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Arizona’s Senator John McCain and Congressman Paul Gosar are pushing legislation that would give compensation to “down winders” in Mohave County. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, a federal law excludes parts of the county from receiving financial relief.

Jean Bishop was a baby when atomic explosions would fill the sky near her home in Nevada. It was in the early 50s, when her family lived downwind from government nuclear test sites. Then, in 2013, Bishop developed breast cancer. A year later, her sister received the same diagnosis.

  Authorities say a 5-year-old Arizona boy found dead after vanishing from a campsite north of the Grand Canyon likely died from exposure.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday on Jerold Joseph Williams, a day after his body was found by a search crew off a forest service road.

The Colorado City child had wandered away from a campsite last Thursday in the Kaibab National Forest while chasing grasshoppers. Coconino County authorities say the boy's body was found fully clothed with no obvious external injuries and no evidence of foul play.

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Authorities lifted an evacuation order Monday for most of the 1,000 homes that were once threatened by the 10-square-mile Willow Fire near the Arizona-California line.

Byron Steward, emergency management coordinator for Mohave County, estimates that only 100 homes in the Topock area southeast of Bullhead City will remain evacuated because they're located near 11 structures that were burned Saturday.

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The 3 million gallons of mining waste that spilled into Colorado’s Animas River is now flowing into the San Juan River on the Navajo Nation. Tribal officials have declared a state of emergency and are preparing to sue the Environmental Protection Agency. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 

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A recent report by the US Forest Service says in 10 years two-thirds of its budget will be used to fight wildfires. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, a bill in the US Senate is designed to address the increasing costs of fighting fire in the nation’s forests.

Office of Emergency Management in La Plata County Colorado

A massive wastewater spill from a Colorado mine is expected to reach Lake Powell sometime this week.

About three million gallons of wastewater poured into the Animas River last Wednesday after a breach at a defunct gold mine near Silverton. The contaminated water has reached the San Juan River in New Mexico, which flows into Lake Powell on the Colorado River. 

Cynthia Sequanna is a spokesperson for the National Park Service.

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  Worsening conditions at a wildfire in northwestern Arizona have prompted authorities to order a mandatory evacuation for 700 homes.

The evacuation issued Sunday marks the second such order this weekend and brings the number of evacuated homes in the Topock area near the Arizona-California line up to 850.

Fire spokeswoman Dolores Garcia says the evacuation was ordered Sunday after humidity levels dropped, winds grew stronger and crews struggled to deal with a blaze burning in thick vegetation.

  Volunteers walked shoulder to shoulder Sunday in a rugged area north of the Grand Canyon in search of a 5-year-old boy who wandered off from a camp site while chasing grasshoppers.

The search for Jerald Joseph Williams of Colorado City began Thursday after his relatives reported that he couldn't be found.

The boy was with a group of about 20 people at a camp site about 12 miles south of Jacob Lake in the Kaibab National Forest.

 

Officials are expected to reveal Sunday how many structures were damaged and destroyed in a wildfire in northwestern Arizona that led to the evacuation of 150 homes.

Fire spokeswoman Dolores Garcia confirmed that the fire had burned structures in the Topock area near the Arizona-California line, but no estimate was available on the number of affected homes and outbuildings.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Prolonged drought in the Southwest has caused a rapid drop in the water level of Lake Mead. That’s putting water supplies to some major cities in jeopardy. But it’s also exposed some of the area’s history and a long-submerged town. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 

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