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.

Modern builders and architects could learn more than a few valuable lessons from the Sinagua Indians who lived in the Verde Valley and built Montezuma Castle sometime between A.D. 1100 and 1400.

The site chosen by the tribe for this small vertical five-story-high village is brilliant, tucked within a large concave curve of limestone.

Judi Keller Keiser was a lot like the hard-shelled, soft-centered chocolates she enjoyed during the holidays.

Strong-willed and opinionated when it came to running her restaurants in Sedona, the slender, dark-haired woman from Tennessee was always the first to offer sandwiches for hard-working volunteers and the first to arrive with a spread for friends going through rough times.

Out of roughly 180 applicants, five remain in the running to becoming Sedona’s next city manager.

On Thursday, March 12, Sedona City Council met with their professional recruiter Phil McKenney of Peckham & McKenney to dissect the top 10 candidates.

The search began in December after former City Manager Eric Levitt resigned.

Gary Chamberlain thinks litter in the Verde Valley is so prevalent it’s making the area look like a third world country.

There are plenty of people who agree with him.

A Vietnam veteran who was shipped home from the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Armored Division B Troop with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, Chamberlain is an independent contractor who exercises by

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