From its humble beginnings to today with a staff of nearly 100, the Sedona Fire District has grown along with the community as it hits yet another milestone.

On April 7, 1957 — 60 years ago — the Sedona-Oak Creek Volunteer Fire Department was officially created by a group of committed volunteers who saw a void in the community that needed to be filled. This came several months after donations and pledges were actively sought from community members to fund  the area’s first fire department.

After a sometimes contentious and confusing debate, the Sedona-Oak Creek Governing Board refused to approve teachers’ and administrators’ contracts for the 2017-18 school year.

The board voted 3-2 against issuing contracts to rehire teachers after Zach Richardson and Randy Hawley each objected to the inclusion of two teachers, and Heather Hermen one.

Richardson said he’d received reports that one teacher had been swearing in front of students, making fun of students and telling them he couldn’t close the classroom door because people would think there was molestation taking place.

Work underway at Yavapai College’s Sedona campus is on track with expanded classrooms ready for students this fall.

That was something James Perey, dean of the Verde Valley campus, was proud to share with the Sedona City Council on Tuesday, March 28.

When you say, “Sept. 11, 2001” those who are old enough to remember that day have different images and thoughts that come to mind.

While most may remember the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City or the attack on the Pentagon, Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa., is often forgotten. On that flight, in which passengers and crew attempted to overtake the plane from hijackers, all 44 aboard died. It’s thought the terrorists had planned to crash it into the White House or U.S. Capitol.

The Verde Valley All Hazards Training Association is sponsoring a Wildland Fire Skills Training Day on Wedensday, March 29, at the Crescent Moon day-use area just southwest of Sedona that may produce smoke in and around the area.

Five agencies will be participating in the training, which will include a three-acre prescribed burn that will take place between 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will function as a training exercise for approximately 100 firefighters. For training purposes, the burn will be divided into five parcel locations and is expected to last three to five minutes in each lighting. The burn area, located just east of the Crescent Moon Native Seed Nursery, will reduce invasive Johnson grass and the dead and down trees.


First-time events are often hit and miss as far as the number of people who turn out. But in the case of the inaugural Sedona Food Truck Festival, it was definitely a hit.

With an estimated 3,000 people turning out on Saturday, March 25, it went beyond expectations of the host, Sedona Parks and Recreation.

“Overall the event was a huge success,” Recreation Coordinator Ali Baxter said. “In the words of our City Manager [Justin Clifton], ‘our only problem was that we were too successful.’”

A bill to legalize medical aid in dying died in the Arizona House of Representatives earlier this year. But Compassion and Choices Arizona is not going to give up.

“We will give it another shot next year,” the organization’s representative for Northern Arizona Leesa Stevens said at a meeting hosted by the League of Women Voters on Monday, March 20. Compassion and Choices is a national organization that has been dedicated to end-of-life care and choices for the past 30 years.

Medical aid in dying is legal in Montana, Washington, Oregon, Vermont, California and Colorado, as well as in the District of Columbia. Oregon was the first to enact a Death with Dignity Act in 1997.

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