Author: Tommy

By Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty Sedona News: Let’s talk about a hot topic in Sedona, vacation rentals, also known as short-term rentals, and what is usually referred to as Air B&B’s. What are they, exactly, and are they good or bad for Sedona? By definition, they are rentals of less than 30 days, and they can be a room in someone’s home, a casita, a condo, or a small multiple family dwelling. But most vacation rentals are single family houses. Only about 10% are units in a home occupied by a resident. In 2016, the Governor and the legislature passed…

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Sedona News: They are back! The Green Light Dance Band returns to Bella Vita Ristorante Sunday, May 29, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This will be their first performance for this year on the restaurant’s beautiful outside patio stage. If you like to dance and enjoy original-classic rock songs sung in two and three-part harmonies, you don’t want to miss this show. Music is magic. It captures our feelings better than anything else. Memories and songs are fused forever when they come together at just the right moment in our lives. This band of baby boomers continues to rock Sedona…

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      There is no question that Short Term Rentals (STR) have changed the character of housing in Sedona. In past years, Sedona homes owned by out-of-towners were rented to locals at fair or below-market prices, and this market subsidy was advantageous for both renter and owner. The renter could rent a lovely home in a tourist town. The homeowner received rent to help pay for their future home with a caretaker to look after their investment. This symbiotic relationship worked for both parties, especially for Sedona’s business.  When the state of Arizona passed SB-1350 in 2016, it changed…

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Sedona Election News: The following is an interview with Sedona City Council candidate Pete Furman. All council candidates have been invited to answer specific questions in relation to their positions and candidacy. What office are you running for? I’m a candidate for the Sedona City Council. Why are you running? I’m running to improve the quality of life for Sedona residents, to protect our environment, and maintain local control of our budget process and rules. Sedona is my home, I care about our future, and have the desire, experience, and energy to help manage its direction. Learn more about me at…

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Political Satire By John O’Brian  Sedona: Bold solutions are necessary to significantly reduce tourism and solve Sedona’s traffic crisis.  Here are a few “creative” ideas to consider: Demolish and remove all hotels, motels, timeshares, airbnb’s, vacation rentals, restaurants, retail shops, grocery stores, ATV rental businesses, helicopter tour companies, hiking and mountain bike trails in the Sedona area so tourists no longer have a place to sleep, eat, shop and play. 2. Pass a national law that eliminates “Spring Break” throughout the United States. 3. Pass a local ordinance prohibiting the use of social media in Sedona so tourists will be…

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Sedona News: The following is an interview with Sedona Mayoral Candidate Scott Jablow, presently serving as vice-mayor on the Sedona City Council. All council candidates have been invited to answer specific questions in relation to their positions and candidacy.  What office are you running for? Mayor of Sedona Why are you running? Having served Sedona residents for over eight years, first as a City Councilor and most recently as Vice Mayor, I KNOW the time has come for serious change. Not in our direction, but most certainly in our implementation. How long have you lived in Sedona?  Janet and I purchased our…

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By Marisa Morton Sedona News: Approximately 55% of all Americans take part in gardening activities, with many citing the joy of working in the Great Outdoors and watching their plants grow, as highly fulfilling. In the earlier stages of the pandemic, the sale of online gardening goods doubled, indicating that for many, this hobby was seen as a way to reduce stress, evade bad news, and work alongside others in a safe setting. Whether you have always been a passionate gardener or you are new to the game, you may enjoy reading about the myriad of physical and mental benefits that this hobby can…

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By Tommy Acosta Sedona AZ News: People are being cemented into opposing sides — those who believe the authorities and those who do not. There are individuals who observe the directives of the government. They believe the doctors and noted experts. They mask. They isolate. They take the boosters, disinfect their hands, avoid large crowds, follow directives and mandates. Then, there are those who wear masks only because they have to; who don’t give being in a crowd a second thought. The believers point to science and statistics that prove vaccines, etc. work. They lead as safe a life possible…

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Dear Sedona City Council Candidates: The 2022 Sedona City Council election is August 2 and Sedona.Biz would like to offer you, as a candidate for council and mayor, an opportunity to let the public know more about yourself, your qualifications, why you wish to serve and where you stand on specific issues and challenges facing the city. Below are a number of questions we would like you to answer. As a candidate, you may write as long or short as you please. There is no word count limitation. We will need a mug shot photo of yourself for the article.…

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Sedona,, AZ – News – Here’s a recap of recent City Council meetings and some decisions you might want to know about:  On March 22, 2022, City Council approved placing the Alternative Expenditure Limitation – Home Rule Option on the Aug. 2, 2022 ballot for voter approval. The City always has a balanced budget and Home Rule authorizes the City to set its own spending. The City has operated under the Home Rule Option for 26 years.  On March 22, 2022, City Council approved a resolution calling the 2022 Primary Election for three City Council seats, as well as the Mayor position.  On April 12, 2022, City…

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There can be no better place anywhere in the country to celebrate Cinco De Mayo than Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, an authentic Mexican Village reproduction located in the heart of Sedona, Arizona. This fun-loving, cultural celebration will held Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cinco De Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory over French occupiers on May 5, 1862 in a village called “Pueblo de Los Angeles” (town of the angels), a small town in east-central Mexico. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a…

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By Michelle Conway Interim President/CEO Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau Sedona, AZ  — Hiking is a main reason people love Sedona – lots of people. 400 miles of trails meander through Red Rock Country, transporting Sedona’s more than three million annual visitors through some of the planet’s most spectacular landscapes. Naturally, finding a bit of solitude at the most popular trails – let alone a parking space– means getting up with the sun. Go any later and you will be parking roadside and hoofing it sometimes a mile or more to the trailhead –  not very ecofriendly or…

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  Sedona News: Here we are about to step into the Spring and the weather could not be more perfect for a night out dining and listening to live music beneath the stars. On Friday, April 15, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the inimitable and exciting performer Sammy Davis graces the Bella Vita Ristorante outside patio stage.  He whirls. He twirls. He dances and prances and puts on a show everyone loves and enjoys. Davis is flamboyant, commanding and a true performer as he delivers one hit after another to a dancing, classic-rock loving crowd. Locals love him and know…

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By Tommy Acosta Sedona News – This is going to be one humdinger of an election! We have ten candidates vying for four available seats; one for mayor, the other three for councilors, a field of public-service seekers who are focused on making a Sedona a better and more beautiful place. Let’s see. We got incumbent Sandy Moriarty; incumbent Scott Jablow; candidate Kurt Gehlbach; and political newcomer Samaire Armstrong running for mayor. Running for council we have incumbent Jon Thompson;  candidate Melissa Dunn; candidate Brian Fultz; candidate Pete Furman; candidate Jennifer Strait; and candidate Scott Moffat. A perusal through their…

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On Saturday, April 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. Steahouse89 in West Seddona features “On A Wing,” an eclectic duo of local musicians bringing new music to the venue.   Rachel Mari Kimber on guitar and vocals with Deborah Heron Williams on keyboard and vocals create a high-vibration original soundscape expressed through Celtic-folk roots, spirited world music, with lyrical content created from the heart to enrich and heal the listener.   Award-winning singer/songwriter Rachel Mari Kimber leads from her own heartfelt experiences to weave her creative forces into all that she offers. She is an accomplished musician on guitar, ‘cello,…

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