According to Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas [R], the state loses about 40 percent of new teachers during their first two years of instruction.

As part of her “We Are Listening” town hall tour, Douglas spoke with school administrators, district governing board members and Verde Valley community members at West Sedona School Monday, Sept. 11.

In 1993, Bruce Tobias and Carol and Robert Flynn bought 27 acres of undeveloped land beyond Poco Diablo Resort.

Aside from a few horse trails, 24 years later it still sits vacant. That may soon change as the U.S. Forest Service is in the midst of an environmental assessment that would allow access to that land
through one of three proposed alternatives.

A decision was made last week regarding Arizona Public Service’s request for its first rate hike in five years.

But many Sedona residents are still waiting to see if they will be paying an additional monthly fee.

A decision regarding a rate increase request by Arizona Public Services is expected to take place this month.

It’s then that customers will know what kind of an increase in their monthly bill they can expect to see. Late last week, Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge Teena Jibilian issued her 427-page recommendation on the case, in which APS was seeking its first rate increase in five years.

When asked about his personal thoughts on the recent flash floods near Payson that claimed the lives of nine members of an extended family, Sedona Fire District Assistant Chief Jeff Piechura summed them up in one word.

“Tragic — there are no other words to describe it,” he said. Piechura and engineer Allen Schimberg, who serves as SFD’s technical rescue training team manager, discussed not only the tragic events of Saturday, July 15, but the concerns they have of something like that happening closer to home.

Building a new home in unincorporated Yavapai County comes with a cost many aren’t aware of when they begin planning: A geotechnical engineering report.

The report is mandated by Yavapai County and can range from around $1,000 to $3,000. Factors such as site topography, travel distance and more affect the cost. Wait time for results to be returned also varies, but can be six weeks, depending on demand.

In response to the excessive heat warnings issued by the National Weather Service, Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management has been working with The Salvation Army Southwest Divisional Headquarters to establish cooling/hydration stations for Yavapai County residents in the areas that are predicted to have excessive temperatures. These locations are for residents in need for a place to cool off and hydrate.

As temperatures rise — and prior to the monsoon kicking in — wildfires throughout the state are expected to increase as evident by a pair of fires in which local firefighters are helping to battle.

According to Sedona Fire District Assistant Chief Jeff Piechura, as of Wednesday, May 31, SFD was assigned to two fires: Snake Ridge, east of the Village of Oak Creek and Camp Verde and the Pinal Fire near Tucson. Both were lightning caused.

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