Friday, August 28, 2015

Chamber University – Let’s Put Flagstaff on the Map

Chamber University


Let’s Put Flagstaff on the Map

by Nick Allen of Sublime Dzine and Greater Flagstaff Chamber

Greater Flagstaff Chamber to host Let’s Put Flagstaff on the Map workshop to help small businesses succeed on the web

The Greater Flagstaff Chamber is helping small businesses grow their presence online with a Let’s Put Flagstaff on the Map workshop, which will feature a lesson about how to get found on Google Search and Maps. The workshop will be hosted on Wednesday September 30th at the Greater Flagstaff Chamber from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..

Let’s Put Flagstaff on the Map is part of Google’s Get Your Business Online program and aims to bring community members, business owners, and civic leaders together to help small businesses succeed on the web.

AZ-Flagstaff“4 out of 5 consumers use search engines to find local information nearby, yet only 37% of businesses have claimed their listing on a search engine,” says Soo Young Kim, Head of Small Business Engagement at Google. “Small businesses are the engine of local economies and when they flourish, their communities do as well.”

Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map is a program designed to empower communities to support their local businesses and encourage them to get on the map. Local businesses keep our communities strong; when we help them succeed on the web, they make our communities even stronger. This Chamber University workshop is a Google presentation hosted by the Greater Flagstaff Chamber. Visit to learn more about the program and get involved.

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About Get Your Business Online
Get Your Business Online is a fast, easy, and free way for small businesses to get online. While 97% of consumers look online for local products and services, 55% of small businesses do not have a website. Get Your Business Online provides small businesses with a free website as well as free tools, training, and resources to help their business succeed online.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Historic Clark Telescope to Reopen

After nearly 2 years the Clark telescope is back and ready for action.

Flagstaff, Az- Lowell Observatory’s historic Clark Telescope will soon return to tour operations after a 20-month-long renovation project. The Observatory will add the Clark back to its day time tour schedule on September 5. Lowell will host a first light opening on October 3 to which the public is invited to come view through the telescope in the evening. This will feature family-friendly activities, a rededication ceremony, and viewing through the Clark after dark, weather permitting.

The Clark had been a mainstay of the visitor experience to Lowell for decades, but the constant heavy use resulted in parts wearing out. By 2013, the instrument was in danger of permanent damage if corrective measures weren’t taken, so the Observatory undertook a fundraising campaign to support a complete renovation of the telescope and the dome that houses it.

Led by major donations from philanthropists Joe Orr and the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences, plus a crowdfunding effort, the Observatory raised nearly $300,000 to complete the work.

Samantha Christensen played a lead role in the fundraising effort and now serves as the Observatory’s Outreach Manager. She said, “The Clark was in desperate need of repair and the community at large really came together to support this project.”

Led by Lowell’s Director of Technical Services Ralph Nye, a crew removed the telescope and examined every part, down to the nuts and bolts. Their two-part goal was to return all parts to working order while cleaning and beautifying the facility. They repaired or replaced components as needed and reassembled the instrument in the dome, which also saw major repairs. The telescope now works better than when it was first built and the entire facility sparkle.

Lowell Observatory Director Jeffrey Hall said, “Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed the opportunity to peer through the Clark in the past. We are pleased to complete this much-needed renovation so many more in the future can experience this treasure.”

Observatory founder Percival Lowell commissioned the eminent optician and telescope maker, Alvan G. Clark, to build the Clark in 1896. The final product cost Lowell $20,000 and was one of the best refracting telescopes ever made.

For decades, the telescope was used for major astronomical research, including Percival Lowell’s controversial studies of Mars, V.M. Slipher’s first detection of the expanding nature of the universe, and mapping the moon for the Apollo program. It played a secondary role in the discovery of Pluto and was used by astronauts as they trained for moon mission.

In recent decades, the Clark had been used for the Observatory’s public programs, allowing every guest to tour it during the day and view through it at night.

Lowell historian Kevin Schindler said, “The Clark’s scientific, historical, and cultural importance is staggering. It has played a major role in understanding the universe around us, first as a research instrument and later as an educational tool. Now that it is reopened, its legacy of inspiring and educating the public can continue.”

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Creating a Mission and a Vision for your Business

Several free classes for people wishing to start or expand their businesses are being held this month at the Market of Dreams.  Each Tuesday’s class is in English; the same class is repeated Wednesdays in Spanish.  All classes are from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  No pre-enrollment is required.
Creating a Mission and Vision for your Business–Tuesday, August 11 & Wednesday, August 12
What makes your business different from the rest?–Tuesday, August 18 & Wednesday, August 19
Analyzing your market & understanding your competition–Tuesday August 25 & Wednesday, August 26
The instructor, Maria Castillo, has a B.A. in business administration and many years of teaching experience. She grew up working with family members in small businesses.  These classes are possible due to a partnership with the greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and funding from the U.S. Small Business Association. 
The Market of Dreams is at 2532 E. 7th Avenue, Flagstaff.  

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Monday, August 3, 2015

4FRI Thinning Project on Coconino NF Began Today

4FRI thinning project on Coconino National Forest began today.

Flagstaff, AZ., Aug 3, 2015, For Immediate Release — A 1,017-acre forest thinning project associated with the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) began today on the Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest.

The Weatherford Task Order is north of Flagstaff, east of Highway 89 and part of the 4FRI Phase One Stewardship Contract held by Good Earth Power AZ LLC.

Weatherford-TO-Map“This is the first Four Forest Restoration Initiative task order to be implemented on the Coconino National Forest,” said Mike Elson, district ranger for the Flagstaff Ranger District. “It is appropriate that it is located within an area adjacent to the Schultz fire, which is a stark reminder of why this work is so important.”

Work will be ongoing throughout the season as weather and conditions allow, and logs will be hauled out of the area via Forest Roads 420 ( Schultz Pass Road), 865, and 556 (Little Elden Springs Road).

The Elden Springs Horse Camp, Deer Hill Trail, and Little Elden Trail are within the area and may be closed at times for public safety. Visitors are urged to abide by on-the-ground closures.

No road closures will be in place due to this activity, but delays are possible. When driving on roads used as haul routes, stay to the right and give logging trucks the right of way. When following a logging truck, be aware that bark, mud, and gravel may fall from the truck.

The goal of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative is to accelerate the pace and scale of restoration within 2.4 million acres of ponderosa pine forest in northern Arizona to increase the resilience and proper functioning.  Restoring this fire-adapted ecosystem is accomplished with a suite of restoration activities – from watershed maintenance and habitat improvements to prescribed burning and thinning.

The progress of thinning, fire, and project planning efforts are recorded in Monthly Restoration Updates available on the 4FRI website at

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Arizona Snowbowl to Add First New Chairlift in 30 Years

Arizona Snowbowl to Add First New Chairlift in 30 Years
Resort Officials Unveil Plan for Additional Lifts in the Future

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Resort officials announced today that Arizona’s most popular ski resort, Arizona Snowbowl, will build the ski area’s first new chairlift in 30 years this summer. Part of a massive $10 million multi-resort capital campaign and slated to open for Christmas 2015, the new lift will provide direct access to some of the mountain’s newest and best terrain.

Named after Humphreys Peak, the highest summit in Arizona and part of the San Francisco Peaks above Snowbowl, Humphreys Peak Lift is the resort’s first quad, a chairlift that accommodates four guests per chair. It will span over a half-mile with a vertical rise of 775 feet and serve popular intermediate trails built in 2011, including Route 66, Pluto and Dutchman.

As part of today’s announcement, general partner Eric Borowsky said that James Coleman, managing partner of Purgatory Resort of Durango, Colorado; Pajarito Mountain of Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Taos, New Mexico; has become a partner in the existing Snowbowl partnership.

“Together, with James Coleman and Snowbowl general manager J.R. Murray, our team has already been hard at work to expand and build upon the tremendous success at Arizona Snowbowl, and today’s announcement only accelerates our plans for the future of this resort,” Borowsky said.

Coleman said Snowbowl’s new lift and the snowmaking projects will account for around $2 million of this summer’s $10 million capital campaign, which will add significant mountain improvements across the four southwest resorts. Snowbowl and Sipapu are building new quad chairlifts and Purgatory will replace the Legend’s Lift with a high-speed detachable quad. All four ski areas are adding new trails and improving snowmaking infrastructure.

“Eric Borowsky pioneered one of the most progressive and innovative snowmaking systems in the country to secure the future of the Snowbowl,” Coleman said. “As we look to the upcoming winter and beyond, we are focusing on creating an even better mountain experience for our guests with the installation of the new Humphreys Peak Lift and future high-speed lifts.”

The Humphreys Peak Lift is the first of several new chairlifts planned at Snowbowl. The next lift on the docket is the Grand Canyon Express, Snowbowl’s first high-speed lift. Engineering and planning for the approved Grand Canyon Express, which will serve 90% of the terrain currently served by the popular Agassiz lift, is currently underway, and mountain crews are adding snowmaking infrastructure to support the future lift. An opening date for the new Grand Canyons lift has not been announced.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Colorado River Day this Saturday


 A Celebration of a Most Precious Resource

Saturday, July 25th is Colorado River Day marking the 94th anniversary of the Grand River being officially renamed the Colorado River in 1921. The Colorado River stretches for 1,450 miles from the central Rocky Mountains in the U.S. in a southwesterly direction across the Colorado Plateau to Lake Mead, before turning south into Mexico, emptying into the Gulf of California between Baja California and Sonora. Known for its dramatic canyons and whitewater rapids, the Colorado River is a vital source of water for agricultural and urban areas in seven U.S. and two Mexican states. The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce continues to work with corporate executives, water strategists and political leaders to share innovations, best practices and challenges on water conservation and sustainability to preserve the river.

A large portion of Flagstaff’s economy revolves around the direct and indirect positive benefits our community receives from the Colorado River. People travel from all over the world to take their first or tenth trip down the Colorado and use Flagstaff as their base of operations. We have fifteen non-consumptive river running operators that generate $37.5 million annually into our local economy. Flagstaff outfitters pay $2.4 million a year in franchise fees to the National Park Service. The indirect positive economic value is realized in full hotels and restaurants as well as grocery, fuel and other outdoor recreation supply companies which are valued business members of the Greater Flagstaff Chamber.

protectFlowsAccording to one of our partner organizations Protect the Flows, ( the Colorado River would be the 19th largest employer on the Fortune 500 and creates $10.4 Billion in annual earnings, salaries, and wages while supporting 234,000 jobs across Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. A 2014 study from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University estimated impact of Colorado River water loss for the entire Basin Region Economy to be at $1.4 Trillion.

This is a stark reminder of the importance of working together to find sustainable solutions in order to deal with the decade long drought while Lake Mead is at historic low levels. The enormous positives require us to be responsible stewards of this most precious resource.


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