It’s been a month since the Sedona Police Department — with assistance from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office — faced a situation they rarely see. One that had a positive ending but could have been much worse.
On July 20, SPD received a disturbance call from a local restaurant involving an employee, 46-year-old Michael Pastore, who had been fired the day prior. Officer Bill Knuth arrived at the scene but by that time Pastore had already left. In an attempt to locate the suspect, dispatchers contacted YCSO since it was reported that he lived in the Village of Oak Creek.
With the Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park scheduled to be completed in October, the city determined that it was time to set up the fee structure for its use.
During its Aug. 10 meeting, the Sedona City Council approved the fee schedule that will be in place by the time the park opens.
With the 2016 election season in full swing, those vying for seats on the Sedona City Council were asked a variety of questions pertaining to issues facing the city — both today and in the future.
Q: What made you decide to run for City Council?
I love Sedona and have always believed in giving back by volunteering over the years, not just in our community, but in the Verde Valley and the state. I have always found that I get back more than I give. I have come to know the community well, and it has certainly enriched my life. I have very much enjoyed serving on the council, and it is truly an honor and a privilege to serve as mayor. We have addressed many of our priorities, and since there is much more we can accomplish, I chose to run for another term.
There’s an old saying that “you play the hand you were dealt.” But if you’re lucky, sometimes you get another card.
For several local nonprofits, they received that extra card and in the end, had a winning hand.
During the Aug. 10, Sedona City Council meeting, the distributing of $150,000 through the city’s small grants program was revisited. After nearly two-and-a-half hours of discussion on July 12, council voted 5-1 to postpone allocating money through the city’s small grants fund until Wednesday’s meeting.
By: Elizabeth Reece
A few passengers clapped unenthusiastically as the tires of our 767 hit the pavement. We began the taxi back home, back to the buzzing commerce of the airport, back to Starbucks grande almond milk lattes. I exhaled a breath that I apparently had been holding for almost two weeks. You did it, I told myself. You went to Cuba.
Yes I went to Cuba. I went before tourism is legalized, before the inevitable change that its dollars will bring. I went using an American passport that brought looks of surprise to the faces of immigration officers. I went when it was still uncomfortable, raw and inconvenient.
Federal court documents allege that a Clarkdale woman received online images of an infant being sexually assaulted and communicated her intention to molest a friend’s 3-year-old daughter.
Sarah Cox is charged in a criminal complaint filed Aug. 4 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix by a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security. The complaint lists three counts of knowingly receiving child pornography sent interstate via computer.
Cox could not be reached for comment, but Phoenix New Times quoted the 39-year-old woman as saying it was actually her 13-year-old daughter — using her mother’s screen name — who had been chatting online with the Colorado man who supplied the images.
About 75 people turned out for the second Sedona City Council candidate forum of the year. And so far there have been prevailing themes among the questions — traffic, trash and tourists.
The forum, held Thursday, Aug. 11, at Sedona campus of Yavapai College, was co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley. Those candidates attending the forum were Councilwoman Jessica Williamson, Councilman Tom Lamkin, Gerhard Mayer, John Currivan and Joe Vernier.
Incumbent Vice Mayor John Martinez was unable to attend but former Councilwoman Angela LeFevre read the answers to a pair of prepared questions on his behalf.
One of the questions asked dealt with tourism and how the city should encourage longer-term vs. day-tripper or drive-through tourists.