Flagstaff, AZ – Northern Arizona University President John Haeger is praising Governor Jan Brewer's efforts to secure federal stimulus funds for the state. In a press release issued yesterday, Haeger said NAU's share of the funds is about 23.5 million dollars. He says it will keep the university from enduring any more "Draconian cuts" to its workforce and student programs. Northern Arizona University had faced more than 30 million dollars in budget cuts, which led to some layoffs and cuts to programs and services.
Flagstaff, AZ – Flagstaff plans to launch a new court to help break the cycle of repeat arrests among the homeless. Advocates for the homeless estimate that about one hundred misdemeanor arrests in Flagstaff each month involve individuals who could - potentially - be steered to the proposed homeless court. Magistrate Court Administrator Don Jacobson says homeless people are often arrested and re-arrested, thus racking up warrants and court fees and appearances.
Flagstaff, AZ – Firefighters yesterday rescued a man pinned to the edge of an abandoned mine shaft by his overturned Jeep. A spokesman for the Peoria Fire Department says the man became trapped after his vehicle rolled near Lake Pleasant. He was pinned underneath the Jeep for more than two hours while crews worked to rescue him and prevent the mine shaft from caving in. Authorities say the man was driving in an area that had been closed to motorized vehicles for more than a year because of environmental damage caused by off-road vehicles.
Flagstaff, AZ – State police have shut down a fake ID operation in Phoenix. Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives and the Arizona Fraudulent Identification Task Force executed a search warrant yesterday at a Phoenix home. Authorities say at least one of the people arrested was an undocumented immigrant. Detectives seized high dollar computers and printers, plus a list of names to be used for fake identification documents.
Flagstaff, AZ – State health officials say a French traveler who recently visited northern Arizona has been diagnosed with measles. The infection was confirmed this week at the Arizona State Laboratory. Coconino County Health officials say the twenty one year old woman could have exposed others to measles between July twenty first and the twenty ninth. She traveled to Tusayan, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Page and several areas in Utah. Health officials say the woman visited a hospital in Page for an upper respiratory illness.
Flagstaff, AZ – After an all-nighter, the Arizona Senate has postponed voting on a Republican budget-balancing plan. G-O-P leaders say that could set the stage to put an initiative on the November third ballot that would allow voters to decide on a penny sales tax hike. The House approved a ten-bill package this morning at about four o'clock. The Senate was expected to follow with its own vote. But, Senate President Bob Burns said support for the budget was several votes short. Minority Democrats solidly oppose the budget package that was negotiated without their input.
Flagstaff, AZ – A new report shows that Arizona's population of illegal immigrants has fallen by 1/3 over the past two years. The report was compiled by the Center for Immigration Studies. It says undocumented immigrants are leaving Arizona and returning to their home countries because of the state's poor economy and tougher enforcement of immigration laws. In 2007, researchers say the number of undocumented immigrants in Arizona was about 530,000, but, since then, that number has dropped to about 350,000. Some researchers outside the study are disputing the findings.
Flagstaff, AZ – A new study shows Yuma County is leading the state in teenage births, but the study also shows a high rate for child deaths. The non-profit Childrens Action Alliance says there were nearly 72 teen births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19 in Yuma County in 2006. That's compared to the state rate of nearly 60. Yuma County also had 22 child deaths per 100,000 children age 1 to 14. The state rate for child deaths was 21 per 100,000 in 2006.
Flagstaff, AZ – Serial shooter Samuel Dieteman has been spared the death penalty. A jury sentenced Dieteman yesterday to life in prison for his role in a series of random nighttime shootings in 2005 that left eight people dead and Phoenix neighborhoods on edge. Dieteman pleaded guilty to two of the six murders in the serial shooter case. His partner in the attacks, Dale Hausner, was convicted of six murders. He was sentenced to six death sentences earlier this year.
Flagstaff, AZ – A plan to sell spring water from the San Francisco Peaks has fallen through. Flagstaff Mayor Sara Presler says the city has rejected a proposal by Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water to pump 55 million gallons of water from the peaks every year. May Presler called the proposal a poor fit for the community, and that, first and foremost, the City of Flagstaff needs an adequate and healthy water supply. Had the Arrowhead proposal gone through, it would have created industry and employment for Flagstaff.