When the call came across to fire and police personnel, it said a hot air balloon, vehicle and tree were on fire.

All ended up being true just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, but not as serious as what first responders expected.

It took longer than originally planned but the Posse Grounds Fitness Trail has finally opened.

As a way to christen the new Sedona Parks and Recreation endeavor, the community is invited to a free workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, to learn about the trail’s benefits.

Since March, Sedona residents may have noticed the absence of the illuminated cross atop Airport Mesa.

Maintained by the Central Arizona Masonic Lodge No. 14 for the last 56 years, the cross was removed following the Masons’ 2016 decision to vacate the adjacent lodge building members had built in 1964.

Local Masons had first erected a rough wooden cross covered with greenery in celebration of Easter in 1959. They went on to build the Shrine of the Red Rocks in 1961, dedicated by then-U.S. Sen. Barry M. Goldwater [R-Ariz.].

About 50 residents turned out to the Sedona United Methodist Church and made their feelings known — no cell tower in their backyard.

The hour-long public meeting on Monday, June 5, got heated at times as some talked over others or over Michelle Lamoureux of Pinnacle Consulting, which represents Verizon Wireless.

Most who spoke were concerned about the proposed tower being an eyesore or blocking their views of nearby mountains and landmarks.

The investigation into the theft of a safe at a Village of Oak Creek thrift store continues. But the theft has also brought out the best in people as donations continue to come in.

When staff came in to Paw Prints, which proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Sedona, on the morning of May 17, they found the front door open. In looking around they noticed no merchandise had been taken. That was until they went in office area and saw that the store’s bolted-down safe had been stolen. Inside was two day’s worth of sales — around $700.

When she heard the news, Humane Society of Sedona Executive Director Austin Gates’ first feeling was that of shock — and then frustration.

“I’m new to Sedona but I’m not used to that kind of crime here,” she said. “I was shocked that someone would steal from the animals. To steal from a non-profit that’s trying to save the lives of animals is just sad.”

Arizona State Parks and Trails is requesting your help.

Parks officials will be on hand for an open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 26, at Twin Cypress ramada at Red Rock State Park. The public is invited to provide comments and suggestions on park improvements that include an outdoor classroom and relocation of maintenance facilities.

It was a perfect weekend for yard work as evident by the amount of debris brought in during the Sedona Fire District and U.S. Forest Service’s 15th annual cleanup day.

The three-day event, Friday through Sunday, May 19 through 21, was held at Station 4 in Uptown and is designed to encourage people to prepare their homes and yards for wildfire season.

“We did a lot of cleaning around our house last week so this is perfect timing,” said Todd Springer, of the Village of Oak Creek. “I grew up in Southern California so I’m well aware of what wildfires can do and how quickly they spread. Even if your property is not adjacent to the forest land, you still need to be prepared. Fire doesn’t discriminate as to where it burns.”

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