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Of the small handful of magic prop manufacturers in the world, Village of Oak Creek resident Nick Ruggiero is among the most highly specialized.

He’s known for his high-tech, esoteric props — most priced well beyond the $2,000 range.

Ruggiero’s clients, many of whom are…

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing regarding a proposal that Yavapai County incur a long-term obligation pursuant to a lease-purchase agreement, secured by a ground lease agreement in certain real property owned by the county and repayment of the obligation from annual appropriations from the general fund of the county, to fund the construction of a Superior Court building, Juvenile Detention building and two Justice buildings located in Yavapai County.

The hearing will be at 10 a.m., on Monday, March 17, at the Yavapai County Cottonwood Annex, 10 S. Sixth St., Cottonwood.

The estimated principal amount of the obligation is $50 million and, with interest estimated at $27,857,485, the estimated total financing cost is $77,857,485, but this cost may be significantly higher or lower depending on the actual interest rates and actual payment dates.

For more information, call 1-928-771-3200.…

District eyes lowering tax

Lowering the mil levy rate for its 2008-09 fiscal year was the first order of discussion at the Sedona Fire District Governing Board meeting Feb. 27.

Mil levy is the term for the district’s tax rate which is applied against the assessed property value made by Yavapai County and Coconino County.

An example of the mil levy tax calculation for a home

with a market value of half-a-million dollars:

$500,000 market value times 0.10 assessment ratio [Yavapai County] times 0.0175 SFD mil levy rate [for 2007-08] = $875.…

Yavapai County voters can now request to be added to a list of Permanent Early Voters.

A new option this year, voters on the list automatically receive ballots by mail without requesting one.

For approximately 20 years, Arizona voters have been able to request early ballots but not be added to a permanent list.

Yavapai County Recorder Ana Wayman-Trujillo mailed letters to voters in February detailing the option and a request form to be added to the list.

To sign up, voters must fill out the form, sign it and mail it back to the recorder’s office. A person must sign the form in order to be added to the list.

Visit or call, 1-928-771-3248.

Trista Steers

Larson Newspapers…

Writer and director Philippe Caland relies on improvisation in his films.

It’s an unorthodox approach, he said, and it’s one that requires a lot of trust from his actors.

It’s also one of the reasons he chooses to star in his films, he said — to be certain his ideas and intentions are getting through.

“Ripple Effect,” Caland’s latest film, which will screen twice during this year’s Sedona International Film Festival, stars Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, Academy Award nominees Virginia Madsen and Minnie Driver, and Caland in the leading role.…

Darabont horrifies Sedona

“The Mist,” a cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s novella of the same name, is the crazy, intense horror film Academy Award-nominated director Frank Darabont always wanted to make.

In fact, it was almost his first movie. But he instead directed “The Shawshank Redemption,” which he said fooled everyone into thinking he was an optimistic sweetheart of a filmmaker.

With “The Mist,” audiences are able to learn the truth, Darabont joked.…

Raw sewage spills out of View Drive manhole

Raw sewage spills out of View Drive manhole

Sewage ran down View Drive and into an adjoining yard on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m.

Three members of the Sedona city wastewater staff responded to the spill, bringing their giant vacuum truck to clean out the plugged manhole.

Two members of the city’s public works department also responded.

 “We’ll clean it out and then send the pressure hose through the line with a camera on it to see what’s going on,” said Reed Kramer, from the city’s public works staff.

Only one yard was affected by the runoff and Kramer said that decontamination fluid would be applied to clean it up.

No one is currently occupying the residence which had a “for sale” sign on it.

Kramer said that manhole overflows in the city are not common, and are usually caused by residents throwing out grease and other materials that plug the sewer lines.

Susan Johnson

Larson Newspapers…

City must stay on top of sewers

Wastewater and sewers aren’t the most appetizing of topics, but they’re the most expensive items on Sedona’s financial menu.

In response to a request from the Sedona Red Rock News, candidates for Sedona City Council offered their thoughts on the subject:

What are the environmental and financial risks in the city’s current drainage and sewer infrastructure?

* Incumbent City Coun-cilman John Bradshaw: “Environmental issues for sewer are spills, blockage and pump failures which could, if not maintained, end up in Oak Creek or our water supply.

“Flood drainage also is a way for pollutants to end up into our water supply, and damage to personal property can result if not addressed properly.…

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