Tribal police and the New Mexico National Guard plan to enforce a weekend curfew on the Navajo Nation to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Chinle Unified School District

Schools on the Navajo Nation are making plans to reopen next month amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

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In this week’s installment of Poetry Friday, Flagstaff physician Mark James brings us a poem about safety. Last year on the 4th of July, he witnessed a traumatic emergency while on a run to the top of Observatory Mesa. He was unable to help in the situation, but it stayed with him…how quickly things change, the transience of life and light. On this 4th of July, Mark shares his poem A Light Goes Out on the Fourth, his salute to emergency health care workers, and a reminder to all of us to stay as safe as we can this holiday weekend.

Flagstaff High School

The Flagstaff Unified School District has announced its plan to reopen in August.

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Fire crews on the Navajo Nation say a lightning-caused wildfire has grown to 10,694 acres.

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Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Arizona said Wednesday they turned in 420,000 petition signatures — far more than needed to get the measure on the November ballot despite challenges posed by the coronavirus.



The number of new coronavirus cases in Arizona is down somewhat from the previous day’s record-breaker.

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The University of Arizona is delaying a furlough for faculty and staff that was to begin this week. 

Play Us A Tune: Goin' Home

Jul 2, 2020
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In this week’s segment of Play Us a Tune, musician David Margheim brings us a song dedicated to his best friend, Scott Brower. They met as kids and made a lot of music together over the decades, including a song called Goin’ Home. But they never ended up recording it. In April, Scott died from complications of COVID-19. As a tribute, David decided he would finally record the song they wrote together years ago, and he performs it for us today. Here’s David Margheim with Goin’ Home. 

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The Navajo Nation is one of the hardest hit areas by coronavirus in the United States. That presents a grim reality for funeral homes during this crisis. The Navajo Nation has a burial assistance program that helps tribal members with some funeral costs, but of the 11 mortuaries that participate, only two are located in Arizona. The Valley Ridge Mortuary in Tuba City has had to bring on more staff and add a temporary storage unit due to the death toll. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with the mortuary’s director Michael Begay about the emotional impact on himself and his staff.



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