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Like most wildlife in this area, foxes are more than happy to avoid human interaction. But when they are infected with rabies, that’s a different story. Last week, Arizona Department of Health Services reported that a fox had bitten a male in Oak Creek Canyon.

It was captured and later tested positive for rabies. “The attack by the fox was unprovoked and the individual was bitten,” Coconino County Public Health Services District Division Manager Randy Phillips said. “Wildlife with rabies typically exhibit unusual behavior, are often aggressive and may lack any fear of humans or other animals.”

Food, fun and games abound at West Sedona School this weekend.

It will host its annual fundraising Wildcat Carnival Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 570 Posse Ground Road.

It’s all about the beer, bratwurst and bands.

The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks is hosting its fifth annual Red Rocks Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Posse Grounds Park. The event features traditional German celebration including area brewers showcasing their finest beers.

In simplest of terms, for every $4 coffee you purchase locally, one penny goes to help run the Yavapai County Detention Center in Camp Verde.

County officials are hoping voters remember this simple — yet important — fact when filling out their mail-in ballot later this spring.

Yavapai County Administrator Phil Bourdon and Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Randy Garrison met with the Sedona City Council on Jan. 9, in regard to extending the existing quartercent sales tax for the Yavapai County jail system. The county will be seeking voter approval to extend this current sales tax for another 20 years.

For many years, there was a bit of a riff between Yavapai College and Sedona residents who didn’t feel as though they were getting enough bang out of the their tax buck.

But in recent years, the college has made strides to offer more courses at the Sedona campus and will continue to do so, said Verde Valley Campus Dean James Perey, who spoke to the Sedona City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

During the Halloween-into-Thanksgiving hangover, Verde Valley residents may have noticed encroaching smoke as fire crews carried out prescribed burns along forests in central and northern Arizona.

A 2016 study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found evidence of links between human-caused climate change and wildfires, making controlled burning all the more prevalent. While the smoke impact may be inconvenient and sometimes foreboding, deliberate fires are not only inevitable but necessary.

Year-round, Sedona allures newcomers to its core, and like a box of chocolates it offers assorted treats of picturesque views. Recognizing the value of Sedona to its residents and visitors, the Red Rock Ranger District is looking to preserve the natural treasures of the Coconino National Forest for future generations.

The district intends to do just that through the Oak Creek Watershed Project.

It’s a new year, and with it comes a new outlook for the organizers of the Sedona International Film Festival. That’s because 2017 is a year they’d rather forget.

“It was one of the most challenging years and most rewarding years all at the same time,” SIFF Executive Director Patrick Schweiss said. “At times, it seemed like the end of the world. But, we wrapped our heads around it, worked together and decided on a plan. The outpouring of love, gratitude and appreciation was overwhelming. It’s very humbling to know how much the community cares about us and doesn’t want to see us go away.”

Any time a person is elected or appointed to a governing board, their attendance at meetings is a high priority.

So it came as no surprise that that was a sticking point for the Sedona City Council on Jan. 9, when discussing proposed changes to the
Planning and Zoning Commission’s operating rules and procedures.

Council discussed the proposed changes and gave direction to staff on what it would like to see added or omitted. But there was no consensus on the number of unexcused meetings a commissioner could miss before he or she may be removed.

Abbey Reznicek wanted to make a documentary film to uplift those with different beliefs — Sedona seemed like the perfect place.

“I have a passion for minority experiences,” she said. “I wanted to portray someone who doesn’t normally get portrayed and have them be the spotlight and have [them] be the normal one.”

Christmas came a little early for a pair of Sedona families thanks to the generosity of city of Sedona staff members. Santa was on hand — and with the assistance from a handful of his helpers — visited the homes of two deserving families on Thursday, Dec. 21, just in time for Christmas.

This is the sixth year the program has taken place. It ran from 2010 to 2012 and ever since from 2015.

Louis Montenegro was living in a homeless shelter in Santa Rosa, Calif., with only a bag and two pairs of pants when Enchantment Resorts in Sedona not only offered him a job, but also transportation and three months of free housing.

It all seemed too good be true. “I was like, ‘Yeah, right,’” 42-year-old Montenegro said when he first saw the ad on Craigslist. “I thought it looked like a scam.” 

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