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Like most wildlife in this area, foxes are more than happy to avoid human interaction. But when they are infected with rabies, that’s a different story. Last week, Arizona Department of Health Services reported that a fox had bitten a male in Oak Creek Canyon.

It was captured and later tested positive for rabies. “The attack by the fox was unprovoked and the individual was bitten,” Coconino County Public Health Services District Division Manager Randy Phillips said. “Wildlife with rabies typically exhibit unusual behavior, are often aggressive and may lack any fear of humans or other animals.”

Food, fun and games abound at West Sedona School this weekend.

It will host its annual fundraising Wildcat Carnival Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 570 Posse Ground Road.

It’s all about the beer, bratwurst and bands.

The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks is hosting its fifth annual Red Rocks Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Posse Grounds Park. The event features traditional German celebration including area brewers showcasing their finest beers.

In simplest of terms, for every $4 coffee you purchase locally, one penny goes to help run the Yavapai County Detention Center in Camp Verde.

County officials are hoping voters remember this simple — yet important — fact when filling out their mail-in ballot later this spring.

Yavapai County Administrator Phil Bourdon and Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Randy Garrison met with the Sedona City Council on Jan. 9, in regard to extending the existing quartercent sales tax for the Yavapai County jail system. The county will be seeking voter approval to extend this current sales tax for another 20 years.

For many years, there was a bit of a riff between Yavapai College and Sedona residents who didn’t feel as though they were getting enough bang out of the their tax buck.

But in recent years, the college has made strides to offer more courses at the Sedona campus and will continue to do so, said Verde Valley Campus Dean James Perey, who spoke to the Sedona City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

During the Halloween-into-Thanksgiving hangover, Verde Valley residents may have noticed encroaching smoke as fire crews carried out prescribed burns along forests in central and northern Arizona.

A 2016 study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found evidence of links between human-caused climate change and wildfires, making controlled burning all the more prevalent. While the smoke impact may be inconvenient and sometimes foreboding, deliberate fires are not only inevitable but necessary.

At times the two-hour meeting between representatives from the Arizona Water Company and residents became heated due to a proposed 1.5 million gallon water tank near the Mystic Hills subdivision.

Around 60 people turned out on Jan. 10, at the Sedona United Methodist Church for the first public meeting to discuss the project since last March. Several of those nearby residents who spoke said they are not opposed to the project, just its location. The tank would be installed on vacant land owned by the company at the intersection of State Route 179 and West Mallard Drive.

“New year, new me” may be a rallying motto to inspire resolutions, but for the Sedona-Oak Creek School District, it’s new year, more of the same.

At its first Governing Board meeting of the year Tuesday, Jan. 9, one of the first orders of business was to vote in a president and vice president for 2018. In unanimous votes, the board re-elected current President Randy Hawley and Vice President Heather Hermen to those posts.

Sedona-Oak Creek School District’s strategic planning committee hit the ground running in its return from the holiday break, with a spate of meetings among subcommittees and a general meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The committee has refocused its strategic planning mission statement, which is now, “To become a leader in K-12 education; to set goals and define strategies that will elevate student success preparing all to successfully live and thrive in our exponentially changing world.”

Abbey Reznicek wanted to make a documentary film to uplift those with different beliefs — Sedona seemed like the perfect place.

“I have a passion for minority experiences,” she said. “I wanted to portray someone who doesn’t normally get portrayed and have them be the spotlight and have [them] be the normal one.”

Christmas came a little early for a pair of Sedona families thanks to the generosity of city of Sedona staff members. Santa was on hand — and with the assistance from a handful of his helpers — visited the homes of two deserving families on Thursday, Dec. 21, just in time for Christmas.

This is the sixth year the program has taken place. It ran from 2010 to 2012 and ever since from 2015.

Louis Montenegro was living in a homeless shelter in Santa Rosa, Calif., with only a bag and two pairs of pants when Enchantment Resorts in Sedona not only offered him a job, but also transportation and three months of free housing.

It all seemed too good be true. “I was like, ‘Yeah, right,’” 42-year-old Montenegro said when he first saw the ad on Craigslist. “I thought it looked like a scam.” 

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