Flagstaff, AZ – A Navajo grassroots group has announced its intent to sue the tribal government over what it claims is excess and illegal spending. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.
The lawsuit specifically targets a million and a half dollars that was appropriated by the Navajo Nation Council in April. But it's also intended to block other unrestrained, discretionary spending authorized by the council. Attorney Jim Zion filed the intent to sue.
Flagstaff, AZ – A Utah Judge has rejected a proposed settlement that would have returned control of a state-managed land trust back to followers of polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs. The United Effort Plan Trust was formed in 1942 to hold the collective assets of members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Utah courts took control of the trust in 2005 after allegations of mismanagement. Utah's Attorney General proposed a settlement giving the majority of trust assets back to the church while setting aside some properties for former church members.
Flagstaff, AZ – Residents of Tusayan, just outside the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, will have another chance to incorporate if a lawsuit fails to block a November vote. The question of incorporation went before voters last year and was defeated by a 16-vote margin. Supporters say incorporation would give Tusayan residents a stake in their community and an opportunity to control local issues. Critics say incorporation would promote unbridled growth and create a town council that would be unable to steer clear of conflicts of interest.
Flagstaff, AZ – All campfire and smoking restrictions will be lifted today on the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest and the Verde Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest. Managers say monsoon activity has created enough moisture to lower the risk of fire danger. Though fire restrictions will be lifted, forest managers remind the public to use caution with fire in the National Forests. They say fires should be built in existing fire rings and campers should avoid starting fires during windy conditions.
Flagstaff, AZ – Army Staff Sergeant Eric Lindstrom, a former Flagstaff police officer, will be remembered July 23 at a memorial service in Flagstaff. He was killed in Afghanistan last week. Lindstrom leaves behind a wife and seven-month-old twin daughters, and his parents Kathy and Ric. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this story.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Florence Merriam Bailey
In the Victorian era, most woman interested in nature enjoyed the great outdoors from a lawn chair, not astride a horse. But naturalist and writer Florence Merriam Bailey defied convention throughout her long and eventful life.
Born Florence Augusta Merriam in New York State in 1863, she was baby sister to C. Hart Merriam. He would become a renowned biologist and pioneer of the life zone concept and Florence's lifelong mentor.
Flagstaff, AZ – Hundreds of people lined the streets of Flagstaff yesterday as a motorcade brought home the body of a local fallen soldier. Veterans and citizens gathered on Milton Road and Route 66, waving flags and carrying signs honoring the life of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Eric Lindstrom. He was killed in action in Afghanistan on July 12. Lindstrom was a graduate of Flagstaff High School and served on the Flagstaff Police force for several years.
Flagstaff, AZ – A 62-year-old retired teacher who spent nearly three years in jail for the fatal shooting of a hiker near Payson has been released from custody. An order signed yesterday by a Flagstaff judge allowed Harold Fish to be released pending a new trial in the case. Fish claimed he acted in self defense when he shot and killed Grant Kuenzli in 2004 while both men were hiking in the Coconino National Forest. However, prosecutors said Fish overreacted and self defense wasn't justified. Fish was sentenced t 10 years in prison.
Flagstaff, AZ – The number of independent voters in Arizona is on the rise. New registration figures released yesterday by Secretary of State Ken Bennett show the number of registered Independents has increased by nearly 18,000 since April. Arizona currently has 890,000 Independent voters. Meanwhile, the number of registered Republicans dropped by about 2,000, bringing the state total to just over 1 million voters. Republicans account for nearly 37% of all registered voters in Arizona, Democrats make up about 34%, while Independents are now at 30%.