Yavapai County roads ignored by the state and federal government for their scenic or historic value have a new chance for recognition.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to establish the Yavapai County Scenic/Historic Route Program at its Monday, April 20, meeting.

Ninety-six servings of food were prepared by the Verde Valley School kitchen staff and delivered to the soup kitchen at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in West Sedona last week.

VVS students Nam Pham, Katja Beisheim, Ali Maricich and Lainie Benedict delivered the food along with Dale Domingue, a supervisor and wife of headmaster Paul Domingue.

Every year, the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials honors emergency dispatchers during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, April 12 through 18.

Sedona’s Public Safety Answering Point is one of only two in the country run by the fire department instead of the police department.

That means any 9-1-1 call coming in from the area automatically goes to Sedona Fire District’s regional communication center in Uptown. Since the center dispatches for 12 other fire and medical agencies, SFD’s dispatch receives calls from almost 100 miles of Interstate 17.

April is here and the surrounding landscape is beginning its spring display of wildflowers. According to one of Sedona’s wildflower enthusiasts, the season is a little slow starting this year, but several wildflowers may be found while hiking some of the local trails or even driving along the highways. Some of the most prevalent to watch for are Eaton penstemon, blackfoot daisy, Gooding’s verbena, desert marigold and desert paintbrush, according to a press release.

Coconino County’s Board of Supervisors voted to quarantine house pets in and around Flagstaff after more than 20 wild animals tested positive for rabies in the area during the last six months, the Coconino County Health Department reported.

The quarantine, which could last as long as 90 days, restricts the movement of dogs and cats, prohibits feeding and interacting with area wildlife and forbids pet owners from leaving pet food outside after sundown. Compost bins and piles must be completely enclosed, the county reported.

Sedona City Council approved to pay its next possible city manager more than its last.

On Monday, April 6, council approved, 7-0, a contract for the city manager from Bullhead City, Tim Ernster, to become Sedona’s new city manager for a base salary of $167,500.

It’s 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, and a mellower group of paddlers than those relaxing in the last of the sun’s slanting rays would be hard to find.

Of course, 32 of them are just dead tired, having been up working on the Verde River Canoe Challenge at Beasley Flats in Camp Verde since 6 a.m. — all of them students in the Northern Arizona University Parks and Recreation class who are in charge of every aspect of the race.

Helen Campbell got on her first horse at the age of 6, riding the trails of Carmel Valley, Calif., until she married in 1970, leaving leather chaps behind to travel the world with her husband Dean, a career naval officer.

Today, she’s sitting a trot once again, patrolling the well-worn paths and rocky outreaches of the Verde Valley as a Wrangler, the mounted division of Friends of the Forest.

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