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Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels was a speaker at a 2019 CSPOA event and openly supports the nullification of certain laws or mandates.

AZCIR used criteria established by the Southern Poverty Law Center to identify Arizona “constitutional sheriffs” - a movement built around a radical ideology that the sheriff’s power within his or her county is superseded by no state or federal government entity. Read more»

'We’re used to being an afterthought,' said April Ignacio, founder of Indivisible Tohono, a grassroots group that focuses on federal and Arizona legislation that impacts the Tohono O’odham Nation..

Voters have a right to access voting information in a traditional language, but only seven Arizona counties are required to offer materials in an Indigenous language - and only five Indigenous languages are covered out of the 22 tribal nations in the state. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen of the Pima County Health Department talks to the press on the first case of monkeypox reported here.

Pima County reported its first case of monkeypox on Tuesday, with supplies of vaccines arriving soon for people who come into contact with the virus. The BA.5 variant of COVID is spreading quickly, officials said. Read more»

The Tunnel Fire burning northeast of Flagstaff on April 21, 2022.

Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a state of emergency in response to the Tunnel Fire in Coconino County that has currently burned more than 20,000 acres and has 0% containment. Read more»

Sen. Theresa Hatathlie, D-Coal Mine Canyon, accompanied by her brother, Freddie Hatathlie, is sworn into office by Chief Justice Robert Brutinel at the Arizona Senate on Jan. 10, 2022.

Less than two hours before the 2022 legislative session began, the Arizona Senate welcomed Theresa Hatathlie as its newest member. Read more»

Pima County Deputy Attorney Chris Straub was announced dead on Wednesday. He had been reported missing after he didn't return home from a fly fishing trip on Tuesday.

Chris Straub, a top staffer for the Pima County Attorney's Office for more than 30 years, was found dead a few miles north of Sedona by the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. Straub had gone fly fishing in Oak Creek Canyon on Tuesday but did not return that night. Read more»

1K, young California condor, leaves the release cage after receiving its wing tag, which will help biologists monitor its travels and health.

About 1,900 people watched online Saturday as, one-by-one, four young California condors flapped through a hole in their release cage to take to the skies above Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, casting shadows on the windswept rocks below. Read more»

Graham County reduced its COVID-19 transmission rates ot the point where it can be classified as being at moderate risk of transmission, a rating every county in Arizona has now reached, state officials said. 'Moderate' is the level at which certain businesses, like theaters, gyms and waterparks, can begin to reopen.

Arizona officials hailed a COVID-19 milestone Thursday, when the final county in the state crossed a coronavirus transmission threshold that lets some shuttered businesses begin the process of reopening. Read more»

Despite notices that people should maintain safe distances to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, even in the outdoors, critics of the National Park Service decision to keep many parks open say that is not happening. This March 21 photo shows hikers clustered together on Angels Landing at Zion National Park in Utah.

Arizona lawmakers joined local and tribal officials Tuesday calling on the Interior Department to reverse its “reckless” decision to keep Grand Canyon National Park open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

Native Americans are seeking more help from the federal government to fight COVID-19, even as the Navajo Nation and other tribes take steps to combat the disease themselves – including raising money to help vulnerable citizens and issuing shelter-in-place orders. Read more»

Residents of the Sunnyside neighborhood fill sandbags to prepare for possible flash flooding in the Museum Fire’s nearly 1,900-acre burn area.

Although rain has done much to damper the fire, there is a danger of flooding because the loss of vegetation leaves burned areas ripe for flash floods and heavy flows of ash, mud and debris. Read more»

The Grand Canyon park is the biggest, and neediest, of the 23 national parks and monuments in Arizona that had a combined maintenance backlog of $507.5 million in fiscal 2018, according to government data.

A Coconino County official urged lawmakers Tuesday to “make sure the federal government meets its responsibility” of maintaining national parks, which face almost $12 billion in needed upkeep – $313.8 million in the Grand Canyon alone. Read more»

Election officials in Arizona and across the country say it’s getting increasingly difficult to find people willing to spend Election Day as a poll worker.

Arizona election teams are working hard to find enough poll workers on Election Day, but it's a constant struggle. Read more»

The Navajo Nation, which occupies about 20 percent of Arizona’s land mass, doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.

The Diné Marriage Act, passed in 2005 by the Navajo Nation Council, defines marriage as between a man and a woman. But advocates say they hope tribal leaders will change their stance now that same-sex marriage is legal in Arizona, New Mexico and many other states. Read more» 1

A decades-old surveying error misplaced the boundary line of Coconino National Forest. When the government discovered the error, the new boundary line cut through some people’s homes.

It took a wildfire, three Congresses and years of work, but some Coconino County residents may soon be able to make their properties whole again. The Senate has approved a bill correcting a 50-year-old surveying error that had put some private homes in the national forest. Read more»

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