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The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks turned 15.

The club marked the anniversary at its meeting March 15, at the Sedona Rouge.

Members reminisced while looking over scrapbooks passed around as the meeting progressed.

A group of Sedonans attempted to bridge the political canyon that is dividing the nation at a gathering at the Sedona Public Library on March 9. The meeting was hosted by the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

OLLI facilitator Paul Friedman delivered a short introduction. He said, “There’s such a partisanship about issues these days, it’s getting scary and is of some concern.”

According to David Garcia, an education professor at Arizona State University and candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2018, Arizona offers more choices for K-12 education than any other state.

Regardless, Garcia believes students haven’t experienced the benefit of so many options. Despite the fact that for over two decades Arizona parents have been sold the idea that “as long as parents get to choose, that’s enough accountability,” more and more money has been funneled out of public schools to fund institutions and people who are not held to adequate teaching standards.

Nighttime roadwork set for the next seven to eight months along State Route 89A has some businesses in the canyon worried that they may lose not only patrons but employees.

The Central Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Transportation and U.S. Forest Service, is widening and rehabilitating approximately 8.4 miles of State Route 89A. Work begins at the Vista Point Overlook and continues north to the JW Powell Blvd. intersection.

What might have been a minor point about speaking with one voice raised questions about board member conduct during the Yavapai College District Governing Board meeting March 7 at the school’s Verde Valley Campus.

Following an exchange between board member Deb McCasland and college President Penny Wills, Wills said it took an inordinate amount of time for her and other staff to address the media after board members spoke with the media rather than referring questions to board chairman and spokesman Ray Sigafoos.

For 16 years, Camp Verde has annually celebrated one thing: Before the wine got added to its name, the Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival help locals and visitors go nuts over the pecan, one of the town’s assets.

A brief history lesson for those who don’t know: In the late 1920s, landowner’s daughter Eva Haydon planted a row of pecan trees along what would become a section of Montezuma Castle Highway known as Pecan Lane. In 2000, the Pecan Lane Rural Historic Landscape became a site on the National Register of Historic Places.

As the city of Sedona is updating its 20-year-old sign code, a court ruling has forced the city to loosen restrictions in one important area of that code.

The Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday, March 21, voted to support allowing off-premise signs for all residents and businesses except along ADOT rights-of-way, which extends 30 feet back from the roadway. However, the signs will have to adhere to quality standards as set by the city. And, the number of signs and how long each can be in place has yet to be determined.

Last year proved to be another busy one for the Sedona Fire District. And while the overall number of calls decreased slightly, the types of calls varied greatly.

The 2016 annual report — which is compiled each year by SFD Executive Assistant Tricia Greer — offers a glimpse into what the staff of the district does on a day-to-day basis.

The Sedona City Council gave its blessing for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce to proceed with the purchase of a vacant building on 401 Jordan Road.

Even though a formal vote was not taken on March 15, council was clear that the purchase of the building is a smart move with a wide array of possible uses in the future. But in the meantime, it can be used for additional free parking in the Uptown area.

The plans calls for the chamber to use product development funds — via bed tax revenue — and pay it off in the next three years. It would then be turned over to the city at that point or further down the road when it’s deemed appropriate.

When some retire, they may move to a warmer climate, take up golf or spend more time with the grandchildren. But for one Sedona Police Department retiree, his days will be spent catching up one some needed rest with a daily dose of fetch thrown in to help keep him in shape.

During the Tuesday, March 14, Sedona City Council meeting, Dalan, SPD’s K-9, was recognized by Mayor Sandy Moriarty with a proclamation for dedication of service for the past seven years.

With their familiar tan cowboy hats and grey shirts, the Sedona Volunteer Park Rangers have been a mainstay in the Uptown area for the past 10 years, helping thousands of visitors along the way.

“The Rangers are important to this department, this city and its visitors,” said Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch, whose department the program falls under. “They provide year-round hospitality in all sorts of weather without complaint. They are valuable to other event promoters in town and are always genuinely happy to help out at a community event. We appreciate their time and dedication to their cause.”

Five filmmakers gathered at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thursday, Feb. 23 to discuss the challenges of being a woman while working in a male-dominated industry. The panel was part of the Sedona International Film Festival’s Filmmaker Conversations series and was moderated by Susie Singer Carter, writer and director of the narrative short “My Mom and The Girl.”

She was joined by Jennifer Kramer, creator of the feature film “The Sand Box,” Deborah LaVine, director of the narrative feature “Wild Prairie Rose,” Monika Wilczynska, creator of the short film “Who I Am,” and Katie Stjernholm, writer, director and producer of the documentary short “Edges.”

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