News Briefing for June 20, 2019

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 1:36 pm

Flagstaff’s University Shopping Plaza near NAU has been sold for $27.5 million. The plaza was purchased by a private company, Vestar, whose ownership of retail space in the western U.S. totals over 30 million square feet. While the Arizona Daily Sun was unable to provide information on the previous owner, Vereit’s decision to sell, it reports that Vestar chose it for its strong tenants, and location close to NAU and Downtown Flagstaff.”

A report out Wednesday shows that Arizona’s rate of traffic fatalities rose in 2018, despite a decrease in the number of vehicle collisions. According to a press release from ADOT, there was a decrease in the number of deaths in alcohol related crashes as well as deaths from crashes involving motorcycles or bicycles, or seat belts not being worn. However, the total number of traffic accident deaths still rose from 998 in 207 to 1,010 in 2018.

Scientists out of Anchorage Alaska report that they have recorded a rare species of whales singing. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have recorded calls from North Pacific right whales, and though the songs emanated from a male, their purpose remains unknown. The confirmation that the song came from this particular species was nearly a decade in the making, as other species of whales such as Humpbacks, also sing. There are only estimated to be about 30 right whales in existence.

Because of the wildfire activity, patches of smoke can be expected prior to 9 am this morning, otherwise sunny skies expected with southwest winds of 8 to 13 miles per hour. However winds are expected to increase to 15 to 20 miles per hour in the afternoon. Tonight, clear skies with a low near 48 and west southwest winds estimated at 14 to 17 miles per hour, though they could go as high as 22 miles per hour. There is no chance of rain in the current forecast.