The driver of a 2006 black four-door Honda was pronounced dead after Department of Public Safety officials responded to a single-vehicle accident on Monday, Nov. 30.

They're not always needed, but when they are, it’s good to know they’re ready to help

That sums up the feeling of the Sedona Fire District in regard to Guardian Air emergency helicopters based at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is looking for your input and will be hosting a trio of meetings with the hopes of getting it.

The Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization, in collaboration with ADOT, is in the process of updating the Verde Valley Master Transportation Plan. According to the group, the primary goal of this study is to develop a plan for improvements that promotes regional safety and mobility.

Yavapai County officials are attempting to take over management of the Sedona Airport due to concerns over potential liability and in an effort to provide a "seat at the table" for the city of Sedona and its residents.

The facility is run by the Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority.

A.G. "Chip" Davis, Yavapai County supervisor for District 3, which includes Sedona and most of the Verde Valley, is announcing his candidacy for the Arizona House of Representatives, Legislative District 1.
Davis is seeking the seat currently held by Arizona Rep. Karen Fann [R-Prescott], who has announced that she will be running for the District 1 Senate seat that will be vacated by current District 1 Sen. Steve Pierce [R-Prescott].

Davis, a Republican with roots in Yavapai County dating back to the 1880s, is currently serving his fifth term as Yavapai County supervisor for District 3 and has been chairman of the Board of Supervisors eight times. He is married and has four children and eight grandchildren.

“I look forward to working toward finding long-term solutions for the difficult issues facing the state with regard to education, transportation, natural resources, budget and ensuring that rural Arizona continues to have a strong voice in the state legislature,” Davis said.

Legislative District 1 encompasses most of Yavapai County and also includes New River, Anthem, Cave Creek and portions of Carefree in Maricopa County. Former Yavapai County Administrator Jim Holst is serving as the campaign chairman for Davis’ election committee. Davis’ daughter Savanna Fudge is serving as the treasurer and former Yavapai County Clerk of the Board Bev Staddon is serving as the committee’s secretary.

Yavapai County Community Health ServicesYavapai County Community Health Services has confirmed this year’s first case of a West Nile Virus-infected mosquito in the county.

According to YCCHS, mosquitoes that were determined to be positive for West Nile Virus were trapped in the Tavasci Marsh area between Cottonwood and Clarkdale. The Tavasci Marsh is wet year around, is located near several public areas and is monitored regularly during the summer months.

David McAtee, public information officer for YCCHS, said it’s common to have trapped mosquitoes test positive for WNV, but that human cases have been rare within the county. None were reported last year — and the same can be said so far this year.

"We’re always worried because every year people across the country die from West Nile Virus," he said....


For the complete story, please see the Wednesday, August 14th edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.






After having no reported cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in six years, authorities have confirmed a second case in Coconino County this summer.
The Coconino County Public Health Services District reported that a woman living in the southwestern part of the county — the exact area was not released — was diagnosed with Hantavirus in early July. This comes on the heels of a reported case involving a Flagstaff woman who died in June after contracting Hantavirus ....

For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 17, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

The Verde Valley Agriculture Coalition will hold a community forum on local food Tuesday, June 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cottonwood Public Safety Building at 199 South 6th St.

Cameron Selna waters a plot at the Cottonwood Community Garden on Thursday, June 7. A forum to explore the economic draw of locally produced foods will take place at the Cottonwood Public Safety building Tuesday, June 19, and will highlight both community gardens and farmers markets.The event is expected to attract residents with an interest in agriculture, such as restaurant owners, farmers, local small growers and gardeners, but VVAgC Secretary Bernadette Selna said anyone who is interested in the future of agriculture in the Verde Valley is welcome to attend.

For a $15 admission price, attendees will feast on a catered lunch prepared using local ingredients and listen to a variety of speakers on topics such as urban farming, agricultural tourism, local farming, specialty crops and economic development.

Selna said the forum will be an “opening statement” from the VVAgC, a group operating under the umbrella of the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization for more than two years but has yet to hold a public event.

For the full story, see the Friday, June 15, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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