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Flagstaff mayor closes salons, says complaint unmerited

Mar. 28, 2020 12:35 AM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The mayor of Flagstaff said Friday that her decision to close nail salons and beauty parlors is not barred by the governor's order blocking cities from expanding his list of businesses that can't be shuttered to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Mayor Coral Evans said that Gov....

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2015, file photo, shows Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah. Zion National Park announced Monday, Marc h 23, 2020, it is closing its campgrounds and part of a popular trail called Angel's Landing that is often crowded with people. The top part of the hike that is being closed is bordered by steep drops and ascends some 1,500 feet (457 meters) above the southern Utah park's red-rock cliffs, offering sweeping views.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Appeals grow to close US national parks during pandemic

Mar. 27, 2020 5:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is sticking with its crowd-friendly waiver of entrance fees at national parks during the coronavirus pandemic, as managers at some parks try and fail to keep visitors a safe distance apart and communities appeal for a shutdown at other parks that are still open....

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020 file photo, Xinjun Zhang, of China, putts on the second green during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open PGA Tour golf event in Scottsdale, Ariz. Municipal leaders criticized Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Tuesday, March 24, 2020 over his decision to classify some businesses like golf courses as

Arizona mayors slam Ducey edict keeping golf courses open

Mar. 25, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Municipal leaders criticized Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Tuesday over his decision to classify some businesses like golf courses as “essential" during the coronavirus pandemic. Mayors of five different cities, including Tucson and Flagstaff, sent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey a letter saying...

FILE - In this May 21, 2011 file photo, tourists photograph Old Faithful erupting on schedule late in the afternoon in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. On Tuesday, March 24, 2020 the National Park Service announced that Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks would be closed until further notice, and no visitor access will be permitted to either park..(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Parks officials answer crowding with closures to fight virus

Mar. 24, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (AP) — Three of America's best-known national parks — Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Great Smoky Mountains — closed their gates Tuesday as parks struggle to keep popular recreation areas open while heeding warnings from officials urging them to prevent spreading the...

Relatives of Flagstaff boy plead not guilty in his death

Mar. 23, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The parents and grandmother of a 6-year-old Flagstaff boy charged with first-degree murder in his death have pleaded not guilty in the case. Elizabeth Archibeque, Anthony Martinez and Ann Martinez entered the pleas Monday in Coconino County Superior Court. The defendants appeared...

HOLD FOR USE WITH STORY MOVING THURSDAY, MARCH 19,2020-FILE - This Sept. 9, 2012 file photo shows the entrance to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe. Native American tribes across the U.S. for weeks have been shutting down casinos, hotels and tourist destinations, and shoring up services amid worries that the spread of the coronavirus quickly could overwhelm a chronically underfunded health care system and affect a population that suffers disproportionately from cancer, diabetes and some respiratory diseases. (AP Photo/Kristi Eaton, File)

Tribes take measures to slow spread of new coronavirus

Mar. 21, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Sharon Bahe has made her home on the Navajo Nation a refuge, placing cedar branches and burning sage to help purify the space and praying for protection for herself and her children home from boarding school and a toddler with severe asthma. Her community of about 500 in northern...

Arizona National Guard commander Major Gen. Michael McGuire, Gov. Doug Ducey, center, and Secretary of State Kimberly Yee pack food boxes at St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix Friday, March 20, 2020. The governor called out the Guard to help grocery stores restock shelves and went to the food bank to highlight shortages of donations and volunteers for charity operations triggered by the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)

Coronavirus cases in Arizona climb, first death reported

Mar. 20, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — About 200 members of the Arizona National Guard were activated to help with food distribution as daily life becomes increasingly restricted by efforts to contain the coronavirus in the state, where the first death from the disease was reported Friday evening. The first death in Arizona from...

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, serves meals to school children Thursday, March 19, 2020, outside Sunset Elementary School in Phoenix. With all state schools shut down due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, many districts are continuing their distribution of breakfast and lunch curbside to kids 18 and under. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona governor calls up National Guard, halts surgeries

Mar. 20, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday he's activating the National Guard to help grocery stores and food banks, halting elective surgeries and closing businesses in areas with known cases of COVID-19. Ducey intensified his response to the coronavirus outbreak under growing pressure from...

Danielle Kiechler, left, and Cathi Gouveia snowshoe above Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Washington state. Most national parks are remaining open during the outbreak of the new coronavirus, but many are closing visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants in hopes of containing its spread. Both women work at schools in Puyallup, Wash., that are currently closed due to the virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

National parks are free, but some oppose that amid the virus

Mar. 19, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Most national parks are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a pandemic, but despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult to enjoy them as parks close visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants to fight the spread of the...

Storm drops heavy snow on northern Arizona; backups on I-40

Mar. 19, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Plows were clearing roads on parts of northwest Arizona on the first day of spring after a storm dropped heavy snow and created backups on one major highway. The Arizona Department of Transportation said roads across the region were snowy and icy Thursday morning.and drivers were...