Evacuation order lifted for residents displaced by wildfire

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) — Gila County authorities have lifted the evacuation order for all Roosevelt area residents displaced last week by a human-caused wildfire burning in the Superstition Mountains.

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Update: Missing Prescott man found safe, in good condition

Diligent work by ground crews and a Rescue 1 helicopter team on Tuesday, June 25, helped Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputies find a 64-year-old Prescott man who had been missing for several days.

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Arizona Board of Education nixes sex education rule changes

PHOENIX — Facing a barrage of parental criticism, the state Board of Education decided July 24 to scrap a proposal to remove certain language from the rules on sex education.

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Williams 911: week of June 26

The Williams Police Department (WPD) answered the following calls for service (among others) — • Officers responded to a disturbance on Railroad, male arrested for assault and criminal damage; • Officers responded to domestic on Grand Canyon Boulevard, family from Italy having issues and calmed down after officer arrival, no crime verbal only; • Officers assisted Lifeline on Rodeo Road;

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Community calendar: week of June 26

Upcoming news and events in Williams and surrounding communities.

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Sedona Fire Department battles 8-acre wildfire July 22

SEDONA, Ariz. — A lightning-caused wildfire burned 8 acres east of the Sedona waste water treatment plant July 22.

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Roosevelt Lake residents ordered to evacuate because of Woodbury Fire

PHOENIX — Authorities ordered residents to evacuate the Superstition Wilderness area as the Woodbury Fire continued to blaze June 24.

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Head-on collision on State Route 89 north of Paulden claims one

PAULDEN, Ariz. (AP) — Austin Joel Obermeyer, a 21-year-old Chino Valley man, died after a head-on collision on Highway 89 north of Paulden June 22, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported June 24.

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Juvenile found guilty of starting wildfires; fined $75,000

FOREST LAKES, Ariz. — A 16-year-old male from Glendale has pleaded guilty to starting three fires on the Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache — Sitgreaves National Forest outside of Forest Lakes.

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Extensive planning and coordination behind Fourth of July fireworks

With more than 1,400 fireworks already purchased, Williams Volunteer Fire Department is planning to deliver one of the best Fourth of July shows in northern Arizona.

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Two arrested as Saturday night bar fight spills onto Route 66

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Downtown Williams looked like something from a Wild West show Saturday night as a bar fight at the Canyon Club spilled out into the street.

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Prescott resident missing following hike

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) is looking for a 64-year-old Prescott man who went missing this month after telling a friend that he intended to go on a long hike near Prescott.

Gun used to kill Chino Valley girl was stolen weapon

CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. - Chino Valley police on Monday, June 24, charged the suspect in the shooting death of 16-year-old Aneesa Williams with possession of a stolen handgun.

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Williams Health Clinic on track to open by winter 2019

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Construction continues on Williams’ new health clinic.

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Golf Course development goes before Williams City Council June 27

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — A second Williams Planning and Zoning meeting regarding preliminary plat approval for a 35-lot subdivision near Elephant Rocks Golf garnered another large crowd June 20.

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Map shows Arizona free of short-term drought

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona is out of drought for the first time in nearly 10 years.

Arizona gas prices drop 6.4 cents in last week

PHOENIX - Arizona gas prices have fallen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.97 per gallon today, June 24, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,269 stations.

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Game and Fish reaches decision on predator killing contests

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted 4-0 June 21 to approve a Notice of Final Rulemaking that, if approved by the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council (GRRC), would designate a predator or fur-bearing hunt contest, as defined by the rule, an unlawful manner and method of take for these species.

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Charges filed against Williams mother in 2017 infant death

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The mother of an 8-month-old infant who was found unresponsive in his Williams home in September 2017 and later died has been charged with child abuse by Coconino County Attorney’s Office.

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Regulators approve summertime Arizona power shut-off ban

PHOENIX (AP) — State regulators on Thursday enacted emergency rules barring most Arizona electric utilities from disconnecting power to customers who are late on their bills from June 1 through Oct. 15, when soaring desert heat can be lethal.

250 homes east of metro Phoenix evacuated due to wildfire

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — About 250 homes east of metro Phoenix near a popular recreational lake are under evacuation orders because of wildfire moving quickly through shrubs and grass.

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Analysis: Safety rules give homes better chance in wildfires

PARADISE, Calif. — The sky was turning orange and the embers were flying from the Camp Fire when Oney and Donna Carrell and Donna’s father sped away from their Paradise home.

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Chino Valley man allegedly supplied drugs, alcohol to teens before shooting death

A 21-year-old Chino Valley man has been arrested for allegedly providing alcohol and marijuana to a group of underage persons for a party that ended with a 16-year-old girl dead from a gunshot wound to the head, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) reports.

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Prescribed fire projects continuing on Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Fire managers on the South Zone of the Kaibab National Forest will continue operations on multiple prescribed fire projects on both the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts over the next several days and into next week as conditions remain optimal for beneficial prescribed fire treatments.

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15-year-old missing/runaway girl from Red Lake sought by deputies

Mercedes, 15, ran away from her family's home in Red Lake located north of Williams on June 18.