958, and
namesake of the River Access Point. Although the TAPCO plant has been fully
decommissioned and is now privately owned, it remains a prominent feature for
travelling up Sycamore Canyon Road and is visible from the north end of the
TAPCO River Access Point.
Local resident Tim Coons
documented the history of TAPCO for a comprehensive
exhibit featured by the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum in 2011. The
shared at the site are a result of Tim’s research. Those with an interest in
about TAPCO or other interesting Clarkdale history can visit the museum at 900
North Street in Clarkdale.
The interpretive sign is
located at the park entrance, next to the Self-Pay Station. In
addition to the history of TAPCO, visitors will also find a site map, river
information, and the rules for use of the River Access Point at this entry
kiosk, which was
designed and installed by local sign company 928 Signs. All visitors entering
are required to stop at this location to secure a Vehicle Access Pass. There is
fee for the pass, although a $5 per vehicle
per day donation is suggested.
Located at 3400 Sycamore
Canyon Road on the Verde River @ Clarkdale, the park is
open seven days a week during daytime hours. For more information about the
TAPCO River Access Point, contact the Clarkdale Community Services Department
(928) 639-2460, or visit the site’s Facebook page at
From left to right: Guss
Espolt (Clarkdale Community & Economic Development Department
and sign designer), Cindy
Emmett (Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum), Tim Coons (local
historian) and Linda Smith (Clarkdale
Historical Society & Musuem).
August 8, 2014
Prescott National Forest
Forest Service Officials Looking for Information on Individuals Who Caused
Resource Damage in a Meadow Restoration Site
PRESCOTT, AZ - Prescott National Forest officials are looking for any
information related to an incident that occurred on the evening on July 4th
and the morning of July 5th. Unknown individuals cut a lock leading into a “Powerline
Meadow Wildlife Restoration Project Area” off Forest Road 106 just south of
the Woodchute Wilderness. After gaining illegal entry into the meadow they left
tire tracks and ruts throughout the recovering meadow, causing significant
damage around the perimeter of the wildlife tank and the meadow. The ruts left
by the vehicle were several feet deep.
The 10 acre meadow is being restored through a cooperative effort by the
Prescott NF, National Wild Turkey Federation, Arizona Game and Fish, Arizona
Public Service, and Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation. By excluding
livestock and motor vehicle use, controlling soil erosion, removing trees
encroaching into the meadow, and repairing and cleaning the tank; the meadow
will provide important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Kelly
Fleming at (928) 567-4121.
August 5, 2014
Verde Canyon Railroad
Verde Canyon Railroad "Fall
A Colorful Crescendo in the Verde Canyon
Glorious fall foliage adds to the colorful intensity of Arizona scenery
each fall, and nowhere do the branches dazzle quite as brilliantly as they
do along the Verde River. An adventure aboard Verde Canyon Railroad’s Fall
Colors Tour showcases the rich hues of scarlet and amber, crimson
and gold further enhancing the beauty of this red rock canyon in the heart
of Arizona’s Sedona area. Train passengers savor the comforts of
classic rail travel and its exclusive panoramic vantage point to view the
wilderness, breathe deep the inimitable autumn air and enjoy time with
family. In anticipation of the beauty provided by Mother
Nature’s seasonal display, first-class passengers celebrate with
private-labeled wines, chocolate brownies and an abundance of
freshly-prepared appetizers. The harvest season bounty of on-board
refreshments includes fan favorites such as prickly pear margaritas and
scrumptious fruit smoothies, adding extra relish to the adventure.
The deep summer greens along this rare desert river transform, changing
the canopy of cottonwood, sycamore, willow, mulberry and oak into a riot
of color. Photographic opportunities abound at every curve of the tracks.
The first glimpse of brilliant vegetation arrives from below, as the train
meanders along the canyon rim, overlooking the River. As elevation
increases, the railroad cuts deeper into the riparian ravine, bringing
passengers eye to eye with swaying tree tops near the Monocline Fold.
Further along the journey the crescendo of color builds as red sandstone
walls and pinnacles reach ever higher for the sapphire skies as the
vibrant autumn foliage arches over the train’s path from the canyon
floor. Warmed by the languor of the late afternoon sun, the Verde Canyon’s
hues begin to take on a dramatic radiance perfect for photos and lifetime
The peak of the fall colors in the Verde Canyon depends on temperature,
sunlight, and rainfall amounts. Timing can vary each year and can never be
predicted exactly, however, passengers can generally be assured of viewing
brilliant colors October through Thanksgiving, with the colorful climax
reaching its peak during early November. Reservations should be made
early, as this is a very popular time.
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October Verde Canyon
Railroad offers an added treat, Ales on Rails. It’s
a festive party on the patio where guests enjoy the option of a variety of
hearty beers from Southwestern craft breweries and an Oktoberfest-style
luncheon. The party continues on the train, as the copper, bronze and
golden hues of the autumn are complemented by the rich amber lagers served
aboard the train.
Postcard-perfect scenery is only part of the magic of Verde Canyon
Railroad. The train provides a comfortable, yet exciting journey through
this color palette as it travels a leisurely four hours from the charming
Clarkdale depot to the ghost ranch at Perkinsville and back. Awe-inspiring
rock formations, historic trestles, ancient cliff dwellings and soaring
raptors are just a few of the trip’s many highlights. First-class cars
boast plush seating, complimentary appetizers and a full-service bar.
Coach offers vintage Pullman-style seating, panoramic windows and snack
bars. Everyone has access to open-air viewing cars offering 360-degree
views and spectacular photographic opportunities.
Just 25 minutes from scenic Sedona and 10 minutes from historic Jerome,
Verde Canyon Railroad is located in the heart of Arizona’s Verde Valley,
named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations.
Only two hours from Phoenix, Verde Canyon Railroad is the perfect Arizona
day-trip, or if you plan to stay over, ask about our Room, Ride and Meal
packages. Reservations are accepted at 800.293.7245 or online at VerdeCanyonRR.com.
July 30, 2014
Coconino County, NRCS Complete Flood Mitigation to Protect Oak Creek
Southwestern Conservation Corps
members sandbagging at Garlands
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Coconino County and the federal Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) recently completed installation of flood
mitigation measures for approximately 40 residences and businesses
adjacent to and downstream of the Slide Fire burn area in Oak Creek
NRCS provided $230,000 in Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Exigency
funds and the County Flood Control District contributed $77,000 in
matching funds for the project. The NRCS funding component specified a
10-day window to complete installation of the flood mitigation measures.
Despite issues with gaining access to and working in very challenging
locations, including on steep slopes and in narrow spaces, the $307,000
project was completed ahead of schedule in nine days.
“In addition to NRCS and the County team, I would like to thank our
property owners and residents throughout the Oak Creek area for their
patience and cooperation during this mitigation project,” said County
Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Ryan, whose district includes the Slide
flood area. “Despite the threat of monsoon storms and a very tight
deadline, this was a successful community effort because of their
Between June 30 and July 9, crews installed more than 30,000 sandbags
and almost a mile of concrete and water barriers. The County’s partners
in this project included Civiltec Engineering and Natural Channel Design,
which provided engineering for installation of the mitigation measures and
Tiffany Construction, McCauley Construction and Fann Contracting, which
installed the barriers.
Sandbag production and installation was accomplished by the Arizona
Conservation Corps and the Southwest Conservation Corps from Salida, Colo.
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Arizona Department of
Transportation (ADOT) were instrumental in providing signage and
logistical support, and the County Sheriff’s Office managed traffic and
public safety throughout the project.
“This project is a great example of what can be achieved through
intergovernmental cooperation, determination and expertise,” said County
Manager Cynthia Seelhammer. “I’d like to thank NRCS for their funding
support and our County crews and contractors for a job well done under
very challenging circumstances.”
The County’s Public Works Department also assisted local residents
and business by creating two self-serve sandbag sites in Oak Creek Canyon.
These sites are located across Highway 89A from the Butterfly Garden
Resort and at Indian Gardens next to the U.S. Forest Service Visitor’s
Center. The County created sandbag signs and flyers for five City of
Sedona sandbag sites to educate property owners on how to properly install
sandbags around their properties without impacting Oak Creek.
The Oak Creek Canyon flood measures were determined to be feasible
through property assessments that were conducted by Public Works and its
engineering contractors last month in the aftermath of the Slide Fire. The
fire began May 20 and charred more than 21,000 acres in the western
portion of Oak Creek Canyon, significantly elevating the risk of flash
flooding within the canyon.
July 23, 2014
Coconino National Forest
Slide Fire BAER work effective and near completion
Flagstaff, Ariz. – Efforts by the Burned
Area Emergency Response (BAER) team have proven successful and effective
on areas of the Slide Fire and work is nearing completion.
Even though the effects
from rain events cannot be entirely prevented by Burned Area Emergency
Response (BAER) efforts they can mitigated by reducing water flow,
debris runoff and erosion from rain event on lands downstream and
down-slope from moderately to severely burned areas within the fire
Burned Area Emergency
Response efforts promote the growth of grass in severely burned areas to
stabilize soil and slow runoff. These efforts also reduce impacts
to highways and roads, decrease effects to vital watershed areas, water
systems and wells, and lessen damage to sensitive areas, endangered
species habitat, and archaeological sites.
To-date, the Slide Fire
BAER implementation efforts have included the following:
seeding and mulching on 2,175 acres of moderate to high severity
burned areas with a certified weed free seed mix with quick
germinating and growing sterile barley, along with native grasses
such as slender wheatgrass, little bluestem, and squirrel tail.
The barely has already sprouted and is on its way to stabilizing
soils. Seeding and mulching was very effective at protecting
the topsoil in areas of the nearby 2006 Brins Fire.
drainage culverts were cleaned out along forest system road 231 so
that they do not clog up with debris and fail (wash out) during
heavy monsoon rains.
junction box at Sterling Canyon Spring, a water supply for the
Arizona Game and Fish Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery, the Forest
Service Pine Flats Campground, and supplemental water used at
private residences, is being protected with an enhanced concrete
encasement with structural reinforcement of a more hydrodynamic form
to reduce the potential of damage from flood waters.
historic sites including three historic ditches, the Ranger Thomas
Homestead, and the newly discovered Lolomai Lodge were protected
from erosion and sedimentation with straw bales, waddles, and aerial
seeding/mulching. Asbestos shingles were found at the Lolomai
lodge site and removed to prevent asbestos contaminates from
entering the water in Oak Creek.
potable water supply well heads susceptible to flooding were
protected from floodwaters with a combination of visqueen and
sandbags at Cave Springs, Manzanita, and Banjo Bill Campgrounds.
toilets in the Manzanita, Banjo Bill, and Cave Springs Campgrounds
and Slide Rock State Park susceptible to flooding are being pumped
and closed to reduce contamination of Oak Creek water from
floodwaters entering human waste.
Warning System ALERT stations were installed in the Slide burn area.
These ALERT stations provide real-time data on rain fall amounts.
This data from these ALERT stations can be viewed at the following
signs were installed at access travelways into the burned area with
the objective to prevent public entry and personal injury or loss of
life into or below burned areas. Barricades have also been
installed at potential access points into the closed area of the
fire and Oak Creek to prevent public entry into areas with high risk
of falling trees, debris flows, rock slides, and flooding with the
objective of preventing personal injury or loss of life to forest
Storm Inspection and Response Patrols are in
place to monitor conditions and implement cleanout of forest road
culverts after significant precipitation events within drainages
connected to Oak Creek. The objective is to remove debris from culverts
or drainages that otherwise might plug up and pose risk of breach that
might damage structures or flood downstream values including road
infrastructure, non-forest residential developments and flooding events
posing further risk to human life and safety along Oak Creek.
monitoring of seeding and mulching treatments will be performed in
years one and two to determine the effectiveness of seeding and
mulching on relatively flat slopes (5%) and on steeper slopes (about
The BAER Team also
provided a burn severity map and preliminary peak flow data to assist
the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in conducting their
damage assessment report. The NRCS provided emergency funds to
Coconino County to assist landowners in preparing private property for
potential runoff and debris flows from the burned area. The
Coconino National Forest continues to participate in coordination
efforts with both Coconino and Yavapai County Emergency Management
Residents and property
owners downstream from the fire area are encouraged to continue to take
precautions to protect their property and they should also be prepared
to leave their homes on short notice in case of intense rain events.
Visitors are reminded
that national forest lands are closed through Oak Creek Canyon until the
area is deemed safe. For further information contact the Oak Creek
Canyon Information Hotline at 928-203-7505 or the Coconino National
Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/coconino.
More information about Slide Fire BAER efforts can be found online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3884/.
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