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This Tuesday, July 28, 2020 photo shows mayoral candidate Clarinda Vail outside the lodge she manages in Tusayan, Ariz. About 240 residents of Tusayan are registered to vote in the primary election that will decide the mayoral race Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

Longtime Tusayan resident is leading in bid to oust mayor

Aug. 5, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A woman who has long opposed massive development in Tusayan on the outskirts of Grand Canyon National Park had a strong lead in the mayoral race. Clarinda Vail had nearly 60% of the vote from Tuesday's primary election in her bid to oust the current mayor, Craig Sanderson. But the...

The Latest: Shedd wins GOP nomination in 1st District

Aug. 5, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on Arizona's primary election (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Tiffany Shedd has won the Republican nomination to the 1st Congressional District. Shedd, an Eloy farmer, defeated Nolan Reidhead, a lawyer and Payson native who lives outside the district in Tucson. Republicans have...

Counties navigate restrictions on tribal land for primary

Aug. 3, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tents are going up on the Navajo Nation with hand-washing stations. One tribe has shortened the hours for voting. A ticketing system will let voters in eastern Arizona cast a ballot curbside or inside. The coronavirus has forced changes to the way people will vote in Tuesday's...

FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, Wanda Ahasteen stops by a memorial for a 6-year-old boy in Flagstaff, Ariz. Prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty against the family of the 6-year-old Flagstaff boy who was locked in a closet and died of starvation. The boy's parents and paternal grandmother have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, kidnapping and child abuse charges in the boy's death. An autopsy determined that Deshaun Martinez died of starvation in early March 2020. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP, File)

State won't seek death penalty in starved Flagstaff boy case

Aug. 3, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against the parents and grandmother of a 6-year-old Flagstaff boy who was locked in a closet and died of starvation, the Coconino County Attorney's Office said. The boy's parents, Elizabeth Archibeque and Anthony Martinez, and his...

A person is tested for the COVID-19 Coronavirus Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Cesar Chavez City Park in Phoenix. The two-week testing event is aimed at bringing tests to Phoenix's Laveen neighborhood, home to many Latinos and Blacks who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. Latino leaders say governments need to do more to communicate effectively with Hispanic communities to ensure people know where to get tested and encourage them to participate. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Latino leaders urge better promotion of free virus tests

Aug. 1, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — When some 45,000 coronavirus test kits went unused during a 12-day testing blitz in Phoenix's hardest-hit Latino neighborhoods, it was clear Arizona health officials failed to adequately spread the word to a community that's often distrustful of government. On the last day of testing in a...

Death of northern Arizona inmate under investigation

Jul. 31, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a northern Arizona inmate who refused medical attention and reportedly had a strange cut on his finger. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said Friday it is looking into the death of the inmate from the Coconino County Detention...

Ex-candidate charged with fraud on nominating petitions

Jul. 31, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A former Flagstaff mayoral candidate accused of forging petition signatures to appear on Tuesday’s primary ballot has been indicted on fraud and other charges. The indictment filed Thursday alleged Victor John Varela signed the names of six other people on his nominating...

This Tuesday, July 28, 2020 photo shows Tusayan, Ariz., Mayor Craig Sanderson posing outside the aircraft he flies for tours over the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. About 240 residents of Tusayan are registered to vote in the primary election that will decide the mayoral race Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

Incumbent mayor of tiny Arizona town faces longtime rival

Jul. 30, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) — Along a stretch of highway leading to the Grand Canyon, there's a hint of an upcoming election: hand-painted signs encourage voters to choose the candidate who says she'll represent everyone. Clarinda Vail is challenging the incumbent Mayor Craig Sanderson to oversee Tusayan —...

FILE - In a Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 file photo, a fence surrounds Havasupai Elementary School in Havasupai, Ariz. A lawsuit that accuses the federal government of failing to adequately provide for students on a small, isolated reservation in Arizona is set to go to trial in November. The lawsuit filed in 2017 seeks systematic reforms of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education, an agency that oversees more than 180 schools in nearly two dozen states but directly operates less than one-third of them.(Alden Woods/The Arizona Republic via AP,File)

Lawsuit seeks education reform at Native American schools

Jul. 24, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A lawsuit that accuses the federal government of failing to adequately provide for students on a small, isolated reservation in Arizona is set to go to trial in November. The lawsuit filed in 2017 seeks systematic reforms of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education, an agency that...

Mail delivery resumes in rural northern Arizona community

Jul. 22, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

MUNDS PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Mail delivery has resumed in a rural northern Arizona community after its only post office unexpectedly closed. The hundreds of people who live year-round in Munds Park were forced to travel about 40 miles (60 kilometers) round-trip to Flagstaff to get their mail after the doors to...