April 18, 2014
State Route 89A switchbacks to close for up to five weeks
after Memorial Day
Closure north of Sedona necessary
to safely perform repaving, rockfall mitigation work
PHOENIX — On arguably one of the most narrow and winding
roadways on the state’s highway system, the Arizona Department of
Transportation will soon begin a project that will restore the pavement along a
three-and-a-half-mile segment of State Route 89A through the Oak Creek Canyon
Beginning on Monday, April 21, crews will start work on
the $2 million improvement project that will repave the roadway between Pine
Flat Campground and Oak Creek Vista overlook (mileposts 387-390). The project
area is located in the Coconino National Forest midway between Sedona and
Flagstaff, just north of the popular tourist destinations in Sedona and Oak
order to complete the work in safe and timely manner, a full closure of SR 89A
through the switchbacks, which have steep grades with little to no shoulders,
will be necessary for up to five weeks following the Memorial Day holiday and
prior to the Fourth of July holiday (May 27 – July 2). While the closure
isn’t expected to last more than five weeks, ADOT is offering incentives to
the contractor to complete the work as quickly as possible, while focusing on
safety and quality. During construction, access will be maintained for emergency
During the first phase of the project from April 21
through May 22, a single-lane restriction during daytime hours will be required
Monday through Thursday throughout the project length as crews begin
preparations for a full closure of SR 89A. The roadway will be open, without
lane restrictions, during the Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26.
April 18, 2014
Climbing Lane Progresses
Starting Monday, April 21 crews will begin the milling and
paving work on I-17 through the project. For the next two weeks, overnight work
will require a single lane restriction in both directions and drivers are
encouraged to allow extra travel times to reach their destination.
Work hours are from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and drivers can
expect minimal delays.
During construction, bicyclists are not permitted through
the project work zone as the shoulders along I-17 are closed.
This project is expected to be complete by the summer
The work zone will be clearly marked by temporary
barricades and signage. ADOT advises drivers to allow additional time to reach
their destinations and to proceed through the work zone with caution, comply
with the reduced speed limit, and be alert for construction equipment and
April 17, 2014
City of Cottonwood
April 17, 2014
City of Sedona
Kids Photo Hunt and Hike at Sedona Wetlands Preserve
The City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department invites
you to get off the couch and enjoy nature during the Kids Photo Hunt and Hike at
the Sedona Wetlands Preserve on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
Children ages 6 to 12 can take photographs and learn about the surrounding
nature, and along with their parents can enjoy this unique hour-long guided
adventure. The Sedona Wetlands Preserve is located at 19655 SR 89A between
Sedona and Cottonwood.
A naturalist/guide from the Flagstaff Nature Conservancy will lead participants
through the preserve while they search for a given list of items. Children are
encouraged to learn about and photograph all the items on their list in order to
complete a field journal. Each journalist must bring his or her own camera to
use, however, journals are provided. After successfully photographing the items
on the list, participants may develop their pictures and create an adventure
field journal of their hike at home.
There is no fee to participate in Kid’s Photo Hunt and Hike, but there is a
class maximum of 15 children. Please call the Parks and Recreation office at
282-7098 to reserve your child’s place in the class. For more information on
this and other events, visit www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks.
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April 16, 2014
City of Sedona
Multi-Use Space Available for Performance Artists and
The City of Sedona Recreation Room located within Posse
Grounds Park is available for rental through the Parks and Recreation
Department. This 860 square foot room is ideal for birthday parties, Girl Scout
troops, HOA/club/organization meetings, performance artists, or specialty
classes. The space is available on a year-round basis for a nominal rental fee
depending on the intended use.
The facility is near shaded picnic ramadas, a playground, a multi-use grass
field, and has attached restrooms. The interior has linoleum flooring, air
conditioning and heating, mirrored walls, a sink, tables, and chairs. It is
within walking distance of West Sedona School and the Sedona Teen Center.
Pricing for rentals is dependent on the nature of the activities and the
organization in question (private party, non-profit, or for-profit).
Special attention has recently been given to performance artists needing an
inexpensive space for practicing their craft. All performance artists need only
pay the “non-profit” rate to reserve this space, which is $5 per hour with
applicable key and room deposits that are refundable.
Though the Parks and Recreation Department utilizes this space throughout the
year for seminars and workshops, there is still plenty of time available for
private parties/rentals. If you have been searching for a space for your group,
please call (928) 282-7098. Photos of this facility are available at www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks.
April 16, 2014
City of Sedona
Sedona Citizens Connect Available on City’s Website
Earlier this year, the City of Sedona launched a new
smartphone application, which allows Sedona residents to help improve their
neighborhoods and the city by reporting non-emergency civic issues, such as
potholes, flooding, abandoned vehicles, and loose animals. In addition, it is
now available on the City’s website at www.SedonaAZ.gov.
On the homepage, click on the Citizens
Connect button or go to the “I Want To” tab, “Report”,
“Citizens Connect – Service Request.”
This mobile and online reporting platform is an incredible collaborative
opportunity between the citizens of Sedona and the City. In addition, it will
improve how the City delivers services to its neighborhoods.
Sedona Citizens Connect allows a user to capture a photo, video, or audio of the
problem. The user then uploads the media, and along with GPS location
information pulled directly from the device, submits a report directly to the
City. Once a report is submitted, feedback is provided to the user based on the
action taken by the department handling the report.
Using “Sedona Citizens Connect” allows the City to use technology to save
time and money while improving accountability. In addition, the application
verifies that the item being reported is within City boundaries. For instance,
if there is a pothole outside the City boundaries, the GPS tracking service from
the device the sender is using will identify the location of the issue reported
and notify the sender.
Sedona Citizens Connect is free to download and use. To download App, search for
“Sedona Citizens Connect.”
For questions, please contact Sherri O’Connor at 203-5032 or email soconnor@SedonaAZ.gov.
April 15, 2014
City of Cottonwood
Verde Valley Leadership Needs Your Help
“Inspiring individuals to action” is the vision of
Verde Valley Leadership, Inc., whose mission is to develop leadership skills,
build community awareness and diverse influential networks. In the tradition of
each graduating class leaving a legacy, Verde Valley Leadership’s Class VII is
focusing its efforts on a Legacy Project in the Verde Valley, which is sure to
make a difference. The Class is working with Cottonwood Parks & Recreation
to install a shade structure over playground equipment at Riverfront Park. It
will not only protect our children from harmful UV rays of the sun, but also
protects the city’s investment of playground equipment.
April 14, 2014
Coconino County Sheriff’s Office
Short Haul Rescue Person Injured While Canyoneering in
Flagstaff, AZ; On April 12th at
approximately 6:30 pm the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a SPOT beacon
alert in the West Clear Creek area. The owner of the SPOT beacon, a 45
year old male from Phoenix, was on a solo canyoneering trip in Wilbur
Canyon. A Department of Public Safety Air Rescue helicopter was requested
to search the area while ground based search and rescue resources were
responding. DPS Air Rescue located the subject on a steep ridge where he
appeared to be stranded on a cliff.
Search and Rescue personnel hiked into West Clear Creek and climbed up to the
patient on the ridge while another team hiked to an area on the rim above the
subject. At approximately 2:30 am the team above the subject made voice
contact and determined that the subject was injured. He had apparently
fallen 100-200 feet while canyoneering. SAR personnel were able to climb
to the subject’s location at approximately 4:00 am and provided initial
Based on the subject’s injuries it was determined that a helicopter short haul
rescue would be the best way to transport the subject out of the area to a
waiting medical helicopter so that he could be transported to the
hospital. A short haul rescue involves the subject and rescuer suspended
150 feet below the helicopter and flown from the scene to a location where the
subject can be transferred to another medical provider.
At about 7:00 am the short haul rescue was completed with a search and rescue
member as the short haul technician. The subject was then transferred to
Guardian Air Transport and flown to John C Lincoln North Mountain hospital in
Phoenix for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries.
April 14, 2014
Coconino National Forest
Midgley Bridge Trailhead Temporarily Closed
Sedona, AZ – The Midgley
Bridge Trailhead and parking area will be temporarily closed for construction
activity from Monday, April 21st – Friday, May 2nd.
A fenced enclosure will prohibit public access from 89A to the parking area in
an effort to reduce risk and exposure to construction activities. There
will be no access to Wilson Canyon and Wilson Mountain Trails from Midgley
During this closure, an accessible toilet will be
installed and an accessible path will be built from the parking lot to the
restroom. As there was no toilet previously at the trailhead, this
addition should assist in reducing pollutants from reaching the Oak Creek
Watershed. This work is possible through a grant received from the Oak
Creek Watershed Council, administered by Arizona Department of Environmental
Quality’s water quality improvement grant program.
Plan accordingly during this time period if your
recreation includes this area.
For more information concerning this project, please
contact the Red Rock Ranger District at (928) 203-2900.
April 13, 2014
City of Cottonwood
The City of Cottonwood Parks and
Recreation department is excited to invite you to this year’s annual
Easter-Egg Hunt at River Front Park, April 19, 2014. All festivities are
free to the public and will begin at 10 A.M. for all children ages eight and
under, with age groups of 1 to 17 months, 18 to 35 months, 3-4 years, 5-6 years,
and 7-8 year olds. This year’s event will feature over $2,500 of candy, food
coupons, stuff animals, movies, and toy filled baskets! This event is made
possible by all of our sponsors; Verde District Kiwanis Club, Cottonwood Youth
Advisory Commission, Wal-Mart Super Center, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Sonic
Drive-In, KC’s Family Tae Kwon Do, and, McDonalds.
April 13, 2014
Stars Shine Bright and Red Rocks Glimmer in Verde Canyon
CLARKDALE, AZ and SEDONA, AZ and JEROME, AZ--(Marketwired
- Apr 10, 2014) - What Sedona and the Verde
Valley lack in traffic signals and street lamps, they trade in exchange for
brilliant star shine bursting with galaxies and distant planets. City slickers
enjoy an awestruck adventure stargazing beneath the summer sky in Arizona's
remote Verde Canyon wilderness. A canyon
cruise by moonlight via Verde Canyon Railroad has long been one of the
train's most popular seasonal specials.
Departing during the cooler temperatures of late afternoon
and traveling through sunset, twilight and starlight, Verde Canyon Railroad's
rides take place on May 17, June 14, July 12, August 9 and end with the season
finale on September 6th. Departing at 5:30 p.m. and returning at 9:30
p.m., the evening excursion serves up a wide-ranging mix of light, color and
shadow. As the moon crests the horizon the riparian wonderland and its native
creatures are illuminated amidst an unforgettable dreamscape.
In addition to first-class and coach seating, the
Starlight schedule also features two special event options: the Grape Train
Escape and the Tequila Sunset Limited.
Train Escape is perfect for leisurely sipping of a variety of
specially-chosen vintages. Each month highlights a different wine-growing region
from across the globe, including Italy, New Zealand, South America, California
and Washington State. A tasting flight of five wines includes special
accompanying hors d'oeuvres to complement each selection.
The featured Tequila
Sunset Limited distillery for 2014, Luna Malvada, will offer a selection of
three premium tequilas, paired with inventive appetizers to complement each
selection. The agave-distilled liquor can boast a complex sipping flavor suited
to any snifter.
The train provides a peaceful sanctuary from the ordinary
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.
Passengers may toast "Cheers!" under the
night sky, enjoying star gazing opportunities galore from the unique vantage
point of the train's open-air viewing cars.
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. With sky above,
water below, and heaven in between, Verde Canyon Railroad guarantees an
unforgettable rail adventure.
April 12, 2014
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Recent Search and Rescue Incidents-
Cell Phones a Critical Lifeline but those Rescued otherwise Unprepared
YCSO deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers have
been extremely busy over the last few weeks helping lost and sometimes injured
hikers out of various predicaments. Many involved in these rescues had
already increased the risk of problems because they were hiking alone, did not
carry adequate supplies, were not familiar with trail locations and topography,
and began hiking just before dark. Fortunately though, they could rely on
YCSO deputies and dedicated volunteers to bring them to safety. All were
carrying cell phones which provided lifesaving contact with YCSO dispatchers and
rescue personnel. Time is always a critical factor in such rescues. Without a
working cell phone, these hikers would have likely experienced all night
exposure in the desert and risk of serious injury or death.
These brief rescue overviews are shared in the hope others
will not repeat the same mistakes.
April 4, 2014 – Around
9pm, deputies were notified of a lost 58-year-old California man on Cathedral
Rock in Village of Oak Creek. The call originated from the man’s father in
California who reported that his son called and said he was lost without food,
water, or any supplies. Additionally, his son’s cell phone battery was almost
dead. Very smartly, the father told his son to remain stationary and let rescue
personnel come to him.
GPS coordinates were obtained from the hiker’s cell
phone which placed the hiker near the top of Cathedral Rock. The Verde Search
and Rescue (Verde SAR) team was called out and hiker’s vehicle was located in
the Red Rock Crossing parking lot where a base camp was set. Just after midnight
on April 5, Verde SAR found the hiker in good condition and very glad to see the
professionals. Within the hour, the man was back to his vehicle heading to his
hotel in Flagstaff.
April 6, 2014 – At
approximately 7 pm, deputies were dispatched to the vicinity of Bell Rock in the
Village of Oak Creek regarding a lost hiker identified as a 44-year woman from
Grand Canyon, Arizona. She reported being lost and was trying to return to her
vehicle before dark. She was out of water, but
wearing adequate clothing and did have a light source. The
woman was directed to call 911 which would allow dispatchers to access GPS
coordinates. Using this information and under the deputy’s direction, she was
guided to the correct trail and arrived at the Court House Butte parking area
just after 8PM. The deputy met her there, provided water and a ride back to her
April 7, 2014 –
Deputies were dispatched to Cathedral Rock in the Village of Oak Creek around
6:45 PM regarding two hikers, a husband, 58, and his wife, 57, who were lost.
The couple, from Colorado, called in by cell phone. The wife had fallen into
some cactus during their attempt to hike out and they could not find the trail,
ending up near a cliff’s edge. The couple was directed to remain stationary.
The Verde Search and Rescue team was called out as
deputies plotted GPS coordinates obtained from the cell phone call. The team
obtained a verbal response from the couple around 9 PM as they attempted to
reach their location. Just before 9:30 PM, the team made personal contact and
was able to escort the couple to base camp arriving at 11:45 PM. Fortunately, no
immediate medical attention was required.
Deputies noted the following – The couple was in no way
prepared for such a hike. They were out of water, took no food, and wore light
clothing and tennis shoes. When rescuers made contact, the female was shaking
uncontrollably, her skin was cold and she had a difficult time moving. One of
the Verde SAR members provided extra clothing allowing her to warm during the
hike back to safety.
April 9, 2014
Coconino National Forest
Sedona Business Paid Fine and Restitution
for Illegal Activities on National Forest
- On October 25th, 2013, the Red Rock Ranger District was
informed by representatives of the canyoneering community of an incident in a
remote side canyon to Oak Creek. Investigators determined that a commercial
business, Ropes That Rescue, conducted a week-long commercial outdoor training
class September 21 – 27, 2013, which caused damage to the area.
An investigation determined that damage resulted from
fires that were deliberately set as part of the training within the narrow
canyon located in a part of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness that is also
within the Oak Creek Research Natural Area. The canyon is home to rare plant and
wildlife species and a sensitive riparian community.
Investigators determined that Ropes That Rescue had
conducted a week-long commercial training on the Forest, sponsored by owner Reed
Thorne who was present at the training. Ropes That Rescue does not possess a
permit to conduct business activities on the Red Rock Ranger District and was
charged with operating a commercial business without a permit and causing
associated resource damage. Through an agreement reached between the United
States Attorney’s Office, the United States Forest Service, and the defendant
and with approval of the US magistrate judge, Reed Thorne agreed to a fine of
$500 and $5000 in restitution for damages to the area.
Questions can be directed to Jennifer Burns, Recreation
Staff Officer for the Red Rock Ranger District, (928) 203-7529.
April 8, 2014
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Native American Toys Highlight Junior Ranger Day at
Montezuma Castle National Monument
CAMP VERDE, Ariz.—Have you ever tracked an animal or
held a mountain lion skull? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be a
Park Ranger? Would you like to make your very own traditional cordage bracelet?
Here's your chance! Montezuma Castle National Monument has special
activities planned for Junior Ranger Day from 9am-3pm on the 19th of
April. Activities are open to visitors of all ages. Special "Junior Ranger
Day" certificates and buttons will be available upon completing a series of
activities located at designated explorer stations along the 1/3-mile loop trail
at Montezuma Castle National Monument.
An especially unique activity for the day includes Fred
Kooyaquaptewa of the Hopi Bear Clan. Mr. Kooyaquatewa is from Second Mesa, AZ.,
and will be demonstrating traditional Hopi toys. He began making and
demonstrating Hopi toys when he was in his early teens. The artist’s
specialty includes the making of playthings used before the introduction of
modern plastic toys, including classic Hopi wooden tops and stickball
National Junior Ranger Day is designed to encourage
children and families to connect with parks in ways that engage them in
exploring, learning, and practicing stewardship. There is no need to register.
Simply arrive ready to explore, learn, and have loads of fun!
Junior Ranger activities will kick off National Park Week
at Montezuma Castle, April 19–27, 2014. Entry fees will be waived at
Montezuma Castle and all National Park Service sites April 19–20. Special
programs are being held at national parks around the country. You can see what
parks are doing throughout the National Park System by going to http://www.nps.gov/npweek.
Montezuma Castle National Monument is located at 2800
Montezuma Castle Road in Camp Verde, AZ. The monument is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
every day except December 25. For more information, call 928-567-3322 ext. 0.
April 7, 2014
City of Sedona
Sedona P.D. Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on
April 26 at Sedona City Hall
On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Sedona Police
Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public
its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding
their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription
drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to City Hall East parking lot at 102
Roadrunner Drive in Sedona. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps,
only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription
drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and
local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was
collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have
taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public
health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to
diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are
alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to
these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are
obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In
addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of
unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both
pose potential safety and health hazards.
DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that
implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the
Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or
their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose
of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to
accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term
care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in
Parks and Recreation E-Newsletter
Pool Opening: The Sedona Community
Pool is open for business on Saturdays, beginning April 5. Open from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. you can enjoy swimming laps or just playing around in the
water. $2 for kids/seniors and $3 for adults. More
Dog Seminar: What is My Dog Saying at
the Dog Park? Find out the answer to this question during a 3 hour seminar
on April 2. Only $10 per person. Held at City Hall. More
Celebration of Spring: April 19 from 9
a.m. to 12 p.m. This fantastic event has carnival rides, ponies, vendors,
food for sale, an egg hunt and a scavenger hunt. Incredibly fun and
affordable for only $2 for children 12 and younger. Tickets go on sale
April 7 (in the Parks and Recreation office). Buy early so you don’t
have to wait in line. See photos
from last year’s event. More
Adult Softball League: Registration
begins May 1 so start planning your team now. Two leagues this year for
you to choose from: Recreation League and Competitive. Both leagues are
$275 per team. Men and women welcome (men’s rules apply). More
Kid’s Photo Hunt and Hike: May 3 at
the Sedona Wetlands Preserve. Children ages 6-12 years old may participate
in this photo adventure through the wetlands preserve. A Naturalist for
the Nature Conservancy will guide participants while they search for a
given list of items. Each child must learn about and photograph all items
on the list in order to complete their field journal. This is a free
Kaibab National Forest
Fire Danger High