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The man accused in the deadly abduction of a Navajo girl along her school bus route is scheduled to be arraigned on murder and other charges in federal court.

The hearing for 27-year-old Tom Begaye is scheduled for Tuesday in Albuquerque. Federal authorities say he kidnapped 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike and her younger brother on the afternoon of May 2 as they played by a canal near their home on the Navajo Nation.

A criminal complaint says Begaye took the children to a desolate area, where he bludgeoned Ashlynne and left her to die. The boy was later freed.

U.S. National Park Service

Grand Canyon National Park has earned provisional status as an International Dark Sky Park.

Coconino National Forest

Fire crews with the Coconino National Forest had a busy Memorial Day Weekend as they responded to 143 abandoned campfires. They also worked to extinguish other small human-caused blazes.

“Our fire prevention folks were out in full force, full staff over Memorial Day Weekend,” says Coconino National Forest spokesman George Jozens. “All I know is when people are coming to visit the forest, they really need to be responsible with their campfires.”

Alexander Gardner, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, 1868

The Grand Canyon, Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater Volcano are some of the geologic and cultural gems of the National Park Service. This summer, KNAU's Earth Notes series will highlight these, and other special places across the Southwest in honor of the Park Service's 100th anniversary. In the first installment of the series, we hear about efforts to protect sandstone panels of petroglyphs and pictographs at El Morro National Monument in New Mexico.

In west-central New Mexico, a huge sandstone monolith looms above a perennial pool of fresh water that’s sustained thirsty travelers for centuries.


Fleas collected near a popular hiking area in Flagstaff have tested positive for plague.

The results are the first evidence of reported plague activity in Coconino County this year. But health officials say the disease is common and could be more widespread.

The positive samples came from areas near Interstate 40 and Butler Avenue.

Signs went up in the infected area and rodent burrows were treated to limit possible exposure. Humans and other animals can get the disease if they're bitten by an infected flea or come into direct contact with an infected animal.