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Loretta McKenney

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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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The annual Advent concert series at St. John’s Episcopal-Lutheran Church has been cancelled this year because of coronavirus concerns.

By Loretta McKenney December 8, 2020
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Grand Canyon Chamber to target digital marketing, partnerships in new era of COVID-19
Sarah Russell steps in as office manager after departure of chamber manager Laura Chastain

Grand Canyon Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau (GCCVB) is developing new strategies to get timely and appropriate messaging out to targeted audiences.

By Loretta McKenney December 1, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Williams is mourning the loss of one of its favorite downtown fixtures. Razzy the carriage horse was killed in a wreck Sunday afternoon.

By Loretta McKenney November 24, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — On Nov. 20, residents throughout Coconino County received an emergency alert indicating Interstate 40 westbound was closed because of a police incident.

By Loretta McKenney November 24, 2020
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Grand Canyon School remains vigilant in face of virus
Remote learning to continue through Jan. 28

“Nobody has been through this situation before and we are uniquely, unique,” said Grand Canyon School Principal Matt Yost.

By Loretta McKenney November 10, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Now in its second year, the Boys and Girls Club of Flagstaff continues to provide programs and mentorship to between 90-100 students weekly at Williams Elementary-Middle School.

By Loretta McKenney November 10, 2020
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Aircraft flying over the town of Ash Fork will now have a birds-eye view of a 30 x 20 foot mural commemorating Historic Route 66.

By Loretta McKenney October 27, 2020
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After being closed for four years, Zettlers Market has opened its doors once again.

By Loretta McKenney October 27, 2020
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Return of the burro: Grand Canyon rangers run with racing burros
Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation work to bring burro racing back to Arizona, California

“I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon before and to get to do it with my beloved burros was the icing on the cake,” said Amber Wann.

By Loretta McKenney October 27, 2020
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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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