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.
None of the three incumbents on the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board has elected to run for reelection, and two said they think it’s a good thing.
“People are interested in serving their community,” John Miller said. “It makes real good sense to have new energy and ideas, and fresh faces to run our district.”
Neither Miller, Bobbie Surber, nor Tommy Stovall submitted paperwork to the Yavapai County Education Service Agency by the Aug. 10 deadline to run in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election, guaranteeing three new members on the five-person board.
The Sedona Bike Skills Park is just a few months old but has already experienced its share of growing pains.
Mother Nature has been the major culprit as heavy monsoon rains have caused damage to several parts of the park, according to Sedona Volunteer Bike Coordinator Doug Copp.
“Recent heavy rains have caused some erosion throughout the park,” he said. “The worst damage has occurred on drainages crossing the tech flow trail. We are making repairs and the park is usable despite the erosion. I saw a number of riders using the park on Friday.
Sedona will be on the world stage once more as Claire Pearson will head to Flagstaff to represent the city at the Individual World Poetry Slam.
iWPS will take place at multiple venues from Wednesday though Saturday, Oct. 12 through 15, featuring 96 of the best of the world’s performance poets.
Pearson said she was more excited than anything to fill the spot, having earned it by winning the Sedona Poetry Slam on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
As election day nears, candidates for Sedona City Council are trying to get their messages out to the public, which included their third forum of the season.
The Democrats of the Red Rocks hosted a breakfast forum on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill. Mayor Sandy Moriarty, who is running unopposed, spoke briefly to the crowd of about 30 before turning things over to the other council candidates.