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With a sea of red-shirted audience members looking on, the Sedona Fire District Governing Board made its recommendations in regard to a proposed bond that’s been discussed for months.

The board voted 3-2 in favor of moving forward with a $17.9 million bond, which will now go to the voters in November. Treasurer Corrie Cooperman and Chairman Ty Montgomery were the dissenting votes. Both said they were in favor of a bond but more in the area of $12.9 million.

When the call came across to fire and police personnel, it said a hot air balloon, vehicle and tree were on fire.

All ended up being true just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, but not as serious as what first responders expected.

It took longer than originally planned but the Posse Grounds Fitness Trail has finally opened.

As a way to christen the new Sedona Parks and Recreation endeavor, the community is invited to a free workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, to learn about the trail’s benefits.

Building a new home in unincorporated Yavapai County comes with a cost many aren’t aware of when they begin planning: A geotechnical engineering report.

The report is mandated by Yavapai County and can range from around $1,000 to $3,000. Factors such as site topography, travel distance and more affect the cost. Wait time for results to be returned also varies, but can be six weeks, depending on demand.

In response to the excessive heat warnings issued by the National Weather Service, Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management has been working with The Salvation Army Southwest Divisional Headquarters to establish cooling/hydration stations for Yavapai County residents in the areas that are predicted to have excessive temperatures. These locations are for residents in need for a place to cool off and hydrate.

As temperatures rise — and prior to the monsoon kicking in — wildfires throughout the state are expected to increase as evident by a pair of fires in which local firefighters are helping to battle.

According to Sedona Fire District Assistant Chief Jeff Piechura, as of Wednesday, May 31, SFD was assigned to two fires: Snake Ridge, east of the Village of Oak Creek and Camp Verde and the Pinal Fire near Tucson. Both were lightning caused.

As the city of Sedona nears the completion of its Transportation Master Plan, it invites the community to take a survey that seeks input on 14 potential strategies to improve traffic congestion and overall connectivity for vehicles, transit, bicyclists and pedestrians in Sedona.

Hey, what’s your sign?

Well, if it’s in Sedona, it best meet height, size, color and style regulations in order for it to be legal. But what it takes to meet those standards is in the process of being revised.

Unlike fire departments, the independent Sedona Fire District does not fall under the jurisdiction of the city it serves.

But that doesn’t stop the two from working well together in many areas including communications. At the Tuesday, June 13, Sedona City Council meeting, there was a unanimous vote to approve an intergovernmental agreement for communication services provided to the Sedona Police Department by the SFD.

As temperatures hit record highs this week, experts are warning people to take proper steps to not only stay healthy but to save a few dollars along the way.

In the Verde Valley, the thermometer peaked at nearly 110 degrees over the weekend, despite it still being June.

According to the Yavapai County Community Health Services, as much as Arizona residents seem to treat the heat as no big deal or at worst a mild annoyance, it’s actually a serious health risk.

It’s one of the most memorable movie scenes of the last 30 years: Patrick Swayze sitting behind Demi Moore at the pottery wheel as “Unchained Melody” played in the background.

In part, you can thank Bruce Joel Rubin.

As Jake Weber walked through the grocery store that bears his name, he made a point of saying good morning to each employee he saw and a couple of customers he knows on a first-name basis.

That’s something he’s done for more than 35 years.

But when he walks through the door of the Village of Oak Creek store now, he’ll be doing so as a customer and not owner.

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