As the global epidemic of human sex trafficking becomes increasingly urgent, groups in the Verde Valley are trying to raise awareness and point out that the issue hits very close to home.

In Arizona, a third of homeless youth have experienced trafficking and the average age is 14, said Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk who spoke at a fundraiser presented by the Coalition Against Human Trafficking - Northern Arizona on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 4.

With plenty of superheroes, characters from Star Wars and the classics like ghosts and witches, Uptown was transformed into a Halloween hot spot.

Hundreds turned out on Tuesday, Oct. 31, for the 31st annual Sedona Safe and Fun Trick or Treat event, which ran from 5 to 8 p.m.

It’s not uncommon for residents to turn out in force at a Sedona City Council meeting to talk in opposition to a plan or project. But that wasn’t the case on Oct. 25.

During council’s six-hour meeting regarding four proposed Major Community Plan Amendments, more than a dozen people spoke in favor of the city increasing the density of the number of multifamily units per acre.

Comments made during a recent Sedona City Council meeting may have left some wondering if there has been an agreement reached between the city and longtime business Son Silver West.

Several times during the Oct. 25, meeting, Son Silver West attorney Francis Slavin referenced a potential agreement with the city in terms of bringing his client’s business into compliance.

As the deadline of a vote for the $17.9 million Sedona Fire District bond rears its head, opponents have filed a formal complaint to the Sedona Fire District Governing Board for potential conflict of interest.

In June, the board voted in favor for the plan that would replace Station 4 in Uptown and Station 5 in Oak Creek Canyon. Registered voters must mail in or drop off ballots by Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Sedona Red Rock High School hosted its first Hispanic Community Outreach Night Tuesday, Oct. 24, in its cafeteria.

Tables filled with more than 70 students, parents, teachers, school administrators and board members, firefighters, police officers and involved community members, all enticed with free pizza and soda.

For the past 31 years, business owners in the Uptown area have come together to offer a fun a safe place for kids to fill their candy bags on Halloween.

Merchants will welcome trick or treaters to their storefronts the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of Sedona’s Safe and Fun Trick or Treat experience.

Short-term vacation rentals. It’s one of those topics that many Sedona residents have a strong opinion of one way or the other.

Prior to Jan. 1, Sedona was one of a handful of cities in Arizona where this practice was banned — even though it’s been going on here for years. But ever since Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1350 into law, it’s been legal in Sedona, aside from those neighborhoods where homeowners associations have made them illegal.

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