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Controversial Cell Tower Approved For Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

Visitors to Oak Creek Canyon will soon have much needed cellphone coverage.

The vote was controversial because despite strong opposition from residents, the Coconino County Board of supervisors unanimously voted to in favor of building the cell tower.

It will be located on a designated scenic corridor popular with tourists. But residents say it will be placed too close to homes, and the company building the tower has not done enough to find alternative locations.

However, it was argued, the installation will help to improve public safety.


Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."