Officer Jon Reed’s new partner is not even 3 years old, is in violation of the department’s facial hair policy and has a proclivity for chewing. If that’s not bad enough, he drinks and eats from a bowl.

Max, a 2-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Malinois, is the Sedona Police Department’s newest K-9 officer. He follows in the pawprints of Dalan and Joker, who both served for many years. He and Reed, a four-year veteran of the SPD, entered the K-9 academy in late October 2017 in Tucson and are now patrolling Sedona together.

Those driving to and from Uptown this past week may have noticed something new.

City crews were busy painting route guidance pavement markings in an attempt to help with traffic flow. Northbound lanes have Forest Road and State Route 89A painted on them while southbound have State Routes 179 and 89A.

What a difference a summer makes. As the last school year was winding down, the Sedona Police Department’s Explorers program had just five members.

However, once school started — and thanks to one new member bringing a handful of friends — that number jumped to 15. It remains at that figure seven months later.

If it had been a doctor’s visit, the city of Sedona would have been given a clean bill of health.

During its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Sedona City Council was briefed on the city’s comprehensive annual financial report. This annual audit of municipal operations is required by state law and must include a financial statement of all accounts and funds of the city.

“This is a clean report,” said Sandy Cronstrom, of the accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen, who oversaw the city’s audit. “As we were doing our audit testing, we did not come across anything that led us to believe that there’s material misstatements and all the amounts being reported are proper.”

And then there were eight.

That’s the number of applicants the Sedona Fire District’s Governing Board received to fill a vacancy for the next 10 months.

The board will be conducting interviews beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Each applicant will be asked the same 10 questions during a 25-minute time slot in executive session. A point system will be used to evaluate each candidate.

For many nonprofit organizations or events, grants are the lifeblood that keep them going year after year.

For nearly 20 groups that fall into this category, the annual small grants program through the city of Sedona is a welcome sight. But in recent years, there have been concerns in terms of who is eligible and the appropriate amount distributed.

Like trying to find a needle in a haystack, people looking to become homeowners may be struggling to see their objective through.

According to Andrew Brearly, branch manager at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, while the housing market in Sedona and Cottonwood is experiencing growth in some areas, a lack of inventory is becoming a straining factor.

It may be two months away, but plans for one of Sedona’s most popular events are already in the works.

Now is the time to register to participate in Sedona’s 48th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, and to sign up for a new addition to the celebration — a 5K street fun run. Both events will be held Saturday, March 17.

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