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Around 1:20 a.m. on April 21, 2005, fire ravaged Lumbermen’s, on Highway 89A in West Sedona.

The Sedona Fire District estimated the damage at $3 million and considered it the biggest loss from fire in Sedona in years.

SFD Fire Marshal William Loesche…

Months after the Sedona Fire District Governing Board members received their first threat of recall, a petition has been started to recall board Chairwoman Caryn Maxwell.

Maxwell was one of the first women elected to the board in 1998, and has served on it continuously ever since.

The SFD Taxpayers for Accountability launched the recall for several reasons, according to the group’s chair, Carolyn Fisher.…

Calling themselves the “silent majority,” a group of Sedona residents has decided to speak up in favor of installation of streetlights on Highway 89A.

On Oct. 1, supporters of the streetlights sent more than 200 letters and signatures to Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Arizona Department of Transportation Director Victor Mendez.

“Up until now, only the opponents of the lighting plan have been visible and vocal,” ad hoc spokesperson in favor of the lights, Mark Dinunzio, said. “But finally the real majority of Sedonans who realize this is a good, common-sense solution are deciding to speak up.”…

On October 3rd Goldenstein Gallery in uptown Sedona opens their 4th Annual Cowboys and Indians Show. This unparallel celebration of the American West continues their tradition of featuring internationally renown, contemporary Native American and Western Artists. This show represents the quintessential Indian and Western cultures. It is deeply rooted in tradition yet flourishes with new styles by artists that are going beyond tradition to capture the imaginations of today. …

A special message from Rabbi Alicia Magal:

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After being told to turn it down all summer, Sedona musicians are frustrated.

Local bands, playing mostly outside at the Martini Bar from 7 to 10 p.m., say the noise ordinance, set at 60 decibels, is way too low. At 10 p.m., the law says, the level must drop to 50 decibels.

According to Jim Windham, the city’s development services supervisor, 60 decibels is a standard level until 10 p.m. and can be compared to “the sound of a human voice in a conversation three to four feet away.”…

Sedona seems to be on the brink of a revolution — or maybe more appropriately, its Latin root “revolutio,” a turnaround.
Although far from a revolution, public outcry against a recent Sedona City Council decision, complaints against local governments’ budgets and unrest toward the fire and school boards have created a sense of political disarray in the red rocks.…
Few are the people living in Sedona who haven’t heard horror stories about someone bitten by a Mojave rattlesnake and coming close to dying from its highly toxic venom. …

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