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.

In response to the excessive heat warnings issued by the National Weather Service, Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management has been working with The Salvation Army Southwest Divisional Headquarters to establish cooling/hydration stations for Yavapai County residents in the areas that are predicted to have excessive temperatures. These locations are for residents in need for a place to cool off and hydrate.

As temperatures rise — and prior to the monsoon kicking in — wildfires throughout the state are expected to increase as evident by a pair of fires in which local firefighters are helping to battle.

According to Sedona Fire District Assistant Chief Jeff Piechura, as of Wednesday, May 31, SFD was assigned to two fires: Snake Ridge, east of the Village of Oak Creek and Camp Verde and the Pinal Fire near Tucson. Both were lightning caused.

One man is arrested while transporting drugs and cash in his car, acting as a “mule” for a drug cartel. Another is a young man who made one illicit errand while using his mother’s car to go to the bank.

Both could be subject to having their cars and cash seized.

According to Sarah Porter, Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy, the future of the Verde Valley’s communities is inextricably tied to the Verde River, as well as tributaries like Oak Creek.

Porter delivered her keynote address, “The Price of Uncertainty,” to nearly 200 participants in the Verde River: State of the Watershed Conference, Thursday, May 11, at Clarkdale’s Clark Memorial Clubhouse.

Sedona City Attorney Robert Pickels said he can’t find any instance in which a Sedona-initiated bill has made its way through the state legislature and onto the governor’s desk for signing.

That is until now. Earlier this week, House Bill 2116 had its final reading and passed in the House by a vote of 59-0. The bill was introduced by Rep. Bob Thorpe [RDistrict 6] and co-sponsored by Rep. Brenda Barton [R-District 6].

It came at the request of the city of Sedona to clarify the zoning area within which property owners adjacent to an area subject to a rezoning application may protest. An amendment will be offered in the Senate which will include the subject property in the definition of a zoning area. Gov. Doug Ducey signed the bill into law on Wednesday, May 10.

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