Coral Evans

The mayors of several rural Arizona communities say they’ve been left out of COVID-19 relief funding by the federal and state governments. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

The federal CARES Act funneled nearly 3 billion dollars to Arizona. A third of this went directly to the state’s three largest cities and Pima and Maricopa counties. But cities smaller than 500,000 people aren’t eligible for a direct payment. Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans spoke about the issue at a press conference. Flagstaff’s population is just over seventy thousand people.

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Flagstaff’s Pulliam Airport will receive $18.1 million in grant funding as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed by Congress last month.

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Economic analysts say the tourism and hospitality industries will likely be hit especially hard from the fallout of COVID-19. A recent report from the Brookings Institution lists Flagstaff as the 10th most vulnerable area in the country. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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The House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday held a hearing on a federal bill that would ban uranium mining on more than a million acres near the Grand Canyon. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


Ryan Heinsius

It’s not unusual for local elected officials to have second jobs. But they’re not all as cool as Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans’ moonlighting gig as a DJ. Every Friday night for the last few years Evans, also known as DJ Baby Shady, has been spinning tunes at the Arizona Roadhouse in east Flagstaff. In the latest installment of KNAU’s series Eats and Beats, Mayor Evans queues up some of her favorite songs in the DJ booth.