Flagstaff, AZ – Authorities are trying to determine what caused a plane crash yesterday just south of Flagstaff. The occupants were father and son. The father, who was killed in the crash, has been identified as Robert Remiro. His twenty two year old son, Edward, was badly injured in the crash and is listed in serious condition at Flagstaff Medical Center. Authorities say they received a distress call from the men yesterday afternoon after their plane crashed near Stoneman Lake, about 25 miles south of Flagstaff. Father and son were on their way to Holbrook from Cottonwood.
Flagstaff, AZ – The Arizona Senate has postponed a vote on a budget-balancing plan for the second time this week. As of yesterday, Republican legislative leaders hadn't gathered enough support for the spending plan. The hang-up continues to be a one cent sales tax increase proposed by Governor Jan Brewer. Also working against budget approval was the fact that one third of the Senate was absent from the capitol yesterday. The Senate will reconvene Friday. If the penny sales tax increase is to appear on the November third ballot, the Senate will have to approve a budget plan by Monday.
Flagstaff, AZ – Northern Arizona University President John Haeger is praising Governor Jan Brewer's efforts to secure federal stimulus funds for the state. In a press release issued yesterday, Haeger said NAU's share of the funds is about 23.5 million dollars. He says it will keep the university from enduring any more "Draconian cuts" to its workforce and student programs. Northern Arizona University had faced more than 30 million dollars in budget cuts, which led to some layoffs and cuts to programs and services.
Flagstaff, AZ – Flagstaff plans to launch a new court to help break the cycle of repeat arrests among the homeless. Advocates for the homeless estimate that about one hundred misdemeanor arrests in Flagstaff each month involve individuals who could - potentially - be steered to the proposed homeless court. Magistrate Court Administrator Don Jacobson says homeless people are often arrested and re-arrested, thus racking up warrants and court fees and appearances.
Flagstaff, AZ – Firefighters yesterday rescued a man pinned to the edge of an abandoned mine shaft by his overturned Jeep. A spokesman for the Peoria Fire Department says the man became trapped after his vehicle rolled near Lake Pleasant. He was pinned underneath the Jeep for more than two hours while crews worked to rescue him and prevent the mine shaft from caving in. Authorities say the man was driving in an area that had been closed to motorized vehicles for more than a year because of environmental damage caused by off-road vehicles.
Phoenix, AZ – Senate Republican leaders are trying to round up the votes for the budget deal they negotiated the governor after the session collapsed this morning when several of their members refused to go along.
Flagstaff, AZ – State police have shut down a fake ID operation in Phoenix. Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives and the Arizona Fraudulent Identification Task Force executed a search warrant yesterday at a Phoenix home. Authorities say at least one of the people arrested was an undocumented immigrant. Detectives seized high dollar computers and printers, plus a list of names to be used for fake identification documents.
Flagstaff, AZ – State health officials say a French traveler who recently visited northern Arizona has been diagnosed with measles. The infection was confirmed this week at the Arizona State Laboratory. Coconino County Health officials say the twenty one year old woman could have exposed others to measles between July twenty first and the twenty ninth. She traveled to Tusayan, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Page and several areas in Utah. Health officials say the woman visited a hospital in Page for an upper respiratory illness.