Sedona Police Chief David McGill’s message is clear — he and his staff are there to protect everyone in the community regardless of one’s immigration status.

Under President Donald Trump’s administration, immigration has come to the forefront, especially in those states bordering Mexico. With it has come misconceptions and false information. Many in the Hispanic community are fearful that local police departments will come through their neighborhoods searching for those who are here illegally.

After a little blood, lots of sweat and more than a few tears, the Posse Ground Pavilion at Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park has finally become a reality.

Plans have been in the works for more than a decade to honor Antonsen, who moved to Sedona in 1983 and immediately became active in the arts scene.

She founded the Sedona Arts Festival, which to date has brought in more than $300,000 for local arts initiatives and programs. Antonsen died in 2002.

Earlier this week, the Sedona International Film Festival sent out a bit of an S.O.S. with the hopes of generating enough financial support in order to right the ship.

So far it is working.

The SIFF board of directors has started a $250,000 matching grant campaign challenge in order to help offset growing costs and debts that have been incurred over the year. [See sidebar story below.]

Creative and Development Director Patrick Schweiss discussed how the nonprofit has come to find itself in its current financial situation and what they have planned for the future to avoid it happening again.

A vote made by the Sedona City Council on April 25 came as welcomed news for local mountain bikers.

That’s because council approved a contract with American Ramp Company for the second phase of the Posse Grounds Bike Skills Park in the amount of $115,407.

It’s a phone call every parent fears and one Lisa and Steven Cox never expected to get.

“I thought it was extremely difficult because it just seemed too real,” Lisa Cox said. “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. So even getting the phone call from Officer [Jackie] McQuaid, I knew it was just a program but it still really hit home.

“I told Steven on the drive here that I can’t breathe — I was too emotional.”

The Governing Board of the Sedona Fire District unanimously approved an updated fire code — the first one in more than a decade.

According to a report, in 2005, SFD adopted the 2003 International Fire Code with local amendments. At that time fees for plan reviews and permits were adopted as well. In the intervening years, there have been many changes to the fire code. Additionally, fees for plan reviews and permits have remained unchanged.

Over the last few months, there has been talk about the need to replace or even move the Sedona Fire District’s Station 5 in Oak Creek Canyon. Now, the co-owners of the station are lending their support.

The station was originally built for volunteer firefighters but over the years it has become home to two full-time firefighters. But through a special use permit with Coconino County, the station is only allowed to have the two personnel.

A headline in the Sedona Red Rock News stated that Uptown’s new fire station would be “adequate” for the next 20 years. That article was published on Feb. 10, 1972.

The station’s age and inadequate construction by today’s fire standards are two of the reasons the Sedona Fire District is seeking to replace the station with a new one. But where the money will come from for that project — and many others deemed necessary by SFD personnel — has yet to be determined. Earlier this year, the SFD Governing Board approved the creation of a citizen advisory committee to look into funding options, including a bond.

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