An ongoing issue between residents in a Sedona neighborhood and users of off-highway vehicles may soon be coming to a resolution.

The U.S. Forest Service recently announced that a final decision has been made by Coconino National Forest regarding the Soldier Pass motorized use proposal.

The final decision allows motorized use of Soldier Pass Road by one outfitter or guide, currently Red Rock Western Jeep Tours, and up to 12 unguided public vehicles each day after a permit system has been established.

The city of Sedona will soon draft a letter bound for the Arizona Corporation Commission regarding proposed fees for those who have opted out of smart meters.

The wording in the letter has not been determined but it may indicate the Sedona City Council’s desire to see fees as low as possible “or some other language that neither validates the proposed fee nor prescribes a specific alternative,” City Manager Just Clifton said last week.

The decision to send a letter came during the March 29 council meeting in which the focus was on the rate case filed by Arizona Public Service.

Fire knows no boundaries, which is the exact reason for exercises like the one held on Wednesday, March 29.

The Verde Valley All Hazards Training Association sponsored the third annual Wildland Fire Skills Training Day at the Crescent Moon day-use area just southwest of Sedona.

Agencies from around the Verde Valley turned out, including the Sedona Fire District, U.S. Forest Service, Verde Valley Fire District, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority, Jerome Fire District, Cottonwood Fire Department and representatives from Coconino and Yavapai counties.

A year-and-a-half down the road, commuters along State Route 260 will enjoy nine new miles of divided highway and run less risk of a disastrous wreck, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Construction has begun on the project, with the bulk of activity happening overnight within a mile west of Interstate 17. The project will occur in two westward-progressing phases: Phase one will extend from I-17 to Cherry Road. Phase two will extend from Cherry Road to Thousand Trails Road.

After Hillary Clinton lost the election in November, Democrats are taking a long, hard look at the future of their party.

Doug Ballard, Arizona state committee member of the Democratic National Committee, was invited to speak on the recent DNC chairmanship election and the difficulties faced by the Democratic Party at the monthly meeting of the Democrats of the Red Rocks on March 16.

The community is stepping up to the challenge of maintaining Sedona’s trail system.

The Sedona Trail Keeper project donated a $250,000 check to the U.S. Forest Service on March 21 at the Girdner Trailhead near the Sedona Cultural Park.

Since it was announced that a portion of State Route 89A would be closed to traffic at night for up to eight months, some have questioned if that applies to emergency vehicles.

Project spokeswoman Kristin Darr confirmed this week that emergency vehicles will have access through the construction zone at all times — both day and night.

According to Sedona Recycles Executive Director Jill McCutcheon, while most communities in the Verde Valley allocate funds to pay for recycling services, Cottonwood has been content to let the county subsidize much of its residents’ recycling needs.

In 2015, Sedona Recycles pulled its approximately two dozen bins at five different sites within Cottonwood city limits, ending a decade and a half of service. At that time, Sedona Recycles and the city of Cottonwood had no contractual agreement with one another. McCutcheon said at the time the organization could no longer afford to cover the cost of providing service.

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