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Munds Park residents concerned after only post office closes

Jul. 10, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

MUNDS PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Hundreds of residents, mostly senior citizens, living in a small rural town in northern Arizona have raised concerns after losing their only post office amid the coronavirus pandemic. The shuttered post office is in Munds Park, a small town about 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of...

This Sept. 26, 2018 photo provided by the Grand Canyon National Park shows a wastewater treatment plant at Phantom Ranch. People who hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon will have less options for overnight stays and for restrooms because of strains on the wastewater treatment plant.(Grand Canyon National Park via AP)

Options for overnight stays deep within Grand Canyon limited

Jul. 1, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People who hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon will have less options for overnight stays and for restrooms because of strains on a wastewater treatment plant. The plant at Phantom Ranch needs an overhaul because it doesn't meet current state requirements for effluent, park...

In this Thursday, June 25, 2020 photo provided by C.M. Clay, a sign alerts motorists that visitors are not allowed on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in eastern Arizona. The reservation, home to the White Mountain Apache Tribe, will be under lockdown this weekend to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. (C.M. Clay/White Mountain Apache Tribe via AP)

Hard-hit tribe takes strict steps as virus surges in Arizona

Jun. 27, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People in the deserts of Arizona flee to the White Mountains when the triple-digit heat is too much to bear, cooling off in the forest a few hours away. That worries a Native American tribe that calls the area home, as coronavirus infections and temperatures have both spiked in one...

Tuba City man arrested after girlfriend killed in Flagstaff

Jun. 24, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Tuba City man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend in Flagstaff, police said Wednesday. They said 29-year-old Justin Colorado was taken into custody without incident Tuesday night by Navajo Nation police in northeastern Arizona and he was...

Arizona history June 28-July 4

Jun. 24, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

Sunday, June 28 On this date in 1888, The Phoenix Herald announced the arrival of 16 ostriches, delivered to M.E. Clanton who was establishing a local ostrich farm. On this date in 1909, the Tucson Citizen reported that a masked bandit held up a street car at the main gate of the University of Arizona and took a...

Payson man apparently drowns; body recovered from reservoir

Jun. 23, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The body of a Payson man who apparently drowned in the Blue Ridge Reservoir in northern Arizona has been recovered. Coconino County Sheriff's officials said 32-year-old Austin Smith reportedly was swimming in the reservoir Sunday evening when he went under water near the boat ramp...

Keith Russell, program manager of urban conservation at Audubon Pennsylvania, lowers his binoculars while conducting a breeding bird census, at Wissahickon Valley Park Friday, June 5, 2020 in Philadelphia. (The viral video of a white woman targeting a Black bird watcher in New York's Central Park has renewed attention to how the great outdoors can often be far from great for Black people. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Black bird watchers draw attention to racial issues outdoors

Jun. 23, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

Jason Ward fell in love with birds at age 14 when he spotted a peregrine falcon outside the homeless shelter where he was staying with his family. The now 33-year-old Atlanta bird lover parlayed that passion into a YouTube series last year. One of the guests on his first episode of “Birds of North...

Brother pleads not guilty to aiding Arizona murder suspect

Jun. 22, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The brother of an Air Force airman charged in the death of a Sunday school teacher has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to hinder prosecution. Samuel Gooch entered the plea Monday in Coconino County Superior Court. Authorities have accused him of flying to Arizona from...

Grand Canyon rangers rescue overheated hikers, river runner

Jun. 22, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park rangers had to rescue e a river runner and several hikers who were overcome by the heat last weekend. On Saturday, Phantom Ranch rangers responded to a river runner experiencing heat illness and fatigue on a Colorado River trip. They said...

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, right, arrives to give an update on COVID-19 in Arizona during a news conference Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Phoenix. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

Phoenix mandates wearing masks amid surge of virus cases

Jun. 19, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Phoenix on Friday approved a measure requiring people to use face masks in public to ward off the spread of the coronavirus as Arizona hit an all-time high for new daily cases. In an emergency meeting called by Mayor Kate Gallego, the City Council voted 7-2 in favor of making...