Earth Day events will engage more than a billion people in 192 countries Friday, April 22, but there’s still plenty more to do.

A variety of environmental laws made their way out of Congress in 1970 following the first Earth Day: The Clean Air Act, Water Quality Improvement Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Endangered Species Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Fire season is just around the corner and Sedona residents should strive to be more prepared than ever.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey warned state residents on Wednesday, April 13, that the 2016 fire season may be wilder and worse than ever due to heavy precipitation last fall and winter and a lack of regular natural wildfires to clear out all the new growth. This summer the state may lean toward a drought, he said, which means all that new fuel will be easier to burn.

On April 5, the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board voted to raise teachers’ salaries. Rewarding teachers with more pay is by all means right and proper, after all, it is these dedicated professionals who educate our children and prepare them for their future.

A replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall made its way through the Verde Valley to Sedona March 30.

Escorted by a fleet of veterans on motorcycles, the traveling wall rumbled through Camp Verde up State Route 260 before arriving at Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona, where it was set up and displayed over the weekend.

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By all accounts, last week’s Presidential Preference Election was a mess.

While Yavapai and Coconino county voters didn’t see long lines at the polls, voters in Maricopa and Pima counties were in line for hours, a few not casting ballots until 11:30 p.m., more than four hours after polls official closed at 7 p.m.

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