Yavapai College officials say they’re making a concerted effort to improve the lines of communication between the college and the residents of the Verde Valley.
But it’s evident that there are still old wounds that have yet to heal. Many on this side of Mingus Mountains feel they’re not getting nearly enough bang for their tax buck in terms of the disproportionate amount of funding and resources that goes to the Prescott campus.
The four candidates running for three open seats on the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board agree on one thing: If elected, they would freeze SOCSD Superintendent David Lykins’ salary until district teachers’ earn a living wage.
“I think that’s the direction we should go,” candidate Heather Hermen said during the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley-hosted candidate forum held Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley.
Over a dozen volunteer dog walkers have left the Humane Society of Sedona over what they see as a lack of communication and respect from management and the board.
The volunteers left the society through voluntary or involuntary means during previous executive directors and said they’d like to see the relationship change going forward so that what they allege to be a dwindling core of volunteers is bolstered once more.
Suzanne Fuqua was director from April 2013 to May 2015, followed by Mark Thompson from June 2015 to May 2016.
A month ago, Jeff Brumbaugh received something that came as quite a shock — an eviction notice taped to his door.
For the last year and a half, Brumbaugh and his wife have been living at the Royal Crest Apartments, a 16-unit complex [both one and two-bedroom units] on Sombart Lane off State Route 179. Compared to many who have been renting there for 10 years or more, the Brumbaughs were relative newcomers.
“In July we all had a letter taped to our front doors announcing that the complex had been sold,” he said. “We were the only ones who still had a lease contract — everyone else was already month to month. Then, on Aug. 29, we all got another letter stating that we had to be out by Oct. 31 because they were turning the complex into daily and weekly rentals.”
This summer, the city of Sedona made it clear that it was against Senate Bill 1350, which allows short-term vacation rentals throughout the state. And while the city may have a limited voice, it doesn’t mean it has to be completely silent.
On May 12, Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1350 into law and it goes into effect Jan. 1. Because Sedona’s ban on short-term rentals is no longer valid, the city is developing policies around areas like licensing, registration of an emergency contact and collection of taxes on properties permitted to operate under the provisions of the law.
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Sedona City Council will see a proposed ordinance that better defines what the city is allowed to require of those seeking to rent their homes on a short-term basis.
Clarkdale is set to host the second annual Northern Arizona Blues Alliance International Blues Competition Saturday, Oct. 8.
From 1 to 5 p.m. in Clarkdale Town Park, a variety of local and statewide bands will compete in two categories, Band/Group and Solo/Duo, to represent Northern Arizona in the 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 31 through Feb. 4.
The Sedona-Oak Creek School District will see new faces on the board for the first time in several years as four candidates are vying for three seats on the Governing Board this November.
Those candidates answered questions as they look toward serving the next four years. Next up is Karl Wiseman.
Q: What made you decide to run for school board?
As a local citizen for the past 36 years, I’ve raised four children in this community. Like many of you, I’ve been taken aback by the actions of the school board on more than one occasion. The apparent dysfunction of the current school board has been a distraction to its mission, that of educating the children of our community. In addition, I believe a change in leadership is long overdue.