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The National Weather Service warned of excessive heat for areas below 4,000 feet throughout Northern Arizona over the weekend. Flagstaff, Cottonwood, Page and Winslow all set records this weekend.

Of course, given the amount of smoke in the air in Sedona and the Verde Valley due to nearby wildfires, “outside” was uncomfortable for all sorts of reasons.

A bad bill killed by the Arizona State Senate in March has resurfaced, passed and is now headed to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk.File photo/Larson Newspapers

In March, the senators voted 16-14 to kill House Bill 2447, which would deprive the public of their ability to read legal notices in their local newspapers. The bill would force the Arizona Corporation Commission, whose members are under fire from all sides for corruption, some facing court action for their illegal corporate ties to set up, fund and maintain a website to publish public notices.

Fire season is just around the corner and Sedona residents should strive to be more prepared than ever.This fire season may be the worst in years, according to Gov. Doug Ducey.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey warned state residents on April 13, that the 2016 fire season may be wilder and worse than ever due to heavy precipitation last fall and winter and a lack of regular natural wildfires to clear out all the new growth. This summer the state may lean toward a drought, he said, which means all that new fuel will be easier to burn.

This weekend, Verde Valley residents who visited the Cottonwood Recreation Center were shocked to discover a bevy of costumed characters — superheroes, antiheroes and supervillains. What was even more of shocker was that two rival universes, Marvel and DC Comics, managed to coexist in the same space without tearing our world apart.Kids get in on a wrestling card game at the first Verde Valley Comic Expo.

By all accounts, last week’s Presidential Preference Election was a mess.voting laws

While Yavapai and Coconino county voters didn’t see long lines at the polls, voters in Maricopa and Pima counties were in line for hours, a few not casting ballots until 11:30 p.m., more than four hours after polls official closed at 7 p.m.

As Arizona voters geared up for the Presidential Preference Election on Tuesday, Camp Verde voters were digesting the recent recall election targeting Vice Mayor Bruce George.Vice Mayor Bruce George

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