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Arizona history July 5-11

Jul. 1, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

Sunday, July 5 On this date in 1867, Andrew E. Douglass, astronomer and educator, who developed dendrochronology, the science of tree-ring dating, was born. On this date in 1917, four troops of the U.S. Cavalry and one machine gun troop were rushed to Globe when state authorities could not control the rising...

Arizona flags to fly at half-staff for fallen firefighters

Jun. 30, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags lowered at all state buildings Tuesday to honor the elite firefighters from Prescott who died in 2013 while battling a wildfire northwest of Phoenix. The 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were overcome after a change in wind direction pushed...

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey puts a face-covering back on after speaking about the latest coronavirus data at a news conference Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

Virus spike halts some elective surgeries, bar faces charge

Jun. 25, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Some Arizona hospitals halted elective surgeries Thursday and a Scottsdale nightclub faces what appears to be the first misdemeanor charge of failure to enforce social distancing polices as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases kept rising after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's decision to lift...

DNA leads to arrest in long-ago California rape cases

Jun. 17, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A man arrested in Arizona was charged Wednesday with committing a series of Southern California rapes and other crimes at gunpoint or knifepoint as long ago as 1996. Cold case investigators used DNA evidence to identify Darin Edward Cooke, 50, as the suspect, Riverside County...

5 juveniles accused of starting a wildfire in Yavapai County

May. 24, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

BAGDAD, Ariz. (AP) — Five juveniles are accused of starting a wildfire in Yavapai County that forced the evacuation of 150 homes, authorities said The fire burned 65 acres in the small town of Bagdad before being brought under control Friday. The juveniles were smoking despite a fire ban on the area when...

Yavapai County authorities dealing with a rash of overdoses

May. 22, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in north-central Arizona are dealing with a rash of drug overdoses with many ending in death. In a seven-month span beginning in October 2019, Prescott Valley police said there were 25 overdose calls with 10 deaths in Yavapai County. Since last month, they said...

Wildfire leads to 150 homes evacuated in small Arizona town

May. 21, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

BAGDAD, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire in the small town of Bagdad forced the evacuations of 150 homes Thursday and authorities said crews were trying to contain the 55-acre fire by sunset. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials said the fire began Thursday afternoon and its cause isn’t immediately...

Embry-Riddle to reopen Florida, Arizona campuses

May. 21, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will resume face-to-face instruction at residential campuses in Florida and Arizona on June 30, the school announced Thursday. The private aviation and aerospace university's board of trustees voted unanimously for the move, school officials...

Arizona history May 24-30

May. 20, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

Sunday, May 24 On this date in 1869, John Wesley Powell and his party began their historic exploration of the Colorado River. On this date in 1915, Arizona and California celebrated the opening of the new “Ocean to Ocean” highway bridge at Yuma. On this date in 1925, R.J. Jones of Phoenix, who owned...

Pandemic playing havoc with Arizona high school graduations

May. 17, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has played havoc with high school proms and graduations across Arizona, but some school administrators are devising backup plans. Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy, a small charter school in Prescott, is planning to a drive-in graduation ceremony for...