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Birthday party for Smokey Bear's 75th coming to Williams August 9

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Smokey Bear, a staple at many Williams events and the symbol of a national fire-safety campaign, isn’t slowing down in his old age and plans to celebrate his birthday in style August 9.

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CCSO investigates shots-fired incident in Parks

PARKS, Ariz. – Coconino County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to shots fired at a residence in Parks August 6.

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*Update* - UPDATE: Pilot identified after Navy jet crashes in Death Valley

Crews are searching for the pilot of a US Navy fighter jet that crashed in Death Valley National Park, injuring seven people who were at a scenic overlook where aviation enthusiasts routinely watch military aircraft speeding low through a chasm dubbed Star Wars Canyon, officials said.

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Rainfall over North Rim Castle Fire results in no new growth

There is currently no new fire growth. The fire remains at 10,400 acres after moving across about 55 percent of the planning area.

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Kaibab National Forest campground programs: Aug. 3-4

Programs meet in the campground amphitheaters and are presented by Public Lands Interpretive Assn/Southwest Recreation in partnership with Kaibab National Forest.

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*Update* - 2019 Cool Country Cruise In Car Show cancelled

The 2019 Cool Country Cruise-in, an annual tradition in Williams, will not take place this year.

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*Update* - Suspect wanted in last week's Amber Alert possibly spotted in Williams

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Sightings of a suspect and child that an Amber Alert was issued for last week, have not been confirmed in the Williams area.

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Williams 911 report

The Williams Police Department (WPD) answered the following calls for service (among others) from July 25-29 — • Officers assisted DPS with rollover accident on I-40 and Exit 165;

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Community calendar: week of July 31

Upcoming events in Williams and surrounding communities.

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Rural Nevada businesses bracing for possible big ‘storm Area 51’ turnout

LAS VEGAS — At first, the co-owner of the quirky alien-themed motel down a Nevada highway from the mysterious Area 51 site didn’t take a posting for a prank Facebook event too seriously.

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Two firefighters burned in Camp Verde mulch fire

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. — A Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) firefighter and a Coconino National Forest firefighter were burned while cleaning up a mulch fire in Camp Verde on Sunday, July 21, according to fire officials.

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Thieves steal $5,000 in equipment from firefighting truck

KINGMAN, Ariz. — More than $5,000 worth of equipment was stolen from a U.S. Forest Service truck parked at a hotel in the 1700 block of Sycamore Avenue during the night of July 20.

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Volunteers needed for pronghorn fence project in Garland Prairie

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Arizona Antelope Foundation is accepting participants for its upcoming fencing project Aug. 10.

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Arizona awarded $90 million federal grant for I-17 expansion

PHOENIX — The Governor’s Office and the Arizona Department of Transportation announced July 22 that Arizona has won a highly competitive $90 million federal highway grant to help expand and improve Interstate 17 north of Phoenix, including a flex lanes system between Black Canyon City and the Sunset Point Rest Area.

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Monsoon storms help slow Museum Fire, but raise flood concerns

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A couple dozen families on Elden Lookout Road were allowed to return to their homes July 24, but residents of other neighborhoods threatened by the Museum Fire remain on alert to leave at a moment’s notice.

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Engineer at the lead: Debra Mollet steps up as Williams-Tusayan District Ranger

WILLIAMS, Ariz. —The new district ranger for the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts was looking to use her forestry and engineering background in a collaborative way when she was offered the position at Kaibab National Forest.

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Redcoats and militia brought to life in Williams

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Redcoats are coming! And the Continental Army. And the Minutemen.

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Officials lift evacuations for Museum Fire

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Residents ordered to evacuate more than two dozen homes because of an Arizona wildfire can return.

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Museum Fire at 1,887 acres, 10 percent contained

The fire, located one mile north of Flagstaff, is 10 percent contained.

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Ducey declares state of emergency for Museum Fire, flash flood warning issued for areas below fire

The fire began July 21 and has charred an estimated 4 square miles within minutes of downtown Flagstaff. It is currently 10 percent contained.

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Lethal measures off table for controlling wild horse herds

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Casey Hammond told the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board that those options are not on the table.

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Game and Fish collars 20 Flagstaff-area mule deer for movement, vehicle impact study

The collars collect and transmit location data every three hours, which provides biologists a wealth of information on daily and seasonal movements.

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‘Non-soon season’: Arizona’s dry heat is delaying the start of summer rains

PHOENIX — We’re a month into the monsoon season, and so far, it’s looking more like a non-soon.

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Route 66 license plate benefits the Mother Road

KINGMAN, Ariz. — It doesn’t take long for drivers in Arizona to spot the black and white Route 66 license plate — especially since more than 13,833 of the eye catching specialty plates have been sold.

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New treatment system, line repairs affect city water

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The city of Williams continues to fine-tune its new arsenic treatment system for the Rodeo Well north of the city, and residents may notice a change in turbidity and taste according to Williams city water contractor Pat Carpenter.