KNAU’s morning round-down: Thursday, June 10th

It’s Thursday June 10th. Part of Historic Route 66 will be closed for eight days starting tonight, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The closure will take effect outside Flagstaff City Hall as workers repair the nearby Rio de Flag bridge.

Lane restrictions also apply on Route 89 near Cameron. According to ADOT, drivers can expect a lower speed limit of 25 mph and other changes in July.

Landfill fire “under control”

Flagstaff officials have confirmed an active fire at the Cinder Lake landfill north of Doney Park; According to a city announcement this morning, Summit Fire and landfill staff are on site. Officials say the landfill is still working and that the fire is not a public threat.

Level 2 restrictions on tap in Flagstaff, Counties, National Forests,

The city of Flagstaff will begin level two fire restrictions at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, joining Yavapai and Coconino counties and Coconino, Kaibab and Prescott National Forests.

City restrictions will include banning charcoal grills, fire pits, and smoking in public places.

The announcement comes as crews manage a fire 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff and the dry, windy conditions in northern Arizona persist.

Listen: Firefighters continue their efforts to contain the slate fire

Red flag warning in effect

A red flag warning will go into effect for the northern portions of Counties Coconino, Navajo and Apache at 11:00 a.m. today as conditions remain dry and windy. The increased fire hazard warning applies to communities like Chinle, Kayenta, Page, F Grand Canyon Village and the surrounding area until 6 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The wind is expected to pick up today, with gusts potentially exceeding 50 km / h in Flagstaff, Kayenta and Holbrook, among others.

Details of fatal crash released, investigations are ongoing, say Flagstaff police

Flagstaff Police are still investigating a fatal vehicle accident in late May that killed 29-year-old Joanna Wheaton and hospitalized others. An FPD spokesman announced new details on Wednesday and reported no evidence that driver Normand Cloutier exceeded the speed limit when he arrived on the evening of Jan.

Police say an outside agency will examine the vehicle Cloutier was driving for possible defects and that the state security department should conduct a forensic examination of the driver’s blood sample.

A Kingman resident was sentenced to at least 16 years in prison this week. Jordan Barson hit a group of cyclists in a panel van in December, killing five people in a collision southeast of Las Vegas.

Tech Company Moves to Prescott to Create 200 Jobs

A technology company that develops military and industrial computer products officially opened in Prescott on Wednesday. CP Technologies moved from California to Northern Arizona; Governor Doug Ducey’s office estimates the company will create 200 local jobs over the next two years. Ducey visited the facility yesterday; he applauded the trend for California businesses to move to Arizona in recent years.

Vaccinations on Hopi will continue, COVID-19 hotline will be closed

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic is planned for Saturday at the Hopi Health Care Center in Polacca, offering doses of the Pfizer vaccine to people 12 years and older.

The center recently shut down its COVID-19 hotline after seeing a drop in call volume, a spokesman told KNAU. Officials say they will continue to take calls regarding the virus and vaccination appointments.

Tribal officials said more than 51% of Hopi’s population was infected with COVID-19 by the end of May.

New Community Market is launched in Flagstaff

A new weekly market is to begin in Flagstaff next week; The Downtown Community Market will be open every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., according to the Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance. The event will take place on Aspen Ave. and Heritage Square, leading to subsequent road closures.

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