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AzMerit scores on the rise at Williams schools
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Superintendent Rick Honsinger was pleased with the preliminary results of the 2016 Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMerit) testing for Williams Unified School District (WUSD) and expects those scores to continue to rise over the next few years he said at the Aug. 10 governing board meeting.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

KidsCare brings affordable health care back to Williams
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - After a six-year hiatus, the government sponsored health insurance program called KidsCare has returned to Arizona.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Williams City Council Election 2016: Candidate Q&A, Craig Fritsinger
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - With three seats up for election this fall on the Williams City Council as well as the mayor's seat, seven people have declared their candidacy.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Williams City Council Election 2016: Candidate Q&A, Jim Karlsberger
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - With three seats up for election this fall on the Williams City Council as well as the mayor's seat, seven people have declared their candidacy.

Mayor John Moore, Councilmen Craig Fritsinger, Frank McNelly and Jim Wurgler, and newcomers Dawn Trapp, Jim Karlsberger and George Otero are all on the primary election ballot.

The deadline for candidates to file nomination forms for the Aug. 26 primary was May 28. The primary election is Aug. 30 and the general election is Nov. 8. In order to vote in the primary election, people must be registered with Coconino County by Aug. 1 The last day to request an early ballot by mail is Aug. 19 and the last date to vote early in person is Aug. 26. More information about the election is available from the city at (928) 635-4451.

The news recently sat down with all six council candidates and asked them the same seven questions. The first three candidates' answers are in this week's edition. The second three candidates will be featured in next week's edition.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Taking stock: local 4-H groups prepare for Coconino County Fair
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - After spending months feeding, grooming, and exercising their animals, local 4-H members are making final preparations for the 67th annual Coconino County Fair Sept. 2-5.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New faces, new year: Williams Elementary-Middle School gears up for new year
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - With the carefree days of summer over, several hundred students in Williams are headed back to school Aug. 3 where they will meet new teachers and hear about new goals for the 2016-2017 school year.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

20th annual Cool Country Cruise-In hits Williams August 5-7
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Hot rods, rat rods, lead sleds, mini trucks and other varieties of original, customized and modified classic cars will be lining the street Aug. 5-7 during the annual Cool Country Cruise-In.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

McCain makes campaign stop in Williams
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) stopped in Williams for a breakfast event with Mayor John Moore, Williams City Council members and a number of Williams residents and business people at Wild West Junction July 20.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Williams School Board seats open
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Risha VanderWey is seeking applications to fill governing board vacancies on the Williams Unified School District (WUSD), the Grand Canyon Unified School District (GCUSD) and the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology (CAVIAT).
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Travel Management Plan a work in progress
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Muddy tire tracks through ephemeral stream beds, proliferation of nonnative grass species and banked BMX style berms. These are some of the unfortunate results of off-road vehicle use on the Kaibab National Forest, according to Jerry Parker, law enforcement officer with the Forest Service.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Elderly woman with Alzheimer's missing outside Ash Fork
ASH FORK, Ariz. - The Coconino County Sheriff's Office(CCSO) is currently conducting a search operation for 70-year-old Linda Schleizer from Ash Fork, Arizona.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

North Country HealthCare awarded grant to fight breast cancer
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Despite efforts by President Barack Obama and the creation of the Affordable Care Act, along with state programs such as Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and Medicare, many women go without adequate health insurance coverage in Arizona.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Gonzales named Fire Management Officer of the Year
WILLIAMS. Ariz. - The head fire official on the Kaibab National Forest was recently recognized for his achievements with two notable awards.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Game and Fish defend Kaibab Forest in off-road travel lawsuit
PHOENIX - The state of Arizona and Office of the Arizona Attorney General June 24 filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by several environmental groups challenging the U. S. Forest Service's decision to allow limited off-road motorized big game retrieval by elk and bison hunters on the Kaibab National Forest.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Williams Police concerned about dangerous intersection
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Where is the most hazardous intersection in Williams? According to the Williams Police Department, it is Edison Avenue and Grand Canyon Boulevard.

The intersection is the location of several near misses and most recently a pedestrian accident because of motorists running the stop signs.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Boy shot by carriage driver in Williams
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - A 6-year-old boy was injured in an accidental shooting around 7:30 p.m. June 25 outside the gift shop at the Grand Canyon Railway.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Arizona faces blood shortages, donors needed in Williams July 8
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - One hour. That's all the time it takes to donate a pint of blood.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Morrison chosen as Rookie Principal of the Year
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Williams Elementary-Middle School Principal Carissa Morrison is the Arizona Rookie Principal of the Year.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

City of Williams and Kaibab Forest begin summer fire restrictions
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Coconino County and the city of Williams entered campfire and smoking restrictions, also known as Stage I fire restrictions, as of 8 a.m. June 15 in order to protect public health and reduce preventable human-caused fires.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber to dissolve after city pulls funding
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The city of Williams no longer has a chamber of commerce.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bert Fire near Valle grows to 3,393 acres
VALLE, Ariz. - Forest officials continue to manage the Bert Fire near the junction of Forest Road 144 and Highway 180 approximately 10 miles southeast of the community of Valle.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Williams City Council cuts off Chamber funding
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce was dealt a hard blow June 8 when the city council voted to terminate an agreement with the chamber and discontinue funding the organization.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Williams commemorates Memorial Day
Residents and visitors joined VFW Post 12128 May 28 at Memorial Park in Williams to honor those who died while serving in the United States armed forces.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Williams Summer Rec Program begins June 6
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - With school behind them and summer before them, kids can stay busy this summer while having fun at the Williams Summer Rec Program.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Around Williams: Week of June 1
Around Williams: Week of June 1
Tuesday, May 31, 2016


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