It was like speed dating — political style.
Six candidates vying for three seats on the Sedona City Council took part in their first forum of the political season on Tuesday, July 19, at the Sedona Public Library. About 75 people turned out for the event hosted by the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.
Incumbents John Martinez and Jessica Williamson, as well as John Currivan and Joe Vernier, are vying for a pair of four-year terms while Tom Lamkin [who was appointed to the council earlier this year] will face Gerhard Mayer for a two-year term. This will fulfill the term vacated in January by Angela LeFevre. Mayor Sandy Moriarty is running unopposed.
It was one of those days for personnel from the Sedona Fire District.
The day included a lightning strike on a condominium, a wildfire and a swift-water rescue and ended with a rescue off Bell Rock.
At around 5:30 p.m., crews responded to the popular hiking area for a stranded individual who was unable to go up or down the rock face.
Police arrested a man after he barricaded himself in his car and threatened shoot “as many people as he needed to.”
At around 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, Sedona police officers were dispatched to a local restaurant in reference to an ex-employee who had entered the restaurant and was causing a disturbance. The employee, 46-year-old Michael Pastore, had been terminated the previous day, said Cmdr. Marlayne Hatler of the SFD.
Thanks to two of the Verde Valley’s educational heavy hitters, area high school students will soon get an education in movie-making.
On Monday, July 11, Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education officially partnered with Yavapai College to allow students to take film and media arts program courses at Yavapai College at no cost. The event, hosted by Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus, included an informational address and a question and answer session.
“It went quite well, with about 13 interested people attending,” Yavapai College film and media arts director Helen Stephenson said following the event. “We need a minimum of eight students to launch the program. I think this will be extremely popular as the word gets out … It’s a fantastic opportunity for students, and a huge financial bonus for parents.”
Four Republican candidates came to the Cottonwood Recreation Center on Saturday, July, 16, to explain why they should be the one to fill the Congressional District 1 seat.
A forum was held, asking the candidates a broad series of mostly economic-based questions, put on by the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley. Ken Bennett, Paul Babeu, David Gowan and Shawn Redd all attended.
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.
Do you remember the lime green, wall-mounted rotary phones with the 20-foot cord? Those days are long since gone as now, more than 90 percent of adults in the country own a cell phone.
Add in children and teens who have smart phones — as well as tablets — and that’s hundreds millions of mobile devices being used every day. And with an increase in demand comes an increased need in coverage.
Susan Rabold and Elizabeth Herington-Smith gave a two-hour presentation to the Sedona City Council on July 13. The two are from CityScape Consultants, a nationwide firm that guides government clients primarily with wireless master planning.