Those driving in and around Sedona on Saturday, Feb. 4, may want to consider alternate routes or expect possible delays — especially in the morning hours.

That’s because the Sedona Marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K event, which begins at 9 a.m., will include several road closures.

The course begins on Dry Creek Road from Sedona onto Boynton Canyon Road and then onto Boynton Pass Road and returns the same route. Throughout most of the morning hours and into the late afternoon there will be signs indicating that runners are on the roadway, that the speed limit is 15 mph and to be prepared to stop.

Nearly four out of 10 sophomores at Sedona Red Rock High School do not feel safe at school, according to a survey of Arizona high school students.

Just 62.5 percent of SRRHS 10th-graders said they feel safe when they go to school, compared to 77.4 percent of sophomores throughout Arizona. On the other hand, among SRRHS seniors, 85.2 percent feel safe at school, compared to 77.3 percent of seniors in the state.

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.

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