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News Roundup: Sedona Fire District responds to fire at one of their stations
Firefighter flown to burn center

SEDONA – Around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the Sedona Fire District responded to a reported structure fire at SFD Fire Station #5, according to a news release from District Fire Marshal Gary Johnson.

The fire station is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Indian Gardens.

Emergency crews located a fire on the back patio of the building, involving a portable BBQ, which had been extinguished by a Station #5 fire crewmember, said Johnson.

The release stated that a SFD firefighter was flown to Maricopa County Burn Center by air ambulance as a result of sustaining burn injuries.

An activated single sprinkler head, located just inside the building, helped to prevent the fire from spreading into the building, said Johnson.

Sedona Fire District said it will continue to provide uninterrupted emergency services to the Oak Creek Canyon area using existing resources.

ADOT warns of Halloween traffic; drivers should plan for Monday delays

PHOENIX – Halloween brings out more than ghosts and goblins said the Arizona Department of Transportation. When the spooky celebration falls on a weekday – this year it’s Monday – many commuters adjust their routines, leaving work early to get home for trick-or-treating and parties, according to a news release from ADOT. The result is often a wicked commute.

Given the potential for a cursed commute, the Arizona Department of Transportation recommends the following:

ADOT suggests making an earlier start in the afternoon to avoid the scariest traffic. Freeway traffic builds between 4-6 p.m. in what has come to be known as the “witching hour.” The release states to be patient and recognize that it may take longer to get home.

ADOT urges the public not to let their guard down when nearing their homes. Remember: superheroes, princesses, and too-old-to-be-trick-or-treating teenagers will be the crossing streets and might not be paying attention, stated the release.

Beginning Saturday morning and lasting through Halloween, ADOT’s overhead message boards statewide will display this safety message:

Failure to wear a seat belt is one of the leading factors in traffic deaths on Arizona’s state highways, county roads and city streets. In 2015, 29 percent of the 895 people killed in vehicle crashes in Arizona weren’t wearing seat belts, according to ADOT.

CAT to offer free rides Election Day to customers going to polls

COTTONWOOD – Cottonwood Area Transit (CAT) will offer free rides Nov. 8 to customers going to the polls to vote in the upcoming election.

All persons going to the polls will be required to show their Voter ID card to get the free ride to the polls. After voting, show the “I Voted” sticker to receive free rides for the rest of the day. This will be valid on all CAT Routes and ADA Service only. ADA riders should call the office no later than 5:00 p.m. Nov. 7 in order to book a ride to the polls on Tuesday.

CAT provides four fixed routes and ADA Paratransit serving Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Verde Villages and Verde Lynx commuter service between Cottonwood and Sedona.

CAT to operate on Veterans Day, provide rides to ADA, fixed route customers

COTTONWOOD – Cottonwood Area Transit (CAT) will operate regular service Nov. 11. All ADA and Fixed Route Services will be running for the Red Line, Blue Line, Yellow Line, Green Line, Paratransit, and Lynx. All veterans and active service personnel will ride free with proof of status. The CAT administrative offices will be closed on Veteran’s Day, as will the call center. Any ADA riders that want a ride on Friday or Monday are encouraged to call the CAT office no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 10. The CAT office will open at its usual time of 8 a.m. Nov.14. CAT offices may be contacted at 928-634-2287.

Newspaper seeks photos, stories from local veterans

The Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle newspapers are looking for photographs of Verde Valley veterans for inclusion in our Veteran’s Day special section, which will publish Friday Nov. 11, 2016.

Please email photographs to as large-format, high resolution jpeg attachments.

In addition, please send a story up to 100 words in length describing your military service to our country. Information must include your name, branch of military service, rank, years of service, connection to the Verde Valley and a summary of your military service.

Or, if you would prefer to mail or drop off a copy of your photograph and story, please use the following address: Salute to Veterans, The Verde Independent, 116 S. Main St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326; or the Camp Verde Bugle, 283 S. 3rd St. Camp Verde, AZ 86322.

Photographs and information need to be delivered to the newspaper before Friday, Nov. 4.

Blood Drive at Rainbow Acres

There is a Short Supply of Life Saving Blood. Please give blood and help save lives!

Please donate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Palmer Community Center at Rainbow Acres. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate. After you donate, you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of our ranch. Sample our fresh-baked cookies, coffee and juice.

To save time and make it easy on yourself, reserve your appointment by contacting United Blood Services at and entering “Rainbow Acres” as the sponsor code. You may also just drop in and fill out the necessary forms when you get there.

Rainbow Acres is located just two miles from I-17, off Middle Verde Road at 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road in Camp Verde.