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Sustainable in Sedona: As tourism rises, city’s free shuttles ease parking problems

Tourists looking for socially distanced outdoor activities flocked to Sedona during the pandemic, adding to traffic congestion, noise and air pollution in red rock country - in response, the city launched the Sedona Shuttle to get hikers to popular trailheads.... Read more»

Long-time Pima County gov't attorney Chris Straub found dead near Sedona resort

Chris Straub, a top staffer for the Pima County Attorney's Office for more than 30 years, was found dead a few miles north of Sedona by the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. Straub had gone fly fishing in Oak Creek Canyon on Tuesday but did not return that night. ... Read more»

PPE trash, plastic – and feces – mar many beaches and scenic spots across Arizona and rest of Southwest

Face masks, plastic bottles and bags – and feces, both dog and human – are some of the unsightly waste you could encounter these days while hiking in the red rocks of Sedona. Discarded masks also litter the beaches of Southern California, which already were battling a growing scourge of plastic and microplastics in the ocean. Environmentalists fear the situation will get worse as the nation emerges from a year of pandemic restrictions.... Read more»

House OKs $484 billion in COVID-19 relief, loans could go out this week

Money could start flowing to distressed small businesses as early as this week, after the House overwhelmingly approved a $484 billion measure that refills the exhausted Paycheck Protection Program and adds funds for hospitals and other services. ... Read more»

Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread

Arizona lawmakers joined local and tribal officials Tuesday calling on the Interior Department to reverse its “reckless” decision to keep Grand Canyon National Park open during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

Bill would expand anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ community statewide

Several lawmakers and community leaders on Thursday said the state needs a law to protect Arizonans from being fired, denied housing or refused service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.... Read more»

Growing pains on roads across Arizona

Mayor Sandy Moriarty is used to getting these messages: frustrated emails from residents blaming Sedona’s traffic problems on tourists, asking the city to stop marketing to them. Occasionally, she’ll pick up an angry call with similar exasperated “rants.”... Read more»

Former GOP Sedona lawmaker running for CD 1 as a Dem

A former Republican legislator from Sedona wants to go to Congress, representing Arizona's sprawling CD 1 as a Democrat. Tom O'Halleran, a retired Chicago cop and member of the Chicago Board of Trade, announced his candidacy Tuesday. ... Read more»4

Sedona police on the lookout for drivers using cellphones

While Phoenix and Tucson have banned texting while driving, Sedona has gone a step further by barring any cellphone use without a hands-free device. Offenders face fines of $100 or more. ... Read more»

Report: Drop in Colorado River flows could sink property values

A new report claims that property values could decline along with projected decreases in the level of the Colorado River, as demand on the river outpaces supply of water in it.... Read more»

Prescott lawmaker: Allow communities to ban fireworks sales

Saying it would help reduce the risk of wildfires, a state lawmaker is trying again to give cities and towns the authority to ban the sale of sparklers and other fireworks legalized by a 2010 state law. Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, called it “a little silly” that Arizona communities can forbid the use of fireworks but by law must allow their sale.... Read more»

Cathedral Rock to grace Az centennial stamp

Images of Sedona’s Cathedral Rock will grace letters across the country in February as a first-class stamp allows Americans to help celebrate Arizona’s centennial.... Read more»

The next Napa? Verde Valley ferments plan to become wine mecca

The Verde Valley has for long been a tourist destination, luring visitors to Sedona, parks featuring ancient American Indian dwellings, the ghost town of Jerome and other attractions. But only recently has wine become a draw in its own right.... Read more»