The World Health Organization estimates that more than 700,000 people die worldwide each year as a result of mosquito-borne diseases.

And while deaths in the United States make up a small percentage of that, the possibility exists. That’s why experts from organizations like the Yavapai County Community Health Services are on high alert this time of year. With the monsoon arriving soon, that concern increases even more.

An early-morning traffic stop turned into a foot chase through the desert that involved four law enforcement agencies and a little help from above.

At 5:20 a.m. on Friday, July 7, Sedona police officer Jon Reed came upon a pair of white work trucks at the intersection of State Route 89A and Oak Creek Valley Road — each with two male passengers.

The dust has settled on Yavapai College Sedona Center’s renovation: But for sealant on the atrium’s concrete floor, the facility is ready to host students.

In February, Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus Executive Dean James Perey predicted that the Sedona Center — then under renovation construction — would be completed by August, just in time for the fall semester.

At the most recent Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board meeting June 20, the school district administration gave a presentation about the new school hours.

West Sedona School principal Scott Keller gave the bulk of the presentation, detailing the administration team’s process and reasoning in changing the bell and bus schedules.

It’s no secret that warmer weather brings with it more visitors who want to experience everything the Sedona area has to offer. But with an increase in outdoor activity often comes a greater needed for assistance.

In the end of June, the Sedona Fire District responded to 11 back country rescue calls in eight days. And for the month of June, they took part in 24 back country rescues, two and a half times more than June of last year.

It’s one of those situations that could have had a far worse ending.

At 2:41 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, the Sedona Fire District and Sedona Police Department responded to a wildfire at Posse Grounds Park. Upon arrival, firefighters found a small brush fire about a quarter-acre in size.

With a sea of red-shirted audience members looking on, the Sedona Fire District Governing Board made its recommendations in regard to a proposed bond that’s been discussed for months.

The board voted 3-2 in favor of moving forward with a $17.9 million bond, which will now go to the voters in November. Treasurer Corrie Cooperman and Chairman Ty Montgomery were the dissenting votes. Both said they were in favor of a bond but more in the area of $12.9 million.

Nearly two months ago, the staff and board of the Sedona International Film Festival needed to be lent a helping hand.

The public did just that — nearly a quarter of a million times over.

On May 1, the SIFF board of directors started a $250,000 matching grant campaign challenge in order to help offset growing costs and debts that have been incurred over the year.

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