It’s no secret that warmer weather brings with it more visitors who want to experience everything the Sedona area has to offer. But with an increase in outdoor activity often comes a greater needed for assistance.

In the end of June, the Sedona Fire District responded to 11 back country rescue calls in eight days. And for the month of June, they took part in 24 back country rescues, two and a half times more than June of last year.

It’s one of those situations that could have had a far worse ending.

At 2:41 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, the Sedona Fire District and Sedona Police Department responded to a wildfire at Posse Grounds Park. Upon arrival, firefighters found a small brush fire about a quarter-acre in size.

With a sea of red-shirted audience members looking on, the Sedona Fire District Governing Board made its recommendations in regard to a proposed bond that’s been discussed for months.

The board voted 3-2 in favor of moving forward with a $17.9 million bond, which will now go to the voters in November. Treasurer Corrie Cooperman and Chairman Ty Montgomery were the dissenting votes. Both said they were in favor of a bond but more in the area of $12.9 million.

Nearly two months ago, the staff and board of the Sedona International Film Festival needed to be lent a helping hand.

The public did just that — nearly a quarter of a million times over.

On May 1, the SIFF board of directors started a $250,000 matching grant campaign challenge in order to help offset growing costs and debts that have been incurred over the year.

When the call came across to fire and police personnel, it said a hot air balloon, vehicle and tree were on fire.

All ended up being true just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, but not as serious as what first responders expected.

It took longer than originally planned but the Posse Grounds Fitness Trail has finally opened.

As a way to christen the new Sedona Parks and Recreation endeavor, the community is invited to a free workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, to learn about the trail’s benefits.

Since March, Sedona residents may have noticed the absence of the illuminated cross atop Airport Mesa.

Maintained by the Central Arizona Masonic Lodge No. 14 for the last 56 years, the cross was removed following the Masons’ 2016 decision to vacate the adjacent lodge building members had built in 1964.

Local Masons had first erected a rough wooden cross covered with greenery in celebration of Easter in 1959. They went on to build the Shrine of the Red Rocks in 1961, dedicated by then-U.S. Sen. Barry M. Goldwater [R-Ariz.].

About 50 residents turned out to the Sedona United Methodist Church and made their feelings known — no cell tower in their backyard.

The hour-long public meeting on Monday, June 5, got heated at times as some talked over others or over Michelle Lamoureux of Pinnacle Consulting, which represents Verizon Wireless.

Most who spoke were concerned about the proposed tower being an eyesore or blocking their views of nearby mountains and landmarks.

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