Associated Press

The number of people registered to vote in Arizona declined by 1 percent during the last three months of 2015.

The Arizona Secretary of State's Office says 3.2 million people are now registered to vote.

There were 45,000 more registered voters in the second-to-last quarter of 2015.

Independents and those who haven't designated a party preference now account for almost 37 percent of all voters.

Nearly 34 percent of voters are registered as Republicans, and 28 percent are Democrats.

(Courtesy of Pamela Wolfson via AP)

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.

Photo: Maggie Keane

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.

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.

Photo: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office

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.

NPS

Snowpack in the mountains that feeds the Colorado River is slightly above the long-term average this winter — welcome news in the drought-stricken Southwest.

 

But water and weather experts said Tuesday it's too early to predict how deep the snow will get or how much of it will make its way into the river and on to Lake Powell in Utah and Arizona, one of two major reservoirs on the Colorado.

 

Arizona Republic

 A sixth Republican is joining the race for the GOP nomination in Eastern Arizona's 1st Congressional District.

 

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A new report by a federal watchdog outlines a history of sexual harassment on river rafting trips run by Grand Canyon National Park.

The report obtained by The Associated Press comes after 13 current and former park employees filed a complaint in 2014 saying women had been abused. It's set to be released later Tuesday by the Department of the Interior's Office of Inspector General.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is set to lay out his priorities in his second State of the State address as the Legislature returns for its yearly session. 

Monday afternoon's address will come just after lawmakers hold formal opening ceremonies for the 2016 session. 

The address is expected to be a stark contrast to Ducey's 2015 speech, which came as the Republican governor faced a $1.5 billion budget shortfall in his first 18 months in office.  

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