The Verde Valley All Hazards Training Association is sponsoring a Wildland Fire Skills Training Day on Wedensday, March 29, at the Crescent Moon day-use area just southwest of Sedona that may produce smoke in and around the area.
Five agencies will be participating in the training, which will include a three-acre prescribed burn that will take place between 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will function as a training exercise for approximately 100 firefighters. For training purposes, the burn will be divided into five parcel locations and is expected to last three to five minutes in each lighting. The burn area, located just east of the Crescent Moon Native Seed Nursery, will reduce invasive Johnson grass and the dead and down trees.
First-time events are often hit and miss as far as the number of people who turn out. But in the case of the inaugural Sedona Food Truck Festival, it was definitely a hit.
With an estimated 3,000 people turning out on Saturday, March 25, it went beyond expectations of the host, Sedona Parks and Recreation.
“Overall the event was a huge success,” Recreation Coordinator Ali Baxter said. “In the words of our City Manager [Justin Clifton], ‘our only problem was that we were too successful.’”
Since it was announced that a portion of State Route 89A would be closed to traffic at night for up to eight months, some have questioned if that applies to emergency vehicles.
Project spokeswoman Kristin Darr confirmed this week that emergency vehicles will have access through the construction zone at all times — both day and night.
According to Sedona Recycles Executive Director Jill McCutcheon, while most communities in the Verde Valley allocate funds to pay for recycling services, Cottonwood has been content to let the county subsidize much of its residents’ recycling needs.
In 2015, Sedona Recycles pulled its approximately two dozen bins at five different sites within Cottonwood city limits, ending a decade and a half of service. At that time, Sedona Recycles and the city of Cottonwood had no contractual agreement with one another. McCutcheon said at the time the organization could no longer afford to cover the cost of providing service.
A bill to legalize medical aid in dying died in the Arizona House of Representatives earlier this year. But Compassion and Choices Arizona is not going to give up.
“We will give it another shot next year,” the organization’s representative for Northern Arizona Leesa Stevens said at a meeting hosted by the League of Women Voters on Monday, March 20. Compassion and Choices is a national organization that has been dedicated to end-of-life care and choices for the past 30 years.
Medical aid in dying is legal in Montana, Washington, Oregon, Vermont, California and Colorado, as well as in the District of Columbia. Oregon was the first to enact a Death with Dignity Act in 1997.
As the city of Sedona is updating its 20-year-old sign code, a court ruling has forced the city to loosen restrictions in one important area of that code.
The Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday, March 21, voted to support allowing off-premise signs for all residents and businesses except along ADOT rights-of-way, which extends 30 feet back from the roadway. However, the signs will have to adhere to quality standards as set by the city. And, the number of signs and how long each can be in place has yet to be determined.
The Arizona Corporation Commission will hold a series of Public Comment Meetings regarding the settlement in the Arizona Public Service Company (APS) rate case.