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Preserving the force of Navajo language: Dubbing ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’

FLAGSTAFF – Star Wars: A New Hope” was dubbed into the 700-year-old language of the Navajo in 2013 and now streams for subscribers of Disney+. The museum director who launched the dub sees it as a method of language preservation, with parallels between the tribe and “Star Wars.


‘Gatos vs. Leñadores’: Arizona-NAU football game will feature nod to Hispanic heritage

TUCSON – Saturday’s Arizona-NAU game at Arizona Stadium will also be Hispanic Heritage Night, the signature celebration by a Wildcats program determined to honor Hispanic Heritage Month.

Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona

Delivering Pac-12 Baseball Tournament to Scottsdale ‘took a village’

SCOTTSDALE – How did the inaugural Pac-12 Baseball Tournament land in Scottsdale? Members of the Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission, Experience Scottsdale and the City of Scottsdale joined forces. The Pac-12 is one of the last major conferences to add a conference tournament.


Ban on school mask mandates violates Constitution’s ‘single-subject’ rule, opponents argue

School boards argue for control over their mask mandates

A masked school official talks with a student

Delta variant continues to strain Arizona hospitals, nearly all patients are unvaccinated

PHOENIX – Although COVID-19 cases remain stable at Arizona hospitals, nearly all of them are caused by the delta variant. Valleywise Health says 97% of its hospitalized COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated.


Maricopa County health care workers ask for school mask mandate as COVID pediatric cases rise

PHOENIX – Health care workers across Maricopa County signed a letter to the county Board of Supervisors asking for mask mandates in K-12 schools as more children are being hospitalized with COVID-19.


Some schools sticking with mask mandates, despite Ducey funding threat

WASHINGTON - Friday was the deadline for schools to drop mask mandates if they wanted to be eligible for a share of millions in COVID-19 state aid, but at least several districts in the state were refusing to comply with Gov. Doug Ducey's demand.


Essential but ignored: How day care powered the pandemic workforce

The pandemic exposed how vulnerable and essential child care providers are in America. The median hourly wage is $10.31, and most workers receive no benefits, but they play a crucial role in getting people back to work.


Solutions and struggle: COVID relief highlights complexity of issues facing Native people

The pandemic exacerbated different infrastructure issues in Indigenous communities across the country.


From a raft in the Canyon, the West’s shifting water problems are evident

In 1990, the big problem for the Colorado River was managing too much water. Now, it's adjusting to too little, a problem likely to get worse as drought and climate change pose a profound challenge for the river that provides water for more than 40 million people.


Shelter lockdown challenged sobriety journey for New Mexico men

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – The Good Shepherd Center in Albuquerque enforced a strict lockdown for clients in its Fresh Start substance abuse program when the pandemic began. Some men in the six-month program said it helped their recovery, others weren’t so sure.


Vision quest: New ASU baseball coach Bloomquist has high expectations for program

PHOENIX – One of ASU’s many successful baseball alumni, Willie Bloomquist, rejoins the team this year as its coach. From a high school player desperate to play in Arizona to a veteran athlete bringing real-world experience to the field, his dedication to the Sun Devils has never wavered.