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Loretta McKenney

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In one trend, dubbed the “devious lick challenge,” TikTok users film themselves vandalizing and often stealing objects, specific to school property.

By Loretta McKenney September 21, 2021
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Grand Canyon National Park experienced a busy holiday weekend, Sept. 3-6.

By Loretta McKenney September 14, 2021
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Coming from humble beginnings — a product of immigrants, a student with learning disabilities and a child of a broken home — Acosta has met each challenge with fortitude and humor, and created an interesting life.

By Loretta McKenney September 7, 2021
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Tusayan Fire District is a combined fire district, which means they rely on full-time or career firefighters and reserve firefighters as well as volunteers.

By Loretta McKenney August 31, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — After fireworks were canceled for the Fourth of July because of extreme fire conditions, Williams Fire Department (WFD) made plans for a Labor Day weekend fireworks show and celebration.

By Loretta McKenney August 31, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — One of Williams’ favorite Thai restaurants has branched out after purchasing Twisters Soda Fountain on Historic Route 66.

By Loretta McKenney August 31, 2021
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Arizona Game and Fish Department conservation projects recently received a boost from Mother Road Brewing Company to help wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities.

By Loretta McKenney August 24, 2021
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After a challenging year for many educators in 2020, the educators are excited to be back in the classroom with students.

By Loretta McKenney August 3, 2021
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The city of Williams and Williams Volunteer Fire Department (WFD) have partnered for the Labor Day Celebration Sept. 4-5, which will include food trucks, a brew festival, bounce houses, a variety of vendors and a firework show.

By Loretta McKenney August 3, 2021
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Classes started Aug. 2, with in-person learning only this year.

By Loretta McKenney August 3, 2021
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The competition tested soldiers on a variety of tactical and technical skills as they vied to be named the Army National Guard’s Soldier of the Year.

By Loretta McKenney July 27, 2021
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The Southwest set record temperatures July 10 with Phantom Ranch tying its all-time heat record of 120 degrees recorded in 1958, 1974 and 1981.

By Loretta McKenney July 13, 2021
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There’s a new business in town dedicated to saving lives.

By Loretta McKenney June 29, 2021
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Foodie Club opened on Dec. 4, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic and offers options that international visitors and locals both enjoy.

By Loretta McKenney June 29, 2021
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As wildfires burn across northern Arizona, Williams Volunteer Fire Department is deciding whether or not to host its annual Fourth of July firework display.

By Loretta McKenney June 22, 2021
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When the coronavirus pandemic hit the Navajo Nation, jewelry, arts, crafts and food vendors closed to help prevent the spread of the virus.

By Loretta McKenney June 22, 2021
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Mayor John Moore said the event was to beautify the city and prepare for a busy tourist season.

By Loretta McKenney May 18, 2021
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It may be surprising to some, but mules are a big part of the Grand Canyon community.

By Loretta McKenney May 18, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — U.S. Marines from the 2nd Marines Logistics Group with the 2nd Transportation Battalion made a pit stop in Williams May 14 where they set up a communications radio before enjoying some rest and relaxation at the Grand Canyon and in Williams.

By Loretta McKenney May 18, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Kale, a vegetable of choice for those looking to be health conscious, was just one of the many topics discussed at a meeting between Coconino County and the city of Williams May 11, in which the two entities attempted to work out differences in the operation of the Williams Senior Center.

By Loretta McKenney May 18, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — As the only Nation of Patriots’ city in the U.S., Williams has a special place in the hearts of organizers, riders and participants.

By Loretta McKenney May 18, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — On April 12, long-time resident Jason Moore was hired as Fire Inspector for the city of Williams, a position that has been in high demand by Williams Volunteer Fire Department for several years

By Loretta McKenney May 18, 2021
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Williams T-Ball kicked off practice May 11.

By Loretta McKenney May 18, 2021
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As the newest coffee shop in Williams, Leo’s offers a variety of coffee options along with a full espresso bar, pastries, smoothies, fruities, ice-cream, hot dogs, burritos and pre-packaged salads and snacks.

By Loretta McKenney May 11, 2021
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Whiskey with a cause: Grand Canyon Distillery offers spirits to benefit local fire departments and firefighter families
Williams Fire and Ponderosa Fire to receive 20 percent of proceeds from sale of specialty whiskeys

There’s a new flavor at Grand Canyon Brewery and Distillery that’s reminiscent of the great pine forests of northern Arizona with a hint of smoke and char.

By Loretta McKenney May 11, 2021
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On a perfect spring day, the Bill Williams Mountain Men departed on their annual Rendezvous Ride May 8.

By Loretta McKenney May 11, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — A decade's worth of Williams High School graduates will come together this summer for a combined class of the 1980s reunion June 4-6.

By Loretta McKenney April 27, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — A kick-off concert for two patriotic events taking place this summer — The Moving Wall and Remembering our Fallen, will take place April 30 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Babbitt Polson Stage in Williams.

By Loretta McKenney April 20, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Williams Police Chief Herman Nixon joined American Legion Cordova Post 13 at the Williams Cemetery April 13 to place police markers at the gravesites of fallen officers.

By Loretta McKenney April 20, 2021
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The tournament takes place June 5 at Elephant Rocks Golf Course in Williams.

By Loretta McKenney April 13, 2021
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Domed luxury resort to open south of Grand Canyon
Clear Sky Resort to open 40-acre facility featuring food truck and more

Clear Sky Resort plans to open a 40-dome resort with amenities near Valle, Arizona May 28. Five more luxury domes will open later this year.

By Loretta McKenney April 13, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — After more than a year of restrictions, guidelines and unplanned closures, bars, nightclubs and other businesses throughout Arizona welcomed Gov. Doug Ducey’s announcement March 25 lifting all of Arizona’s COVID-19 business restrictions.

By Loretta McKenney March 30, 2021
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Spring Break crowds flock to Grand Canyon as east entrance remains closed
Some east entrance facilities to reopen starting April 3

Currently, the park is only accessible through its south entrance station via the town of Tusayan. It’s east entrance at Desert View remains closed.

By Loretta McKenney March 30, 2021
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A 77-year-old woman died when her house caught fire on Boyd Street in Williams March 16.

By Loretta McKenney March 18, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — A former Williams school bus driver is being charged with driving under the influence and up to 16 endangerment charges after the results of a toxicology report were released by Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) March 12.

By Loretta McKenney March 16, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — A class to help business owners recognize their rights and responsibilities when it comes to service dog related situations will be held March 11.

By Loretta McKenney March 2, 2021
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The coronavirus pandemic is no match for music students at Grand Canyon School, who spent three months writing, recording and producing an original song about life during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

By Loretta McKenney March 2, 2021
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Laying the ground work: Results Fitness Center makes a move
New facility features private studio, boxing room, spin room, personal training and more

After nearly a year of restrictions and shutdowns because of COVID-19, being able to access a local gym is a treat and while Williams’ only private gym was able to remain open throughout most of the pandemic, members and guests are excited to access Results Fitness Center’s newly renovated facility.

By Loretta McKenney February 23, 2021
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Firefighters battle blaze north of Williams that destroys home and travel trailer
High Country Fire responds to fire after homeowners leave

A house and fifth wheel travel trailer were a complete loss during a fire Feb. 17 on Pine Street in the Red Lake area north of Williams.

By Loretta McKenney February 23, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Gustavo Espino, 61, of Williams, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 2019 murders of his partner and her sister.

By Loretta McKenney February 9, 2021
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Grand Canyon School PTA seeks new members, plans for upcoming graduation
New board named for Parent, Teacher Association as Grand Canyon School continues with remote learning and plans for upcoming graduation

After a late start, the Parent, Teacher Association (PTA) at Grand Canyon School is excited to be back on track and offering support to students and families.

By Loretta McKenney February 9, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — There is no better way for someone to feel a part of the community than to be accepted as a volunteer firefighter. Right now, Williams Volunteer Fire Department is recruiting new personnel to join its ranks.

By Loretta McKenney January 19, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — On Jan. 13, Williams Unified School District Governing Board, voted to advertise internally for a full-time superintendent position for the 2021-2022 school year.

By Loretta McKenney January 19, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Opponents and supporters of a proposed adventure park at 700 E. Route 66 in Williams gathered to voice their concerns at the Jan. 14 Williams City Council meeting.

By Loretta McKenney January 19, 2021
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The COVID-19 vaccine requires a 28-day follow up booster shot to be fully effective.

By Loretta McKenney January 12, 2021
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Horse deaths under investigation on Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
$5,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest of responsible parties

Law Enforcement is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of parties responsible for four dead horses located outside of the Heber Wild Horse Territory, Jan. 7.

By Loretta McKenney January 12, 2021
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Hone’ Wo’keed: FBI seeks to reach Navajo language speakers through cold case posters
First of their kind FBI cold case posters in Navajo language seek to solve crimes by translating, distributing posters on reservation

By law, the FBI is responsible for investigating the most serious crimes within Indian Country—homicide, child sexual assault, kidnapping and violence against women among them.

By Loretta McKenney January 5, 2021
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Now, more than ever, Americans across the U.S. are turning to local food banks to help alleviate hunger pains and empty cupboards.

By Loretta McKenney December 29, 2020
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Every year Williams Volunteer Fire Department (WFD) selects new officers and recognizes members for their service.

By Loretta McKenney December 22, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — On Dec. 9, the city of Williams canvassed the votes for the Nov. 3 general election, announcing Craig Fritsinger, Mike Cowan and Frank McNelly winning the three open seats on the Williams City Council.

By Loretta McKenney December 15, 2020

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