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Attack ads reduce voter turnout and trust in lawmakers

The Behavior Research Center, a nonpartisan polling agency, released its Rocky Mountain Poll on Tuesday, July 29, detailing results from questions asked to voters all over the Southwest.

A month out from the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 26, a vast majority of potential voters…

National Day of the Cowboy celebrates our Arizona values

This weekend, hundreds watched as gunfire erupted in Uptown. Men got shot, women screamed, lawmen made sure justice was served and the audiences applauded.

National Day of the Cowboy, sponsored by Sedona businesses and hosted by the Sedona Main Street Program, brought tourists and locals to Uptown for a celebration of cowboy culture and the Wild West with skits, old-timey country music, cowboy poetry, storytelling, giveaways and activities for children.…

Two administrators will not improve students’ education

Imagine Congress decided to create the position of second president. The new president would serve on par with the old one, signing bills and making policy speeches and state visits. Congress would build a new White House on the south side of the National Mall and give the president all the perks and trappings, like Secret Service, a second Air Force One and a sprawling Camp David.…

Hasty coverage on crash proves value of accurate reports

In the news business, accuracy should always outweigh expediency.
As the weekend wound down, I got a phone call and two text messages in quick sequence just before 4 p.m. Sunday, July 20, all informing me of a new fire to the northwest of Sedona.…

When running for office, don’t yell at voters' children

During election season, voters are used to seeing candidates doing dumb things to win office. Stupid comments, gaffes and awkward videos go viral and guillotine campaigns. But at least such foolishness doesn’t happen in our Arizona Congressional District 1 — until Wednesday — when Arizona…

Slide Fire exhibition shows how we turn tragedy into art

This weekend, the Sedona Arts Center partnered with the Rotary Club of Sedona and the Rotary of the Red Rocks to show even tragedy can be reclaimed as art.

The clubs and the arts center unveiled a temporary exhibit, The Slide Fire Story, which we previewed on our front page on Friday, July 11, and feature in today’s newspaper.…

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