As our readers know, we have been patiently waiting for a statement from the FBI regarding the Jan. 5 fatal shooting of Tyler Miller in Oak Creek Canyon. The FBI took over as the lead investigator, and other law enforcement agencies have deferred all questions to that federal agency.

We specifically reached out to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 8, making CCSO fully aware we are waiting for updates on this case as they became available.

Late Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff published a story revealing details about the incident as reported by CCSO deputies.

We immediately contacted CCSO by email and phone and asked for a copy of the report the Arizona Daily Sun cited.
CCSO’s spokeswoman wrote back, “I’m not sure what statement other media outlets are reporting and attributing to us. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office did not make any recent official statements about the shooting.”

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Wednesday, Feb. 14, is St. Valentine’s Day, which is either a quasi-religious secular holiday dedicated to expression of love or a nefarious commercial fabrication created by chocolate companies to sell heart-shaped boxes of confectioneries.

Whatever the name, the event is a 2,700-year-old February tradition. Since the early foundation of the Roman Republic in 753 B.C., Lupercalia was a dual celebration of Lupa, the she-wolf who suckled Rome’s semi-mythical shepherd founders Romulus and Remus, as well as a licentious fertility festival dedicated to the pastoral god Faunus.

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A new proposed federal law, drafted by U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, [D-Calif.], aims to prosecute acts of violence against reporters as a federal crime.

The Journalist Protection Act would punish those who assault journalists with a minimum three years in prison for causing “bodily injury,” i.e., “a cut, abrasion, bruise, burn or disfigurement; physical pain; illness; or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ or mental faculty.”

Offenders would face six years for causing “serious bodily injury,” i.e., “a substantial risk of death; extreme physical pain; protracted and obvious disfigurement; or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty; or any other injury to the body ….”

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It has now been just over a month since Tyler Miller, 51, was shot and killed in Oak Creek Canyon following a car accident and a reported altercation with a U.S. Forest Service employee.

Authorities closed Oak Creek Canyon for more than five hours on Jan. 5 as law enforcement officers from the Coconino County and Yavapai County sheriff’s offices, Sedona Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety investigated the scene, waiting for the FBI, which took jurisdiction because the incident involved a federal employee.

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Sedona lost one of its founders and one of its most active proponents, James “Jim” Eaton, who died Jan. 25 at age 91.

Eaton moved to the Sedona area in 1986 before the city existed. He joined the movement to create the city and served as campaign manager of the 1987 drive to incorporate Sedona as a city.

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After a three-judge appellate court ruled that public officials using their personal cellphones to conduct public business subject their devices to Arizona’s public records law, one of our legislators, Arizona Rep. Bob Thorpe [R-District 6], is seeking to overturn that ruling with legislation.

 

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