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It’s been more than 20 years since Glenn Scarpelli donned his acting hat. But after dusting it off, he said it was like riding a bike — albeit one that has sat out in the rain for a while.

“There was a little bit of rust, especially when it came to learning my lines. That’s a muscle I haven’t used in a while,” he said, laughing. “But once I got up and going, I never felt more like my true self. I love acting more than anything else in life.”

While kids his age were learning to color within the lines, Tom Fish was quickly displaying an artistic talent far beyond his years.

“I think it started in kindergarten but even before that I was drawing pictures of my favorite stuffed animals,” he said. “I then started drawing animals like raccoons and then copying my favorite Saturday morning cartoons.

With more than 1,200 films to choose from, Sedona International Film Festival Executive Director Patrick Schweiss said it’s both a blessing and a bit of a curse — especially when it comes time to narrow down the field.

“This has become a very competitive festival,” Schweiss said. “Even after narrowing it down, we still had to turn away 60 to 80 really great films. We could have done a whole other festival. As it was, I did have to add a few additional time slots.”

Before opening for business Wednesday, Jan. 27, one or more individuals entered Cottonwood Bank of America through the rear door of the building and removed approximately $350,000 from the bank.

The event occurred less than two weeks after an armed robbery occurred at Chase Bank in Camp Verde.

A Cottonwood man was among those arrested by Oregon State Police Tuesday, Jan. 26, in relation to the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge buildings.

Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, 45, of Cottonwood, was arrested Jan. 26 by Oregon State Police without incident at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday near Bend, Ore.

Regarding a recent story of Yavapai College President Penny Wills’ salary increases, Yavapai College District Governing Board member Deb McCasland said that Wills is currently being paid $270,000 per year.

With questions such as “What’s wrong with the current system?” “If it’s not broke, why fix it?” and “What happened to free enterprise?” residents had their first public opportunity to express their feelings about the possibility of Sedona becoming a single trash-hauler town.

It’s time to run the red rocks.

Training time has ended for the Sedona Marathon Event, which returns to its classic, full course for its 11th year Saturday, Feb. 6, beginning at 9 a.m.

It’s no secret that the biggest generator of funds for the city of Sedona is tourism. But for years, city councils have been looking at a way to diversify that funding.

The current council is no exception.

The members of SedonaKind have no intention of leaving Valentine’s Day to Hallmark — they’re hearkening back to the 18th century in order to make the holiday special for Sedona residents.

Sedona Red Rock High School recently performed well at the Arizona Music Educators Association High School All-Region Orchestra Auditions, held at Coconino High School in Flagstaff.

Senior Cosmo Illenberger especially stood out at the performance.

A group of women mountain bikers is traveling to Nepal to help earthquake disaster relief, making a documentary in the process.

They will be starting their filming at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, March 4 through 6. Shortly after, they will fly to Nepal to begin their efforts in earnest.

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