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Spelling it out for you at the 2019 Navajo County Spelling Bee

SNOWFLAKE —If you hate bees but love to spell then you might have been a competitor in Navajo County’s annual Spelling Bee held last Thursday in the Snowflake High School Auditorium.


Storm dumps record-breaking snow on Flagstaff, Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A winter storm dumped record-breaking amounts of snow in Arizona and forced the closure Friday of roads, schools and government offices across the Southwest.


Navajo Nation First Lady Phefelia Herbert-Nez Discusses the Importance of Health & Leadership at Navajo Girl Scouts Event

INDIAN WELLS, Ariz. — Navajo Nation First Lady Phefelia Herbert-Nez was invited by the Girl Scouts Troop 7314 on Friday to celebrates the troop’s “Project Bike Love” beneficiary ceremony at Indian Wells Elementary School, located approximately 75-miles west of Window Rock. Troop 7314 consists of 40


Flagstaff, Arizona had the snowiest day in its history

(CNN)Snow in Flagstaff, Arizona is not uncommon. But Thursday's snow was historic. Flagstaff is buried in snow: 35.9 inches of it. The city is under a state of emergency and the flakes haven't stopped.


Former Yuma County judge may join Arizona Supreme Court

A former Yuma County Superior Court judge who is currently sitting as an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge could be tapped by Governor Doug Ducey to fill a vacancy on the Arizona Supreme Court.


Winter weather, crashes, disabled vehicles close highways in northern Arizona

PHOENIX (ADOT) -- Winter weather and crashes have closed multiple highways in northern Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers should delay travel across northern Arizona during the current winter storm because heavy snow or crashes could make roads impassable.


Arizona marshal disciplined after he threatened to arrest a 12-year-old journalist

An Arizona law enforcement official has reportedly been disciplined after he was caught on camera threatening to arrest a 12-year-old reporter this week. Hilde Lysiak is a young journalist who publishes the Orange Street News out of her parents’ home in Selinsgrove, Pa.


Major storm hits the White Mountains, will continue Friday

UPDATE (Thursday, 9 p.m.): The National Weather Service reports of snow, as of 5 p.m., so that Heber/Overgaard received 13 inches, Show Low 6 inches and Forest Lakes 15. Parts of Flagstaff received of 30 inches today, a record for the area. Snow will continue overnight and throughout most of the day


No response: Apache County delays response to public records requests

As part of a continuing review of spending of public funds by Navajo and Apache counties, the Independent began in October requesting and reviewing credit card spending by county officials.


County: Weather Service confident in storm predictions

WHITE MOUNTAINS — The National Weather Service has medium-to-high confidence in its predictions of 21-27 inches of snowfall Thursday-Friday, according to a Tuesday Navajo County briefing.


Months later, no action on broadband application

NAVAJO COUNTY — Federal funding to provide broadband internet service to Navajo County schools and libraries is still on hold as local officials await a decision from the federal subcontractor that reviews applications.


Winter snows damp down drought

Each passing week brings the White Mountain region a a little closer to a time many people dread: fire season. By this time last year, fire officials were already getting edgy, as an exceptionally dry period from October through a warm and snowless winter set up conditions for a dangerous fire seaso


County tries again for jail district

HOLBROOK — Navajo County is operating under a well-worn proverb: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Navajo County officials are wrestling with a circumstance that they say they requires them to try, try again.