The Sedona-Oak Creek School District will see new faces on the board for the first time in several years as four candidates are vying for three seats on the Governing Board this November.
Those candidates answered questions as they look toward serving the next four years. Next up is Karl Wiseman.

Q: What made you decide to run for school board?

As a local citizen for the past 36 years, I’ve raised four children in this community. Like many of you, I’ve been taken aback by the actions of the school board on more than one occasion. The apparent dysfunction of the current school board has been a distraction to its mission, that of educating the children of our community. In addition, I believe a change in leadership is long overdue.

After a soft opening in July, Tlaquepaque North is set to celebrate its grand opening Saturday, Sept. 24.

“We spent a lot of funds on details trying to make it feel like Tlaquepaque ‘South,’ adding gorgeous handmade Canterra Arches sourced from Mexico on entry doors, tiling and special fountains in the property,” said Wendy Lippman, general manager and resident partner of Tlaquepaque and Tlaquepaque North.

The nights are getting longer, bringing extra time for scares during Halloween. Continuing the tradition, Larson Newspapers will host its third annual Halloween Fiction contest.

Forms must be legibly written to be accepted. The rules for the contest are as follows:

Mikel Weisser, candidate for congress in District 4, was one of the speakers at the Democrats of the Red Rocks’ breakfast forum on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Weisser lent his support to Proposition 205, which will appear on the November ballot and aims to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana.

Weisser told his own first experience smoking marijuana. In his teens, he ran away and hitchhiked with someone who offered him a drag. Not too long after, the vehicle was stopped by the police. Weisser didn’t admit to having anything and avoided a possession charge.

The monsoon may be on its way out, but left in its wake are millions of creatures that are not only a nuisance but can also be deadly.

“Mosquitoes can be found throughout Yavapai County and the more we do to prevent the breeding the more likely we are to prevent transmission of serious diseases by mosquitoes,” said Stephen Tullos, director of Yavapai County Community Health Services.

The Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board thwarted an effort to hire the principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Cottonwood as a part-time math coach at West Sedona School.

Jackie Kirkham was on the list of new hires submitted for the board’s approval at its Tuesday, Sept. 13, meeting. She was to be offered a contract to work 20 hours a week — 10 in the classroom and 10 at home or at St. Joseph’s.

Weber’s IGA and Big Park Community School have proven they go as well together as root beer and ice cream.

The Village of Oak Creek grocery store hosted the seventh annual Float Fest on Saturday, Aug. 27. The fundraiser put 100 percent of the money given into teachers’ hands for school supplies and other out-of-pocket expenses common with the profession. The store reported a total of just over $2,000 was donated.

The Big Park Regional Coordinating Council may take a look at the legal, regulatory and practical issues of establishing a bed tax in the Village of Oak Creek that could potentially fund economic development, road improvements and education programs.

Council members debated the proposal — which was simply to form an exploratory committee — at their meeting Thursday, Sept. 8, but took no action because it was on the agenda as a discussion-only item. They agreed, however, to revisit the issue at their Thursday, Oct. 13, meeting, with an opportunity to continue the discussion and potentially take action.

Council President Amadeus Larew said the Tourist Re-Investment Project arose from questions submitted to a candidate forum last month for Diane Joens and Randy Garrison in their race for the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.

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