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Visitors packing Southwest's national forests pose problems

May. 30, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend saw crowds heading into the woods of northern Arizona’s Coconino National Forest. But that was also typical of other May weekends this year, as were the trash and dozens of abandoned campfires that visitors left behind creating health and safety...

Northern Arizona U president sees some cuts amid budget woes

May. 29, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Fewer than 100 positions at Northern Arizona University would be laid off in response to budget concerns and there would be no reductions in tenured or tenure-track faculty, the university president said. President Rita Cheng released a statement responding to a protest earlier in...

This February 2019 photo released by Erica Sauder shows Sasha Krause, who authorities say disappeared from a Mennonite community near Farmington, N.M, in January 2020. Her body was found more than a month later in the forest outside Flagstaff, Ariz. (Erica Sauder via AP)

Man charged in Mennonite woman's death grew up in the faith

May. 28, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a forest clearing outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Sasha Krause was found cold and stiff, with a bullet wound to the back of her head. She was face down beneath brush, wearing a gray dress, white coat and hiking shoes. Her hair was pinned in a bun and her hands bound by duct tape. Her...

In this April 27, 2019, photo, an aerial view shows the Canyon Mine near Tusayan, Ariz. A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups and a tribe in their bid to keep the mine near the Grand Canyon’s South Rim entrance from operating. (Scott Buffon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

Environmentalists lose bid to halt uranium mine in Arizona

May. 27, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups and a tribe in their bid to keep a uranium mine south of the Grand Canyon from operating. The Canyon Mine near the national park's South Rim entrance has been on standby for nearly 20 years. The company that owns it, Energy...

Arizona history May 31--June 6

May. 27, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

Sunday, May 31 On this date in 1910, the Maricopa Reservation was quarantined because of an outbreak of whooping cough and measles. On this date in 1923, Pipe Spring, a Mormon settlement, fort and site of the first telegraph station in Arizona territory, was made a national monument. On this date in 1929, Lady...

Company floats new proposal for hydropower on tribal land

May. 26, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Phoenix-based company that was eyeing the Little Colorado River for power generation is floating a new proposal that would rely on groundwater rather than surface water to make electricity. Pumped Hydro Storage LLC recently applied for a preliminary permit for a project adjacent...

Flagstaff district: 1-on-1 teaching vs virtual group classes

May. 24, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools across Arizona to rethink their teaching methods. Some schools turned to Zoom and virtual group teaching, but the Flagstaff Unified School District took a different approach. When the routine of sending kids off to school shattered, in came...

In this Monday, May 18, 2020 photo, visitors watch as Old Faithful erupts on the day the park partially reopened after a two-month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, at Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Officials at Yellowstone and other national parks plan to let tourists mostly police themselves and not intervene much to enforce social distancing. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

National parks hope visitors comply with virus measures

May. 24, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A man pets a wild bison on the head. Rescuers pull a treasure seeker from a snowy canyon. A woman taking photos stumbles into scalding water. Visitors to Yellowstone National Park often leave common sense and situational awareness at home, as those examples in the past year show. Now,...

Outbreak requires families to balance kids, work at home

May. 23, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — With schools and workplaces closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many Flagstaff families have spent the last months together around-the-clock as their households took on new roles as school, day care, office, gym and more — all at once — to get the family through...

Navajo Nation casinos remain closed amid COVID-19 pandemic

May. 20, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation's casinos will stay closed into next month, a decision that is in line with the tribe's partial government closure and a stay-at-home order for the reservation's residents. The tribe has three casinos in New Mexico near Farmington, Shiprock and Gallup, and one in...