Zac Ziegler

Zac Ziegler

When this summer’s monsoons hit, officials from the Prescott National Forest worried.

Otwell Associates Architects

City preservation officials in Prescott have approved a design to replace the Whiskey Row buildings destroyed by last May’s fire.

Former N-A-U track star Lopez Lomong has advanced to the finals of the men’s 5,000 meter Olympic race in London. 

Lomong turned in a time of 13:26.16 in his semifinal heat, finishing in fourth place. 

The top 5 finishers in each heat were guaranteed a spot in the finals,

Five more spots went to the fastest runners who did not finish in their race’s top five.

Lomong’s time is 15 seconds slower than his personal best and 2012 world leading time, posted in April.

Another former Lumberjack, David McNeill, did not make it to the finals.

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It’s a typical sunny Flagstaff day, and Diego Estrada takes a break from training to visit a favorite taqueria.

While many Olympians spend their days focusing every second on their sport, Estrada takes a slightly different approach.

“I’ve done my best to avoid it," he said. "I actually started working on my room, I painted it, I built a bed from scratch.  I’ve been trying to stay distracted because I know if I focus too much I’m going to burn out or lose interest.  Our goal has been to stay away from it and treat it like any other race."

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The Olympics are just about to get underway, but Lopez Lomong is not in London yet.

He’s returned to Flagstaff in order to finish his training.

Lopez says Flagstaff is the place that made him a world-class athlete, and he’s bringing some of his US teammates with him.

“It’s like I’m still a student here.  I still run the same trails, they’re still the same distances.  That’s why I’m bringing some of my friends, my teammates, the love of what Flagstaff has to offer to the world.”