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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.

Navajo Times/Leigh T. Jimmie

Many Navajo veterans have limited access to federal and state health benefits, especially those who live in remote areas. A new bill under consideration by the Navajo Nation Council is designed to make the Navajo Veterans Administration more responsive to veterans’ needs. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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.

 

Extended drought on the Navajo Nation has been tough on grazing animals and the grasses that usually support them. Hauling in more hay from outside the reservation has been a short-term fix for feeding hungry livestock. But it has contributed to an invasion – of noxious weeds. 


U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Federal officials have proposed a sweeping new plan to manage Glen Canyon Dam for the next two decades. They want to be more proactive in their efforts to restore fish and animal habitat as well as beaches that have degraded in the Grand Canyon since the dam became operational in the 1960s. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


The Salt Lake Tribune /Trent Nelson; 12.19.2006

The mayors of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah will defend themselves in federal court starting this week. The US Justice Department will try to prove the twin towns are controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It’s a religion many believe is fraught with polygamy and corruption, and is still run by long-time leader Warren Jeffs, now serving a life sentence for sexually abusing minors. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, some former FLDS members will testify they’ve been harassed by the towns’ leadership for years.


Arizona Republic

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

 

Chris Parish

A federal court ruled yesterday a lawsuit over lead ammunition on the Kaibab National Forest will be allowed to continue.

Earth Notes: Monitoring the Bosque

Jan 13, 2016

The fast-growing field of “citizen science” is a proven way for local residents—young and old—to build direct connections to their environment and help professional scientists conduct essential research.


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