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Wildfire operations boss still on the job during retirement

Dec. 5, 2020 6:00 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Back home in Flagstaff, retirement resumed, Buck Wickham looks none the worse for wear. Another fire season will come, soon enough, and he will sure as heck be there once more in the midst of the action. But for now, Buck in winter is content to dust off his golf clubs, scratch his...

FILE - In this April 30, 2020, file photo, a sign for Navajo Drive is seen against a cloud-darkened Sentinel Mesa in Oljato-Monument Valley, Utah on the Navajo Reservation. Medical professionals serving the Navajo Nation made an urgent plea to residents Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, to stay home as coronavirus cases rise. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Medical officials serving Navajo make urgent plea: Stay home

Dec. 3, 2020 9:29 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Medical professionals serving the Navajo Nation made an urgent plea to residents Thursday to stay home as coronavirus cases rise, testing the limits of health care on the vast reservation. “If we don't stop COVID, we will run out of beds, we will run out of nurses, we will...

Survey: Some confusion about aspects of evacuation notices

Dec. 3, 2020 12:09 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A new survey found that many people in the Flagstaff area felt an emergency evacuation warning system widely used across Arizona is clear but that there's some confusion about specifics. The survey conducted by the Ecological Restoration Institute got nearly 800 responses and...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. Top prosecutors in the vast majority of Arizona counties are dropping all existing possession of marijuana cases even before a new voter-approved law eliminating criminal penalties for having small amounts of the drug takes effect when results of the Nov. 3, 2020 election are certified. An Associated Press survey of county attorneys received responses from 13 of 15 elected county attorneys, all of whom said they were either immediately dropping existing cases or in one case pausing prosecutions and planning to drop them when Proposition 207 goes into effect.  (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Arizona county prosecutors join in dropping pot charges

Nov. 29, 2020 12:10 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Top prosecutors in the vast majority of Arizona counties are dropping all existing possession of marijuana cases even before a new voter-approved law eliminating criminal penalties for having small amounts of the drug takes effect when results of the Nov. 3 election are certified. An...

In this photo provided by the Wyoming Migration Initiative, migratory elk cross Granite Creek in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, on May 19, 2018. Big-game animals have traveled the same routes across Western landscapes for millennia but scientists only recently have discovered precisely where they go in pursuit of the best places to spend summer or wait out winter. Now the U.S. Geological Survey has published a collection of migration maps based on the latest research using GPS tracking and statistical analysis techniques. (Gregory Nickerson/Wyoming Migration Initiative, University of Wyoming via AP)

New migration maps serve as tools to help big game in West

Nov. 26, 2020 11:36 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their ability to squeeze through a fence — a discovery made by scientists using wildlife GPS tracking techniques to map animal migrations in the West in...

Arizona urges Thanksgiving precautions against virus spread

Nov. 21, 2020 8:13 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Saturday reported 3,628 additional COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths amid increasing hospitalizations as health officials urged residents to take precautions during Thanksgiving gatherings to prevent infections. The Department of Health Services recommended holding Thanksgiving...

Arizona reports over 4K new virus cases for 2nd day in row

Nov. 20, 2020 8:24 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Four Democratic mayors called on Republican Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday to institute a statewide requirement for people to wear masks in public, a move that came as Arizona health officials reported over 4,000 additional known COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day as well as increased...

This photo provided by Carol Davis shows Cherilyn Yazzie speaking to a voter on Nov. 3, 2020, in the Navajo community of Dilkon in northeastern Arizona. Turnout on tribal land in northern Arizona surged this year, helping Joe Biden carry a state that hadn't gone to a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996. (Carol Davis via AP)

Native American votes helped secure Biden's win in Arizona

Nov. 19, 2020 3:13 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Voting rights advocates had long argued that if Native Americans and other minority groups were mobilized, they could be decisive in a tight race. This year proved that. Voter turnout on swaths of tribal land in Arizona surged compared with the 2016 presidential election, helping...

FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, people are tested in their in vehicles in Phoenix's western neighborhood of Maryvale with free COVID-19 tests. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered the state's hospitals, testing labs and other health care facilities to keep reporting detailed COVID-19 information. The move was made so state officials can gauge the spread of the outbreak and availability of hospital beds and resources. Ducey on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2020, extended the reporting requirement for 60 days. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Ducey extends Arizona order for reporting data on COVID-19

Nov. 12, 2020 2:40 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered Arizona hospitals, testing labs and other health care facilities to keep reporting detailed information about COVID-19 to the state so officials can gauge the spread of the coronavirus outbreak and availability of hospital beds and other resources. Ducey on...

Man who died in 400-foot fall at Utah lake was from Arizona

Nov. 10, 2020 9:49 PM EST

ESCALANTE, Utah (AP) — A man who died in an estimated 400-foot fall from Willow Gulch in the Escalante Arm of Lake Powell in Utah last month has been identified, authorities said Tuesday. Kane County Sheriff’s officials said the victim was 49-year-old Cory James Christensen and his last known...