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November 28, 2014

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

 

Traffic Stop by Patrol Deputies results in Seizure of Nearly 5 pounds of Meth -3 Suspects In-Custody

 

On November 26, 2104, around 2:30 AM, deputies saw a black passenger car travelling in excess of 80 mph in a 65 mph speed zone on north I 17 in Camp Verde. The vehicle exited towards highway 260 and ran a red light as it entered the highway. Due to the violations, deputies stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, Marie Bonnesen, age 31 from Peoria. The vehicle also contained 2 passengers identified as Xavier Alaniz, 24 years of age from Goodyear, and Harley Partch, 20 years of age from Avondale.

In discussion with deputies, each of the occupants appeared deceptive when answering questions regarding travel plans and their relationship to each other. This, along with additional information developed during the contact, led deputies to believe the vehicle likely contained contraband in the form of drugs. Bonnesen declined a deputy’s request to search the vehicle.

Deputies contacted a certified K9 team from the Camp Verde Marshall’s Office who arrived and initiated an exterior K9 “sniff” of the vehicle. During the walk around, the K9 displayed an alert on the trunk area of the vehicle indicating an odor of illicit drugs. Based on the alert, deputies inspected the trunk and found nearly 5 pounds of packaged methamphetamine, a loaded 9mm handgun, prescription medications, and various drug paraphernalia items (see photo).

All 3 of the vehicle’s occupants were arrested and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Transportation of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of a Deadly Weapon during a Felony, and Weapons Misconduct. Bonnesen and Alaniz were also charged as Prohibited Possessors due to prior felony convictions. All remain in-custody – each held on a $60,000 bond.

Investigation is ongoing.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

 

 

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November 19, 2014

City of Sedona

 

City Seeks Applicants for Planning and Zoning Commission

 

The City of Sedona is currently seeking to fill one position on the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Planning and Zoning Commission is one of three City Commissions and Boards required by the State of Arizona. This voluntary body is made up of seven citizens appointed by City Council.

The term of service for this vacancy begins immediately and ends October 31, 2015. Interested applicants must be current residents residing in the Sedona city limits. The deadline to submit applications to be considered to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission is Friday, December 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Interested applicants should have interest or experience or knowledge in land use or related fields, including but not limited to architecture, construction, landscaping, and planning. If you are interested in serving on the Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission, applications are available from the City Clerk’s office at Sedona City Hall located at 102 Roadrunner Drive, or by calling 928-282-3113. Please return completed applications to the City Clerk’s Office, 102 Roadrunner Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336.

The Commission plays a critical role in the City’s planning process as it serves as the Council’s advisor on land use, growth and development issues. The Commission’s duties include making recommendations to the City Council on Community Plan annual and 10 year updates, Land Development Code amendments, property zone changes and subdivision applications. In addition, the Commission makes the final decision on conditional use permits and development review applications.

Citizens can learn more about the Planning and Zoning Commission’s particular responsibilities by contacting Audree Juhlin, Community Development Director, Sedona Community Development Department at 928-204-7107 or email ajuhlin@SedonaAZ.gov.

 

 

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November 18, 2014

City of Sedona

 

Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds Begins December 4

 

Come enjoy Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds, a walk through holiday light display brought to you by Sedona Parks and Recreation in conjunction with Holiday Central Sedona. This is the second year for the free event and exciting new activities are scheduled.

Tinsel Town is open to the public every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 4 through December 28, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road.

Various community businesses and organizations will proudly present their individual light displays, accompanied by the professional displays of event sponsors Arizona Water Company, Sterling Financial, and APS.

In addition to the light displays, come enjoy the music of the Sax Appeal Saxophone Quartet on Thursday, December 4 playing from 6 to 8 p.m. On December 11 through the 21st, A Day in the West will be selling hot cider and cookies and Santa will be there to greet you. On December 6, 13 and 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. will be outdoor movies featuring Christmas classics. Best of all, join us on Friday, December 19 for a fun-filled afternoon and evening including a 45’ dual lane toboggan slide ride from 4 to 8 p.m., Christmas classic movies on the big screen from 6 to 8 p.m., goodies for sale and Santa!

For more information, please contact Parks and Recreation at (928) 282-7098 or visit www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks.

 

 

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November 17, 2014

Sedona Chamber of Commerce

 

Spending The Holidays In Sedona

 

 

FEATURED EVENTS

 

 

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November 17, 2014

Daily Journal

 

Hiker found dead in Coconino National Forest; sheriff's office says he was injured from a fall

 

SEDONA, Arizona — Authorities say a Sedona man who went missing while hiking in the Coconino National Forest in north-central Arizona has been found dead.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn says the agency's helicopter spotted 57-year-old David Polcyn's body in a canyon area Monday morning and that it appears he was injured from a fall.

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November 17, 2014

City of Cottonwood

 

Recreation Center Fall Closure November 23 - 30

 

 

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November 16, 2014

Sedona Main Street

 

Tree Lighting & Santa Visit

 

On December 5, 2014: Sedona’s Tree Lighting & Santa Visit kicks off the holiday season. Live entertainment, activities and refreshments will be available from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Canyon Breeze Plaza on State Route 89A in Uptown with the 20' holiday tree. 

Come hear Christmas carols and holiday favorites from musical and performing groups and let your youngsters tell Santa all their hopes and dreams. 

This free family event is presented by Sedona Main Street Program with Sedona Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sedona.

 

 

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November 15, 2014

City of Cottonwood

 

Take Note Cottonwood - The Truth About What Your Cholesterol Numbers Really Mean - November 20th

 

 

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November 14, 2014

Verde Independent

 

Court rejects Arizona ruling on proof of citizenship before voting

 

PHOENIX -- Arizona cannot require people to produce proof of citizenship before they register to vote, at least not for federal elections, a federal appellate court ruled Friday.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said neither Arizona nor Kansas can demand that the federal Election Assistance Commission add a proof-of-citizenship requirement to the federal registration form the panel designed.

Justice Carlos Lucero, writing for the unanimous three-judge panel, said Alice Miller, the commission's acting director, was within her rights to reject the request by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Kris Kobach, his Kansas counterpart. Lucero said the evidence shows there are other viable -- and less burdensome -- ways for states to ensure that people who are not citizens do not vote. He also said there was no "substantial evidence' that those in the country illegally were using the federal form to register or vote.

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November 13, 2014

Prescott National Forest

 

Sarah Tomsky Selected as New District Ranger for the Prescott National Forest's Bradshaw Ranger District

 

PRESCOTT, AZ (October 13, 2014) – SarahTomsky has been named District Ranger for the Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest. Most recently Tomsky has served as Deputy District Ranger on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Districts of the Inyo N.F. in Lee Vining, California. She entered the Forest Service in 2010 through the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program. As a participant in this program, she spent 2 years as a Fuels Management Program Specialist in the Pacific Southwest Regional Office in Vallejo, CA. During this time, she led the collaborative development of the regional Fuels Management Strategy for the 18 National Forests in California. She has also done temporary assignments in the recreation staff on the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino N.F., in Sedona, AZ, as well as serving as Acting District Ranger on the San Bernardino N.F. in Big Bear, CA. Tomsky holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Planning and Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, and a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

“I’m thrilled to join the Prescott National Forest’s team, and I’m honored to serve as the Bradshaw R.D. District Ranger,” Tomsky said. “I’ve fallen in love with Northern Arizona’s landscape and Prescott’s surrounding communities, and I’m looking forward to learning more about the land and the people I’ll be working with.” Sarah is an avid hiker, cyclist, and photographer, and looks forward to exploring the Bradshaw Ranger District and Prescott community upon her December 1st arrival.

Tomsky’s reporting date is December 1; she replaces Linda Jackson who is now the Forest Supervisor on the Ottawa National Forest in Ironwood Michigan.

 

 

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November 12, 2014

City of Cottonwood

 

Communication Center Ribbon Cutting Invitation - November 19th 11:00 A.M.

 

 

 

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November 11, 2014

Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments

 

Native American Artists to Demonstrate Traditional Spinning, Weaving, Natural Dyes

 

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – A gathering of Native American artists demonstrating traditional natural dyes and twill and belt weaving will be held Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde, AZ.

Each cultural specialist will showcase an element of classic Hopi and Pueblo-style weaving: using a support spindle to create yarn; vertical looms to fashion complex twill blankets and belts; and a display and discussion of the plants and other natural materials utilized before pre-industrial dyes and fibers became widely available. Men are the weavers in traditional Pueblo society, creating the wedding robes, belts, kilts, wearing blankets, and mantas used in dances and special occasions.

Adkin Kuwanyaioma of Second Mesa weaves the complex diagonal twills found in textiles similar to those on display in the Montezuma Castle Visitor Center Museum. Twills differ from plain machine-made weaves in that the alternating patterns allow flexibility and create a fabric that is durable and air and water resistant. Hopi twill blankets were used as warm clothing for boys and men, and are traditionally made in patterns of natural white, black, and dark brown.

 

Nuvakuku Dawavendewa of lower Moenkopi specializes in natural dyes, including Hopi black sunflower, cochineal, and other materials. He also spins cotton and wool yarn, using a support spindle, and weaves complex twills.

Blayne Honanie of Kykotsmovi is one of several Hopi weavers who create the belts and sashes worn in katsina dances. Traditional colors include red, black, green, and white, and patterns are interwoven into the design of the belt through the weaving process.

Participating artists will alternate with informal talks and will be available for questions and answers. At noon Saturday, Pueblo weaver Louie Garcia (Tiwa/Piro) will give a special presentation on the influences and continuities of Mesoamerican weaving techniques and design. He will bring examples of textiles from Mexico and Guatemala and illustrate the relationship with Pueblo weavings from the American Southwest.

At 2 p.m., Mr. Garcia will address, "Enduring Connections: How Pueblo Textiles Sustain Cultural Traditions—Past to the Present." Mr. Garcia founded the New Mexico Pueblo Fiber Arts Guild in 2009, has been an artist in residence at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, and teaches introductory Pueblo weaving as a part of the Pueblo Artist Workshop Series at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

The schedule for presentations will be:

10 a.m.: Blayne Honanie: “Hopi Belt Weaving”

11 a.m.: Nuvakuku Dawavendewa:” Natural Dyes: A Gift from Plants and the Process”

Noon: Louie Garcia: “Complexity of Design: Mesoamerican Influence in Pueblo Textiles”

1 p.m.: Adkin Kuwanyaioma: “Hopi Twill Blankets”

2 p.m.: Louie Garcia: “Enduring Connections: How Textiles Sustain Cultural Traditions—Past to the Present”

For beginning weavers, local textile artists Krystina Mucha and Susan Wilcox will have a hands-on area for children and other enthusiasts as the artists demonstrate the techniques of spinning yarn and the basics of weaving.

Regular admission fees apply, but there is no additional charge for the special programs. All Federal recreation passes are accepted, and children 15 and under enter for free. For further information, call 928-567-3322, extension zero. Montezuma Castle National Monument is located off exit 289, Interstate 17, at 2800 Montezuma Castle Road, Camp Verde, AZ 86322.

 

 

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November 10, 2014

Town of Camp Verde

 

Sales Tax Reporting

 

The Az. Dept. of Revenue is changing the way businesses complete their sales tax returns beginning January 1st, 2015. While the proecess will remain the same, with both form and online filing options, the classifications will change. There are now numerous “business class codes”. Business will need to select the correct code for their business type. For instance, Restaurants will no longer report sales under the code CE000 under retail sales but will now use code CE011 Restaurants & Bars. for a complete printout of the new codes see the following link.

http://modelcitytaxcode.az.gov/Tax_rate/PDF/201410.pdf

 

 

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November 9, 2014

Sedona Recycles

 

News from Sedona Recycles

 

Keeping the Red Rocks Green Since 1989

 

 

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November 8, 2014

City of Cottonwood

 

CAT/LYNX Will Be Assisting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in Their Annual Toys For Tots Christmas Drive.

 

 

CAT/Lynx buses will be opening their doors for folks to drop off their unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots campaign by the US Marine Corps Reserve. Toys may be left with the drivers in all CAT and Lynx buses or may be dropped off at the CAT Offices at 340 Happy Jack Way, just west of the Cottonwood Airport, from now until December 12. Please make sure to let the drivers know that the toys are for the Toys for Tots campaign. Please have them in a bag for our drivers.

The CAT/LYNX administrative offices are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. There is a donation box in the lobby for your toys.

CAT provides three fixed routes serving Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Verde Villages, as well as ADA Paratransit service to complement the fixed route service Monday through Friday. LYNX provides commuter service between Cottonwood and Sedona seven days a week.

 

 

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November 6, 2014

Prescott National Forest

 

Christmas Tree Permits Available Monday, November 17 - December 24

 

Prescott National Forest will sell 450 over-the-counter Christmas tree permits starting on Monday, November 17th. Permits will be available at our Bradshaw and Camp Verde Ranger Districts Monday –Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; and our Chino Valley Ranger District Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. It is important to note that Prescott National Forest permits will not be sold at Big 5 Sporting Goods stores this year.

Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone and can be purchased with cash, check, or credit card. Customers will be provided a map that shows the designated cutting areas along with additional Christmas tree cutting instructions. The permit will allow the holder to cut a tree of a particular species within a designated area between the dates of November 17 through December 24.

Rules for Christmas Tree Permits:

Each Christmas tree permit is $15 and allows permit holders to cut a tree up to 10 feet tall

A maximum of 5 permits per household, but each permit must have a different name assigned

Permits are for personal use only

Trees must be cut within designated cutting areas

Trees may be cut until December 24

No refunds on Christmas tree permits.

Tree cutters are reminded to be prepared for sudden weather changes and colder conditions when in higher elevations. A fun family outing can become miserable and even dangerous with a quick change of weather for the unprepared.

The permits expire on December 25th, however forest officials recommend cutting your tree early in the season before the higher elevations are snow bound. Trees can stay fresh for quite some time if cared for correctly.

To help keep your tree fresh, cut two inches from the bottom of your tree when you get home and place it in water. Keep your tree watered and in a shady spot until you are ready for it in the house. Another helpful hint is to bring an old tarp to wrap your tree in. Then when you drag your tree out of the forest, the tarp protects the tree and helps you avoid breaking branches. The tarp can also help avoid wind damage on the way home.

For more information on Christmas Tree Permits on the Prescott National Forest, please call the Bradshaw Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.

 

 

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November 5, 2014

Prescott National Forest

 

2015 Dead and Down Fuelwood Permit Gathering Season Will Be March 15- December 31

 

Prescott National Forest wants to remind customers that starting in 2015 the firewood gathering season will be March 15 through December 31. We are making this change for several reasons; to make the Prescott National Forest’s firewood program more consistent with the other northern Arizona forests and to reduce the need to be traveling on forest roads during the winter season when they are most vulnerable to rutting and resource damage. Additionally, we are experiencing a higher percentage of firewood cutting violations during winter season than other times of the year. For 2014, firewood gathering will expire on December 31. In the past, permits were yearlong.

For additional information please contact the Bradshaw Ranger District office at (928) 443-8000, the Chino Valley Ranger District office at (928) 777-2200, or the Verde Ranger District office at (928) 567-4121.

 

 

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November 4, 2014

Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments

 

Montezuma Castle National Monument Receives 2014 Park Stewards Grant

 

THANKS TO UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX AND SUBARU OF AMERICA, NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION PROGRAM WILL ENGAGE TEACHERS AND YOUTH IN SERVICE-LEARNING PROJECTS IN AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS

 

Camp Verde Arizona (November 4, 2014) – Montezuma Castle/Tuzigoot National Monument is one of 28 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Park Stewards grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Our Natural Resource project educates youth on native plant identification, propagation, and restoration of our native areas, by working directly with two local high schools.

Now in its seventh year, this program gives local high school teachers and students the opportunity to explore the relevance of National Parks to their lives, and enables them to become civically engaged stewards of their National Parks through year-long service-learning projects.

“With our Park Stewards program, teachers and students are able to explore science, nature, sustainability, and more through America’s largest living classrooms – our National Parks,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation.

The funds will go directly to Camp Verde and Mingus Union High teachers to enhance their programs as well as providing transportation monies allowing youth to attend field trips to the local monuments. While on the day- long field trips, the students will work closely with the Natural Resource and Education staff, engaging in hands on restoration practices. This includes native plant propagation, seed collecting, and identifying invasive plants and their removal. During the second half of the day, youth will learn how to test the health of the water and soil in our monuments. They will also learn about, species monitoring and reinforce this knowledge with real hands on experience.

We are grateful to the organizations that support the youth programs in small communities and will strive to expand the knowledge of the next generation. Montezuma Castle/Tuzigoot National Monument’s youth outreach program mission is to engage, educate and inspire all the youth in the Verde Valley. Each year we receive the grant, will be one more year connecting local youth to their local monuments.

University of Phoenix is now serving in its third year as the program’s official educational sponsor. The University is committed to opening opportunities for education and workplace readiness, and supporting sustainable solutions for environmental health. Its support of the Park Stewards program helps both teachers and students build a deeper connection to and sense of stewardship for America’s national parks, while offering students the chance to explore new career horizons.

“University of Phoenix is proud to once again support the National Park Foundation in helping build future generations of national park enthusiasts and supporters,” said Pat Gottfried, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Apollo Education Group, parent company of University of Phoenix. “The University has long supported environmental stewardship in our operations, offered sustainability-related degree programs and engaged in environmental philanthropy across the nation. We welcome the opportunity to continue to reinforce this commitment through our support of the National Park Foundation and the teachers and students it impacts.”

 Since 2009, the Park Stewards program has made it possible for 110 high school teachers to work in parks over their summer break, creating engaging curriculum to teach to their students in the coming school year. During their time in the parks, the teachers and park staff also develop service-learning projects for students to take part in during the school year. The projects tie to state academic standards and make meaningful impacts in the national parks. Examples of projects include monitoring water quality, creating digital history apps, hosting a Bio Blitz, and designing art sculptures. In addition, two students from each grantee school team will be selected for summer internships that will help support and grow their interest in national parks and the National Park Service.

The National Park Foundation also wishes to thank Subaru of America for their generous support of the Park Stewards program. A listing of the 2014 Park Stewards grantees and their project descriptions can be found on the National Park Foundation website. For more information on the National Park Foundation and how to support and protect America’s national parks, please visit http://www.nationalparks.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at: http://www.nps.gov.

 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service.  Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards.  Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

 

 

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November 3, 2014

City of Sedona

 

Uptown Traffic Control Operations to Continue through November 2014

 

The Sedona Police Department will be continuing its efforts to manage traffic and pedestrian traffic in Uptown during heavy congestion through the month of November. For the past two weeks, department personnel have been managing pedestrian crossings on N. State Route 89A at Jordan Road, the midblock traffic signal and Apple Avenue to facilitate smoother traffic flows through Uptown.

Police Department personnel will also set up a temporary left turn lane closure from N. State Route 89A onto Jordan Road when heavy traffic conditions develop. The lane closure allows the second southbound lane on N. State Route 89A to be extended to Jordan Road for a more efficient flow of traffic.

The lane closure is only established if heavy traffic conditions are present or are rapidly developing. Motorists needing access to areas adjacent to Jordan Road can either turn onto Forest Road or Apple Avenue.

The traffic control operations are scheduled to occur on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to about 6 p.m. or when it is determined that traffic will flow smoothly on its own.

Any questions regarding this Community Information Bulletin can be directed to the Lieutenant Lucas Wilcoxson at (928) 282-3102.

 

 

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November 3, 2014

City of Sedona

 

Parks and Recreation E-Newsletter

 

November Events

 


Water Aerobics & Aqua Zumba- These great year-round classes have moved to the Villas of Sedona indoor heated pool for the winter. They are held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on a first come first serve basis. Class size is limited. Classes are $5 per day or discounted punch passes may also be purchased. More information.

Faux Painting- Registration is being accepted now for these workshops by contacting Parks and Recreation at (928) 282-7098. Faux Fun, November 17, Walls for the West, November 20. During the Faux Fun workshop you will learn the secrets to stripes, diamond patters, how to improve a bathroom with false file and what to do with that "niche" indention in your wall. During the second workshop, Walls for the West, learn how to mesh two colors at once for rustic or suede looking walls. For an added bonus, learn how to work with joint compound to create false stones or bricks for that special area. More information.

Piano Workshop- Registration is being accepted now for this workshop by contacting Parks and Recreation at (928) 282-7098. On November 17, in just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. And you can learn all the chords you'll need to play any song in this one session. Any song. Any style. Any key. More information.

Guitar Workshop- Registration is being accepted now for this workshop by contacting Parks and Recreation at (928) 282-7098. On November 20, in just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won't have to take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away. Bring your acoustic guitar. More information.

Pumpkin Splash- What a fun event! The Photo Gallery can be seen here.

Sedona Community Pool- The pool closes to the public on November 8 at 4 p.m. We will be back in April for the spring. Look to your Sports and Specialty Classes page for information on upcoming Red Cross Lifeguard Training Courses.

 

 

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October 31, 2014

Prescott National Forest

 

Winter Closure of Recreation Sites

 

Prescott, AZ – Prescott National Forest will close the following developed recreation areas for winter at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

The following campgrounds will close for the winter season:

Hazlett Hollow

Hilltop

Lower Wolf Creek

Lynx

Mingus Mountain

Potato Patch and Potato Patch RV Sites

Eagle Ridge Group

Playground Group

Turney Gulch Group

Upper Wolf Creek Group

Groom Creek Horse Camp

The following campgrounds remain open Year-Round:

Alto Pit

Powell Springs

White Spar (campsites 1-12 only, no water and fee reduced to $10)

Yavapai

The public can obtain additional recreation information via the following:

Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/

Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

 

 

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October 31, 2014

PRWeb

 

Pink Jeep Tours blazes the trail to adventure with state-of-the-art tour vehicle

 

 

Pink Jeep Tours is revolutionizing the adventure tour industry with its next generation tour vehicle

 

Sedona, Arizona - Pink Adventure Group, the premier tour company in the Southwest known for its iconic pink Jeep® Wranglers and exhilarating adventure tours, has unveiled its next generation, state-of-the-art, off-road tour vehicle. This first-of-its kind, all new Jeep Wrangler was custom designed and built in the Pink Jeep Tours Eco-friendly service center located in Sedona, Arizona and will begin a new era of more Eco-focused tours starting in 2015.

Pioneering the tour industry over 50 years ago, Pink Jeep Tours is excited to introduce their most progressive vehicle to date, incorporating not only the best of the best when it comes to off-road upgrades, but an improvement in both passenger safety and trail conservation. Under the hood, the powerful 3.6L V-6 engine generates approximately 20% more fuel efficiency, and runs quieter than previous models. Additionally, cryogenic treated spark plugs are used, which significantly reduces emissions.

“We’re very proud to be the industry leader in off-road tour vehicle design and pride ourselves on putting conservation first in everything we do. In addition to being a longstanding member of Tread Lightly, we are committed to preserving the trails on which our tours operate. The cutting edge safety and Eco-friendly features of our new Jeep Wrangler keep Pink Jeep Tours at the head of the pack” says Pink Adventure Group owner Shawn Wendell.

To transform a stock Jeep Wrangler, each vehicle goes through an extensive modification process, receiving top end enhancements. At the heart, each vehicle receives a custom suspension with heavy duty BDS adjustable track bars and ARB coil springs, providing a 2.5 inch lift that towers over the competition. Above the wheels are patent pending features including an easily accessible side entry, reinforced roll cage, and custom bumper, resulting in industry leading safety out on the trail. Guests will also enjoy a wider 20 inch seat and nearly 15% more leg room than previous models leading to an even more enjoyable tour experience. And like all the vehicles in the fleet, it’s accented with a coat of iconic pink paint.

On October 22, 2014 Pink Jeep® Tours unveiled this state-of-the-art vehicle in Sedona, AZ to a crowd of local business professionals, community members, and elected officials, including Sedona Mayor-Elect Sandy Moriarty, who actually jumped into the driver’s seat of the new vehicle for a photo opportunity. Sedona Mayor-Elect Moriarty was in awe of the vehicle, stating, “Thank you for what you do for the community.”

To experience an adventure with Pink Adventure Group, call 800-873-3662, or visit http://www.pinkjeeptours.com for more information.

 

 

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October 29, 2014

Prescott National Forest

 

Road and Trail Conditions Safety Reminder

 

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

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

Follow these safety tips:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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October 27, 2014

Town of Camp Verde

 

Possible Sales Tax Increase

 

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

 

 

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October 26, 2014

Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

 

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October 23, 2014

ADEQ

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 ADEQ's WQIG program funded through a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act. For more information about the program, visit http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/water/watershed/index.html#wqig

 

 

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October 23, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Red Rock Ranger District to begin Birding Walks and Nature Talks

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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October 21, 2014

Congressman Paul Gosar

 

Either give us our land or give us our PILT

 

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

 

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

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

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

Background:

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

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

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

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

 

 

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October 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: 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.

 

 

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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.

Read more

 

 

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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, 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 wildfires:

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

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

 

 

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September 24, 2014

Montezuma Castle National Monument

 

Montezuma Castle to Host Weekly Native American Flute Circles 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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September 18, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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August 29, 2014

azcentral

 

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 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 www.facebook.com/LowerTAPCORAP

 

 

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

 

 

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August 8, 2014

Prescott National Forest

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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August 5, 2014

Verde Canyon Railroad

 

Verde Canyon Railroad "Fall Colors Tour"

 

 

A Colorful Crescendo in the Verde Canyon

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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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:  http://jefullerdata.com/ADWR/Slide/Slide.html

 

  • 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 www.fs.usda.gov/coconino. More information about Slide Fire BAER efforts can be found online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3884/.

 

 

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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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