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.

Kathy Chambers and Shayne Watts (Owners) welcome diners of the Verde Valley to experience their new restaurant in Rimrock, located at the corner of Beaver Creek and Dave Wingfield Roads (just down the road from the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Station). Vintages Grille is open daily for lunch and dinner service. Come on in and try some of Vintages fresh menu items such as their deep dish pizzas, delicious burgers on home made potato buns, fresh salads, home style entrees, and home made desserts.

 Celebrate with us at Vintages Grille’s grand opening on November 11th featuring specials on Arizona craft beers by Mudshark (20 oz glass for the price of a pint), 3 Amigos Fresh Grapefruit Margaritas for just $6, and a complimentary Vintages dessert sampler with the purchase of a meal. There will be a drawing for prizes from local businesses such as Candy’s Creekside Cottage, Rimrock Mercantile and Vintages Grille.

 Every Sunday, watch the game(s) on our 13 flat screen televisions, while sipping bottled Bud products for just $2.50 and snacking on our hand-breaded fresh appetizer sampler basket for just $ 5.95.

 Vintages Grille, open every day from 11am-8pm, offering casual dining, patio seating and a private room for banquets, meetings and special events seating up to 60 guests.         Please call for reservations or more information!  Vintages Grille  5155 N. Dave Wingfield Road, Rimrock, AZ 86335   (928) 592-9220 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We’d love to see you soon!

A sophisticated computer virus that attacked Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office early morning April 19, then spread to computers in every department of county government, appeared to be under control Friday, April 22.

Yavapai County Administrator Julie AyersCounty computer technicians believed they had the virus under control numerous times in test environments during the past few days but quickly determined it was still present, Yavapai County Administrator Julie Ayers said.

“It’s been extremely challenging,” Ayers said. “We will be working throughout the weekend. We have our fingers crossed that we have a solution. It has been successful in the lab environment and we began to roll it out to departments [Friday] morning.”

“It’s a very sophisticated virus. It is very good at hiding itself. It has multiple ways of promulgating itself and hiding within the servers,” she said.

The Treasurer, Human Resources and Board of Supervisors offices were up and running on a limited basis Friday as technicians tried to determine whether the fix was successful, Ayers said.

The selection of departments to be cleared of the virus first was not based on priority, but proximity to technicians, she said.

Known as Qakbot, the virus probably made its way into the system through an email attachment sent to YCSO, despite up-to-date antivirus software, Ayers said.

The attack did not appear to be directed at Yavapai County specifically since government computer systems were simultaneously impacted in other areas of the nation, Ayers said.

“I don’t know how public others affected are being about it, but we are not alone,” Ayers said.

The virus is normally directed at financial institutions, she said.

County computer technicians were aware of the presence of the virus almost immediately as errors and glitches began showing up on screen in the YCSO and then elsewhere around the county.

The only county departments not affected by the virus are the Superior Court, Clerk of Court, and Juvenile Probation departments because those systems are separately tied into the state judicial system network, Ayers said.

Work performed by any county employee using computers between 6 and 7 a.m. April 19 was lost. The county’s computer system was shut down almost immediately after the virus was discovered, she said.

A ban on Internet use by county employees continued through Friday as the three department systems were operated in a test environment to determine whether the virus was still embedded.

Ayers said she was extremely proud of the way county departments found ways to work around the problem, although several employees whose jobs are limited to use of a computer were sent home on vacation.

“For example, the health department has gone back to charting medical records by hand, the same type of system they used 20 years ago,” Ayers said.

The county, which has crisis management plans for fires and floods, will devise a similar plan for computer system crashes to handle any similar situation that may arise in the future, Ayers said.

A day-long standoff in Jerome at the Columbia mine shaft between local police agencies and an unidentified man who escaped from a Cottonwood mental health facility ended peacefully at approximately 12:45 p.m., Thursday, April 7.

Officers were able to lure the man away from the edge of a 900-foot deep shaft with the promise of walking his family's dog.

The man reportedly escaped from the Mingus Center on Wednesday, April 6, and unconfirmed reports said he led police on a foot chase down a steep gully just east of the Jerome State Historic Park before moving into the entry of the Columbia mine shaft.

Fearful of the man falling down the mine shaft, the police treated the situation delicately and gave the man food, water and a blanket for the cold night after he refused to leave the mine. It is not known exactly how the man made it from Cottonwood to Jerome.

Around noon on Thursday, Jerome Police Chief Allen Muma and Clarkdale police officer Nicole Florisi brought down the man's parents' dog to try to convince him to leave the mine and surrender. The man soon agreed to leave with the police if he would be allowed to walk the dog back up the steep hill.

After securing the distressed man, police escorted him up the hill with the dog to waiting police vehicles and his parents.

Before being taken away to the Yavapai County Detention Center, the man announced he had been Tasered by police officers outside of the mine shaft entryway.

Law enforcement agencies responding to the incident included Jerome, Clarkdale and Cottonwood police departments and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.Police officers lead a mentally ill man who had been refusing to leave the entry to the Columbia mine shaft in Jerome up a steep hill to waiting police cars Thursday, April 7. The man allegedly escaped from a Cottonwood mental health facility on Wednesday, April 6.

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