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Wendy Howell

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BAGDAD - Five juveniles are facing charges for starting a brush fire that forced evacuations in Yavapai County May 21.

By Wendy Howell June 4, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Nearly 300 families and friends sat under blue skies on the Williams High School football field May 29 to witness the graduation of the class of 2020.

By Wendy Howell June 2, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz — The community of Williams rallied to honor the Williams High School class of 2020 with graduation banners placed throughout downtown.

By Wendy Howell June 2, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — With social distancing restrictions being relaxed, Williams will play host to the 18U Arizona State Championship Fastpitch Softball tournament June 6-7.

By Wendy Howell June 2, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Although April and early May saw some of the lowest visitation in Bearizona’s history, the relaxing of the state’s restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 May 15 led to the highest visitation in the drive-through wildlife park’s history.

By Wendy Howell June 2, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Williams will receive $372,892 in federal relief funding from the governor’s office as part of a statewide recovery effort for Arizona cities and counties.

By Wendy Howell June 2, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The 42nd annual Cowpunchers Reunion Rodeo, a working cowboys competition that showcases traditional skills, returns to the Williams Rodeo Grounds July 24-26.

By Wendy Howell June 2, 2020
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WILLIAMS — A trio of grizzly bear cubs whose mother was killed after attacking a hiker in Montana have a new home at Bearizona.

By Wendy Howell May 29, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Pressure has mounted to reopen the state’s schools, and there are those in Williams who are eager to see the children back at their desks, yet the landscape of American education will no doubt be different this fall.

By Wendy Howell May 26, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — With Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home orders expiring last week, the city of Williams is eager to return to business as usual and by such has decided to begin planning for a Fourth of July fireworks show.

By Wendy Howell May 19, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. —The town of Williams may be small, but it knows how to go big when it comes to celebrating its youth. On May 22, the town’s 53 graduating high school seniors will be honored with a fireworks show followed by an outdoor invite-only graduation ceremony the following weekend.

By Wendy Howell May 19, 2020
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The Coconino County Board of Supervisors held a community-wide live stream town hall meeting May 6 and stated the county has not seen a 14-day decline in the number of positive COVID-19 cases which the state is using as the first trigger to relaxing restrictions.

By Wendy Howell May 12, 2020
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Upon impact all the locomotives derailed in addition to a passenger car and ten baggage cars.

By Wendy Howell May 12, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The city of Williams has been recognized for their efforts in the upgrade of Grand Canyon Boulevard by receiving the 2020 Public Works Project of the Year – Transportation award from the American Public Works Association (APWA).

By Wendy Howell May 12, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — On May 6, a bit of Williams history came down when the old Williams hospital was demolished to make way for a parking lot at the newly built Williams Health Clinic.

By Wendy Howell May 12, 2020
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Dogtown water line goes to public review
City hopeful to open bid process by end of summer

The city of Williams has moved a step closer to securing a loan for the Dogtown Reservoir waterline replacement project as a public comment period opens up.

By Wendy Howell May 5, 2020
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With the support of the city, and private funding, the permanent park idea began to steamroll as numerous businesses began to volunteer time, equipment and expertise.

By Wendy Howell May 5, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — After seeing a significant amount of trash accumulating on the Interstate 40 roadside, Michelle Gauthier and Jody Monahan decided to take action.

By Wendy Howell April 28, 2020
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ARIZONA — The Arizona Department of Health Services is expanding its criteria for COVID-19 testing beyond high-risk people and those with symptoms of the disease, according to a blog post Thursday.

By Wendy Howell April 28, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Grand Canyon Railway has announced it will remain closed through June 14.

By Wendy Howell April 28, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Aiming to cut costs, the Williams City Council voted April 23 to furlough or not-fill 19 positions with the city for a 90-day period because of the economic situation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

By Wendy Howell April 28, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — As the May 22 graduation date looms for Williams High School seniors, administrators at Williams Unified School District are pondering ways to recognize graduates as a traditional ceremony becomes less certain.

By Wendy Howell April 28, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Members of the 2019 Vikings football team were honored April 16 as the team was added to the list of Williams state championship teams. The Vikings were given a welded sign to place on the three “Home of the Vikings” signs placed at the entrances to Williams.

By Wendy Howell April 21, 2020
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Grand Canyon Brewery and Distillery, a Williams-based producer of spirits and beer, is hoping a strategic shift to hand sanitizer production in response to the coronavirus will not only help medical and service providers, but keep their own business afloat during this economic downturn.

By Wendy Howell April 21, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Although sales tax was up 12 percent in February for Williams, city leaders are expecting to see revenues plummet when March figures are tallied because of the effects of coronavirus closures on the local economy.

By Wendy Howell April 21, 2020
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Over 80 million people will see the coronavirus stimulus checks begin to appear in their bank accounts today.

By Wendy Howell April 15, 2020
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“The stress is obviously hard for people, it probably hits our intensive care teams the most,” said Derek Feuquay, chief medical officer for Flagstaff Medical Center.

By Wendy Howell April 14, 2020
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Hackers and scammers are ramping up efforts to steal money and personal information.

By Wendy Howell April 14, 2020
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COVID-19 test site coming to Williams and Grand Canyon
Test site available April 17 in Williams, April 16 at Grand Canyon

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Although Coconino County has not publicly confirmed any COVID-19 cases in Williams, the new Arizona Department of Health Services dashboard reveals one to five people have been diagnosed with the virus in the 86046 zip code.

By Wendy Howell April 14, 2020
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Not a day goes by when the negative impact of the coronavirus on the travel and hospitality business isn’t on full display in Williams.

By Wendy Howell April 14, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Despite Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay at home executive order, the Williams Veterinary Clinic continues to operate as an essential service for Williams area residents and their pets.

By Wendy Howell April 7, 2020
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Williams Health Clinic opens to the public
After two years of construction, North Country Healthcare opens doors to new $6 million health clinic in Williams. Celebratory open house delayed because of COVID-19 .

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The new Williams health clinic has opened and staff from North Country HealthCare began seeing patients April 8.

By Wendy Howell April 7, 2020
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — As the only level I trauma care hospital in northern Arizona, Flagstaff Medical Center is on the front line in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.

By Wendy Howell April 7, 2020
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The center normally provides lunches and activities for area seniors, however, because of COVID-19, the center has closed its doors.

By Wendy Howell March 31, 2020
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Little change expected in Williams following Ducey's stay at home order
Essential services allowed under March 30 executive order

In the city of Williams, residents will see little change since most of the city’s businesses were closed or restricted with Ducey’s March 20 executive order that restricted restaurants and bars.

By Wendy Howell March 30, 2020
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Up to eight inches of wet snow fell on Williams March 18.

By Wendy Howell March 24, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced a two-week extension of school closures through April 10.

By Wendy Howell March 24, 2020
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The Grand Canyon Railway has announced a two-month closure of business operations beginning March 20.

By Wendy Howell March 19, 2020
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The Williams City Council passed a resolution declaring a State of Emergency, and councilmembers voted to allow businesses to remain open at their discretion at a special meeting March 19.

By Wendy Howell March 19, 2020
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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — As of March 18, Grand Canyon National Park remains open, however, additional closures because of COVID-19 have been announced.

By Wendy Howell March 18, 2020
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PHOENIX — Despite the two-week suspension of Arizona public schools because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Arizona Interscholastic Association Board has announced no postponements or cancellations to the spring championship athletic season.

By Wendy Howell March 17, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Musicians at Williams Unified School District are able to grow their program with a recent donation from the Williams Alliance for the Arts.

By Wendy Howell March 17, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — A potent and cold winter storm will bring significant low elevation rain and a possible eight to 12 inches of snow in Williams early March 18 through March 19, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.

By Wendy Howell March 17, 2020
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Fight against virus hits home in Williams
Williams community leaders meet to discuss school closures, employee leave, senior citizen assistance amidst coronavirus outbreak

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Mayor John Moore coordinated a meeting with Williams community leaders to address the latest developments of the coronavirus outbreak March 16.

By Wendy Howell March 17, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Real Estate in northern Arizona continued to fly off the shelves in 2019, as Williams hit new highs in the cost of houses sold and building permits issued.

By Wendy Howell March 12, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) has announced the 1A Central Region awards for basketball.

By Wendy Howell March 10, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS) was recently awarded $85,867 in results-based funding from the Arizona Department of Education for its performance on the state-wide testing.

By Wendy Howell March 10, 2020
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Topping the list, Phantom senior Cayli Miles was selected as the 1A Central Region Player of the Year.

By Wendy Howell March 10, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Vikings musicians brought home top honors at the Northeast Region Large Group Music Festival in Show Low Feb. 26.

By Wendy Howell March 3, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — On Feb. 27, Williams joined the growing state and national movement by declaring themselves a Second Amendment Sanctuary City and announcing support for gun ownership rights.

By Wendy Howell March 3, 2020

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