Flagstaff Sustainability Commission Votes On Carbon Tax Tonight

The Flagstaff Sustainability Commission will be voting tonight on whether or not to support a carbon tax resolution being lobbied for by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

This resolution would have the City of Flagstaff put their support behind a federal bill taxing fossil fuel industries and taking that money and distributing it to every American citizen. The goal is to manipulate the market in favor of cleaner energy.

The Flagstaff City Council will be taking up this resolution at their February 2nd meeting.

Also on tonight’s Sustainability Commission agenda are discussions on major changes to Flagstaff’s Earth Day celebration and an update on changes to the animal keeping part of the City Code.

You can find tonight’s Sustainability Commission agenda here:



Cosnino Area Residents Invited To Coffee With Supervisor Metzger

Attention Cosnino area residents,

Supervisor Metzger will holding coffee for you this coming Monday, February 1 at 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Mountain View Market, 6990 Lumberjack Blvd, on the corner of Townsend Winona Road and Lumberjack.

Mandy’s guests will be:
Tim Dalegowski, Public Works Transportation, there to talk about the ADOT Cosnino Road Safety Assessment.
Scott Tkach, Public Works Engineer, there to talk about projects on Winona Road and Cosnino Road.

They are all looking forward to seeing you there!

This is a public meeting for all area residents.

Coconino County Considers Ban On Vapor Products

The Coconino County Public Health Services District is proposing changes to Coconino County ordinances which address the use and sale of tobacco and vapor products and is seeking input regarding the proposed ordinance changes. The information obtained from this survey will assist the Health District in deciding upon recommending ordinance changes to the Coconino County Board of Supervisors.

Please consider participating in this five minute survey and circulating to your professional and personal email contacts. The survey will close on Friday, February 5, 2016. The goal is to gather feedback from Coconino County residents who are 18 and older. Link to survey: 


If you have any questions, or technical issues with the survey, please contact the Program Manager for the Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention Program at:

Candice Koenker
Thank you for your assistance.

Dr. Marie Peoples
Chief Health Officer
Coconino County Public Health Services District

Nabours Announces Run For Mayoral Re-Election

**News Release From the Nabours for Mayor Campaign**

Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours has drawn petitions to run for re-election in 2016. Mayor Nabours was first elected in 2012 and again in 2014. The mayor’s term is two years.

Nabours says, “The last four years I have worked full time to represent Flagstaff with professionalism and integrity. My underlying goal is always to enhance the quality of life for Flagstaff residents.” Pointing to past successes, Nabours says, “Through my relationships with state officials the City has been able to secure a future water source, get substantial funding for forest thinning and start the process for a Veteran’s assisted living facility. During the last four years I have learned a lot and made many friends, always looking out for Flagstaff.”

Among the most challenging issues now facing Flagstaff, Nabours cites traffic and housing. He says “NAU has grown by thousands of students in the past four years and the Board of Regents is projecting more. That is our reality. The more we ignore the situation the less housing is available for non-student residents. We need creative solutions to solve both housing and traffic and I am working on both.”

Nabours serves on the executive committee of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and is Vice-chair of the Greater Arizona Mayor’s Association. He is a retired lawyer and has lived in Flagstaff for 40 years. He is married and raised two children in Flagstaff.

The city election will be held in conjunction with county, state and federal offices on November 8th. City elections have no party designation. Nabours is a registered independent. The mayor is paid $36,000 per year.


Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours


Book Review: Modern Printmaking

I picked up Modern Printmaking: A guide to Traditional and Digital Techniques by Sylvie Covey on a whim, not completely sure what to expect. Having no experience with printmaking I was more interested in learning about the process and techniques involved.

This book turned out to be a wonderful introduction to the world of print making, covering everything from traditional woodblock to lithography to post digital graphics. Hundreds of beautiful and fascinating pictures are also included.

I recommend this to anyone wanting to learn more about this fascinating art form and I am sure those already familiar will also find this book fascinating, informative and useful.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Book Review The Whole Coconut Cookbook

Quirky recipes with special ingredients have become a specialty in my household and I have several shelves full of books dedicated to delicious delicacies. Strikingly lacking (until recently) from my diverse collection was a book focusing on whole coconut cooking.

I’m happy to say that void has now been filled and my cookbook collection is one step closer to being complete since I discovered The Whole Coconut Cookbook by Nathalie Fraise.

This book is a treasure with recipes covering everything from breakfast to main courses, snacks and of course desserts…all centered around raw and cooked coconut. The variety and uniqueness of these dishes will inspire chefs everywhere to step out of their comfort zones and experiment with something new.

Those with special dietary needs will be thrilled to know that this book only includes dairy-free and gluten-free recipes.

Healthy food never tasted so good!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.