When Molly Spangler saw the opening for economic development director for the city of Sedona, she said the decision to apply was a simple one.
“I had traveled here many times over the years so when I saw the position was available, I was so excited,” she said. “I told my husband and he said to go for it. I had a great job but an opportunity like this checked all the boxes on my list of what I was looking for.”
Spangler, who most recently served as director of investment-ready communities at the Wyoming Business Council in Cheyenne, Wyo., started her new job on July 18. And according to her, so far, so good.
Mother Nature unleashed her fury on Northern Arizona last week, leaving emergency crews bouncing from one call to another.
On July 20, a heavy downpour dumped nearly an inch of rain in some parts of the area. And with it came lightning strikes, one of which struck a second-story timeshare unit at 360 Joshua Trail Lane.
A Toyota Tacoma crashed through two units in the Bashas’ shopping center on State Route 89A on Tuesday, July 26, at around 3:45 p.m.
The Point Fire continues to burn in the Munds Mountain Wilderness located east of State Route 179 and south of Sedona and Schnebly Hill Road.
No significant growth occurred Monday, July 25, given favorable weather conditions and helicopter water-drop assistance. Fire crews were also successful in safely completing a fire line to the north of the fire on Munds Mountain.
“Today, fire operations will continue to utilize air attack and ground crews to secure the fire line along the rim in the current footprint to limit further spread,” Incident Commander Aaron Graeser said
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.