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Posted on: January 19, 2017

Coconino County has implemented a soft closure

Minimum staffing to remain in place until 5 p.m.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — For the safety of employees and to minimize traffic on local roads, Coconino County offices in the greater Flagstaff area have implemented a soft closure at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 due to a snowstorm.

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Posted on: January 18, 2017

Residents urged to prepare for winter snowstorms

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Storm Warning today for Northern Arizona due to incoming snowstorms impacting the region.

The NWS is predicting a series of storms starting Thursday for elevations above 5500 feet. The series could bring over two feet of snow and continue until Monday evening with the most severe parts of the storm coming Friday night through Saturday.


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Posted on: January 18, 2017

Seven-mile stretch of Lake Mary Road (FH-3) to close at 10 a.m.

Traffic will Detour along West Side Mormon Lake Road

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. —Coconino County Public Works Department will close a seven-mile stretch of Lake Mary Road, also known as Forest Highway-3 (FH-3) at 10 a.m., tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 19. Traffic will detour along the West Side Mormon Lake Road,...

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Posted on: January 17, 2017

Economic forums on Navajo Nation

Supervisor Lena Fowler and ECoNA host series of community discussions on NGS and mining

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Coconino County District 5 Supervisor Lena Fowler and the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona (ECoNA) are hosting a series of economic outlook meetings on the Navajo Nation. The meetings will gather input from the public on ways ...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

County Elected Officials sworn in

2017 term begins for Supervisors, Judges and Constitutional Officers

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. —Coconino County officials pledged oaths Friday to uphold the Constitution, the laws of Arizona and to serve county residents.

Chair of the Board Liz Archuleta led the swearing-in ceremony at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagst...Read on...

Posted on: January 4, 2017

District 2 County Supervisor Archuleta named Board Chairwoman

District 3 Supervisor Matt Ryan appointed Vice-Chair

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Coconino County Board of Supervisors named District 2 Supervisor Liz Archuleta as the next chair of the Board. She replaces District 5 Supervisor Lena Fowler.

Archuleta said she was looking forward to starting the 2017 term as ch...Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2017

ASHLine tops list of best ways to quit tobacco in 2017

Many residents of Coconino County welcomed the new year by taking a vow to start living a healthier lifestyle and quit smoking tobacco.

The Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) and the Arizona Department of Health Services are teaming together to help provide smokers the tools needed to successfully kick the habit.
For many Arizonans, success in quitting tobacco is a...Read on...

Posted on: December 7, 2016

Annual Willard Springs prescribed burn in progress


Smoke may be visible for the next three weeks

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Coconino County Public Works, in conjunction with the U.S Forest Service, has ignited the annual prescribed burn at the Willard Springs Transfer Station, 17 miles south of Flagstaff on the west side of I-17.

This burn is necessary ...

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Posted on: November 10, 2016

Coconino County’s first flu case confirmed

Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials announced the first confirmed influenza case in Coconino County this flu season.

The individual, who has recovered, resides in the northern part of the County. This begins the 2016 – 2017 flu season in Coconino County.

“Influenza can be a serious disease. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and then spre...

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Posted on: November 2, 2016

Judges hold court services in Tuba City

Judge Howard Grodman of Coconino County Flagstaff Justice Court and Gerald McCafferty of the Flagstaff Municipal Court will hold court in Tuba City at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 17, 2016, at the Tuba City Judicial District, 240 S. Main St., Tuba City, AZ 86045.

Grodman, McCafferty and District 5 Supervisor Lena Fowler are leading this effort to provide individuals who live in rural Coconino County a chance to appear on outstanding court cases.

“I’m proud to once again partner with Judge Grodma...

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

Coconino County’s Winter Parking Ordinance in Effect Until April 1

Coconino County's Winter Parking Ordinance 86-6 started November 1 and will be in effect until April 1.

Coconino County's Winter Parking Ordinance 86-6 started November 1 and will be in effect until April 1. Ordinance 86-6, which prohibits parking on County roadways between November 1 and April 1, is necessary to expedite snow removal operations an...Read on...

Posted on: October 19, 2016

Coconino County secures bid for State Trust Land

The Coconino County Parks and Recreation Department was successful in its bid to acquire 220 acres of State Trust Land at public auction today.

The auction was held on the steps of the Coconino County Courthouse with many supporters in attendance. The County has been seeking the land located north of Ft. Tuthill, including portions of Soldiers Trail, as a part of County Parks and Open Spaces (CPO...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2016

Townsend-Winona pavement project underway

Work has begun between Leupp Road and I-40

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Construction on the Townsend-Winona Pavement Project is underway. Managed by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), this project will improve and extend the service life of the deteriorated two-mile stretch of Townsend-Winona ...Read on...

Posted on: September 22, 2016

Seventh annual Fourth Grade Water Ethic Contest underway

The Coconino Plateau Watershed Partnership, a branch of the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council, and Willow Bend Environmental Education Center kick off 2016’s Fourth Grade Water Ethic Contest.

The seventh annual contest is open to all fourth grade classes throughout Coconino County, including cities, towns and tribal communities.The contest is an opportunity to introduce children to ethical water use, including conserving, rainwat...Read on...

Posted on: September 21, 2016

County Health warns against spread of Hantavirus

Increased rodent activity due to cooler temperatures may heighten risk

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) is reminding individuals to take precautions to protect against Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). The disease is transmitted to people who come into contact or breathe in...Read on...

Posted on: August 25, 2016

Fredonia Moccasin School District seeking Governing Board applicants

Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Risha VanderWey is seeking applicants for appointment to the Fredonia Moccasin Unified School District Governing Board. Effective Jan. 2017, two seats will be vacant

The appointments will be two-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2018.

Applicants must be Arizona registered voters and residents of the school district for at least one year prior to the date of appointment. Applicants or their spouses can’t be an employee of...Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2016

District 5 Planning and Zoning Commission applicants sought

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Chair of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors Lena Fowler, District 5, invites residents to apply for a vacancy on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Eligible applicants must reside in District 5, which include the communities of Tuba City, Bodaway-Gap, Coppermine, LeChee, Navajo Mountain, Fredonia, Page Vermillion Cliffs, Grand Canyon and Greenehaven.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approves c...Read on...

Posted on: October 20, 2014

First of Four Coconino County Solar Projects Begin


County begins installation of solar panels will save taxpayers money

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — In an effort to diversify its energy use and save taxpayer dollars, Coconino County is installing solar panels at four Flagstaff facilities this fall and into next year.

Through a public/private partnership with Sun Edison and Sun V...Read on...

Public Works

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

County’s Winter Parking Ordinance 86-6 Starts November 1

The County's Winter Parking Ordinance 86-6 goes into effect on Tuesday, November 1. Ordinance 86-6, which prohibits parking on County roadways between November 1 and April 1, is necessary to expedite snow removal operations and to prevent damage to county...Read on...

Sheriff's Office

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

Backcountry Avalanche Potential Awareness

Flagstaff, AZ – The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Coconino National Forest are warning backcountry mountain travelers to be alert for potential avalanche hazards on the San Francisco Peaks.  The existing snowpack, r...

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Posted on: January 17, 2017

January 16th Armed Robbery at Gray Mountain Thriftway

Gray Mountain, AZ – On January 16, 2017 at approximately 8:34 pm, the
Coconino County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an armed robbery that had taken place at the Gray Mountain Thriftway. The suspect entered the store and approached ...

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Posted on: January 14, 2017

Winter Recreation Cleanup Efforts Involve Many Resources

Coconino Sheriff Inmate Work Crew Helps with Snow Play Cleanup

Flagstaff, AZ – The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Coconino National Forest wants citizens to be aware of the work being done by the Coconino Sheriff’s Inmate Work Crew and Forest Service personnel to help mitigate the ...

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Posted on: January 12, 2017

Two Recent Winter Recreation Rescues on the San Francisco Peaks

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Arizona Snowbowl has conducted two search and rescue missions on the San Francisco Peaks in the last couple of days.

The first was a search for two lost hikers who had attempted to sum...

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Posted on: January 10, 2017

Vehicle Pursuit Results in Multiple Investigative Leads

Flagstaff, AZ – On January 10, 2017 at approximately 3:16 am, a Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Deputy engaged in a short vehicle pursuit which resulted in investigative leads in a stolen vehicle, vehicle burglaries, and drug parapher...

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Posted on: January 3, 2017

Doney Park Man Arrested for Sexual Conduct with Minor and Related Charges

On Thursday, December 30, 2016 a Coconino Superior Court Grand Jury indictment was served on 60 year-old Herman Griego (resident of the Doney Park area northeast of Flagstaff, AZ) for sexual conduct with a minor, sexual abuse of a child, and sexual assaul...Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2017

Bellemont Burglary and Assault Investigation

Flagstaff, AZ – On December 30, 2016 around 12:00 am, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an assault and burglary in the Bellemont community west of Flagstaff, AZ. A female manager of the Bellemont McDonalds had just returned to...Read on...

Posted on: December 29, 2016

Behnke Sentenced on Child Pornography Related Charges

Flagstaff, AZ – On December 20, 2016, 30 year-old Leroy Behnke was sentenced in Coconino County Superior Court Division 5 for charges related to child pornography. Behnke took a plea deal for one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and one count of A...Read on...

Posted on: December 27, 2016

Keep Weather-Aware & Equipment-Prepared!

Coconino Sheriff SAR Media Release

With nationwide attention on the recent rescue of the Klein family and questions generated from the public, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and its Search and Rescue Unit would like to take this opportunity to remind people about being prepared befor...Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2016

Persons Fraudulently Representing Themselves as Law Enforcement or Other Businesses

Coconino County, AZ – Over the past 24-48 hours, the Coconino County Sheriff’s has received multiple reports of fraudulent schemes which we are investigating.  Don’t fall victim to these or other fraudulent schemes.&...

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