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    Celebration at Big Park Community School

    Everyone is invited to our 5th annual S.T.E.A.M. celebration!

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    KSB honors Villagers in annual Awards of Excellence

    The Village shone brightly this year at Keep Sedona Beautiful’s (KSB) annual Awards of Excellence, recognizing two Village of Oak Creek couples whose activities have contributed significantly to our community.

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    Oakcreek Country Club: 50 years old and going strong

    The Village of Oak Creek is fortunate to have one of the best golf courses in northern Arizona.

    Village/Big Park Food Neighbors Project needs you

    The sun shone brightly in every way at the February 10th Yavapai Food Neighbors Village Collection, and our small town again made a BIG difference in feeding our local hungry. Every food bank, Meals on Wheels and youth pantry in VOC and Sedona was once again fully supplied!

    Early start for Sedona Village Business Assn. 'Light Up the Village'

    The holidays may be over but the Sedona Village Business Association (SVBA) wants you to know it’s not too early to fire up your imaginative ideas for this November’s “Light Up The Village.”

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    Village People: Gosser’s World: music, bikes & respect

    You can bump into Chris Gosser at Absolute Bikes, where he’s been employed for the past two years. He’ll likely be interacting with customers while he works.

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    Meet Your Big Park Council Rep: Donald Beard

    I represent Cathedral View II, a residential area with 15 lots, 13 of which have been built on. A small group like we have makes it easy to have a very tight knit community. We work well together and are able to live in a very stable and pleasant environment.

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    Sedona Schnebly featured at KSB’s March 14 'Preserving the Wonder' speaker series

    Wednesday, March 14th, join Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) for an intimate glimpse into the life of our city’s founding mother as part of KSB’s popular Speaker Series.

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    A visit to the Clarkdale wineries

    The number of wineries in the Verde Valley continues to grow. The Dunnery decided to check out a few that we had not previously written about.

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    Technicolor Sedona: Clark Sheppard's paintings a color collage of Southwest

    “I've been living my dream in Sedona since 2004, “ exclaims Clark Sheppard, whose whimsical interpretations of Sedona and the Southwest light up homes, hotels, galleries and even a collection of former President George W. Bush who purchased the award-winning “Patriotic Longhorns.”

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    Commentary: It's time for enhanced accountability for Arizona charter schools

    The following commentary is the opinion of the author and not the opinion of The Villager/Verde Valley Newspapers, Inc.

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    Good news and not such good news

    With very poor state funding, sustaining public schools is more and more difficult

    Come on out and join us for a STEM night event for students and parents on March 8th from 5-6:30. Students will display some of the concepts students have learned in different grade levels and their applications.

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    Read Around Sedona reading project is back

    Sedona Public Library’s Read Around Sedona (RAS) community reading project is back after a successful inaugural program in 2017. The program is designed to encourage the entire community to read the same book and participate in events fostering a shared literary experience.

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    Jury scam takes another victim

    Late last year, a 42-year-old Prescott man contacted the Sheriff's Office to reported losing money in the 'jury warrant scam.' The victim had received a call purportedly from a deputy at the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and was told he had a $4000 warrant for his arrest because he was a no show for jury duty.

    Western Gateway: Extensive 27-mile trail system for hikers, equestrians, trail runners, mountain bikers

    Construction of the Western Gateway, a sustainable 27-mile multiuse trail system in the Coconino National Forest, will begin in fall 2018. The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition (VVCC), building upon its 2017 fundraising success, is establishing a $75,000 goal for the Western Gateway Trail Construction Project. Funds raised by VVCC will be used for trail construction only and leveraged with matching funds from other sources such as grants, raffles, direct mailers and online donations.

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    Women golfers look forward to 'fabulous' 2018

    The Oakcreek Country Club Women’s Golf Association (OCCWGA) is off to a great start for 2018, with a new slate of officers elected during the December membership meeting.

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    Festive open house offered by Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

    The Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock threw open their doors and their porch for a wonderful and generous open house event on Feb. 15, introducing Villagers and visitors alike to the hotel’s renovated Shadowrock restaurant, now featuring an oversized bar and expansive patio.

    Erase your climate impacts in 10 minutes

    It’s tax season, when we all compute what we owe the government. Why not also compute your household debt to the climate? It’ll take about 10 minutes to wipe out your entire annual greenhouse gases, and I bet it will cost a lot less than you think.

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    Big Park Council endorses trail maintenance vision

    The Big Park Regional Coordinating Council unanimously agreed at its Jan. 11 meeting to endorse a vision of community support for maintaining the area’s Red Rock trails.

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    Hikers: We have a new trail

    On a recent January morning about 40 volunteers, mostly Friends of the Forest members with Forest Service supervision, met at the Bell Rock Vista trailhead to begin construction of a new Forest Service trail.

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    Coatimundis: A rare area sighting

    Last November, my sister was walking with several friends along the trail at the V-Bar-V Heritage Site when they saw two strange-looking critters playing in the bushes nearby.

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    How tax reforms will take effect

    President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act into law on Dec. 22, 2017 and Jan. 1, some key details of the Internal Revenue Code abruptly changed.

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    Big Park Council hears presentations on jail sales tax, Red Rock trail maintenance

    The Big Park Regional Coordinating Council’s January meeting was also it’s Annual Meeting.

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    Meet your Big Park Council representative: Debbie Jones

    Who do you represent on Big Park Council and what kind of member is it: RAM (Residential), BOA (Business Owner) or EIM (Educational Institution)? Briefly describe its character or anything that makes it unique.

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    District faces funding challenges

    The Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District is facing extremely challenging budgetary issues. Enrollment in the district has steadily declined over the past 12 years, as employee costs have increased.