After consulting with county emergency managers and Red Rock Ranger District rangers, Sedona Fire District implemented fire restrictions as of 8 a.m., Thursday, June 1.

The Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest will implement Stage 1 restrictions on its lands at 8 a.m. Friday, June 2.

“Spring weather provided for a larger grass crop and fine fuels growth this year. With the current lack of moisture and rising temperatures, the potential for wildfire in these lower elevations has increased, which is why we’re going into restrictions,” RRRD District Ranger Nicole Branton stated in a press release.

As the city of Sedona enters the final stretch of its $250,000 transportation master plan, City Council has received numerous options of ways to potentially reduce vehicular traffic. But at the Tuesday, May 23, meeting the traffic discussed was of a different sort.

More than 60 residents filled the Sedona City Council Chambers with many expressing their concerns about the city’s proposed master wireless communication plan.

While most of the city’s highly-attended meetings is at the city council level, this came during the Thursday, May 18, Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, which was for discussion only.

After having narrowed down the field to four finalists and interviewing each, the Sedona City Council chose its newest magistrate judge.

On Wednesday, May 17, council chose former Sedona City Attorney Michael Goimarac, who retired from that position two years ago. Since then he has been serving as a Yavapai County Superior Court judge protem, Flagstaff magistrate judge and a Verde Valley Justice Court judge pro-tem.

The Sedona City Council’s tentative budget hearing was scheduled to take about 30 minutes to complete on Tuesday, May 16. More than two and a half hours later it was unanimously approved.

The total budget, after changes made throughout the budget workshops last month, is $47,752,118. This represents a $9.4 million — or 24 percent — increase from fiscal year 2016-17.

The Sedona City Council has spent numerous hours reviewing potential options to mitigate traffic in and around Sedona.

But during its Tuesday, May 9, meeting, discussions went in a slightly different direction.

It’s thought to be the oldest original standing building still in Sedona and later this month it celebrates a major milestone.

The U.S. Forest Service ranger station on Brewer Road turns 100 and to celebrate the city is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.

Last week the Sedona City Council spent two full days going over next year’s budget. And while many of the facts and figures were standard, one stood out more than the rest — $63,685,246.

That is the cost of the proposed road work over the next 10 years.

But only $5 million of that is funded — everything beyond that is unfunded at this point.

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