Great Circle Media Online - On Air - On Site Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:22:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Great Circle Media 32 32 110354685 Coconino County Sheriff’s Officials Investigating An Accident And Home Invasion In Doney Park Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:22:09 +0000 Continued]]> The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a crash and an altercation at a home Monday night in Doney Park. At least two people were involved in incidents that may be connected in the area of Slayton Ranch Road. The Sheriff’s Office received two separate 911 calls within minutes of each other. The first call was to report of a truck that crashed, then a few minutes later there was a call of a home invasion and assault at a nearby home. A gun was fired inside the home, but there are no indications that anyone was hit. One person was treated and released from Flagstaff Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries that happened during the altercation. It appears those involved knew each other and officials have determined this wasn’t a random act of violence. The case is still under investigation.

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A Major International Hotel Chain Could Build A Hotel And Headquarters In Flagstaff Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:24:53 +0000 Continued]]> A major international hotel chain is making a play to build a hotel and a headquarters complex near the Flagstaff Airport. The Flagstaff City Council will discuss at a future executive session about the sale of land to the company that would build the complex. Mayor Jerry Nabours says the hotel would be a teaching hotel in conjunction with hotel and restaurant management students from NAU to work in the hotel for on the job training. Their U.S. corporate offices would also be located in Flagstaff as well. There’s no word on the name of hotel chain or how much they will buy the property for.

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Three-Car Accident Creates Traffic Nightmare On Highway 89 Tuesday Morning Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:03:37 +0000 Continued]]> There was a three car accident on Highway 89 Tuesday morning that created a traffic nightmare for some. The accident took place at the Safeway Plaza exit near the Flagstaff Mall. The wreck caused about a four to five mile back up on Highway 89 for some time. There’s no word on what caused the accident or if there was any injuries.

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Mayoral, City Council Candidates Had A Spirited Debate Monday Night At The Mayor Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:10:55 +0000 Continued]]> Monday night was the first of two debates this week regarding the Flagstaff mayoral and city candidate races. Last night was the KAFF News Town Hall Debate that took place at The Mayor restaurant just north of NAU on San Francisco Street. A full patio lobbed questions at both Mayor Jerry Nabours and mayoral candidate and city councilwoman Coral Evans in the first segment regarding housing, traffic and the future of Flagstaff. It was then the city council candidates turn in the second segment, which started with the minimum wage initiative that is on the November ballot. The candidates received many questions from the public during the event. Wednesday night is the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce debate starting at 5:30 p.m. at Little America.

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A Man Was Injured In A Motorcycle Accident In Prescott Monday Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:48:18 +0000 Continued]]> One person was injured in a motorcycle accident in Prescott yesterday. Fire crews responded to the intersection of Willow Creek Road and College Heights at around 2:40 p.m. They found a male in his 60s with significant injuries. Witnesses told officials the man was on his motorcycle when his failed to stop and hit a car that was in front of him. The accident sent the man off the bike and into the curb. He was wearing an open faced helmet at the time of the accident. The man was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment. The accident is under investigation.

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Flagstaff Has Received Nearly Ten Inches Of Rain So Far This Monsoon Season Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:31:05 +0000 Continued]]> This year’s monsoon season has been one for the record books so far this season. The National Weather Service says from June 15th through Sunday, the Flagstaff Airport has received 9.87 inches of rain, which is more the four inches above normal. It’s the sixth wettest Monsoon season for Flagstaff on record. At the Sundog Water Plant in Prescott, they’ve received 10.59 inches of rain which is nearly five inches above normal for a typical Monsoon season, which is the eighth wettest for them. Wupatki National Monument has had a wet season as well as they’ve seen just over seven inches of rain this year, when their normal is two-and-three-quarters of an inch. We should expect a return of Monsoon storms by Wednesday.

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Morning Accident Clogs I-40 Eastbound On Ramp In Flagstaff Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:46:24 +0000 Continued]]> An accident this morning on the Interstate-17, Interstate-40 transition made travel a little tough. A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on the ramp coming off of northbound I-17 onto eastbound 1-40 in Flagstaff at around 9 a.m. The man who was hit was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center with serious injuries. There’s no word on why the man was walking on the ramp or the condition of the driver.

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NAU Football Ready To Open The Season Saturday Against Arizona State Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:50:53 +0000 Continued]]> It’s game week for the NAU football team. The Lumberjacks begin the 2016 season ranked 18th in the country in the STATS FCS Preseason Top-25 poll and will head to Tempe to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday. It will be ASU’s rechristening of Sun Devil Stadium after a large renovation in the offseason. The Jacks return last year’s FCS Freshman of the Year in quarterback Case Cookus and a potent offense. The game will kickoff at 7:45 Saturday, with the pregame show starting at 6:45 on Hits 106 in Flagstaff and 97.9 The Eagle Rocks in Prescott with the Voice of the Lumberjacks Mitch Strohman and Kevin Stephens.

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Neighborhood Liaison Hired To Go Between NAU And The City Of Flagstaff Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:52:56 +0000 Continued]]> A “neighborhood liaison” has been hired to provide a method of communication between Northern Arizona University and the City of Flagstaff. The city announced Friday that Karissa Morgan will be the first person to be the Assistant Director for Off Campus Life and Community Liaison Programs. Morgan is currently the Senior Coordinator of New Student Programs at Arizona State University. She graduated with a masters degree in student affairs in higher education at Texas State University and will work directly with residents, students and neighborhood associations and provide additional opportunities for collaboration between NAU and the city. Morgan will begin her new role on October Third.

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First Hail, Then Snow Dusts The San Francisco Peaks Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:49:20 +0000 Continued]]> It’s been a strange few days weatherwise in Northern Arizona. Friday afternoon a severe storm dumped heavy rain and hail in Flagstaff and the San Francisco Peaks. Then overnight Friday into Saturday, a dusting of snow fell up on the Peaks. Late August is a bit early for snow, but it may be a sign of things to come. The Farmers Almanac and other weather prognosticators are calling for a tough winter ahead. Whether that comes true or not remains to be seen.

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Flash Flood Watch In Effect Through Saturday Night Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:12:01 +0000 Continued]]> A flash flood watch is in effect for most of Northern Arizona, including Flagstaff and Prescott, through tonight. The National Weather Service says a weather disturbance will help trigger slow moving storms that could bring heavy rain, frequent lightning and flash floods. If you are near a creek or wash and encounter a severe storm, move to higher ground. Also, do not cross flooded creeks or washes. If you become stuck, you could be cited under Arizona’s Stupid Motorist Law.

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Coconino Wins In Overtime, Flagstaff Loses In A Heartbreaker In Season Openers Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:40:40 +0000 Continued]]> Both the Flagstaff Eagles and the Coconino Panthers opened their 2016 high school football seasons Friday night. The Panthers traveled to Page to take on the Sand Devils. Coconino trailed for most of the game, until a late touchdown forced overtime. Coconino kicker Christian Casados nailed a 22-yard field goal to win the game 15-12. The Eagles had a wild game in the Flagstaff Kickoff Classic against the Coronado Dons. Tim Dana scored three touchdowns, one on defense with an interception return for a touchdown. But it was not enough as the Eagles fell to Coronado 51-50 after the Dons scored a touchdown with 12-seconds left to play. However, it’s the most points Flagstaff has scored in a game since week one of the 2013 season. Next week, the Panthers host the Greenway Demons, while the Eagles stay home and take on the Youngker Roughriders in the Skydome.

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Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours Elected Chairman Of GAMA Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:43:45 +0000 Continued]]> Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours has been elected the chairman of the Greater Arizona Mayors Association. GAMA consists of 17 cities north of Phoenix from Holbrook to Lake Havasu City and includes the Verde Valley, Prescott and Page. The group provides a forum for the advancement of the common interests of its members. Nabours was elected to the position in conjunction with the League of Arizona Cities and Towns annual meeting in Phoenix.

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Gas Prices Up In Arizona, Unchanged In Northern Arizona Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:35:18 +0000 Continued]]> Gas prices went up across the state this week, except for Northern Arizona. Triple-A Arizona says the average price of gas went up four cents a gallon to $2.07. In Flagstaff, gas was unchanged and stayed put at $2.37 a gallon on average, but there are stations selling gas for $2.15 and lower. In the Prescott area, gas prices went down two-tenths of a cent to $2.22 a gallon on average. Officials say gas prices rose due to refinery issues in the Gulf of Mexico and because of the flooding in Louisiana. Crude oil prices have also spiked 20-percent this month, which has also led to the rise.

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Two Arrested On Drug Charges In Prescott Fri, 26 Aug 2016 02:37:13 +0000 Continued]]> Two people are in jail after they were arrested for selling meth and heroin from their Prescott home. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say 47-year-old Rebecca Saiz and 24-year-old Michael Pace were taken into custody Wednesday morning at their home in the one-thousand block of Opal Drive, after members of the Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking unit found drugs, drug paraphernalia and two stolen hand guns. Saiz was arrested without problem, but Pace tried to run from the home, but was tased by a deputy. Detectives also found three stolen bicycles in the home. They were both booked on multiple drug and weapons charges, Pace was also booked on a probation warrant. They are both being held at the Camp Verde Detention Center. The case remains under investigation.

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Surprise Man Killed In A Prescott Valley Accident Fri, 26 Aug 2016 02:08:19 +0000 Continued]]> A young man from Surprise was killed in an accident on Fain Road in Prescott Valley Wednesday night. Police say the crash took place at 9:40 p.m. near Robert Road where a Ford Explorer driven by a 47-year-old Cottonwood woman was rear-ended by a 20-year-old man driving a red Kia. Investigators say both vehicles were headed in the same direction on Fain Road when the crash happened. The man was not wearing a seat belt and died from his injuries. The woman was wearing a seat belt and suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center. The accident remains under investigation.

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Coconino County Health Officials Warn People About Mosquitos Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:03:59 +0000 Continued]]> Coconino County health officials are reminding residents and visitors to Northern Arizona to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito-borne illnesses. With all of the rain we’ve seen this Monsoon season, it has also increased the mosquito population. County health crews traps and tests the insect regularly to determine if diseases are present. With mosquitos known to carry West Nile virus and Zika, it’s good to protect yourself while in high-mosquito areas. Use mosquito repellent, wear long sleeve shirts and long pants, as well as socks and shoes. Also mosquito-proof your home by using screens on windows and doors. These preventative measures should be in place until cold weather returns. For more information, contact the Coconino County Public Health Services District.

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Northern Arizona Suns To Hold Open Tryouts Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:12:10 +0000 Continued]]> If you have dreams of playing professional basketball, this may be your chance to shine. The Northern Arizona Suns have announced they will conduct open tryouts at the Prescott Valley Event Center Saturday, October 8th. They will also conduct a tryout in Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort Arena on September 18th. Last season when the team was in Bakersfield, four players were selected to attend training camp from these tryouts. For more information log onto

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Old Walgreens Distribution Center In Flagstaff To House Multiple Businesses Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:09:02 +0000 Continued]]> The future is taking shape for the old Walgreen’s distribution center in Flagstaff. Harrison Properties recently purchased the nearly 400-thousand square-foot building. City councilman Jeff Oravits says the building will be spit up between two or three spaces geared towards warehouse, distribution or light industrial space. He says a tire distributor has rented some of the outdoor space already. Workers are currently removing old shelving, equipment and other items left behind by Walgreens. The clean-up and rebuilding process on the facility will take three-to-four months until businesses will be able to move in. The addition of multiple businesses at the complex could mean bringing many more jobs to Flagstaff.

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New NAU Arena In “Early Discussions” Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:22:07 +0000 Continued]]> Construction across the Northern Arizona University campus is ongoing, with the building of more student housing and other projects. As future projects continue to be planned, is one of them a future multi-purpose arena for the basketball program? NAU President Rita Cheng told KAFF News “we’ve had some early discussions about a performance center, that would include a new basketball arena.” She said the building would also include laboratory and classroom spaces for the physical therapy, nutrition and other programs. There are no details about what such a complex would look like. The men’s and women’s basketball programs have played in the Skydome since the building opened in 1977.

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NAU Men’s Basketball Releases 2016-17 Schedule Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:17:23 +0000 Continued]]> NAU Athletics released the 2016-17 regular season schedule for the men’s basketball team Wednesday. The Lumberjacks have a competitive schedule, but one with not a lot of long trips like in past years. NAU will play the Washington Huskies, UTEP Miners and UNLV on the road and will welcome to Flagstaff, San Diego and 2016 NCAA Tournament teams Arkansas-Little Rock and CSU-Bakersfield. NAU will open the season on the road with three games in Santa Clara, California. They will begin their season at Santa Clara November 11th. The Jacks will open their Big Sky season at home New Year’s Eve Day against Southern Utah.

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Cottonwood Police Looking For A Woman Arrested Last Year On Drug Charges Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:25:35 +0000 Continued]]> The Cottonwood Police Department is looking for a woman who was released on bond after she was arrested last year on drug charges. Officials say Summer Strawberry-Rose Sizelove was supposed to appear in court earlier this month but failed to show up to a court date. She was arrested in July of 2015 for multiple sales of meth and heroin. Sizelove has ties to the Verde Valley area and in Phoenix. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Cottonwood Police Department or Yavapai Silent Witness.

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Navajo Man Sentenced To 19 Years In Prison After Pleading Guilty Of Child Molestation Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:12:53 +0000 Continued]]> A Navajo man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison after he was convicted of child molestation. A U.S. District Judge sentenced 53-year-old Raymond Tsosie of Burnside in a Phoenix court today. Tsosie pleaded guilty on one count of abusive sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 years old. Tsosie was arrested for sexually abusing three girls ages five, eight and nine year old in 2014 on the Navajo Reservation. After he is released from prison, he will have 20 years of supervised probation and will have to register as a sex offender.

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NAU Students Move Back On Campus Thursday Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:50:50 +0000 Continued]]> NAU students are moving in tomorrow in earnest, but some have trickled in this week. Some will be coming to NAU for their first year in college. Last year there were over five-thousand new students on the Flagstaff campus, with another five-thousand and more set to come in this year. However some live on campus and others choose to live off campus. Either way, traffic around campus is sure to be busy tomorrow, so if you travel around campus or on Milton Road you may want to plan some extra travel time into your day to account for move-in day. First day of classes at NAU start next Monday.

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Environmental Group Brings Grand Canyon Mining Awareness To Flagstaff Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:58:49 +0000 Continued]]> A group from Environment Arizona conducted a gathering today at Flagstaff City Hall to express their opinion that mining in the Grand Canyon should be kept dormant for now and years to come. The group put on the event as the National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday tomorrow. The group was joined by Coconino County Supervisor Art Babbott, who along with Environment Arizona supports the Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument proposal. The proposal would preserve the canyon’s many native and cultural assets. The group celebrates the occasion and urges the federal government to permanently protect the Grand Canyon from future uranium mining that could take place.

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The Fatal Shooting Of An Armed Prescott Man By A YCSO Deputy Has Been Deemed Justified Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:32:57 +0000 Continued]]> The shooting of an armed man in Prescott last year has been ruled justified. Sheriff’s officials say 45-year-old Arthur Edward Bates fired gunshots outside his home toward neighbor’s homes in Prescott last August. Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in the 43-hundred block of West Marlo Drive by Bates’s wife, who feared for her life. As deputies arrived, one of the officers was able to get the man’s wife from the house safely. She told officials Arthur went inside to reloaded his gun and said he was suicidal. Deputies approached the house as the suspect continued to fire rounds into the neighborhood. They tried negotiating with the man, but the suspect ignored the orders and began walking toward the deputies while firing. Deputy Ethan Stover, fearing for his life and others, fatally shot the man. No one else was injured in the exchange. Body cam footage showed how the incident unfolded.

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Flagstaff Police Arrest Homicide Suspect From San Francisco Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:04:37 +0000 Continued]]> Officers with the Flagstaff Police Department arrested a homicide suspect from San Francisco on Tuesday. Police received a call from the District Attorney’s office in San Francisco, saying they believed 19-year-old Sahmanntha Rundstrom was in Flagstaff and she was wanted in connection with a crime there back on May 24th. The investigator told police she posted on Facebook that she broke down and she was stuck in town. An officer recalled investigating a complaint of a woman camping behind the dumpsters on South Milton Road and was panhandling throughout the city for money. She told the officer she was Shauntilley Lace Rundstrom. The investigator told police she was the person they had been looking for. Rundstrom was then located camping in a wooded area near Harold Ranch Road and was taken into custody on the warrant from California. She has been booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility.

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Playground Built In The Memory Of Kayla Mueller Opens Saturday Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:23:22 +0000 Continued]]> A playground built in the memory of Prescott-native Kayla Mueller will open this weekend. Kayla’s Hands Playground will open during a public ceremony Saturday. Numerous officials are expected to attend, including Senator John McCain. Mueller was being held captive by the terrorist group ISIS and was killed in February of 2015. She was taken hostage in August of 2013 after leaving a hospital in Syria. Mueller was a graduate of Tri-City Prep and NAU. The park was built by the Kiwanis Club of Prescott and features many play areas for kids six through 12 years old. Some of the equipment will be accessible for kids with physical disabilities. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and the park is located at Pioneer Park at 12-hundred Commercial Drive.

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Northern Arizona Suns To Open Inaugural Season At Home Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:01:10 +0000 Continued]]> The Northern Arizona Suns will open their inaugural season at home at the Prescott Valley Event Center. The team announced their 2016-17 season yesterday. The Suns will take on the Iowa Energy Saturday, November 12th at 7 p.m. Iowa is the D-league affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies. The Suns will be home four of their first six games of the season. The Phoenix Suns will hold training camp in Flagstaff starting Tuesday, September 27th.

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Two Rescued From Flooded Area In Humboldt Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:41:41 +0000 Continued]]> Two people were rescued Monday after a car got stuck at a flooded crossing in Humboldt. A swift water crew from Central Arizona Fire and Medical were able to remove the two women from the car without incident. The rescue took place at around 3 p.m. at Agua Fria Ranch Road and Winding View. Law enforcement officials remind drivers to obey crossings and signs when washes and streams are flooded. If you cross them and get stuck, you could violate Arizona’s Stupid Motorist Law.

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Man Arrested In A Family Fight In The Village Of Oak Creek Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:28:22 +0000 Continued]]> A man is in jail after a family fight in the Village of Oak Creek over the weekend. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials went to an apartment at 70 Bell Rock Boulevard at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday after a call from a woman who said her brother attacked her husband with a screwdriver. When deputies arrived, they found 22-year-old Erasmo Nevarez being held down by family members after he attacked a 27-year-old man. Deputies found the victim with significant stab wounds after he was attacked by Nevarez. Three kids were in the apartment at the time of the attack. It isn’t known what caused the attack, but Nevarez was suffering from several medical issues recently and is easy to anger. The victim was taken to Verde Valley Medical Center and his wife was treated at the scene. Nevarez was booked on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of domestic violence. He is in custody on ten-thousand dollars bond.

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KAFF News Town Hall Debate Next Monday Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:11:14 +0000 Continued]]> We are a week away from the KAFF News town hall debate with Flagstaff mayoral and city council candidates. The event will take place at The Mayor, just north of the NAU campus on San Francisco Street from 5:30 until 8 p.m. If you are a citizen who wants their voices heard and have a question for the candidates on your mind, this is the perfect time to have it answered. The forum is voter-driven, but we will touch on subjects that are hot button issues currently in the community. That’s the KAFF News Town Hall Debate next Monday at The Mayor.

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Two Prescott Valley Students Were Caught With Handguns Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:08:53 +0000 Continued]]> Two Bradshaw Mountain students were arrested last week after school officials found handguns in their backpacks. The boys were caught with a .22-calibur handgun each Friday afternoon. The juveniles were arrested on charges of weapons misconduct and possession of a firearm. Investigators say the boys had no malicious intent by bringing the guns to school.

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Possible Tire Failure Leads To Fatal Accident On Interstate-17 Saturday Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:00:06 +0000 Continued]]> A crash on Interstate-17 over the weekend took the life of one person. The crash involved an SUV and puck-up truck Saturday on northbound I-17 near Munds Park. DPS says a blown tire on the truck, caused it to cross the median from southbound to northbound into oncoming traffic. Officials say the truck was driven by 77-year-old Norton Cook of Tempe. He hit an SUV driven by 17-year-old Victoria Neuner of Phoenix. The accident caused the SUV to roll. The SUV’s passenger, 62-year-old John Neuner of Phoenix, was pronounced dead at the scene. All the victims were wearing seatbelts. The highway was closed for some time and traffic was forced to either go to Lake Mary Road, or over forest service roads in the area.

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Phoenix Suns Announce Return To Flagstaff For Training Camp Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:10:10 +0000 Continued]]> The Phoenix Suns will return to Flagstaff to train at NAU this season. The Suns announced Monday they will call the Rolle Activity Center home for a week, to get ready for the new season. It marks the 20th time NAU and the City of Flagstaff has hosted the Suns. The team will begin workouts on Tuesday, September 27th and continue through the intersquad scrimmage, which will take place on Saturday, October 1st inside the Skydome. The Suns will open their preseason schedule on October 3rd against the San Antonio Spurs.

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More Fleas Test Positive In Flagstaff For Plague Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:58:47 +0000 Continued]]> More fleas have tested positive for plague in Flagstaff. Coconino County health officials say fleas collected in an area near Country Club Drive, south of Soliere Avenue were tested for the disease and they came back positive. The tests were done by officials with the Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics at NAU. Signs have been posted in the area and burrows have been treated. The area will be closely monitored to determine if further action is needed. Health officials are urging the public to take precautions to reduce risk of exposure of the disease, which is present in fleas, rodents, rabbits and sometimes predators that feed upon these animals. This is the fourth area within Coconino County where fleas have tested positive for the plague this year.

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Pile Burns To Burn In The Prescott National Forest Starting Today Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:50:58 +0000 Continued]]> Prescott National Forest fire managers plan to take advantage of the current weather conditions and conduct pile burns in the Prescott Basin area starting Friday and lasting through Tuesday. There are 30 acres of piles located on the west side of Walker Road, south of the Ranch of Prescott subdivision. Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell smoke in the area during burning operations. Signs will be posted on roads and motorists are urged to use caution and slow down in the area of the burns.

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Prescott Police Officer Injured In Two-Vehicle Accident Thursday Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:16:57 +0000 Continued]]> A Prescott Police officer suffered minor injuries after being involved in a car accident Thursday afternoon. Officials say the officer was driving eastbound on Gurley Street, approaching Bradshaw Drive, in Prescott. Before getting to the intersection, the patrol car was hit by a vehicle driven by a 42-year-old Prescott woman who was heading westbound on Gurley Street. The woman was trying to make a left turn when the vehicles collided. The officer suffered minor injuries, but was treated at the scene. The woman was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for observation. Both vehicles were heavily damaged and had to be towed from the scene. The accident is under investigation.

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Gas Prices Lower Across The State, But Higher In Northern Arizona Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:42:39 +0000 Continued]]> Gas prices continue to fall around the state, but in Northern Arizona the cost of gas saw a little bit of an increase. Triple-A Arizona says the statewide average dropped more than two cents a gallon to $2.03. In Flagstaff, gas was up two-tenths of a cent to $2.37 a gallon, however some stations in town are selling gas for $2.15 a gallon and lower. In the Prescott area, gas was up a cent-and-a-half to $2.23 a gallon. Even though gas has levelled off in Northern Arizona, it’s still a lot cheaper than last year. In 2015, gas was 56-cents more expensive in August in Flagstaff.

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North Rim Lodge Employee Charged With Eight Counts Of Sexual Abuse Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:03:40 +0000 Continued]]> A lodge employee at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon has been indicted on eight counts in connection with a sexual abuse case. According to the criminal complaint, 25-year-old Jeremy Bird and the victim were drinking with other employees back on August 3rd. The victim alleges she helprd Bird get to his room and then he became aggressive. She says he pinned her wrists, choked her and forced her into sex. She reported the incident to the National Park Service and underwent a medical exam, which led to probable cause to arrest Bird. A federal judge in Flagstaff released Bird Wednesday with conditions.

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Flagstaff Man Arrested In Connection With Several Foxglenn Park Graffiti Incidents Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:19:48 +0000 Continued]]> A 20-year-old Flagstaff man has been arrested in connection with a string of graffiti incidents in Foxglenn Park. Officials say Issac Menzies has been booked on a multiple counts of criminal damage after officers caught him painting graffiti on the walls of the park bathroom. There have been at least ten separate reports of graffiti damage to the bathroom walls of the park. Officers saw Menzies spraying the walls just after midnight this morning and was placed under arrest. He has admitted involvement in several of the cases under investigation.

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Rolled Over Semi Sends Fruit Across I-40, Shuts Down Interstate Overnight Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:16:26 +0000 Continued]]> Summit Fire crews responded to a rollover accident involving a semi-truck carrying a load of fruit on Interstate-40 east of Flagstaff Wednesday night. When crews arrived they found the semi off the road with heavy damage at milemarker 220 near Twin Arrows Casino. The crash temporarily shut down Interstate-40. DPS says the driver was ejected from the cab and was helped by an off-duty firefighter from Alabama who had stopped. The driver was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center and has been since treated and released. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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FUSD Launches New Online High School Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:50:10 +0000 Continued]]> A new school is up and running in the Flagstaff Unified School District and you don’t have to go far to attend classes. The district announced this morning on KAFF Country and KAFF Country Legends, the 16th school is an online high school called Northern Arizona Distance Learning. The program is for seventh through 12th grades and until 22 years of age. Those people that are missing credits, have chronic health issues or need to replace a grade, the new service can be a help. The service offers up to 80 classes online and students from all over Northern Arizona can participate in the program, not just students from Flagstaff. Those interested in taking classes online through FUSD can log onto and click on the button that says online learning.

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Suspect Wanted In Burial Plot Scheme In Flagstaff, Now Selling Coffins Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:43:16 +0000 Continued]]> A suspect accused of selling phony burial plots to veterans in Flagstaff earlier this month could also be running a similar scam involving coffins. Flagstaff Police say a woman called police this past Friday to say a man using the name “Shane Wyche” came to her home in the 45-hundred block of North Randall Street and convinced her to buy a coffin. The victim had given the suspect her credit card number and signed what she thought was a legitimate contract. The victim described the man as a medium to heavyset Hispanic male with wavy brown hair. He was driving a large white or tan sedan. If anyone has information on the suspect, contact Flagstaff Police.

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Man Posing As A Police Officer Sexually Assaults A Woman In Downtown Flagstaff Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:33:06 +0000 Continued]]> Flagstaff Police have released a sketch drawing of a suspect accused of posing as a police officer and sexually assaulting a woman in downtown Flagstaff. Flagstaff Police say a man contacted a woman near the 200 block of East Birch Avenue early last Sunday, saying he was a police officer. He took the woman to a secluded area and allegedly sexually assaulted her. The man is described as a white male, five-foot-ten to five-feet-eleven inches tall with a muscular build, possibly wearing blue jeans, glasses and a baseball hat with the word “POLICE” on it. A witness says he had a black strap or stripe across his shirt and he was carrying a large flashlight. Police say to be aware and protect themselves. It’s important to know that Flagstaff Police officers carry a department issue police badge and ID card on their person while on duty. If anyone has information about the incident or the suspect, call Flagstaff Police.

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Flagstaff Board Of Adjustment Denies Appeal Regarding The Hub Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:52:23 +0000 Continued]]> After a nearly eight hour meeting Wednesday, the Flagstaff Board of Adjustment denied the appeal by Stand Up For Flagstaff and other community groups regarding The Hub student housing project Wednesday that’s set to be built in the southside neighborhood of Flagstaff. The board voted 3-2 to deny the appeal. The Hub is a 591-bed complex that is geared toward college students and is set to be built at the corner of Mikes Pike and Phoenix Avenue, which was cleared last month. The complex’s size and height has caused controversy in the neighborhood. The appeal focused on the thought that city staff failed to apply the city’s zoning code on the project. Core Campus will now be able to begin construction of the project, barring an appeal.

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Severe Storms Hit Areas East Of Flagstaff Wednesday Afternoon Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:33:58 +0000 Continued]]> Thunderstorms came close to Flagstaff at around noon Wednesday, but just east of town received quite a bit of rain. The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory earlier for the Doney Park, Timberline and Winona areas after a strong storm developed and brought quite a bit of rain in a short time. There are no reports of any damage from the storms.

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Flagstaff Police’s Citizen’s Police Academy Coming Soon Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:12:55 +0000 Continued]]> The annual Flagstaff Police Citizen’s Police Academy is right around the corner. The fall session begins on Wednesday, September 7th and continues for 14 weeks. The academy includes a variety of presentations about the local criminal justice system. It includes classes by law enforcement and several community partners. It also includes tours of the Coconino County Jail and DPS Crime Lab. There will also be hands on firearms and explosives demonstrations as well as active use of the MILO shooting simulator and driving simulator. For those interested in the program, log onto the police department’s website and fill out an application and return it by August 31st.

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Lighting-Caused Hickok Fire Burns North Of Bellemont Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:11:35 +0000 Continued]]> A lightning-caused fire north of Bellemont is being managed for forest health. The Hickok Fire began back on August 5th about four miles north/northwest of Bellemont and has burned about 50 acres. The fire is producing light smoke, but could be seen from Interstate 40 and Arizona Snowbowl. The fire is burning forest debris and dead wood and will be active as long as monsoon storms allow it to burn.

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Chino Valley Man Seriously Burned While Smoking An E-Cigarette While On Oxygen Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:09:58 +0000 Continued]]> A Chino Valley man suffered serious injuries after an e-cigarette he was using ignited the oxygen he was also using. Central Arizona Fire officials say the man was in his home in Chino Valley on Sunday when the accident happened. The man’s burns were so bad he was flown to the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix. His condition is unknown. Officials say if you’re a smoker and use oxygen, take the oxygen off if you’re going to smoke any type of cigarettes.

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