Late last month, we reported that the city of Sedona had collected nearly a quarter-million dollars in the first six months since parking meters were installed in the summer.

The city is on pace to collect a half-million by the end of the first year, well above the initial estimates.

Despite the revulsion of some people on social media, that the city aims to gouge all our tourists everywhere they want to park, there are still at least eight free parking lots throughout Uptown, and side streets off State Route 89A remain free, accommodating 415 cars, hundreds more than those in the 101 paid spots on main street.

The Sedona Northern Lights show will be presenting the largest 3-D mapping ever on a natural landscape in the U.S. on the side of Camelhead Rock at the top of the hour at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. from Thursday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 17.

The show is a joint presentation by the city of Sedona, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau and the Sedona Arts Center, which chose to co-host the show to kick off its 60th anniver­sary beginning in 2018.

We encourage all our residents to go see the show sometime over this weekend. The presentation is a rare chance to see a dramatic light show on the side of a cliff that overlooks Uptown.

For longtime and new residents alike, the show offers a rare opportunity to see the familiar rock formation come alive at night in a whole new light, literally.

While we prepare to welcome family members to our homes for the holidays, or prepare to travel across the state or the country, packing presents into our luggage or the trunks of cars, remember the less fortunate who may not have the money to buy their own gifts or have anyone from whom they will receive a gift.

Every year, local nonprofits, organizations, clubs and government agencies step up to the challenge to provide gifts and well-wishes to poor children and seniors who are in need of a little holiday cheer.

Some 76 years ago tomorrow, the United States’ naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked without warning by aircraft launched by the Imperial Japanese Navy.

The unprovoked attack pulled the country into World War II, which Americans had watched with trepidation for more than two years, offering finan­cial and materiel assistance to the Allies, but largely remaining neutral in the conflict as Nazi Germany and fascist Italy conquered European states and the Empire of Japan rolled across the Far East.

Big Park Community School sixth-grade teacher Laurie Altringer said she brought up her concern about her unaccounted-for decade of teaching experience before signing her employment contract, but was told to file an official grievance to amend her salary, the administrative equivalent of “we don’t have any actual rule about this, but a formal complaint will guarantee we’ll do what we just told you we’re supposed to do.”

So either Sedona-Oak Creek School District Superintendent David Lykins, or the district’s human resources staff directly under his command, assured Altringer that she would have the opportunity to defend her experience if she filed a formal grievance.

Today’s dominant front page story by Assistant Managing Editor Ron Eland explores Sedona’s perennial housing shortage.

“Affordable housing,” and the lack thereof, has been a recurring nightmare for residents. In Sedona, “affordable housing” doesn’t necessarily mean Section 8 federally subsidized housing, but rather, housing options that don’t require a sixfigure income or six roommates just to make rent.

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