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Tom O’Halleran, president of Keep Sedona Beautiful, opens Tuesday’s meeting at the Cottonwood Recreation Center with a presentation about the national monument proposal. VVN photo by Vyto Starinskas

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New National Monument for the Verde Valley?

Old misconceptions put to rest, new concerns raised as plans discussed at Cottonwood Recreation Center

A coalition effort to convert 160,000 acres of Sedona/Verde Valley land into a national monument took its case to the Cottonwood Recreation Center July 21 for a second public meeting filled with heated debate.