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A school inspires more memories than any other place: Try standing in one, surrounded by the smell of recently sharpened pencils, rubbed erasers and thumbed-through books without remembering yourself as a child, learning your ABCs. Books, in particular, are for many people an enduring part of childhood — pressing your nose to the cracked spine of a newly acquired volume, thinking of what places you might visit in its pages.

As with any major construction project, there’s always a chance for delays. In this case, it’s CVS Pharmacy.

It’s now been six months since the nationwide chain received a zone change approval from the Sedona City Council, yet not one shovel of dirt has been turned.

Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board member and Realtor John D. Miller has been a vocal supporter of filling school budget gaps with donations from the community, but until recently it has been difficult to determine what classrooms need most.

They're not always needed, but when they are, it’s good to know they’re ready to help

That sums up the feeling of the Sedona Fire District in regard to Guardian Air emergency helicopters based at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is looking for your input and will be hosting a trio of meetings with the hopes of getting it.

The Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization, in collaboration with ADOT, is in the process of updating the Verde Valley Master Transportation Plan. According to the group, the primary goal of this study is to develop a plan for improvements that promotes regional safety and mobility.

Yavapai County officials are attempting to take over management of the Sedona Airport due to concerns over potential liability and in an effort to provide a "seat at the table" for the city of Sedona and its residents.

The facility is run by the Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority.

The Sedona City Council took a stand against a Sedona business that has been warned several times to come into code compliance but has yet to do so.

During the Tuesday, Nov. 24, meeting, the council voted unanimously to deny recommending a liquor license to the ChocolaTree restaurant, located in West Sedona. The denial did not come as a result of liquor violations but instead an array of building code infractions.

It’s taken longer than expected but the Sedona bike skills park is finally getting some traction.

Recently, the city sent out a request for qualifications for constriction of the project, which will be built at Posse Grounds Park. Work will include cut and fill grading, erosion control, soil compaction, general landscaping as well as constriction of a wide variety of dirt jumps and rollers for multiple skill levels, wooden framed features, trails of varying length, while providing general constriction services. The project has been budgeted for $111,000.

Even though there were a few new faces, the sentiment from business owners was the same: No parking meters in Uptown.

As part of continued community outreach, the city hosted its second public meeting in as many weeks to address the proposed installation of paid parking kiosks along State Route 89A in Uptown. About 30 people, including four Sedona City Council members, turned out for the Thursday, Nov. 19, meeting at the Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble.

Rimrock, old purses and the holiday spirit of giving: What do these three things have in common?

According to Colleen Baldwin of Winnipeg, Canada,  — who purchased a holiday home in Rimrock several years ago — there is a lot used purses can do to relieve the suffering of others.

Sedona resident Tony Taylor recently won the Arizona Book of the Year Grand Prize, put on through the Arizona Literary Contest, for his novel “The Darkest Side of Saturn.”

The book was chosen as the grand prize winner after taking first in the same contest in the Published Fiction category, then taking top honors up against the Short Story and Unpublished Fiction categories.

Former mayor Thron Riggs, who played a leading role in thwarting the “Disneylanding” of Sedona, has died at the age of 94.

During his term as mayor from 1992 to 1996, and throughout  a life dedicated to civic service, Riggs worked to protect the city’s character, according to his son Thron P. Riggs.

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