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    Supervisor Garrison: No alternate route being considered at Red Rock Crossing

    Dist. 3 Yavapai County Supervisor Randy Garrison held a Town Hall meeting for the Big Park/Village of Oak Creek Community Oct. 11 and it was packed. Most were there to hear more about the rumors about an alternate route from the Village to Sedona being explored

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    Commentary: Big Park conversion to charter school a detriment to school district

    In the Oct. 1 issue of The Villager, David Gill, on behalf of the Big Park Education Exploratory Committee, advocated that the Sedona-Oak Creek School District lease the Big Park School to a charter school organization.

    Letter: 'Easy pass' system perfect for 'Locals Bridge'

    Regarding the “Locals Bridge” at Red Rock Crossing. I think that would be a great idea. It would be easy to monitor with the same technology that “easy pass” uses. Locals that want to use it would pay an annual fee to help maintain the system.

    Letter: Give locals a transmitter to allow bridge crossing

    I have avidly followed the continuing (vociferous) debate regarding the VOC residents and the horrific increase in tourist traffic which negatively impacts the lifestyle and safety of the VOC residents.

    Don't allow VOC to become victim of 'induced demand'

    In the Oct. 1 edition of The Villager, Bill Chameides was attacked and misrepresented, unfairly in my opinion. Ms Lovitt called some of his comments, about new roads increasing traffic, “unfounded and absurd."

    Letter: There must be better solutions than route on Verde Valley School Road

    I am writing as a very concerned homeowner along the Verde Valley School Road corridor in the Village of Oak Creek. My wife and I moved to VOC due to its small-town atmosphere, close proximity of needed commercial enterprises and lack of vehicle congestion.

    Letter: Stop allowing development to take priority over quality of life

    Reference Letter entitled: Every possible option to solve traffic woes deserves consideration: I would like to express my agreement with Ms. Ruthmary Lovitt.

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    Yavapai County news you can use

    The Village of Oak Creek/Big Park is an unincorporated city/town in Yavapai County so its governing authority is the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors. And since this area is part of District 3, the County Supervisor is Randy Garrison.

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    VOCA's success dependent on unified team effort

    It takes a village to run VOCA and many are involved. The collective effort of this team makes us the Village of Oakcreek Association.

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    Meet your Big Park Council Representative Jeff Swan

    Swan: I represent the Pine Valley Property Owners Association (PPVOA) which is a RAM. PPVOA formed as a result of the Pine Valley property owners dissolving the HOA. Membership is voluntary and currently stands at 58 households.

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    Jan Saunders: When mind and creativity combine

    For Jan Saunders mathematics was the first step but not the only step leading to her discovery of a love for art, all sorts of art which occupy her heart and mind and talents today.

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    It's all good at Rotten Johnny’s Wood-Fired Pizza Pie

    Since mid-July, Rotten Johnny’s Wood-Fired Pizza Pie establishment in The Collective has offered Villagers and visitors alike high-quality thin-crust pizza.

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    A sign of the times? Strong interest in Sedona Vista Village master sign program

    Sedona Vista Village Mall is not only getting a new makeover and new tenants, but it’s also getting new signs so you know the names of new businesses and restaurants coming soon and where to find them.

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    The Green Bag Project helps end hunger in Verde Valley

    With the closing of Yavapai Food Council, the oversight organization that brought the program to Arizona came together to support the continuation of the national food collection program.

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    Village area Litter Lifter volunteers urgently needed

    Keep Sedona Beautiful has played a key role in making sure litter is removed, adopting some 70 miles of our roads and highways.

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    Help patrol Coconino National Forest; need patrolers for Red Rock Mountain Bike Patrol

    The Red Rock Mountain Bike Patrol, a division of the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition, is looking for new volunteer patrollers to assist in Coconino Forest trail patrols throughout the Verde Valley.

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    Know your Village Library – a valuable, convenient resource

    Sedona Public Library in the Village is a unique library with an interesting history. If you’ve been a resident of the Village for a while, you may remember when library materials were returned to a box at Weber’s IGA.

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    ‘Days of Yore’ re-booted Learn more about this magical, mystical place we call home

    There’s a whole world of history to this area that relatively few people know. Here’s where you’ll learn all about the early days of Village of Oak Creek/Big Park (why the two names?) and all about the reconstruction of SR-179 running through the Village (our Main Street) and much more.

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    Villager father and son win National Footgolf Championship

    Village residents Carson Karuzas and Darrin Karuzas successfully defended their 2017 Footgolf Championship against more than 100 participants from all over the world.

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    Sedona Fire District gets a real lifesaver: Auto Pulse Device

    Did you know the number of people who die each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is roughly equivalent to the number who die from Alzheimers disease, assault with firearms, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes, HIV, house fires, motor vehicle accidents, prostate cancer and suicides combined. (source: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation)

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    2 teens in custody following arson, vandalism at Big Park School

    Officials estimate at least $1500 in damages

    Two teens were arrested after an estimated $1500 worth of criminal damage and arson was discovered at Big Park School in Village of Oak Creek last Wednesday, according to the Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office.

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    Keep Sedona Moving group takes action to curb SR179 traffic

    Keep Sedona Moving (KSM) is a grass roots organization formed by four Big Park/Village residents who, like a lot of their neighbors, are becoming increasingly disenchanted with the traffic congestion along Highway 179 and how it has eroded the quality of life they sought in Big Park.

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    2018 Election: Sedona Fire District

    One of the most important and scariest moments in our lives is when we have to dial 911. That’s when you want the Sedona Fire District Firemen & Emergency Medical Services to be fast and qualified with the best equipment and training to save your home, your property, your life.

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    Opinion: Collective working to find perfect retail fit for VOC

    As general manager of The Collective, it is my ultimate goal to give our community what they want and need. I hoped to find out that The Collective fit the criteria of each of the stores listed in The Villager Shopping Priorities Poll so I could get on the phone and start negotiations.

    Letter to the Editor: Every possible option to solve traffic woes deserves consideration

    The one statement from Bill Chameides that is true is “The VOC has a traffic problem.” His “experience” that has shown that new roads simply encourage more traffic is absolutely unfounded and absurd.