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Arizona Department of Transportation officers found 3,650 pounds of marijuana on a commercial truck after stopping it on I-17 south of Flagstaff.

Officers stopped the north-bound truck near milepost 337. A commercial truck inspection revealed the truck contained approximately 37 duffle bags full of marijuana.…

According to Hwy. 179 Improvement Project Public Outreach Manager Kristin Darr-Bornstein, the Arizona Department of Transportation conducted extensive community outreach in the years leading up to the project and roundabouts were the community choice by far.

The Village of Oak Creek and Sedona residents expressed a 2-to-1 preference for roundabouts over traffic lights. Darr-Bornstein said she’s unaware of any accidents in the Village of Oak Creek’s roundabouts thus far, but many people report close calls.

“I had a close call just yesterday,” Village resident Matt Burke said. “I was almost rear-ended.”

The roundabouts are dangerous, Burke said, because many tourists don’t know how to drive in them.

“People need to realize that it’s a yield sign, not a stop sign,” Burke said.

There is a learning curve with roundabouts, Darr-Bornstein said, but that’s why she’s worked to provide regular updates, printed materials and information on the radio.

The most important thing to remember is that traffic within the circle always has the right-a-way. People need to remember what it means to yield, Darr-Bornstein said.

They’re safe “as long as everyone pays attention,” said Mike McGinnis, a tourist vacationing in Sedona with his wife, Jenny McGinnis.

The McGinnises first experienced roundabouts while traveling in England. They’re familiar with them, they said, and they believe they’re a good alternative to traffic lights.

As for informing tourists who may not be in the know, Darr-Bornstein said she’s working closely with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona Department of Tourism and AAA to get the word out.

— Tyler Midkiff

Larson Newspapers…

Work to stabilize canyon walls near Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon should be completed by early April, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Two large retaining walls constructed to secure the hillside should make the Hwy. 89A corridor safer for travelers through the canyon, ADOT reported.

Traffic control through the canyon, including lane restrictions, will continue through early April to allow crews to finish incidental work. …

Adams, Colquitt head to runoff election Adams, Colquitt head to runoff election. Sterling, Hamilton, Bradshaw and Surber elected to city council. Home rule ordinance passes.Voters reject 4-year term for mayor.


Ballots for the city of Sedona elections are due Tuesday, March 11.

The election is by mail-in vote only. There won’t be any polling locations Tuesday.

Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. and can be mailed to the Yavapai County Recorder’s Office, 1015 Fair Street, Prescott, or 10 S. 6th St., Cottonwood, or dropped off at the city clerk’s office, at 102 Roadrunner Drive, West Sedona.

Sedona residents are asked to pick a new mayor from three candidates and fill four Sedona City Council seats.

Extending “home rule,” or the city’s alternative expenditure limitation, and whether to extend the mayoral term from two to four years are also up for vote.

Visit for results after the election.

— Trista Steers

Larson Newspapers…

Solo guitarists Jake Payne, of Sedona, and Kim DeLacy, of Camp Verde, will join in concert with Emma Hill, on tour from Portland, Ore., at Ravenheart Coffee Co., at 6 p.m., on Monday, March 10.

Hill, a 19-year-old singer songwriter, is on tour to promote her debut solo release, “Just me,” a 12-track introspective record.

Raised in the wilds of Alaska in a village of 100, Hill had little else to do then listen to her parents’ record collection, according to a press release.…

Fest reels in money

More than 7,200 individuals reveled in the parade of films, celebrities and workshops provided by the 14th annual Sedona International Film Festival & Workshop’s weeklong program, up 1,300 from the prior year.

The festival began with preview screenings of “Strip Search” and “The Mist” on Feb. 25 and ended with the screening of “Under the Same Moon” on Sunday, March 2.

Many of those in attendance for the duration were local movie buffs, but many more were from out of town, bringing their credit cards and cash along with them.…

The city of Sedona spent $1.8 million on experts and studies during the years from 1999 to the early part of 2008, on average $200,000 per year.

More than a million of those dollars was consumed by the Public Works Department for studies and plans on sewers, drains and traffic design.

Another quarter-of-a- million dollars bought expertise in subjects for the Community Development Depart-ment, including transit feasibility, housing studies and historical resources.…

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