Flagstaff, AZ – Executives of Bashas' food stores say they plan to ask permission from a judge to close 14 underperforming stores as part of its chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The chain announced in July it had filed for chapter 11-protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Bashas' executives cited the economy, pressure from a union and the national credit crisis as reasons for the bankruptcy. The president of the company said in a news release that newer stores are among the underperforming stores and will be closed accordingly.
Flagstaff, AZ – An Amber Alert has been cancelled after Flagstaff police found the 6 year old boy at the center of the alert. Flagstaff police say the boy was found safe yesterday at a home in Mohave County. Authorities say he was abducted by his father, 50 year old Brady Travis. The boy was released from the home unharmed after police engaged in brief negotiations with the elder Travis. Flagstaff police say, in the past, the father had made "serious threats" to his son and himself.
Flagstaff, AZ – The state's universities and community colleges are benefiting from a voter-passed initiative that denies in-state college tuition and other benefits to illegal immigrants. Reports to the legislature show that more than 3,400 community college students and 300 university students are paying out-of-state tuition because they can't prove they're in the country legally. Supporters of the law, passed 2 years ago, say it's allowing the state to save money that can be used to fund programs for residents.
Flagstaff, AZ – The National Park Service is expected today to resume its search in Lake Mohave for a missing California man. The Park Service says it received a report yesterday afternoon of a possible drowning near Eighty Three Dollar Cove. Park rangers, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and water rescue crews have been searching the area since the report. They're looking for a 50 year old man from Lawndale, California. According to witnesses, the man jumped into the water to retrieve a hat. But, he never resurfaced. Witnesses also say the man was not wearing a lifejacket.
Flagstaff, AZ – Wildfires burning on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest have also forced some road closures today. Forest Road 170 is currently closed at the junction of Forest Road 504 due to the lightning-caused Durfee Fire. Smoke from that fire will likely be visible today in the communities of Heber, Overgaard, Snowflake and Taylor. Fire crews are also managing the Pierce Mountain Fire on the Apache-Sitgreaves. It's burning southwest of Vernon near the Fort Apache Reservation. Smoke from that fire could impact the communities of Vernon, Pinetop, Lakeside and Round Valley today.
Flagstaff, AZ – A wildfire burning near Prescott has forced the closure of State Route 89-A. The highway is closed from the summit of Mingus Mountain north to the scenic vista 1 mile above Jerome. The Arizona Department of Transportation is advising drivers to avoid the area and use State Route 69, State Route 169, Interstate 17 and State Route 260 between Prescott and the Jerome/Cottonwood area. Forest Service officials say the Wood-Chute Fire is burning on Mingus Mountain. So far, it's charred 400 acres.
Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona has been awarded a 54 million dollar federal grant to aid top-performing charter schools and develop new ones. The Arizona Republic reports that the state plans to open nearly 100 new charter schools in the coming years. Arizona charter schools normally receive individual grants by applying directly to the U.S. Department of Education. But, this latest grant came after the federal government invited states to apply and use funds to increase the number of charter schools nationwide. Arizona will disperse the money incrementally.