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Like most wildlife in this area, foxes are more than happy to avoid human interaction. But when they are infected with rabies, that’s a different story. Last week, Arizona Department of Health Services reported that a fox had bitten a male in Oak Creek Canyon.

It was captured and later tested positive for rabies. “The attack by the fox was unprovoked and the individual was bitten,” Coconino County Public Health Services District Division Manager Randy Phillips said. “Wildlife with rabies typically exhibit unusual behavior, are often aggressive and may lack any fear of humans or other animals.”

Food, fun and games abound at West Sedona School this weekend.

It will host its annual fundraising Wildcat Carnival Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 570 Posse Ground Road.

It’s all about the beer, bratwurst and bands.

The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks is hosting its fifth annual Red Rocks Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Posse Grounds Park. The event features traditional German celebration including area brewers showcasing their finest beers.

For many years, there was a bit of a riff between Yavapai College and Sedona residents who didn’t feel as though they were getting enough bang out of the their tax buck.

But in recent years, the college has made strides to offer more courses at the Sedona campus and will continue to do so, said Verde Valley Campus Dean James Perey, who spoke to the Sedona City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

During the Halloween-into-Thanksgiving hangover, Verde Valley residents may have noticed encroaching smoke as fire crews carried out prescribed burns along forests in central and northern Arizona.

A 2016 study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found evidence of links between human-caused climate change and wildfires, making controlled burning all the more prevalent. While the smoke impact may be inconvenient and sometimes foreboding, deliberate fires are not only inevitable but necessary.

Click here to read a press release from the U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest.

It’s been nearly a year now since Chief David McGill took over the helm of the Sedona Police Department. And much to his delight, it’s been pretty smooth sailing.

“It’s been outstanding — better than I could have imagined,” he said. “We’re really rockin’ and rolling here in the police department and even though we have a lot of plates spinning, things are going great. The thing that has impressed me is that the people here in the police department have embraced me and my ideas as we move full steam ahead.”

Think of it as the Sedona City Council’s wish list to Santa Claus. Well, sort of. During a special six-hour meeting on Dec. 14, in which several topics were discussed, council went over its current list of priorities for Fiscal Year 2017-18, which ends Saturday, June 30.

It’s been six months now since the city of Sedona installed parking meters in Uptown. And by all accounts, so far, so good, according to Sedona Assistant City Manager Karen Osburn.

“We haven’t had any negative feedback — or even inquiries in terms of the system — in quite some time,” Osburn said. “We’re assuming that people understand that the spots on Main Street are paid parking, they accept that, and they’re being utilized. It’s been very, very quiet.”

Abbey Reznicek wanted to make a documentary film to uplift those with different beliefs — Sedona seemed like the perfect place.

“I have a passion for minority experiences,” she said. “I wanted to portray someone who doesn’t normally get portrayed and have them be the spotlight and have [them] be the normal one.”

Christmas came a little early for a pair of Sedona families thanks to the generosity of city of Sedona staff members. Santa was on hand — and with the assistance from a handful of his helpers — visited the homes of two deserving families on Thursday, Dec. 21, just in time for Christmas.

This is the sixth year the program has taken place. It ran from 2010 to 2012 and ever since from 2015.

Louis Montenegro was living in a homeless shelter in Santa Rosa, Calif., with only a bag and two pairs of pants when Enchantment Resorts in Sedona not only offered him a job, but also transportation and three months of free housing.

It all seemed too good be true. “I was like, ‘Yeah, right,’” 42-year-old Montenegro said when he first saw the ad on Craigslist. “I thought it looked like a scam.” 

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