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An outbreak of measles that began with an inmate at a federal detention center for immigrants in central Arizona has now grown to 11 confirmed cases.

Pinal County Health Services spokesman Joe Pyritz said Monday that seven of those infected are inmates at the Eloy Detention Center and four are workers at the facility.

State and county health officials say they're working to stop new transmissions by isolating patients, vaccinating people detained in the privately-run facility and trying to identify people who were at locations the four infected workers visited.

A break in a massive pipe that supplies irrigation water to the largest farm on the Navajo Nation is a step closer to being repaired with the delivery of a new section of concrete piping.

The decades-old pipe broke May 13, cutting water to 72,000 acres of farmland in northwestern New Mexico. Many of the crops on the land managed by the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry had just been planted.

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Fleas collected near a popular hiking area in Flagstaff have tested positive for plague.

The results are the first evidence of reported plague activity in Coconino County this year. But health officials say the disease is common and could be more widespread.

The positive samples came from areas near Interstate 40 and Butler Avenue.

Signs went up in the infected area and rodent burrows were treated to limit possible exposure. Humans and other animals can get the disease if they're bitten by an infected flea or come into direct contact with an infected animal.

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Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan and Gov. Doug Ducey are set to officially certify the results of a special election on school funding and police and fire pension measures.

Thursday's formal canvass of the election results will certify victories for propositions 123 and 124.

Proposition 123 will boost funding for K-12 schools in large part by tapping the state land trust to help add $3.5 billion in new spending over 10 years. It narrowly passed with less than 51 percent of the vote.

Arizona has joined a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas seeking to block an Obama administration directive that says public schools must let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: The Map

May 25, 2016
University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections

There are thousands of maps of the Grand Canyon. But Flagstaff-based writer Scott Thybony was only interested in one of them when he sat down to write this month's Canyon Commentary. He wanted to see for himself the earliest known printed map of the Canyon. When he did, he inadvertently found something else; the perfect word to describe its magnitude and beauty. 


FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT

Authorities say a man wanted in a Colorado murder case has been arrested in northern Arizona.

Flagstaff police say 30-year-old Kenneth Ray Bastidos was taken into custody Tuesday without incident.

They say metro narcotic agents spotted a man who matched the description of Bastidos and that led to the arrest.

Police say Bastidos was being sought in connection with a May 4 homicide at a motel in Colorado's Adams County.

They say he's being booked into the Coconino County jail on a homicide warrant.

Charly Edsitty, KPNX

The killing of a Tuba City man by police in Flagstaff this week marks the ninth time city officers have been involved in shootouts or used lethal force.

Authorities say 26-year-old Verl Bedonie of Tuba City was shot Monday after threatening officers and citizens with a handgun.

Flagstaff police Sgt. Margaret Bentzen says the motive is unclear.

She says the police department's mission is to protect citizens and save lives, but the action of suspects dictates the officers' response.

The West’s pioneer spirit characterizes not only many of the region’s people, but also some of its plants. And a trio of pioneer species collectively called fire mosses, known on every continent, may prove an excellent tool for repairing burned-over lands on the Colorado Plateau.


Susannah Porter

Microscopic fossils in the Grand Canyon show evidence of a vampire-like predator that punctured its prey to suck out the innards.


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