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Same-sex marriage comes relatively quietly to Arizona

At a press conference in Phoenix on Friday, Oct. 17, Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage ended not with a bang but with a whimper.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho were unconstitutional under the Equal…

Voters denied their democratic voice if  a candidate quits

The last few weeks of a runoff election for any public office are generally tumultuous, as the candidates involved pour what remains to get out the vote, stir up support and prove to voters why they are best suited for the job.

However, we were surprised when last week Rio Robson, one of the two candidates vying for the third and final open Sedona City Council seat arrived in our newsroom with a letter announcing his decision to unilaterally withdraw from the campaign.…

We rarely consider dangers posed by places known best

Emergency crews responded to a fatal crash last Friday on State Route 89A. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, a 29-year-old man from Scottsdale was heading toward Sedona, missed the hard right turn at the top of the switchbacks and plowed into a rock retaining wall before going over the edge. According to first responders, the victim was speeding and upon impact, he was ejected from the vehicle.…

The Freedom of Information Act is right for all of us

In 1966, the United States government passed the landmark Freedom of Information Act, which mandated how information from government agencies would and should be provided to American citizens. The law initially applied to federal law of the executive branch but was later extended to the legislative branch and then to all 50 states.…

Ebola is devastating West Africa but not a risk in Arizona

Over the weekend, a resident asked why we had not yet published a story about the threat of the Ebola virus.

News about the disease has been splashed across front pages of national newspapers and on the tongues of cable news broadcasters. The stories and photos are horrible, but Arizona and most of the world is not currently at risk.…

Sedona teens need safe space to grow, avoid drug abuse

As the editor of a small-town newspaper, I find myself privy to all sorts of stories and information, some legitimate, some merely gossip, sent to me though official channels like emails, text messages and voicemails but also off-the-record, at grocery stores, parties, bars, coffee shops or going about my daily errands around town, off the clock but always on duty.…

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