Monthly Archives: December 2009

Nissan’s LEAF…all electric car

"Goldie"

Many of you have seen “Itsy”, my GEM car.  And you’ve met “Goldie”, my Nissan Xterra.  So why the article about the much touted Nissan Leaf? 

"Itsy"

Having owned an electric car, and having owned 2 Nissan Xterras over the past 9 years, even I am anxious to see the car.

  • Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to midnight, Fiesta Bowl Block Party, Tempe
  • Jan. 1-2, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Desert Ridge Marketplace near AMC Theatres, Phoenix
  • Jan. 4, Westgate City Center near Saddle Ranch Restaurant, Glendale
  • Read the review that discusses the Leaf, the Focus, hybrids, and other electrics.

    For reviews of other alternative fuel cars, click here.

    My personal experiences with Nissan Xterras has been excellent.  To make it better, Planet Nissan, Flagstaff, is also the regional company for the GEM car… nice not to have to go but one place for my car maintenance.

    SedonaKathy aka Kathy Howe

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    Sedona…Became a City in 1988

    History:  Sedona was an unincorporated town in 1902 and incorporated as a city in 1988.  The City of Sedona is part of two different Arizona counties, Yavapai and Coconino. 

    According to Wikipedia:  “At the 2000 census there were 7,229 people living in the Yavapai County (western) portion of the city (70.9% of its population) and 2,963 living in the Coconino County (eastern) portion (29.1%). By land area Yavapai had 66.2% of its area, versus 33.8% for Coconino.

    It is necessary to note that the Village of Oak Creek is not a part of the City of Sedona, though many VOCA entities and residents use “Sedona” in their advertising.

    For people moving to Arizona, understanding the taxing entities will be important.  Why?  Because Sedona does not have property taxes.   The taxing entities are the counties, not the City of Sedona.  Prior to purchasing property, you should check with the county about taxes, assessments, building information… then contact the City of Sedona for City ordinances.

    More about Sedona, one of Arizona’s most beautiful cities, in later posts…

    Sedona Kathy aka Kathy Howe

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    December Holidays in Sedona…

    I’m a “Friday’s Child” and Christmas Day is my birthday.

    What will I do on my birthday?  Well, I set out to find out what Sedona and the Verde Valley might offer me during the rest of the year.  Absolutely fascinating all the choices:

    Verde Canyon Train

    The Verde Canyon Railroad came to mind.  I

    Verde Canyon Train Depot

     have been wanting to do this for several years and, well, time goes by…  The Santa Express is available on 12/23…shall I go?  $49.95 for Seniors in coach… or is First Class the way to go at $79.95? 

    I searched for some other offerings and found this wonderful site that covers a multitude of choices, even Poker and a Karaoke Nite! 

    But, what special places and things can I do on or near my birthday…??!!

    One of my personal loves about Sedona is the Sedona Chamber Music organization, so I went to their websiteI can actually attend a Christmas Eve celebration with Jazz as the music choice of the event!  (It’s on my calendar)

    While “browsing” on Google, I found this website that gave many of the origins of Christmas throughout the world…great to get you into the mood!

    Still searching for what to do Christmas Day!

    Maybe a restaurant…  Elote!  I haven’t been but have heard nothing but rave reviews.  My personal favorite, Shugrues, is closed on Christmas Day, the only day of the year, so they can give their employees the day off.  Great employees who will give you the very best of service.  I’m going to miss my Ahi Tuna (you can only call it “Ahi” if it comes from Hawaiian waters).  Okay, next… A new favorite:  Ken’s Creekside.  Be still my heart!  They will be open!

    "Itsy" - GEM car

    Okay, reality is that while I have several invites to attend “family-friend” functions in Phoenix (2-2.5 hrs drive each way), my recent instances of I-17-closure-due-to-accidents has me choosing to stick around Sedona and drive “Itsy”, my GEM (electric) car to wherever.  Love my Phoenix friends and really want to have a time at the holidays with them, but, drive the 24th and/or the 25th?  I think not. 

    Phone is ringing…

    “…Okay, let’s do it!!”  I’m off to the movie “It’s Complicated!” opening Christmas Day at the Harkins 6-plex. 

    So, Sedona is laid back.  A lot like me.

    Have a very blessed and happy holiday. 

    SedonaKathy

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    Sedonans Still Rattled Over KSB Statements About SR89A Lights

    Small towns are wonderful places to live!

    Having lived in Phoenix and Flagstaff (second home) from 1973 to 1995, the nuances of small towns have always intrigued me.

    Yes, I lived in Phoenix when then Mayor Driggs (who had higher political aspirations) put the building of the additional freeways (Black Canyon = I17 was the ONLY freeway at the time) to a vote of the citizens and it went down in flames.  Mayor Driggs never went another step in politics and the Phoenix area freeway system languished for almost 10 years.  Today, the Phoenix freeway system is a model for other cities.

    Why did the Phoenicians NOT want freeways?  When I arrived at my bridge game that fateful day, I apologized for being late as the lines to vote were so much longer that I thought they would be, one of my friends asked, “Well, you voted against the freeways, didn’t you?”.  Stunned, I said I voted for them.  Three women looked at me in complete disbelief and one said, “Freeways bring people!!!”  I retorted, “No.  The people are here.  We need to move them around.”  And we dealt the cards.

    I watched the East side of Flagstaff languish in its development when the City of Flagstaff and Charlie Keating got into disagreements about how to develop an area.  Now I watch Sedonans being given false statistics and overstated information about issues by those who would keep Sedona from making good planning decisions.

    Can any rural community build a fence around itself and continue to exist?  Especially one who relies only on tourism as a tax base?  No.

    Change is inevitable.  Good change takes planning.

    There is a new website to watch:  SedonaFacts.  Their mission is to give factual information to the residents of Sedona.  To dispel the rumors that incite people who normally are clear thinkers and good, supportive citizens of Sedona.

    SedonaFacts looks into the statement by Keep Sedona Beautiful’s recent newsletter stating that “70%” of Sedona residents are against the lighting of SR89A.  At a recent KSB meeting, Steve DeVol was asked by a KSB member where the “70%” fact came from…?  The reply was that it was reported in Sedona Red Rock News as a “survey”.  Another member asked “how many people…” and the conversation ended.  SedonaFacts has asked Sedona Red Rock News for the facts.

    Wish Phoenix would have had some entity like SedonaFacts to dispel rumors back then…

    Have a wonderful Sedona day!!

    SedonaKathy

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    Meals-on-Wheels, Sedona

    One of the most worthy and needy non-profits for your holiday contribution consideration…

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    Some facts provided us by Susan Barrington, Executive Director:

    • 1 in every 4 residents of Yavapai County is over 60 years of age
    • AZ’s 85+ population will increase 240% by the year 2020

    The Sedona Community Center is a worthy entity and certainly one that makes Sedona such a special community.  When you are writing checks this year, please give what you can to Sedona’s seniors.

    If you can’t give money, give them your time and become a part of their Telecare program (Seniors who live alone get companionship and safe living through telephone calls) or ask to become involved in the Meals on Wheels program.  Some people pack the meals and others drive the meals to seniors.  There’s a place for everyone.

    Thank you

    SedonaKathy

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    The Tax Man Cometh…

    The joy of Twitter is that you can find professionals, lay people, and just about anyone sharing information about their expertise (…yes, and some share their non-expertise).

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    One of the people I have enjoyed following is @DianeKennedyCPA.  Her posts are informative and some send shivers up my spine.  She tries to remain “federal” so that the information fits all of us.

    Here’s the latest from her blog:  IRS has already doubled their auditors and it appears they will quadruple auditors in the next 4 years.  The State’s are also ramping up for more audits.  Money is tight.

    Look for new Tax Law changes… think twice before you put that dinner receipt into “business” without a notation in your log…

    SedonaKathy

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    Write ADOT to Keep SR89A Open on Snow Days

    adot-logoHelp keep SR89A open on “snow days”.  The Sedona Chamber of Commerce is asking for assistance in letting ADOT know that there is a better solution than stranding Canyon dwellers and closing the road to those Sedonans who commute to Flagstaff…some on a daily basis.

    Your help is appreciated.  You can click here to send and email to ADOT.

    Many, many thanks.

    SedonaKathy

    Kathy Howe

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