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Over a dozen volunteer dog walkers have left the Humane Society of Sedona over what they see as a lack of communication and respect from management and the board.

The volunteers left the society through voluntary or involuntary means during previous executive directors and said they’d like to see the relationship change going forward so that what they allege to be a dwindling core of volunteers is bolstered once more.

Suzanne Fuqua was director from April 2013 to May 2015, followed by Mark Thompson from June 2015 to May 2016.

The Sedona-Oak Creek School District will see new faces on the board for the first time in several years as four candidates are vying for three seats on the Governing Board this November.
Those candidates answered questions as they look toward serving the next four years. Next up is Karl Wiseman.

Q: What made you decide to run for school board?

As a local citizen for the past 36 years, I’ve raised four children in this community. Like many of you, I’ve been taken aback by the actions of the school board on more than one occasion. The apparent dysfunction of the current school board has been a distraction to its mission, that of educating the children of our community. In addition, I believe a change in leadership is long overdue.

After a soft opening in July, Tlaquepaque North is set to celebrate its grand opening Saturday, Sept. 24.

“We spent a lot of funds on details trying to make it feel like Tlaquepaque ‘South,’ adding gorgeous handmade Canterra Arches sourced from Mexico on entry doors, tiling and special fountains in the property,” said Wendy Lippman, general manager and resident partner of Tlaquepaque and Tlaquepaque North.

Clarkdale is set to host the second annual Northern Arizona Blues Alliance International Blues Competition Saturday, Oct. 8.

From 1 to 5 p.m. in Clarkdale Town Park, a variety of local and statewide bands will compete in two categories, Band/Group and Solo/Duo, to represent Northern Arizona in the 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 31 through Feb. 4.

The Yavapai College District Governing Board at its annual retreat Monday, Sept. 12, voted 3-2 to suspend the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee.

As of Friday, Sept. 30, the VVBAC — which has been tasked for the past two years with gathering data on the post-secondary needs of the Verde Valley region and reporting it to the Governing Board — will cease its efforts.

“We’re not giving up on feedback from the Verde Valley,” board Chairwoman Patricia McCarver said during the board meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus.
McCarver added that though the VVBAC will soon be disbanded, the college will be seeking different feedback from the Verde Valley region during the next year, focusing on access for under-served populations — “particularly those who live in poverty.”

Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs President Dick Dahl was ready to announce the 2016 Educational Forum a success by 4 p.m, Saturday, Sept. 10.

“It’s been really awesome,” Dahl said, apologizing for summing up the event in such a manner but standing by the sentiment. He praised participants for staying out the course of the entire nine-hour day and the evening prior, engaging with approximately 90 of their peers in order to address the topic, “The Role of Post-Secondary Education in the Future of the Verde Valley Region.”

Yavapai College officials say they’re making a concerted effort to improve the lines of communication between the college and the residents of the Verde Valley.

But it’s evident that there are still old wounds that have yet to heal. Many on this side of Mingus Mountains feel they’re not getting nearly enough bang for their tax buck in terms of the disproportionate amount of funding and resources that goes to the Prescott campus.

The four candidates running for three open seats on the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board agree on one thing: If elected, they would freeze SOCSD Superintendent David Lykins’ salary until district teachers’ earn a living wage.

“I think that’s the direction we should go,” candidate Heather Hermen said during the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley-hosted candidate forum held Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley.

A month ago, Jeff Brumbaugh received something that came as quite a shock — an eviction notice taped to his door.

For the last year and a half, Brumbaugh and his wife have been living at the Royal Crest Apartments, a 16-unit complex [both one and two-bedroom units] on Sombart Lane off State Route 179. Compared to many who have been renting there for 10 years or more, the Brumbaughs were relative newcomers.

“In July we all had a letter taped to our front doors announcing that the complex had been sold,” he said. “We were the only ones who still had a lease contract — everyone else was already month to month. Then, on Aug. 29, we all got another letter stating that we had to be out by Oct. 31 because they were turning the complex into daily and weekly rentals.”

The Sedona-Oak Creek School District will see new faces on the board for the first time in several years as four candidates are vying for three seats on the Governing Board this November.

Those candidates answered questions as they look toward serving the next four years. Next up is Heather Hermen.

When Jan and Jim Tanis took their honeymoon to Uganda nearly 10 years ago, little did they know that they’d come home to Sedona with far more than just some souvenirs.

It was in the small village of Bwindi that they met a teenage boy name Brian, who pointed out that the small wooden gorilla they had just purchased was something he had carved. They talked with him for a while and they exchanged emails addresses, which he could access at his school.

Bernard “The Klute” Schober will be taking a bite out of the Sedona Book and Art Festival with his workshop, Slam Poetry 101.

Schober said he became involved when his friend — Russ Kazmierczak Jr., who writes and draws Amazing Arizona Comics — tipped him off to the event as a way to raise money for his favorite cause — sharks.

Through the nonprofit Fins Attached, Schober will be donating the proceeds of his book sales to help these misunderstood top predators.

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