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Wendy Howell

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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Williams High School is getting some long overdue upgrades this summer.

By Wendy Howell May 4, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — A transformation is occurring on a hillside on the east end of Williams, as heavy excavation is making way for an adventure park and tubing hill.

By Wendy Howell May 4, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — School districts around the state are either keeping or abolishing their mask mandates in response to Governor Doug Ducey rescinding an executive order April 19 that required face masks to be worn inside K-12 schools.

By Wendy Howell April 27, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. - With the passing of Prop 207 last November — which legalizes recreational marijuana use in Arizona — many questions have arisen, especially when it comes to the legal sale and use within Williams city limits.

By Wendy Howell April 27, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. —The couple who were tragically killed in a plane crash near the Williams airport were well-known adventure flyers with a popular YouTube channel where they shared their exploits.

By Wendy Howell April 27, 2021
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PARKS, Ariz. — A Kaibab National Forest thinning project in Parks concerned local residents when logging truck traffic was recently seen utilizing a past alignment of Route 66.

By Wendy Howell April 20, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Williams Vikings golf team had their first home golf match April 8 against Chino Valley.

By Wendy Howell April 15, 2021
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Summer Rec program set to return in 2021
Williams Aquatic Center to remain closed this summer

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — There’s some good news on the horizon for children in Williams as the city gave the greenlight for the Summer Rec program at its April 8 meeting.

By Wendy Howell April 13, 2021
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Williams Vice Mayor Don Dent said the city council anticipated a much worse fall-out of revenue because of the coronavirus and is pleased with the signs of recovery.

By Wendy Howell April 13, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. - One year after COVID-19 basically shut down the travel industry, data is showing that recovery is beginning to pick up.

By Wendy Howell April 13, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Williams Vikings baseball team has had an opportunity to get their cleats dirty as they pulled in four wins in the first two weeks of the season.

By Wendy Howell April 6, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Indian cuisine is one of the world’s most diverse foods, characterized for its unique and humble use of a variety of grains, fruit, vegetables, meats and spices of the region. Sweet, sour, spicy and hot are just a few adjectives that describe the flavors in dishes from India. Sudipto Ballav and Chaitali Bose are now bringing those robust flavors to Williams.

By Wendy Howell April 6, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The romance of the Mother Road — also called the Main Street of America — holds a special place in American history and evokes nostalgia of simpler times, neon signs, middle-of-nowhere mom and pop motels and archetypal roadside scenes.

By Wendy Howell April 6, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Williams Vikings softball team is hoping the winter weather is behind them and field time is in the future as they head into their third week of the season.

By Wendy Howell March 30, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Friends of the Williams Aquatic Center is hoping to jump back in the water this year with new fundraising ideas for an HVAC system.

By Wendy Howell March 30, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Despite having a relatively normal snow year, wildland fire forecasters are expecting the upcoming fire season to be similar to 2020 — the second-worst wildland fire season Arizona has experienced.

By Wendy Howell March 30, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — In the summer of 2020, the largest fire in the history of Kaibab National Forest tore through the ponderosa pine forests above the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, causing the evacuation of the Jacob Lake and North Rim communities, threatening several homes and other structures and eventually burning over 70,000 acres of ponderosa and pinyon-juniper habitat.

By Wendy Howell March 30, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Coconino County Superintendent of Schools, Cheryl Mango-Paget announced the appointment of John Romero as a governing board member for the Williams Unified School District.

By Wendy Howell March 23, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — When coronavirus arrived in the U.S. in early 2020, it threw the housing market a curveball.

By Wendy Howell March 23, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Williams Lady Vikings battled hard against the Mogollon Mustangs, but came up short losing to the team 73-62 in the 1A State quarterfinals March 10.

By Wendy Howell March 16, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — After a nearly three-hour meeting that included applicant and appellant testimony and a public hearing, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors March 10 denied a modification of a conditional use permit that would have allowed sales at a water stand on a property in Pittman Valley.

By Wendy Howell March 16, 2021
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According to Coconino County Health and Human Services Director Kim Musselman, the Center of Disease Control has notified the county to expect a significant increase in vaccines in April.

By Wendy Howell March 16, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Williams Unified School District Governing Board accepted the resignation of Williams Elementary-Middle School Principal Carissa Morrison at its March 10 meeting.

By Wendy Howell March 16, 2021
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Hundreds of motorists spend night on I-40 after snow storm closes highway
Slide-offs, crashes complicate interstate closure as travelers wait more than 10 hours at standstill

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the westbound and eastbound lanes of I-40 came to a standstill around 3:30 p.m., March 13.

By Wendy Howell March 16, 2021
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The Coconino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved rezoning Marble Canyon that will enable a California-based developer to renovate and expand the remote lodge and trading post.

By Wendy Howell March 16, 2021
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Williams Lady Vikes advance at state tourney
Sydnee Mortensen’s 29 points carries Vikings past Mayer March 6

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Williams Lady Vikings pulled off a first-round 54-51 win against Mayer in the 1A State tournament March 6 at Williams High School.

By Wendy Howell March 9, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Construction is progressing on the new Dogtown water lines, and the community now has a new one million gallon water storage tank.

By Wendy Howell March 9, 2021
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The 163-acre property is set to become Marble Canyon Village, a master-planned resort facility that will include a variety of lodging, shopping, entertainment and wellness-centered recreation opportunities.

By Wendy Howell March 9, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Construction is progressing on the new Dogtown water lines, and the community now has a new one million gallon water storage tank.

By Wendy Howell March 9, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Residents of Pittman Valley are asking the Coconino County Board of Supervisors to step in and stop the approval of a conditional use permit for a residential water stand operation on Old Route 66.

By Wendy Howell March 8, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The city of Williams is back to no reported incidents of coronavirus this week, after an alarming increase over the winter holiday season.

By Wendy Howell March 2, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Dodging potholes and avoiding rocks may be a thing of the past on the Perkinsville Road if Coconino County receives the funding requested to conduct upgrades on the highly travelled road south of Williams.

By Wendy Howell March 2, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Babbitt Ranches is taking another step in its quest to join the wind energy race as it moves forward with its latest project — a wind farm 30 miles northwest of Flagstaff.

By Wendy Howell February 23, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) announced Feb. 22 that after nearly 40 years they have identified the probable homicide victim dubbed “Valentine Sally.”

By Wendy Howell February 23, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Spring and summer youth sports programs in Williams are gearing up. Little League baseball and softball signups are underway with the season set to begin in April. There is no early registration discount this year.

By Wendy Howell February 16, 2021
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Coaster park, tubing hill proposal gets greenlight in Williams
Williams City Council approves rezoning for proposed adventure park

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Zoning for a proposed 20-acre coaster park and tubing hill business was approved Feb. 9, following a third public hearing before the Williams City Council.

By Wendy Howell February 16, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Coconino County Board of Supervisors met Feb. 2 for an executive session to discuss and get direction regarding the use of SpaceX’s Starlink as a rural internet provider for northern Arizona

By Wendy Howell February 16, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. - A winter storm will bring more snow to Williams this weekend beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing through Sunday evening.

By Wendy Howell February 12, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Now that Bearizona is the home for three rescued grizzly bear cubs, the park is sparing no expense in creating a state-of-the-art habitat called Grizzly Encounter, set to open in 2022.

By Wendy Howell February 9, 2021
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Vikings basketball posts wins last week
Vikings post string of wins against Ash Fork, Fredonia and Rancho Solano

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Williams Vikings had a full week of basketball, posting several wins over 1A rival teams.

By Wendy Howell February 9, 2021
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Coconino County expects vaccine doses to double
Seniors encouraged to call county for help registering

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Coconino County health officials are hopeful that additional doses of the COVID-19 will be arriving soon following the Biden administration’s announcement that it is expanding access to vaccines and freeing up more doses for states and pharmacies.

By Wendy Howell February 9, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Nothing is guaranteed anymore.

By Wendy Howell February 5, 2021
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Williams City Council gives update on coaster park site visit
Councilmembers travel to Big Bear Lake to analyze noise, lights and traffic for proposed coaster park in Williams

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Williams City Council conducted a second reading Jan. 28 of an ordinance to rezone 13 acres in downtown Williams for a proposed adventure park, while several councilmembers reported on an investigative trip made to a similar facility.

By Wendy Howell February 2, 2021
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Fresh snow and a sled: Williams enjoys a week of snow
Williams receives 24 inches of snow; public works employees put in 2,000 hours to clear city streets, walkways

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Although a relative calm settled over Williams early last week as meteorologists warned of two major storms, law enforcement, emergency services and the city’s street department were soon put to work as snow began falling in earnest Jan. 24.

By Wendy Howell February 2, 2021
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Visiting Grand Canyon National Park? You better bring a mask.

By Wendy Howell January 26, 2021
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Former employees give President Biden plan to restore National Park Service
Retired, former and current NPS employees release letter in hope of providing guidance for future of national parks

As President Joe Biden settles into his role in Washington D.C., the Coalition to Protect America’s Parks released a letter it hopes will guide the president and his administration in managing the parks.

By Wendy Howell January 26, 2021
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Frustration mounts with COVID vaccine distribution
Where to get the COVID vaccine in Arizona

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — With more demand than supply, people wanting a COVID-19 vaccine in northern Arizona are having to be patient as the state waits for additional doses from the federal government.

By Wendy Howell January 26, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — A proposed commercial water station in Pittman Valley is coming before the Coconino County Planning and Zoning Commission Jan. 27.

By Wendy Howell January 26, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Site work is complete and construction has begun on the new one million gallon water storage tank in Williams.

By Wendy Howell January 26, 2021
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. - A pair of winter storms is set to hit northern Arizona this weekend and into early next week, with a cumulative 8-12 inches expected for Williams, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.

By Wendy Howell January 22, 2021

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