Just over Mingus Mountain and across State Route 69, the largest local wildfire burning this fire season caused the evacuation of the town of Mayer, a town of roughly 1,400 people that drivers pass through on State Route 69 when heading from Interstate 17 to Prescott and Prescott Valley.

The human-caused Goodwin Fire began Saturday, June 24 and burned over 4,100 acres by Monday, June 26, though the exact cause is still under investigation.

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“Fake news” is a misnomer. Either it is “news,” published by a newspaper or media outlet, or a report issued by a government, research university or a nonprofit, or it is “fake” — a propaganda piece intentionally crafted to deceive those who read it for either political, financial or personal reasons.

While many people seem to think the issue of “fake news” is an insurmountable obstacle, it’s actually quite easy to determine truth from fiction.

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This last week has been a scorcher. All of the Southwest has been under an excessive heat warning for the last week and in Sedona, temperatures have topped at least 105 degrees since Sunday, June 18.

Local agencies have issued warnings to stay cool and hydrated and find shelter in case their homes don’t have a working air conditioner or swamp cooler.

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There are two jokes in this editorial.

I make that statement to coax readers who may not finish the editorial as a reward. Yes, it’s a gimmick, but go with me on this one.

In 2013, Farhad Manjoo published an article on Slate.com measuring readership, calculating how many readers he was losing by paragraph; it was down by 31 percent at about this point.

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Next week, the Sedona Fire District Governing Board, acting on the recommendation of a citizens committee, will likely approve asking voters for an $18 million, 10-year bond to tear down and rebuild one station, move another and make improvements to two others.

This $18 million bond will be incredibly difficult to get past voters.

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My drive to work today was a little discombobulating.

As I made my drive from my house on the Lower West Side, I mean West Sedona, through Midtown, I mean the Coffee Pot Drive area, to the Upper East Side, I mean Uptown, I didn’t notice the landmarks one would associate with Manhattan — no skyscrapers, no videoscreen billboards, no halal restaurants.

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