Modern builders and architects could learn more than a few valuable lessons from the Sinagua Indians who lived in the Verde Valley and built Montezuma Castle sometime between A.D. 1100 and 1400.

The site chosen by the tribe for this small vertical five-story-high village is brilliant, tucked within a large concave curve of limestone.

Judi Keller Keiser was a lot like the hard-shelled, soft-centered chocolates she enjoyed during the holidays.

Strong-willed and opinionated when it came to running her restaurants in Sedona, the slender, dark-haired woman from Tennessee was always the first to offer sandwiches for hard-working volunteers and the first to arrive with a spread for friends going through rough times.

Out of roughly 180 applicants, five remain in the running to becoming Sedona’s next city manager.

On Thursday, March 12, Sedona City Council met with their professional recruiter Phil McKenney of Peckham & McKenney to dissect the top 10 candidates.

The search began in December after former City Manager Eric Levitt resigned.

Gary Chamberlain thinks litter in the Verde Valley is so prevalent it’s making the area look like a third world country.

There are plenty of people who agree with him.

A Vietnam veteran who was shipped home from the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Armored Division B Troop with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, Chamberlain is an independent contractor who exercises by

Cross best-selling author Tony Hillerman with veteran author Sue Grafton and what have you got — the best of both worlds in a hybrid writer named Sandi Ault who’s coming to the Well Red Coyote bookstore in West Sedona on Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m.

According to Joe Neri, co-owner of the bookstore, Ault’s last workshop ranked as one of the best ever and he anticipates nothing less this time.

In 2008, Red Rock State Park’s payroll was $333,410, including benefits, and its operating expenses were $60,992 for a total debit side of $394,402, according to Ellen Bilbrey, public information officer for Arizona State Parks.

On the credit side, the park brought in $189,122 through revenues from gate fees and other fees.

That leaves a difference of $205,280 if the park were expected to be self-funding — which it is not.

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