Good luck to all runners in the Sedona Marathon.

For 12 years, runners from around the world have laced up their sneakers and hit the asphalt of West Sedona to compete in the annual Sedona Marathon.

Athletes young and old will run one of four races, anywhere from a short 5 kilometers to a full marathon of 26.22 miles — or 42.195 kilometers — on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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The Arizona Youth Survey is a statewide survey of eighth-graders, sophomores and seniors conducted every two years by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University and NORC at the University of Chicago, an independent research institution.

Rather than a law enforcement or school administration purpose, the anonymous survey attempts to accurately gauge teen drug use and other risky behavior as well as teens’ opinions on these subjects.

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The members of the Sedona Welcomers invited me speak at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 25, on the dual topics of journalism and performance poetry, two aspects of writing that comprise my professional and personal life.

Regarding performance poetry, about which I could speak for days, I invite curious residents to see firsthand by attending one of the poetry slams we poets host at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre; the next one is Saturday, Feb. 4.

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Cities in the Verde Valley and around the country saw tens of thousands of marchers, hundreds of thousands in some cities, protesting on Saturday, Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration of the country’s 45th president.

The Women’s March on Washington and sister marches around the country were focused on a host of issues that affect women specifically and the nation in general, such as ending violence, especially violence against women, defending and promoting worker’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights and environmental justice.

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The supposedly community-focused Steering Committee of the Coalition for Permanent Protection of the National Forest in the Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock Area has been eerily quiet since submitting the Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument proposal for designation to office of the president on Jan. 4.

On Jan. 6, I summarized a list of the main reasons Sedona residents objected to this proposal.

Of the alleged “hundreds” of local supporters the SCCPPNFSVVRRA erroneously claims stand behind this maneuver, only two — Dick Ellis and Birgit Loewenstein — have been brave enough to be publicly vocal about their support.

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