The Sedona International Film Festival touted its largest year yet as it brought in soon-to-be Oscar winners, big name celebrities and a host of independent filmmakers for its 22nd year.
And for the past half-decade, the Sedona Welcomers have had a chance to go behind the scenes as its guest speaker, SIFF executive director Patrick Schweiss, dished the dirt.
In 1991, Sedona residents voted in favor of extending the franchise rights for Arizona Public Service and UNS Gas Inc. for 25 years.
This summer, the two utility companies are hoping residents will vote to do the same.
It’s been more than three weeks since a bomb threat rattled the nerves of staff and students at Sedona Red Rock High School.
But now that the incident is behind them, Principal Darrin Karuzas said it’s time to move forward.
At the beginning of the year, forecasters predicted a wetter-than-normal winter and spring, leaving first responders concerned about the potential for major flooding in the Verde Valley.
The projected El Niño — which was expected to bring higher-than-normal amounts of warm rain and thus early melting of snow in higher regions — never happened. Instead, it’s been one of the drier winters in many years, resulting in their concern shifting from flooding to wildfires.
As anyone who has met him knows, documentary filmmaker Ben Fama Jr. is not one to mince words when talking about the disastrous results of religious ideology.
“Some of the world’s problems unfortunately have to do with belief systems,” Fama said to the crowd gathered to hear him speak Thursday, April 21, at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus. “Why is it important to challenge these belief systems?”
After proudly serving the last 32 years as a firefighter, Scott Schwisow is quickly embracing his new title — retiree.
“It’s slowly sinking in,” he said hours before his official Sedona Fire District walking out ceremony. “It feels a little different after doing this for 32 years. There’s almost kind of a grieving process.”
It was news Sedona Vice Mayor Mark DiNunzio said he’ll never forget but something he later saw as a blessing in disguise.
In early April DiNunzio received a normal check-up from his doctor, who noticed that his blood pressure and cholesterol were much higher than normal.