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Updated Jul 10, 2014 - 10:27 am

Slide Fire a memory, Oak Creek Canyon now open for business

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PHOENIX -- Two wildfires last month and now threats of mudslides are taking a toll on residents and businesses along Oak Creek Canyon.

But a few days of bad news could be in a visitor's favor.

"For most dates between today and the end of August, we've dropped our rates about 30 percent off, which for a one bedroom for two people is about $139 a night," Chris Bosselmann said. The Junipine Resort's manager suspects other businesses are offering similar incentives.

The resort sits about a half mile from where the fire lines stopped, but Bosselmann said from the road visitors to the canyon will find much of the forest looks the same, save for one sign. "With the early monsoon storms north and south of us, the water has taken on a brownish, blackish tint," he said.

Although the creek will take some time to recover, he said the Rainbow Trout Farm down State Route 89A is fully stocked.

"Garland's, Indian Market, and the Junipine Café are all open and ready to go," he said. Forest Houses Resort is also open for business and one of the few places where creekside access is available.

It will take until at least September before all of the canyon's creekside access and trails are open once again.

In the meantime, Bosselmann said visitors can still take a 2-10 mile drive down the highway to hike on the beautiful Bell Rock and Sedona trails.

About the Author

Holliday Moore is a Phoenix native with more than 25 years experience in the local and national broadcast and media industry. A graduate of ASU's journalism program, with a second major in Marketing & Management, she considers herself one of the lucky few to be doing exactly what she loves, writing and producing news.

In 2012, she won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for a light feature radio story on snakes. For the record, snakes do not say much! She is also honored to be one of two nominees this year for a Mark Twain Award involving her series on Arizona drowning cases.

Among her career accomplishments, Moore has taken home a television Emmy for Cultural Issues Reporting on the Navajo/Hopi Partition Land Act. She has also won numerous Emmy nominations for hard, soft and even sports reporting. However, Moore considers her highest achievement was on the day she received the prestigious Walter Cronkite Political Excellence Award for developing the Scripps Television stations' Democracy 2000 & 2002 program. Bob Morford, ABC 15's News Director at the time, asked Moore to head the project with one wish, "Try not to lose ratings," he said. "We not only did not lose ratings," says Moore, "We actually improved ratings between the coveted 5:00-6:30pm news block."

"She created, designed and executed the award winning program," recalls Morford, "Her efforts brought a great deal of notice and credit to our station."

Moore loves a challenge and is an adrenaline junky by nature. She ran 400 hurdles in college and more recently half marathons to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She works part time for KTAR Radio while volunteering for her young son's elementary school and running a freelance media services business.


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