Posted in Coconino County Sheriff's Department News Policing

Inmate dies in custody of Coconino County Sheriff’s Department. ‘Medical emergency’ while in transport

Meteor staff reporting Friday, July 31, 5-PM MST The Coconino County Sheriff’s department has released a statement concerning today’s (Friday, July 31) inmate death “On Friday July 31, 2020, at approximately 2:11 pm, an inmate from…

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Posted in News

Flagstaff lifts fire restrictions

Flagstaff   The city of Flagstaff has lifted all fire restrictions within city limits effective July 28, 2020 at 6 a.m. The restrictions were lifted due to the increased moisture received in the greater Flagstaff area….

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Policing

Fed agents violate Geneva Convention in Portland

As happened in Asheville, NC, and imitating Israeli military attacks agains Palestinian health clinics Federal agents are destroying medical equipment and stations in Portland, OR. by Meteor staff Thursday, July 23 Federal authorities are accused of…

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Posted in Environmental Justice First Nations

Prescott National Forest withdraws approval of Hassayampa River gold mine

Meteor Staff Monday, July 6 The Prescott National Forest today withdrew its decision to proceed with a controversial mine, the River Bend Placer Mine project, on the Hassayampa River. The withdrawal comes after the Center for…

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Posted in Coronavirus Navajo News

With new cases and new deaths Nation leaders urge residents “Don’t Back Down”

More than 3,300 residents have recovered from COVID but everyone needs to keep up the work protecting each other.  The Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian…

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Posted in Energy Environment News

Solar Co-op launches for Tucson residents to go solar together

Meteor staff from reports Tuesday, June 16, 2020 The nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors announced the launch of the Tucson Solar Co-op today, in partnership with the Center for Biological Diversity and Physicians for Social Responsibility…

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Directional sign showing access to Elk Ridge Ski Area on the Kaibab National Forest. Credit Kaibab National Forest.
Posted in Colorado Plateau News

Kaibab National Forest to issue permit for Elk Ridge Ski Area near Williams

Meteor staff June 4, 2020 The Kaibab National Forest announced today that it will issue a Winter Resort Term Permit for the Elk Ridge Ski Area located on Bill Williams Mountain south of the City of…

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Posted in Flagstaff City Government Neighborhoods News

Street and sidewalk improvements to begin in Coconino Estates

The city of Flagstaff began the Coconino Estates Improvements Project, Phase I on Tuesday. The entire project is anticipated to be complete in the Fall of 2022. Expect work hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday…

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Posted in Environment News Water

Decades-long campaign forces Nevada Board to kill huge Las Vegas groundwater pipeline

by Meteor staff The Center for Biological Diversity announced late last week that a 31-year struggle to stop a massive groundwater pipeline development came to a stunning conclusion when the Southern Nevada Water Authority board voted…

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Posted in Coronavirus Navajo Public Health

Total number of cases pass 4,000 on Navajo Reservation

90 new cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths reported as Navajo Nation surpasses all states in testing WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.   The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo…

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Posted in Environment Havasupai News Uranium Water

New report details flooding/contamination risks at uranium mine near Grand Canyon

April 28, 2020 Flagstaff, Ariz.    The Grand Canyon Trust reports serious problems at the Canyon Mine uranium mine south of Grand Canyon National Park. The report, “Canyon Mine: Why No Uranium Mine is “Safe” for the…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau News

Fleas test positive for plague In Baderville near Flagstaff

Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) officials confirmed that fleas collected in the Baderville area, northwest of Flagstaff, have tested positive for plague (Yersinia pestis). Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) officials confirmed that…

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Posted in Climate change Environment First Peoples News News

Amazonian indigenous leaders share Earth Day video message with the world

Leaders from Amazon Sacred Headwaters region deliver unified message: ‘Caring for the forests is caring for your life and future generations.’ by Meteor staff They come from different countries and different nationalities, but this Earth Day,…

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Shandiin Herrera in Monument Valley, Utah. Credit: Navajo Hopi Family Relief Fund
Posted in Coronavirus Navajo News

Navajo coronavirus cases grow by 124 since Saturday – 1,321 cases across the reservation

124 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday, 4,579 negative results reported Meteor staff from reports from the reservation Tuesday, April 21 WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.  —  The Navajo Nation reported in a press release last night that as…

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Posted in Coronavirus

Flagstaff: city prosecutor to seek elevated fines and jail sentences for COVID-19 threats

From City of Flagstaff press release Monday, April 20, 2020 FLAGSTAFF     In response to recent events, the city Prosecutor’s Section of the Flagstaff City Attorney’s Office intends to seek substantially elevated fines and jail sentences…

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Posted in Environment Pipelines

Federal Court Invalidates Key Permit for Keystone XL

Use of Nationwide Permit 12 for Pipeline Water Crossings Blocked From CBD press release April 19, 2020 GREAT FALLS, Mont.   —   A federal judge today ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

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Posted in Coconino County Colorado Plateau Coronavirus News

Coconino County adds testing, one day sites in Tusayan and Williams

In a press release Saturday Coconino County health officials announced additional COVID-19 specimen collections sites will be available in Tusayan and Williams this week. The Tusayan site, located at 1 Clinic Rd Grand Canyon, AZ, will…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News Pets

Risk of pets spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to people and vice-versa

Meteor Staff from CDC press release April 14, 2020 Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels,…

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Posted in Coconino County Coronavirus Flagstaff Navajo News

Coconino County: 232 COVID cases with 44 in the Flagstaff area. 558 cases on the Navajo Reservation & 3,112 AZ cases state numbers updated this morning

Flagstaff  Updated by Meteor staff Friday, April 10, 10:30 AM, MST. — CCHHS reports 15 deaths, 232 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 44 tests pending and 855 negative tests to date. The CDC reports across Arizona…

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Posted in Climate change Colorado Plateau Energy Environment EPA News

Trump Administration plan expands fossil fuel extraction across Southwestern Colorado

by Meteor Staff from reports Thursday, April 9, 4:10 PM MST The Trump administration today announced the release of its final plan to expand drilling and fracking and other fossil fuel extraction across southwestern Colorado for…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

Arizona unemployment filing process. Because, like what else have you got to do?

by Rudy Preston and Meteor Staff Saturday, April 11, update: If you are self-employed (artist, musician, Uber driver, other contract labor), ran out of UI benefits, or just didn’t make enough money in 2019 to qualify…

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Posted in Coronavirus Flagstaff Health News

Tuesday evening Coconino County reports 201 confirmed cases of COVID-19; and 2,726 active AZ cases, 80 deaths

  Flagstaff  Updated by Meteor staff Wed, April 8, 11:00 PM, MST. — CCHHS reports 15 deaths, 201 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 57 tests pending and 769 negative tests to date. Across Arizona there are…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Business Coronavirus Safety Net

AZ Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order halting evictions for small businesses and nonprofits

by Meteor Staff April 6, 2020 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) today issued an Executive Order halting evictions in the state for small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to pay rent due to financial hardship…

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Posted in Art Coronavirus News Safety Net

Some emergency relief programs open to Arizona artists affected by COVID-19

Editor’s note:  This news story updated Sunday, April 5 by Meteor staff The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect individual artists and arts groups on a local and global scale. Several factors, from event cancellations to temporary…

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