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As a homeowner, imagine finding out that a third of the property in which your house sits on is technically owned by someone else.

That’s the situation the Sedona Fire District recently found itself in. In doing his research for the bond that will appear on this November’s ballot, Chief Kris Kazian found that one of three parcels that Station 4 in Uptown sits on was not owned by SFD but rather Coconino County.

West Sedona School is revamping its library to include a 2,000-squarefoot “makerspace”: A collaborative space for students with lab stations focused on developing science, technology, engineering and math skills. 

The school’s ambitious master plan for its makerspace, spearheaded by Principal Scott Keller and the school’s STEM leadership team, includes eight stations, from a 3-D printer station to a miniature derby track, and a host of ideas for the future. 

It was out with the old and in with the new at Sedona Fire District’s Station 3.

About 25 members of the SFD, three Governing Board members along with the public turned out on Monday, July 17, for a wet down and push-in ceremony to help christen a new fire engine that will serve the Village of Oak Creek.

When asked about his personal thoughts on the recent flash floods near Payson that claimed the lives of nine members of an extended family, Sedona Fire District Assistant Chief Jeff Piechura summed them up in one word.

“Tragic — there are no other words to describe it,” he said. Piechura and engineer Allen Schimberg, who serves as SFD’s technical rescue training team manager, discussed not only the tragic events of Saturday, July 15, but the concerns they have of something like that happening closer to home.

Building a new home in unincorporated Yavapai County comes with a cost many aren’t aware of when they begin planning: A geotechnical engineering report.

The report is mandated by Yavapai County and can range from around $1,000 to $3,000. Factors such as site topography, travel distance and more affect the cost. Wait time for results to be returned also varies, but can be six weeks, depending on demand.

In response to the excessive heat warnings issued by the National Weather Service, Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management has been working with The Salvation Army Southwest Divisional Headquarters to establish cooling/hydration stations for Yavapai County residents in the areas that are predicted to have excessive temperatures. These locations are for residents in need for a place to cool off and hydrate.

Streamlining and making everything more readerfriendly are key objectives as the city updates its 20-year-old Community Development Plan.

The Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission spent more than two hours discussing the matter on Tuesday, July 18, with several additional meetings planned.

Donations and grants are often the lifeblood of many local nonprofits and groups.

And as a way to lend a helping hand, the city of Sedona offers an annual small grant program, which many groups use.

After a brief hiatus, the Sedona Mayor’s Arts Awards returned this year and by all accounts was a big success.

The June 29 event at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre drew more than 100 people as they honored local artists for the work they’ve done and the contributions they’ve made over the years.

When Inge Jones walked into Sedona Fire District’s Station 1 on Wednesday, July 19, it was like visiting old friends.

Friends who saved her life.

On May 25 Jones was enjoying an afternoon at her Uptown home with her daughter, Suzi Heath, who stopped by to check in on her.

When asked if he was a proud grandfather, Phil Wadsack paused, smiled and said, “You bet I am. Very proud.”

That pride came following an event that had a happy ending but one that could have ended in tragedy. Wadsack’s grandchildren — 11-yearold Dakota and 8-year-old Jordan — were visiting Wadsack and his wife in Sedona from Colorado.

Timing, as they say, is everything, and all it takes is one pair of thrift-store roller skates to prove that point.

Back in March, Twice Nice thrift store assistant manager Marge Riley accepted a vintage pair of girl’s roller skates, still in their original box, as a donation for the store.

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