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One year after declaring a water crisis, Williams city officials continue to work on finding a permanent water supply
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - One year in and millions of dollars later, the city of Williams is still struggling to free itself from a water crisis that has frustrated residents, strained the city budget, and stalled several new construction projects.

But with the city working on two wells - one new and one old - and the possibility of new developments helping with water infrastructure, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How has the water crisis affected local residents and business owners?
The News talked to local residents and business owners about how the city's yearlong water crisis has affected them.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Williams 911: week of Feb. 25
The Williams Police Department (WPD) answered the following calls for service (among others) -
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Williams theme park plan unveiled
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Amusement park rides, an adventure course, a wilderness area, an amphitheater, a hotel and spa and themed restaurants are all part of a proposed theme park plan for Williams.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Barbeque Festival up in smoke
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - After five years of losing money on the Northern Arizona Barbeque Festival, the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce has decided to call off this year's event.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Williams School officials hope instructional coach will boost student achievement
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - With the Williams Unified School District (WUSD) struggling to raise student performance in recent years, officials are hoping a new instructional coach can help move the district in the right direction.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Theme Park District Board hears proposals, discusses how to fund board operation
PHOENIX - After their first meeting last week, the five members of the Arizona Theme Park District Board left with one major question unanswered: how to pay for the board's fledgling operation.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Williams 911: week of Feb. 18
The Williams Police Department (WPD) answered the following calls for service (among others) -
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Williams couple celebrates 50th Valentine's Day
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Williams resident Connie Hiemenz can still remember the first time she saw her future husband Bernie, even though she was only five years old at the time.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

School welding building structurally unsound
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - After recently rediscovering that the welding shop at Williams High School is structurally unsound, students have been relocated from the building and officials are determining if it will be cost efficient to fix it.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Williams winery faces zoning hurdles before wine sales can begin
County's zoning ordinance does not have designation for wineries.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Goodrum to serve on Coconino Community College Governing Board through 2016
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino Community College announced at the Jan. 27 District Governing Board Meeting that District Governing Board representatives Dr. Nathaniel White, District 1, Gioia Goodrum, District 3, and Patrick Hurley, District 4, were recently sworn in by Coconino County officials.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Williams 911: week of Feb. 11
The Williams Police Department (WPD) answered the following calls for service (among others) -
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New well north of I-40 to cost more than $1.6 million
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Almost a year after entering into a water crisis, the city of Williams is ready to drill a new well at a cost of more than $1.6 million.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Young artists go pro at the Gallery in Williams
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Local kids can experience what it's like to be a professional artist during Youth Art Month in March.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Williams zipline gives 23,000 rides in 2014
The Route 66 Zipline saw a 53 percent increase in gross sales in 2014, according to zipline officials.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Grant money helps pay for new water storage tank in Williams
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The city of Williams is set to receive a new storage tank for treated water, thanks in part to some state grant funding.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Williams 911: week of Feb. 4
The Williams Police Department (WPD) answered the following calls for service (among others) -
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

State lawmakers get civics minded
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Although local school officials support students learning about civics, they aren't thrilled about a new civics test that Arizona students will soon need to pass to graduate.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Shorter school week not saving district any money
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Six years after Williams implemented its four-day school week, the district isn't seeing the cost savings or academic gains it anticipated.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Red Lake resident seeks members for neighborhood watch group
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Residents of the Red Lake and Junipine areas are coming together to reduce crime and help one another through a new neighborhood watch group.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Williams 911: week of Jan. 28
The Williams Police Department (WPD) answered the following calls for service (among others) -
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Renaissance theme park dream still alive in Williams
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Amid the talk circulating about a possible theme park coming to Williams, a core group of local residents is working to bring a different attraction to town - a renaissance park.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fate of district's 1970s crown travel bus in question
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - In 1970, Williams High School's Crown travel bus was brand new and ready to transport generations of students to and from school and sporting events. Now after 45 years and about 250,000 miles, the bus has leaky windows, an unlockable door and the district doesn't have room to store it.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dogtown 1 well still limping along
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Ever since Dogtown I failed on May 19, the city has tried numerous options to revive it.

Now city officials are hoping a change in the way they pump the water from the well will solve their problems - and it's their last shot.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


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