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Posse Grounds Park has bucked the trend that rodeos need bulls.

The first Sedona Foot Rodeo ran on Friday, Aug. 18, and a good crowd showed up to enjoy the entertainment.

To paraphrase Chuck Palahniuk, there are two rules that come first when viewing a solar eclipse.

Rule No. 1: Don’t stare blindly at a solar eclipse.

Rule No. 2: Do not stare blindly at a solar eclipse.

When the Sedona-Oak Creek School District began its accreditation process through AdvancED, one of the first things the national accreditation agency did was conduct a survey among each employee to pinpoint the district’s greatest needs.

One of the needs AdvancED identified as an improvement priority was the district’s curriculum.

A decision regarding a rate increase request by Arizona Public Services is expected to take place this month.

It’s then that customers will know what kind of an increase in their monthly bill they can expect to see. Late last week, Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge Teena Jibilian issued her 427-page recommendation on the case, in which APS was seeking its first rate increase in five years.

When asked about his personal thoughts on the recent flash floods near Payson that claimed the lives of nine members of an extended family, Sedona Fire District Assistant Chief Jeff Piechura summed them up in one word.

“Tragic — there are no other words to describe it,” he said. Piechura and engineer Allen Schimberg, who serves as SFD’s technical rescue training team manager, discussed not only the tragic events of Saturday, July 15, but the concerns they have of something like that happening closer to home.

Building a new home in unincorporated Yavapai County comes with a cost many aren’t aware of when they begin planning: A geotechnical engineering report.

The report is mandated by Yavapai County and can range from around $1,000 to $3,000. Factors such as site topography, travel distance and more affect the cost. Wait time for results to be returned also varies, but can be six weeks, depending on demand.

As the city of Sedona’s yearlong transportation study comes to an end, the next step will be to decide how to best use the information in it, and when.

Sedona City Council members scratched that surface on Aug. 9, when discussing the city’s second public online traffic survey. They did this while going over the pros and cons of four of the 13 potential projects designed to reduce traffic.

It’s been eight years since the cost to license a dog in Sedona was last raised.

That will soon change.

The increase was one of several items discussed and approved regarding the Humane Society of Sedona during the Tuesday, Aug. 8, Sedona City Council meeting.

It’s the last thing they expected to come home to.

On the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 2, Danna and Geoff Messer went for a walk but when they returned home they quickly noticed a strong smell. The bathtub and toilet in their guest bathroom was full of raw sewage spilling onto the floor.

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.

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