The wait to see who will be the fifth member of the Sedona Fire District’s Governing Board will soon be over.

Eight candidates are vying for a seat that is being vacated by board Treasurer Corrie Cooperman, who announced last year she will be stepping down as of Feb. 28 to move to Tucson. Whoever the board chooses will fill that term until the November election.

As belts tighten at school districts around the Verde Valley, Sedona-Oak Creek School District is looking at another year of cuts in the face of declining enrollment.

District administrators and the Governing Board met for their first budget work session Tuesday, Feb. 13, to begin the difficult process of pulling the district out of the red.

On Jan. 5, 51-year-old Tyler Miller, of Hutchinson, Kan., was shot and killed by U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer Krista Kuhns near Briar Patch Inn in Oak Creek Canyon.

The FBI took over the investigation because the shooting involved a federal officer.

While the FBI has not responded to requests for further information, Larson Newspapers acquired an 18-page Coconino County Sheriff’s Office report.

On Wednesday, Feb. 14 a school shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. To honor the 17 people killed, the 14 left wounded and their family and friends, Pastor David Brandfass and those at Christ Lutheran Church invite the community to come attend a prayer vigil on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

For more details, Christ Lutheran Church can be contacted at 282-1022. The church is located at 25 Chapel Road, Sedona, Arizona 86336.

It may only be February but politicians are already gearing up for the November elections — even at the city level.

This year the Sedona City Council will have three seats up for grabs and one for mayor. Unlike the four-year council terms, the mayor seat is open every two years.

City Clerk Susan Irvine said that election packets were available to be picked up in her office Feb. 5. As of Monday, Feb. 12, Mayor Sandy Moriarty and Councilmen Scott Jablow and Tom Lamkin have pulled papers. All three are up for re-election as is Councilman Jon Thompson, who had yet to pull papers. Irvine said no one else in the public had picked up packets.

It started with a pussycat painted green — the first among what would be thousands of masterpieces in her lifetime.

In the eyes of 3-yearold June Payne Hart, surely an open can of paint, left unattended by her father, couldn’t have been anything but a sign for her to pick up a paintbrush, dip it in paint and coat a fresh layer of vibrant green paint on the family house cat.

Every week, a gaggle of girls gathers to gab in the library, surrounded by tales modern and classic meant to inspire them. And recently, West Sedona School’s fifth- and sixthgrade girls book club got a little extra cash to check out even more yarns.

Led by volunteer Melissa Schrader, they started this year with Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games.” Schrader said she was inspired by how the girls in her club responded to reading a book with a strong female character at the center. 

It was business as usual at the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board’s regular meeting Tuesday,
Feb. 6.

With board member Zach Richardson gone and Vice President Heather Hermen telecommuting in, the board’s bench looked a little sparse as it approved a number of agenda items with little fuss.

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