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Come November, Arizona voters may have two opportunities to legalize the recreational use of marijuana — but as substance-abuse-reduction advocate and MATForce Executive Director Marilee Fowler revealed in a presentation, there is vocal opposition to either ballot initiatives.

The Yavapai College District Governing Board has unanimously approved its budget for fiscal year 2016-17.

During a special budget meeting May 10, the board approved a figure of $81 million, which marks a 2.7 percent — or $2.2 million — reduction from last year’s budget without raising the property tax levy. For the 2015-16 fiscal year, the YCD governing board approved a 2 percent property tax levy increase.

Big Park Community School is moving toward becoming an International Baccalaureate school, according to Debbie Jones, who takes over as BPCS principal next school year.

IB is a nonprofit educational foundation offering four programs that “develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world,” according to its website.

It’s hard these days finding a place to rent.

That’s the consensus of some property management agents in the Verde Valley.

Too many jobs, not enough people.

Not exactly a problem you hear from many cities these days. But for Sedona business owners and operators, it’s becoming a serious problem.

The massive wildfires currently in Canada or the Slide Fire that started two years ago this month in Oak Creek Canyon are constant reminders as to how devastating they can be to a community.

While Sedona residents will be deciding which presidential candidate to vote for later this year, they will also be choosing candidates at both the state and local level.

According to City Clerk Susan Irvine, as of Tuesday, May 17, eight potential Sedona City Council candidates pulled packets but none had yet to return them.

Is he or isn’t he?

That’s a question some are asking in regard to whether or not Ray Cota is still the chief of the Sedona Police Department.

It’s time to do some spring cleaning — outdoor style.

The Sedona Fire District and the U.S. Forest Service are joining together to offer Sedona residents an opportunity to dispose of their yard waste and combustible vegetation.

It’s time for seniors to take their next step.

Lauren Remy will be attending Arizona State University after graduating from Sedona Red Rock High School and is already gaining notice.

Larson Newspapers and the Sedona Red Rock News are proud to award this year’s journalism scholarship to Sedona Red Rock High School senior Emma Keider.

Set to graduate Wednesday, May 18, Keider will be majoring in journalism and minoring in business at Northern Arizona University, this fall.

Friday, May 20, marks Rabbi Alicia Magal’s 10th year as head of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley.

“The very first time I entered the beautiful synagogue in Sedona back in 2005 when I was applying for the position of rabbi,” Magal said on May 5, Holocaust Remembrance Day. “And then, when I met the congregates, I felt instantly at home. I felt that I already knew the people. I only had to find out their names and get to know their individual stories.”

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