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.
Monday, June 20, marked the first official day of summer and with it came record temperatures in many parts of the Southwest. Those high temperatures play a big part when it comes to fire restrictions, wildfires and heat-related illnesses and death.
As fire danger increases, the Sedona Fire District — in conjunction with other local, state and federal agencies — began implementing fire restrictions as of June 15. All open burn permits have been canceled.
These restrictions include all open burning. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are expressly prohibited. Other types of outdoor fires banned include those that produce open flames such as tiki lamps.
Local businesswoman Heather Hermen’s company Front Burner Media keeps on growing.
Hermen recently acquired the contract to handle tourism marketing for Williams. The town’s chamber of commerce previously handled the account, but the city decided to stop funding, stating that it supported the local chamber, just not financially. It was reported that the new contract would save Williams nearly $90,000 annually in its budget.
The Sedona-Oak Creek Governing Board unanimously approved a proposed 2016-17 budget of $7.34 million, about 1.7 percent less than the current maintenance and operation budget.
The approval also included a capital budget of $959,577.
The board directed that the spending plan be advertised and a public hearing be held Tuesday, July 12.
Board President Zachary Richardson and board member Tommy Stovall were not at the meeting.
What is street art? Give up? If so, the Sedona Posse Grounds Hub has the answer.
Lead by new assistant manager Talya Reynolds, the Hub plans to host a trio of events as part of its Sedona Street Arts Festival Series. Events are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, July 30 and Aug. 27 at Posse Grounds Park.
“The idea is to promote cultural growth, encourage youth in the arts and engage the community in a way that it hasn’t been engaged before,” she said.
In preparation for the upcoming monsoon, the Sedona Fire District and Coconino County Department of Emergency Management will test the emergency siren system within Oak Creek Canyon and Pine Valley at approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 28.
After a nationwide search, St. Joseph’s Catholic School has named its new principal: Jackie Kirkham.
Kirkham replaces her husband, Greg Kirkham, who will be retiring as of the start of the 2016-17 school year. Greg Kirkham acted as principal for the previous eight years, overseeing numerous changes including the school’s move in the fall of 2015 to the property adjacent to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.