KNAU’s Morning Rundown: Wednesday, May 12th

COVID-19 vaccination on tap for children aged 12 to 15 in AZ

The Arizona Department of Health stands ready to offer Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children 12-15 years old. The announcement comes after the Food and Drug Administration approves the vaccine for the youngest age group.

ADHD announced Tuesday that it is now waiting for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to endorse the vaccine for the age group. Depending on the CDC’s response, Arizona state offices in metropolitan areas of Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma and Flagstaff could begin giving the vaccine to children as early as Thursday.

The Navajo Region of India Health Service also announced it is preparing to give Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to the younger age group in anticipation of the CDC review. Tuba City Regional Health Care is scheduled to deliver doses of the vaccine at a mobile health unit in Cameron this morning.

Golden Valley residents still without water after well failure

Mohave County officials say around 500 residents in the Golden Valley are still lacking access to water after a supply well went down on Sunday. District officials said a new engine will have to be built to fully repair the well and pump the groundwater. A contractor is now transporting water to the construction site to prevent the pumping system from stalling.

The county has set a limited supply of bottled water for residents, which is available at the Golden Valley Fire Training Center. District officials recommend people boil the water they access for at least three minutes to avoid contamination.

This is a developing story.

AZ lawmakers are proposing a cross-border pipeline study to help alleviate the drought

Arizona lawmakers are calling on US Congress to consider a study on the extraction of Mississippi floods to improve the water supply in the Colorado River. A House Concurrent Memorial in state law calls on Congress to fund research into bypass dams that could divert water into the drought-stricken Colorado River basin. Republican MP Tim Dunn introduced the proposal, which was co-sponsored by nearly a dozen lawmakers. According to Dunn, the bypass dams could potentially mitigate the flood damage in the south while supporting the water supply in the west.

The President’s designated town hall is scheduled for Thursday

Northern Arizona University will have a town hall on Thursday with President-elect Dr. José Luis Cruz host. The virtual meeting enables pre-submitted questions from university staff. Cruz is preparing to begin his tenure at the NAU in about a month. Representatives from the University Union of Northern Arizona wrote an open letter to Cruz earlier this year asking for transparency, citing a round of more than 100 job cuts in 2020.

Crown King Fire Extended; Containment reaches 15%

A fire burning south of Crown King has grown to more than 5,500 acres and contained 15% of it, according to a spokesman for the Prescott National Forest on Wednesday morning.

Evacuations remain in effect for Horse Thief Basin, Minnehaha, and Fort Misery. Crown King has not received an evacuation order, although the city remains closed to non-residents. Almost 400 employees are managing the fire, which is expected to be fully contained by May 22, according to the Bureau of Land Management. According to forest officials, there are seven helicopters in the area.

Zoning meeting in Flagstaff to discuss cannabis production facilities

The Flagstaff Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss possible changes to Proposal 207 tomorrow. The election initiative passed in the 2020 elections has legalized the sale of recreational cannabis in Arizona. By the end of January, three pharmacies in Flagstaff had been approved to sell recreational cannabis.

On tomorrow’s agenda is a possible change to the city’s zone code to recognize off-site marijuana testing facilities and manufacturing facilities.

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