Here’s a sentence I never thought I would actually write: The Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park is officially open.

For those new to Sedona, the Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park has been in the works for 16 years, when the then-Sedona City Council first approved plans for an open-air amphitheater at Posse Grounds Park. Even the Golden Gate Bridge took less time to build.

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If you live in Sedona long enough, you will inevitably have a story about how Sedona Fire District crews have assisted you or a neighbor with a fire or medical emergency.

While we at the newspaper regularly deal with firefighters and emergency medical technicians who let us shoot photos of blazes, car accidents and fire investigations, we also have more personal stories such as a few years ago when SFD crews treated and airlifted one of our copy editors who had suffered a head injury in a bicycle fall.

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The Arizona Supreme Court held session at the Sedona Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 25. This was a rare opportunity for residents to witness Arizona’s senior justices hear oral arguments in two cases pending before the court and ask questions of the justices afterward.

The state Supreme Court has original jurisdiction over a limited list of writs and dispute types — most of what the court hears are appeals from lower courts, such as the two cases Tuesday.

While these particular cases themselves are seemingly insignificant, their arguments before the court are the cornerstone of American democracy and perhaps the only reason our Great Experiment has endured.

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On today’s front page, you likely noticed the box indicating we are officially launching our Instagram, @sedonanews.

The impetus for our newest foray into this popular social media platform is sports reporter Daniel Hargis, who partnered with copy editor Andrew Pardiac, our staffer who handles most of our Facebook, social media and website updates.

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The Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board backtracked April 11 on a decision to withhold contracts to most of the current teaching staff until two or three teachers were removed from the full list proffered April 4 and discussed individually.

Not even the board members seemed entirely clear April 4 whether they were discussing two or three teachers, as they are not allowed to single out individual employees not on the agenda.

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