The massive wildfires currently in Canada or the Slide Fire that started two years ago this month in Oak Creek Canyon are constant reminders as to how devastating they can be to a community.

Only 10 miles south of Sedona, the employees at Bubbling Ponds Native Fish Research Facility are doing all they can to support the conservation of Arizona’s native fish — fragile populations of suckers, chubs, minnows and daces.

A head-on collision on Thursday, May 5, left several occupants injured and closed State Route 89A through Oak Creek Canyon for more than 90 minutes.

According to Battalion Chief Jayson Coil, of the Sedona Fire District, crews received a call at 3:24 p.m. of the accident and were on scene two minutes later.

During a rare joint meeting of all eight Verde Valley school districts, Sedona-Oak Creek School District Superintendent David Lykins admitted that a recent trip to recruit graduating teachers at four Michigan universities resulted in little progress.

At the beginning of the year, forecasters predicted a wetter-than-normal winter and spring, leaving first responders concerned about the potential for major flooding in the Verde Valley.

The projected El Niño — which was expected to bring higher-than-normal amounts of warm rain and thus early melting of snow in higher regions — never happened. Instead, it’s been one of the drier winters in many years, resulting in their concern shifting from flooding to wildfires.

High winds fanned the flames of a fire that burned a Village of Oak Creek home, leaving 11 members of a family homeless.

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, crews from the Sedona Fire District, Verde Valley Fire District, Camp Verde and the U.S. Forest Service responded to a brush fire behind Rimrock Ride Road, off Jack’s Canyon Road. However, that fire quickly spread to a nearby home, which crews battled for more than two hours. There were no reports of injuries.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is moving forward with a plan to attempt to reduce the number of suicides off Midgley Bridge.

In recent months ADOT has received input from the city of Sedona, Sedona Fire District and Coconino County as well as individuals and groups urging the state to install some type of fencing or barriers on the 77-year-old bridge.

The state listened.

One of the most pressing concerns of Arizona voters is education funding — specifically, will it be possible for students to compete when their schools are among the nation’s most underfunded?

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