Flagstaff, AZ – High winds Wednesday whipped the Eagle Rock fire burning 11 miles northeast of Williams to one thousand acres. The blaze forced the evacuation of about 60 homes. But Punky Moore, a public information officer for the Kaibab National Forest, says weather conditions today are forecast to be a lot more favorable. Winds are forecast to be only around 15 miles per hour.
Flagstaff, AZ – For the school year ahead, the Flagstaff Unified School District faces a 4-million dollar reduction in state funding. That's after voters passed Proposition 100 last month and a school override in March. The closures include Christensen and South Beaver Elementary Schools, Flagstaff Middle School and Sinagua High School. 6th graders will join 7th and 8th graders at Mount Elden and Sinagua Middle Schools.
Flagstaff, AZ – Last fall the council voted to place President Joe Shirley Junior on paid administrative leave over allegations of unethical conduct. Those allegations are still unsubstantiated. Shirley challenged the measure, and was allowed to return to office. But that decision was appealed to the supreme court. Friday Chief Justice Robert Yazzie said the Council overstepped its authority.
Flagstaff, AZ – Last week the Navajo Nation Council's Budget and Finance Committee approved two separate plans to use about 300 million dollars of the tribe's own money to build the casinos. Only a handful of tribes have self-financed casinos.
Bob Winter, who directs the tribe's Gaming Enterprise, says the Navajo Nation did it for two reasons.
Flagstaff, AZ – Tomorrow Arizona voters must decide on a temporary, one cent sales tax increase to help balance the state budget. If passed, proceeds are earmarked for education, public safety and health care. But it's the state's universities that have the most to lose. Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Navajo election officials accepted Shirley's application for a third term. But his candidacy will more than likely be challenged. At a press conference in Window Rock, Shirley said he wants to finish what his administration began.
"We started something that needs to get done, which is government reform. I believe we've only touched on the tip of the iceberg. Much more that needs to get done, our administration will do that."
Flagstaff, AZ – The arrests were the result of a year-long investigation into what officials described as the largest meth distribution network on the Navajo Nation. They say the ring's supply line stretched from Tuba City on the western edge of the reservation, through Flagstaff to the Phoenix metro area, and even was connected to Mexican drug cartels. Dennis Burke is the US Attorney for Arizona.