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  • 26 Dec 2019 8:57 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    A busy fall for VVCC grant writers culminated with the award of three grants totaling $83,000 that will go for trail development near Cottonwood and expanding the VVCC’s Youth Program to its eighth public elementary school.

    The VVCC collaborated with the Verde Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest in a grant submission by the Forest to the Yavapai Resource Advisory Committee for the Blowout Wash Trail Project. This project is located on the east slope of Mingus Mountain adjacent to West Mingus Ave. southwest of Cottonwood. The VVCC helped with the grant writing and committed $12,000 in funding for the project. On December 17th, the Prescott National Forest announced that this project was selected for $75,000 in recommended funding. "We couldn't have done it without the VVCC's efforts" stated Tom Palmer, East Zone Recreation Program Manager for the Prescott National Forest.

    Also on December 17th, the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) selected the VVCC to receive a $1,500 grant in support of the Blow Out Wash Trail Project. “The MBAA grant puts us at $10,000 raised for this project” stated Pam Milavec VVCC Mountain Bike Advocacy Committee Chair. “The MBAA looks to support local trail projects across AZ through money raised via our race series and membership” stated Tim Racette MBAA Executive Director. “We're excited to play a part in these types of projects and help local organizations improve their trails” Racette added. “We have confidence the full $12,000 will be raised by the end of March” Milavec added.

    Earlier in December, the VVCC received a $6,500 grant from the Burton Family Foundation to purchase the bikes and safety equipment for its planned after-school mountain bike club at the Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School. “Our Youth Program currently operates eight after-school mountain bike clubs at seven Verde Valley Elementary Schools and we’re thrilled that the Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School plans to join the program in 2020” said Rich Leever, Youth Program Committee Chair for the VVCC. 

    ABOUT THE YAVAPAI RAC. The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act establishes Resource Advisory Committees, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and consisting of fifteen local citizens and three replacement members.  The Yavapai RAC’s role is to review and recommend projects for approval that represent different variations of natural resource work in Yavapai County to the Forest Supervisor.

    ABOUT THE MBAA. The MBAA promotes, protects and preserves the Arizona mountain biking experience through advocacy, education and responsible, recreational and competitive mountain biking.

    ABOUT THE BURTON FAMILY FOUNDATION. The Burton Family Foundation is a supporting organization of the Arizona Community Foundation. Established in 2015, Burton Family Foundation provides support for innovative programs that promote equity and opportunity for underserved students across Arizona.

  • 16 Dec 2019 8:52 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    We had the opportunity to catch up with new Red Rock District Ranger Amy Tinderholt this month. Prior to her appointment as Ranger, Amy served as the Deputy District Ranger for the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest in Bend, OR.

    Why did you want this job?

    The Red Rock Ranger District is known across the nation for its progressive and innovative approach to its partnership and volunteer programs that has been driven by local, grassroots stakeholders. I wanted to work and learn in an area where the communities and partners are committed to engaging with the Forest Service whether its to get work done or work through difficult land management issues, and the Forest Service is committed to having an open mind about what that engagement looks like and how it leads to proprieties, actions and decisions.

    What about your background is it that made you THE Choice to lead this District?

    In leaving my last job I was very proud to hear people say that that I listened, sought to understand, and tried to use that understanding to move projects or issues forward. This is an area that is loved and used by many different people with sometimes competing values, those skills will help me to make good, sometimes difficult, decisions. My fifteen years in recreation management doesn’t hurt either!

    What do you see as the top three short and long term challenges for the District?

    • Completion and implementation of the Fossil Creek Comprehensive River Management Plan.
    • Establishing a 3-5 year outlook of our recreation program priorities. There are an incredible number of needs for across the recreation program and demands from communities, partners and individuals. We need to be able to clearly communicate what work we are prioritizing and why. This will also help us and our partners be more efficient and successful pursuing outside funding.
    • Supporting and building on our partner and collaborative efforts. We want to continue to practice and improve our collaborative decision making and efforts to incorporate a broader landscape view of land management.

    In three years, where do you see yourself and the District?

    Over the next three years I hope that I have built relationships within the community and on the District. We will take on great projects that people love and support, we will also take on difficult and contentious issues. If we have done it well we will retain the trust and support of the public we serve through the good and the tough.

  • 7 Dec 2019 9:35 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    65 VVCC Members and guests descended on the Mystic Hills Club House last evening for the VVCC's annual Holiday Party and Fundraiser.

    Those present enjoyed BBQ from Big Foot BBQ in Flagstaff, cake, beer and wine as a member benefit.

    Raffle Winners were:

    Al Milavec won the Trek Gravel Grinder Bike courtesy of the Verde Valley Bicycle Company.

    Kevin Adams won the Sony 85" LCD Screen courtesy of the Verde Valley Bicycle Company.

    Patti Wyman won the Marzocchi Front Shock courtesy of Marzocchi.

    The raffle raised over $3,300!

    Here's some pictures of the event.

  • 21 Nov 2019 7:08 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced 53 communities which earned official Bicycle Friendly Community certification and 12 communities were recognized with Honorable Mentions. 

    Locally, Cottonwood moved up to Silver, from Bronze status and Sedona was renewed at Silver.

    In Arizona, Scottsdale was renewed at Gold status. Apache Junction and Peoria received Honorable Mentions.

  • 20 Nov 2019 7:02 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    We recently caught up with the new Recreation Program Manager for the Red Rock Ranger District, Chris Johansen. Here's what he had to say...

    What's your background?

    After college, I was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps and served for 10 years. After the Marines, I worked for the National Park Service at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park as an Interpretive Park Ranger. Next, I worked as a Natural Resource Specialist for the Army Corps of Engineers managing campgrounds and water-based recreation on several lakes in the South East. I then moved to Florida and transferred back to the Park Service at Gulf Islands National Seashore monitoring nesting shorebirds and sea turtles. Seeking a promotion, I accepted a position with the Department of Defense at Eglin AFB as the Recreation Program Manager. I managed the largest public recreation program in the DoD. The program consisted of hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, mountain biking, beach activities, and 71 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail.

    What attracted you to this position?

    My initial attraction was to the area. Sedona is as beautiful as any of the National Parks in the country. This part of Arizona offers so many outdoor activities for myself and my family. We all enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, and mountain biking.

    I had heard about the strong volunteer organizations and stewardship programs affiliated with the Coconino and particularly the Red Rock District. The bond between the Forest and the community was a major attractor. I am looking forward to all the progress our volunteer groups and the Forest Service can make together on the Red Rock District.

    Also, I have wanted to work for the Forest Service ever since I was a child

    How is the Forest Service different from the DoD?

    There are many similarities between the Department of Defense and the Forest Service and many differences. The similarities are the same with all Federal Service, similar procedures and regulations.

    The biggest difference is the community ties and the passion coming from the people that live in the Sedona area. The recreation program couldn’t survive without volunteer hours and all the work done by these groups. It is truly amazing to hear the thousands of hours put in from the Graffiti Volunteers to the Verde Valley Cyclist Coalition and many more volunteer organizations.

    What's the most interesting thing you did or saw moving from Florida to Arizona?

    My dad came out to help me move and we decided to get off the interstate and take two lane roads from Junction, Texas to Flagstaff. We ended up passing through Capitan, New Mexico and saw where Smokey the Bear is from. We pulled over and saw the Capitan Mountains where Smokey was rescued from the fire. It is a very beautiful part of New Mexico and it was especially relevant that I was driving across the country to work for the Forest Service.

    My vision for the Red Rock District

    My vision for the District is to continue to provide stewardship for our community to remain engaged and to increase community participation. I plan to receive as much input as possible from our partners with what is going well and to benefit from what we can do better. Also, I would like to expand our partnership with the Red Rock Trail Fund and engage in new opportunities. I would like to find a balance with increasing visitation and protecting the fragile natural resources here in the Red Rock District.

    What's been your biggest challenge since taking over?

    There really hasn’t been any challenges. I have been very fortunate to have an excellent staff that have a strong knowledge base about the program and the area. Many employees have deep ties with the community stakeholders and the community. I have met so many positive people since moving here it makes it easy to transition to the Recreation Staff Officer position.

    Anything you'd like to add?


  • 15 Nov 2019 3:01 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    We thought we'd let the Red Rock News tell you the story and just provide you with pictures.

  • 14 Nov 2019 12:05 PM | Deleted user

    “Bikes for Kids Program Enters Second Season”

    Verde Valley Bikes for Kids entered its second season this fall. Under this program, over 70 youths from grades 3 through 8 participate in after school mountain bike clubs on bikes purchased by Bikes for Kids. In addition, Bikes for Kids gave away 35 new bikes in 2019 and will give away over 100 new bikes to Verde Valley students in grades 3-8 in 2020.

    Seven of the eight Verde Valley public elementary schools have mountain bike clubs. School teachers and volunteer coaches from the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition spend at least one day a week teaching mountain bike and safety skills. There are plans to expand the Bikes for Kids program to the eighth school, Jerome-Clarkdale Elementary School, during the 2020-2021 academic year or earlier, coach dependent.

    The Bikes for Kids goal is to empower young people in these grades, through mountain bicycles, fostering values that support youth on and off the bike into their future.

    The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition funds the Bike for Kids program through generous donations and grant sponsors. The program purchases and maintains bikes, helmets and gear for the schools’ clubs. An annual bike event at the Sedona Bike Skills park is held each spring bringing youth from all 7 elementary schools together for an afternoon of biking along with great food and camaraderie among the young riders.

    More information on the great program is available here

    Contact Rich Leever, Chairperson Bikes For Kids at for more information.

    Rich Leever

    Chairperson, Bikes for Kids

    Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition

  • 14 Nov 2019 11:57 AM | Deleted user

    Friday, Every Week until May 21, 2020

    Mountain Bike FUNdraiser Ride - Hosted by the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition. All levels, no drop. Meet at the Verde Valley Bicycle Company, 743 N. Main Street, Cottonwood. Wheels roll at 11:15am sharp, weather permitting. Expect about a two hour ride at Dead Horse State Park. Donations to benefit the Blowout Wash Trail System in Clarkdale are encouraged but not mandatory. Visit or VVCC Mountain Bike Rides on Meetup for more information.

  • 28 Oct 2019 8:45 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    On routine patrol near Yavapai Vista on October 27th, RRBP Leader Marty Glinsky was able to provide first aid to a visiting 70 year old Cleveland Ohio area hiker who had fallen and gashed open a head wound.

    The hiker refused to have the dried blood cleaned off as he wanted to show his wife.

    RRBP - Assist, Educate and Inform

  • 26 Oct 2019 4:34 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The 2019-2020 Trail Work Season officially began at 8:30 AM on October 26th when Trails Coordinator Forrest Saville welcomed over 25 volunteers at the Girdner Trailhead.

    The volunteers built a little over 1/2 mile of new trail connecting the Stirrup Trail to the Cultural Park.

    Photos courtesy of Marty Glinsky


The VVCC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2003 (incorporated in March 2004) to promote road and mountain bike advocacy in, and around, the Verde Valley of Northern Arizona.




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