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On Jan. 1, marijuana became legal to purchase in Colorado for recreational purposes by anyone age 21 and over. Voters passed Colorado Amendment 64 in November 2012, directing state agencies to finalize rules before legalization.…

Deputies need help identifying suspect in a sexual assault

Shortly after the Friday, Jan. 10, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News went to press late Thursday, Jan. 9, we received word from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office that a woman had been sexually assaulted by an unidentified suspect in Oak Creek Canyon on Jan. 8.

While it was too late to place the news item in our newspaper, we did post it immediately on our website in the hopes that if the suspect was still in Sedona or the Verde Valley, potential witnesses would quickly be alerted and come forth.

Late Friday, toward the end of our work day, CCSO Public Information Officer Gerald Blair sent us a composite sketch drawn by forensic artist from the Tucson Police Department.…

Gov. Brewer should heed call to restore road repair funding

In a rare act of unity across Arizona, elected officials are calling on Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona State Legislature to restore money effectively stolen from the state’s Highway User Revenue Fund.

The collapse of the 2007 housing bubble and the subsequent Great Recession of 2008 hit Arizona particularly hard. Our tourism-centered economy suffered tremendously and has yet to fully recover five years later.


City meeting with teenagers is a good start for our future

On the first day of the new year, reporter Ron Eland followed up on a meeting between several members of the city and local teenage students at Sedona Red Rock High School to discuss their needs as well as requests for more things to do in Sedona.…

Let’s finally build Barbara’s Park by the end of 2014

On Wednesday, Jan. 1, we published our year in review spread on Pages 6A and 7A.

In the midst of the plethora of news stories that made headlines in 2013 were two mentions of the Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park, which will eventually be built at Posse Grounds Park.

I use “eventually” in the loosest sense — the city approved plans for the park in 2001. That’s not a typo — it was 2001.…

Study shows most won’t finish a new year’s resolution

If you’re reading this editorial, chances are you’ve already given up on your new year’s resolution.
In 2012, a little more than half the population, 117 million Americans, made a new year’s resolution. Keeping them, however, is far tougher.
According to the Rory Vaden New…

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