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.

Ask any smoker when they started and many will tell you they did so as teens. That’s why a group of Verde Valley teens is trying to do something about that.

Members of the Yavapai Anti-Tobacco Coalition of Youth appeared before the Sedona City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 13, to discuss Tobacco 21, an emerging policy to increase the age from 18 to 21 to legally purchase all tobacco products, and to protect youth from early tobacco addiction.

When assisting fellow officers in times of need, there’s no such thing as city or county lines. That’s the philosophy of agencies across the country, including the Sedona Police Department.

On Feb. 13, the Sedona City Council unanimously approved an agreement in which officers from Sedona would continue to respond to calls from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office for backup in Oak Creek Canyon. But now, the city will be compensated for those responses.

It’s been several years since Sedona police officers could be seen patrolling the streets on bicycles. That will soon be changing.

Last week a trio of officers were in training to receive their certification in order to reinstate the bike patrol program, which in time is expected to grow.

“It’s a good thing to have for police departments in general,” said Sgt. Bill Knuth, who is heading up the patrol. “If you drive by somebody on the street in your patrol car that’s fine, but when you’re on a bike you have more opportunities to have face-to-face interactions with them. It’s beneficial when we’re dealing with the good people of the community as well as the not-so-good individuals.”

The wait to see who will be the fifth member of the Sedona Fire District’s Governing Board will soon be over.

Eight candidates are vying for a seat that is being vacated by board Treasurer Corrie Cooperman, who announced last year she will be stepping down as of Feb. 28 to move to Tucson. Whoever the board chooses will fill that term until the November election.

As belts tighten at school districts around the Verde Valley, Sedona-Oak Creek School District is looking at another year of cuts in the face of declining enrollment.

District administrators and the Governing Board met for their first budget work session Tuesday, Feb. 13, to begin the difficult process of pulling the district out of the red.

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