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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.

    Letter to the Editor: Maybe we can make this a 'locals only' bridge

    If you look at any Village of Oak Creek street map you will see that there are two main roads that go to Sedona.  But, one of those roads need a bridge where there used to be a bridge.

    Letter: Sometimes you can’t have your cake and eat it too

    I have lived here for 18 years, and seeing how VOC is growing is both good and bad. Our recent meeting to discuss the Hilton was met with many who seem on one hand to want a new grocery store, apparel stores et., and yet are opposed to hotels coming in.

    Letter to the Editor: One way or another, we need another road

    The only reasonable solution is either access to West Sedona for locals via Verde Valley Road or create an access path via Beaver Creek.

    Open letter to Sedona-Oak Creek School Board

    By now the members of the Governing Board of SOCUSD are aware of a coalition of Big Park/Village Community (Village) parents, grandparents and concerned volunteers who have focused their efforts under the name of the Big Park Education Exploratory Committee (Committee) to open a school in our neighborhood.

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    Road, traffic update from Supervisor Garrison

    Since many VOCA members missed our last Board meeting, I thought it worthwhile to highlight a visit from County Supervisor Randy Garrison.

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    Let’s create a gardening community here

    Community gardens in urban areas provide many benefits to neighborhoods where everyone lives in apartments.

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    Dieter Lehman has Sedona spirit

    Steakhouse 89 is located In the former location of Barking Frog at 2620 W. SR 89A and last May we dined on wonderful halibut shortly after Dieter Lehman, a former Texas restaurateur, had purchased it.