The popular Red Rock Fantasy is returning — sort of.

For 22 years, Red Rock Fantasy was a must-see for residents and visitors. After a four-year hiatus, this community event will return to Sedona at its new home, Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Free to the community, this daily light festival — which is part of Holiday Central Sedona — is from dusk to 9 p.m. and a free trolley will be available every Friday and Saturday evening [except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day].

When it comes to future growth of wireless communications in Sedona, the city’s hands are pretty much tied — but with a little wiggle room.

That sentiment was shared during a joint work session of the Sedona City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, Sept. 14. There, they received an update on the city’s proposed wireless master plan by Susan Rabold, a consultant with CityScape.

Since meeting with council in July, CityScape staff has completed assessments of the existing wireless infrastructure in Sedona and developed propagation maps from their recent assessments.

The city of Sedona is now on the clock to decide whether it will intervene on behalf of its residents regarding demand charges and net metering as proposed by Arizona Public Services.

The Sedona City Council spent about 90 minutes discussing the issue on Tuesday, Sept. 13, with at least one additional meeting proposed with representatives from APS. Both Mayor Sandy Moriarty and City Manager Justin Clifton asked the audience and guest speakers to keep the discussion polite and professional, since it had the potential to become a heated discussion. As a precautionary measure, there were three Sedona police officers assigned to the majority of the meeting.

With bagpipers playing “Amazing Grace” in the background, the veil covering the 9/11 memorial was slowly lifted, revealing a project that had been in the works for more than a year.

An estimated 600 people turned out on Sunday, Sept. 11, for the 15th anniversary of one of this country’s most tragic days. For many, it was the first time they got to see the memorial, which stands in front of the Sedona Fire District’s Station 6 on State Route 179. Its centerpiece is a 5-foot long, 3,000-pound steel girder from one of the Twin Towers in New York City. Holding them up are two separate pieces of steel, each standing — appropriately enough — 9 feet, 11 inches. The memorial also includes benches and donor plaques honoring those who donated and especially the nearly 3,000 civilians and first responders who lost their lives that day.

There will be two new faces on the Sedona City Council come this fall.

In one of the closest races in recent memory, former Sedona police chief Joe Vernier bested a field of four for the three open seats on council as he garnered 1,255 votes during the Tuesday, Aug. 30, primary election. At press time he was followed by former Planning & Zoning commissioner John Currivan at 1,133, incumbent Vice Mayor John Martinez with 1,127 votes and incumbent Councilwoman Jessica Williamson at 1,035.

More than two years ago, the Sedona City Council reached out to the community to gather input regarding Arizona Public Service’s statewide installation of smart meters. Now, the council is asking for input for a proposed rate hike by APS.

The topic will be discussed at the council’s Tuesday, Sept. 13, meeting that begins at 4:30 p.m. in the council chambers.

It may only be September but those at the Sedona Parks and Recreation Department are already in the Christmas spirit.

This year during Holiday Central, Parks and Rec will feature the Reindeer Route, an interactive map that will lead people to nine, 9-foot reindeer throughout the city located at select businesses that opt to sponsor this opportunity.

The day President John F. Kennedy was killed, Nov. 22, 1963.

Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon, July 20 1969.

Sept. 11, 2001.

There are days when Americans know exactly where they were when these events touched their lives.

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