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A Denver man has logged the fastest Grand Canyon river trip on record, battling blisters and rapids as he paddled his kayak down a 277-mile stretch of the Colorado River in 34 hours and two minutes.

Ben Orkin reached the end of his journey Sunday, exhausted after navigating the water in the dark and swimming part of it when a rapid toppled his kayak. Orkin beat a record set last week by more than an hour and a previous one set by three men in a non-motorized boat in 1983, according to Tom Martin, secretary of the Grand Canyon Historical Society.

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Construction waste takes up a significant amount of landfill space in the United States. But, almost 90 percent of those materials can be recycled or reused. And there is a growing number of contractors who are trying to do that through green deconstruction. It’s a process of salvaging construction materials for other uses that saves landfill space and resources. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports. 


A new study from Northern Arizona University says Pluto’s heart-shaped region is “surprisingly young”—less than 10 million years.

A recent poll showed a majority of Arizonans support the possible designation of a national monument outside Grand Canyon National Park. But a group of current and former state wildlife officials have voiced their opposition to the idea. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 

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A witness in the federal trial against two polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah border is telling jurors how he was intimidated by church leaders after he left the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Isaac Wyler said Thursday that he was treated differently by local officials after he was forced out of the polygamous religious sect in 2004. He said dozens of crimes were committed against him at his horse property, including water lines and fences being cut and animals being released. He also discovered a dozen dead cats one day.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating fake 911 calls in northern Arizona.

The department's Operations Communication Center in Flagstaff has received multiple 911 calls in the past two weeks from a man falsely reporting various emergencies along northern Arizona highways.

Two of the calls reported that his vehicle had been shot at and hit by a passing vehicle.

The man provided DPS dispatchers with a detailed description of the alleged suspect vehicle, license plate and gun.


Two California astronomers presented evidence for a new planet beyond Neptune on Wednesday. The prediction could reopen the debate about how a planet is defined, says an astronomer at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.

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Four endangered Mexican gray wolves were found dead last December in Arizona and New Mexico. It’s the first time in three months that wildlife officials have reported deaths in the population that makes up the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Flags will be lowered across the Navajo Nation in honor of another Navajo Code Talker who has died.

Tribal officials announced Wednesday that Alfred James Peaches died last Saturday at a Flagstaff hospital at age 90.

Tribal President Russell Begaye commended Peaches for defending the United States in World War II, using a code based on the Navajo language that stumped the Japanese.

Born in Shonto, Arizona, Peaches was among hundreds of Navajos who served as Code Talkers. He was part of the 6th Marine Division from 1943 to 1946.

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A former Kingman employee is accused of stealing more than $1 million from the city since 2007.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office says Diane Maxine Richards was arrested Wednesday after being indicted on 23 felony counts including theft, forgery and misuse of public monies.

Richards is being held on a $100,000 bond in the Mohave County Jail. It's unclear if she has a lawyer.

Authorities say Richards was formerly Kingman's budget analyst and interim finance director.