It was an all-hands-on-deck kind of call as a fire destroyed two upscale timeshares, leaving more than $1 million in estimated damages in its path.
According to Sedona Fire District Fire Marshal Gary Johnson, a call came in at 4:37 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, of a fire in progress at the Seven Canyons Sedona resort.
“Crews from Fire Station No. 1 responded and they could see the glow in the sky as they drove down Dry Creek Road,” he said.
Unofficial election results are in from Yavapai County and Coconino County. Below are the results from local and contested races.
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Take a look, it’s in the returned Sedona Book and Arts Festival.
Organized by Executive Director Mary Pallais, the festival will be held beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Yavapai College Sedona Center.
Sixty-six tables may hold 120 authors — as there may be two per table at some — for three days. Patrons can talk shop, find local books and attend one of the many workshops.
Sedona voters will be hitting the voting booths this Tuesday, Aug. 30, for the primary election, which features local races and a pair of key issues regarding utilities.
At the local level, there are three Sedona City Council seats up for four-year terms, and one seat for a two-year term. Any candidates receiving a majority of all the votes cast at the primary election will be declared elected without running at the general election.
A voter proposition to regulate and tax the use and sale of recreational marijuana will be on the November ballot despite attempts by opponents to derail the effort in the courts.
On Aug. 19, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry dismissed a 50-page lawsuit filed July 11 by 13 plaintiffs including Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, MATForce Chairwoman Merilee Fowler, Verde Valley Fire District firefighter Ivan Anderson, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who alleged the propositions’ organizers deceived voters by not providing enough information on petitions about the law’s effect on other state laws.
Rick Evans has worn several hats during his two decades as a firefighter. Now, he can add fire inspector to that list.
Evans came to the Sedona Fire District 13 years ago after serving the previous four years as fire marshal in Cottonwood. During his time with SFD he has served as a firefighter. But a knee injury earlier this year sidelined him and during that time he was filling in as a temporary fire inspector as the district looked for a replacement. But recently, Chief Kris Kazian asked Evans if he’d like to officially be the new inspector and he jumped at the opportunity.
Ask just about any Sedona resident what their biggest complaint is and most will say the same thing — traffic.
For many of those same residents, the issue goes from tolerable to intolerable during certain hours of peak times of the year. But, a $250,000 Sedona City Council-approved traffic study, which started in April, is looking to shed some light on what can be done to reduce the number of vehicles — both tourists and locals — from clogging the main thoroughfares.
Representatives from Kimley-Horn Consulting, the firm conducting the study, met with the Sedona Planning & Zoning Commission on Aug. 15 to discuss the progress they’ve made so far. Brent Crowther told the commissioners that the entire study will take about a year to complete. To date they have met with nearly 20 stakeholders in the area, have analyzed past traffic studies and have been collecting data on traffic patterns in the area. This fall they plan to host community outreach meetings while keeping the city up to date on the progress.