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 Coconino County Coronavirus Flagstaff Navajo News

201 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by Coconino County, and 488 on the Navajo Reservation. 3,018 AZ cases

Flagstaff  Updated by Meteor staff Thursday, April 9, 9:40 AM, MST. — CCHHS reports 15 deaths, 201 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 57 tests pending and 769 negative tests to date. The CDC reports across Arizona…

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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 Thousands of people in Flagstaff and on the Colorado Plateau are finding themselves out of work due to their employer cutting back hours or closing entirely. Many are also intentionally…

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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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Posted in Coconino County News

Coconino Parks & Rec announces amenity closures Saturday April 4

Flagstaff     Effective Saturday, April 4 at 5 p.m., all playgrounds, basketball courts, ramadas (including picnic tables and barbecue grills), and restroom facilities managed by Coconino County Parks and Recreation will close until further notice as…

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Posted in News

Willard Springs Transfer Station opens Friday free green waste-only disposal

by Meteor Staff Thursday, April 2 Coconino County will reopen the Willard Springs Transfer Station for the summer season for free green waste-only disposal. The station will not be accepting bulk waste due to cash handling…

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Posted in News

Gov. Doug Ducey hosts virtual Arizona Town Hall this evening.

More than 50 television and radio stations will air the event without commercials starting at 6 p.m. Joining the governor will be Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ and Arizona National Guard Major…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus News Public Health

Flagstaff coronavirus shorts

by Meteor Staff Thursday, April 2, As government response to the coronavirus outbreak increases, there’s news to report on many levels that affects northern Arizonans and our business community. Grand Canyon closes. Late yesterday afternoon, the…

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Posted in News

COVID-19 Relief Fund For Impacted Native American Communities

It is easy to apply for this emergency funding. This is for native families who are struggling during the COVID crisis. Please send to friends and family who could use the help. Click here to apply…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus News

NPS closes Grand Canyon National Park

by Meteor Staff Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Flagstaff   The National Park Service (NPS) announced the closing of Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP). Beginning immediately GCNP is closed to the public. According to acting Superintendent Mary…

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Posted in Climate change Environment EPA News While we were looking elsewhere

Trump administration cripples drive to reduce vehicle pollution

by Meteor Staff Wednesday, April 1 The Trump administration finalized a major rollback of fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles yesterday. The revised standards will maintain higher levels of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and cost consumers…

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Posted in Arizona Coconino County Coronavirus News Service

Coconino County & AZ health departments look for health care professionals to volunteer

Arizona Disaster Healthcare Volunteers If you are a healthcare provider with an active license, a public health professional, member of a medical disaster response team, or non-health community volunteer willing to be on-call to support Arizona…

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Posted in Arizona Closures and repurposing Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy

Ducey issues stay-at-home order for Arizona beginning 5 PM Tuesday

Gov. Doug Ducey orders Arizona stay-at-home as number of coronavirus cases increases by Meteor Staff Monday, March 30 3:30 PM MST Flagstaff     Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a stay-at-home order for Arizonans beginning 5 PM…

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Posted in Coronavirus Education News

AZ schools to remain closed thru end of school year. School’s out for summer, sort of

Mayors call on Gov to issue order closing non-essential businesses March 30 11:00 AM MST Flagstaff This morning Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said that schools will not reopen this year. Arizona students will have to…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus News

County Board of Supervisors call on Interior to close Grand Canyon National Park

by Meteor staff Friday March 27 Flagstaff — Yesterday, The Coconino County Board of Supervisors called on the Department of Interior to temporarily close Grand Canyon National Park. Citing the need for social distancing the Board…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Public Health

Coconino County specimen collections site closed on Friday, Saturday, re-open Sunday

Flagstaff       Coconino County health officials are changing the location and hours of the drive-up COVID-19 specimen collection sites. Specimen collection sites will not be taking specimens on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March…

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Posted in Coconino County Health News Public Health

County COVID-19 response exhausting resources and supplies

County requests support and supplies from federal and state government to continue response  By Meteor Staff Sunday March 22, 9 AM MST An unexpected demand for COVID-19 tests has already found county officials scraping the bottom…

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Posted in Coconino County Colorado Plateau Courts/justice Flagstaff Justice News

Coconino County Courts modify schedules and procedures

Courts will remain open Meteor Staff report. Monday March 23 State and County Court officials are modifying schedules and accepting motions to continue cases and adjust fine payment schedules in preparation for advancement of COVID-19 into…

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Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Public Health

Nurses Send Petition to Congress Demanding Immediate Protections

Quarter of a Million People Sign Petition to Congress; Nurses Union Demands OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard to Protect Workers Monday, March 23, 2020 ational Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses, sent a petition to…

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Tuesday, March 24, 4:00 AM MST CCHHS reports 18 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.
Posted in Coronavirus News

Evidence of COVID-19 community transmission in Coconino County

Ft Tuthill COVID-19 testing site closed. by Meteor staff Flagstaff    Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) officials report evidence of community transmission of COVID-19 in Coconino County.  Community transmission happens when there are confirmed…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Nurses Public Health

Updated COVID-19 survey of Registered Nurses shows little improvement and worsening availability of personal protective equipment

By Meteor Staff A nationwide survey National Nurses United (NNU) has been conducting of registered nurses, the country’s frontline health care staff, continues to show that the vast majority of United States hospitals and health care…

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Posted in Closures and repurposing Colorado Plateau Coronavirus Flagstaff News

Coconino Parks & Rec announces operational changes: social distancing for COVID-19 safety

By Meteor Staff Flagstaff    Coconino County Parks & Recreation is staffing its office virtually to help protect the team and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual staffing at Parks & Recreation began on March…

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