On Jan. 5, 51-year-old Tyler Miller, of Hutchinson, Kan., was shot and killed by U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer Krista Kuhns near Briar Patch Inn in Oak Creek Canyon.

The FBI took over the investigation because the shooting involved a federal officer.

While the FBI has not responded to requests for further information, Larson Newspapers acquired an 18-page Coconino County Sheriff’s Office report.

The report, comprising seven firsthand narratives by CCSO deputies, was completed on Jan. 16, but CCSO did not release the report to media outlets until this week — despite multiple requests for information over the past month.

Almost four decades ago, artist couple Michael Kahn and Leda Livant Kahn came to Cornville and created what would become a three-acre hand-built art village — Eliphante.

The structures — originally intended to be the couple’s home — incorporate recycled materials and elements from the land. The labyrinthian dwellings along the banks of Oak Creek give off characteristics of storybook surrealism.
The couple worked on the installation until Kahn’s death in 2007. Livant felt it best to pass on the project to another bohemian couple.

The Sedona Police Department is seeking the assistance in locating Parker Gales, a suspect reportedly involved in a physical altercation on Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Sedona Rouge Resort parking lot.

Webster’s Dictionary defines collusion as a “secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose.”

So when an elected or appointed official is accused of it, it’s not taken lightly.

Tim Ernster, a member of the Sedona Fire District’s Governing Board, was recently accused of it and is now seeking an investigation into the allegations.

The matter was agendized for the board’s Wednesday, Jan. 17, meeting. However, the board chose to discuss the matter in executive session along with another item. This is not open to the public, but they directed SFD legal counsel Bill Whittington to investigate the matter.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday, Jan. 19, that in the event of a federal government shutdown, the state of Arizona is prepared to provide resources to keep the Grand Canyon open. The state is partnering in this effort with the National Park Service, with help from Arizona State Parks and Trails and the Arizona Office of Tourism.

Congress failed to reach a budget deal by midnight Jan. 19 to keep the federal government open. 

A 15-year-old boy was rescued from the south aspect of Capitol Butte aka Thunder Mountain -- which is located immediately north of Sedona city limits -- by the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team Back Country Unit aided by a DPS Ranger Helicopter on Thursday, Jan. 11, at approximately 7:45 a.m.

The teen left home alone the day prior, Wednesday, Jan. 10, at approximately 9 a.m., wearing only a small backpack with minimal water and food, leggings, shorts a hooded sweater, baseball cap and running shoes. His intention was to summit Capitol Butte, a long-time goal.

Oak Creek Canyon was closed on State Route 89A at milepost 377 to the Rainbow Trout Farm from 4:15 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 5. Law enforcement responded to a call of shots fired around 4:15 p.m. The FBI was been called to the scene because the incident happened on federal land. According to sources, a female U.S. Forest Service employee was involved in the incident. The FBI has reportedly identified the suspect as Tyler Miller, 51, of Hutchinson, Kansas.

Photos by Jake Green/Larson Newspapers

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