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The Phoenix Zoo is asking the public to help name one of its black-footed ferret litters. The zoo is caring for 27 black-footed ferret kits and officials say it’s the most successful breeding season in 20 years. The first litter was born in May, the last in June. The Phoenix Zoo is one of six facilities worldwide breeding black-footed ferrets for release to the wild. The species is considered one of North America’s most endangered.

Flagstaff Unified School District officials say they’re preparing multiple learning options for students as classes are set to begin next week amid the ongoing pandemic. The district has released plans for in-person instruction, along with an online synchronist system for elementary school students. An additional asynchronous distance learning program will be an option for students from fifth to twelfth grade. The district also plans for temporary remote instruction if necessary.

Yavapai County officials say the surge of new COVID-19 infections has prompted changes to library operations at all 15 county libraries. Yavapai County Free Library District branches will return to curbside-only service beginning Thursday, August 5th,  in the interest of public and staff safety. Visitors may browse or search the library catalog online at or call individual local branches for assistance to pick up items curbside during regular business hours. Masks will be required for staff.

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Coconino County has reinstated a mask mandate inside all of its buildings amid a renewed spike in COVID-19 infections. Low vaccination rates and the Delta variant are driving increased case numbers nationwide. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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Public schools across northern Arizona are navigating both state law and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines as students return to the classroom. Officials with the Flagstaff Unified School District say that means recommending — but not mandating — face coverings.

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It’s Wednesday, Aug. 4. An Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect until Aug. 5 for lower regions of Mohave County including Kingman. Another goes into effect Aug. 5 in Supai, Grand Canyon Village, and Phantom Ranch.

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A vaccinated Arizona legislator says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms while isolating at home.

Democratic state Sen. Tony Navarrete of Phoenix, said Tuesday his diagnosis last week is a reminder that Arizonans should remain vigilant. He said he had his final vaccination shot in February.

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A Phoenix science teacher is asking a judge to put a halt to a districtwide mask mandate, which goes against a new state law, district officials said Tuesday.

Richard Franco, a spokesman for Phoenix Union High School District, confirmed Douglas Hester’s filing for a temporary restraining order on the mandate. The superintendent and governing board members are named as defendants in the motion.

U.S. Forest Service

Across the country, iconic signs mark the trails, campgrounds and other features on nearly 200 million acres of land managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

The signs were the brainchild of long-time Forest Service employee, Virgil Carrell. ‘Bus’, as he was commonly known, wasn’t a professional designer, but he was a professional forest ranger. He started his career in the West, and worked nearly every job expected of a ranger in the 1940s and ‘50s.


Utah’s famed Sundance Film Festival will require next year’s attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Festival director Tabitha Jackson made the announcement today. The 2022 Festival and all affiliated events will require proof of vaccination for everyone, including volunteers, filmmakers and pass holders. Sundance presented a mostly virtual event earlier this year. Organizers of the 2022 Festival are planning to hold in-person events and screenings in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah in late January.



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