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.
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.