It may not be resurrecting dinosaurs from ancient DNA locked in amber, but what the Yavapai-Apache Nation is doing with mesquite — specifically, those rattling, string bean-like pods that litter the ground under mesquite trees throughout late summer and early fall — is an impressive effort to bring a relic of the past into the present.

The driver of a 2006 black four-door Honda was pronounced dead after Department of Public Safety officials responded to a single-vehicle accident on Monday, Nov. 30.

They're not always needed, but when they are, it’s good to know they’re ready to help

That sums up the feeling of the Sedona Fire District in regard to Guardian Air emergency helicopters based at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is looking for your input and will be hosting a trio of meetings with the hopes of getting it.

The Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization, in collaboration with ADOT, is in the process of updating the Verde Valley Master Transportation Plan. According to the group, the primary goal of this study is to develop a plan for improvements that promotes regional safety and mobility.

Yavapai County officials are attempting to take over management of the Sedona Airport due to concerns over potential liability and in an effort to provide a "seat at the table" for the city of Sedona and its residents.

The facility is run by the Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority.

A.G. "Chip" Davis, Yavapai County supervisor for District 3, which includes Sedona and most of the Verde Valley, is announcing his candidacy for the Arizona House of Representatives, Legislative District 1.
Davis is seeking the seat currently held by Arizona Rep. Karen Fann [R-Prescott], who has announced that she will be running for the District 1 Senate seat that will be vacated by current District 1 Sen. Steve Pierce [R-Prescott].

Davis, a Republican with roots in Yavapai County dating back to the 1880s, is currently serving his fifth term as Yavapai County supervisor for District 3 and has been chairman of the Board of Supervisors eight times. He is married and has four children and eight grandchildren.

“I look forward to working toward finding long-term solutions for the difficult issues facing the state with regard to education, transportation, natural resources, budget and ensuring that rural Arizona continues to have a strong voice in the state legislature,” Davis said.

Legislative District 1 encompasses most of Yavapai County and also includes New River, Anthem, Cave Creek and portions of Carefree in Maricopa County. Former Yavapai County Administrator Jim Holst is serving as the campaign chairman for Davis’ election committee. Davis’ daughter Savanna Fudge is serving as the treasurer and former Yavapai County Clerk of the Board Bev Staddon is serving as the committee’s secretary.

Yavapai County Community Health ServicesYavapai County Community Health Services has confirmed this year’s first case of a West Nile Virus-infected mosquito in the county.

According to YCCHS, mosquitoes that were determined to be positive for West Nile Virus were trapped in the Tavasci Marsh area between Cottonwood and Clarkdale. The Tavasci Marsh is wet year around, is located near several public areas and is monitored regularly during the summer months.

David McAtee, public information officer for YCCHS, said it’s common to have trapped mosquitoes test positive for WNV, but that human cases have been rare within the county. None were reported last year — and the same can be said so far this year.

"We’re always worried because every year people across the country die from West Nile Virus," he said....


For the complete story, please see the Wednesday, August 14th edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.






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