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Monday, June 20, marked the first official day of summer and with it came record temperatures in many parts of the Southwest. Those high temperatures play a big part when it comes to fire restrictions, wildfires and heat-related illnesses and death.

As fire danger increases, the Sedona Fire District — in conjunction with other local, state and federal agencies — began implementing fire restrictions as of June 15. All open burn permits have been canceled.

These restrictions include all open burning. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are expressly prohibited. Other types of outdoor fires banned include those that produce open flames such as tiki lamps.

Local businesswoman Heather Hermen’s company Front Burner Media keeps on growing.

Hermen recently acquired the contract to handle tourism marketing for Williams. The town’s chamber of commerce previously handled the account, but the city decided to stop funding, stating that it supported the local chamber, just not financially. It was reported that the new contract would save Williams nearly $90,000 annually in its budget.

The Sedona-Oak Creek Governing Board unanimously approved a proposed 2016-17 budget of $7.34 million, about 1.7 percent less than the current maintenance and operation budget.

The approval also included a capital budget of $959,577.

The board directed that the spending plan be advertised and a public hearing be held Tuesday, July 12.

Board President Zachary Richardson and board member Tommy Stovall were not at the meeting.

After a nationwide search, St. Joseph’s Catholic School has named its new principal: Jackie Kirkham.

Kirkham replaces her husband, Greg Kirkham, who will be retiring as of the start of the 2016-17 school year. Greg Kirkham acted as principal for the previous eight years, overseeing numerous changes including the school’s move in the fall of 2015 to the property adjacent to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Even small towns are not immune to this national election season’s partisan politics.

On Tuesday, June 14, three Republican legislators representing Arizona’s Legislative District 6 addressed members of the Mingus Mountain Republican Club, offering pointed criticisms of Democratic party officials and policy.

It was one of the last things Bruce and Rita Bond expected to see while leaving their house for the gym.

On Thursday, June 9, the retired couple backed out of the garage of the Village of Oak Creek home to see the word “STOP” spray painted in black letters on either side of the garage.

In preparation for the upcoming monsoon, the Sedona Fire District and Coconino County Department of Emergency Management will test the emergency siren system within Oak Creek Canyon and Pine Valley at approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 28.

It’s nearly the perfect storm — high parking demand, narrow streets and often limited sight distance.

As the number of tourists to Sedona continues to increase, so do the number of complaints to city staff in regard to parking issues near popular trailheads within city limits.

The city began collecting data at several trailheads with Sedona police officers noting the number of cars parked outside of the designated U.S. Forest Service parking areas, primarily on weekends.

Out with the old, in with the new. Well, in about a year.

The Sedona Fire District Governing Board approved the purchase of a new fire engine during its June 15 meeting.

Chief Kris Kazian said staff created a committee of employees that represented fleet services and operations to review options for replacing the engine.

The scenario is familiar to anyone who does the grocery shopping: You walk into the store, looking for fresh produce. Noting that your avocados are rock hard, your bananas green, you wonder where on Earth the fruit is from.

Peru, perhaps, or Brazil. China, maybe?

It seems often that only a small proportion of the produce we consume comes from within our national borders — much less from within the state.

After a night out with friends on Jan. 23, 2015, 21-year-old Kaelyn Curry woke up to a dark room in Clarkdale and departed for a 6 a.m. shift at a gas station in the Village of Oak Creek.

Less than a half hour later, her 1999 Jeep Laredo left the roadway, overturned and flipped end over end three or four times before coming to rest on a small hill along Beaverhead Flat Road.

It can be a difficult step to ask for assistance for those of us experiencing difficulties that prevent obtaining or cooking healthy meals.

The Sedona Community Center’s Meals on Wheels program makes the process easy. Misconceptions about the program’s scope and how it functions, however, have caused some confusion.
According to Meals on Wheels Sedona Coordinator Donna Newcomb, this has prevented the service from reaching as many people as it could.

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