Author: Tommy Acosta

By Tommy Acosta Sedona News: Probably one of the stupidest political slogans ever created was the “No Home Rule” slogan adopted by those seeking eliminate the Alternative Limitation Rule- Option for the City four years ago. Proponents sought to remove the City’s control over its budget (Home Rule) and put state-imposed limits on it that would have affected the city’s ability to freely fund vital services without the state imposing limits. Placed on the ballot four years ago as required by law, the No Home Rule and a sister Permanent Base Adjustment effort initiated by a group of Sedona citizens,…

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Sedona, Ariz. (March 9, 2022)  Director of Marketing Michelle Conway has been named Interim President/CEO Of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau (SCC&TB) following the resignation of Candace Carr Strauss. Chamber Board of Directors Chairman Al Comello released the following statement: “It is with regret that the Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Candace Carr Strauss as President/CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. Candace has expressed a desire to return to her family in Montana, from whom she has been separated since assuming leadership of the Sedona Chamber 14 months ago. This…

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As I watched on TV the Russian helicopter get hit by the Ukrainian Stinger missile, I did with fascination as the rocket came in from the right side of the screen, struck the copter in a ball of light, disintegrating it to pieces, with the bulk of what was left of the helicopter falling to the ground in black smoked flames. The news channel kept playing the video over and over again and it seemed my eyes searched hungrily for any detail I may have missed from the previous viewing, each time it was played. And I noted, deep inside,…

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Sedona, AZ — World renowned blues/rock icon Carvin Jones, voted one of the greatest blues guitarist of all time by Guitarist magazine, is playing tonight at the Sedona Performing Arts Center , Friday, March 5, at 8 p.m. Carvin has received accolades from the likes of BB King and Buddy Guy. He has opened shows for Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, John Mayell, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Vaughn, and many other Blues Legends throughout the world who have come to admire his immense talents! Eric Clapton quote “Carvin Jones is a young cat out of Phoenix who I…

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SEDONA– The 100 Women Who Care Sedona-Verde Valley Chapter’s chosen recipient at their recent Giving Circle is the Verde Valley Sanctuary.  The nonprofit received $13,350.  This award was distributed on February 22nd at Twice Nice Thrift Store in Sedona. The mission of the Verde Valley Sanctuary is to enhance the safety of, and increase services for, survivors of sexual and domestic violence and end abuse through community education.  This generous donation will be used by the Verde Valley Sanctuary to establish a “Futures Without Violence Fund” that supportssurvivors with emergency costs such as vehicle repair; medical, dental, and mental health…

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On Friday, March 11, from 7 to 10 p.m., Sound Bites Grill is featuring Dream Beat, a four-piece band that proves that when it comes to great music, dreams do come true. Magic fills the air when creative powerhouses Valerie Romanoff on guitar and vocals and Francine Bop, on keyboard and vocals, get together.   Joined by Mark Nichols on drums and Laura Jane Tracy on bass guitar, the group creates a groove and mystical ambiance that takes their audience on a magic carpet ride through uncharted musical landscapes of joy, hopes and dreams.   Their music is filled with positive vibes,…

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ADHS has consistently followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and today’s updated CDC recommendations on mask use are no exception.  The CDC’s mask recommendations now vary according to a community level that considers COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and COVID-19’s impact on the local healthcare system. The COVID-19 community level for each county can be found at bit.ly/community_levels. According to the CDC, community levels in Maricopa, Yavapai, Coconino, and Santa Cruz counties are currently such that residents can consider going without masks in public indoor settings. In all other Arizona counties, the CDC…

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Welcome to the City of Sedona’s monthly newsletter! This is to help keep residents informed on City happenings. Read on for a round up of interesting news, events and announcements.   Straight Talk with Karen For March’s Straight Talk with Karen, we’ll be trying something a little different. To offer varying opportunities for residents to engage with City Manager Karen Osburn, the format will change from a one-on-one meeting, as it has been in the past, to a group setting of up to five residents. The March 30, 2022, meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at City…

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War Oh, what madness Infests some men’s brains A madness that kills That lusts to profane The sweet earth with the life blood That drains from the veins Of his servant the soldier On some foreign plain Who dies for his country But to whom it’s not plain Whether he dies for its freedom Or stock market gain.              –Tommy Acosta How scary it must be to know you must fight to the death with another human when war calls upon one to do so. Mortal combat has existed since the beginning of conscious time, since the beginning when humans…

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By Kathy Howe Sedona News: I live on a street in Uptown Sedona that has nine houses on it. Six are vacation rentals. I love it! No more barking dogs. No more urging a neighbor to have dead trees cut down. No more looking at a house where a hoarder lived and one of my cats hunted for food. No more listening to neighbors who lived across the street from each other and argued often. In the years the VRs have been operating in my neighborhood I have had only one incident which was quickly resolved by our fabulous Sedona…

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By Will Hamburg/Associate Broker/Investor Update: The hearing in the House Land, Agriculture, and Rural Affairs (LARA) Committee that was on February 14, 2022, passed 10-1 in favor of House Bill 2711. Keep a lookout for future updates on this bill by bookmarking our site and checking back tomorrow. Sedona AZ –A new amendment to the Arizona House Bill 2711 could stop investors from doing short-term rentals in Sedona. House Bill 2711 (HB2711), is a bill that was originally introduced by Representative Becky Nutt, (R) and passed the Arizona House of Representatives in 2021. The bill proposes to impose restrictions on…

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By Tommy Acosta Sedona, AZ – This one is for those of you currently losing sleep over the menacing clouds of war looming over Ukraine and Europe and the distinct possibility our country could be pulled into it. Don’t worry. Be happy. Go back to stressing about Covid and the mandates. That war just ain’t gonna’ happen. No chance. No way. Not in the cards. It’s like two roosters posturing, fluffing their feathers to scare the other away. It’s all bluff and bravado, but on an international stage rather than a barnyard. Nobody really wants that war. Except, perhaps, those…

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By Tommy Acosta Sedona AZ : The world… it seems is split in half. At least here in our country, anyway. On one side of the aisle we have our liberals and on the other our conservative — Right vs. Left, divided by ideologies and opposing beliefs. One side believes in concepts such as Critical Race Theory, women’s rights, abortion, vaccines, masks, global warming, and shared wealth. The other side believes ins self-improvement, hands-off government, freedom to choose medical treatment and pro-life for the unborn. The bitterness has reached a breaking point for so many. Families are divided. Cities, states…

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By Steve Segner Sedona News: Mike Schroeder’s opinion on Sedona.biz labeled “Sedona Management” has prompted me to write a rebuttal of sorts. I find the opinions of Mr. Schroeder to be off base, and un-factual. I am using this opinion submitted to Sedona.biz as an opportunity to correct some of his thoughts and add a few of my own. Mr. Schroeder said “Until you make the Sedona City Council positions attractive to talented and experienced people, you are going to get what you vote for.” He also said a council member should make a minimum of $5,000 a month and…

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By Tommy Acosta Sedona AZ: I am a child of the 60’s — a proud Baby Boomer. I came awake during the summer of 1968, when the war in Vietnam was raging and so many of my generation were being sacrificed and maimed in the name of freedom and of profit. I was one of those college students that grew their hair long, marched against the war and demonstrated in the streets of Washington D.C. At that time, we, the youth, understood that behind all conflict the profit motive lurked. We knew that an element exists in the world that…

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