As has been proven several times in the past, Sedona is prone to flooding and the associated devastation.

As a way to mitigate the damage from Mother Nature, the city of Sedona continues to make improvements to its drainage system around town. In keeping pace with these demands, the Sedona City Council approved a contract with Tiffany Construction — which has completed numerous city projects — in the amount of $3.66 million.

Will Rogers once said, “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”

For many people, including those in Sedona, their dogs are an important part of their lives. And as such, they try and take as good of care of them as possible, which includes exercise.

Sedona-Oak Creek School District started school Wednesday, Aug. 9, and events leading up to the big day welcomed back students and teachers alike.

Although teachers have officially been back since Aug. 4 — and some even before that — Monday morning saw teachers, administration and district staff from all four schools come together to kick off the school year.

It was a belated welcome to the neighborhood experience for Joanne and Roger Whitham.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, the Village of Oak Creek residents were watching television when they saw a pair of ears go past their deck. As it came around the corner they realized it was a bobcat, which is a rare sight.

Birders flocked in droves last weekend, July 28 through 30, to the sixth annual Sedona Hummingbird Festival, organized by the Hummingbird Society.

While visitors are drawn in from all over the nation, for some, like married couple Shannon and Magdalena Dickson, the festival is right in their backyard.

As part of an initiative to improve communication throughout the district, the school administrators and Governing Board of the Sedona-Oak Creek School District met for an administrative retreat and work session Aug. 1.

During the all-day session, which was the first in what will be a quarterly series, administrators and board members collaborated on the district’s key priorities for the coming school year, including improving communication not only between the board and administration, but also between the district and the community.

According to the artists participating, the Sedona Summer Arts Colony is building a community.

A mixed batch of artists from many media has come to Verde Valley School for the three-week program, now in its second year.

It was a both a lesson in math and vocabulary during the July 19 Sedona Fire District Governing Board meeting.

Chief Kris Kazian updated the board on the number of calls each station saw during this past fiscal year.

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