The Arizona Department of Transportation is making good on a promise to help prevent suicides off Midgley Bridge.
On Friday, Dec. 2, ADOT announced that in partnership with Sedona, the U.S. Forest Service and Coconino County, it will add protective fencing over the next few weeks to the bridge, located north of Sedona on State Route 89A.
The holiday season is officially upon us as Holiday Central kicked off its fourth year this past weekend with the lighting of the tree in Uptown and breakfast with Santa.
And this year, an old Sedona favorite will make its return but with a holiday twist.
“We are so excited for Red Rock Fantasy to return to Sedona at Tlaquepaque arts & crafts village,” said Jennifer Wesselhoff, president and CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and a Holiday Central committee member. “This year’s event is shaping up to be what we’ve always wanted Red Rock Fantasy to become — a community-wide event where many business, nonprofit organizations and the entire community is involved.
Over the last few years, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has been at the forefront of the battle against criminalizing mental health conditions — and now, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, YCSO is getting a helping hand.
With the funds, the YCSO Mental Health Collaboration Program enters its planning and implementation stage. The ultimate goal of the program is to support law enforcement responses such as mental health courts, pre-trial services, diversion and alternative prosecution and sentencing programs, treatment accountability services, training for officers and reentry services to address mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
Yet another local business owner has been duped out of money through an ongoing scam. But this time there’s a bit of a twist that is still under investigation.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn reported this week that on Nov. 18 an unknown person called a Village of Oak Creek business claiming it was behind on its bill and the power was scheduled to be shut off. The owner dismissed the call as a scam and did nothing. Three days later a man came into the business wearing a shirt and hat displaying “APS” lettering and stated he was there to shut off power. The owner requested information to prevent this from happening and the man/suspect provided a contact phone number before leaving.
Imagine looking over the edge of a 27-story building. Now imagine rappelling down the side of it.
For three Sedona professionals, this will soon be a reality and all for a good cause.
You don’t need a flannel shirt, a rusty pickup and a grizzly beard to be one of the many people in the Verde Valley who carries a concealed gun.
Marina Zorilla, who works at a salon in Old Town Cottonwood, carries her Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm handgun.
“I carry every day. I don’t leave the house without it. It’s just become a habit now,” she said.
Zorilla has been carrying for some years now, and chose the model of pistol for its light weight and the ease of concealing it within her purse.
As a way to provide additional free parking in the Uptown area, as well as potential others uses, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce is looking into buying a vacant building on Jordan Road.
During a presentation to the Sedona City Council on Nov. 22, Chamber President and CEO Jennifer Wesselhoff stressed the importance of balancing tourism while looking out for the interests of residents and business owners as well.