TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended a 25-year-old Phoenix man Friday morning for attempting to smuggle more than $102,000 worth of methamphetamine into the United States.

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Payson, Arizona — The recent tragic flash flood event north of Payson serves as a reminder that flash floods can occur in any drainage, creek and river throughout the state during heavy rains and monsoon storms.

Floods are among nature’s most common and destructive natural hazards. The public should be aware that even when storms do not appear to be in the immediate area, rain from a storm miles upstream can drain quickly and create flash floods miles downstream.

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PHOENIX —Effective noon today (Friday, July 21), Tonto National Forest officials closed East Verde River day use sites as well as segments of East Verde River and Ellison Creek to protect visitors’ health and safety.

The Closure Order encompasses all National Forest System (NFS) lands interior to those East Verde River day use sites known as First Crossing, Water Wheel, Second Crossing, Third Crossing, and Cold Springs Trailhead. It also includes those NFS lands immediately adjacent to each East Verde River day use site within a 500 foot corridor either side of the wetted edge of the East Verde River and Ellison Creek:

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Efficiency, education increase state’s international trade

PHOENIX – Just a year after beginning a study to determine how to improve efficiency and consistency at Arizona’s three primary international ports of entry, Arizona Department of Transportation officials already are seeing improvements that make the state a more attractive route for commercial carriers.

“While safety remains our No. 1 goal, we want to be as efficient as possible at helping commerce move across the border and into Arizona’s economy,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “By working closely with international trucking interests, we are supporting commercial traffic and boosting the economy not just in Arizona but along the Interstate 10 corridor and across the nation.”

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PHOENIX — Recent widespread rains have led Tonto National Forest officials to rescind fire restrictions – to include campfires and smoking -- on the Forest as of noon today (Monday, July 17).

The Tonto initially implemented fire restrictions May 23, in order to provide for the public’s health and to protect National Forest System lands, resources and facilities during the period of severe fire danger.

According to Don Nunley, Tonto National Forest Fire Staff, fire restrictions provide the Forest with a tool for preventing unwanted, human-caused fires.

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The FBI Phoenix Field Office is investigating an assault on a federal officer that happened north of Globe, just off the San Carlos Reservation.

Around 2:00 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017, law enforcement officers with the U.S. Forest Service and San Carlos Apache Tribal Police Department, who were part of a multi-agency law enforcement effort searching for the suspect who fired shots at a forest service employee in Forest Lakes, Arizona on July 4, came across an individual who fired on officers. Officers fired back, killing the suspect.

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