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Sheriff's Office warns of phone scammers impersonating deputies

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is alerting residents to reports of fraudulent phone calls in which the caller claims to be a Coconino County Sheriff's Deputy calling about an outstanding warrant. The caller then tells the resident they need to pay to take care of the outstanding warrant.

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Williams Fire to host Safety Day Oct. 13

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Williams Fire Department invites residents to the 2018 Community Safety Day Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Be blessed: Blessing of the Animals Oct. 6

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — On Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. until noon, St. John’s Episcopal-Lutheran Church will again host the Blessing of the Animals, which coincides with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Oct. 4.

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Internet on the range: Rural residents suffer with lack of broadband options

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — If you had to choose, would you pick the internet or running water? People in modernized countries don’t typically need to make that decision, but for approximately 37 million Americans, access to high-speed internet is still a challenge in 2018.

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Forest Service hiring for 2019 field season

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The U.S. Forest Service will be accepting applications for 2019 temporary positions for spring and summer jobs in New Mexico, Arizona and Oklahoma from October 1 – 15.

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Man breaks into Corral Market in Ash Fork

ASH FORK, Ariz. — The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) is looking for a man suspected of breaking into an Ash Fork convenience store and stealing from its cash register.

Syphilis outbreak thoughout Arizona impacting health of women and babies

PHOENIX — Arizona is facing an outbreak of syphilis, with the biggest increase of cases in women and newborns.

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Grand Canyon Brewery partners to produce Conservation Kolsch beer

Trout Unlimited, the Arizona Wildlife Federation and Grand Canyon Brewery teamed up to roll out Conservation Kolsch Sept. 28 in Williams.

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Kadampa World Peace Temple will seat 1,000 visitors

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The foundation has been laid and construction has begun on the Kadampa World Peace Temple located 9.5 miles east of Williams.

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Voter registration for Nov. 6 General Election closes Oct. 9

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 6, General Election is Oct. 9.

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Familiar face takes over at Housing Authority

Former food bank director and senior apartment manager Guy Mikkelsen steps in as executive director at Housing Authority

People in need of low-income housing will see a familiar face as Guy Mikkelsen has been hired as the new executive director of the Williams Housing Authority.

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Williams Ranger District continuing ignitions on Sunflower Fire project

Fire managers on the south zone of the Kaibab National Forest will continue ignitions on the Sunflower Prescribed Fire Project through the weekend ahead as forest conditions remain favorable.

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Community calendar: week of September 26

Upcoming news and events in Williams and surrounding areas.

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Williams 911: week of September 26

The Williams Police Department (WPD) answered the following calls for service (among others) — • Officers assisted Lifeline with attempted suicide on Fulton Avenue; • Officers took theft report on Newton Avenue;

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Hard hats still hard to fill in Yavapai County; construction projects continue to grow

The backlog of construction projects in Yavapai County continues to grow as area builders grapple with a hangover from the Great Recession — finding enough skilled workers.

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Safety in knowledge: Ladies Safety Shoot familiarizes women with firearms

WILLIAMS, Ariz. —Twenty-four women lined up for coffee, pastries and a day of learning how to safely use their firearms during the Ladies Safety Shoot Sept. 15 in Williams.

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Hunters asked to help keep Chronic Wasting disease at bay

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is asking hunters to continue doing their part to help keep Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a neurodegenerative wildlife disease that is fatal to deer and elk, at bay.

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Dog tied to semi-truck in Ash Fork rescued

ASH FORK, Ariz. — A dog tied to the back of a semi-truck lived to chew another bone Sept. 8, thanks to the quick actions of a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office volunteer, who used his patrol vehicle to signal the unknowing truck driver before leaving the parking lot of a gas station.

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City council OKs two additional sanitation trucks

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — A need for garbage trucks and a city administrative vehicle were two priorities on the city council agenda at the Sept. 13 meeting.

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Going to the dogs: Williams Animal Control unveils new holding facility

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — After many years of utilizing an old city pump house as a kennel, Williams Animal Control has opened the doors to a new 300-square-foot temporary animal holding facility.

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Victims identified in ATV crash over 400 foot cliff

BLUE RIDGE, Ariz. – Four victims have been identified after an ATV crash Sept. 15 in the Blue Ridge area.

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Williams 911: week of September 19

The Williams Police Department (WPD) answered the following calls for service (among others) — • Officers responded to disturbance at local hotel verbal only parties separated; • Officers responded to suspicious vehicle on Franklin;

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Cattle mutilations baffle Williams rancher

John Mahan adjusts his well-worn cowboy hat as he leans against his dust-covered Jeep and points toward some juniper trees where, several days ago, he found two of his cattle mysteriously slaughtered.

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Williams fall clean-up returns Sept. 22

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Grab your hats and gloves, because it’s time for the fall Community Cleanup Day.

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Seligman hit hard by I-40 construction

SELIGMAN, Ariz. — Some Seligman businesses are seeing a dramatic decline in visitation following repairs by Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to three bridges on Interstate 40.