For nearly two months, every street she walks down, every store she goes into and every phone call she receives, Lydia Murphy hopes that each may lead her one step closer to finding her daughter.

On Aug. 17, 17-year-old Melody Murphy of Cottonwood walked away from a facility in Flagstaff where she was being treated for mental health issues following an attempted suicide.

“My biggest concern is her safety and mental state,” Lydia said. “I’m worried about her becoming suicidal over this crisis that she is facing. I’m also concerned about any possibility of endangerment to her.

The world’s top performance poets will compete across four days next week at four Flagstaff venues for the 13th annual Individual World Poetry Slam.

The competitors include 21-year-old Sedona resident Claire Pearson and five other poets well-known to Sedona poetry audiences.

Like most children of World War II veterans, Bjorn Krondorfer knew little of his father’s time in the war. And maybe even less since his father was a soldier in the German army.

In fact, he never knew the full story of his father’s past until he was 36.

Krondorfer, an author and professor at Northern Arizona University, was the guest speaker as part of visiting scholar series sponsored by AZ Humanities. He spoke before about 50 people on Sept. 28, at the Church of the Red Rocks.

The Sedona-Oak Creek School District will see new faces on the board for the first time in several years as four candidates are vying for three seats on the Governing Board this November.

Those candidates answered questions as they look toward serving the next four years. Next up is Heather Hermen.

When Jan and Jim Tanis took their honeymoon to Uganda nearly 10 years ago, little did they know that they’d come home to Sedona with far more than just some souvenirs.

It was in the small village of Bwindi that they met a teenage boy name Brian, who pointed out that the small wooden gorilla they had just purchased was something he had carved. They talked with him for a while and they exchanged emails addresses, which he could access at his school.

Bernard “The Klute” Schober will be taking a bite out of the Sedona Book and Art Festival with his workshop, Slam Poetry 101.

Schober said he became involved when his friend — Russ Kazmierczak Jr., who writes and draws Amazing Arizona Comics — tipped him off to the event as a way to raise money for his favorite cause — sharks.

Through the nonprofit Fins Attached, Schober will be donating the proceeds of his book sales to help these misunderstood top predators.

Those calling for a Verde Valley resident to be appointed to a top leadership role at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus have a reason to rejoice: On Aug. 1, Barb Waak became interim Associate Dean of the institution, taking over for the departed Kelley Trainor.

“I do think it’s a very positive thing for the community,” Waak said. “My personal goal in this interim time is to build enrollment on this campus, to restore trust in the community and to increase morale among the faculty.”

Fortunately for Waak, one of her goals is already becoming a reality: Within the first week of instruction at the Verde campus, enrollment numbers indicated an increase over last year’s by nearly two dozen students.

Sedona will be on the world stage once more as Claire Pearson will head to Flagstaff to represent the city at the Individual World Poetry Slam.

iWPS will take place at multiple venues from Wednesday though Saturday, Oct. 12 through 15, featuring 96 of the best of the world’s performance poets.

Pearson said she was more excited than anything to fill the spot, having earned it by winning the Sedona Poetry Slam on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

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