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Loretta McKenney

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WILLIAMS, Ariz. - As the 2020 general election nears and early voting begins, candidates are making one last attempt to garner as many votes as possible — including the Native vote.

By Loretta McKenney October 20, 2020
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The Grand Canyon Airport road system is receiving much needed new pavement because of a recent Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grant, according to ADOT.

By Loretta McKenney October 13, 2020
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Development near Grand Canyon one step closer
Forest Service accepts second proposal from Stilo Development, town of Tusayan for commercial use development near Canyon

A second special use permit proposal submitted by the town of Tusayan and Stilo Development Group to the U.S. Forest Service for commercial use development was accepted by forest officials Sept. 28.

By Loretta McKenney October 6, 2020
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Even though the Zuni tribe is more than 250 miles away from the Grand Canyon, the connection remains strong — this is the reminder that Zuni leaders want the youth of their nation to remember and to feel and experience.

By Loretta McKenney September 22, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — On Sept. 12, visitors and residents are invited to the Patriot Day Parade in downtown Williams. The event commemorates and pays tribute to those injured and killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S.

By Loretta McKenney September 9, 2020
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The pilot, Andrew Dutzy, 24, was alone when the crash occurred.

By Loretta McKenney September 1, 2020
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A small plane crashed outside the South Entrance station at Grand Canyon National Park this morning.

By Loretta McKenney August 28, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) rallied supporters Aug. 22, during a recent campaign visit to Williams.

By Loretta McKenney August 25, 2020
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The event is open to veterans and their families.

By Loretta McKenney August 18, 2020
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This year, Williams is observing Patriot Day with a Patriot Day Parade, funded in part by the Arizona Department of Veteran’s Services.

By Loretta McKenney August 18, 2020
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The votes will be canvassed by the town of Tusayan this week.

By Loretta McKenney August 18, 2020
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This year, the reunion honored Vic Howell ranch manager for Babbitt Ranches, located north of Williams.

By Loretta McKenney July 28, 2020
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The investigation stemmed from allegations made against a Tusayan business.

By Loretta McKenney July 14, 2020
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Riding out the Fourth: "Peaceful protest" parade makes its way through Williams
Visitors and residents join together to celebrate the Fourth of July in Williams

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — While most Fourth of July festivities were canceled in Williams, including the annual parade, some residents had other ideas.

By Loretta McKenney July 7, 2020
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Grand Canyon School District is delaying the start of the 2020-2021 school year to allow more time to plan for reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Loretta McKenney June 30, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Kaibab National Forest archaeologist Neil Weintraub has been named the 2020 Professional Archaeologist of the Year by the State Historic Preservation Office and Arizona Preservation Foundation.

By Loretta McKenney June 30, 2020
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With limitations for large gatherings in Arizona, Williams is one of only a handful of cities in northern Arizona holding Fourth of July festivities, which will include a firework show.

By Loretta McKenney June 30, 2020
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“Financially many felt this would be difficult,” said Grand Canyon Chamber Manager Laura Chastain

By Loretta McKenney June 23, 2020
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Tusayan awaits decision on mask requirements
Flagstaff and Coconino County mandate masks in public, Williams does not

On June 25, Tusayan Town Council will meet to discuss whether masks should be worn in public in Tusayan, a decision which was left up to local government by Gov. Doug Ducey June 17.

By Loretta McKenney June 23, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. —Chase Waggoner, former city manager of Williams, was terminated June 11.

By Loretta McKenney June 16, 2020
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Over the last two weekends in May, Kaibab National Forest had eight illegal campfires. They hope to keep it that way.

By Loretta McKenney June 9, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Salons, barbershops and gyms have been in high demand after reopening May 8 following an order from Gov. Doug Ducey shutting down gyms March 20 and salons April 3 to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

By Loretta McKenney May 26, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — On June 6, Williams Volunteer Fire Department (WFD) will host its annual Fire Prevention Golf Tournament.

By Loretta McKenney May 19, 2020
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Williams says good-bye to recycle program
City of Williams to no longer pickup recycling after May 18; monthly rates expected to increase in 2020

The city started looking at dropping the program last year after receiving a letter that stated the cost for recycle would be increasing.

By Loretta McKenney May 19, 2020
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Now, with less than 30 days before the show, organizers are hustling to finalize plans for the car show.

By Loretta McKenney May 19, 2020
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“There’s been a huge demand, locally, for people to purchase firearms and ammunition,” said co-owner Nishan Campbell.

By Loretta McKenney May 5, 2020
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Four Grand Canyon School students were honored in March for their talent after being selected to display their artwork at the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE) Youth Art Month Showcase in Phoenix.

By Loretta McKenney May 5, 2020
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Not your average fire season: Forest officials attempt to get ahead of virus
Williams residents within urban interface now under fire restrictions

While most fire officials spend March and April gearing up for fire season, this year, the U.S. Forest Service is having to take a slightly different approach.

By Loretta McKenney April 28, 2020
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The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a normal fire and monsoon season.

By Loretta McKenney April 28, 2020
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Williams Alcohol Anonymous group is still meeting — using social distancing guidelines and monitoring attendance and the group remains available to anyone who has had a drinking problem.

By Loretta McKenney April 28, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. – The Williams Food Pantry and More has had a few extra helping hands lately.

By Loretta McKenney April 21, 2020
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On March 16, the tribe suspended all tourism through April 14 and last week a decision was made to extend that closure through May 14.

By Loretta McKenney April 21, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — While farmers markets are popular within most communities during normal times, the option of fresh produce and other goods may be even more appealing to community members now that the state has implemented social distancing and other guidelines.

By Loretta McKenney April 14, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor a worldwide pandemic can keep the U.S. Postal Service from delivering mail. Such is the case in Williams and other post offices around the nation.

By Loretta McKenney April 14, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — As friends and family attempt to maintain some sense of normality in their lives after Gov. Doug Ducey’s most recent stay-at-home order, Williams restaurants are doing their part to remain open and serve customers.

By Loretta McKenney April 7, 2020
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NPS Chief Ranger Matthew Vandzura was available to answer community member’s questions, which included how the park would be identifying locals accessing the park.

By Loretta McKenney April 7, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — During a time of uncertainty, some businesses and non-profits along with the Williams Police Department are working to help those in need.

By Loretta McKenney March 24, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. —Wild West Junction welcomed new owners March 6, who said they will be keeping the restaurant, hotel, bar and all other operations the same.

By Loretta McKenney March 17, 2020
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Grand Canyon, Tusayan remain on alert during COVID-19
National park remains open, Tusayan EMS take precautions, school closes

The park is asking visitors to use the self-pay machines in each entrance lane.

By Loretta McKenney March 17, 2020
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The incident occurred in September 2019, when, according to Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, the tandem skydive encountered difficulties during landing.

By Loretta McKenney March 17, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Lonesome Valley Company of Arizona Rangers donated $500 Feb. 19 to help bring The Moving Wall, a 252-foot mobile replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., to Williams.

By Loretta McKenney March 3, 2020
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Current terms for Mayor Craig Sanderson, and council members Al Montoya and Becky Wirth expire this year.

By Loretta McKenney March 3, 2020
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Tusayan Council approves $2 mil loan after budget barely balances
Town asks for community input for future capital improvement projects

The need for the loan came after Home Rule was not passed by Tusayan voters in 2019.

By Loretta McKenney February 25, 2020
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She said one of Paragon’s goals in 2020 is to get the word out that skydiving is an option at the Grand Canyon.

By Loretta McKenney February 25, 2020
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“(Canyon Closet) is going to be basically a non-profit Goodwill, if you will,” said Gloria Barrett. “People can drop off their clothing, exchange clothing for a larger size … it’s going to be something that is available to the community at any time.”

By Loretta McKenney February 18, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Because of elevated levels of mercury, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is advising the public to limit their consumption of black crappie caught in Santa Fe Lake in Williams.

By Loretta McKenney February 4, 2020
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Flagstaff locals Justin Salamon, Lyndsay Hupp and Omar Martinez were three of nine storytellers who shared personal accounts of experiences on rivers during the second annual Grand Canyon Youth storytelling event Jan. 23 at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff.

By Loretta McKenney January 28, 2020
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The application will be submitted to Kaibab National Forest later this week.

By Loretta McKenney January 28, 2020
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Viking Jazlyn Romero has signed with Paradise Valley Community College to play softball in the fall of 2020.

By Loretta McKenney December 17, 2019
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. —Ryan Kopicky, a captain and volunteer firefighter with Williams Fire Department, moved to Williams from the Pacific Northwest more than a decade ago and now he and his family are moving back.

By Loretta McKenney November 26, 2019

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