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.

The call comes in. Fire crews rush to don their protective gear, board the firetruck and are on their way to the scene. But more and more frequently these days, the call is a result of a non-maintained or faulty alarm system.

This scenario played out more than a 150 times for the Sedona Fire District in the past year, and now the SFD Governing Board is looking to do something to reduce that number by way of an ordinance. Members discussed the matter at length on Wednesday, Jan. 17, and plan to bring it back in a month for possible approval.

Getting everyone on the same page — or at least in the same book — was the goal of a first-ever meeting of the minds between the Sedona City Council and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The four-hour meeting took place on Jan. 17, with a round table discussion with nearly 20 members of the council and board present.

Year-round, Sedona allures newcomers to its core, and like a box of chocolates it offers assorted treats of picturesque views. Recognizing the value of Sedona to its residents and visitors, the Red Rock Ranger District is looking to preserve the natural treasures of the Coconino National Forest for future generations.

The district intends to do just that through the Oak Creek Watershed Project.

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