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Arson suspected in early morning blaze at Newpac Fibre Mill

Arson is suspected in an early morning fire Feb. 5 at Newpac Fibre in Garland Prairie. “The reason we’re calling it an arson is because you have a pile of green logs set on fire and green logs don’t catch on fire. We’re sure that there’s suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire,” said Williams Police Chief Herman Nixon.

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Williams 911: week of Feb. 14

The Williams Police Department (WPD) answered the following calls for service (among others) — • Officers assisted Lifeline on Edison Avenue; • Officers responded to an alarm on Railroad Avenue;

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CCC offering scholarship to help students overcome last hurdles to obtain higher education

Coconino Community College students who may have had difficulties with the rigors of college in the past now have a chance to re-boot their college careers.

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Tis’ the season for IRS tax scams

Local law enforcement is beginning to hear reports from residents receiving calls from scammers claiming to be with the IRS.

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Visitation up in Williams in 2017

Visitation is up in Williams. The Williams Visitor Center reported 97,527 people came through their doors in 2017. That number is up from about 86,000 in 2018.

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Victims identified in Grand Canyon helicopter crash

Three British people who died in a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon were in the American Southwest to celebrate one of their birthdays, a trip they had been looking forward to for a long time, family and friends said.

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Grand Canyon helicopter crash 'horrible'; 4 rescued, 3 dead

Four survivors of a deadly tour helicopter crash onto the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon were being treated at a Nevada hospital on Sunday while crews tackled difficult terrain in a very remote area to try to recover the bodies of three other people.

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*Update* - 3 dead in tour helicopter crash at Grand Canyon

A tour helicopter carrying seven people on board crashed in the Grand Canyon, killing three people and injuring four others.

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Congress avoids shutdown, funds government for two years

After a brief shutdown lasting into the early morning hours Feb. 9, Congress passed a budget that will keep the government funded for another two years.

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Are there opioid problems in Williams?

Much has been written to address what is now universally accepted to be a national crisis as the number of deaths annually have risen because of the abuse of opioid painkillers.

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Flu cases surge throughout Arizona

As influenza (flu) activity continues to increase around the country and locally, health officials are recommending individuals who have not received a flu vaccination get one now.

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Carriage driver gets probation in 2016 accidental shooting

A 31-year-old Williams man has been placed on three years of probation after firing a revolver and injuring a young child two years ago.

County bringing assessor and tax services to locals

Coconino County is bringing its services to residents through the month of April during its Mobile Service Days outreach.

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CERT members kick off 2018 training sessions

Coconino County Sheriff’s Williams CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) conducted a ‘Continued First Aid Training for a Disaster Scenario’ at the Williams Fire Station Jan. 8.

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Babbitt Ranches golden eagle nesting area under study

Efforts are underway to increase the number of golden eagles on Babbitt Ranches in northern Arizona in a conservation effort to boost their population in the Southwest.

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Northern Arizona astronomy: Serendipity and the discovery of Uranus

Although astronomers, among scientists in general, like to adhere to the scientific method for discovery, sometimes it doesn’t happen that way.

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Gas to rise 19 cents in 2018 to $2.57 per gallon

Motorists will be digging a bit deeper for the second straight year as the yearly national average will rise 19 cents versus last year to $2.57 per gallon, the highest since 2014, according to the 2018 Fuel Price Outlook released by GasBuddy

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Pizza Factory trying to put an end to bullying with Buddy Bench donation

With the donation of a new Buddy Bench, Pizza Factory and Williams Elementary-Middle School are hoping to eliminate bullying by creating a “No Bully Zone,” at the school and creating a friend zone where lonely students can connect with others.

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Pre-disaster flood planning is underway in Williams

Pre-disaster flood planning is underway in Williams following a study by Coconino County and FEMA.

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Spreading the news: Williams groups connect at annual Event Huddle

A large contingent of Williams community members gathered Jan. 22 for the fourth annual Event Huddle to share ideas and collaborate on future events and activities for 2018.

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Williams 911: week of Jan. 31

The Williams Police Department (WPD) answered the following calls for service (among others) — • Officers conducted civil stand by on Rodeo Road;

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I-40 paving projects to continue in 2018

Arizona Department of Transportation releases plans for spring pavement improvement projects on I-17 and I-40.

Arizona Senate panel OKs restrictions on service animals, $250 fine for violations

A Senate panel voted Jan. 17 to make it illegal for people to bring their pets into restaurants and grocery stores under claims they are service animals.

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How dangerous is State Route 64?

Two recent accidents with multiple fatalities have shaken residents and travelers on State Route 64, but how bad is the highway when compared to other highways in the state?

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Williams 911: week of Jan. 24

The Williams Police Department (WPD) answered the following calls for service (among others) - • Officers responded to female unresponsive on Grand Canyon Boulevard, elderly female passed away, natural causes; • Officers responded to theft on Third Street, turned out to be civil matter;

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