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Arizona State Parks and Trails is requesting your help.

Parks officials will be on hand for an open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 26, at Twin Cypress ramada at Red Rock State Park. The public is invited to provide comments and suggestions on park improvements that include an outdoor classroom and relocation of maintenance facilities.

It was a perfect weekend for yard work as evident by the amount of debris brought in during the Sedona Fire District and U.S. Forest Service’s 15th annual cleanup day.

The three-day event, Friday through Sunday, May 19 through 21, was held at Station 4 in Uptown and is designed to encourage people to prepare their homes and yards for wildfire season.

“We did a lot of cleaning around our house last week so this is perfect timing,” said Todd Springer, of the Village of Oak Creek. “I grew up in Southern California so I’m well aware of what wildfires can do and how quickly they spread. Even if your property is not adjacent to the forest land, you still need to be prepared. Fire doesn’t discriminate as to where it burns.”

It took right around 15 minutes for the Sedona Fire District Governing Board to approve the 2017-18 tentative budget.

The vote came during the May 17 meeting. The final budget will be approved during a public hearing at the board’s Wednesday, June 21, meeting.

One man is arrested while transporting drugs and cash in his car, acting as a “mule” for a drug cartel. Another is a young man who made one illicit errand while using his mother’s car to go to the bank.

Both could be subject to having their cars and cash seized.

According to Sarah Porter, Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy, the future of the Verde Valley’s communities is inextricably tied to the Verde River, as well as tributaries like Oak Creek.

Porter delivered her keynote address, “The Price of Uncertainty,” to nearly 200 participants in the Verde River: State of the Watershed Conference, Thursday, May 11, at Clarkdale’s Clark Memorial Clubhouse.

Sedona City Attorney Robert Pickels said he can’t find any instance in which a Sedona-initiated bill has made its way through the state legislature and onto the governor’s desk for signing.

That is until now. Earlier this week, House Bill 2116 had its final reading and passed in the House by a vote of 59-0. The bill was introduced by Rep. Bob Thorpe [RDistrict 6] and co-sponsored by Rep. Brenda Barton [R-District 6].

It came at the request of the city of Sedona to clarify the zoning area within which property owners adjacent to an area subject to a rezoning application may protest. An amendment will be offered in the Senate which will include the subject property in the definition of a zoning area. Gov. Doug Ducey signed the bill into law on Wednesday, May 10.

As the city of Sedona enters the final stretch of its $250,000 transportation master plan, City Council has received numerous options of ways to potentially reduce vehicular traffic. But at the Tuesday, May 23, meeting the traffic discussed was of a different sort.

More than 60 residents filled the Sedona City Council Chambers with many expressing their concerns about the city’s proposed master wireless communication plan.

While most of the city’s highly-attended meetings is at the city council level, this came during the Thursday, May 18, Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, which was for discussion only.

After having narrowed down the field to four finalists and interviewing each, the Sedona City Council chose its newest magistrate judge.

On Wednesday, May 17, council chose former Sedona City Attorney Michael Goimarac, who retired from that position two years ago. Since then he has been serving as a Yavapai County Superior Court judge protem, Flagstaff magistrate judge and a Verde Valley Justice Court judge pro-tem.

In life there are good surprises as well as bad ones. In the case of Warren Campbell, the surprise he received was definitely a good one.

Campbell, the city’s assistant community development director, was named employee of the year during an event on May 18.

Not having a job can be one of the most stressful problems for any adult.

But according to Dave Meyers at the Job Connection inside of Goodwill in Sedona, it’s an employee’s market.

Meyers and the rest of the staff at the employment services center have a goal to end unemployment. Though that may not ever truly happen, they have a goal of placing 45,000 people in jobs this year in five counties in Arizona, including in Sedona as well as the Phoenix area.

Seniors know it’s almost time to graduate once their exhibitions are done.

Each year, members of the senior class at Sedona Red Rock High School present their senior exhibitions, a project of their choosing that is planned throughout the year.

One senior got an early start, however, beginning plans at the end of her junior year. Skyler Plouffe impressed exhibition judges with her yet-to-be-titled mixed media work.

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