Coconino County

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has certified the results of the March 22 presidential preference election. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


CDC

Flagstaff scientists have identified a rare strain of “flesh eating bacteria” in Coconino County. It’s the first time the “superbug” has been seen in Arizona.


Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic

Coconino County was only county in Arizona where Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won in Tuesday’s presidential preference election. The Vermont Senator campaigned in Flagstaff during the week leading up to the vote. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


ArizTravel.com

Authorities are looking for information on a recent string of small wildfires in Oak Creek Canyon.

The four fires set Monday and Tuesday in brush and pine needles were extinguished at less than a tenth of an acre each.

Coconino National Forest spokesman Brady Smith says authorities believe they were set deliberately along both sides of U.S. Highway 89A.

Authorities are asking the public to report any suspicious activity in the area at the time.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Melissa Sevigny

Chemical deicer is commonly used to keep roads clear of snow and ice, and it makes travel safer. But it also kills ponderosa pines. The City of Flagstaff found that out when they experimented with deicer a few years ago. From the Arizona Science Desk, Melissa Sevigny reports on the tradeoff between public safety and environmental health . . . a tradeoff few cities in the nation have to make.


Ryan Heinsius

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service and the City of Flagstaff have signed off on the final draft of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. It’s designed to thin National Forest land surrounding the city and safeguard it from the effects of catastrophic wildfire. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Health officials say four people are recovering from the first confirmed flu cases of the season in Coconino County. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s an early start for the spread of the potentially dangerous virus.


Two people in Coconino County are recovering from a rare disease called tularemia, or rabbit fever.

These are the first confirmed cases of tularemia in Coconino County in a decade. The bacterial infection mainly affects mammals, especially rabbits and hares. It can spread to humans who have handled infected animals or been bitten by deer flies or ticks.

U.S. Forest Service

As a result of last year’s slide fire, the threat of flooding in Oak Creek canyon remains high during monsoon season. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Coconino County officials are using an emergency siren system and short-range radio transmitters to communicate potential threats to the public.  

How do we know who lives where? Increasingly, land managers are turning to a fun and educational event to find out: the bioblitz.

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