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Coconino National Forest officials say Fossil Creek recreation area will remain closed at least through the rest of the year because of post-fire hazards.

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Flood watches have been issued for all of Arizona through Wednesday as increasing tropical moisture is expected to produce showers that could create heavy rainfall.

Production of a six-episode television series based on crime novels by the late author Tony Hillerman is underway in New Mexico.


The Navajo Nation and the Arizona Commerce Authority have announced a new partnership to make the tribe’s land an international film and media destination. The deal was struck in July and tribal officials hope it will provide economic and workforce opportunities on the reservation and help overcome some of the economic and social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the tribe especially hard. The agreement creates training and employment opportunities along with marketing and public relations campaigns to attract production companies to the area.

Attorneys general from 20 states, including Arizona, have sued President Joe Biden’s administration seeking to halt directives that extend federal sex discrimination protections to LGBTQ people. The protections range from, transgender girls participating in school sports, to the use of school and workplace bathrooms that align with a person’s gender identity. Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, arguing that legal interpretations by the U.S.

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Officials at Grand Canyon National Park say rangers have recovered the body of an Oregon man who fell to his death while on a Colorado River trip over the weekend.


Police in Bullhead City say a woman reported missing after she didn’t return from a run Thursday has been found dead in the desert, apparently from heat-related exposure. Police said Saturday no foul play was suspected in the death of the woman, previously identified as 54-year-old Ana Franco. A police statement said Mohave County Search and Rescue found her body in the desert about five miles from where she began what reportedly was planned to be a two-mile run.


An Arizona tribe that didn’t sign a revised gambling compact with the state earlier this year has filed a lawsuit alleging that a new state law is unconstitutional and excluded some rural tribes from negotiations related to the legislation. The suit filed by the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe late last week asks the court to prevent the Department of Gaming from issuing sportsbook licenses and allowing sports betting.

State health officials Sunday reported more than 2,000 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths. The latest numbers increased the state’s pandemic totals to more than 1,000,000 cases and nearly 19,000 known deaths since the pandemic began more than a year ago. It marked the first time in five days that Arizona new daily cases were below 3,000. The Navajo Nation on Sunday reported 24 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths. The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s case total to more than 32,000 since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The known death toll is 1,403.

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Navajo Nation health officials yesterday reported 55 new known cases of COVID-19 and more death.