Now in its 23rd year, the Sedona International Film Festival has continued to grow in popularity and size. And according to organizers, this year should be no exception.

“Things are coming along really well,” said Patrick Schweiss, who has served as executive director of the festival the last 13 years. “We’re at about 160 films from around the world and we just found out a few have been nominated for Academy Awards, so we’re very excited about that. And just yesterday we signed Robert DiNiro’s film, ‘The Comedian,’ which has an all-star cast.”

Crews from Sedona Fire District’s stations 3, 4 and 6 responded to a house fire on Monday, Jan. 30, in the Village of Oak Creek. Trucks arrived at 25 Creek Rock Circle within minutes to find the garage engulfed in flames.

The homeowners said they were home at the time of the fire and tried to put it out themselves, but the fire got out of control.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department responded to calls involving a bobcat Thursday, Jan. 12, after it attacked four people in separate incidents within 2.5 miles in the Sedona area.

The initial attack occurred at around 8:30 a.m. when a man was bitten and scratched by a bobcat sitting under his vehicle. Game and Fish and Sedona police officers attempted to locate the animal and at 2 p.m., they were alerted that three staff members at Los Abrigados Resort were attacked by a bobcat.

All good things must come to an end.

After more than 20 years in operation, merchants and board members decided to sunset the Sedona Main Street Program during a meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 12.

But instead of being disappointed, SMSP Vice President and longtime member John DiBattista said it should be looked upon not as the end of a program but rather a celebration of its achievements.

Yavapai Food Council has been helping those who are food insecure in a variety of ways and the numbers for 2016 are in.

Executive Director Amy Aossey sent out a report detailing the council’s accomplishments.

A total of 345,715 meals were distributed countywide. The nonprofit achieved this number working with volunteers in the community, faith-based organizations, schools and donors.

In an ironic twist of fate, on the same day the Sedona Fire District was performing a swiftwater rescue drill, just hours later they were assisting in the real thing.

On Friday, Jan. 6, SFD crews assisted those from Copper Canyon Fire District to rescue three individuals stranded in their vehicle in the middle of Beaver Creek near Camp Verde, SFD Battalion Chief Jayson Coil said. All three were pulled to safety.

Pass by the Clemenceau Plaza at the northwest corner of State Route 89A and S. Sixth Street in Cottonwood, and you might notice an uptick in activity.

Now in its fourth month in the historic plaza, Steps to Recovery Homes has fully opened its door to the community. Founders Damien and Anne Browning welcome applicants to its addiction recovery program and help train volunteers. At Miracles Happen, the nonprofit’s resale store two doors down, current and former participants in the recovery program sort, pick up, label and sell used items.

Those who visit Sedona City Hall will now see something new.

On Tuesday, Dec. 27, crews were busy installing 17 bronze statues through-out the campus for display. The statues came from Goldenstein Gallery, which is in the process of moving locations in Sedona but will continue to have satellite exhibits throughout town in the meantime.

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