The motto of the event is simple, yet poignant: “We ride for those who died.”

The Police Unity Tour is a series of 250-mile bicycle road races open to current and retired officers, as well as family members of officers who were killed in the line of duty. To date, the event has raised nearly $25 million.

For Marc Price, comedy is in his blood.

The longtime stand-up comedian and actor will be bringing his unique style of comedy to Sedona on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The show is presented by the Sedona International Film Festival.

Price comes from a long line of entertainers. His father was a stand-up comedian for many years while his grandfather was in vaudeville.

In the past weeks, the Sedona-Oak Creek School District’s strategic planning committee has doubled down on preparing its goals — and has stumbled upon layers of concerns from stakeholders before it can move forward.

Both committee members and district staff have brought up immediate obstacles to planning, such as the budget crisis and declining enrollment.

Past problems, including school consolidation, implementing new educational programs and miscommunication within the district, also linger.

Those seeking to be the newest member of the Sedona Fire District Governing Board will now have to wait a little longer to see who’s chosen.

Eight candidates were scheduled to be interviewed on Tuesday, Jan. 30, but as of press time a date to reschedule those interviews had not been chosen.

SFD attorney Bill Whittington said the decision to postpone the interviews was based on a concern of possibly violating
open meeting laws.

It’s been nine years since the city of Sedona’s Personnel Board last convened at the request of an employee.

So for most of the city department heads in the audience, as well as the board itself, the Wednesday, Jan. 31, hearing was a new experience.

Sedona Police officer Jim Pott, a 35-year law enforcement officer with 13 years with the Sedona Police Department, requested to appear before the board to dispute a demotion he received in late 2017 from sergeant to patrol officer. The action stemmed from an acknowledged and consensual affair he had for several months with police volunteer Sharleen Henderson.

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.

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