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It’s a phone call every parent fears and one Lisa and Steven Cox never expected to get.

“I thought it was extremely difficult because it just seemed too real,” Lisa Cox said. “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. So even getting the phone call from Officer [Jackie] McQuaid, I knew it was just a program but it still really hit home.

“I told Steven on the drive here that I can’t breathe — I was too emotional.”

The Governing Board of the Sedona Fire District unanimously approved an updated fire code — the first one in more than a decade.

According to a report, in 2005, SFD adopted the 2003 International Fire Code with local amendments. At that time fees for plan reviews and permits were adopted as well. In the intervening years, there have been many changes to the fire code. Additionally, fees for plan reviews and permits have remained unchanged.

Over the last few months, there has been talk about the need to replace or even move the Sedona Fire District’s Station 5 in Oak Creek Canyon. Now, the co-owners of the station are lending their support.

The station was originally built for volunteer firefighters but over the years it has become home to two full-time firefighters. But through a special use permit with Coconino County, the station is only allowed to have the two personnel.

An ongoing issue between residents in a Sedona neighborhood and users of off-highway vehicles may soon be coming to a resolution.

The U.S. Forest Service recently announced that a final decision has been made by Coconino National Forest regarding the Soldier Pass motorized use proposal.

The final decision allows motorized use of Soldier Pass Road by one outfitter or guide, currently Red Rock Western Jeep Tours, and up to 12 unguided public vehicles each day after a permit system has been established.

The city of Sedona will soon draft a letter bound for the Arizona Corporation Commission regarding proposed fees for those who have opted out of smart meters.

The wording in the letter has not been determined but it may indicate the Sedona City Council’s desire to see fees as low as possible “or some other language that neither validates the proposed fee nor prescribes a specific alternative,” City Manager Just Clifton said last week.

The decision to send a letter came during the March 29 council meeting in which the focus was on the rate case filed by Arizona Public Service.

Fire knows no boundaries, which is the exact reason for exercises like the one held on Wednesday, March 29.

The Verde Valley All Hazards Training Association sponsored the third annual Wildland Fire Skills Training Day at the Crescent Moon day-use area just southwest of Sedona.

Agencies from around the Verde Valley turned out, including the Sedona Fire District, U.S. Forest Service, Verde Valley Fire District, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority, Jerome Fire District, Cottonwood Fire Department and representatives from Coconino and Yavapai counties.

The city of Sedona has awarded service contracts for more than two decades to a handful of entities in town to not only help keep the lights on but more importantly to provide services to the residents.

These contracts help fund services the city does not provide but might otherwise provide in the absence of that community organization, and others are simply intended to provide additional public benefit, a city report states.

Late last year the city of Sedona filed a lawsuit against a company seeking damages for breach of contract. This week it was settled.

An agreement was reached between the city against the Delaware-based Sun Edison Government Solutions for $375,000.

Like other issues such as traffic and tourism, talk about the lack of affordable housing in Sedona is not a new one. In fact, there was even a city commission dedicated to the topic.

The city of Sedona is now once again looking into what options it has in terms of trying to solve this issue — or crisis as some have called it.

Seniors know it’s almost time to graduate once their exhibitions are done.

Each year, members of the senior class at Sedona Red Rock High School present their senior exhibitions, a project of their choosing that is planned throughout the year.

One senior got an early start, however, beginning plans at the end of her junior year. Skyler Plouffe impressed exhibition judges with her yet-to-be-titled mixed media work.

Two teenagers are killed just as they are ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives, while a third will have to live with the guilt of their deaths the rest of his life.

That was the scenario during the second phase of the Every 15 Minutes program on Friday, April 21, at Sedona Red Rock High School. The previous day was the mock accident in which senior Chas Rescigno was arrested for driving under the influence.

The crash claimed the lives of two of his classmates, Walker Cox and Xan Hawes.

Dina Aita is only 16 years old, but has probably seen more than any of her peers. She lives in Gaza, but has spent the past school year on exchange at Sedona Red Rock High School. In an interview with the Sedona Red Rock News, she discussed her time in the United States and her life back home.

Q: Why did you want to go on exchange and how did you end up in the United States?

A: The basic two reasons for me to go on exchange .... the first one is to get out of Gaza. It’s hard to travel, so I wanted to see the outside world and this was the first opportunity for me to travel out of Gaza.

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