Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Featured Post: Pegasus Printing and Graphics



Length of time you’ve been in business: 3 years

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission? I got into the industry at the age of 22 starting in t-shirts. I quickly became a graphic artist and after a few years moved onto the offset printing aspect. Its been over 20 years now and I’ve grown in my customer service skills and overall knowledge of all the different parts of this industry. My mission is to deliver high quality products at the best price and I stand behind those products and my work 100%. If a client isn’t happy, I’m not happy.

Your specialty – the reason people choose you: Because of my commitment to their needs and bringing them completely custom products geared to their needs.

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff: It’s so easy to get to know people and once they start doing business with me I know I can count on their loyalty and referrals.

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why? I like to cater to non-profits because it’s so hard for some of them to work within small budgets. Two of my favorites are Theatrikos and F.I.R.E.

Your address and business hours: I’m located just around to the corner from ERICs Building Supply at 2029 N. Center St., Ste C. My hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday.

Halloween!

There is plenty going on for Halloween in Flagstaff!

If you've got youngsters, we highly recommend the Halloween Harvest, put on by the City of Flagstaff.
http://www.flagstaff.az.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=1779&month=10&year=2012&day=31&calType=0
The City of Flagstaff Recreation Services is hosting their annual Halloween Harvest! Voted 2009’s Most Outstanding Community Event by AZ Parks and Recreation Association, festivities will include creepy carnival games, arts and crafts, a pumpkin patch, spooky music, fun library activities, and a freaky fashion show. Little ghouls should bring their Halloween bags and visit local businesses for candy on our Downtown Trick or Treat Trail. All children’s activities are FREE! Haunted tours of Historic Downtown will start at Heritage Square and will leave every ½ hour from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. This is a safe and fun event for kids of all ages! There is plenty of parking at City Hall, Wheeler Park and the Phoenix parking lot.
The Chamber is participating in the Downtown Trick or Treat Trail! Bring your little ones by to snag some candy and say "Hi" to the Chamber staff from 4:00 to 5:30

Also - don't forget to check out the great haunted tours and locations around town!



Monday, October 29, 2012

Prescribed Burns in Flagstaff


Ignitions complete on Eastside Project, prescribed burns to continue Tuesday

Flagstaff, AZ – At noon today, crews completed ignition on all 130 acres on the Eastside Project south of Flagstaff. This area is heavily laden with large dead and down fuels – described as “heavy fuel loading” – and the burn produced a significant amount of smoke south of Flagstaff. Winds are pushing smoke to the east northeast. Tonight the majority of smoke is expected to settle in Walnut Canyon, however smoke will also settle in the southeastern and eastern parts of flagstaff including the Country Club area. To reduce smoke impacts to the community, tomorrow’s planned burn is located 25 miles southeast of Flagstaff, south of Mormon Lake, and will not impact the Flagstaff area.

Because of the increase of outdoor activities in town on Halloween, fire managers are not burning in the Flagstaff area Wednesday. 

For Tuesday, October 30
  • Victorine Project – 500 acres located approximately five miles southeast of Highway 87, eight miles northeast of Blue Ridge Reservoir. Smoke will disperse to the north. This is a maintenance burn, meaning the area has been previously treated with fire, so smoke will be lighter. Overnight, however, some residual smoke may be noticeable in the Blue Ridge communities.
  • Mint Project – 1,000 acres located 25 miles southeast of Flagstaff, southeast of Mormon Lake and east of Lake Mary Rd. Smoke will disperse to the east with the forecast winds, though some residual smoke may settle around Lake Mary Road and Mormon Lake Village overnight. This burn is within the Arizona Game and Fish hunting unit 5B-South. No road closures will be in place, however, visitors should be cautious of fire equipment and crews and expect to drive slowly while in the vicinity.  

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, weather – including winds and ventilation, and approval from the ADEQ (www.azdeq.gov).

Fire managers make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to the communities while continuing to address the critical need to reduce the risk of severe wildfires around those communities. Tactics to keep smoke impacts as minimal as possible include canceling approved burns when conditions aren’t favorable, finding alternative uses for the debris in slash piles, timing daytime ignitions to allow the majority of smoke time to disperse prior to settling overnight, and burning larger sections at a time when conditions are favorable to reduce the overall number of days smoke is in the area.

In addition, the Coconino National Forest coordinates prescribed fire plans with the partners of the Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council (which includes state and local fire departments), as well as neighboring forests, to reduce the impact of smoke on the communities.

The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:
  • Prescribed Fire Hotline: 928-226-4607
  • Coconino National Forest Website: www.fs.usda.gov/coconino 
  • Click on “Prescribed Fire” on the right of the page
  • Sign-up for regular email notifications of planned burns:  http://www.fs.fed.us/news/subscription
  • Choose “Southwestern Region”
  • Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF
  • Local Ranger Stations: Flagstaff Ranger District, 928-526-0866; Red Rock Ranger District (Sedona) 928-203-2900; Mogollon Rim Ranger District (Blue Ridge) 928-477-2255

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Brienne Magee
Public Affairs Specialist
Flagstaff Ranger District
5075 N Hwy 89
Flagstaff AZ 86004
Desk: 928.527.8290
Cell: 928.310.6035

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Featured Post: Grand View North Realty



Length of time you’ve been in business: 1 year with Grand View, 25+ years in the real estate industry

Why did you get into your industry?
I have been involved in the Real Estate & Property Management industry for over 25 years building, buying and selling my own homes.  I joined Grand View North Realty last year so I could help others find their dream home, vacation destination home or investment property and to help people who are looking to sell their homes.  

What is your goal/mission? 
To give each and every client individual personalized, service and to put my knowledge to work to exceed every clients expectations

Your specialty – the reason people choose you:  Being in the Real Estate and property management industry for many years has given me the experience to be able to ask the right questions, listen to the needs of my clients so that I can help them find their perfect home. I strive to find solutions for all my clients housing needs.

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff: 
My love for the outdoors, the fresh air, pine trees, living a health conscious life and the friendly welcoming people was a perfect match for me in this Mountain Town.  I enjoy the community and all that it has to offer.
 Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Animal Rescue Volunteers. I am an avid animal lover and devoted many years volunteering for ARV, helping dogs and cats find their forever homes. I am an avid supporter of Flagstaff Humane Society, Second Chance for Animals and looking to join up with Main Street Strays to help educate people about the plight of feral and abandoned cats throughout northern Arizona
Hence, we share our lives with our family dogs and cats!

Your address and business hours:  
1500 E. Cedar #6, Flagstaff, AZ  86004.  
7:00am-9:00pm 7 days a week.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Featured Post: B&T Yogurt and More


 B&T Yogurt and More

Length of time you’ve been in business:  5 months

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission?  Provide premium frozen dessert offerings to Flagstaff. 

Your specialty – the reason people choose you:  We pride ourselves in providing exceptional customer service while serving a wide variety of first-class frozen treats.  B&T always offers healthier selections and no sugar added alternatives.  By being a full-service establishment, we can offer cups, cones, milkshakes, and our own creation Snowstorms which are yogurt blended with your favorite toppings and flavors!

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff:  Flagstaff has always been our favorite place to live and we are fortunate to have been able to move back here and have our own business.
Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why?  Coconino County Humane Association.  There are so many animals that need good homes and proper care.  They can’t speak for themselves and are in need of organizations like this.

Address and business hours:
B&T Yogurt
1530 S. Riordan Ranch St. #D407
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
928-779-1344
Hours:  M-Sat. 12-9pm, Sun. 12 – 7pm

Website link:  www.btyogurt.net
Facebook link:  www.facebook.com/BTYogurt
Twitter link:  www.twitter.com/btyogurt

Transportation and Tourism Luncheon



I’m looking forward to our APS sponsored lunch on Wednesday, November 7th 2012 with Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski.  Given the recent state budget woes, AZDOT has had fewer resources to assist local communities like ours with Transportation Projects.  As such, this conversation with the AZDOT Director is vital in order that he can hear from business leaders like you what our transportation needs are here in Northern Arizona.      

I hope that you will join me on November 7th for this special lunch.  With the generous sponsorship from APS this meeting and meal catered by High Country Conference Center are complimentary.  Please bring a guest with you and RSVP your attendance to Tom Wyatt, my Director of Government Affairs this week.  Please be mindful that seating for this special meeting is limited.  Thanks for your leadership in the business community.    

- Julie Pastrick

RSVP by emailing twyatt@flagstaffchamber.com 
or call Tom at the Chamber: (928) 774-4505 x 16

Goings on: October - November 2012

What's going on at the Chamber?
We're so glad you asked!

The 7th Annual Evening of Jazz was a huge success! Thanks to all those who participated, donated, and generally made it a "roarin'" good time! We look forward to next year's event being *even better.*

Fall color is just past peak in most of Flagstaff. The place to go is Oak Creek Canyon these days.

Wednesday October 24th is the New Member Connections over Breakfast meeting here at the Chamber. You can find out more and register online here.

Wednesday November 7th is the Transportation and Tourism Luncheon, sponsored by APS. You can learn more here.

Thursday November 8th is the "Business After 5" Networking Mixer at Terry Marxen Chevrolet Cadillac. You can find out more here (no need to RSVP for this one)

Thursday November 15th is the "Good Morning Flagstaff" Power Networking Breakfast at Little America Hotel.
You can find out more and register online here.

The Parade of Lights is coming up! We are currently accepting applications for floats and we are FULL on sponsors. You can find the application here.

Believe it or not, there are jobs available in Flagstaff! In fact, we almost always have several posts on our website of available positions! You can find them on our website here.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall color in Oak Creek Canyon

Today's guest  blogger is Tim Rodriquez, our Front Office Manager here at the Chamber.


The northern portion of Oak Creek Canyon is looking quite good pertaining to fall colors.  Yesterday (Sunday) Linda and I went for an early morning hike through West Fork.  Attached are images of the maples in this tributary canyon.  By next weekend, the colors should still be decent.  Just get there early!  We started our hike just before 8:30AM and had no problems parking in the lot for West Fork.  By the time we exited at around 10:45AM, the traffic jam trying to get in was awful, and neither one of us have seen so many cars parked along the highway north of West Fork!  The larger sections of colorful maples begin about 1.25 miles along the trail.  But, you do start to see them just as soon as you enter West Fork, too.



 

Thanks, Tim! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Featured Post: AZ Elite


Name of your business: AZ Elite

Length of time you’ve been in business: 1 Year

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission?
To teach self defense, martial arts and character education to children. Also to teach self defense (Israeli Krav Maga) and effective fitness with lasting results to adults. Lastly to build a professional Mixed Martial Arts team in Flagstaff.

Your specialty – the reason people choose you: I have over 12 years experience in professional mixed martial arts coaching. I started under World Champions Frank Shamrock and Maurice Smith in 1996. I am well versed at helping people reduce body fat and get in the best shape of their lives quickly and safely due to years of teaching physical fitness in a Law Enforcement Academy AND several fitness certifications/affiliations. I am the most experienced Israeli Krav Maga instructor in Arizona having 12 years teaching and nearly 14 practicing. I have taught and worked with troubled youth in a number of states, so teaching children values and character as a part of our youth program(s) comes naturally.
Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff:
 I love the environment. After just one look, Law Enforcement in Flagstaff recognize the value of our method of teaching Krav Maga. Plus, being the only school in Northern AZ to have a Championship MMA history and certifications, families love our curriculum!!

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why? We have donated to many, but the biggest feedback has come from Friends of Flagstaff’s Future.

Do you have any special events coming up? What are they?We ALWAYS have Special Events in the works.  My instructor from Israel will be here in FEBRUARY.  Chuck Liddell’s Coach, John Hackleman is slated for APRIL and Jeremy Horn will be back in the late Spring.  The best way to keep tabs is to join our website for free and keep an eye on the Lounge and Schedule.  www.AzEliteTraining.com

Are you hiring? We would be willing to entertain the possibility of putting on additional instructors who can meet minimal requirements.

Your address and business hours:
1926 N. 4th Street Suite 5
(Pine Grove Shopping Center)
Fall/Winter 2012/2013
Hours are 3PM-9PM MON-THU
3PM-6PM FRI (After School Martial Arts ONLY)
Individual and Small Group Training is Available by Appointment 9AM-4PM MON-THU


Chamber Cafe: Cloud Computing

TODAY, Wednesday, October 17th, we have a Chamber Cafe on the topic of Cloud Computing for Small Business - specifically Microsoft Office 365 solutions!

The cost is $7 for members, $15 for non-members. Lunch from Native New Yorker is included!

TIME: 11:30am to 1:30pm
PLACE: Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce

Just show up! No need to RSVP!  

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Membership Drive: New Members!

We would like to thank the following businesses for joining the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce during our Fall 2012 Membership Drive!
Mortensen Custom Plumbing
Aspen Dental Assistant School
Green Alternative Inc
Affordable Tax Preparation Association
Hernandez Global
Alpha & Omega
Colonial Life Insurance
Nerd Inc
Bittner Bookkeeping
7ate9
ADOT
Flagstaff Church of the Nazarene
Grand View North Realty
Juice Plus+
Jester Comedy
We Are William
FLG Media
Four Seasons Outfitters & Guides
Classy Canine
Flagstaff Custom Window Coverings
Chatham Training Solutions
Continental Animal Wellness Center
Flagstaff Snow Removal
Birch Street Deli
Cyrano's Seafood and Chop House
Alpine Pedaler
Tyler RyMar Corporation
Northwestern Mutual Southwest
Stewart Title

Friday, October 12, 2012

Teacher Supply Drive: Teachers Thank You

From what we hear, teachers from all over our community were grateful and impressed with the more than $25,000 in school supplies that Flagstaff raised to go towards FUSD as well as public and private charter schools!


A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated supplies this year!
Keep an eye out for another supply drive around the same time next year!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Do You Know Where the Ghostly Haunts of Flagstaff Are?



With the Halloween season, Flagstaff enjoys an increased interest in the local spots deemed haunted.
From the Lowell Observatory to the Chamber's own Railroad Bridge, there are plenty of ghostly spots that will certainly satisfy the most amateur of ghost hunters.

Check out our list below:


Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Railroad Bridge
101 W. Route 66 / 928-774-4505
The ghost of a grieving mother who had lost her baby. This story comes from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s when south of the tracks used to be a “Shantytown”.

Flagstaff Visitor Center
1 W. Route 66 / 928-774-9541
The ghost of brakeman, killed by a work-related accident, haunts various parts
of the building. Inquire about downtown ghost tours during the month of October.

Historic Monte Vista Hotel
100 N. San Francisco St. / 928-779-6971
Poltergeists haunt this historic hotel built in1927. A ghost child has been seen on a number of occasions.

Hotel Weatherford
23 N. Leroux St. / 928-779-1919
The Zane Grey Ballroom is the most haunted portion of this historic hotel and restaurant built in 1898. A bride and groom haunt Room 54 and the basement is haunted, too.

Doris Harper-White Playhouse
11 W. Cherry Ave. / 928-774-1662
Three separate ghosts have been encountered at what used to be a
home, boarding school and public library.


Orpheum Theater
15 W. Aspen Ave. / 928-556-1580
This 1911 theater has a specter in the balcony and an eerie poltergeist downstairs.

Downtown Public Library
300 W. Aspen Ave. / 928-779-7673
The site of the old Emerson School,

a ghostly janitor still continues his spectral rounds.

Milligan House / C.V.B.
323 W. Aspen Ave. / 928-779-7611
A helpful spirit, a caffenated poltergeist and numerous haunting noises persist through this 1904 historic home that now serves as the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Riordan Mansion State Park
409 W. Riordan Rd. / 928-779-4395
Ghosts and playful poltergeists haunt this historic mansion! Take a special tour during the month of October to find out about more hauntings and spectres. Call for dates and prices.

NAU’s North Morton Hall
224 W. McMullen Circle / 928-523-3978
“Kathy the Ghost” has been haunting this 1913 dormitory since 1953. Ghostly tunnels, strange bangings, electrical malfunctions, screams from the ground, and a haunting spectre are just a few of the happenings.

Lowell Observatory
1400 W. Mars Hill Road / 928-233-3210
The founder’s ghost is reputed to walk hisspectraldogthroughthe historic Slipher Building. His mausoleum is also on view during daytime tours.

The Museum Club
3404 E. Route 66 / 928-526-9434
Stories of accidental deaths and suicide
give way to ghostly occurances at this famous Route 66 roadhouse. Poltergeist activities occur, and reputedly ghostly images have been captured on film!


Walnut Canyon National Monuments
3 miles East of Flagstaff I-40, Exit 204 / 928-526-1157
Nine hundred year old Sinagua cliff dwellings adhere to the sides of this beautiful canyon. What ghosts may you find at this ancient site?

Wupatki National Monuments
27 miles North of Flagstaff off Hwy. 89 / 928-526-1157
Arizona’s largest above-ground Native American ruins dot a nearby section of the Painted Desert. Some Native Americans believe these ruins to be haunted by their ancestors. 

Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival


The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival starts TODAY!

The bulk of the films will be shown at The Orpheum Theatre, with a few at Flagstaff Photography Center and even some at Flagstaff Bike Revolution.

Tickets are $80 for the 4 day pass, $30 for students (with proof of ID)

Download the program for all four days here

Not sure if you want to join in the festivities? Check out the trailer:

Snow is coming!


There is a good chance that Flagstaff may see snow Thursday and/or Friday of this week. As such, we would be remiss to remind our community to prepare for Winter conditions!

  • Window scraper in your car?
  • Tires at the proper pressure?
  • Antifreeze levels good?
  • Snow shovel by your door?
  • Ice/Gravel/Snowmelt compound (check with your HOA, if applicable)
  • Winter boots? Hat? Gloves? Jacket?
  • Space heater for your room?
  • Filter changed on your furnace?
  • Pilot light in your fireplace?

If you are missing any of these things, check with your favorite Flagstaff businesses! Many of them are already carrying Winter items in stock!

Did you know that Flagstaff is often the second (or third) snowiest city in the lower 48 United States? It's true!


Delta Airlines Phishing Email Scam

Coming to an inbox near you:

A simple (though nowhere near perfect) phishing scam from an organization claiming to be Delta Airlines.

It comes with an attachment titled something like "Delta_A_Ticket_Print_Document_2030.zip"
This email is designed to get you to download and uncompress that zip file, which will then do nasty things to your computer. This scam has been around for a few months already, and will likely continue to show up for the next few months as people book travel for the holidays.
In its original form, the sender was random and the email contained almost no branding at all. Now it appears, the phishers have faked an email address that is supposed to look like it comes from Delta. That email address is "Service.500@deltaa.com" or something similar. 
We know this is a fake because: 
  • The real Delta Airlines website is simple "delta.com" without the extra "a" 
  • Delta refers to themselves as "Delta Airlines" or simply "Delta" and not "Delta Air Lines" 
  • Because of the two sentences referring to your "bought" ticket (instead of "purchased") and the line encouraging you to print your ticket. Neither of which you would see in a real email from Delta.
  • And the complete lack of branding or information encouraging you to contact Delta with any issues.
Watch your email inbox closely over the coming months! Holidays are great opportunities for hackers and scammers to worm their way into your computers and personal information.




Monday, October 8, 2012

Vora Financial Parade of Lights

It is time, once again, to start thinking about the annual Parade of Lights in downtown Flagstaff!


Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Time: Parade begins promptly at 6pm
Location: Downtown Flagstaff! The parade route will go down Beaver and up San Francisco.

If you would like to be a part of the parade, we are now accepting applications!
The entry fee is $50. Rules, guidelines and the application form can be found on the Flagstaff Chamber website: www.flagstaffchamber.com 


We have room for 60 entries total - so make sure you get your application submitted before we're out of space!

Fall Color in Flagstaff

Curious about Fall color in Flagstaff?

Our very own Matt Beaty spent his Sunday morning on the Kachina trail and Aspen Loop at Snowbowl to capture some images of the color up there.

Aspen corner is doing well, still a fair amount of green. The drive up (before sunrise) and down (9:00am) was beautiful, but still lacking the deepest yellows and oranges of peak color.



Flagstaff is forecasted to have our first overnight freeze at the end of this week. If that freeze is accompanied by rain/sleet/snow (as is forecasted), we may see a significant decrease in color very rapidly from Friday through Saturday and Sunday.

Make sure to get to your favorite fall color spot soon! We hear that Lockett Meadow has great color right now, and the road IS open! We also hear that Hart Prarie is at peak right now.




Friday, October 5, 2012

Evening of Jazz

Please consider yourself invited to the annual Evening of Jazz, with the Flagstaff Chamber at Flagstaff Ranch.


DATE: Thursday, October 18
TIME: 6:00pm to 9:30pm
LOCATION: Flagstaff Ranch Golf Club

Tickets are $50 per person and include a $50 gambling voucher, gourmet meal from Flagstaff favorite restaurants and two complimentary drinks.

The evening will include live jazz music, casino-style gambling, silent auction, gourmet hors d'oeuvres

Silent auction includes:
Verde Valley wine country getaway
Luxurious Junipine Resort and Golf retreat in Sedona
Four-night escape to beach house at Playa Miramar, 20 minutes outside of Rocky Point, Mexico
and so much more!