Sedona-Oak Creek School District’s strategic planning committee hit the ground running in its return from the holiday break, with a spate of meetings among subcommittees and a general meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The committee has refocused its strategic planning mission statement, which is now, “To become a leader in K-12 education; to set goals and define strategies that will elevate student success preparing all to successfully live and thrive in our exponentially changing world.”

A 15-year-old boy was rescued on Thursday, Jan. 11, at approximately 7:45 a.m. from the south aspect of Capitol Butte by the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team Back Country Unit aided by an Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter.

The teen left home alone the day prior, Jan. 10, at approximately 9 a.m., wearing only a small backpack with minimal water and food, leggings, shorts a hooded sweater, baseball cap and running shoes. His intention was to summit Capitol Butte — a longtime goal.

It may be a new year, but for the city of Sedona many of the issues remain the same starting with the most talked about one of all — traffic.

But, unlike past years when traffic was discussed but little done to address it, 2018 is expected to end that streak. That is because Sedona City Manager Justin Clifton feels that it is time to stop talking and start doing.

Traffic was one of several topics Clifton discussed earlier this week as he looks ahead to the new year for the city.

It’s been nearly a year now since Chief David McGill took over the helm of the Sedona Police Department. And much to his delight, it’s been pretty smooth sailing.

“It’s been outstanding — better than I could have imagined,” he said. “We’re really rockin’ and rolling here in the police department and even though we have a lot of plates spinning, things are going great. The thing that has impressed me is that the people here in the police department have embraced me and my ideas as we move full steam ahead.”

Think of it as the Sedona City Council’s wish list to Santa Claus. Well, sort of. During a special six-hour meeting on Dec. 14, in which several topics were discussed, council went over its current list of priorities for Fiscal Year 2017-18, which ends Saturday, June 30.

It’s been six months now since the city of Sedona installed parking meters in Uptown. And by all accounts, so far, so good, according to Sedona Assistant City Manager Karen Osburn.

“We haven’t had any negative feedback — or even inquiries in terms of the system — in quite some time,” Osburn said. “We’re assuming that people understand that the spots on Main Street are paid parking, they accept that, and they’re being utilized. It’s been very, very quiet.”

The Sedona Fire District is looking for a few good men and women to apply for a vacancy it hopes to fill in the next two months. Last week, SFD Governing Board Treasurer Corrie Cooperman announced that she will be resigning from the board to move to Tucson with her husband.

She said she will stay on the board until Feb. 28, unless her position is filled prior to that date. Her term ends November 2018 but the person who fills her spot would have the opportunity to run for a four-year term. Filling a vacancy has been fairly common for the board over the last two years.

After more than three hours of discussion, debate, questions and a bit of self-confessed confusion, the Sedona City Council decided it was best to regroup and hash things out at a later date.

The topic: The city’s wireless communication plan and its accompanying ordinance. Council decided to come back and hold another work session on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

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