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Community activism truly can be effective in helping guide how development takes place.The recent decision by Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) to withdraw their plan to develop the El Rojo Grande Ranch property is a great example of how a community can effectively take action.

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Sedona AZ (January 21, 2019) – The meeting with Yavapai County on the El Rojo Grande Project will be February 20, 2019 in Cottonwood NOT in Prescott as previously noted.At the January 17, 2019, meeting the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commissioners voted unanimously to not recommend a zoning change. This recommendation will be voted on by the Yavapai County Supervisors at the February 20, 2019 meeting and will be held in the same meeting room in Cottonwood where they had met on January 17, 2019.

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By Trish Jahnke(January 17, 2019)Congratulations to everyone who played a part in this wonderful P&Z victory. It has been a long 5 month haul, but each of you was absolutely necessary for the vote last night at 5:15 to NOT RECOMMEND THE REZONING. 

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By Stephen DeVol, PublisherSedona AZ (November 25, 2018) – Take a drive down the hill on Highway 89a about 2.5 miles south of Sedona and look to your right and you will see El Rojo Grande Ranch. It’s the open riparian area just before Sedona Shadows Manufactured Home Park. El Rojo Grande has been sold and the new owners, who also own Sedona Shadows, are requesting a zone change to allow them to build a 688 space mobile home and RV park on the 172 acre site. El Rojo Grande is located outside the Sedona City limits and part is…

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Sedona AZ (June 24, 2018) –The City Council of the City of Cottonwood, Arizona, will conduct a public hearing on the Tentative Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Budget at 6:00 p.m., June 25, 2018, at the City Council Chambers, 826 North Main Street, Cottonwood, Arizona.Citizens are welcome to provide written and/or verbal comments regarding the Tentative Budget and present at this public meeting.The budget for fiscal year 2019 is available at:http://cottonwoodaz.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/455

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By Sherry Twamley (April 29, 2018)The city of Cottonwood should be wrapped in yellow crime tape and dusted for fingerprints.  For 13 years, Cottonwood’s political leaders have served relatively narrow private interests within a city and allowed corruption  to flourish in a city that was lacking in active and organized constituencies (including citizen watchdog groups and investigative journalists), and faced little or no outside scrutiny. 

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Sedona AZ (May 8, 2016) – The Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking was a filmmakers dream: known for its unique approach to filmmaking, the school was inexplicably shut down by Yavapai College. It was closed, or rather the life was strangled out of the curriculum bit by bit. When the budget was slashed it became apparent that the fate of the creative school was sealed.Fast forward to April 27, 2016, when Dan Gordon appeared before an OLLI group where he explained the incomprehensible facts why such a innovative and creative school was senselessly closed.Hear for yourself from ZGI founder Dan Gordon why Zaki’s dream…

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Sedona AZ (March 30, 2015) – There are only two days remaining to opt-out from the Arizona Public Service Smart Meter Program. Here’s how to do it. An account holder can still have their smart meter replaced until April 1, 2015. After that a $5/month fee will apply. For rate payers wanting a non-transmitting analog meter back after April 1, 2015, a $50 set-up charge plus $5/month fee extra for having a non-transmitting analog meter will apply. Call APS at 1.800.253.9405, Be persistent but polite and follow up your phone call by completing these steps: Completing the “notice of no consent” here Copying it and Mailing it to APS via certified/return receipt…

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Sedona AZ (March 16, 2015) – You never know what lies in store in Sedona. So it is true in the building department. In the matter of CVS Pharmacy, the proposed project location at Highway 89a and Airport Road, one never knew what appeared to be a shoe-in was a shoe-out. The applicant, Withney Morris, represented by Armstrong Development Properties, Incorporated, sought to locate a CVS Pharmacy on a parcel that was zoned C-2 commercial. That would have been alright and there would not have caused a stir, except CVS wanted more. That parcel was zoned commercial, except it was…

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Sedona AZ (March 8, 2015)  –  The Yavapai College District Governing Board met at the Sedona Campus of Yavapai College on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Present was Penelope Wells, President of the Board (Ms. Wells is a nonvoting member) and Board members Al Filardo, Steve Irwin, Dr. Patricia McCarver, newly elected Deb McCasland and Ray Sigafoos were present at the meeting.    Following the call to order  Yavapai College District Board Advisory Committee Chair Paul Chevalier summarized meetings in which community stakeholders and college executives have held on improving Yavapai College’s education in the Verde Valley. Recommendations were made to the…

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Sedona AZ (December 10, 2014) – Arizona Public Service (APS) filed with Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) on December 1, 2014, a Memorandum detailing its support for their Opt-Out Schedule (Schedule 17) fees and an Order putting into law their request. The Opt-Out hearing will be held in a public meeting in Phoenix on Friday December 12, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The ACC offices are located at 1200 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007. This open meeting has issues contained in the controversial “Smart” Meter debate that has been of national concern: privacy and confidentially, “Smart” meter health…

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The Sedona Heritage Museum presents Michael Peach in a special and spooky performance of “Haunted History”, on Saturday October 25 at 3:00 p.m.  Come spend an autumn afternoon at the Museum and hear ghostly tales – some of which have their origins right in our own back yard! Peach will share true stories about ghostly encounters. Also on the play bill are four of      Mike’s original poems: Little Bill, about the unsolved alleged murder of Bill Fredricks at the Van Deren cabin; The Hauntings of the Red Ghost, a true story about a 19th Century Arizona monster; The Cactus Killer,…

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 Sedona, AZ (october 16, 2014) – The 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival Celebrates “Art and Wine” Art and Wine are both inspired by the rugged high desert landscape of Sedona. Indulge in both during the 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, October 18­25, 2014, presented by the Sedona Arts Center. A complete schedule of events may be found online at SedonaPleinAirFestival.org. Highlights include the following:   ·      The Jerome paint-out on Tuesday morning, October 21, is hosted by the Jerome Chamber of Commerce and the Jerome Art Walk. Artists will be painting the compositions created by rustic buildings and…

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Flagstaff, Ariz. (October 16, 2014)  – Last week’s planned prescribed fires were cancelled because the recent rains made fuels too wet to burn. Applying fire to the landscape would’ve created a significant amount of smoke, but the fuels would not have been consumed enough for the burn to have served its purpose. This week, the needles and debris along the forest floor are in better condition for fire to burn successfully. Pending all other favorable conditions, fire managers are planning to conduct the following prescribed fires Thursday and Friday.  For Thursday, Oct 16: –       Eastside Project: 125 acres off the…

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Attn:  Sedona press, friends and supporters Sedona, AZ (October 10, 2014) – I have made a decision to end my campaign for election to the Sedona city council.  In the past several months there is a long list of incidents and aggressive, vindictive, hateful bulling actions against me, my family and my business. These are far outside the possibility of coincidence.    I have a whole list of names and even video of persons involved, including my opponent.   I thought that being on city council would be a matter of simple public service but it’s obvious that Sedona city councilors and…

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