After a dogged search, the cat’s out of the bag as the Humane Society of Sedona hired its newest executive director.

Austin Gates took over the role Monday, July 18. She took the job after working as vice president and director of the San Diego Humane Society’s Oceanside, Calif., campus.

Gates said she pursued the position to get to a smaller town, one with less traffic, as well as fewer animals in the shelter, so that she could focus more on individual potential pets and community events.

After nearly 17 years on the job, Holly Epright decided it was time for a change. What that change is, she’s not quite sure yet but she’s OK with that.

“Right now I’m just taking a leap of faith and hoping that there’s something on the other side when I land,” said Epright, who will be stepping down as executive director of the Sedona Main Street Program on July 29. “Considering my age and the fact I’m happy and healthy, I just felt it was a good time to start new adventures and have time for me. I’ve been working since I was 13 — full item since I was 16 — so now is a good time to retire and try new things.”

The scenario is familiar to anyone who does the grocery shopping: You walk into the store, looking for fresh produce. Noting that your avocados are rock hard, your bananas green, you wonder where on Earth the fruit is from.

Peru, perhaps, or Brazil. China, maybe?

It seems often that only a small proportion of the produce we consume comes from within our national borders — much less from within the state.

After a night out with friends on Jan. 23, 2015, 21-year-old Kaelyn Curry woke up to a dark room in Clarkdale and departed for a 6 a.m. shift at a gas station in the Village of Oak Creek.

Less than a half hour later, her 1999 Jeep Laredo left the roadway, overturned and flipped end over end three or four times before coming to rest on a small hill along Beaverhead Flat Road.

It can be a difficult step to ask for assistance for those of us experiencing difficulties that prevent obtaining or cooking healthy meals.

The Sedona Community Center’s Meals on Wheels program makes the process easy. Misconceptions about the program’s scope and how it functions, however, have caused some confusion.
According to Meals on Wheels Sedona Coordinator Donna Newcomb, this has prevented the service from reaching as many people as it could.

It’s time for seniors to take their next step.

Lauren Remy will be attending Arizona State University after graduating from Sedona Red Rock High School and is already gaining notice.

Larson Newspapers and the Sedona Red Rock News are proud to award this year’s journalism scholarship to Sedona Red Rock High School senior Emma Keider.

Set to graduate Wednesday, May 18, Keider will be majoring in journalism and minoring in business at Northern Arizona University, this fall.

Friday, May 20, marks Rabbi Alicia Magal’s 10th year as head of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley.

“The very first time I entered the beautiful synagogue in Sedona back in 2005 when I was applying for the position of rabbi,” Magal said on May 5, Holocaust Remembrance Day. “And then, when I met the congregates, I felt instantly at home. I felt that I already knew the people. I only had to find out their names and get to know their individual stories.”

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