American Rescue Plan

Greenhouse Productions

Live entertainment and music venues across the country are now receiving long-awaited funds from a federal COVID-19 relief program. Several promoters in northern Arizona are among the recipients of the grants seen as a lifeline to the struggling industry. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday announced he's using $101.1 million of federal pandemic relief funding to launch a new program to encourage more tourism spending in the state and help the hospitality industry recover from the pandemic. 


KNAU's Morning Rundown: Friday, June 4

Jun 4, 2021

It’s Friday, June 4.  An excessive heat warning is in effect until Saturday evening in the Grand Canyon’s lower elevation areas including Grand Canyon Village and Supai. National Weather Service forecasters are predicting potential highs of 110º at the Phantom Ranch. Some chances for precipitation this afternoon and evening. 


Forecasters say wind gusts and lightning are possible today.


Vaccination Clinics On Tap For Bellemont, Parks

Orpheum Theater

For more than a year now, the live entertainment industry has struggled to hang on as the COVID-19 pandemic brought gigs and revenue to a grinding halt. A federal grant program called the Save Our Stages Act, part of the American Rescue Plan, was supposed to help. But to date, none of the more than $16 billion has made it to local venues. That’s because the system crashed shortly after the program launched last month when thousands of eager people tried to apply online. The Small Business Administration says it’s back up and grants should start going out at the end of the month, good news for many in the music, theater and film industries. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with Susan Walter, general manager of the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff, about the pressures she’s faced this last year trying to stay afloat and hopeful.

KNAU's Morning Rundown: Friday, April 16

Apr 16, 2021

Use-Of-Force Incident Legislation Heads To Ducey’s Desk

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Local officials are applauding today’s passage of the American Rescue Plan by the U.S. House of Representatives.