On Aug. 23, our newsroom in Cottonwood was among several businesses at 830 S. Main Street evacuated due to a bomb threat.

The threat did not target our newsroom specifically, but rather the general complex, which includes several financial services offices, an insurance company, a medical marijuana certification center and a drug-testing facility.

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Election day is Tuesday, Aug. 30. The mayor’s and the two-year council seat will likely be decided then. With four candidates running for three four-year seats, under our current state laws, the highest statistical probability is that two candidates will be elected with the other two in a runoff for the third seat until Tuesday, Nov. 8. Slightly less statistically probable is that all three seats will be filled with one candidate left out.

All the candidates running for office, incumbents and challengers alike have said they want to tackle Sedona’s traffic problems, but are ambiguous about the details.
Part of this perennial ambivalence is what prompted us to draft and publish our two-page map spread “A Comprehensive List of Potential Improvements to Fix Sedona Traffic” in our Nov. 6 edition.

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The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 30. Until 2014, Sedona City Council elections would kick off in March and conclude in May. The council election was also divorced from other ballots, meaning Sedona voters had one campaign on which to decide.

Two years ago, thanks to changes implemented by Arizona state legislators, all general elections moved to November, meaning local elections are on the same ballot as national races. Primary elections moved to August and because municipal council elections are nonpartisan, the Aug. 30 vote is the one that decides city and town elections with the November ballot reserved for runoffs, if applicable.

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The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, wrap up on Sunday, Aug. 21. Some 11,551 athletes from 207 nations participated in 306 events in 28 sports.

In ancient Greece, athletes from the various kingdoms and city-states would meet at the Temple of Zeus in Olympia on the Peloponnese to compete in honor of the gods.

The so-called Olympic Truce did not halt wars between these states as many people believe — human warfare is perhaps our one unifying constant — but it did permit athletes and pilgrims to travel freely from their home cities to the games and back under the protection of Zeus.

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As small-town journalists, we are surrounded by the swirl of rumors and “word on the street” about the news stories we cover.

Most of these rumors are easily confirmed or debunked by a phone call, internet search or email. On occasion, however, a source comes forward to provide information on the condition of anonymity and in most cases, their identity is immaterial to the records they provide, such as emails, documents, text messages, recordings or internal memos, and their name remains secret.

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Last week, I was competing at the 27th annual National Poetry Slam, a weeklong tournament held this year in Decatur, Ga.

NPS 2016Poetry topics ranged from social justice, identity, gender equality and politics to death, sexual assault, domestic violence, suicide survival and mental illness to love and sex, some funny, some deadly serious and most emotionally moving.

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