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‘G.R.I.T.’: 4 letters propel Arizona State volleyball to best start since 2015

PHOENIX – ASU is having its fourth best start in program history, the best since 2015. The team kicks off conference play at home against Arizona on Thursday.

ASU women’s volleyball game photo

Trans woman’s arrest in Flagstaff sparks community outrage at handling of her case

PHOENIX – Epona Rose, a transgender woman, was held in the men’s side of a jail after allegedly defending herself from an attack by men in Flagstaff, though the details of the altercation are in dispute. Activists say more needs to be done to support trans people who are arrested or incarcerated.

From Arizona state high school champion to Fresno State star, Mikey Keene returns home to face Arizona State

TEMPE – Chandler high school standout Mikey Keene makes his collegiate debut back home in Arizona with Fresno State as they take on ASU trying to remain perfect on the season.

Mikey Keene, the former Chandler High standout and UCF quarterback, returns home Saturday with Fresno State to face Arizona State in front of friends, family, peers and past coaches. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Ready to Rohr: ASU beach volleyball embraces new coach, focuses on creating family culture

PHOENIX – With a new coach and seven new players, ASU beach volleyball focuses on developing its team culture.

ASU Beach Volleyball in a huddle at practice.

NAU men’s cross-country team begins historic NCAA title defense as season opens in Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF – The NAU men's cross country team began its quest to defend its NCAA title at the George Kyte Classic. The Lumberjacks look to win their fourth consecutive national championship, something only two other colleges have done.

MMIP task forces are given years to solve a problem centuries in the making

WASHINGTON - At least 10 states, including Arizona, and federal agencies have efforts to address the problem of missing and murdered Indigenous people, but those efforts have to grapple with historical neglect, modern bureaucracy and myriad legal and police disparities.

‘We’re not the place’: Yuma County residents fight hazardous waste permit

PHOENIX – A petition to stop a local waste company from expanding into hazardous materials has reached more than 4,000 signatures as Yuma County officials prepare to vote on the special use permit.

The Colorado River weaves through the Sonoran desert near Yuma, Arizona. Photo taken in 2021. (File photo by Luke Runyon/KUNC)

‘We cannot continue to scar Mother Earth’: Public shows support for proposed monument near Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF – Dozens of community members, tribal leaders and state officials gathered in Flagstaff to show their support for a proposed national monument around the Grand Canyon, saying the designation could protect natural and cultural resources. Critics say the monument could hurt the economy.

Nearly 200 people attend a meeting to discuss the proposed national monument near the Grand Canyon in Flagstaff on July 18, 2023. (Photo by Ashley Lay/Cronkite News)

How Flagstaff, a once quaint town, transformed into capital of running world

FLAGSTAFF – For many, Flagstaff is known as the running capital of the world. A look at how it got there and how it helped create one of the best-kept secrets among collegiate sports dynasties: the Northern Arizona University men’s cross-country team.

Many runners come to Flagstaff for the high-altitude training. Rachel Schneider often ran through Buffalo Park to train for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Behind the scenes: Intricate planning and preparation required to host an NCAA national championship

TEMPE – Arizona State will be the host institution for its third National Championship event in a 10-month span by the time the 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four is played in April. Hosting these tournaments is no easy task and often take years of preparation.

Phoenix will be at the center of men's college basketball in April 2024 when the Final Four is held at State Farm Stadium after years of planning. (File photo by Robert Crompton/Cronkite News)

Another summer, another lifeguard shortage, as pools cut hours, openings

A $3,000 incentive program brought a boom in lifeguard applications to the city of Phoenix this year, but not enough lifeguards and pool managers to open more than 18 of the city's 29 pools this summer.

City of Phoenix lifeguard Carrie Nelson is the manager at Encanto pool. June 14, 2023 (Evelin Ruelas/Cronkite News)

Out of retirement: Charli Turner Thorne joins Mercury staff as assistant coach

PHOENIX – One year and a few months after retiring from ASU women’s basketball, coach Charli Turner Thorne is already back in the women’s basketball world, signing on as an assistant for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.

The Mercury have added a familiar face as an assistant: former Arizona State women’s basketball coach Charlie Turner Throne. She joins her former assistant, interim Mercury coach Nikki Blue. (Cronkite News file photo)