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As has been proven several times in the past, Sedona is prone to flooding and the associated devastation.

As a way to mitigate the damage from Mother Nature, the city of Sedona continues to make improvements to its drainage system around town. In keeping pace with these demands, the Sedona City Council approved a contract with Tiffany Construction — which has completed numerous city projects — in the amount of $3.66 million.

Will Rogers once said, “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”

For many people, including those in Sedona, their dogs are an important part of their lives. And as such, they try and take as good of care of them as possible, which includes exercise.

Sedona-Oak Creek School District started school Wednesday, Aug. 9, and events leading up to the big day welcomed back students and teachers alike.

Although teachers have officially been back since Aug. 4 — and some even before that — Monday morning saw teachers, administration and district staff from all four schools come together to kick off the school year.

A decision regarding a rate increase request by Arizona Public Services is expected to take place this month.

It’s then that customers will know what kind of an increase in their monthly bill they can expect to see. Late last week, Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge Teena Jibilian issued her 427-page recommendation on the case, in which APS was seeking its first rate increase in five years.

When asked about his personal thoughts on the recent flash floods near Payson that claimed the lives of nine members of an extended family, Sedona Fire District Assistant Chief Jeff Piechura summed them up in one word.

“Tragic — there are no other words to describe it,” he said. Piechura and engineer Allen Schimberg, who serves as SFD’s technical rescue training team manager, discussed not only the tragic events of Saturday, July 15, but the concerns they have of something like that happening closer to home.

Building a new home in unincorporated Yavapai County comes with a cost many aren’t aware of when they begin planning: A geotechnical engineering report.

The report is mandated by Yavapai County and can range from around $1,000 to $3,000. Factors such as site topography, travel distance and more affect the cost. Wait time for results to be returned also varies, but can be six weeks, depending on demand.

As the city of Sedona’s yearlong transportation study comes to an end, the next step will be to decide how to best use the information in it, and when.

Sedona City Council members scratched that surface on Aug. 9, when discussing the city’s second public online traffic survey. They did this while going over the pros and cons of four of the 13 potential projects designed to reduce traffic.

It’s been eight years since the cost to license a dog in Sedona was last raised.

That will soon change.

The increase was one of several items discussed and approved regarding the Humane Society of Sedona during the Tuesday, Aug. 8, Sedona City Council meeting.

It’s the last thing they expected to come home to.

On the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 2, Danna and Geoff Messer went for a walk but when they returned home they quickly noticed a strong smell. The bathtub and toilet in their guest bathroom was full of raw sewage spilling onto the floor.

The Sedona Summer Arts Colony ended with a transient, collaborative show much in the spirit of the colony itself, seeing artists from multiple media collaborate to create a one-of-a-kind experience on Friday, Aug. 4.

The brainchild of the Sedona Arts Center’s Eric Holowacz and Verde Valley School’s Paul Amadio, the colony saw around 60 artists board at the school to collaborate and work on their own projects over the course of three weeks.

Roxanne Holland’s first day of her new job was Monday, July 31. But unlike many who start somewhere new, it was familiar territory for her.

The city announced last week that she was named the new manager of the city’s wastewater reclamation plant. She started with Sedona in 2012 and has managed all of the wastewater capital projects since then.

Eric Holowacz is leaving to live Down Under, and slightly to the right.

Holowacz, the executive director of the Sedona Arts Center in Uptown, will be leaving in October for a new job in Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud. Or New Zealand for us Yankees.

Holowacz will be the museum director and cultural affairs coordinator in Whakatane, which is in the Bay of Plenty. The museum is operated through the area’s equivalent to a city council.

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