Angela Gervasi

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Angela Gervasi is a reporter, photographer and audio producer. She joined KNAU in 2020 as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Angela’s freelance work has aired on WHYY, and been published in Vox, the Lexington Herald-Leader, and the Miami Herald. She’s covered stories in many areas of the world including Cuba and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Angela first traveled to Arizona as a college intern in the town of Nogales, where she instantly fell in love with the people and places of the Sonoran Desert. She’s particularly drawn to stories that connect people to different cultures, traditions and parts of the world. When Angela isn’t reporting or hosting, she’s probably cooking, making music, practicing yoga, or crafting bad jokes.

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Coconino County officials say a disaster declaration from President Joe Biden will have “an indirect impact” on the county and the city of Flagstaff. 

Biden on Monday issued a disaster declaration for flooding that swept through northern Arizona this summer. The action allows certain federal funds to be allocated within Coconino, Apache, and Navajo counties for aid and repair efforts. 

The declaration applies to flooding sustained between July 22 and July 24. 

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Northern Arizona Healthcare says its employees and volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 31, 2021.

The healthcare company includes the Flagstaff Medical Center and Verde Valley Medical Center, along with facilities in Sedona, Oak Creek, and Camp Verde. On its website, NAH says it employs more than 3,000 “doctors, nurses and other experts.” 

In Monday’s announcement, NAH officials cited developing variants as a factor in the vaccine mandate. 

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A dozen students are expected to graduate later this month from the Navajo Police Training Academy in Chinle, according to the Navajo Police Department, though the students must complete final assessments before passing through the academy.

The department has reported severe understaffing amid the expanse of Diné land. The NPD has continued to hold recruitment drives in recent months.

The Killip Elementary School in Flagstaff resumed in-person instruction Tuesday after floodwaters inundated the facility in mid-August. 

The public school — part of the Flagstaff Unified School District — cancelled classes for two days after rainfall poured onto the Museum Fire Burn Scar on Aug. 17. Coconino County officials say 3.07 inches fell on one part of the burn scar within an hour.

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The Cottonwood City Council is set to consider a continuation of funding for a years-long water conservation education program at a meeting Tuesday evening.

The program began in 2012, according to council, and has since been implemented in schools throughout the Verde Valley to teach students between kindergarten and 8th grade. City officials say it was the state’s first “comprehensive water education” program.

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The Flagstaff City Council is set on Tuesday to discuss wastewater testing for COVID-19 within public schools. 

Mayor Paul Deasy has pitched a proposal to test wastewater on a weekly basis, analyzing water within the city’s treatment plants, the Flagstaff Unified School District, and at any charter schools that agree to participate in the process. No more than $50,000 would be allocated for the effort, according to the city council agenda.

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Police say a 33-year-old Cottonwood man was arrested on felony charges Thursday after an hours-long standoff with law enforcement officials — including the Verde Valley SWAT team. 

Devin Lee Sprecher was arrested after allegedly assaulting his domestic partner and refusing to leave the Cottonwood residence.

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A Northern Arizona University professor with Afghan roots is slated to hold a lecture on the recent U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and Taliban rule in the country. 

Dr. Hakeem Naim, who is Afghan-American, is a history professor and lecturer at NAU. He worked to pull his own siblings from the country during the recent evacuation, according to Dr. Leilah Danielson, NAU’s History Department Chair. 

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The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entirety of northern Arizona, set to expire Wednesday night. Chances for rain are expected to reach 46% today at 5 p.m. in Flagstaff, according to NWS data released Wednesday morning. 

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The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 4,740 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and 62 recent deaths. It marks the highest daily case rate reported since a statewide spike in January, according to ADHS data.

In a statement Tuesday, ADHS Interim Director Don Herrington warned of an uptick in Wednesday’s case report due to a “data processing issue.” A considerably lower rate — 822 cases — was reported Tuesday, along with no recent related deaths. 

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