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Sedona (Arizona)

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    July 21, 2014

    Plane Crash Near Sedona Kills Four, Causes Another Wildfire

    Another wildfire has broken out near Sedona, after a single-engine plane crashed, killing four people.According to a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman, hikers reported the downed plane and fire around 4 p.m. yesterday, although it took another two hours to actually find the plane in Fay Cany ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Slide Fire Costs Approaching $10 Million

    The total tab for fighting the human-caused wildfire near Sedona is nearly $10 million.According to information released this morning by the Forest Service, the cost is at $9.9 million and counting, now more than two weeks after the fire started.

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    May 23, 2014

    Slide Fire North of Sedona Grows to 7,500 Acres

    The wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon just north of Sedona, near Slide Rock State Park, is up to about 7,500 acres.The firefighting effort, which now involves more than 800 people, has so far been able to keep the fire west of State Route 89A, which has been one of the goals of containing the ... More >>

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    May 23, 2014

    Sedona and Flagstaff "Open for Business"

    Not only is the Slide Fire burning thousands of acres of beautiful Arizona land, it could certainly affect tourism in Flagstaff and Sedona for Memorial Day weekend.The Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau has released a statement saying both cities are "open for business."

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    May 22, 2014

    Slide Fire North of Sedona Up to 4,500 Acres

    The wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon just north of Sedona, near Slide Rock State Park, has grown to 4,500 acres.The fire was about one-tenth that size 24 hours earlier.

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    May 21, 2014

    Wildfire Burning Just North of Sedona, Near Slide Rock

    A wildfire started yesterday afternoon just north of Sedona, near Slide Rock State Park.The "Slide Fire" was estimated to be 400 to 450 acres as of about 7:30 p.m. yesterday, according to information provided by the Forest Service.

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    May 6, 2014

    AZ Wine Lifestyle Magazine Will Return to Print This Fall

    AZ Wine Lifestyle magazine, formerly known as Arizona Vines and Wines, will return to print this winter under new ownership. The quarterly magazine, which has been in publication since 2008, and website have been sold to John and Michelle Johnson. Former owners Josh and Rhonni Moffitt announced la ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    10 Best Arizona-Related Urban Dictionary Definitions

    Merriam-Webster tends to be bland sometimes, so we consulted the Urban Dictionary to define some Arizona-related things.Check out our top 10 finds (which doesn't include any grotesque sexual acts!):

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    January 30, 2014

    The Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe Name Gio Osso's Vitru Among The Valley's Must-Try Restaurants

    Our humble food scene has been getting a nice bit of national attention recently. In the last two weeks both the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe have complied lists of must-see dining spots and drinking destinations in Phoenix and throughout Arizona. Both outlets named Chef Gio Osso's Vir ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Maynard James Keenan Backs Chateau Tumbleweed, a New Arizona Wine

    There's no exact formula for starting your own wine company. You could buy land and plant grapes, but then you'd need a place to make the wine. Or you could have the winemaking facility, but you'd need the fruit. Or you could have none of those things but the burning desire to make wine. The basics ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Grand Canyon's Bad-Boy Mountain Bikers From '95 Shutdown Still Best Closure Violation Tale

    Twenty-one people have been cited for violating the shutdown-related closure at Grand Canyon National Park, but none appear to have topped the 1995 adventure of the "Sedona 5." We're still waiting to view the paperwork on the 21 suspected scofflaws, hoping their tales of idiotic bravado are worthy ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013
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    March 1, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend in Phoenix

    When people ask what kind of music I like, I'm tempted to say "Good music." I understand the need for musical terminology, but there's really too much good stuff to limit what you listen to. It's a lesson Zero Zero teaches well. Nicole Laurenne and Michael Johnny Walker have the garage rock thing lo ... More >>

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    December 25, 2012

    Valley Fever's 12 Most Popular Arizona News Stories of 2012

    It seems like every year there's one local story that defines the news more than others. Last year, it was the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson (which we got a horrific reminder of with the recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary). This year, as far as actual readership g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2012

    Sedona Vortex Jumper Peter Gersten Wanders Home After Vortex Fails to Open

    Sedona resident Peter Gersten was left high and dry last night after a vortex failed to open at the base of Bell Rock, the popular red rock hiking spot. Gersten had been planning to leap into the "portal" last night. Instead, he apparently wandered home in an anticlimactic ending to his Doomsday stu ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Peter Gersten's at Bell Rock, but Says He's Only Jumping if Vortex Opens

    The man who has been planning on taking a "leap of faith" off Bell Rock in Sedona today is out there waiting for his "portal" to open, but it does not appear that he plans on blindly jumping off the tall rock.Despite the fact that Gersten previously acknowledged many people would think his December ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Lonely Planet Names Winecentric Verde Valley One of the Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2013

    The Verde Valley -- encompassing Sedona, Jerome, Cottonwood, and Camp Verde -- is going to experience an influx of visitors in the next year because Lonely Planet just named the Arizona vacation spot as one of the Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2013. The big draw? Not only are the red rocks bea ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    Five Bands to Catch at Apache Lake Music Festival

    Apache Lake Music Festival has grown leaps and bounds since its launch in 2010. The festival now spans three days and features nearly twice as many bands as last year's installment, Arizona's beloved local music fest has continued to expand in size and scope in no time at all. See also: Phoenix Mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.

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    June 5, 2012

    Ten Favorite Arizona Summer Festivals and Adventures for Food, Wine, and Beer Lovers

    Summer travel season is here -- so we've made you a list of food and drink adventures. It might be stretching it a bit to call them all day trips -- if you do attempt them, be sure to bring along a designated driver! Cheesemaking Class at The Fossil Creek Creamery, Pine -- Just north of Payson ( ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Arizona Medical-Marijuana Dispensary Applications Trickle In; 15 Submitted on First Day

    The state opened the door for medical-marijuana dispensary applications yesterday, receiving 15 by the end of the day. Hopeful pot-shop owners will have until 5 p.m. on May 25 to submit the applications. Besides paying a $5,000 application fee, weed-trepeneurs must include a business plan and detai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Uwe Boer of SunUp Brewing Co., the Jolliest Man in Brewing

    Who hasn't wanted to chat up the guys who make their favorite brews? The Chow Bella team, lucky dogs that we are, recently got the opportunity to do just that. Thing is, we only got a few minutes with each one. These guys are busy! Watch the short video below for an insight into the mind of an Ari ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Brewing Down South with Barrio Brewing Co.

    Who hasn't wanted to chat up the guys who make their favorite brews? The Chow Bella team, lucky dogs that we are, recently got the opportunity to do just that. Thing is, we only got a few minutes with each one. These guys are busy! Watch the short video below for an insight into the mind of an Ari ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    What's with the Monkeys? An Interview with Nimbus Brewing Co.

    Who hasn't wanted to chat up the guys who make their favorite brews? The Chow Bella team, lucky dogs that we are, recently got the opportunity to do just that. Thing is, we only got a few minutes with each one. These guys are busy! Watch the short video below for an insight into the mind of an Ari ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Barrel-Aged Beers, Experimentation and Randamonium with Four Peaks Brewing Co.

    Who hasn't wanted to chat up the guys who make their favorite brews? The Chow Bella team, lucky dogs that we are, recently got the opportunity to do just that. Thing is, we only got a few minutes with each one. These guys are busy! Watch the short video below for an insight into the mind of an Ari ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Chow Bella Rides With Mother Road Brewing Co.

    Who hasn't wanted to chat up the guys who make their favorite brews? The Chow Bella team, lucky dogs that we are, recently got the opportunity to do just that. Thing is, we only got a few minutes with each one. These guys are busy! Watch the short video below for an insight into the mind of an Ari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Season Two of Check, Please! Premieres January 5

    ​Season two of Check, Please! Arizona on KPBS premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 5 with Chef/Host Robert McGrath at the head of the table, once again. Read on for a sneak preview of some of the restaurants featured this season...

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    September 14, 2011

    Carl Seacat Forages for Lobster Mushrooms

    http://www.wilderness-survival.net/​We saw on Carl Seacat's Twitter feed (@SeacatGardens) that he was foraging for highly-prized, bright orange lobster mushrooms in Northern Arizona. We were so curious about his experience that we had to find out more. Seacat doesn't give away all his s ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    James Reich of Sedona Hiking Adventures Sentenced to Jail and Probation for Illegal Guide Service

    Image: www.sedonahikingadventures.comJames Reich, owner of Sedona Hiking Adventures, has been sentenced to two days in jail for running an illegal guide service on national forest lands.​ A Sedona-based hiking guide has been sentenced to two days in jail and is banned from national forests for ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Northern Arizona Brewery Tour; Escape the Heat with a Cold One

    DesertDog @ Roadfood.com ​And now we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of August. There is no amount of ice cream, skinny cocktails, or boozy popsicles that will make the tail end of the Arizona summer bearable. Your best bet - grab a cooler and hit the road. Take a drive up to the ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    The Elote Cafe Cookbook

    ​ Although he describes himself as an introvert, Jeff Smedstad has always been at ease when sharing his garnered wisdom of Mexican cuisine. At the original strip mall location of Los Sombreros in Scottsdale, a diner's question about ingredients could easily coax him out of the kitchen, and if a cu ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011
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    June 16, 2011

    Rhonni Moffitt's Perfect Food Day

    Rhonni Moffitt​Rhonni Moffitt describes her food philosophy in three words: It's all about fresh, local and creativity. She publishes Arizona Vines & Wines Magazine, an online and print mag about wine in Arizona with a special emphasis on the Arizona wine industry. She sits on Northern A ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Five National Music Videos Shot in Arizona

    Believe it or not, Arizona's a hot spot for shooting music videos -- and we don't just mean literally hot, but conceptually, too. I mean, where else could a pre-slutty Britney Spears pontificate on her virginity from a cliff top overlooking green waters or Paul McCartney pretend to be an unknown clu ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011
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    February 16, 2011

    James Ray Death Lodge Trial: Jury Selection Under Way

    ​The manslaughter trial for "spiritual warrior"/snakeoil salesman James Arthur Ray, the Oprah-approved "self-help guru" charged with the deaths of three people in Sedona in 2009, is underway in a Yavapai County Courtroom, where prosecutors and Ray's attorneys are in the midst of jury selection ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Chocolate Festival at Chakra 4 Cafe

    Carol Blonder Calio Confections​ We popped into Chakra 4 Café and Tea House Saturday to start off our Valentine weekend with a Chocolate Festival. Chocolate vendors Lisa Reinhardt, Wei of Chocolate, and Michelle Calio, Calio Confections were there to entice customers with their lines of or ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    James Ray Trial: "Spiritual Warrior's" Attorneys Try to Keep Cult Expert From Testifying at Trial

    Ray Stern​"Spiritual Warrior"/snake-oil salesman James Arthur Ray -- accused of manslaughter in the deaths of three participants in a 2009 sweat-lodge ceremony in Sedona -- doesn't want the jury in his upcoming trial to hear what two experts on cult behavior have to say about his "self- ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    James Arthur Ray's Financial Status Not to Be Discussed at Sweat Lodge Trial, Judge Rules

    ​The Yavapai County Superior Court judge overseeing the manslaughter trial of snake-oil salesman James Arthur Ray ruled today that some important pieces of evidence may not be used by prosecutors during trial -- most notably, information about Ray's financial situation.Ray's probably lovin' Judge ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Flagstaff's Hullabaloo Will Have Bands, Costumes, Bikes and Hippies. LOTS of Hippies.

    ​Bad news, Phoenix: It will be 104 degrees today. If the heat is already starting to bother you, it's time to start planning weekend trips to the high country. July 10 is looking like a good day to drive up to Flagstaff for the Hullabaloo music festival. The name Hullabaloo makes it sound vaguely ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    James Ray Subpoena Requests Quashed by Judge

    "Spiritual warrior" James Arthur Ray​Requests made by "spiritual warrior" James Arthur Ray and his lawyers to subpoena emergency workers who responded to the Sedona sweat lodge that left three people dead and dozens injured, was quashed by a Yavapai County judge. Ray and his attorneys ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Arizona Republic's "Best Music Festival:" Now Accepting Nominations for Festivals that Did Not Actually Happen

    ​I really should stop beating on the Arizona Republic's "Reader's Choice" poll -- poorly conceived and executed though it may be. However, a reader just pointed out two other real gems in the "best annual music festival or event" category.Go down this list and pick out which two festivals didn't a ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    James Ray Hit With New Lawsuits; This Time For Not Providing "Self-Help"

    ​The hits just keep coming for "spiritual warrior" James Arthur Ray, the snake oil salesman charged in the deaths of three people at a sweat lodge ceremony in Sedona last October.Lawsuits filed in Maricopa County Superior Court claim that Ray mislead people into paying for "self-help" events in ad ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Sedona Sweat Lodge Tragedy Autopsies Released; Heat Stroke and Organ Failure Were Culprits

    ​ Autopsy results were released in the cases of the three people who died during a sweat-lodge- ceremony-gone-wrong in Sedona last October, and if you guessed heat stroke or multi-system organ failure as causes of death, you win!The autopsies conclude that two of the three victims died as ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Mago Sculpture Dismantled, Rolling Stone Article Blasts Dahn Yoga as Cult

    Even if she's in a cult, at least she's not a redneck...Between a cult and the Cottonwood rednecks, whom do I chose? That's the conundrum I'm left with at the news that the Mago "Mother Earth" statue has been dismantled. That's to the delight of bigots in Cottonwood, Arizona, who decried the 39 foot ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Court Docs: Sedona Sweat Lodge Not the First Time People Have Been Injured at James Ray Event

    ​Documents released yesterday by a Yavapai County judge indicate that the October deaths of three people at James Arthur Ray's "Spiritual Warrior" sweat tent debacle in Sedona was not the first time someone was injured while following Ray towards, um, spiritual enlightenment. More than t ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Hot Links: APS Rates, Joe Shirley, and the Postal Service

    ​The Arizona Corporation Commission will vote today on a possible rate hike for Arizona Power Systems (APS) customers. The proposed increase would raise customers' rates by an average of more than $6 a month. An administrative-law judge has already recommended approval of the rate hike...A judge i ... More >>

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    November 2, 2009

    Sweat Lodge Survivor Files Lawsuit; Claims Ray Barred Escape Before She Passed Out

    www.successisascience.com​A survivor of the "Spiritual Warrior" sweat lodge retreat has filed a lawsuit against the organizer of the event, self-help guru James Arthur Ray.The suit, which was filed on October 30, came a day after the family of one of the three people who died filed a similar suit ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    State Recycling Programs in Trouble as Economic Slowdown Hits China

    Jill McCutcheon, executive director of Sedona Recycles, says the current state of recycling is the biggest Catch-22 she's ever seen. The non-profit northern Arizona company's education division did a stellar job convincing state residents to drop off cardboard goods at 13 sites around the Verde Vall ... More >>

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    August 19, 2008

    You Asked for It: Black Lodge

    This week’s review is on the new CD from Native American pow-wow drum group Black Lodge. The group is signed to Canyon Records, the oldest and most successful record label in the state of Arizona, which specializes in Native American music.

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