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Two men died and one suffered severe burns when a small plane crashed and burned in a densely wooded area of the Coconino National Forest above Sedona on Thursday, Nov. 13, around 4:45 p.m.

Brothers, Michael Johnson, 66, of Laveen, Ariz., and Tom Johnson,…

A small plane crashed and burned in a densely wooded area of the Coconino National Forest above Sedona on Thursday, Nov. 13, at about 3:45 p.m.

Officials believe two people were killed and another seriously injured, however, contents of the aircraft were burned beyond recognition, delaying confirmation of the number of occupants, according to Gerry Blair, principal information officer for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.…

Thanking the people and the organizations that made it possible for the Sedona Community Foundation to provide $145,000 in grants during the past year was an easy task for Bill Ebert.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, Ebert served as master of ceremonies for its 7th annual Spirit of Sedona Awards on Thursday, Nov. 6, at L’Auberge de Sedona.

“We were fortunate to have the financial strength and wherewithal to help 70 different nonprofit organizations meet their missions in this community,” Ebert said. “It was our best year ever in terms of giving grants and scholarships.”…

When the jail district tax increase didn’t pass Nov. 4, it didn’t shock everyone.

“I wasn’t surprised just due to the economy nationwide,” Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Chip Davis said.

On the Nov. 4 ballot, the county asked voters to approve a ¼ cent tax increase for jail district funding. The measure failed with 56.36 percent of voters saying no, while 43.64 percent said yes.…

A Valley man was rescued Saturday, Nov. 8, after he spent a night stranded on a ledge in Boynton Canyon.

Around noon on Saturday, the Sedona Fire District received a call from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue asking SFD’s Technical Rescue Team to assist in a rescue.

According to policy, the county is responsible for rescues. SFD normally gets involved only if injuries are reported, SFD Battalion Chief Jayson Coil said, though they don’t always wait for someone to be injured to respond.…

Voters in Yavapai and Coconino counties generally followed the lead of statewide voters during the 2008 general election, with a few notable exceptions. Unlike most other areas of the state, Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.) won Coconino County by 8,000 votes. In Yavapai County, however, the Democrat lost by a margin of nearly two to one. He fell several hundred thousand votes short statewide.

Most Yavapai County offices were uncontested. Incumbents retained their seats for another term, including Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh, Yavapai CountyAttorney Sheila Polk and Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Chip Davis.

The ballot issue asking voters to approve an  increase in sales tax to maintain Yavapai County jails failed  47,078 to 36,456, despite the public relations efforts of the jail district.  That means the jail probably won't be housing as many illegal immigrants and non-violent offenders in the future because it just won't have the funds to do it.

In other election news [winners underlined]:  …

Steve Pierce, a Republican from Prescott who claimed conservative credentials to oust incumbent Tom O'Halleran of Sedona, defeated his Democratic challenger to take the Senate District 1 seat in the Arizona legislature, according to unofficial results reported by the Arizona Secretary of State.

Incumbent Rep. Lucy Mason [R-Prescott] and Rep. Andy Tobin [R-Paulden] retained their seats in a Republican sweep of the local legislative contingent, the state reported.…

With 100 percent of the votes counted, retired airline pilot Charles Christensen and former corporate executive Don Harr won the two open seats on the Sedona Fire District Board, according to unofficial tallies reported by the Yavapai County Elections Department.…

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