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Judge praises teen for progress since killings when he was 8

JOHNS, Ariz. — An Arizona judge and the family of a teenager who fatally shot two men in 2008, including his father, heaped praise on him Wednesday for the progress he’s made as his time on probation comes to an end. Judge Monica Stauffer told the boy she knows the past nine years haven’t been …

In Indian Country, honouring flag might mean different anthem

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — As fierce debate rages about “taking a knee” during the national anthem to protest social injustice, Native Americans have a unique take on the issue as the ethnic group with the highest military-service rate, and an enduring regard for warriors. Supporters of the movement say it’s not intended as a criticism of …

Town near Grand Canyon considers push for taller buildings

TUSAYAN, Ariz. — Seconds after rounding the highway curve on the final stretch to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim entrance, the first sign appears: Yes on 400. Housing. Jobs. Independence. The ballot measure being decided Tuesday is the latest push in a decadeslong effort to build new hotels, boutique shops and commercial centres in Tusayan, …

Navajos consider plan to develop Grand Canyon’s East Rim

Navajo Nation lawmakers are considering a plan Tuesday to develop the East Rim of the Grand Canyon, with an aerial tram that would take visitors 3,200 feet down to a riverside boardwalk. The special session in Window Rock, Arizona, will be the first time the full Tribal Council takes up the Grand Canyon Escalade bill …

Tribes hope for renewal in solar eclipse; not all will watch

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — While much of the country gawks at the solar eclipse, Bobbieann Baldwin will be inside with her children, shades drawn. In Navajo culture, the passing of the moon over the sun is an intimate moment in which the sun is reborn and tribal members take time out for themselves. No talking. No …

Most American Indian tribes opt out of federal death penalty

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — In a heinous case on the Navajo Nation, an 11-year-old girl was lured into a van, sexually assaulted and killed. The tribe did not seek to have the man who recently admitted to killing her put to death. American Indian tribes for decades have been able to tell federal prosecutors if they …

Arizona city made famous by Eagles song celebrates Frey

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Winslow, Arizona, was all but forgotten when Interstate 40 displaced Route 66 and began whisking travellers around its downtown in the late 1970s. But it still had one thing going for it: Everybody wanted to stand on a corner in the small city after hearing Glenn Frey and the Eagles make it …

Grand Canyon seeks changes to managing backcountry as more hikers, campers use remote areas

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—The Grand Canyon wants to change the way backcountry areas are managed as more outdoor enthusiasts take to the park’s open spaces, with proposals that would require hikers using the most popular inner-canyon trails to spend a few dollars on a permit. Millions of people visit the Grand Canyon each year, taking in the …

Islamic State hostage’s family hopeful she’s still alive

PRESCOTT, Arizona — The parents of a 26-year-old American who Islamic State extremists say was killed in an airstrike in Syria said in a statement addressed to group leaders that the claim of their daughter’s death concerned them but they were still hopeful she was alive. The Islamic State group said on Friday that Kayla …

Once the biggest drawback to reaching the Grand Canyon Skywalk, rugged road now paved

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—Getting to the Grand Canyon Skywalk used to include a teeth-chattering drive over a washboard road fraught with dips and twists. Motorists have a smoother drive to the Hualapai Tribe’s most popular tourist destination now that Diamond Bar Road is completely paved. The road was the biggest drawback in reaching the Skywalk, a glass …