San Francisco Peaks

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UPDATE, 7/21/16: The Coconino County Sheriff's Office has confirmed a 17-year-old male hiker from the Tempe area was killed Wednesday after being struck by lightning near the summit of Humphreys Peak.  Two other males, ages 17 and 18, were transported to Flagstaff Medical Center. Officials say they likely sustained injuries during the strike, but the surviving hikers were conscious and walking when emergency responders reached them.

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The City of Flagstaff and the Hopi Tribe have reached a settlement in the long-running lawsuit over snowmaking on the San Francisco Peaks. It’ll first have to be approved by the Flagstaff City Council, but Navajo Nation officials say they oppose the agreement. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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The San Francisco Peaks received several feet of snow this week as three winter storms moved through the region. That has local officials concerned about avalanche danger in the backcountry. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Chilly winters and sunny skies make Flagstaff an ideal place for passive solar construction. A house with the right orientation and south-facing windows can collect free energy from the sun—no solar panels required. But one thing stands in the way of Flagstaff becoming a model for passive solar home design: the beauty of a mountain.

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The San Francisco Peaks appear to be as parched as the surrounding high desert landscape.

It may surprise some people that there are springs hidden in the forests throughout the small mountain range.

And in theory, there’s plenty of water for the animals that make a home in the Peaks, and perhaps even for the people who visit.

The biggest of these, Leroux Spring, has appeared bone dry for almost a century because its water has been diverted for other uses.

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