October 19, 2014
City of Cottonwood
October 18, 2014
City of Sedona
Council Meeting to Discuss Alcohol on City Property
At the October 28, 2014 City Council meeting, the
potential changing of City Code to allow for alcohol on City property is
on the agenda. The discussion will involve what city locations are
appropriate, if any, as well as the required permitting process for
The intention of this possible change is not to
allow for the consumption of alcohol at city parks on a full-time basis.
The city parks will retain the rule “no alcohol is permitted” unless
Council decides that special event promoters should have the option to ask
for permission to serve or sell alcohol during an event on City property.
Those interested in this topic or those wishing to
speak on this matter are encouraged to attend the meeting at 4:30 p.m.,
Sedona City Hall, 102 Roadrunner Drive. For more information or questions,
please contact the Parks and Recreation office at (928) 282-7098.
October 16, 2014
Sedona Chamber of Commerce
More Main Street Events
SEDONA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL- 30
Award-winning contemporary artists paint the landscape “en-plein air.”
They come from all over the United States to spend seven days painting
outdoors, and to share their incredible talent and unique experiences with
this challenging art form. Workshops, Paint-Outs, Historic Events, Native
American Celebration, Plein Air Gallery and more. Presented by Sedona Arts
Center 928-282-3809 SedonaPleinAirFestival.org
RED ROCKS OKTOBERFEST- The
Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks is hosting the Red Rocks Oktoberfest on
October 25, 2014 at Los Abrigados Creekside park. This traditional German
celebration features 8+ local brewers showcasing their finest beers.
Tickets are $25 per person and all proceeds support the club's mission of
supporting children’s charities. RedRocksOktoberfest.com
October 14, 2014
Town of Clarkdale
Clarkdale Receives Rivers, Trails and
Conservation Assistance Program Grant
from the National Park Service
The Town of Clarkdale learned this week
that they have received a technical assistance grant from the National Park
Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program for the
2015 federal fiscal year.
Clarkdale requested the grant in order to
enhance trail connections as part of the Verde River @ Clarkdale project. Of
particular interest is an extension of the Benatz Trail to the Tuzigoot River
Access Point, and beyond to Tuzigoot National Park. Additionally,Clarkdale
would like to see trail access between Tuzigoot National Park and the recently
established Lower TAPCO River Access Point.
October 12, 2014
Salt River Project
Donate to the Northern Arizona Forest Fund and help protect our
The National Forests in Northern Arizona provide most of the water to
the Salt and Verde Rivers, which are vital surface water supplies to
downstream users in the greater Phoenix metropolitan areas.
The Northern Arizona Forest Fund (NAFF), a partnership between SRP and
the National Forest Foundation, provides an easy way for businesses and
residents of Arizona to invest in the lands and watersheds they depend on.
The NAFF supports high priority restoration projects on National
Forests in the Salt and Verde River watersheds, including:
Forest Thinning and Prescribed Burning
Stream and Wetland Restoration
Sediment and Erosion Management
Habitat Improvement and Re-vegetation Projects
summary of NAFF's mission and work is also available.
Additional informaton is available from the National
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.
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."
October 9, 2014
City of Sedona
Volunteers Needed to Serve on the City's Board of Adjustment
The City of Sedona is accepting applications to fill one position on
the Board of Adjustment. The term of service for this voluntary position
is three years. The term begins immediately and ends on December 31, 2017.
The Board of Adjustment conducts hearings regarding requests for variances
from the Sedona Land Development Code applicable to zoning regulations and
hears appeals regarding interpretations made by the City’s Zoning
Application packets are available from the City Clerk‘s office at Sedona
City Hall, 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 deadline to submit applications is Friday, October
31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
For more information contact Audree Juhlin, Community Development
Director, Sedona Community Development Department at 928-204-7107 or email
October 8, 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 City
Terms of service are three years that run from November 1, 2014 through
October 31, 2017. 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,
October 31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
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,
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.
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 29, 2014
Coconino National Forest
Most of Oak Creek Canyon to reopen Wednesday
Visitors urged to continue to use caution
Ariz. – This summer, Coconino National Forest managers, along with
the City of Sedona, Sedona Fire District, Coconino and Yavapai Counties
and State partners, have worked diligently to assess and mitigate hazards
caused by the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon. On Wednesday, October 1,
most of the National Forest in Oak Creek Canyon will reopen.
The only areas which will continue to be closed in Oak Creek Canyon
include Cave Springs Campground (closed for the season), A.B. Young Trail
and also a section of land between Slide Rock State Park and Halfway
While the monsoon season has passed, there continues to be potential
for occasional storms and the threat of severe flash flooding is still
present within the canyon and surrounding areas. In addition, falling
trees and rocks are possible even without rain. As such, visitors are
asked to remain vigilant when recreating within the canyon.
“Returning visitors will likely be relieved to see that their
favorite spots aren’t completely blackened and desolate, but it’s
important to remember that these areas aren’t completely risk-free,”
says Nicole Branton, Red Rock District ranger. “We’ve mitigated many
of the imminent hazards caused by the fire, but the canyon is no longer in
the condition it was before.”
Each visitor is responsible for his/her own safety. The public is urged
to be mindful of their surroundings, keep an eye on the weather, err on
the side of caution and make smart decisions while visiting the forest.
Oak Creek Canyon visitors and residents are reminded to sign up to
receive Coconino County CodeRED emergency alert notifications to their
home, cellphone or via email. Visit www.coconino.az.gov/emergency
to register. For additional information on the Slide flood preparations,
Forest managers will continue to work closely with partners to monitor
conditions and may need to temporarily close portions of the area for
public safety. For updates, visit www.coconinonationalforest.us
or contact the Red Rock Ranger District at 928-203-7500.
September 27, 2014
Verde Valley Medical Center
VVMC offers $85 mammograms at two locations during the month of
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Verde Valley
Medical Center is offering $85 digital screening mammograms during October
at two locations:
- Verde Valley Medical Imaging Center, 450 S. Willard St
- Verde Valley Medical Center – Sedona Campus, 3700 W. State
Women age 40 and older should get a mammogram every year to detect any
changes in the breasts.
For an appointment at Verde Valley Medical Imaging Center, call 928-649-1260.
For an appointment at Verde Valley Medical Center – Sedona Campus, call 928-639-6580.
September 27, 2014
City of Sedona
Sedona Receives Three Awards at Arizona Forward’s 34th Annual
Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony
On September 20, 2014, three entities from Sedona received awards at
the Arizona Forward 34th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony,
held in partnership with SRP.
The Sedona Fire District Fire Station No. 6 (LEA Architects, LLC) received
top honors with the Crescordia award in the Governor’s Award for Energy
& Technology Innovation for Northern Arizona category. The coveted
Crescordia – a Greek term meaning “growing in harmony” – is given
as the highest honor in each category.
The City of Sedona nominated the Sedona Wetlands Preserve and received an
Award of Merit in the Environmental Stewardship – SRP category for
Northern Arizona. In addition, Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) received the
Award of Merit for Environmental Stewardship.
Nearly 100 entries were received in Arizona’s oldest and most
prestigious awards competition focusing exclusively on sustainability.
Arizona Forward and SRP presented 20 first-place Crescordia awards and 24
Awards of Merit. The winning projects set standards for achieving a
balance between the built and natural environment in Arizona’s physical,
technical, social and aesthetic development.
Arizona Forward is an advocate for a balance between economic development
and environmental quality, and convenes business, community and civic
leaders in thoughtful public dialogue on critical sustainability issues.
The Association is a blend of members including large and small
businesses, government jurisdictions, the education and non-profit
communities, as well as others that share a goal of promoting cooperation
to improve the environment and quality of life in Arizona. For more
information, visit www.arizonaforward.org.
September 26, 2014
Sedona Chamber of Commerce
Sedona - the most beautiful place on earth
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 23, 2014
Town of Clarkdale
Clarkdale Receives Coveted
Crescordia Award for Environmental Stewardship from Arizona Forward
The 34th Annual Arizona Forward Environmental
Excellence Awards Gala was held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and hosted
Arizona Forward and Salt River Project (SRP). Known as the “Academy
Awards” of the
environmental community, the event is Arizona’s oldest and most
of its kind. The event spotlights distinguished projects throughout the
state of Arizona
that demonstrate a high level of environmental commitment and contribute
to the region’s
Nominees vie to be selected for Awards of Merit or the coveted
Crescordia Award (a
Greek term that mean
“To Grow in Harmony”) in each category. During Saturday
night’s gala, the
Town of Clarkdale received a Crescordia Award under the
Stewardship category for their Verde River @ Clarkdale project.
Considered the “First-Place”
award for projects that set standards for exceptional
physical, technical and
social development of our state, the Crescordia Award is the
highest honor a nominee
can receive. Clarkdale was nominated for the award by the
Verde River Institute.
Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig and Community and Economic Development
Director Jodie Filardo
attended the Awards Gala and accepted the award on behalf of the
Town of Clarkdale. In
accepting the award, Mayor Von Gausig stated, “Clarkdale is
tremendously proud to have won the Arizona Forward/SRP Crescordia
Award. The Crescordia
recognizes Clarkdale’s dedication to Verde River conservation,
water management, and public education. Without the
generosity and help of
Freeport-McMoRan. Inc., Arizona State Parks and the Walton
Family Foundation, the
Verde River @ Clarkdale project would not have happened, so
we proudly share the
award with them! Because of this honor, recognition of the value of
our beautiful river as
a diverse and healthy ecosystem, as an economic driver for the
Verde Valley and as a
social amenity will continue to grow by leaps and bounds!
Winning the Crescordia
gives us great optimism and renewed energy to work even harder
for the health of the
Verde River and our community!”
The Verde River @ Clarkdale parks project is an innovative and exciting
environmental conservation, environmental education, economic
collaborative approaches to land management. The concept was
developed by the Town
of Clarkdale to bring the Verde River and its environmental,
social and economic
values into the lives of the people of Arizona.
September 22, 2014
Congressman Paul Gosar
Rep. Gosar Introduces TRAILS Act to Ensure
Community Access for Public Lands
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.
(AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing the Travel and
Resource Access Including Local Stakeholders (TRAILS) Act:
“This legislation puts local communities and stakeholders in the
driver seat for developing travel management plans that affect their
livelihoods on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) acreage. The country’s
vast and unique outdoor landscapes are a fundamental component of our
national identity. Whether it is for fishing, hunting, off-highway vehicle
recreation, mining, hiking, or any of a myriad of other uses, public lands
are an integral part of the life and livelihood of millions of Americans.
“Unfortunately, access to public lands has been hampered by decisions
from bureaucrats within the BLM and has a detrimental impact to local
communities across the country. I heard about this issue first hand from
my constituents when the BLM Yuma office proposed to close nearly 50% of
the trails in the area with the release of the draft La Posa Travel
“OHV recreation contributes nearly $4 billion annually to Arizona’s
economy, supports 40,000 jobs and generates nearly $200 million in sales
taxes. Local communities are the first to be affected by changes in travel
and access management decisions, yet, are routinely left out of the
development discussion. The BLM shouldn’t be harming local communities
and limiting access to public lands all in the name of pursuing a
misguided agenda. I will continue to fight this overreach.”
After hearing of introduction of the bill, D.L. Wilson, Chairman of the
La Paz County Board of Supervisors stated, “Local development and
agreement on federal land management plans is critical for La Paz County
to protect our tourism economy and its extensive reliance on access to
The TRAILS Act would require the BLM to incorporate the needs, uses and
input of affected communities when developing travel management plans. The
TRAILS Act would further strengthen local input by requiring the BLM to
obtain the concurrence of affected communities before taking any travel
management action affecting access to public lands. This legislation
provides Congressional oversight to a mismanaged process that was
initiated by bureaucrats within the executive branch.
The full text of the TRAILS Act can be found HERE.
The letter from Congressman Gosar to the BLM Arizona Director, Raymond
Suazo can be found HERE.
An article from the Parker Pioneer about the town hall Rep. Gosar held
on this issue back in April can be found HERE.
September 18, 2014
Coconino National Forest
Resident receives fines and
probation for cutting 207 year-old juniper
A Rimrock resident was recently cited for illegally cutting timber and
conducting a business without a permit on the Coconino National Forest. He
was sentenced to two years unsupervised probation, fined $500, and owes
$3,000 in restitution to the Forest Service.
On June 6, Joshua Favrow was in the process of illegally cutting an
old-growth alligator juniper tree near FR 226 south of Munds Park when a
citizen reported it to a nearby Forest Service law enforcement officer.
Favrow admitted to cutting the live tree a year ago, thinking that when we
returned this year it would appear he was legally harvesting dead and down
wood. He was using the large slabs to make furniture to sell.
The old growth juniper tree Favrow destroyed dated back to 1807; it was
alive 53 years before the Civil War, 75 years before Flagstaff was
established, and 105 years before Arizona became a state. The tree could
have remained alive for many more centuries if it had not have been cut
“These are rare treasures on National Forest land that have been
taken away from us,” said Jon Nelson, Patrol Captain of the Northern
Favrow plead guilty in Flagstaff’s Federal Magistrates Court on Sep.
9 for cutting the old growth juniper. The maximum penalty for a Class B
misdemeanor such as Favrow’s is six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
September 15, 2014
Town of Clarkdale
Clarkdale's Sustainability in our Backyard
The Community and Economic Development Department is sponsoring the
second Sustainability in our Backyard Event on Saturday, October 18th from
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Town Center at 19 N. Ninth Street. This
event is focused on celebrating community and individual wellness and will
feature a variety of vendors offering assistance in maintaining a
sustainable town and a sustainable lifestyle.
WestTech Recyclers will be collecting e-waste, and Sedona Recycling and
Patriot Disposal will have information about the waste stream and reducing
and recycling. APS will be demonstrating the effectiveness of solar power.
Salt River Materials Group, a leading promoter of sustainable products and
practices, will also be in attendance.
Check out the Town of Clarkdale’s website for a list of items
accepted as e-waste: www.clarkdale.az.gov.
Yavapai College, Spectrum Healthcare (formerly Verde Valley Guidance
Clinic), the Verde Valley Senior Center, United Way Services, Friends of
the Verde River and Community Legal Services will have information
available on their programs supporting our local neighborhood.
In addition to these community focused participants, the Arizona School
for Integrative Studies will be offering free massages and a Qigong master
will be available for demonstrations to help you relax and find inner
Free vendor spaces are still available. Contact the Community
Development Department at (928) 639-2500 to sign up or with questions.
Join us on October 18th to reduce, recycle and refresh!
Questions should be directed to the Community Development Department at
September 10, 2014
Verde Canyon Railroad Celebrates the Return of Eagle Season
San Juan Capistrano has its swallows; Michoacán, Mexico has its
monarch butterflies and Hawaii has its humpback whales. Arizona's
protected Verde Canyon (near
Sedona) has its own famous migration each winter:
bald and golden eagles and a great variety of hawks join resident raptors
in the Canyon's riparian paradise. Long before humans wishing to escape
chilly climates deemed sunny Arizona an ideal winter getaway, the original
"snowbirds" were already here. An ideal eagle breeding habitat
with cozy cliffs for nesting, abundant prey and the perennially flowing
river full of fat fish, Verde Canyon is a sheltered area closed to the
public from December through June.
Canyon Railroad provides the only vantage point to view
this population of extraordinary animals in their natural habitat. The
eagles pay no mind as this heritage railroad, slow rolling along this
river for more than 100 years, clickety-clacks its way to Perkinsville and
back on a four-hour journey. The raptors not only live harmoniously with
the train, they also share this wild refuge with countless other feathered
and furred, including Great Blue Heron, Javelina, coyote,
brown bear, elk, deer and an occasional brigade of feral burros. With
wingspans stretching to six feet, the majestic eagles carve lazy circles
in the brilliant blue sky, captivating train passengers with their aerial
acrobatics as they waft overhead or engage in breathtaking courting
Verde Canyon Railroad takes its title, "Arizona's Longest Running
Nature Show," quite seriously. In addition to providing support for
Arizona Game & Fish's Eagle Watch program, the train is sponsor to
Wildlife, an animal rescue and rehabilitation center that
tends to the needs of thousands of abandoned and injured Arizona wild
creatures each year. In celebration of this partnership, volunteers from
Liberty Wildlife bring rescued educational animals for special
presentations at the depot and aboard the train each month. Visitors may
enjoy a close up glimpse of owls, hawks, falcons, tortoises, snakes and
even share a train ride with Sonora, a bald eagle who enjoys traveling
through the Verde Canyon by train. She's not the only one who appreciates
the luxury on board.
The vintage FP7 locomotives are both dressed proudly in eagle livery,
the national bird's visage leading the train's way through the winding,
wild canyon. Comfortable first-class accommodations lavish passengers in a
luxurious living-room setting, including an abundant selection of
appetizers and attentive beverage service right to the comfy seats.
Coach-class is redolent of vintage-style passenger car charm with a
well-stocked snack bar. Both classes have access to open-air viewing cars,
a favorite aspect to this rail journey immersing passengers into the
sights, sounds and scents of this wild western canyon. It's the best
location on the train during "eagle
Only two hours from Phoenix and 25 minutes from Sedona, Verde Canyon
Railroad is the perfect Arizona day-trip, or if you plan to stay over, ask
about our Room, Ride and Meal packages. Trains depart at 1 p.m. daily.
Reservations are accepted at 800.293.7245 or online at verdecanyonrr.com.
It's not the destination, it's the journey
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 14, 2014
August 12, 2014
Town of Clarkdale
TAPCO History Featured at River Access
Clarkdale, AZ – The Town
of Clarkdale opened the Lower TAPCO
River Access Point to the public on June 18th and has seen a steady flow of
day since. Clarkdale held several public forums in May and June to solicit
input on the
types of improvements people would like to see at the site. While much work is
yet to be
done, there have been continuous projects at
the site since its opening.
One recent addition was the
installation of the site’s first historic interpretive sign
featuring the history of the nearby TAPCO plant, an iconic steam powered
generating station operated by The Arizona Power Company from 1917-1958, and
namesake of the River Access Point. Although the TAPCO plant has been fully
decommissioned and is now privately owned, it remains a prominent feature for
travelling up Sycamore Canyon Road and is visible from the north end of the
TAPCO River Access Point.
Local resident Tim Coons
documented the history of TAPCO for a comprehensive
exhibit featured by the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum in 2011. The
shared at the site are a result of Tim’s research. Those with an interest in
about TAPCO or other interesting Clarkdale history can visit the museum at 900
North Street in Clarkdale.
The interpretive sign is
located at the park entrance, next to the Self-Pay Station. In
addition to the history of TAPCO, visitors will also find a site map, river
information, and the rules for use of the River Access Point at this entry
kiosk, which was
designed and installed by local sign company 928 Signs. All visitors entering
are required to stop at this location to secure a Vehicle Access Pass. There is
fee for the pass, although a $5 per vehicle
per day donation is suggested.
Located at 3400 Sycamore
Canyon Road on the Verde River @ Clarkdale, the park is
open seven days a week during daytime hours. For more information about the
TAPCO River Access Point, contact the Clarkdale Community Services Department
(928) 639-2460, or visit the site’s Facebook page at
From left to right: Guss
Espolt (Clarkdale Community & Economic Development Department
and sign designer), Cindy
Emmett (Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum), Tim Coons (local
historian) and Linda Smith (Clarkdale
Historical Society & Musuem).
August 8, 2014
Prescott National Forest
Forest Service Officials Looking for Information on Individuals Who Caused
Resource Damage in a Meadow Restoration Site
PRESCOTT, AZ - Prescott National Forest officials are looking for any
information related to an incident that occurred on the evening on July 4th
and the morning of July 5th. Unknown individuals cut a lock leading into a “Powerline
Meadow Wildlife Restoration Project Area” off Forest Road 106 just south of
the Woodchute Wilderness. After gaining illegal entry into the meadow they left
tire tracks and ruts throughout the recovering meadow, causing significant
damage around the perimeter of the wildlife tank and the meadow. The ruts left
by the vehicle were several feet deep.
The 10 acre meadow is being restored through a cooperative effort by the
Prescott NF, National Wild Turkey Federation, Arizona Game and Fish, Arizona
Public Service, and Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation. By excluding
livestock and motor vehicle use, controlling soil erosion, removing trees
encroaching into the meadow, and repairing and cleaning the tank; the meadow
will provide important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Kelly
Fleming at (928) 567-4121.
August 7, 2014
Prescott National Forest
Logging Operations on Mingus Mountain
Forest managers on the Prescott National Forest are conducting a
thinning operation across roughly 500 acres on the Verde Ranger District,
on top of Mingus Mountain, beginning in August, 2014. The project is being
done in an effort to reduce tree density, improve forest health, and
reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire adjacent to private property.
Forest visitors can expect log truck traffic on Forest Roads 104, 413, and
132; please exercise extreme caution while travelling on these roads.
Hauling will not occur on weekends and holidays until the end of
September. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.
For more information contact the Verde Ranger District at (928)
Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional
information via the following:
August 6, 2014
Sedona Marathon Event Opens Registration and Offers Early Bird Pricing
Sign-up with your family and friends before September 1, 2014 to save
on registration with Early Bird pricing! The boutique destination race
event is expected to host more than 2,600 runners/walkers who will
participate in one of these breathtaking panoramic races: 5K, 10K, Half
Marathon or Full Marathon race, presented by the Sedona Chamber of
Commerce & Tourism Bureau.
The course will take registrants through the scenic Coconino National
Forest District known for its magical iron-clad formations, and onto the
streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the Country – a town
which was recently placed on the "Top
10 Best Small Towns in America" list!
Spectators, supporters, and participants will be treated to an Awards
Party, a Pasta Dinner, and an Event Expo at the world renowned Tlaquepaque
Arts & Crafts Village. The Expo will feature vendors, artists, and
live performers that will inspire and entertain both locals and visitors
alike. All registrants will also have access to a fully loaded Virtual
Goodie bag, a gender specific tech running t-shirt, and all finishers will
be given a Finishers Medal.
Sign up before September 1, 2014 to save on registration with Early
Come to the Sedona Marathon Event and be part of a rich tradition of
healthy, sustainable living that has most recently been named by Good
Morning America as one of the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in
For details and to register, visit SedonaMarathon.com.
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12070174.htm
August 5, 2014
Verde Canyon Railroad
Verde Canyon Railroad "Fall
A Colorful Crescendo in the Verde Canyon
Glorious fall foliage adds to the colorful intensity of Arizona scenery
each fall, and nowhere do the branches dazzle quite as brilliantly as they
do along the Verde River. An adventure aboard Verde Canyon Railroad’s Fall
Colors Tour showcases the rich hues of scarlet and amber, crimson
and gold further enhancing the beauty of this red rock canyon in the heart
of Arizona’s Sedona area. Train passengers savor the comforts of
classic rail travel and its exclusive panoramic vantage point to view the
wilderness, breathe deep the inimitable autumn air and enjoy time with
family. In anticipation of the beauty provided by Mother
Nature’s seasonal display, first-class passengers celebrate with
private-labeled wines, chocolate brownies and an abundance of
freshly-prepared appetizers. The harvest season bounty of on-board
refreshments includes fan favorites such as prickly pear margaritas and
scrumptious fruit smoothies, adding extra relish to the adventure.
The deep summer greens along this rare desert river transform, changing
the canopy of cottonwood, sycamore, willow, mulberry and oak into a riot
of color. Photographic opportunities abound at every curve of the tracks.
The first glimpse of brilliant vegetation arrives from below, as the train
meanders along the canyon rim, overlooking the River. As elevation
increases, the railroad cuts deeper into the riparian ravine, bringing
passengers eye to eye with swaying tree tops near the Monocline Fold.
Further along the journey the crescendo of color builds as red sandstone
walls and pinnacles reach ever higher for the sapphire skies as the
vibrant autumn foliage arches over the train’s path from the canyon
floor. Warmed by the languor of the late afternoon sun, the Verde Canyon’s
hues begin to take on a dramatic radiance perfect for photos and lifetime
The peak of the fall colors in the Verde Canyon depends on temperature,
sunlight, and rainfall amounts. Timing can vary each year and can never be
predicted exactly, however, passengers can generally be assured of viewing
brilliant colors October through Thanksgiving, with the colorful climax
reaching its peak during early November. Reservations should be made
early, as this is a very popular time.
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October Verde Canyon
Railroad offers an added treat, Ales on Rails. It’s
a festive party on the patio where guests enjoy the option of a variety of
hearty beers from Southwestern craft breweries and an Oktoberfest-style
luncheon. The party continues on the train, as the copper, bronze and
golden hues of the autumn are complemented by the rich amber lagers served
aboard the train.
Postcard-perfect scenery is only part of the magic of Verde Canyon
Railroad. The train provides a comfortable, yet exciting journey through
this color palette as it travels a leisurely four hours from the charming
Clarkdale depot to the ghost ranch at Perkinsville and back. Awe-inspiring
rock formations, historic trestles, ancient cliff dwellings and soaring
raptors are just a few of the trip’s many highlights. First-class cars
boast plush seating, complimentary appetizers and a full-service bar.
Coach offers vintage Pullman-style seating, panoramic windows and snack
bars. Everyone has access to open-air viewing cars offering 360-degree
views and spectacular photographic opportunities.
Just 25 minutes from scenic Sedona and 10 minutes from historic Jerome,
Verde Canyon Railroad is located in the heart of Arizona’s Verde Valley,
named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations.
Only two hours from Phoenix, Verde Canyon Railroad is the perfect Arizona
day-trip, or if you plan to stay over, ask about our Room, Ride and Meal
packages. Reservations are accepted at 800.293.7245 or online at VerdeCanyonRR.com.
July 31, 2014
Congressman Paul A. Gosar
Robust Support for Gosar Energy Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.
(AZ-04) released the following statement after the House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on
the Congressman's sponsored legislation H.R. 596, the Public Lands
Renewable Energy Development Act.
"I was pleased to hear testimony from numerous experts today
speaking in favor of my common sense legislation to improve America’s
renewable energy potential and unleash an industry that can lift states
like Arizona out of its economic struggles."
The Chairman of La Paz Country Board of Supervisors, D.L. Wilson,
testified about the implications of H.R. 596 and how it would speed up the
process to create renewable energy projects and helping to move America
toward a more sustainable energy program.
"H.R. 596 will help counties by creating a straightforward
permitting process tailored to the unique characteristics of renewable
energy projects that can be used by public land management agencies. It
will also establish a revenue sharing mechanism that ensures fair
compensation to help make up for the millions of acres of that the U.S.
government pays no local taxes on."
"Congressman Gosar, I would like to thank you for bringing this
bill (H.R. 596) forward and for being a champion for rural Arizona. Your
hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated in La Paz County and
throughout the state."
Eric Fitzer, the Senior Energy Programs Manager for the Arizona
Governor’s Office of Energy Policy testified saying; "What H.R. 596
does is modernize wind and solar development on public lands... H.R. 596
will help Arizona become the Solar Capitol of the World."
information and video
July 30, 2014
Coconino County, NRCS Complete Flood Mitigation to Protect Oak Creek
Southwestern Conservation Corps
members sandbagging at Garlands
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Coconino County and the federal Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) recently completed installation of flood
mitigation measures for approximately 40 residences and businesses
adjacent to and downstream of the Slide Fire burn area in Oak Creek
NRCS provided $230,000 in Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Exigency
funds and the County Flood Control District contributed $77,000 in
matching funds for the project. The NRCS funding component specified a
10-day window to complete installation of the flood mitigation measures.
Despite issues with gaining access to and working in very challenging
locations, including on steep slopes and in narrow spaces, the $307,000
project was completed ahead of schedule in nine days.
“In addition to NRCS and the County team, I would like to thank our
property owners and residents throughout the Oak Creek area for their
patience and cooperation during this mitigation project,” said County
Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Ryan, whose district includes the Slide
flood area. “Despite the threat of monsoon storms and a very tight
deadline, this was a successful community effort because of their
Between June 30 and July 9, crews installed more than 30,000 sandbags
and almost a mile of concrete and water barriers. The County’s partners
in this project included Civiltec Engineering and Natural Channel Design,
which provided engineering for installation of the mitigation measures and
Tiffany Construction, McCauley Construction and Fann Contracting, which
installed the barriers.
Sandbag production and installation was accomplished by the Arizona
Conservation Corps and the Southwest Conservation Corps from Salida, Colo.
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Arizona Department of
Transportation (ADOT) were instrumental in providing signage and
logistical support, and the County Sheriff’s Office managed traffic and
public safety throughout the project.
“This project is a great example of what can be achieved through
intergovernmental cooperation, determination and expertise,” said County
Manager Cynthia Seelhammer. “I’d like to thank NRCS for their funding
support and our County crews and contractors for a job well done under
very challenging circumstances.”
The County’s Public Works Department also assisted local residents
and business by creating two self-serve sandbag sites in Oak Creek Canyon.
These sites are located across Highway 89A from the Butterfly Garden
Resort and at Indian Gardens next to the U.S. Forest Service Visitor’s
Center. The County created sandbag signs and flyers for five City of
Sedona sandbag sites to educate property owners on how to properly install
sandbags around their properties without impacting Oak Creek.
The Oak Creek Canyon flood measures were determined to be feasible
through property assessments that were conducted by Public Works and its
engineering contractors last month in the aftermath of the Slide Fire. The
fire began May 20 and charred more than 21,000 acres in the western
portion of Oak Creek Canyon, significantly elevating the risk of flash
flooding within the canyon.
July 23, 2014
Coconino National Forest
Slide Fire BAER work effective and near completion
Flagstaff, Ariz. – Efforts by the Burned
Area Emergency Response (BAER) team have proven successful and effective
on areas of the Slide Fire and work is nearing completion.
Even though the effects
from rain events cannot be entirely prevented by Burned Area Emergency
Response (BAER) efforts they can mitigated by reducing water flow,
debris runoff and erosion from rain event on lands downstream and
down-slope from moderately to severely burned areas within the fire
Burned Area Emergency
Response efforts promote the growth of grass in severely burned areas to
stabilize soil and slow runoff. These efforts also reduce impacts
to highways and roads, decrease effects to vital watershed areas, water
systems and wells, and lessen damage to sensitive areas, endangered
species habitat, and archaeological sites.
To-date, the Slide Fire
BAER implementation efforts have included the following:
seeding and mulching on 2,175 acres of moderate to high severity
burned areas with a certified weed free seed mix with quick
germinating and growing sterile barley, along with native grasses
such as slender wheatgrass, little bluestem, and squirrel tail.
The barely has already sprouted and is on its way to stabilizing
soils. Seeding and mulching was very effective at protecting
the topsoil in areas of the nearby 2006 Brins Fire.
drainage culverts were cleaned out along forest system road 231 so
that they do not clog up with debris and fail (wash out) during
heavy monsoon rains.
junction box at Sterling Canyon Spring, a water supply for the
Arizona Game and Fish Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery, the Forest
Service Pine Flats Campground, and supplemental water used at
private residences, is being protected with an enhanced concrete
encasement with structural reinforcement of a more hydrodynamic form
to reduce the potential of damage from flood waters.
historic sites including three historic ditches, the Ranger Thomas
Homestead, and the newly discovered Lolomai Lodge were protected
from erosion and sedimentation with straw bales, waddles, and aerial
seeding/mulching. Asbestos shingles were found at the Lolomai
lodge site and removed to prevent asbestos contaminates from
entering the water in Oak Creek.
potable water supply well heads susceptible to flooding were
protected from floodwaters with a combination of visqueen and
sandbags at Cave Springs, Manzanita, and Banjo Bill Campgrounds.
toilets in the Manzanita, Banjo Bill, and Cave Springs Campgrounds
and Slide Rock State Park susceptible to flooding are being pumped
and closed to reduce contamination of Oak Creek water from
floodwaters entering human waste.
Warning System ALERT stations were installed in the Slide burn area.
These ALERT stations provide real-time data on rain fall amounts.
This data from these ALERT stations can be viewed at the following
signs were installed at access travelways into the burned area with
the objective to prevent public entry and personal injury or loss of
life into or below burned areas. Barricades have also been
installed at potential access points into the closed area of the
fire and Oak Creek to prevent public entry into areas with high risk
of falling trees, debris flows, rock slides, and flooding with the
objective of preventing personal injury or loss of life to forest
Storm Inspection and Response Patrols are in
place to monitor conditions and implement cleanout of forest road
culverts after significant precipitation events within drainages
connected to Oak Creek. The objective is to remove debris from culverts
or drainages that otherwise might plug up and pose risk of breach that
might damage structures or flood downstream values including road
infrastructure, non-forest residential developments and flooding events
posing further risk to human life and safety along Oak Creek.
monitoring of seeding and mulching treatments will be performed in
years one and two to determine the effectiveness of seeding and
mulching on relatively flat slopes (5%) and on steeper slopes (about
The BAER Team also
provided a burn severity map and preliminary peak flow data to assist
the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in conducting their
damage assessment report. The NRCS provided emergency funds to
Coconino County to assist landowners in preparing private property for
potential runoff and debris flows from the burned area. The
Coconino National Forest continues to participate in coordination
efforts with both Coconino and Yavapai County Emergency Management
Residents and property
owners downstream from the fire area are encouraged to continue to take
precautions to protect their property and they should also be prepared
to leave their homes on short notice in case of intense rain events.
Visitors are reminded
that national forest lands are closed through Oak Creek Canyon until the
area is deemed safe. For further information contact the Oak Creek
Canyon Information Hotline at 928-203-7505 or the Coconino National
Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/coconino.
More information about Slide Fire BAER efforts can be found online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3884/.
July 5, 2014
Town of Clarkdale
June 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