Originally Published: March 14, 2018 5:50 a.m.
Groups seeks review of Grand Canyon-area mining claims ban
FLAGSTAFF — Mining industry groups are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Obama-era ban on new mining claims around the Grand Canyon.
The petitions -- filed Friday by the National Mining Association and the American Exploration and Mining Association -- comes as President Donald Trump’s administration reviews a portion of the ban.
The U.S. Interior Department implemented the ban in 2012 amid concern about possible water contamination.
A federal law gives the Interior secretary authority to withdraw land from mining claims for up to 20 years without congressional approval.
A provision allowing a legislative veto has been deemed unconstitutional.
The industry groups say the provision can’t be separated from the law, so the entire law should be invalidated.
Lower courts have disagreed and upheld the ban on new mining claims.
Navajo Nation rejects attempt to disqualify water judge
SANTA FE, N.M. — The Navajo Nation is opposing attempts to disqualify a state judge from oversight of a decades-old water dispute in the San Juan River Basin.
In court filings Monday, attorneys for the Navajo Nation said accusations are unfounded that Judge James Wechsler previously worked on behalf of the tribal government.
At stake is a major water-rights award in northwestern New Mexico to the Navajo Nation. It is seeking sanctions against attorney Victor Marshall for filing the motion against Wechsler.
On behalf of more than 20 community water districts, Marshall has highlighted Wechsler’s prior work for DNA Legal Services in the 1970s as an unreported conflict of interest. DNA Legal Services is an independent, nonprofit law firm that at times has been at odds with tribal government.
Presidents of ASU, UofA, NAU to release tuition proposals
PHOENIX (AP) — The presidents of Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University will release tuition proposals on Friday.
That will be followed by a series of events that will lead to the Arizona Board of Regents voting on tuition and mandatory fees for the 2018-19 academic year.
On March 27, the regents will host a public hearing for students and the public to comment regarding the tuition proposals at various sites throughout the state.
Two days later, the regents will host a tuition workshop on the ASU campus in Tempe where the three university presidents will present their proposals.
The board is expected to set final tuition and fees for the next academic year at an April 5 meeting on the UofA campus in Tucson.
Suspect arrested in Nevada for 2004 fatal shooting in Arizona
LAKE HAVASU CITY (AP) — Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in Nevada in the 2004 shooting death of a woman in western Arizona.
Lake Havasu City police say 38-year-old William Timothy Nunno was arrested on a felony warrant last Friday in Las Vegas.
Nunno is jailed on a $250,000 bond at the Clark County Detention Center pending extradition to Arizona’s Mohave County.
He’s being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault.
It was unclear Tuesday if Nunno has a lawyer yet.
Police say 30-year-old Cindy Trumbull was found fatally shot at her Las Havasu City home in August 2004.
The department established a cold case squad two years ago to investigate unsolved homicides.
The Trumbull case was presented to a grand jury last week and Nunno was indicted.
Ex-NAU student fatally struck by a car on a Flagstaff street
FLAGSTAFF — Authorities say a former Northern Arizona University student has died after being struck by a car while walking on a street.
Flagstaff police say 21-year-old Christopher Larson was pronounced dead at a hospital due to injuries he suffered Sunday night, March 11, 2018.
They say Larson, who lives in Flagstaff, was struck by a car about 10:07 p.m.
Investigators say Larson got into a disagreement at a downtown business establishment and left to walk to his house.
They say he was walking in a lane on a street when he was hit by a car.
Police say it didn’t appear that the driver was impaired, but they did not say whether Larson was impaired.
They say the investigation into the fatal accident is ongoing.
(This story has been updated to show the correct date and time of the accident.)