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October 19, 2014

City of Cottonwood


Inaugural Cottonwood Historic Home Tour - November 8th




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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 applicants.

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.



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October 16, 2014

Sedona Chamber of Commerce


More Main Street Events


October 18-25:

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

October 25:

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.



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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.

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October 12, 2014

Salt River Project


Donate to the Northern Arizona Forest Fund and help protect our watershed


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

A complete summary of NAFF's mission and work is also available. Additional informaton is available from the National Forest Foundation.

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October 11, 2014

Town of Clarkdale


Clarkdale Remains in Demand Reduction Strategy I Water Alert


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. No person shall waste water.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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October 10, 2014

City of Cottonwood


Notice of Intent to Increase Water and Wastewater Rates


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

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

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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 Administrator.

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



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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 Council.

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, 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



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September 30, 2014

Phoenix Business Journal


SRP faces legal challenge over dam permits


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

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

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September 29, 2014

Coconino National Forest


Most of Oak Creek Canyon to reopen Wednesday


Visitors urged to continue to use caution


Sedona, 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 Picnic area.

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 to register. For additional information on the Slide flood preparations, visit

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 or contact the Red Rock Ranger District at 928-203-7500.



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September 27, 2014

Verde Valley Medical Center


VVMC offers $85 mammograms at two locations during the month of October


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 Route 89A

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.



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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



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September 26, 2014

Sedona Chamber of Commerce


Sedona - the most beautiful place on earth






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September 25, 2014

City of Sedona


Sedona Fire District to Issue Fall Burn Permits


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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September 24, 2014

Montezuma Castle National Monument


Montezuma Castle to Host Weekly Native American Flute Circles 



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

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

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



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September 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 by Arizona Forward and Salt River Project (SRP). Known as the “Academy Awards” of the environmental community, the event is Arizona’s oldest and most prominent competition 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 overall sustainability.

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 Environmental 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 thrilled and tremendously proud to have won the Arizona Forward/SRP Crescordia Award. The Crescordia recognizes Clarkdale’s dedication to Verde River conservation, environmentally-sensitive 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 project that incorporates environmental conservation, environmental education, economic development, and 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.



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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 Management Plan.

“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 public lands.”


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.



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September 18, 2014

Coconino National Forest


Resident receives fines and probation for cutting 207 year-old juniper


A Rimrock resident was recently cited for illegally cutting timber and conducting a business without a permit on the Coconino National Forest. He was sentenced to two years unsupervised probation, fined $500, and owes $3,000 in restitution to the Forest Service.

On June 6, Joshua Favrow was in the process of illegally cutting an old-growth alligator juniper tree near FR 226 south of Munds Park when a citizen reported it to a nearby Forest Service law enforcement officer. Favrow admitted to cutting the live tree a year ago, thinking that when we returned this year it would appear he was legally harvesting dead and down wood. He was using the large slabs to make furniture to sell.

The old growth juniper tree Favrow destroyed dated back to 1807; it was alive 53 years before the Civil War, 75 years before Flagstaff was established, and 105 years before Arizona became a state. The tree could have remained alive for many more centuries if it had not have been cut down.

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

Favrow plead guilty in Flagstaff’s Federal Magistrates Court on Sep. 9 for cutting the old growth juniper. The maximum penalty for a Class B misdemeanor such as Favrow’s is six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.



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September 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:

Yavapai College, Spectrum Healthcare (formerly Verde Valley Guidance Clinic), the Verde Valley Senior Center, United Way Services, Friends of the Verde River and Community Legal Services will have information available on their programs supporting our local neighborhood.

In addition to these community focused participants, the Arizona School for Integrative Studies will be offering free massages and a Qigong master will be available for demonstrations to help you relax and find inner balance.

Free vendor spaces are still available. Contact the Community Development Department at (928) 639-2500 to sign up or with questions.

Join us on October 18th to reduce, recycle and refresh!

Questions should be directed to the Community Development Department at 928-639-2500.



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September 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.

Verde Canyon Railroad provides the only vantage point to view this population of extraordinary animals in their natural habitat. The eagles pay no mind as this heritage railroad, slow rolling along this river for more than 100 years, clickety-clacks its way to Perkinsville and back on a four-hour journey. The raptors not only live harmoniously with the train, they also share this wild refuge with countless other feathered and furred, including Great Blue Heron, Javelina, coyote, brown bear, elk, deer and an occasional brigade of feral burros. With wingspans stretching to six feet, the majestic eagles carve lazy circles in the brilliant blue sky, captivating train passengers with their aerial acrobatics as they waft overhead or engage in breathtaking courting rituals.

Verde Canyon Railroad takes its title, "Arizona's Longest Running Nature Show," quite seriously. In addition to providing support for Arizona Game & Fish's Eagle Watch program, the train is sponsor to Scottsdale's Liberty Wildlife, an animal rescue and rehabilitation center that tends to the needs of thousands of abandoned and injured Arizona wild creatures each year. In celebration of this partnership, volunteers from Liberty Wildlife bring rescued educational animals for special presentations at the depot and aboard the train each month. Visitors may enjoy a close up glimpse of owls, hawks, falcons, tortoises, snakes and even share a train ride with Sonora, a bald eagle who enjoys traveling through the Verde Canyon by train. She's not the only one who appreciates the luxury on board.

The vintage FP7 locomotives are both dressed proudly in eagle livery, the national bird's visage leading the train's way through the winding, wild canyon. Comfortable first-class accommodations lavish passengers in a luxurious living-room setting, including an abundant selection of appetizers and attentive beverage service right to the comfy seats. Coach-class is redolent of vintage-style passenger car charm with a well-stocked snack bar. Both classes have access to open-air viewing cars, a favorite aspect to this rail journey immersing passengers into the sights, sounds and scents of this wild western canyon. It's the best location on the train during "eagle watch" season.

Only two hours from Phoenix and 25 minutes from Sedona, Verde Canyon Railroad is the perfect Arizona day-trip, or if you plan to stay over, ask about our Room, Ride and Meal packages. Trains depart at 1 p.m. daily. Reservations are accepted at 800.293.7245 or online at

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August 29, 2014



Some consumers worry that smart meters pose health, privacy risk



Utilities use the wireless meters to track electricity use


Sedona resident Warren Woodward has serious concerns about the wireless meters that utilities put on homes to track electricity use.

He is concerned that the meters might emit dangerous levels of microwave radiation, transmit more frequently than the utilities suggest and could track which appliances he is using. He is concerned they could overbill him or that the data they transmit could be stolen.

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August 27, 2014

City of Sedona


Hands-Free Portable Communication Device Use Required & Texting/Typing on Device Prohibited While Driving in Sedona


A new City Code approved by the Sedona City Council restricting the use of portable communication devices while driving became effective August 22, 2014. The new ordinance states:

“A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a portable communications device to engage in a call unless that device is configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used exclusively in that manner while driving. Texting and typing while operating a motor vehicle are banned.”

The new City Code is similar to one that was enacted by the Coconino County Board of Supervisors in April 2014. The purpose of the new code is to increase traffic safety and to encourage healthy and safe driving behavior throughout the community. The ordinance does not apply when a driver is making a call to notify a police or fire department, a hospital or a physician’s office, or an ambulance about an emergency situation. It also does not apply when a person is operating a motor vehicle on private property or when the driver is parked on the roadway in a safe and legal portion of the roadway.

To ensure that our community is informed and educated about the new code, Sedona Police Officers will only be issuing verbal warnings to drivers who are in violation of the new ordinance during the next 6 months. Additionally, the Police Department will be collaborating with a Sedona Citizen Engagement group to develop additional suggestions and insight on maintaining community awareness on the new ordinance as well as hazards associated with distracted driving. The group will also assist the department with identifying effective enforcement strategies.

Distracted driving is a significant issue across the United States. Recent studies and research have found that:

-Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times.

-Cell phone use was reported in 18% of distraction-related fatalities in America.

-Texting takes your eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds – At 55 MPH that’s like driving the entire length of a football field blindfolded.

Although the State of Arizona has yet to adopt substantial legislation to address the hazardous created by distracted driving, it is hoped that awareness, education and effective enforcement of this new ordinance along with the development of suggestions and actions from the Citizen Engagement group will make traveling along our roadways in Sedona much safer.

Remember….By working together, we can ensure a safer Sedona for all.

Any questions regarding this Community Information Bulletin can be directed to the Police Chief Raymond Cota at (928) 282-3102.



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August 14, 2014

Sedona Recycles


News from Sedona Recycles



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August 12, 2014

Town of Clarkdale


TAPCO History Featured at River Access Point


Clarkdale, AZ – The Town of Clarkdale opened the Lower TAPCO River Access Point to the public on June 18th and has seen a steady flow of visitors every day since. Clarkdale held several public forums in May and June to solicit input on the types of improvements people would like to see at the site. While much work is yet to be done, there have been continuous projects at the site since its opening.

One recent addition was the installation of the site’s first historic interpretive sign featuring the history of the nearby TAPCO plant, an iconic steam powered electricity generating station operated by The Arizona Power Company from 1917-1958, and the namesake of the River Access Point. Although the TAPCO plant has been fully decommissioned and is now privately owned, it remains a prominent feature for those travelling up Sycamore Canyon Road and is visible from the north end of the Lower TAPCO River Access Point.

Local resident Tim Coons documented the history of TAPCO for a comprehensive exhibit featured by the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum in 2011. The facts shared at the site are a result of Tim’s research. Those with an interest in more details about TAPCO or other interesting Clarkdale history can visit the museum at 900 First North Street in Clarkdale.

The interpretive sign is located at the park entrance, next to the Self-Pay Station. In addition to the history of TAPCO, visitors will also find a site map, river safety information, and the rules for use of the River Access Point at this entry kiosk, which was designed and installed by local sign company 928 Signs. All visitors entering the park are required to stop at this location to secure a Vehicle Access Pass. There is no adopted fee for the pass, although a $5 per vehicle per day donation is suggested.

Located at 3400 Sycamore Canyon Road on the Verde River @ Clarkdale, the park is open seven days a week during daytime hours. For more information about the Lower TAPCO River Access Point, contact the Clarkdale Community Services Department at (928) 639-2460, or visit the site’s Facebook page at



From left to right: Guss Espolt (Clarkdale Community & Economic Development Department and sign designer), Cindy Emmett (Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum), Tim Coons (local historian) and Linda Smith (Clarkdale Historical Society & Musuem).



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August 8, 2014

Prescott National Forest


Forest Service Officials Looking for Information on Individuals Who Caused Resource Damage in a Meadow Restoration Site



PRESCOTT, AZ - Prescott National Forest officials are looking for any information related to an incident that occurred on the evening on July 4th and the morning of July 5th. Unknown individuals cut a lock leading into a “Powerline Meadow Wildlife Restoration Project Area” off Forest Road 106 just south of the Woodchute Wilderness. After gaining illegal entry into the meadow they left tire tracks and ruts throughout the recovering meadow, causing significant damage around the perimeter of the wildlife tank and the meadow. The ruts left by the vehicle were several feet deep.

The 10 acre meadow is being restored through a cooperative effort by the Prescott NF, National Wild Turkey Federation, Arizona Game and Fish, Arizona Public Service, and Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation. By excluding livestock and motor vehicle use, controlling soil erosion, removing trees encroaching into the meadow, and repairing and cleaning the tank; the meadow will provide important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Kelly Fleming at (928) 567-4121.



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August 7, 2014

Prescott National Forest


Logging Operations on Mingus Mountain


Forest managers on the Prescott National Forest are conducting a thinning operation across roughly 500 acres on the Verde Ranger District, on top of Mingus Mountain, beginning in August, 2014. The project is being done in an effort to reduce tree density, improve forest health, and reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire adjacent to private property. Forest visitors can expect log truck traffic on Forest Roads 104, 413, and 132; please exercise extreme caution while travelling on these roads. Hauling will not occur on weekends and holidays until the end of September. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.

For more information contact the Verde Ranger District at (928) 567-4121.

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



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August 6, 2014



Sedona Marathon Event Opens Registration and Offers Early Bird Pricing



Sign-up with your family and friends before September 1, 2014 to save on registration with Early Bird pricing! The boutique destination race event is expected to host more than 2,600 runners/walkers who will participate in one of these breathtaking panoramic races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Full Marathon race, presented by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau.

The course will take registrants through the scenic Coconino National Forest District known for its magical iron-clad formations, and onto the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the Country – a town which was recently placed on the "Top 10 Best Small Towns in America" list!

Spectators, supporters, and participants will be treated to an Awards Party, a Pasta Dinner, and an Event Expo at the world renowned Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. The Expo will feature vendors, artists, and live performers that will inspire and entertain both locals and visitors alike. All registrants will also have access to a fully loaded Virtual Goodie bag, a gender specific tech running t-shirt, and all finishers will be given a Finishers Medal.

Sign up before September 1, 2014 to save on registration with Early Bird pricing!

Come to the Sedona Marathon Event and be part of a rich tradition of healthy, sustainable living that has most recently been named by Good Morning America as one of the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America."

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August 5, 2014

Verde Canyon Railroad


Verde Canyon Railroad "Fall Colors Tour"



A Colorful Crescendo in the Verde Canyon


                Glorious fall foliage adds to the colorful intensity of Arizona scenery each fall, and nowhere do the branches dazzle quite as brilliantly as they do along the Verde River. An adventure aboard Verde Canyon Railroad’s Fall Colors Tour showcases the rich hues of scarlet and amber, crimson and gold further enhancing the beauty of this red rock canyon in the heart of Arizona’s Sedona area.  Train passengers savor the comforts of classic rail travel and its exclusive panoramic vantage point to view the wilderness, breathe deep the inimitable autumn air and enjoy time with family.   In anticipation of the beauty provided by Mother Nature’s seasonal display, first-class passengers celebrate with private-labeled wines, chocolate brownies and an abundance of freshly-prepared appetizers. The harvest season bounty of on-board refreshments includes fan favorites such as prickly pear margaritas and scrumptious fruit smoothies, adding extra relish to the adventure.

                The deep summer greens along this rare desert river transform, changing the canopy of cottonwood, sycamore, willow, mulberry and oak into a riot of color. Photographic opportunities abound at every curve of the tracks. The first glimpse of brilliant vegetation arrives from below, as the train meanders along the canyon rim, overlooking the River. As elevation increases, the railroad cuts deeper into the riparian ravine, bringing passengers eye to eye with swaying tree tops near the Monocline Fold.

                Further along the journey the crescendo of color builds as red sandstone walls and pinnacles reach ever higher for the sapphire skies as the vibrant autumn foliage arches over the train’s path from the canyon floor. Warmed by the languor of the late afternoon sun, the Verde Canyon’s hues begin to take on a dramatic radiance perfect for photos and lifetime memories.

                The peak of the fall colors in the Verde Canyon depends on temperature, sunlight, and rainfall amounts. Timing can vary each year and can never be predicted exactly, however, passengers can generally be assured of viewing brilliant colors October through Thanksgiving, with the colorful climax reaching its peak during early November.  Reservations should be made early, as this is a very popular time.

                Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October Verde Canyon Railroad offers an added treat, Ales on Rails.  It’s a festive party on the patio where guests enjoy the option of a variety of hearty beers from Southwestern craft breweries and an Oktoberfest-style luncheon. The party continues on the train, as the copper, bronze and golden hues of the autumn are complemented by the rich amber lagers served aboard the train. 

Postcard-perfect scenery is only part of the magic of Verde Canyon Railroad. The train provides a comfortable, yet exciting journey through this color palette as it travels a leisurely four hours from the charming Clarkdale depot to the ghost ranch at Perkinsville and back. Awe-inspiring rock formations, historic trestles, ancient cliff dwellings and soaring raptors are just a few of the trip’s many highlights. First-class cars boast plush seating, complimentary appetizers and a full-service bar.

Coach offers vintage Pullman-style seating, panoramic windows and snack bars. Everyone has access to open-air viewing cars offering 360-degree views and spectacular photographic opportunities. 

                Just 25 minutes from scenic Sedona and 10 minutes from historic Jerome, Verde Canyon Railroad is located in the heart of Arizona’s Verde Valley, named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations.

                Only two hours from Phoenix, Verde Canyon Railroad is the perfect Arizona day-trip, or if you plan to stay over, ask about our Room, Ride and Meal packages. Reservations are accepted at 800.293.7245 or online at



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July 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."

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July 30, 2014

Coconino County


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


Southwestern Conservation Corps members sandbagging at Garlands


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Coconino County and the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently completed installation of flood mitigation measures for approximately 40 residences and businesses adjacent to and downstream of the Slide Fire burn area in Oak Creek Canyon.

NRCS provided $230,000 in Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Exigency funds and the County Flood Control District contributed $77,000 in matching funds for the project. The NRCS funding component specified a 10-day window to complete installation of the flood mitigation measures. Despite issues with gaining access to and working in very challenging locations, including on steep slopes and in narrow spaces, the $307,000 project was completed ahead of schedule in nine days.

“In addition to NRCS and the County team, I would like to thank our property owners and residents throughout the Oak Creek area for their patience and cooperation during this mitigation project,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Ryan, whose district includes the Slide flood area. “Despite the threat of monsoon storms and a very tight deadline, this was a successful community effort because of their support.”

Between June 30 and July 9, crews installed more than 30,000 sandbags and almost a mile of concrete and water barriers. The County’s partners in this project included Civiltec Engineering and Natural Channel Design, which provided engineering for installation of the mitigation measures and Tiffany Construction, McCauley Construction and Fann Contracting, which installed the barriers.

Sandbag production and installation was accomplished by the Arizona Conservation Corps and the Southwest Conservation Corps from Salida, Colo. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) were instrumental in providing signage and logistical support, and the County Sheriff’s Office managed traffic and public safety throughout the project.  

“This project is a great example of what can be achieved through intergovernmental cooperation, determination and expertise,” said County Manager Cynthia Seelhammer. “I’d like to thank NRCS for their funding support and our County crews and contractors for a job well done under very challenging circumstances.”    

The County’s Public Works Department also assisted local residents and business by creating two self-serve sandbag sites in Oak Creek Canyon. These sites are located across Highway 89A from the Butterfly Garden Resort and at Indian Gardens next to the U.S. Forest Service Visitor’s Center. The County created sandbag signs and flyers for five City of Sedona sandbag sites to educate property owners on how to properly install sandbags around their properties without impacting Oak Creek.

The Oak Creek Canyon flood measures were determined to be feasible through property assessments that were conducted by Public Works and its engineering contractors last month in the aftermath of the Slide Fire. The fire began May 20 and charred more than 21,000 acres in the western portion of Oak Creek Canyon, significantly elevating the risk of flash flooding within the canyon.



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July 23, 2014

Coconino National Forest


Slide Fire BAER work effective and near completion



Flagstaff, Ariz. – Efforts by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team have proven successful and effective on areas of the Slide Fire and work is nearing completion.


Even though the effects from rain events cannot be entirely prevented by Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) efforts they can mitigated by reducing water flow, debris runoff and erosion from rain event on lands downstream and down-slope from moderately to severely burned areas within the fire perimeter.


Burned Area Emergency Response efforts promote the growth of grass in severely burned areas to stabilize soil and slow runoff.  These efforts also reduce impacts to highways and roads, decrease effects to vital watershed areas, water systems and wells, and lessen damage to sensitive areas, endangered species habitat, and archaeological sites.


To-date, the Slide Fire BAER implementation efforts have included the following:


  • Aerial seeding and mulching on 2,175 acres of moderate to high severity burned areas with a certified weed free seed mix with quick germinating and growing sterile barley, along with native grasses such as slender wheatgrass, little bluestem, and squirrel tail.  The barely has already sprouted and is on its way to stabilizing soils.  Seeding and mulching was very effective at protecting the topsoil in areas of the nearby 2006 Brins Fire.


  • Ten drainage culverts were cleaned out along forest system road 231 so that they do not clog up with debris and fail (wash out) during heavy monsoon rains.


  • The junction box at Sterling Canyon Spring, a water supply for the Arizona Game and Fish Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery, the Forest Service Pine Flats Campground, and supplemental water used at private residences, is being protected with an enhanced concrete encasement with structural reinforcement of a more hydrodynamic form to reduce the potential of damage from flood waters.


  • Several historic sites including three historic ditches, the Ranger Thomas Homestead, and the newly discovered Lolomai Lodge were protected from erosion and sedimentation with straw bales, waddles, and aerial seeding/mulching.  Asbestos shingles were found at the Lolomai lodge site and removed to prevent asbestos contaminates from entering the water in Oak Creek.


  • Several potable water supply well heads susceptible to flooding were protected from floodwaters with a combination of visqueen and sandbags at Cave Springs, Manzanita, and Banjo Bill Campgrounds.


  • Vault toilets in the Manzanita, Banjo Bill, and Cave Springs Campgrounds and Slide Rock State Park susceptible to flooding are being pumped and closed to reduce contamination of Oak Creek water from floodwaters entering human waste.


  • Early Warning System ALERT stations were installed in the Slide burn area.  These ALERT stations provide real-time data on rain fall amounts.  This data from these ALERT stations can be viewed at the following link:


  • Warning signs were installed at access travelways into the burned area with the objective to prevent public entry and personal injury or loss of life into or below burned areas.  Barricades have also been installed at potential access points into the closed area of the fire and Oak Creek to prevent public entry into areas with high risk of falling trees, debris flows, rock slides, and flooding with the objective of preventing personal injury or loss of life to forest users.


Storm Inspection and Response Patrols are in place to monitor conditions and implement cleanout of forest road culverts after significant precipitation events within drainages connected to Oak Creek. The objective is to remove debris from culverts or drainages that otherwise might plug up and pose risk of breach that might damage structures or flood downstream values including road infrastructure, non-forest residential developments and flooding events posing further risk to human life and safety along Oak Creek.


  • Field monitoring of seeding and mulching treatments will be performed in years one and two to determine the effectiveness of seeding and mulching on relatively flat slopes (5%) and on steeper slopes (about 25%). 


The BAER Team also provided a burn severity map and preliminary peak flow data to assist the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in conducting their damage assessment report.  The NRCS provided emergency funds to Coconino County to assist landowners in preparing private property for potential runoff and debris flows from the burned area.  The Coconino National Forest continues to participate in coordination efforts with both Coconino and Yavapai County Emergency Management Services.

Residents and property owners downstream from the fire area are encouraged to continue to take precautions to protect their property and they should also be prepared to leave their homes on short notice in case of intense rain events.

Visitors are reminded that national forest lands are closed through Oak Creek Canyon until the area is deemed safe.  For further information contact the Oak Creek Canyon Information Hotline at 928-203-7505 or the Coconino National Forest website at More information about Slide Fire BAER efforts can be found online at



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July 5, 2014

Town of Clarkdale


Clarkdale Initiates Demand Reduction Strategy II Water Alert



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June 1, 2014

Arizona Daily Sun


Public returns to upper Oak Creek Canyon



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

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

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