Dewey-Humbolt

Zac Ziegler

The Environmental Protection Agency is warning those in the Dewey-Humboldt area to stay away from the tailings pile near the Iron King Mine as well as the Humboldt Smelter.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

Yavapai County authorities say a second suspect has been identified in the case of an elderly Dewey woman who was defrauded out of $30,000.

Melissa Sevigny

It’s harvest season and gardeners in Arizona are roasting homegrown squash and canning extra tomatoes. But how do they know their vegetables are safe to eat? It’s a worry in some small mining towns with a legacy of contamination. In central Arizona, local gardeners have teamed up with scientists to test their soil and rainwater. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

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Updated at 3 p.m. Wed, June 28 

The Goodwin Fire 14 miles south of Prescott has forced the evacuations of several communities as fire crews struggle with arduous conditions. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s reached nearly 21,000 acres and is only about 1 percent contained. 


Zac Ziegler

The town of Dewey-Humboldt, just east of Prescott owes its existence to mining. 

The mining and smelting operations there produced over one-hundred-million-dollars since the 1870s. 

But the industry that was the town’s lifeblood may now be responsible for making the residents sick. 

Residents of Dewey-Humboldt gathered at the local elementary school last week.

They came to hear the latest on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans for the area.