This weekend, the annual Sedona Winefest comes to Posse Grounds Park. While Winefest is great fun for the community, it underscores the long-term changes that will affect the economy of the Verde Valley in the years to come.

Prior to the Information Age, Sedona, Camp Verde and the tri-cities of Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Jerome, and their dependent incorporated communities were effectively economic islands along a quiet detour off Interstate 17.

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During Constitution Week, Americans are encouraged to learn about our nation’s guiding legal document.

The Constitution lays out the structure of the federal government. By no means did the founders assume the document would be perfect in 1787, so they established a route for amendments. Many of these 27 amendments give us the everyday rights we enjoy:

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This week we received a press release in which an elected official was misidentified as “Sedona resident Jon Thompson” and not as “Sedona City Councilman Jon Thompson.”

In an email, Thompson stated that the omission of his title was made because “I don’t want there to be any confusion that my involvement ... has anything to do with City Council.” 

Council may not officially endorse the activity he promotes, which can be clarified with an appropriate disclaimer, but Thompson cannot simply not be a councilman.

Elected office doesn’t work like a light switch.

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The Constitution has power because people still believe.

Sunday, Sept. 17, is Constitution Day, the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The event kicks off Constitution Week, enacted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.

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Monday, Sept. 11, marks the 16th anniversary of the most devastating terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

The Sedona Fire District will host a memorial ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, located in front of Station 6 off State Route 179. The ceremony begins at 9:11 a.m.


The attacks were the start of global assault on the civilized world that has defined the geopolitics of our planet for the last decade and a half.

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On Saturday, Sept. 2, tragedy struck on the trail beneath Midgley Bridge, when a 2-year-old boy fell 50 to 60 feet down a cliff to his death.

We can only imagine the horror the boy’s family experienced in the moments after the fall and the agony of waiting for the arrival of first-responders: Coconino County Sheriff’s office deputies, Sedona Police Department officers, U.S. Forest Service crews and Sedona Fire District firefighters.

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