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Helicopter could limit visitors at Flagstaff-area monument

Sep. 19, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter delivering material to widen a trail at a national monument near Flagstaff could lead to temporary closures. Weather conditions kept the helicopter from flying Thursday at Walnut Canyon National Monument when it was scheduled to deliver rock and other material below the...

Coconino County jail inmate likely died from ulcer disease

Sep. 18, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An autopsy shows that an inmate at a Coconino County jail likely died from peptic ulcer disease. The county Medical Examiner's Office lists the manner of death for 63-year-old Floyd Jackson as natural. Medical staff at the jail were examining Jackson in his cell Sunday morning when...

Today in Arizona History

Sep. 18, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Sept. 22 On this date in 1554, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, his fortune lost in the vain search for the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola, died. On this date in 1917, the Nogales jail overflowed with prisoners as draft dodgers from many states were trapped in that border city. On this...

Forest Service seeks bids to thin dense stands of trees

Sep. 17, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service, faced with the slow pace of forest thinning, is seeking proposals to remove dense stands of trees in a wide swath of Arizona to help prevent wildfires. The work is part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, the largest project of its kind within the...

63-year-old inmate in Coconino County jail dies

Sep. 16, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An inmate at a Coconino County jail has died. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office says medical staff at the jail were examining 63-year-old Floyd Jackson in his cell Sunday morning when he became unresponsive. Authorities say they began administering CPR and other lifesaving...

Panel nominates 4 to fill Arizona Court of Appeals vacancy

Sep. 13, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Coconino County Attorney William Ring is among a state panel's four nominees for appointment to fill a Court of Appeals vacancy. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments recommended the four nominees to Gov. Doug Ducey to appoint a replacement for Judge Jon W. Thompson. He died in...

Officials: Spark from rock strike likely caused wildfire

Sep. 12, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An excavator used to clear out parts of a northern Arizona forest to help prevent wildfires struck a rock, likely sparking a blaze that forced the evacuation of two dozen homes this summer, authorities said Thursday. The excavator was working on steep slopes near Flagstaff in late...

Man from United Kingdom dies in Arizona skydiving crash

Sep. 10, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) — A man from the United Kingdom has died in a skydiving crash at a small Arizona airport near Grand Canyon National Park, authorities said. Coconino County sheriff's officials, who identified the man Tuesday as 55-year-old Christopher Swales, got a call Sunday about two men injured...

Italian company asks to access land near Grand Canyon

Sep. 8, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Italian real estate company that has long eyed development outside the Grand Canyon's South Rim again is seeking permission to improve forest roads and run utilities to its property in the tiny town of Tusayan. Stilo Development Group USA and Tusayan asked the U.S. Forest Service...

Flagstaff district scrambles to resolve cybersecurity issue

Sep. 7, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Flagstaff Unified School District officials worked over the weekend to try to resolve a cybersecurity issue that forced all schools to close Thursday and Friday. Officials said Saturday on the district's website and on Facebook that they expected to announce Sunday whether schools...