Monday, December 17, 2012

2012 Holiday Parade of Lights: WINNERS!

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Well the judging isn’t really an easy job for the Holiday Lights Parade because there are just so many creative and amazing participants.  Here are the results the judges have decided on:

#1  Coconino County Public Works
#2  Bearizona
#3  Flagstaff kennel Club

And Honorable Mention goes to Troyer Urgent Care.

Thanks to ALL our entries for making this year's parade our biggest winter parade EVER! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

NAU Men's Basketball Looks to Flagstaff...

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona athletics department is offering two special promotional nights next week to help build the “Sixth Man” for the Lumberjack men’s basketball team as they open Big Sky Conference play against Montana State and Montana.

“The return to the Skydome has been met with great enthusiasm and the fan support has been outstanding,” said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos.  “With our students heading home for winter break, we are looking forward to having the Flagstaff community come out to help us create an amazing atmosphere to start the Big Sky Conference season.”

The Big Sky opener against Montana State on Monday will be Flagstaff High School Night. All FHS students, faculty and staff who show FHS identification will receive tickets for just $5. Accompanying guests of FHS students, faculty and staff may also purchase tickets for $5 to the game.  Tipoff against Montana State is at 6:35 p.m. in the Walkup Skydome. The first 1,000 fans at Monday night’s game will also receive a 2012-13 NAU basketball schedule magnet courtesy of Papa John’s. For more information on Flagstaff High School Night, call 928-523-8766. 

“It is very important that we get total community support for next week’s games and all the games over the holiday break,” said Head Coach Jack Murphy. “A large population of our campus has departed for the holiday season so the support from the Flagstaff community is greatly appreciated as we open Big Sky Conference play. We look forward them coming out and supporting us in the Skydome.”

Wednesday night at the Walkup Skydome will be Coconino Community College Night when the Lumberjacks host Big Sky preseason favorite Montana. CCC students, faculty and staff with CCC identification will receive free admission. The $5 tickets will also be available for purchase by all accompanying guests of Coconino Community College students, faculty and staff.  Tipoff against Montana is at 6:35 p.m. in the Skydome. For more information on Coconino Community College Night, call 928-523-8766. 

Season tickets are still available and make a great holiday gift! For information on season tickets, call 928-523-5353. To purchase single game tickets for either game, call 928-523-5661.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Do you know how to drive in the snow?

We are set to get some winter weather in this week (finally). Let's take some time to review winter driving tips before the streets freeze over.

1) Give yourself THREE times more room than usual between you and the car in front of you. If they stop suddenly, you should be able to do the same!
2) Always be aware of your exit. If the car in the opposite lane starts sliding at you, where are you going to go?
3) Keep your lights on, even during the day. This increases your visibility to other drivers.
4) Be gentle with your pedals. Light on the gas, light on the brake. If you start to skid, back off whichever pedal you are using. It's a little counter intuitive, but it works and it keeps your tires rolling.
5) Keep the Air Conditioning on! AC dries out the air in your vehicle, which will help remove the condensation on your windshield. Don't worry, it will still be warm if you have the heat on as well.
6) Get a good ice scraper and brush off your WHOLE CAR! Windshield, back windows, lights, license plates, everything. It takes you a little longer but makes your drive much safer for everyone. Using your credit card to scrape a tiny hole to see out of does NOT cut it.
     - If you can scrape off the top of your car to prevent snow from falling on vehicles behind you, please do so! This ensures the drivers behind you don't get stuck in your whitewash

Check your tires! Make sure they have enough tread and they are filled appropriately.
Check your antifreeze levels!
Keep a shovel, water and other necessary supplies in your vehicle, in case you  get stuck, have to dig yourself or another vehicle out of the snow.

Featured Post: Wright Choice Promotions

Length of time you’ve been in business:  17 years in the industry, 10 years in Flagstaff.  Started my own company in 2004

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission?  I started in the promotional products industry when I took a part time filing job at a trophy company while in college in Chicago.  I fell in love with the industry and have been here ever since!  Our mission is to help educate our clients about the effective and efficient use of promotional products.  We do this while keeping the environment in mind!

Your specialty – the reason people choose you: We specialize in earth friendly promotional products.  That doesn’t mean that everything is made from bamboo!  We look at each client’s needs holistically – What kind of message are they trying to convey?  What is their target market?  What items can we select that will appeal to their market while having the smallest environmental footprint?  We then review the options from cradle to grave (or cradle to cradle ideally) and take a look at where the materials come from, how durable they are and what will likely happen to the item at the end of its useful life. 

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff:  Definitely the people! 
Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why?  I don’t think I can pick just one.  I love Paw Placement of Northern Arizona.  They do a great job at educating the public about responsible pet ownership and finding great homes for dogs and cats that would otherwise be euthanized.  My mom, Judith Lukas – AKA “Socks Judy”, had donated items to their Rescue Me Adoption Center.  She makes items out of dog fur that she spins into yarn.  You might have seen her spinning at Bark in the Park or at the County Fair this year.  (more info at or )

I also love the Flagstaff Leadership Program.  I’m a proud member of the class of 2004 and learned so much from the experience!

Do you have any special events coming up? What are they?  No special events, but we are pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Express Yourself Signs. 

Are you hiring?  Yes!  Please feel free to send me your resume.  We are always looking for sharp, self-starters for our sales team. 

Your address and business hours:  Visit us inside of Express Yourself Signs at 2230 E Cedar Ave.  M – F 9 – 5.Or visit us on the web at

Website link AND our informational site
Twitter link –


We just can't escape writing a bit about 12/12/12

The last repeating date of the century.
A 1,446% increase in marriages over 12/12/11
Reportedly a good day for making investments
12 hours of the day and night
12 months in the year (roman calendar)
12 signs of the zodiac
12 Apostles
12 Days of Christmas (unless you're in the TV business, then it's 25)
12 Tribes of Israel
12 Gods of Olympus
12 Old Testament Prophets

Additionally, 12 is divisible by halves, thirds, fourths, sixths and twelfths.

It is also being heralded as National Sound Check Day

Also (and perhaps more importantly) the "One Day On Earth" project is filming again, following moderate success on the two previous repeating dates and a feature-length film "Life in a Day" which you can find on Netflix.

Also - it is a really easy date to remember.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pine Cone Ready for New Year's Eve!

Weatherford Hotel's Great Pine Cone Lights Up Downtown Flagstaff
Countdown Clock Ticks Toward the New Year!

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Before we enter 2013 with all our good intentions of losing weight, saving money and being a better friend, the historic Weatherford Hotel offers a guilt-free good time to ring in the New Year with
the famous Pine Cone Drop!

Like a giant holiday ornament, the six-foot tall, 70-pound, LED-lighted  northland New Year's Eve symbol is suspended from the top of the Weatherford Hotel in downtown Flagstaff as the countdown clock ticks away.

"It's become a uniquely Flagstaff good time as thousands gather with hope  and anticipation for the year ahead. We're offering New Year's Eve dinner specials in Charly's Pub & Grill along with classic rock, Latin music, and rhythm and blues as the high energy band Stylus dances us into the New
Year!" said Weatherford Hotel owner Henry Taylor.

The Weatherford Hotel Great Pine Cone is to northern Arizona what the  Waterford Crystal Ball is to New York's Times Square. Both will be lowered on New Year's Eve as revelers across the country say good-bye to 2012.

As has been the tradition for the past 14 years, there will be two lowerings on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. One is scheduled for 10 p.m. to coincide with East Coast celebrations and allow more families to participate, and one at midnight. The City of Flagstaff will light up the downtown with fireworks during both events. Radio personality Joe Harting will lead the crowd in song and the official countdown.

"The Pine Cone Drop is the best New Year's Eve event west of Times Square. We invite everyone to join us for this Norman Rockwell-like classic happening," said Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours. "It will start your year with a happy heart!"

"The annual New Year's Eve Pine Cone Drop is a wonderful community tradition and a real treat for visitors who come to Flagstaff to ring in the New Year," said Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau Director Heidi Hansen. "The Pine Cone Drop puts an authentic Flagstaff spin on the holiday season
and draws in visitors to our destination."

The Pine Cone Drop has been a New Year's Eve tradition since 1999 when the  Weatherford Hotel rang in the new millennium and honored its 100-year anniversary. Since then, the Great Pine Cone has been the focal point of Flagstaff's New Year's Eve celebrations.

"New Year's Day marks 114 years since the Weatherford Hotel opened its doors  to guests," said hotel owner Sam Green. "This elegant Victorian building has brought people together to commemorate important events for more than a century. It warms our hearts to see the joy the Pine Cone Drop brings!"

Although it's too early for a specific weather forecast, National Weather Service meteorologist Dr. Brian Klimowski says average Flagstaff temperatures for the Pine Cone Drop at the end of December are usually
between 20 and 25 degrees. "Typically we have a chance of snow this time of year, so dress for winter weather!"

For more information, visit

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Featured Blog Post: Flagstaff Ale Trail

Length of time you’ve been in business:
Our 1-Year Anniversary is December 12, 2012.  That’s a big deal for us!

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission?
“Turning Good Beer into Good Works!”  

Flagstaff Ale Trail is a social enterprise; we donate all profits to charity.  To date in only our first year we have supported more than a dozen local non-profits:
Flagstaff Community Foundation, Literacy Volunteers, Friends of Camp Colton, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Girls on the Run, Flagstaff Habitat for Humanity, Sun Sounds of Arizona-Flagstaff, Flagstaff City Softball Team, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, Flagstaff Leadership Program, Second Chance Center for Animals, Master Chorale of Flagstaff, and Flagstaff Independent Business Alliance. 

And, of course, we are members of the Chamber of Commerce!

We love Flagstaff and we want to help the non-profit charities that serve our community.  We also are dedicated to promoting our walkable downtown and its local businesses.
Your specialty – the reason people choose you:
Because of the Flagstaff Ale Trail, Flagstaff is being marketed and becoming known as the “Craft Beer Hub of the Southwest.”  With six local craft breweries, we have an amazing selection of tasty, locally brewed beer offered in attractive venues.  Four breweries (Lumberyard, Flagstaff Brewing, Beaver Street, and Mother Road) are located right in historic downtown.  Two others (Wanderlust and Cosmic) are represented on the Ale Trail with local downtown pubs (The Green Room and Hops on Birch). This means that the entire Flagstaff Ale Trail is less than a mile in length, all in our walkable downtown.  It’s a burgeoning downtown craft beer scene---good for Flagstaff, good for downtown businesses, good for our little venture!

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff:
I (Geoff) have been in the non-profit sector for over 30 years with the Grand Canyon Trust and The Nature Conservancy.  This is my first for-profit venture (Even though we donate all profits to charity, we can only do that if we have profits!)  As a small business, we are meeting a whole new group of great people, making new friends, and seeing a different side of our community.  I love it!

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why?
I am a member of the board of the Flagstaff Community Foundation and chair the Education Grants Committee.  The Flagstaff Community Foundation supports about 100 local organizations in 2012 with grants.  It is gratifying be able to help so many worthy non-profits that in turn help the community in so many important ways.
Do you have any special events coming up? What are they?
The Flagstaff Ale Trail package is a unique holiday gift idea.  The Flagstaff Ale Trail package---Passport and Souvenir Beer Pint---gives Ale Trailers an unforgettable experience in downtown Flagstaff strolling from brewery to brewery sampling the finest craft brews.  Also, the package entitles people to great discounts on beer at the various breweries and pubs.  The package can be ordered online and we do quick mail fulfillment.  The package can also be purchased directly at the Chamber of Commerce, Lumberyard Brewing, Flagstaff Brewing, and Beaver Street.  Check out the amazing souvenir beer pint, known as a Silipint®

Also, the Flagstaff Ale Trail looks forward to being part of Arizona Beer Week February 16-23, 2013, carrying the local handcrafted beer banner here in Flagstaff again for this excellent state-wide event.

Are you hiring?
No, but we are pouring!

Your address and business hours:
The Flagstaff Ale Trail is open any time the breweries and pubs are open.  Folks do the Ale Trail on their own, whenever they want.  There is no time limit and no set schedule. That’s the beauty of it.  (It is not a guided tour!) The Passport and discounts are good anytime the breweries and pubs are open, so please check their individual schedules for business hours.  You get your Passport stamped at each brewery and that shows you’ve used that particular discount.  At Lumberyard, you can return with your Silipint® any time and get the beer discount again and again.  So this is truly the gift that keeps on giving!

For questions or more information, visit our website You may also email Geoff at  For PR questions, contact Steele at

We are on Facebook
Twitter @ FLGAleTrail


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Opportunities: Flag Extreme Adventure Course

Two Great Opportunities for YOU.

First, on 12/8 and 12/9 you can help us give back to the Community by donating a non-perishable food item or baby supply item and as an incentive we are offering Admission discounts.

Use the code "$10off2012" to get $10 off any admission on 12/8 or 12/9.

We will be donating the food items to the Northern Arizona Food Bank and the baby supply items to Maggie's Place.  Please bring your donation with you to the park when you check-in.

Second, we will be filming for some promotional videos on 12/8 and need a variety of people to "model" on the Course.  Please contact us via email ( to go up for FREE. It will be in the afternoon approx. 1:30 or 2:00 (You will be able to go through the Course, but maybe asked to cooperate with the filmmaker at times, and if it gets dark then we will need to bring you down, limited spots available)
We would also ask you to "Like" us on Facebook and tell your friends. 
For the rest of 2012 we may open weekends, or weekdays after Christmas, if the weather is decent, and we are always willing to open for larger groups, please call us if you you have a group that wants to go up.  

For 2013 we are planning to re-open in March for the season.  If you have a larger group and are planning your 2013 events, please communicate with us to go over the details.
Get some people together and COME PLAY IN THE TREES!

Thank You
Flagstaff Extreme

In The Press: North Pole Experience

Curious about the North Pole Experience in Flagstaff? Here are a few links to the press they have been getting in the last few months - pretty darn good considering they just moved to Flagstaff this season!

I wanted to send you all a quick update for press NPX has received so far this season and we are still rocking over here.
For now, check out some of the fun! I will have a more organized "pretty version" of this after the season, but wanted to get you all over some links if you would like to use for your social media, quick access, etc. There is a lot more, but this is a big chunk of it!

Also, as you may know - Travel Channel came up to NPX last year and the show is now debuting -- it is a great showcase for NPX :) Enjoy --

We have a taping with Flag TV this weekend, CBSLA visited us last weekend and will be doing a big showcase, on top of all the other media guests we are housing.
- North Pole Experience


Right now we are on Flagstaff radio

Phoenix Radio includes:
104.7 KISS FM
102.5 KNIX
MIX 96.9
KEZ 99.9

Experience Arizona -
Arizona Foothills Magazine
Scottsdale Moms Blog - Favorite Family Holiday Activites

Fox 10 - went live from the workshop Friday Nov 16 - arranged a local flagstaff school for the field trip -
3TV - went live from the workshop on Friday, November 16 -
12 News went live from the workshop on Friday, November 16 -
Sonoran Living -
Arizona Midday -

Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday Lights Parade

The Vora Financial Holiday Lights Parade is this weekend!


Saturday, December 8, 2012
Downtown Flagstaff
Parade starts promptly at 6pm and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Spectating is free! Join us downtown to celebrate the Holiday season with a festive parade! Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to join us!

Parking downtown will be extremely limited; the parade route takes up most of downtown. We recommend walking from your home or parking in City lots and walking from there.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Matt Beaty at the Chamber: 774-4505