Former mayor Thron Riggs, who played a leading role in thwarting the “Disneylanding” of Sedona, has died at the age of 94.

During his term as mayor from 1992 to 1996, and throughout  a life dedicated to civic service, Riggs worked to protect the city’s character, according to his son Thron P. Riggs.

Prior to receiving a pie in the face Friday, Nov. 20, Sedona Red Rock High School Assistant Principal Deana DeWitt — who, along with Principal Darrin Karuzas, counseling secretary Teresa Lamparter and humanities teacher and swim team coach A. Jay Bronson  had agreed to the public stunt — sat down to address a few questions of concern to the community.


The first thing Sedona Arts Center Education Operations Director Debbie Winslow did upon her arrival in Sedona in 1990 was audition for a play — a play whose name she doesn’t recall. She does, however, recall the third production she auditioned for: In Cole Porter’s musical comedy “Anything Goes,” she took on the role of Bonnie.

Two weeks ago, Scott Miller believed he would be vacationing in coastal Mexico as he had planned — chasing surf, enjoying the ocean-side breezes and eating his share of shrimp cocktails.

As today’s edition hits the stands, however, he and fellow relief worker Kara Kelty stand on the Greek island of Lesbos, anticipating another influx of refugees arriving in their hundreds — if not thousands — from Syria and other war-torn Middle Eastern and North African nations.

Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition and in Sedona, that tradition has been extended by one day for the last decade.

Starting around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the line will start to form to enjoy Coffee Pot Restaurant’s annual Thanksgiving Day dinner.

Members of all branches of the military joined together to celebrate the Marine Corps birthday on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Sedona Elks Lodge.

Though notably the few and the proud, few is hardly a word to describe the years the Corps has been in existence. The Marine Corps was officially formed on Nov. 10, 1775, making it 240. The celebration was put on by the Sedona Detachment No. 1237  of the U.S. Marine Corps League.

Family Night, an effort begun by former West Sedona School Principal Lisa Hirsch, has been instrumental in helping many non-English speakers learn the language — yet it’s the legacy that it has created that is most exciting to Big Park Community School English Language Development Teacher Erin Fagan.

According to artist Mary Helsaple, when you painted with simple watercolors as a child you were in fact witnessing a complicated thing: “The marriage between brush, pigment and paper.”

According to Helsaple, her recently released book “Physics of Watercolor: A Guide to the Techniques in Watercolor Painting” was named in recognition of how each element comes together.

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