After Hillary Clinton lost the election in November, Democrats are taking a long, hard look at the future of their party.

Doug Ballard, Arizona state committee member of the Democratic National Committee, was invited to speak on the recent DNC chairmanship election and the difficulties faced by the Democratic Party at the monthly meeting of the Democrats of the Red Rocks on March 16.

The community is stepping up to the challenge of maintaining Sedona’s trail system.

The Sedona Trail Keeper project donated a $250,000 check to the U.S. Forest Service on March 21 at the Girdner Trailhead near the Sedona Cultural Park.

Since it was announced that a portion of State Route 89A would be closed to traffic at night for up to eight months, some have questioned if that applies to emergency vehicles.

Project spokeswoman Kristin Darr confirmed this week that emergency vehicles will have access through the construction zone at all times — both day and night.

According to Sedona Recycles Executive Director Jill McCutcheon, while most communities in the Verde Valley allocate funds to pay for recycling services, Cottonwood has been content to let the county subsidize much of its residents’ recycling needs.

In 2015, Sedona Recycles pulled its approximately two dozen bins at five different sites within Cottonwood city limits, ending a decade and a half of service. At that time, Sedona Recycles and the city of Cottonwood had no contractual agreement with one another. McCutcheon said at the time the organization could no longer afford to cover the cost of providing service.

Nighttime roadwork set for the next seven to eight months along State Route 89A has some businesses in the canyon worried that they may lose not only patrons but employees.

The Central Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Transportation and U.S. Forest Service, is widening and rehabilitating approximately 8.4 miles of State Route 89A. Work begins at the Vista Point Overlook and continues north to the JW Powell Blvd. intersection.

What might have been a minor point about speaking with one voice raised questions about board member conduct during the Yavapai College District Governing Board meeting March 7 at the school’s Verde Valley Campus.

Following an exchange between board member Deb McCasland and college President Penny Wills, Wills said it took an inordinate amount of time for her and other staff to address the media after board members spoke with the media rather than referring questions to board chairman and spokesman Ray Sigafoos.

For 16 years, Camp Verde has annually celebrated one thing: Before the wine got added to its name, the Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival help locals and visitors go nuts over the pecan, one of the town’s assets.

A brief history lesson for those who don’t know: In the late 1920s, landowner’s daughter Eva Haydon planted a row of pecan trees along what would become a section of Montezuma Castle Highway known as Pecan Lane. In 2000, the Pecan Lane Rural Historic Landscape became a site on the National Register of Historic Places.

The investigation continues into the cause of death of a man whose body was found this week under Midgley Bridge.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, crews from the Sedona Fire District responded to a call of an unresponsive person in Oak Creek. After making their way to the victim, SFD crews determined the person in the water was deceased, SFD Fire Marshal Jon Davis stated

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