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Like most wildlife in this area, foxes are more than happy to avoid human interaction. But when they are infected with rabies, that’s a different story. Last week, Arizona Department of Health Services reported that a fox had bitten a male in Oak Creek Canyon.

It was captured and later tested positive for rabies. “The attack by the fox was unprovoked and the individual was bitten,” Coconino County Public Health Services District Division Manager Randy Phillips said. “Wildlife with rabies typically exhibit unusual behavior, are often aggressive and may lack any fear of humans or other animals.”

Food, fun and games abound at West Sedona School this weekend.

It will host its annual fundraising Wildcat Carnival Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 570 Posse Ground Road.

It’s all about the beer, bratwurst and bands.

The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks is hosting its fifth annual Red Rocks Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Posse Grounds Park. The event features traditional German celebration including area brewers showcasing their finest beers.

As spring peeks around the corner and teases the Verde Valley, all eyes are to the sky on the bird species residing and migrating through Northern Arizona, such as the bald eagle, which is currently in its mating season and has a growing population since it was delisted from the Endangered Species Act in 2007.

While the bald eagle has managed to migrate from protections under the Endangered Species Act, others birds still find themselves among the 37 animal species in Arizona listed under the act.

Although residents of unincorporated areas in the Verde Valley are not governed by a local municipal operation, they do still have a voice, said Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Randy Garrison.

“They may not have a direct voice, but they still have a voice,” he said. “If I have a constituent in an outside area who has a concern about their relationship with the city, we can get into the conversation and lobby for that citizen based on our partnerships and cooperative arrangement we have with the governmental entities [in the county].”

In simplest of terms, for every $4 coffee you purchase locally, one penny goes to help run the Yavapai County Detention Center in Camp Verde.

County officials are hoping voters remember this simple — yet important — fact when filling out their mail-in ballot later this spring.

Yavapai County Administrator Phil Bourdon and Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Randy Garrison met with the Sedona City Council on Jan. 9, in regard to extending the existing quartercent sales tax for the Yavapai County jail system. The county will be seeking voter approval to extend this current sales tax for another 20 years.

From her debut in an “I Am Stuck on Band-Aids” commercial to her role in the soap opera “All My Children,” the spotlight was the sun shining upon actor-turned-director Cady McClain as she ran across the stage that was her playground for the first time.

At 9 years old, McClain entered the film and television industry. Just like being a Girl Scout, she said acting was just another norm to her adolescence — wondering why everyone around her was not acting.

Saying that it was a difficult decision to make, Joe Vernier announced his immediate resignation from the Sedona City Council.

While his announcement came the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 20, his resignation was effective the day before.

“It is with deep regret and disappointment that I resign,” Vernier said in a release. “For personal reasons, I will be relocating to Phoenix and will not be able to complete my term. I would like to thank the council and city staff for everyone’s contributions and work in making Sedona a world-class resort destination and a great place to live and work.

The search for a fifth member of the Sedona First District’s Governing Board is over.

The board made its decision during a special meeting held on Tuesday,
Feb. 20. Following two days of interviews, the board narrowed its choices down to RobertA lbrecht, Gene McCarthy and Steve Segner. The board debated for about five minutes before unanimously approving McCarthy, who served on last year’s bond advisory committee.

Abbey Reznicek wanted to make a documentary film to uplift those with different beliefs — Sedona seemed like the perfect place.

“I have a passion for minority experiences,” she said. “I wanted to portray someone who doesn’t normally get portrayed and have them be the spotlight and have [them] be the normal one.”

Christmas came a little early for a pair of Sedona families thanks to the generosity of city of Sedona staff members. Santa was on hand — and with the assistance from a handful of his helpers — visited the homes of two deserving families on Thursday, Dec. 21, just in time for Christmas.

This is the sixth year the program has taken place. It ran from 2010 to 2012 and ever since from 2015.

Louis Montenegro was living in a homeless shelter in Santa Rosa, Calif., with only a bag and two pairs of pants when Enchantment Resorts in Sedona not only offered him a job, but also transportation and three months of free housing.

It all seemed too good to be true. 

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