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Tunnel Fire northeast of Flagstaff 0% contained, Ducey declares state of emergency

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»

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Theresa Hatathlie sworn in as newest member of Arizona Senate

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

Worldwide endurance athletes use Flagstaff’s altitude as training tactic

Flagstaff, the home of Northern Arizona University, has an altitude of almost 7,000 feet, making it a prime spot for endurance training, not only for NAU athletes but for world class athletes from around the globe.... Read more»

Arizona tribes may get less voice in new congressional district

As the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission spent its second day adjusting lines on preliminary maps, Native American voters could find they have less say in who represents them in Arizona’s sprawling, northernmost congressional district.... Read more»

Diversity efforts garner praise as Az Historical Society achieves first national accreditation

The Arizona Historical Society now has the stamp of approval of the American Alliance of Museums, which recognized the group’s ability to change and remain relevant as it granted AHS's first-ever national accreditation.... Read more»

Fireworks still on tap despite 'crazy hot, potentially dry' July 4th

With the pandemic winding down, cities and towns across the state are looking toward a more typical Fourth of July this year – and typical in Arizona means balancing fireworks against the potential for wildfire. ... Read more»

Nonprofit Soldier’s Best Friend pairs rescues with veterans to become service dogs

Soldier’s Best Friend, an Arizona nonprofit, trains dogs to work with veterans with PTSD – or a combat-related traumatic brain injury – as service dogs. The organization either pairs the veteran with a dog adopted from a local shelter, or they train a dog already owned by the veteran.... Read more»

Struggles of Cave Creek district are emblematic of Arizona schools during COVID-19

Teacher retention issues in Cave Creek are being repeated in schools across Arizona and the U.S. as administrators, staff members, teachers, parents and especially students grapple with how to best learn during a pandemic. ... Read more»

Arizona universities prepare for fall semester amid spike in infections

With the start of classes barely six weeks away, University of Arizona administrators still don’t know what the return to campus for fall semester will look like — or if it will happen at all.... Read more»

Cattle damage to Arizona’s Verde River spurs legal action

It’s a tale of two rivers: The Verde, which flows south from near Flagstaff to metro Phoenix, and the San Pedro, which begins in Mexico and flows north to Winkelman.... Read more»

No pressing the flesh, but candidates learn to campaign under COVID-19

Candidates across Arizona and the nation have suspended rallies and in-person canvassing, and have their campaign staffers work from home because of the coronavirus. In addition to the challenge reaching voters, COVID-19 brings competition for financial donations and media attention.... Read more»

Gun control group to spend $5M on Arizona races in 2020

Gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety announced Tuesday that it will be spending $5 million in Arizona to try to back Democrats up and down the ballot, with a focus on the U.S. Senate race and winning control of the state legislature for the first time in nearly 60 years. ... Read more»

Arizona researchers intend to play key roles in defeating COVID-19

The Translational Genomics Research Institute announced the formation of the Arizona COVID-19 Genomics Union, dedicated to understanding the evolution and spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease.... Read more»

Prescott’s bid to draw more groundwater could threaten Verde River

The Verde River, one of the few perennial rivers in Arizona, is known for its fishing and recreation, but it also provides water to Prescott and metro Phoenix. With a growing population and new housing developments coming to Prescott, this water faces increasing demand that could threaten the river itself.... Read more»

Gun sales rose to record levels in March, as COVID-19 fears climbed

Arizona processed a record 82,771 background checks on would-be gun buyers in March, as fears of the coronavirus drove people to gun shops in what one shop owner called “panic time.” ... Read more»

Romero, other Az mayors press Ducey to issue 'Stay at Home' order

"The ever-increasing numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths serve as a stark indicator of what is to come if we do not take action now," Tucson's Regina Romero and the mayors of Phoenix, Flagstaff and other cities wrote to the governor.... Read more»

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