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Arizona in Brief: Injured hiker rescued from cave in northern Arizona

Injured hiker rescued from cave in northern Arizona

FLAGSTAFF (AP) — Nearly two-dozen firefighters and other emergency personnel rescued an injured hiker who couldn’t walk out of a one-mile long cave in northern Arizona.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said a 44-year-old Cordes Lakes man Monday suffered an ankle injury near the end of the one-mile long Lava River Cave, an underground tube that the Coconino National Forest’s website says was formed 700,000 years ago by molten rock from a volcanic vent on in what is now Hart Prairie.

The Sheriff’s Office said 23 rescue personnel from three agencies were involved in the 3.5-hour operation, which was a challenge because of the cave’s darkness and rough terrain.

Schweikert’s chief of staff resigns amid ethics probe

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Rep. David Schweikert’s chief of staff has resigned amid a House Ethics Committee investigation.

The Arizona Republic reported Monday that Oliver Schwab is stepping down to have surgery and work as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed maritime captain.

The ethics committee unanimously voted last month to create a special subcommittee to investigate Schweikert and Schwab for misspending and other issues.