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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!!





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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.


Kathy Howe

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SR89A = Closure During Snows Not Acceptable to Sedonans

Many Sedonans live and work in Flagstaff…let alone those of us who use Flagstaff as our business, health, and shopping city.

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Arizona Department of Transportation

When ADOT announced that they would close SR89A, Oak Creek Canyon, during snow days in order to meet the budget cuts required by all Arizona State agencies, the citizens of Sedona cried “No, please, No!”.

From the Red Rock News comes this story about how Sedonans are working with ADOT.

Sedonans are caring people and people who come to the aid of the Community.  Hats off to the Sedona Chamber of Commerce for entering into the solution arena to help ALL of Sedona. 

SedonaKathy aka Kathy Howe

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Sedona’s 89A Lights: FACTS, Not Fiction

Sedona is in the throes of swatting flies…woops…maybe it should be called, “swatting fiction”.  But, it really is like swatting flies mid-summer in Kansas City, MO.  The bug-zapper sounds like a pinball machine!

Returning from San Diego and catching up on email is one thing (I got my Google Wave invitation!!), but reading many news articles takes time.   Mr. Larson’s Editorial in the Red Rock News trying to bring an ounce of common sense and logic to the fiction that surrounds the ADOT/89A Lights brouhaha was a welcome read. 

You can read the full article here.                         

What makes people listen to a neighbor or fellow-member of an organization rather than listening to people who know the information? Why not search out the facts or at least check them out with experts?  And if people check out the facts with experts, why do they still call the facts, “lies”?  Are we so set in our thoughts and views of the world that there is no room for facts?  Could it all be about our personal opinions?  Could it be that we aren’t interested in facts, but, rather getting our way?

Many of you know that I have a real estate continuing education school in Sedona, how2educate LLC.  Rumors are something we discuss in the classroom.  Mostly we discuss how destructive rumors are because they change facts.  We infuse our own twist with information we have received.  We then pass it on.  The next person passes on “the” information from us, colored with our perception, and of course, have to add a little of their own color.  So on and so on… 

It has become such a pastime in Sedona to bash the 89A/ADOT lights that some of us have resorted to putting our fingers in our ears, closing our eyes, and saying, “lalalalalalalala…”

Mr. Larson brings us back to reality:  the lighting of 89A in West Sedona is about public safety, brought on by car/pedestrian deaths. 

Let’s all chill.  Can we ask questions and make a reasonable attempt to listen to the answers that are given by the experts?…instead of trying to be one?

Thank you, Mr. Larson, for your attempt to put things into perspective.

Kathy Howe

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Kathy Howe

PS.  If you haven’t given your opinion to ADOT, please take the time to answer the interactive survey form and fax it to 602.386.9645 before November 25, 2009

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Sedona and the Street Lighting of SR89A

Recently the Sedona City Council was presented with designs for the lights that will be installed along SR89A in West Sedona.  There is a meeting tonight (10-28-09) at 5:30 tonight.  You can access the ADOT information at:  http://www.sedonaaz.gov/egov/sidePage.aspx?dID=ADOT%20Packet%20-%2089A%20Lighting%20Alternatives

The lighting of SR89 is a result of accidents which have occurred over the years. 

Having said that, there is a group of “concerned citizens” who believe that there is no need to light up a commercial area because they say that most accidents happened during the day.  They also site that Sedona needs to be “dark sky”.  These same citizens have posted articles and petitions stating they represent the majority of the citizens of Sedona.

I want to see the lighting of SR89A for the safety of everyone who drives that stretch of state road. 

The lights will be compliant with lights used by other dark sky cities – notable Flagstaff (the first dark sky city).  Years ago I lived in Waikoloa Village on the Big Island, beneath Mauna Kea’s telescopes, and lived with the same kind of lights that the City of Sedona will get along the SR89A corridor. 

The lighting of SR89A will make Sedona a safer city now and for generations to come.

Hope I see some of you tonight at the meeting to select the design of lights that will be installed.

Kathy Howe

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