Trusted local news leader for Williams AZ and the Grand Canyon
Sat, Aug. 15
Back to profile

Loretta McKenney

Stories by Loretta

Tease photo

This year, the reunion honored Vic Howell ranch manager for Babbitt Ranches, located north of Williams.

By Loretta McKenney July 28, 2020
Tease photo

The investigation stemmed from allegations made against a Tusayan business.

By Loretta McKenney July 14, 2020
Tease photo
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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

“Financially many felt this would be difficult,” said Grand Canyon Chamber Manager Laura Chastain

By Loretta McKenney June 23, 2020
Tease photo
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
Tease photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. —Chase Waggoner, former city manager of Williams, was terminated June 11.

By Loretta McKenney June 16, 2020
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — On June 6, Williams Volunteer Fire Department (WFD) will host its annual Fire Prevention Golf Tournament.

By Loretta McKenney May 19, 2020
Tease photo
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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

“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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo
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
Tease photo

The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a normal fire and monsoon season.

By Loretta McKenney April 28, 2020
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. – The Williams Food Pantry and More has had a few extra helping hands lately.

By Loretta McKenney April 21, 2020
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo
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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

Current terms for Mayor Craig Sanderson, and council members Al Montoya and Becky Wirth expire this year.

By Loretta McKenney March 3, 2020
Tease photo
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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

“(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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

The application will be submitted to Kaibab National Forest later this week.

By Loretta McKenney January 28, 2020
Tease photo

Viking Jazlyn Romero has signed with Paradise Valley Community College to play softball in the fall of 2020.

By Loretta McKenney December 17, 2019
Tease photo

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
Tease photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Ring. Ring. Ring. The sound of Salvation Army bell ringers is familiar around this time of year; however, this year bell ringers are in short supply and local coordinators are seeking volunteers to help carry on the tradition and help families in need.

By Loretta McKenney November 26, 2019
Tease photo
Magic still exists: Polar Express staff steps up for special passenger
A night of disappointments turns into a magical experience

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Magic exists. That’s what one southern Arizona family believes after an act of kindness and a visit by a very special person during a recent visit to the Polar Express Train in Williams.

By Loretta McKenney November 26, 2019
Tease photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Williams Senior Center may seem a little emptier now after Dolores Paredes, coordinator and long-time cook at the center, retired Nov. 21.

By Loretta McKenney November 26, 2019
Tease photo

By 9:45 a.m. the temperature had risen to between 55-60 degrees. With increased temperatures and no obvious area for snakes to be hidden, Kevin Overfield said he was not looking for snakes.

By Loretta McKenney November 12, 2019
Tease photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Williams Mayor John Moore will be shaking a few more hands this election season after announcing his run Oct. 7 for the U.S. House of Representatives under Arizona District 1.

By Loretta McKenney October 8, 2019
Tease photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — In the coming weeks and months you may get a knock at your door. While it may be seasonal trick-or-treaters, it could be Victoria Uszenski, a local representative of LGCY Power, the newest option for renting or purchasing solar in northern Arizona.

By Loretta McKenney October 1, 2019
Tease photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — With the addition of two members, Williams Lions Club has grown by 22 percent, bringing total membership to 17. “We signed them in last month,” said Williams Lions Club President George Watt.

By Loretta McKenney August 6, 2019
Tease photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - As Summer Rec begins to wind down, children brought out their best talents for the end-of-the-year show.

By Loretta McKenney July 24, 2019
Tease photo

The 11/12 girls team ended the season June 25 with a score of 4-3 in their final game against Chino Valley.

By Loretta McKenney July 1, 2019
Tease photo

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.

By Loretta McKenney June 25, 2019
Tease photo

More than 50 children along with 38 adults and teens participated in the annual Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church of Williams last week.

By Loretta McKenney June 13, 2019

Prev

Event Calendar
Event Calendar link
Submit Event