News Briefing June 14, 2019

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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 9:00 am

A new report from The Arizona Daily Sun indicates many trading posts in the Four Corners region which specialize in Navajo goods are fighting to survive. One shop in particular, the Shiprock Trading Post, used to specialize in a variety of goods for members of the Navajo Tribe living in the area, but has had to change its approach to upscale Navajo Crafts in order to remain viable. While the owner of one trading post, Tom Wheeler, says they do still have some demand from travelers, he questions whether they will remain so in the future.

President Donald Trump Tweeted Wednesday that his press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, will resign her post at the end of this month. Trump called Sanders “a warrior,” and was encouraging her to run for governor of Arkansas when her term ends. Sanders is one of few staffers who has been with trump going back to his 2016 campaign.

Beginning next Monday, traffic on the western Leg of Route 66 in Flagstaff will be narrowed to one lane each way. The Arizona Department of Transportation will keep Route 66 narrowed for the next five weeks so a pedestrian hybrid beacon can be installed at the intersection of West Route 66 and Blackbird Roost Street. The construction will be held Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., during which drivers could experience delays.

Sunny skies expected for today with a high near 79 degrees and southwest winds at 8 to 17 miles per hour, though they could get as high as 28. Tonight, clear skies with a low around 47, winds still to the southwest which could get as high as 18 miles per hour, but most likely should be between 5 to 11 miles per hour.