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Airman gets life in prison for death of Mennonite woman

Jan. 19, 2022 19:11 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Air Force airman will spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping a Mennonite woman from northwestern New Mexico, fatally shooting her and leaving her body in the freezing cold in a forest clearing hundreds of miles away. Mark Gooch, 22, was...

Coconino County to hire judge to help with backlog of cases

Jan. 17, 2022 14:17 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Coconino County is using federal relief funds to address a backlog of court cases that were delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The county anticipates spending $500,000 from its share of American Rescue Plan Act funding to hire a new judge and...

Suspect in Georgia double homicide is arrested in Arizona

Jan. 12, 2022 20:16 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A fugitive wanted in connection with a double homicide last week in Georgia has been arrested in northern Arizona, federal authorities said Wednesday. Officials with the U.S. Marshal Service said Joshua Sanders was arrested Wednesday afternoon at a bus...

Former Navajo president receives lifetime achievement award

Jan. 11, 2022 21:14 PM EST

TWIN ARROWS, Ariz. (AP) — Peterson Zah has never claimed to be an extraordinary Navajo, just a Navajo with extraordinary experiences. Those who gathered Tuesday to honor the former Navajo chairman and president at a tribal casino east of Flagstaff disagreed. They said Zah has...

Endangered Mexican gray wolf found dead in northern Arizona

Jan. 07, 2022 17:55 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An endangered Mexican gray wolf that had been roaming around northern Arizona has been found dead, federal officials confirmed Friday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the male wolf was killed sometime last weekend. Authorities said the incident is...

Coconino County supervisors fill a vacant seat in District 7

Jan. 07, 2022 00:08 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has appointed Theresa Hatathlie to fill a vacant seat in Legislative District 7. In a special session Thursday, the board voted unanimously to appoint Hatathlie, a Democrat. The seat was previously held...

Student absentee rates rise amid Arizona virus surge

Jan. 05, 2022 22:05 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Higher than normal student absentee rates were reported Wednesday in metro Phoenix, where many school districts resumed classes even as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surged across Arizona. Officials with the Cartwright Elementary School District that oversees...

Flagstaff hotel cancels pine cone drops due to virus threat

Dec. 30, 2021 11:27 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A popular New Year's Eve event normally attended by thousands in shoulder-to-shoulder conditions in downtown Flagstaff has been canceled again due to public health threats from the continuing coronavirus outbreak. The Weatherford Hotel said Wednesday it canceled the...

Hazardous driving conditions expected from Arizona storm

Dec. 30, 2021 10:08 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A storm is expected to produce hazardous driving conditions across much of Arizona beginning late Thursday and continuing into Saturday, forecasters said Thursday. Snow is expected in higher elevations, including at Flagstaff in northern Arizona and in...

Sentencing set for US airman convicted in teacher's killing

Dec. 28, 2021 15:36 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Air Force airman who was convicted of killing a Mennonite woman after kidnapping her in New Mexico and taking her to Arizona will be sentenced next month. An Arizona judge during a status hearing on Tuesday scheduled Mark Gooch’s sentencing for...