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A new update is coming to williamsnews.com

Williams-Grand Canyon News is thrilled to announce some exciting updates coming to our website, williamsnews.com!

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Smith family celebrates 100th anniversary of homestead; honors veterans and family

The Smith Homestead, located at 736 Forest Road, celebrated its 100th anniversary March 30.

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Ponderosa Fire responds to serious accident on I-40, four transported

On April 1, Ponderosa Fire Department responded to a vehicle rollover at milepost 177 on eastbound Interstate 40. Once on-scene, crews found a single pickup truck with five occupants, four of which were children, who had been ejected. The incident was upgraded to a Mass Casualty Incident and multiple agencies were requested to assist, these included Camp Navajo Fire Department, Guardian Medical...

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Grand Canyon firefighters respond swiftly to fire at Lipan Point

Firefighters responded and extinguished a small wildfire at Lipan Point on the evening of April 3 after an off-duty park ranger noticed the fire while returning to their residence.

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Ranger’s Log: Grand Canyon rangers respond to multiple arrests, DUI’s and mushroom trip

The following is a list of calls from the South Rim District Report for the period ending March 9.

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Hopping into fun: Valle celebrates Easter

Around 61 children participated in Canyon Community Alliance’s third annual Easter Egg Hunt at Raptor Ranch March 30.

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Mt. Elden trailhead closed until May

The trailhead for Elden Lookout Trail and Fatmans Loop Trail will be closed April 8 through May as contractors reconstruct the trailhead and repave and expand the parking lot to accommodate up to 50 vehicles as well as other visitor facilities.

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Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

One of Arizona’s preeminent birding festivals, takes place at Dead Horse Ranch State Park April 25-28. This is peak migration season for the state park, nestled on the banks of the Verde River. Guided tours, hikes and workshops will be offered.

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Public input sought for proposed changes to zoning ordinance

Some of the proposed amendments include clarifying the County’s floodplain, engineering, and building regulations for required permitting, simplifying commercial landscaping standards and incentivizing retention of existing native landscaping, and increasing flexibility of residential mixed use on commercial properties.

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Vikings softball continues its winning streak in double header against St. Michael

The Williams Vikings softball team cruised past Hayden and St. Michael last week to keep their season undefeated.

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Spartans on the move

Spartan Arlette Sotelo-Ayala is a freshman at Ash Fork High School. Ash Fork. The Spartans are 4-3 this season. They next face Fredonia April 12 at 11 a.m. at home.

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Vikings baseball defeats Fredonia in double header; ranked third in 1A Conference

The Vikings defeated the Fredonia Lynx in a double header on March 29. The Vikings won 15-4 and 14-1. The team remains undefeated as they beat the Superior Panthers in another double header with 12-2 and 12-9.

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Remembering the steel worker who died during the construction of the Navajo Bridge

The 40-year-old ironworker was perched high above the raging waters when he fell to his demise in 1928.

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Out of the past: Williams history

Denny's restaurant was a mainstay in downtown Williams in the 1980s.

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Out of the past: Vet clinic now and then

Williams Veterinary Wellness is housed in the former office of Dr. Cesaro Vasquez, circa 1981.

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Letter to Editor: Sweetwater Well article was sweet

Williams is a great community and I am so glad we have been blessed with two good winters in a row insuring that our lakes will be full again this year. Williams has had water challenges throughout its history and it appears with the problems with the Sweetwater Well, we are still experiencing them.

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Rowdy: week of April 3

Rowdy: week of April 3

Reader Poll:

When do you think life as we know it will get back to normal?

  • As soon as the stay-at-home orders are lifted. 15%
  • What do you mean 'back to normal'? Life will never be the same. 38%
  • It already is. This hasn't changed anything for me. 23%
  • It will be a gradual process and maybe take a few months to a year. 23%
  • I like this new normal. 0%

13 total votes

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Reader Poll:

When do you think life as we know it will get back to normal?

  • As soon as the stay-at-home orders are lifted. 15%
  • What do you mean 'back to normal'? Life will never be the same. 38%
  • It already is. This hasn't changed anything for me. 23%
  • It will be a gradual process and maybe take a few months to a year. 23%
  • I like this new normal. 0%

13 total votes

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Obituary: Fayrene 'Betty' Martin Hume

Fayrene was born July 22, 1937, along the bayou, near Wilmont, Arkansas, to share cropper parents, Frank and Nettie Martin. Due to her grandfather Tom Martin's asthma, the extended family moved to Ash Fork, where many of them became "Rock Doodlers" in the local quarries, when Fayrene was 14 years old.

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Obituary: Gracie Mae Hatcher

Gracie Mae Hatcher, 90, of Williams, Arizona, transitioned over peacefully at her home on March 17.

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Obituary: Konrad "Kurt" Emanuel

Konrad "Kurt" Emanuel of Milwaukie, Oregon passed away unexpectedly on March 12, 2024 at the age of 43.

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