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 Randy Hawley.

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

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, beginning with Larry Garnello.

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

It’s the program with the catchy name.

Meals on Wheels, the nationwide program that began in the United States more than 40 years ago, has seen quite a bit of success in Sedona. But according to organizers, there is still plenty of room to grow.

“We would like to reach more clients,” said Donna Newcomb, the program’s coordinator. “I have a sense that there are a lot of people in the community that we’re not serving who would really benefit from what we offer. Right now, we have about 65 clients but we could easily serve as many as 100 people a day.”

As the Village of Oak Creek’s Big Park Community School begins the two- to three-year process of becoming an International Baccalaureate School, teachers, staff and administrators are faced with a task: Defining what an IB school is, exactly.

“It is hard to define IB as a succinct thing.” Big Park Principal and School Counselor Deborah Jones said. “IB is whole a system of education that helps train educators to use best practices in instructional delivery. It pulls together teaching practices, character education .... state standards and curricular models that have been found to be most effective in engaging student interest and active learning.”

It was an all-hands-on-deck kind of call as a fire destroyed two upscale timeshares, leaving more than $1 million in estimated damages in its path.

According to Sedona Fire District Fire Marshal Gary Johnson, a call came in at 4:37 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, of a fire in progress at the Seven Canyons Sedona resort.

“Crews from Fire Station No. 1 responded and they could see the glow in the sky as they drove down Dry Creek Road,” he said.

Take a look, it’s in the returned Sedona Book and Arts Festival.

Organized by Executive Director Mary Pallais, the festival will be held beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Yavapai College Sedona Center.

Sixty-six tables may hold 120 authors — as there may be two per table at some — for three days. Patrons can talk shop, find local books and attend one of the many workshops.

None of the three incumbents on the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board has elected to run for reelection, and two said they think it’s a good thing.

“People are interested in serving their community,” John Miller said. “It makes real good sense to have new energy and ideas, and fresh faces to run our district.”

Neither Miller, Bobbie Surber, nor Tommy Stovall submitted paperwork to the Yavapai County Education Service Agency by the Aug. 10 deadline to run in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election, guaranteeing three new members on the five-person board.

By: Elizabeth Reece

A few passengers clapped unenthusiastically as the tires of our 767 hit the pavement. We began the taxi back home, back to the buzzing commerce of the airport, back to Starbucks grande almond milk lattes. I exhaled a breath that I apparently had been holding for almost two weeks. You did it, I told myself. You went to Cuba.

Yes I went to Cuba. I went before tourism is legalized, before the inevitable change that its dollars will bring. I went using an American passport that brought looks of surprise to the faces of immigration officers. I went when it was still uncomfortable, raw and inconvenient.

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