Posted in Columns Film First Nations Racism Review

‘Small Signs’, a powerful look at the underbelly of a tourist town

by Madrone Kalil Schutten, Ph.D., Guest column for the Meteor Friday, October 23, 2020 Small Signs: A Protest in Flagstaff, Arizona is a documentary on the pulse of the second wave of the civil rights movement….

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Posted in Arizona News Wildfire

Horse Fire actively burning in extreme terrain in AZ central high country near Crown King. Story update Sunday, Oct 25

Story updated Saturday, Oct 25, 2020, 10-AM MST Incident Management Team 1 issues final report by Meteor staff from Forest Service reports Sunday, October 18, 2020   Crown King, Ariz Crown King, Ariz., Oct 25, 2020…

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Posted in Accountability Environment Government News Race for the White House 2020

Montana judge rules Trump’s illegal land manager’s decisions are invalid. ‘The Pendley Fire’

Illegal, unconfirmed acting official charade has consequences. Meteor staff Monday, October 19, 2020 Late last Friday, federal district judge Brian Morris ruled William Perry Pendley’s decisions as acting Bureau of Land Management director in Montana were…

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Posted in Coronavirus Flagstaff City Government News

City announces Phase 3 of COVID reopening of City Hall and some facilities

by Meteor Staff Saturday, September 12 Flagstaff, AZ – The city of Flagstaff announced Friday that Phase 3 of its COVID-19 Reentry Plan will begin Monday, September 14. Jessica Drum, Public Affairs Director for the City…

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Posted in Film First Peoples News News Rez Life

Vision Maker Media Online Film Fest. Indigenous films you can watch online for free.

INDIGENOUS FILM: WATCH NOW, FREE!   For the first time, Vision Maker Media is hosting an online, five-week-long celebration of American Indian, Alaska Native and worldwide Indigenous films from August 31 – October 5, 2020….

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The crude-by-rail explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Canada, killed 47 people in 2013. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SÛRETÉ DU QUÉBEC)
Posted in Environment Neighborhoods News

Groups file legal challenge to stop “bomb trains”

A proposed new federal rule poses major explosion risk throughout America Meteor staff reports Earthjustice filed a legal challenge today on behalf of several groups against a federal rule that would allow trains to travel the…

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Posted in Community Notice

Flagstaff enters Stage One fire restrictions Friday

Wednesday August 12 FLAGSTAFF   The City of Flagstaff announced the city will enter Stage One fire restrictions on Friday August 14, 2020. The restrictions will begin at at 8 – AM Friday.  Fire restrictions are put…

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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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