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Bill's Newscast: National Monument for Sedona?

29 September 2015  
Should there be a National Monument in Sedona?

No overnight parking on North Montezuma Street in Prescott. Crews are conducting sewer pipe installation on North Montezuma between Sheldon and Willis Streets. The roadway is closed to through traffic. Vehicles need to be kept off the streets to avoid conflict with construction equipment. There’s a marked detour in place along North Marina Street to access both North and South Montezuma. Work hours are Sunday through Thursday from 8 pm to 6 am. Lincoln Avenue is also closed to through traffic, between Hillside Avenue and Miller Valley Road. Crews are working on 24 inch sewer main installation, which is scheduled to be completed in the next 2 weeks. Installation of the new 12 inch water main is done. Work hours are 7 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.

The Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition may be participating in a program to reduce fire hazards and promote forest watershed health. Coalition representatives say the project will be conducted at 2 locations, on private land owned by the Cross U Ranch in Prescott and on State Trust Land. In the first phase, the landowner will use hand crews at her personal expense to clear 10 to 20 acres of land. The biomass will be separated into slash and marketable firewood. The second phase will use state of the art computer aided forestry equipment to clear vegetation on 25 to 50 acres. Details on the second site are still being worked out. Total cost for the coalition is 25 thousand dollars. It’s being paid for through a Rural Community Partnership Program grant. The Coalition Board will consider the project during its voting session at 2 tomorrow afternoon. The meeting will be held in Prescott City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.

Learn about a proposed National Monument Designation for Sedona. The Monument would be managed by the Forest Service for recreation, the preservation of heritage sites and bird and wildlife habitat. Most of the 160 thousand acre proposed Monument lies within the Oak Creek Watershed. Former Sedona Councilwoman and former Keep Sedona Beautiful President Barbara Litrell is scheduled to speak at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lunch and Learn program. Litrell will be joined by Keep Sedona Beautiful Vice-President Norris Peterson. Bring your lunch or come in for a complimentary beverage and snack. The presentation starts at 12:30 tomorrow afternoon at the Yavapai College Sedona Center, located on Arts Village Drive.

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