First-responders are trained to go in when others are running out. But at the end of the day, police officers and firefighters must deal with emotions like anyone else.

Because they see tragedy, suffering and often the worst that society has to offer, it can take its toll mentally, leading to some of the highest suicide rates of any profession.

What was supposed to be a romantic cruise turned into an experience they will never forget.

Sedona City Attorney Robert Pickels and his wife, Lisa, had been looking forward for quite some time to their Caribbean cruise, which was supposed to set sail from Galveston, Texas — less than an hour away from Houston.

Sedona Red Rock High School named a new assistant principal over the summer.

Mark Cunningham, a social studies teacher at the high school, takes over for Deana DeWitt, who moved to a district-wide position as director of curriculum. Cunningham is both a teacher and what the district refers to as a “teacher on assignment,” a designation which allows him to perform duties other than inclassroom instruction. For Cunningham, this means assisting principal Darrin Karuzas in an administrative capacity.

Arizona State Sen. Katie Hobbs [D-District 24] came up to the red rocks to speak about her run for Secretary of State. Hobbs was the featured speaker at the Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast meeting Thursday, Aug. 17, at Olde Sedona.

Hobbs said that it had been frustrating to be in the minority as a legislator, and her pursuit of the higher office falls in line with her main concern as Senate minority leader, that being voter protection. She recounted the most recent legislative session and lamented that it was too similar to other years with failed Democratic policy.

Preschool teacher Shara Coughlin sat criss-cross applesauce with her six students in a semicircle around her, resting on blue cushions Velcroed to the floor.

Sedona Integrated Preschool, part of Big Park Community School, started class on Monday, Aug. 14, and Coughlin reported the first week is going well. Their lesson at the end of the day on Wednesday, Aug. 16, was about reading, sort of.

Cheerful, upbeat fourstringed strumming filled the air with music at Oak Creek Espresso Aug. 9.

The Village Ukulele People was celebrating its first birthday with cake, balloons and laid-back jams. About 15 people, ukes in hand, gathered for the event during the group’s regular weekly meeting.

They filled out nearly half of one of the coffee shop’s rooms, pulling tables together to sit side-by-side and strum their songs.

The Sedona Summer Arts Colony ended with a transient, collaborative show much in the spirit of the colony itself, seeing artists from multiple media collaborate to create a one-of-a-kind experience on Friday, Aug. 4.

The brainchild of the Sedona Arts Center’s Eric Holowacz and Verde Valley School’s Paul Amadio, the colony saw around 60 artists board at the school to collaborate and work on their own projects over the course of three weeks.

Roxanne Holland’s first day of her new job was Monday, July 31. But unlike many who start somewhere new, it was familiar territory for her.

The city announced last week that she was named the new manager of the city’s wastewater reclamation plant. She started with Sedona in 2012 and has managed all of the wastewater capital projects since then.

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