The city of Sedona and Yavapai County are teaming up to improve a pair of highly-used roads in the area.

The joint project will include resurfacing Boynton Pass and Dry Creek roads. The county approved the project on Wednesday, March 16, while the city is expected to do likewise on Tuesday, March 22.

According to James Perey, executive dean of Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus, it is easy to take water resources for granted, but to do so is to imperil ourselves and future generations.

“The sooner we can instill a sense of importance about the issue, the better off we’ll be,” Perey said to a roundtable of educators, administrators, lawmakers and others at the college’s Clarkdale campus.

Following in the footsteps of Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek now holds a distinction that few communities in the world boast about.

Dark-Sky Committee Chairwoman Joanne Kendrick received notice late last month that the VOC — also known as Big Park — complied with all the requirements set by the International Dark-Sky Association — making it just the 14th community in the world to hold that distinction.

A Colorado investment firm is suing a former Cottonwood property manager to recover money that was part of a wider embezzlement scheme that the manager admitted to.

ET Investments filed suit last month in Yavapai County Superior Court seeking $13,596 in rental payments, deposits and property expenses from November 2015 that Margaret Shandera collected but failed to forward to ET.

The death toll has hit nine as canine distemper has struck the Verde Valley Humane Society in Cottonwood. 

VVHS Shelter Manager Angie Hare said that dog patient zero had not been identified at the shelter but one of two dogs could have led to the outbreak.

On any given summer weekend last year, the Fossil Creek area reached full capacity by 7 a.m., resulting in hundreds of people — many of whom had driven two or more hours to get there — being turned away.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted a search warrant at 6250 Distant View Court, in Verde Sante Fe, before 7 a.m. Thursday, March 3.

According to nearby homeowners, roughly 15 vehicles were at the scene where uniformed and plain clothes officers participated in serving the search warrant, some with “HSI” on their jackets.

When Amanda Shankland’s colleagues at the Flagstaff Airport found out she’d been hired to run the Sedona Airport, they asked how big her new office would be. She told them it was quite a bit smaller, but added that it didn’t matter because she wasn’t planning on spending a lot of time there.

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