KNAU Public NewsRoom Archive



Earth Notes - Native Guides (2008-10-01)
Southwestern river guides take passengers through canyons that have been home to Native people for centuries. Now a unique program at Northern Arizona University is training Native Americans as river guides and as cultural ambassadors.


Moms make it work (2008-09-24)
For decades women have struggled with how to be moms and contribute to their family's income. In Flagstaff and many areas around the country it's often not a choice. Many moms have to work. So some have become so-called mompreneurs. They've found creative ways to make money and spend time with their kids. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this story.


Earth Notes - Apache Trout (2008-09-24)
Arizona's state fish, the Apache trout, was on the verge of extinction five decades ago. Now it's on the cusp of being one of the first fish to ever be removed from the nation's endangered species list.


Earth Notes - Entropy Happens (2008-09-17)
In the past 20 years, two natural arches have come crashing down in Arches Natural Park in southeastern Utah. It's a natural geologic process, but one that alarms some: in recent years there have been efforts to stabilize and even rebuild the graceful rock spans.


Burnett family grows up (2008-09-12)
The Burnett Family Bluegrass Band is celebrating its 15th year of playing together. The four kids all started taking music lessons when they were toddlers. As the children have grown into adults, each one has become a skilled musician. The band has come into its own and built a powerful sound. They perform Sept. 13 at the Pickin'in the Pines Bluegrass Festival in Flagstaff. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this profile.


Lower AZ Home Prices are a "Mirage" (2008-09-10)
It's been a tumultuous few years in Arizona's housing market. Prices spiked, then plummeted. To get a handle on Arizona's housing landscape, Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker spoke to Fred Karnas, Director of Arizona's Housing Department. Karnas was in Flagstaff for the 2008 Governor's Housing Forum.


Earth Notes - Mai Richie Reed (2008-09-10)
The recent discovery of Mai Richie Reed's century-old journal provides a unique glimpse into the early days of tourism in the Grand Canyon. Reed had connections with two well known Grand Canyon figures: the original "hermit" Louis Boucher, and famed painter Louis Aiken.


Impact Fees (2008-09-08)
Should Flagstaff join the many other Arizona communities using impact fees to pay for growth? Supporters say they create a more fair scenario for funding growth related improvements for a community; opponents say Flagstaff is not growing fast enough to warrant the fees.


AZ state land fees increase (2008-09-08)
If you're planning to visit Arizona state lands, it's going to cost you a lot more money -- unless you're a hunter. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


State road funding dries up (2008-09-06)
The state is putting an immediate halt to more than $170 million worth of road projects -- including widening the highway to the Hoover Dam --- because federal funds are drying up. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Napolitano Bemoans Moderates' losses (2008-09-04)
Governor Janet Napolitano is mourning the defeat this week of two moderates in the Republican primary. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports she said that's not indicative of a trend.


Earth Notes - Star Lore (2008-09-03)
The night sky has played a profound role in the lives of people in the American southwest for thousands of years. Today Hopi and Navajo kids are learning cutting-edge astronomy, as well as stories from their elders on the importance of what the Navajo call, "that which is placed in the sky."


Napolitano on Governor Palin (2008-09-03)
Governor Janet Napolitano said today that Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin probably is facing some sexism in coverage. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that Napolitano said that's no reason to vote for her.


Renzi's indictment clouds the CD-1 race (2008-09-01)
Democrats are O for 3 in Congressional District One races since the seat was created in 2002. But with President Bush's job approval rating at an all-time low, and incumbent Republican Rick Renzi facing a long list of corruption charges, they like their odds this year. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports on the challenges Republicans face this year in northern Arizona.


Democrats Compete for Native Vote in AZ-1 (2008-09-01)
While Mary Kim Titla is vying to become the first Native American woman ever elected to Congress, just because she's Apache doesn't mean she has the Native vote sewn up in Arizona's First Congressional District. But whoever does win the Indian vote could have a leg up in the race.


AZ-1: Congressional Race Leans Democratic (2008-08-29)
This could be the year Democrats break though in the Arizona 1st Congressional District.


Grand Canyon Names (2008-08-28)
Ever wonder how those giant rock landmarks in the Grand Canyon got their names? For more than a century monikers like Deva and Vishnu Temple have stirred up controversy. But commentator Scott Thybony wonders if we might be putting too much stock in a simple name.


1st Congressional District Profiles: Newcomer Tom Hansen Touts His National Energy Grid System (2008-08-28)
Republican Newcomer Tom Hansen hopes his national energy grid plan will grab voters' attention.


Gay Marriage Ballot Wording Changed (2008-08-27)
Voters will be told when they go to the polls that it is already illegal for gays to marry in this state -- maybe. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


1st Congressional District Profiles: Mary Kim Titla Makes Historic Run for Native Americans (2008-08-27)
The member of the San Carlos Apache tribe is vying to become the first Native American woman ever elected to Congress.


Earth Notes - Elk Antlers 101 (2008-08-27)
A healthy bull elk can sprout antlers at the rate of one inch a day. That requires huge amounts of calcium, much of which comes from the elk's ribs. But is the energy required to grow such impressive headgear worth it?


Gap between Democrats and Republicans in AZ Shrinking (2008-08-27)
There are still more registered Republicans than Democrats in Arizona. But the gap is narrowing, as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Road Tax Ballot Initiative Dead (2008-08-26)
Two proposed ballot measures--including one which would have raised the state's sales tax to fund new roads and mass transit projects--are officially dead. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


1st Congressional District Profiles: Maupin Only Independent Vying for Seat (2008-08-26)
Brent Maupin is a unique congressional candidate. He's the only independent in the field of nine vying for the 1st Congressional District seat.


1st Congressional District Profiles: Ann Kirkpatrick Called Dem Frontrunner (2008-08-26)
Many people are calling Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick the frontrunner in the race for Arizona's 1st Congressional District.


Judge to Rule on Payday Loan Initiative (2008-08-25)
A judge will decide whether voters need to be told up front how much payday lenders could charge if Proposition 200 is approved. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Ballot Campaigns Spending Big Bucks (2008-08-22)
It's only August. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports various groups already are spending big bucks to try to convince you to support their ballot measures.


1st Congressional District Profiles: Howard Shanker Touts Legal Track Record (2008-08-21)
Over the past 15 years Howard Shanker has argued several high profile environmental cases across Arizona. He says that track record of fighting for the citizens of Arizona's 1st Congressional District sets him apart from the other candidates.


1st Congressional District Profiles: Sydney Hay Continues Work for Government Reform (2008-08-21)
Sydney Hay has been active in Arizona politics for more than two decades. Now she wants to take her experience to Washington.


1st Congressional District Profiles: Barry Hall Runs as the Anti-Politician (2008-08-20)
Sedona resident Barry Hall is a former Baptist minister running for the open Arizona 1st Congressional District seat.


Legality of Flagstaff anti-war t-shirts upheld (2008-08-20)
A federal judge today permanently blocked local and state officials from prosecuting Flagstaff resident Dan Frazier for the anti-war T-shirts he is selling. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


1st Congressional District Profiles: Newcomer Jeffrey Brown Casts Himself as Political Progressive (2008-08-19)
Jeffrey Brown of Munds Park is one of four Democrats vying to replace Rick Renzi. He says he's the only candidate with bi-partisan political experience at many levels of government.


Evacuees Reflect on Havasupai Flood (2008-08-19)
A flash flood roared through Havasu Canyon west of Grand Canyon National Park over the weekend. About 250 hikers and Havasupai tribal members were evacuated by helicopter. So far there are no reports of injuries or deaths, but it was a chaotic and harrowing experience for many of the evacuees, as Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


1st Congressional District Profiles: Sandra Livingstone Emphasizes Local Roots (2008-08-18)
In KNAU's series of profiles of candidates in Arizona's 1st Congressional District race, we meet Republican and Prescott native Sandra Livingstone.


Experts Say ATV Deaths Are Preventable (2008-08-14)
President Bush is expected to sign legislation today that would make All Terrain Vehicles safer. This comes at a time when ATV-related deaths are at an all time high. Last year alone there were more than 850 fatalities nationwide. And as Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports northern Arizona has seen its share of deaths and injuries. Just this summer there have been at least three deaths and more than 30 injuries.


Earth Notes - Frank Waters (2008-08-13)
For much of the 20th century Frank Waters wrote books that conveyed a deep respect for life in the fragile southwest. Part Cheyenne, Waters wrote often about Native Americans, describing cultures in which people and place are inseparable.


Court Allows Snowmaking on the Peaks (2008-08-08)
The 9th circuit court of appeals has ruled to allow the use of treated wastewater to make artificial snow at the Arizona Snowbowl ski area. It's the latest decision in a see-saw legal battle over Native American religious freedoms on the San Francisco Peaks. From KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau, Daniel Kraker reports.


Channel 2 closes doors (2008-08-08)
A television station serving northern Arizona for 38 years is closing its' doors next week. Parent company Gannett will maintain a news bureau in Flagstaff with reporters contributing material to AZCentral.com and K-P-N-X Channel 12.


Experimental Forest Celebrates 100 Years (2008-08-07)
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Fort Valley Experimental Forest, which sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff. It began when loggers couldn't figure out why the ponderosa pine forest wasn't regenerating. Now it's used largely to study how forest restoration can prevent catastrophic wildfires. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


Arizona man attempts to become first paraplegic climber to summit Mt. Kilamanjaro (2008-08-07)
Long-time Arizonan Darol Kubacz is on his way up Mt. Kilimanjaro. At nearly 20,000 feet, it's often referred to as the "Roof of Africa." Like many climbers, Kubacz is doing it, in part, just to see if he can. But if he does reach the summit, he'll set a unique world record. Darol Kubacz will become the first paraplegic climber to do so.Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports. You can read Darol Kubacz's blog and see photos of the expedition at www.fflfoundation.org.


Earth Notes - Cactus Rustling (2008-08-06)
One of the southwest's thornier environmental problems is cactus theft. Some cactus can fetch up to $7,000 from avid collectors. Some national parks are going high tech to try and deter thieves, but others think the solution is to simply grow more cactus.


NAU and CCC Streamline Transfer Process (2008-08-04)
Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College are making it easier for students to get a bachelor's degree. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


Arizona designer creates fashion with compassion (2008-08-01)
Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports on a local designer whose couture fashions are part of a global relief effort.


Navajo Nation One Step Closer to New Coal Plant (2008-07-31)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an air permit for the proposed Desert Rock Power Plant in northwest New Mexico on the Navajo Nation. That brings the tribe one step closer to beginning construction on the controversial plant. From KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau, Daniel Kraker reports.


Earth Notes: Better Beef (2008-07-30)
Carnivores, take heart. If your idea of a real meal includes a grilled steak or burger, you may now enjoy a healthier version while helping family ranchers stay in business and protecting the wide-open spaces of the Southwest.


Preston Korn Drops Out of CD1 Race (2008-07-29)
The Republican businessman from Flagstaff cites soft fundraising and a conflict of ideals with another candidate as the reason for his departure.


Earth Notes: Mary Austin (2008-07-23)
For author Mary Austin, the drylands of the Southwest were a lush wellspring. The spirit of the place inspired her early writings, and later reinvigorated her literary career and her imagination. Her book The Land of Journey's Ending transports readers into the deep traditions of the Spaniards who settled New Mexico, and on to the ancient pueblo villages of the Hopi Mesas.


Arizona Prison Inmates Fight Fires (2008-07-23)
Convicted felons wielding chainsaws might sound like the premise for a horror film. But it's actually a real-life prison work program in Arizona. The Department of Corrections firefighting program allows certain qualified inmates to prevent and fight forest fires across the state. And as Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports it's not only a service to the state but to some of the inmates themselves.


FMC Bans Formula Samples to New Moms (2008-07-17)
Flagstaff Medical Center is the first hospital in Arizona to stop giving tote bags filled with free baby formula samples to new moms, a common practice at more than 70 percent of U-S hospitals. But F-M-C is now a part of a nationwide movement to stop handing out the samples. It's an attempt to curb the marketing influence of formula companies and promote breastfeeding. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


Earth Notes: Solar Power (2008-07-16)
Centuries ago, the builders of Chaco Canyon's Pueblo Bonito knew the secrets of solar heating and air conditioning without complicated equipment, fuel, or electricity. Modern homeowners in the Southwest are well advised to learn from these eleventh-century architects.


Uranium mining near GCNP (2008-07-14)
As the price of uranium has skyrocketed, mining companies have set their sights on rich deposits near Arizona's premier natural treasure -- Grand Canyon National Park. Environmental groups - and an Arizona Congressman - are trying hard to block the mining efforts. But the industry argues the mining is safe, and they say uranium could reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on foreign energy. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


Rescue Flight (2008-07-10)
Like many of us in northern Arizona, Commentator Scott Thybony had a personal connection with the recent midair helicopter collision over Flagstaff. For Thybony, the crash also brought home a painful fact: it's easy to take emergency responders for granted, until you're the one who needs help.


Earth Notes: After the Fire Part V (Fire and Elk) (2008-07-09)
In the six years since the Rodeo Chediski Fire scorched thousands of acres of forest, a patchwork of new vegetation has sprouted up. And that's provided ideal habitat for elk and other wildlife. Now forest managers are hoping hunters will help control the elk population from growing too rapidly.


Lawmakers' Salaries Go to Ballot (2008-07-08)
So what is a state lawmaker worth? Voters will get to decide. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Grand Canyon mourns losses (2008-07-08)
The tightly knit Grand Canyon community is mourning the loss of a long-time pilot, and a paramedic who many consider one of the best the canyon has ever seen. Tom Caldwell and Tom Clausing died in last week's mid-air helicopter crash over Flagstaff. They will be remembered at a memorial service Tuesday in Flagstaff along with the five others who died in the accident. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has the story.


Many remember crash victims (2008-07-08)
About 1500 people gathered at Pine Mountain Amphitheater July 8th to remember the seven people who died in the recent mid-air helicopter crash in Flagstaff. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales was there and has this report.


Napolitano Vetoes Gun Bills (2008-07-07)
Governor Janet Napolitano has vetoed two bills aimed at easing laws on carrying concealed weapons. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Flagstaff's Real Life School of Rock! (2008-07-04)
Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports on a real life School of Rock in Flagstaff where kids learn to play electric guitars and pay homage to the rock legends who came before them.


Flagstaff Helicopter Crash Sparks Concerns About EMS Flights (2008-07-04)
The recent helicopter crash over Flagstaff brought to 17 the number of fatalities already this year in accidents involving medical helicopters and planes. That puts the industry on pace for its deadliest year ever. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports reports on the concerns the crash has raised - here, and elsewhere about the dangers of emergency flights.


New Road Tax on Ballot (2008-07-03)
Backers of a plan to hike state sales taxes for new roads and transit improvements have filed their signatures to get the question on the November ballot. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Earth Notes - After the Fire IV (Native Seeds) (2008-07-02)
The number of catastrophic wildfires in recent years has depleted the supply of seeds forest officials need to rehabilitate the forest. But now a new alliance has been formed to make more native plant seeds available - and affordable - for forest managers.


Employer Sanctions Law Could be Diluted by Voters (2008-07-01)
Voters are likely going to get a chance to do what lawmakers and a federal judges have so far rejected: dilute the state's new employer sanctions law. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Helicopter Crash Details Slow to Emerge (2008-06-30)
The National Transportation Safety Board arrived in Flagstaff this morning to investigate yesterday's mid-air collision of two medical transport helicopters. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales was one of a handful of reporters allowed to visit the crash site. She spoke with All Things Considered Host Geoff Norcross.


Voters to Decide on 10 Year Home Warranties (2008-06-30)
Voters will get a chance to decide if they want to force home builders to provide 10-year warranties. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Helicopters Collide Over Flagstaff (2008-06-30)
2 helicopters collided in central Flagstaff near the Flagstaff Medical Center Sunday afternoon. Six people died and three others were injured. The crash caused an explosion where one of the helicopters hit the ground; fuel from that explosion started a wildfire which burned 10 acres. Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer reports.


Rez Signatures Impact State Legislative Races (2008-06-27)
Does a PO Box on the Navajo or Hopi reservation count as an address? That's the question a Maricopa county judge will decide today. The decision could impact who's on the ballot for the state legislature in northern Arizona this fall. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.


Flagstaff's first female mayor takes office (2008-06-27)
Sara Presler is not only Flagstaff's newest mayor...she's also it's youngest and the first woman to ever hold the office. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.


State Budget Finally Approved (2008-06-27)
State lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a new budget for the fiscal year that begins on Tuesday. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains some of what it contains.


Earth Notes - After the Fire III (2008-06-25)
In part three of our series looking at what happens after forest fires, we'll examine how plants recolonize the scorched earth. Some researchers believe huge tracts of ponderosa pine forest could take centuries to recover.


Lottery May Help Fund New Budget (2008-06-24)
A budget proposal unveiled today could put universities in the position of hoping that people try to scratch it rich. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Finding a Home on the Colorado Plateau (2008-06-24)
For more than a decade, Commentator Kate Watters has worked jobs that can only be done in northern Arizona. She's been a field biologist for Grand Canyon National Park. She met her husband, a seasonal river guide, in his off-season, building hiking trails. Now Watters runs the volunteer program for the Grand Canyon Trust in its efforts to preserve the Colorado Plateau. Months of living on the road have forced Watters to come to terms with the meaning of "home."


An Ethnobotanist Grows a Business in Flagstaff (2008-06-24)
Northern Arizona's natural wonders - from the Canyon to the Peaks to the red rocks - draw many people to Flagstaff. And for some of those people, the landscape is not just good for the soul, it's good for business as well. In the second part of our series on people who couldn't do what they do anywhere else, Gillian Ferris Kohl profiles an ethnobotanist, herbalist, and wildcrafter.


A Corner Lot on History (2008-06-23)
It's difficult to imagine downtown Flagstaff without the Weatherford Hotel, its restored balcony perched over the corner of Aspen and Leroux Streets. But when Henry Taylor and Sam Green purchased the dilapidated building in the mid-70s, city leaders advised them to tear it down. Instead, they've poured thirty years of love, sweat and money into the hotel's restoration. Arizona Public Radio's Mark Herz produced this audio profile of the hotel's comeback.


High Country Conference Center at Flagstaff (2008-06-20)
Northern Arizona University's grand opening celebration for the new conference center focused on benefits the new facility will bring to Flagstaff. NAU had several partners in the project including the City of Flagstaff, Sodexo Conferencing and Drury Hotels. In addition to bringing a complete conference center facility to the region, officials say Hotel Restaurant Management students will have the opportunity to learn in a working laboratory.


Iraq University Hires Owen Cargol (2008-06-20)
While some may like to forget former Northern Arizona University president Owen Cargol, he has made a name for himself again -- this time influencing the future leaders of Iraq. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


Packing It In (2008-06-19)
From steel boats to mountain lions, countless strange and incredibly heavy items have been carried down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Commentator Scott Thybony recounts the heaviest, and most insane item, ever lugged into the Canyon.


Earth Notes - After the Fire Part II (2008-06-18)
In part two of our series looking at what happens after forest fires, we'll meet a bird that flies across the west seeking out recently burned forests, in search of its only food source.


Governor signs Real ID law (2008-06-17)
Governor Janet Napolitano has signed legislation which bars the state from participating in the federal Real I-D program. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


GCA Distributes Pocket Ranger (2008-06-16)
Ever wonder how the Grand Canyon was formed? Or want to know about the colorful characters that have been enchanted with this place? The Grand Canyon Association covers the park's geology, human history, wildlife and more in a new audio guide the first of its kind produced for a national park. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales took the tour and has this story.


Plan to Kill Arizona's Payday Lenders Dies (2008-06-16)
A plan to ask voters to kill the payday loan industry has folded. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Mean Girls: An Interview with Rosalind Wiseman (2008-06-13)
Remember those teenage years of cliques, bullying and gossiping behind your friends backs? Rosalind Wiseman deconstructs the treacherous terrain of middle school in her bestselling book "Queen Bees and Wannabes" the basis for the hit movie "Mean Girls." Wiseman told Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker that learning to navigate girl world teaches lessons that last far beyond adolescence.


Flagstaff Mom Helps Daughter Cope with Bullies (2008-06-13)
While adolescence is certainly tough on kids, it can be equally hard on parents. One Flagstaff parent who turned to the words of Rosalind Wiseman for advice on how to deal with a middle school bully is Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer.


Employer Sanctions Foes Take Case to 9th Circuit (2008-06-12)
Foes of the state's new employer sanctions law asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule the statute, which took effect January 1st, is illegal. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports the judges did not appear sympathetic to the legal arguments.


Earth Notes - After the Fire I (2008-06-11)
Forest fires blaze across the Southwest's headlines every year. They're dramatic and dangerous. But ecologically, conditions on the ground after a fire are often more important than what happens while the flames flicker. Throughout the next month, Earth Notes will look at what happens . . . after the fire. In the first part of our series, we'll examine efforts to control erosion in a charred landscape.


Real ID Law Passed (2008-06-11)
State legislators gave final approval today to a ban on participating in the federal government's Real ID program. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Longtime Snowflake Senator Jake Flake Dies (2008-06-09)
State senator Jake Flake died Sunday at his home. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Prospect of Life without Napolitano worries some Dems (2008-06-06)
The possibility that Janet Napolitano could become part of an Obama administration is giving some Democrats heartburn. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


LCV Endorses Ann Kirkpatrick (2008-06-05)
The League of Conservation Voters...a group who works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today announced the endorsement of Representative Ann Kirkpatrick for Congress. She seeks the seat for Arizona's 1st Congressional District. LCV Political Director Tony Massaro says Kirkpatrick will move citizens away from failed energy policies toward renewable energy sources. Kirkpatrick says Arizona can become a global leader in a 'green' economy.


Earth Notes - Saving Snags (2008-06-04)
Standing, dead trees are important wildlife habitat in the southwest. That's part of the reason why logging them after fires and bark beetle outbreaks has proved so controversial.


Transit tax may go to voters (2008-05-30)
Voters may get a choice in November of exactly how much they want to tax themselves for transit improvements -- and for which projects. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Cowboy Junkies Frontwoman Reflects on "Trinity Revisited" (2008-05-29)
It's been 20 years since the release of one of the moodiest albums of all time. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl talks with the lead singer of Cowboy Junkies before their performance in Flagstaff.


Legislature and Governor still can't agree on budget (2008-05-29)
The top Republican legislators met this morning with Governor Janet Napolitano in efforts to finally enact a new state budget. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Earth Notes - Antibacterial soaps (2008-05-28)
Antibacterial soaps are good at killing bacteria, but research suggests they may do more harm than good in the wider environment.


Mapping the Zuni Culture (2008-05-25)
Arizona Public Radio speaks with Jim Enote, Director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center at Zuni Pueblo. Enote discusses indigenous artistic sensibilities and indigenous names of places to connect with cultural values and ways of seeing the world. He also "sets the record straight" on the Zuni people.


Home values continue slide (2008-05-23)
If you think your house is worth less now than it was last year, you're right. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Governor balks at guard withdrawl (2008-05-21)
Governor Janet Napolitano is balking at putting state National Guard units along the international border to replace troops from across the nation who are being withdrawn. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Earth Notes - N. Scott Momaday (2008-05-21)
Poet, painter, novelist and Nobel Prize winner N. Scott Momaday grew up on reservations across the southwest. His work illustrates the importance of storytelling as a timeless tradition that binds generations and cultures.


Gay marriage ruling impacts Arizona (2008-05-16)
Thursday's California Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage is having political fallout in Arizona. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Court says school vouchers illegal (2008-05-16)
The state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that a law which gives tax dollars to parents to send their children to private and parochial schools is illegal. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Governor creates felon task force (2008-05-14)
Governor Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday she is creating a special task force to find wanted felons. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, that isn't the whole story.


Earth Notes - Arroyo Cutting (2008-05-14)
Arroyos are a common sight on the Colorado Plateau. Studying how they're formed has shown that cultural traditions thousands of years old can be changed dramatically by a climate shift lasting only a few decades.


Camp Coffee (2008-05-14)
Coffee has been called, the most grateful lubricant known to the human machine, and the most delightful taste in all nature. That morning cup could be even more important when you're in the backcountry. But as commentator Scott Thybony tells us, good trail coffee can prove elusive.


Arizonans to vote on gay marriage? (2008-05-12)
The House voted this afternoon to ask state residents whether they want to constitutionally ban gays from marrying. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Governor defends proposed road tax (2008-05-08)
Governor Janet Napolitano is defending plans to hike the state sales tax rate to among the highest in the nation to fund transit improvements. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Earth Notes - Wild Potatoes (2008-05-07)
Centuries ago, ancestors of the Hopi and other southwestern tribes ate wild potatoes. Today, two species similar to common potatoes grow wild in Arizona and New Mexico. Such wild crops can help ensure the long-term health of agriculture.


Williams can use illegal well (2008-05-07)
State senators have agreed to let Williams continue pumping water from an illegally drilled well. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, they want to be sure this kind of thing does not happen again.


Lawmakers debate allowing guest workers (2008-05-06)
State lawmakers are debating whether to allow companies to import foreign workers to fill some jobs. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that one state senator has a different idea.


State can set new emission standards - if the Feds allow it (2008-05-06)
A state panel has given final approval to letting the Department of Environmental Quality enact new greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and trucks. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


ELL suit headed back to court (2008-05-02)
The English language learner lawsuit is headed back to court. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Governor lobbies for university bonding plan (2008-05-01)
Governor Janet Napolitano is trying to convince state lawmakers to fund a 1-point-4 billion bonding plan for state universities. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports not everyone is convinced.


Earth Notes - Kaibab Paintbrush (2008-04-30)
The Kaibab Paintbrush is one of many unusual species that thrives in the high country north of the Grand Canyon. It's also one of the species the region's botanists worry about in the face of continued drought and global warming.


Earth Notes - Hill Topping Butterflies (2008-04-23)
Butterflies have tiny eyes - they can't see details even a few feet away. So they've devised an ingenious system for finding mates who they can't see very well - they fly uphill.


Dying of Thirst (2008-04-23)
A few drops of water can mean the difference between life and death when hiking in 100 degree heat. Here, commentator Scott Thybony brings us a remarkable tale of thirst, survival and fate in the Grand Canyon.


Fire season outlook a mixed bag (2008-04-18)
Governor Janet Napolitano received her annual briefing on the upcoming fire season. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports on some of what she learned.


Candidates Forum Affordable Housing (2008-04-18)
A Lack of Affordable Housing is one of Flagstaff's biggest challenges, according to candidates for Flagstaff city council and Mayor. Candidates discussed their ideas at a forum including some ideas new to city government.


State budget finally passes (2008-04-18)
State lawmakers have finally approved a revised budget to bring the current budget into balance. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


State won't change 9-11Memorial - for now (2008-04-16)
Legislators won't tinker with the phrases on the state's 9-11 Memorial -- at least not this year. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Earth Notes - Roasting Agaves (2008-04-16)
The century plant-also known as agave or mescal-was once celebrated by Native people as one of the first foods available after long winters. The last traditional agave roasts took place around World War II. Now, they've made a comeback among southwest tribes, in partnership with national forests.


Governor vetoes property tax repeal (2008-04-16)
Fulfilling an earlier promise, Governor Janet Napolitano vetoed legislation to permanently repeal the state's property tax. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Governor allows ELL funding to become law (2008-04-15)
Governor Janet Napolitano has agreed to let the state provide another 40-point-6 million dollars to schools to help teach English. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports she's not convinced the problem is solved.


State senate blocks Governor's climate change plan (2008-04-10)
State senators have moved to block Governor Janet Napolitano from mandating reduced greenhouse gas emissions and imposing new standards on the vehicles that can be sold here. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Earth Notes - Restoring Lonely Dell Ranch (2008-04-09)
Lonely Dell Ranch was established well over a century ago as a home for the families who operated Lees Ferry. Now the National Park Service operates it, and rangers there are trying to restore the ranch to the way it once was - down to the very last details.


State property tax repealed (2008-04-08)
The state senate has voted to permanently repeal the state's property tax. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, some legislators thought it was a bad idea.


Governor vetoes abortion bills (2008-04-04)
Governor Janet Napolitano has vetoed two abortion bills. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


House changes state's 9-11 memorial (2008-04-03)
The House voted Wednesday to strip 12 phrases from the state's memorial of the 9-11 attacks. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains the controversy.


Gay marriage ban blocked (2008-04-03)
Foes of a state ban on gay marriage have effectively derailed the proposal. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains how.


Earth Notes - Ephemeral Pools (2008-04-02)
The next time you see a big puddle left over from winter, take a moment to watch - and listen for the Southwest's cold weather frogs. Temporary pools in the desert can be prime wildlife habitat.


Vote gives domestic partner benefits to state employees (2008-04-02)
The Governor's Regulatory Review Council has voted unanimously to extend health and other benefits to the domestic partners of state and university employees. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, the testimony, unlike the vote, was divided.


Sedona Vortexes Migrating Northward? (2008-04-01)
One of Sedona's famous energy vortexes has recently been discovered in Flagstaff. Scientists are speculating that climate change and warming temperatures have caused the vortex to move northward. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker, um, reports.


Williams can continue pumping from illegal well (2008-04-01)
The state House has agreed to let Williams keep pumping water it gets from an illegally drilled well. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports some lawmakers are not happy about it.


Flagstaff adds air service to LAX (2008-03-31)
Flagstaff will be served by another airline beginning June 23d. Horizon Air/Alaska Air announced non stop service from Flagstaff to LAX with one way introductory prices at $89.


Arizona struggling to create guest worker program (2008-03-31)
Efforts to enact the first-ever state-run guest worker program have hit a snag over the question of which industries should benefit. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Feds hold Flagstaff hearing on uranium mining at Grand Canyon (2008-03-28)
Several native American tribes, environmental groups and government representatives are working to ban uranium mining near the Grand Canyon. These representatives along with mining proponents attended a hearing at Flagstaff's City Hall. Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer reports.


Arab/American: An interview with Gary Nabhan (2008-03-27)
Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl speaks with NAU professor Gary Nabhan about his new book, "Arab/American: Landscape, Culture and Cuisine in Two Great Deserts." It highlights two of his greatest passions: desert foods and family history.


Earth Notes - Raptors & Electricity (2008-03-26)
Power lines can be a fatal attraction for predatory birds, especially in the west's wide open spaces. But some power companies are beginning to replace old lines with new designs that save birds' lives.


Senate panel tweaks employer sanctions law (2008-03-26)
A Senate panel has voted to make some changes in the state's new employer sanctions law. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports some controversy remains.


Hiking the Bright Angel (2008-03-25)
The Grand Canyon can exact a heavy toll on hikers. But as commentator Scott Thybony has learned as a Canyon guide, for those who persevere, it can also offer life-changing rewards.


Senate panel redues penalty for carrying a concealed weapon (2008-03-24)
A Senate panel has voted to sharply reduce the penalty for those who carry a concealed weapon without getting the necessary permit. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Governor signs autism coverage bill (2008-03-21)
Governor Janet Napolitano has signed legislation to eventually require insurance companies to provide coverage for autism. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


State unemployment drop misleading (2008-03-20)
The state's jobless rate dropped in February. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, it's not because the economy is improving.


Earth Notes - Montezuma Well (2008-03-19)
Montezuma Well is a unique treasure in the Verde Valley. Its waters have the highest concentration of arsenic in the region. Yet it also supports five species that don't exist anywhere else.


House votes to loosen gun law (2008-03-18)
The state House voted Monday to let people pull out their guns -- and even point them at someone else -- when they feel threatened. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Governor vetos university hiring freeze (2008-03-14)
Governor Janet has rejected a legislative plan to freeze all state and university hiring. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Governor wants Guard to stay on border (2008-03-13)
Governor Janet Napolitano wants federal officials to delay the pullout of National Guard troops from the border. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


House votes to repeal property tax (2008-03-12)
The Arizona House has voted to permanently repeal the only statewide property tax. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Earth Notes - Algae & Biofuel (2008-03-12)
An Arizona power company has teamed up with a biofuel producer on a new process that could use green algae - one of the earth's simplest and most plentiful plants - to clean up emissions, and produce biofuel, at the same time.


New bill forces Arizona to divest Sudan investments (2008-03-11)
The state's retirement systems are going to have to get rid of any investments they have in companies that do certain kinds of business in Sudan -- unless it costs too much. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


ELL court fight rages on (2008-03-10)
The lawyer for state lawmakers is due in court today to explain to a federal judge why his clients need more time to comply with his order. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Grand Canyon: Even Older Than You Thought (2008-03-07)
The scientific community generally agrees that the Grand Canyon is about 6 million years old. New research shows that at least part of the canyon is much older.


Schools ask for ELL delay (2008-03-07)
State school superintendents want a reprieve from new requirements on how they teach English, even if it has to come from a federal judge. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Republicans pass budget proposal (2008-03-06)
Unable to negotiate a deal so far with Democrats, legislative Republicans on Thursday pushed through their own partial version of a new budget. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports on what it does -- and does not -- do.


Grand Canyon Flush (2008-03-06)
In early March the federal government returned the Colorado River to some of its former glory. The Bureau of Reclamation unleashed a two and a half day artificial flood through the Grand Canyon to rebuild beaches and create wildlife habitat. But environmentalists, and even some federal officials, say the experiment doesn't go far enough. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.


House committee votes to restrict who can perform abortions (2008-03-06)
An Arizona House committee has voted to bar nurse practitioners in the state from performing surgical abortions. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Hunting a constitutional right? (2008-03-06)
Should the ability to hunt and fish be a constitutional right? Some Arizona lawmakers think so. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Earth Notes - Godfrey Sykes (2008-03-05)
In the 1800s Godfrey Sykes was a Flagstaff ranchers, bicycle shop owner, and author: his autobiography A Western Trend is a classic of Southwest literature.


Prop 200 heads back to court (2008-03-03)
The question of who is entitled to public benefits is headed back to court. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


Court refuses to block employer sanctions law (2008-02-28)
A federal appeals court has refused to bar prosecutors from enforcing the state's new employer sanctions law while they hear arguments on its legality. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Earth Notes: Understanding the Plants of the Future (2008-02-27)
Scientists in Flagstaff are mapping the plants of the Colorado Plateau to see how they're responding to climate change. They hope their findings will help preserve plant diversity for decades to come.


Earth Notes: Understanding the Plants of the Future (2008-02-27)
Scientists in Flagstaff are mapping the plants of the Colorado Plateau to see how they're responding to climate change. They hope their findings will help preserve plant diversity for decades to come.


Earth Notes: Understanding the Plants of the Future (2008-02-27)
Scientists in Flagstaff are mapping the plants of the Colorado Plateau to see how they're responding to climate change. They hope their findings will help preserve plant diversity for decades to come.


Earth Notes: Understanding the Plants of the Future (2008-02-27)
Scientists in Flagstaff are mapping the plants of the Colorado Plateau to see how they're responding to climate change. They hope their findings will help preserve plant diversity for decades to come.


Earth Notes: Understanding the Plants of the Future (2008-02-27)
Scientists in Flagstaff are mapping the plants of the Colorado Plateau to see how they're responding to climate change. They hope their findings will help preserve plant diversity for decades to come.


Earth Notes: Understanding the Plants of the Future (2008-02-27)
Scientists in Flagstaff are mapping the plants of the Colorado Plateau to see how they're responding to climate change. They hope their findings will help preserve plant diversity for decades to come.


Earth Notes: Understanding the Plants of the Future (2008-02-27)
Scientists in Flagstaff are mapping the plants of the Colorado Plateau to see how they're responding to climate change. They hope their findings will help preserve plant diversity for decades to come.


Governor says Renzi should quit (2008-02-27)
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano says Northern Arizona congressman Rick Renzi should quit. Renzi has been indicted on 35 corruption related charges. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Bill to allow guns in schools moves forward (2008-02-26)
The state has moved a step closer Monday to letting students and staff at state universities carry weapons. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


FCC pushes for diversity and localism, but are its efforts contradictory? (2008-02-25)
The FCC is encouraging more diverse content on the airwaves, minority ownership of commercial broadcast outlets and requirements for locally oriented programming. But are those efforts contradicted by the commission's recent decision to relax ownership restrictions? Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker went looking for answers at a Navajo-owned commercial AM station, an LPFM station in Payson, and a Spanish-speaking TV station in Phoenix.


Rick Renzi Indicted (2008-02-22)
Northern Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi has been indicted on charges of extortion, wire fraud and money laundering in a scam involving a land swap. He's also accused of illegally funding his first run for Congress. And as Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports, the charges could have an impact on the November elections.


Remembering Ev Mecham (2008-02-22)
The only Arizona governor ever to have been impeached, convicted and ejected from office, has died. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer looks back at the rocky tenure of Ev Mecham.


Napolitano signs off on hiring freeze (2008-02-22)
Under pressure from state lawmakers, Governor Janet Napolitano has ordered a freeze on most state hiring. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


State House Passes Hiring Freeze (2008-02-21)
The Arizona House has approved a bill to freeze hiring for state government and universities. It's part of a larger effort to help balance the state's budget.


Republicans consider budget fix (2008-02-20)
Republican lawmakers are preparing their own plan to balance the state's budget despite a possible veto. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Flagstaff's Famous Hoop Dancer (2008-02-18)
Earlier this month more than 60 Native American dancers from across North America converged on the Heard Museum in Phoenix for the annual world championship hoop dance contest. Part dance, part sport, part cultural showcase, the event drew more than 10,000 spectators. One of the star competitors was a Flagstaff teen who's parlayed hoop dancing fame into a budding Hollywood career.


Flagstaff's Hybrid Electric Bus (2008-02-16)
Arizona's first hybrid electric buses are on Flagstaff's roadways. They're powered by an internal combustion engine and the GM Allison hybrid system. Flagstaff transportation officials say the buses are fuel efficient and quiet.


Earth Notes - Wallace Stegner (2008-02-13)
Renowned novelist and historian Wallace Stegner had a deep connection with the Colorado Plateau. He often mused about humanity's impact on wild places. But he also saw reason for optimism.


Earth Notes - Vanishing Silence (2008-02-06)
Even in wild places like the Grand Canyon, the sound of silence is becoming scarce. Some of the noisiest spots in the United States are in national parks. But there are efforts to change that.


Earth Notes - Utah's Dinosaur Tracks (2008-01-30)
190 million years ago a tiny dinosaur the size of a robin hopped across what's now southern Utah. Thhanks to a lucky discovery, the fossilized tracks were recently uncovered. Now the trick is to preserve them.


Surgical Robot at FMC (2008-01-25)
Flagstaff Medical Center is now using the 'Da Vinci Surgical System' to perform surgeries. The system brings less invasive procedures to northern Arizona and is a step toward even less invasive surgery. Dr. Robert Berger learned the Da Vinci System in Chicago and is training physicians at Flagstaff Medical Center.


Earth Notes - Forests and CO2 (2008-01-23)
People have long looked at forests as allies in the fight against global climate change. But how big a role can trees actually plan in trapping and storing carbon dioxide, especially in the southwest?


Earth Notes - Fossil Creek Revisited (2008-01-16)
Almost three years after power plants and dams were decommissioned along Fossil Creek, the stream has blossomed. But its restoration is threatened by an influx of new hikers, swimmers and kayakers.


NAU President lobbies against funding cut (2008-01-10)
The presidents of Arizona's three universities traveled to Phoenix to lobby against a proposal to cut 10% from their budgets. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


EarthNotes - Tamarisk Control (2008-01-09)
For years land managers have been battling tamarisk; an invasive species that has overtaken streambeds on the Colorado Plateau. Now, some are fighting the exotic species with another-the tamarisk leaf beetle.


Study suggests legal workers harmed by immigration (2008-01-08)
A new study suggests that legal workers in this state are being harmed by those who entered the country illegally. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Flagstaff family pushes for boat safety law (2008-01-08)
A Flagstaff couple who's daughter died from carbon monoxide poisoning at Lake Powell are lobbying for a new boat safety law. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


NAU Runner Caught in Kenya Violence (2008-01-07)
NAU track star Lopez Lomong has made the news in the last year for his running ability and his rough beginnings in Sudan. Today Lomong is back in the news because he is again caught in the middle of one of the most dangerous situations in the world. Lomong returned to Kenya last month to reunite with his family. He was there during the election on December 27 that prompted mass killings. His coach John Hayes told Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales Lopez is in great danger.


Republicans criticize governor's budget plan (2008-01-04)
Governor Napolitano is proposing what she says is $214 million in savings to balance the state's budget. But two key Republican leaders say the plan has little chance of going anywhere. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Proposed budget cuts target universities (2008-01-04)
One plan to cut more than $600 million in spending from the state budget includes a 10 percent funding cut for the state's three universities. That would mean a $16 million cut for NAU. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


AZ intervenes in case against EPA (2008-01-03)
Arizona is intervening in California's case against the Environmental Protection Agency, which says that states cannot enact their own vehicle emissions standards. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Working for a Flagstaff homeless shelter (2008-01-02)
It's been an especially difficult winter for the homeless population in Flagstaff. Not only have temperatures been cold, but there's also a lack of shelter space. One group is working hard to change that, as Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer reports.


State budget woes worsen (2008-01-01)
The state's financial hole is getting deeper as tax collections continue to lag behind expectations. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer looked at the numbers and filed this report.


Arizona wages slowly rising (2007-12-28)
Wages in the state are still below the national average. But they are catching up, as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Earth Notes - Home Ground (2007-12-26)
Do you know the differences between an arroyo and an acequia, a mesa and a butte, a comb ridge and a flatiron? If not a new book might help. "Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape," featuring 45 of America's finest writers, describes many of these odd landforms.


Feds weigh changes to Mexican wolf program (2007-12-20)
The Mexican wolf reintroduction program is approaching it's 10th anniversary. The Fish and Wildlife Service's goal was to have 100 wolves in the wild by now. But at last count, there were only about 60. Now the government is weighing changes to the program, as Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.


Snow Days (2007-12-19)
Flagstaff is one of the snowiest cities in America at least on paper. But with the drought of recent years, commentator Scott Thybony finds that first big snowfall of the season even more magical.


EarthNotes - Pinon Jays (2007-12-19)
Pinyon jays have developed a special relationship with their namesake, pinyon pines. But they've been hit hard by drought, which could permanently change the complex societies they've created.


Biking for a Constitution (2007-12-18)
Ivan Gamble is not your ordinary law student. The 29 year old Navajo has taken the past year off from school to first, hike, and then bike across the country's largest reservation. Along the way he's been tracked by a bobcat, dodged rattlesnakes, gotten lost - all to push for something most of us take for granted a constitution. Gamble's efforts are part of a larger nationwide movement where dozens of tribes are taking a fresh look at their- governments.


Arizona's most popular baby names (2007-12-17)
One of the most popular names for newborn girls in Arizona this year was "Nevaeh" - that's heaven spelled backwards. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explores the rising popularity of that name, and unveils the other trendiest names.


Napolitano outlines budget plans (2007-12-13)
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano says she will not make any permanent cuts in basic state spending in order to balance the state's budget. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Interview: A Reporter's Account of the Snowmaking Hearing (2007-12-12)
Tuesday in Pasadena the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reheard arguments in the longstanding legal battle over whether to allow snowmaking, using reclaimed wastewater, at the Arizona Snowbowl. The plan is opposed by environmentalists and area Indian tribes who hold the San Francisco Peaks sacred. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker spoke with Molly Okeon, who covered the hearing for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.


Snowmaking Reconsidered by 9th Circuit Court (2007-12-12)
The Arizona Snowbowl opens Thursday after being blanketed with several feet of natural snow. Tuesday, in Pasadena, the 9th circuit court of appeals heard arguments in the latest chapter in the ski area's longstanding legal efforts to make artificial snow using reclaimed wastewater. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.


EarthNotes - Red Crossbills (2007-12-12)
Southwestern crossbills are a bird with a complicated life story, and an unusual, but very useful, bill.


Employer sanctions legal battle takes a turn (2007-12-11)
The legal fight over Arizona's new employer sanctions law--scheduled to go into effect January 1st--has taken a new twist. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


NAU gets $ for math and science teachers (2007-12-11)
Northern Arizona University has been awarded a $3.4 million grant to churn out more math and science teachers. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Should legislative districts be redrawn? (2007-12-11)
The Arizona state court of appeals is weighing arguments about whether to redraw the state's legislative district boundaries. Foes of the current map believe it doesn't include enough competitive districts.


Finish College in 4 Years (2007-12-10)
NAU is implementing programs to help students finish in 4 years.


EarthNotes - Carbon Footprint (2007-12-05)
As states and nations haggle over how to reduce their carbon emissions, learn how to calculate the size of your household's "carbon footprint."


Big Medicine - How Obesity in America is Changing Medical Practices (2007-11-30)
From wheelchairs to surgical instruments, medical care is going "big". Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.


An Interview with Lisa Wise - Going "Green" with Holiday Gifts (2007-11-28)
Lisa Wise told Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl about some holiday gift ideas that can reduce your stress level AND your carbon footprint.


Earth Notes - Edward Abbey (2007-11-28)
Edward Abbey is one of America's best known environmental writers. And his inspiration came in large part from the Colorado Plateau, from some of the emptiest places in northern Arizona and southern Utah.


Prescott 's New Mayor Takes Oath (2007-11-27)
Prescott has a new mayor after six years. Jack Wilson takes his oath of office today after beating out three-term incumbent Mayor Rowle Simmons. As Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports some say the new mayor represents a desire for a change in Prescott.


Sedona vacation rentals fight for shorter stays (2007-11-13)
Some people in Sedona are fed up with short-term vacation homes. They complain that having new people next door every week takes away from their sense of community. The City Council has plans to beef up enforcement of a rule that's been on the books for a decade that limits rentals to 30 days or more. But those who rent say the enforcement ordinance is elitist and unfair. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has the story.


A Flagstaff local heads "Into the Wild" (2007-11-09)
Brian Dierker was discovered by Hollywood while doing his normal, everyday job. It's something many of us dream about, but it REALLY happened to this Grand Canyon river guide. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.


Navajo Women (2007-11-07)
Betty Reid straddles two worlds: one modern, one traditional. She's a long-time reporter for the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, yet she was raised traditionally on the western edge of the Grand Canyon on the Navajo Nation. Reid writes about the tension between those two cultures in her new book "Navajo Women: Saanii." She spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker.


Incredible Grand Canyon (2007-11-06)
Scott Thybony's new book covers the basics about Grand Canyon. It also delves into the odd and obscure.


Bruce Aiken Interview (2007-11-01)
Renowned artist Bruce Aiken talks about the lure of his long-time mistress, the Grand Canyon. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.


Hopi Code Talkers Speak Out for Recognition (2007-10-31)
The Navajo Code Talkers are the most well known of the Native American soldiers who used their languages as weapons of war during World War II. But members of 18 other tribes were also Code Talkers. Most, however, have never been recognized away from home. From KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau, Daniel Kraker reports on new efforts to change that on the Hopi reservation.


Prescott Valley Auctions Off Water (2007-10-29)
Prescott Valley is making history today. For the first time anywhere the town is auctioning off water rights. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


Flagstaff Filmmaker Documents Minutemen (2007-10-26)
Carolyn Brown has spent the last two years or so following the Minutemen to film a documentary about the vigilante group that patrols the border. The film On the Line premieres Oct. 27-28 at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Brown recently talked to Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales about the Minutemen.


California Wildfire Lessons (2007-10-25)
The statistics from the southern California wildfires are staggering: 7 people dead, more than 700 square miles burned, nearly two thousand homes destroyed. What lessons can we take away from the devastation here in northern Arizona? To answer that question, Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker spoke with Wally Covington; Covington directs Northern Arizona University's Ecological Restoration Institute, and is a nationally recognized expert on forest health and restoration.


Cottonwood Goes Gray (2007-10-18)
Two years ago Cottonwood became the first city in the state to pass an ordinance that requires all new residential construction be equipped for gray water use. Gray water is most household waste water except that which gets flushed down the toilet. The newly installed systems allow people to reuse the water that goes down the drain - a conservation method that could help alleviate some of the state's water problems. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this report.


928 - Yavapai County Water Issues (2007-10-11)
As Yavapai County continues to grow, so does its need for more water. Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley plan to build pipelines to the Big Chino Aquifer. And pumping the Big Chino has many concerned about the Verde River. We'll discuss those concerns and other issues surrounding water in Yavapai County with a panel of experts and take your calls too on 928 on KNAU Arizona Public Radio.


Yellow Bikes Invade NAU (2007-10-11)
At Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, a fleet of bright yellow bikes is now zipping around campus, as part of a new program geared toward reducing traffic, and helping the environment. The Yellow Bike Project has already distributed 50 bikes across campus, with plans to nearly triple that number. Arizona Public Radio's Katelyn Seabury reports.


Fighting Diabetes on the Navajo Rez (2007-10-09)
Diabetes has reached epidemic levels on many of the country's Indian reservations. About one in every four Native American adults suffers from the disease. On the Navajo Nation, that rate is even higher. In Winslow, AZ, on the edge of the Navajo reservation, Daniel Kraker profiles two Navajo sisters who grew up experiencing the pain of diabetes, and are now doing their part to help the Navajo Nation turn the corner in their battle against the disease.


Water in Yavapai County - Part II (2007-10-04)
Yavapai County has more private domestic wells than any other county in the state. Property owners can practically pump as much water as they want. Meanwhile Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley are struggling to meet the water needs of their growing population. In the second part of KNAU's series on water in Yavapai County Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports on how wells may affect the bigger water picture.


Water in Yavapai County - Part I (2007-10-03)
Yavapai County is one of the fastest growing areas in the fastest growing state in the country. All that growth means a need for more water. Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley plan to build two long, multimillion dollar pipelines to bring groundwater from far away wells. But that plan is contentious Some are concerned about how the pumping will affect the Verde River. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


The World Without Us (2007-09-24)
What would happen to the earth if humans simply vanished one day? That's the question journalist Alan Weisman explores in his new book "The World Without Us." Weisman discussed some of the remarkable answers he uncovered with Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker.


Therizinosaur - Mystery of the Sickle-Claw Dinosaur (2007-09-14)
Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl interviews paleontologist David Gilette about his discovery of a 93 million year old dinosaur.


Flagstaff River Runner Creates Grand Canyon Game (2007-09-07)
Over the decades the majesty of the Grand Canyon has inspired art and photography, music, and of course myriad books. Now, you can add The Grand Canyon Adventure Board Game to that list. for Flagstaff river guide Bronze Black, it began with a sketch on a bar napkin now after more than 2000 hours of work and 30 thousand dollars in seed money from the Grand Canyon Association, the game hit store shelves on September 7th.


New Harvey Butchart Biography (2007-08-31)
The authors of a new book about Grand Canyon's most accomplished hiker say Harvey Butchart was obsessed with the canyon.


Northland Publishing Sells (2007-08-30)
Northland Publishing in Flagstaff announced this week its decision to close its doors. The almost 50-year-old publishing company sold its titles and intellectual property rights to a much larger publisher on the east coast. Northland is a privately held company and chose not to disclose the amount of the sale. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


Illegal Immigrants Smuggled Through Northern Arizona (2007-08-27)
The illegal smuggling of immigrants is a problem all over the state. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement has concentrated its efforts near the border and in Phoenix. That leaves northern Arizona without any ICE agents. And as Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports most state and local police are helpless when it comes to prosecuting federal immigration crimes.


Measuring Your Carbon Footprint (2007-08-24)
Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl finds out how much carbon dioxide she's responsible for emitting into the atmosphere.


More Hospitals Ban Routine VBACs (2007-08-23)
C-sections are at an all-time high in the United States. One of the reasons is because a vaginal birth after a previous cesarean section or V-BAC is discouraged at many hospitals. In fact, more and more medical centers have policies against them. At last count there were about 300 including Flagstaff Medical Center. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this story.


Police officer finds outlet in poetry (2007-08-22)
Corbet Dean breaks stereotypes. He's been a Phoenix police officer for 16 years and a slam poet for seven. He recently performed at the Well Read Coyote Book Store in Sedona. And he stopped by our studio to talk about how poetry has kept him from becoming jaded.


Los Lonely Boys Stay True to Roots (2007-08-22)
The three Garza brothers who make up Los Lonely Boys perform Aug. 22 at the Pine Mountain Amphitheater in Flagstaff. The Grammy award-winning band plays Texas country, rock and blues or what they like to call Texican style music. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales caught up with bass player Jo Jo Garza from their tour bus in between shows. The title of their latest album is Sacred. Garza says family, God and home are all things they hold sacred.


Virtual High School (2007-08-17)
A new virtual high school in Arizona has higher than expected enrollment numbers, including new students from northern Arizona. Theresa Bierer reports.


Flagstaff Middle Schools Adopt Anti-Gang Dress Code (2007-08-15)
If you've done any back-to-school shopping at all, you've probably noticed that striped t-shirts and National Football League jerseys are big this year. But you won't see those fashions on middle school students in Flagstaff. That's because of a new dress code that bans stripes, sports team logos and certain colors believed to be associated with gangs. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.


New Planet Discovered at Lowell (2007-08-07)
Astronomers at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff are part of a team that claims to have found the largest planet in the universe.


An Interview with the Solar Woman of the Year (2007-08-03)
Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl interviews the first-ever recipient of the Solar Woman of the Year Award.


Former Grand Canyon Trustee Sentenced for Fraud (2007-08-03)
A former Grand Canyon Trustee will be sentenced Aug. 3 for leading a multi-million dollar fraud scheme. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


Laughter Therapy (2007-08-01)
The idea of laughter therapy is catching on around the world.


NAU's Green Buildings Combat Climate Change (2007-07-27)
Across the country, colleges and universities are taking a lead role in the fight against global climate change. In Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University's new green buildings are part of the school's efforts to do its part. Arizona Public Radio's Matthew DeLong reports.


Craig Childs - House of Rain (2007-07-26)
From Chaco Canyon to Mesa Verde, the mysterious outposts of the Anasazi civilization lie all around the Four Corners region. They developed a rich and colorful culture that thrived for over a thousand years; then, quite suddenly, they left. Author Craig Childs has a new book out exploring that mystery, called House of Rain. On this edition of 9-2-8, KNAU's Daniel Kraker speaks to Craig Childs about his new book, and about lessons we can learn from the fall of Arizona's ancient civilizations.


Burn Season Brings Concerns About Smoke (2007-07-26)
The arrival of summer rains means more prescribed fire across northern Arizona's forests. The Coconino National Forest plans to burn more acres during next year's prescribed fire season. But some people are concerned about the health impacts of the smoke from those fires. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


Flagstaff homeowners challenge historic district with prop 207 (2007-07-25)
A group of Flagstaff homeowners is challenging a new historic district, arguing it reduces their property values. It could be the first test case of proposition 207, passed by Arizona voters last November. Daniel Kraker reports on the battle between private property rights and historic preservation in Flagstaff.


Climate Affects Arizona's Wildfires (2007-07-20)
In the latest installment of KNAU's Climate Connections series, a take off of NPR's year-long program, we look at climate's impact on wildfires. Over the past two decades, wildfires in the southwest have become more intense, and the fire season has gotten longer and longer. But how much of that change, if any, is because of climate shifts, and how much is the result of other factors? Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


Cell Phones on the Rez (2007-07-19)
At a time when the iphone is all the rage in major cities, there are still places on the Navajo Nation where there's no phone service at all. And that can sometimes lead to drastic consequences. Daniel Kraker reports on what the tribe, and cell phone companies, are doing to change that.


New law has employers and undocumented workers worried (2007-07-16)
According to the Pew Hispanic Center's latest statistics about a quarter million undocumented workers live in Arizona. But that number could soon shrink because of a new Arizona law that sanctions employers for hiring illegal immigrants. As Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports many northern Arizona employers and workers are concerned.


Southwest Water Woes (2007-07-13)
Some climate models are predicting that precipitation in the southwest will drop by 10 to 20 percent by mid-century. Here, As part of KNUA's Climate Connections series, Brian Mann reports on how a changing climate is affecting the southwest's water supplies.


Interview with Arizona musician Roger Clyne (2007-07-06)
Arizona musician Roger Clyne has been around a long time, but his best known hit is the theme song for the TV show, King of the Hill.


Arizona's drought stresses wildlife (2007-07-06)
Humans aren't the only ones hoping for rain. Arizona's quail, antelope, javelina and mule deer are dying for it. Their population numbers are dropping as a result of Arizona's hot and dry conditions. In the latest installment of KNAU's climate change series Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales looks at how the state's wildlife is coping with severe drought.


Navajo Ballplayer Makes the Big Leagues (2007-07-02)
Jacoby Ellsbury has made his debut as an outfielder with the Boston Red Sox, the first Navajo to ever make it to the Major Leagues. Daniel Kraker reports for KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau.


Northern Arizona Feeling Impacts of Climate Change (2007-06-29)
Scientists at the national center for atmospheric research tell us the western part of the US is feeling the effects of climate change more than the east right now. And certainly one part of the west where changes are becoming more tangible is right here in northern Arizona. Sadie Babits explores the changes we're already seeing and feeling from climate change, and what changes we can expect in the future.


ACLU Tries to Save Anti War T-Shirt (2007-06-29)
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on June 28 in federal court charging that a new Arizona law that criminalizes the sale of anti-war T-shirts violates the First Amendment. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


Revisiting the Rodeo Chediski Fire (2007-06-28)
It's been five years since the Rodeo Chediski fire burned an area the size of Los Angeles in the White Mountains. Two fires - both human caused - became one enormous blaze. It was Arizona's largest fire ever. More than 400 homes burned, and thousands of people were evacuated. Fire experts say it was a miracle no one died. The worst injury was a broken leg. But as Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports many people were broken emotionally, economically and spiritually.


Walking for the Homeless (2007-06-25)
A 29 year old Houston man passed through Flagstaff recently on his way to Los Angeles. Nothing unusual there, except he was walking, to raise awareness for homeless people. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.


Citrus Valley Playhouse (2007-06-22)
A new old-time radio variety show playing in Prescott aims to connect Arizona and Arizonans. We chat with Brian Nissen, creator of Citrus Valley Playhouse.


Navajos Struggle with Jail Bed Shortage (2007-06-21)
Last year there were about 40,000 people booked into tribal jails on the Navajo Nation, the country's largest Indian reservation. Of those, not one person served their entire sentence. Navajo jails are so old and decrepit the tribe has been forced to close two of its six facilities in the past year. Daniel Kraker reports on the Navajo Nation's jail crisis.


All in the Family: The Art of Dan and Arlo Namingha (2007-06-19)
For Hopi painter Dan Namingha, artistic genius runs in the family. His great, great grandmother is the famous potter Nampeyo, the first internationally recognized Native American artist. His mother is also a world-renowned potter. And his paintings are on display at more than 30 major museums around the world. Now, his eldest son Arlo is making a name for himself as a sculptor. Father and son have a new exhibit on display at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Daniel Kraker has this p[rofile.


Attorney Says Guantanamo Detention Camp Should Close (2007-06-18)
Attorney Joshua Colangelo-Bryan represents some detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He tells Arizona Public Radio's Geoff Norcross the facility serves no practical purpose and should be shut down.


Manning Fire Threatens Doney Park (2007-06-18)
One year and one day after the 2006 Woody Fire, an 18 acre wildfire exploded on the east side of Flagstaff, burning within feet of several homes and forcing dozens of families to evacuate. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker was on the scene, and filed this report.


Cancer Survivors 928 Part 1 (2007-06-15)
This is part one of KNAU's monthly call-in program. If caught early enough many people can survive a cancer diagnosis. When Jason Kurtz was initially diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin's Lymphoma, he thought he was doomed. Today he treats it more like a chronic illness than a death sentence. And he says it's changed his life for the better. On the June 2007 edition of 928 we talk with Jason and other special guests about life after a cancer diagnosis.


Cancer Survivors 928 Part 2 (2007-06-15)
This is the second part of KNAU's monthly call-in show. If caught early enough many people can survive a cancer diagnosis. When Jason Kurtz was initially diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin's Lymphoma, he thought he was doomed. Today he treats it more like a chronic illness than a death sentence. And he says it's changed his life for the better. On the June 2007 edition of 928 we talk with Jason and other special guests about life after a cancer diagnosis. This is the second half of the program.


An interview with author Anne Snowden Crosman (2007-06-14)
Tips on defying age, not just gracefully, but with zest! Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.


Forest Users Weigh in on Roads and Trails (2007-06-11)
National Forests around the country have recently been charged with the task of regulating where ATVs can go. The Kaibab and Coconino National Forests are working with ATV riders, hikers, hunters and anyone else who wants a say in which roads and trails should remain open. When the lengthy process is complete some forest roads and trails will stay and some will close. As Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports it's an issue that's kicked up some dust.


Lead-poisoning in condors (2007-06-07)
Lead-poisoning is now the leadeing cause of death in North American condors. And hunters may hold the key to their survival. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.


Lomong Takes Each Race in Stride (2007-06-06)
One of the top college distance runners in the country learned to run as a means of survival. He ran from the rebel militia during the Sudanese civil war in the early nineties. Today he runs for Northern Arizona University. He's only a sophomore and he's about to compete for his second national title in the NCAA Outdoor Championship beginning this week (June 6-9) in Sacramento. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has the story.


Air Racing at Monument Valley (2007-06-01)
The Red Bull Air Race Series was created six years ago to challenge the skill and daring of some of the world's best pilots. It's already grown into one of the world's largest spectator sports, drawing crowds of more than a million in cities across the globe. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker went to the last air race at Monument Valley, on the Navajo Nation. He got to experience the G-forces the pilots contend with, and has this report on the allure of one of the newest motorsports.


Desert Rock, Coal & Climate Change (2007-05-30)
In northwest New Mexico the Navajo Nation wants to build a controversial 1500 megawatt coal fired power plant. It's one of about 150 coal plants on the drawing board across the country. Desert Rock and the other proposed plants are raising questions about the role coal will play in meeting our future energy needs, while also dealing with the growing realities of climate change.


Climate Change in Northern Arizona - 928 Part II (2007-05-30)
Climate change has been all over the news this year, from Al Gore's documentary to several high profile UN reports. Here in northern Arizona, we're already seeing signs of a changing climate, that will affect everything from our forests to our water supply. On the May 2007 edition of 9-2-8, KNAU's monthly call-in program, two NAU scientists discuss climate change in northern Arizona with KNAU's Daniel Kraker. This is the second half of the program.


Climate Change in Northern Arizona - 928 Part I (2007-05-30)
Climate change has been all over the news this year, from Al Gore's documentary to several high profile UN reports. Here in northern Arizona, we're already seeing signs of a changing climate, that will affect everything from our forests to our water supply. On the May 2007 edition of 9-2-8, KNAU's monthly call-in program, two NAU scientists discuss climate change in northern Arizona with KNAU's Daniel Kraker. This is the first half of the program.


Naming the Monkey Fire (2007-05-28)
Ever wonder how wildfires in northern Arizona get their names? Arizona Public Radio's Matt DeLong did. He set out to find out how the Monkey Fire, one of the first major wildfires of the 2007 season, got it's name, and he filed this report.


A Stunt Rider Remembers The Duke (2007-05-25)
A stunt rider from northern Arizona remembers actor John Wayne.


Arizona Celebrates John Wayne's 100th Birthday (2007-05-24)
Two small towns remember one big man. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.


Arizona Celebrates John Wayne's 100th Birthday (2007-05-24)
Two small towns remember one big man. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.


ELL Challenges Unique to Northern Arizona (2007-05-23)
Arizona legislators have been battling for years over the English Language Learning program. The big struggle has been over how much money should be spent to teach English in the state's public schools and what's the best way to teach it. The majority of English Language Learners in Arizona are coming from Latin America. But in northern Arizona most of the students are Native to the United States. And that presents some unique challenges, as Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


Local Caves May Hold Martian Life Secrets (2007-05-18)
Some Northern Arizona scientists are studying local caves, hoping they might tells us more about the possibility of life on Mars. Arizona Public Radio's Kevin Elston reports.


Arizona's forest health strategy (2007-05-17)
Over the past several years wildfires in northern Arizona have gotten more frequent and more severe. A statewide task force has spent the past several years developing strategies aimed at restoring the health of Arizona's forests and reducing wildfires, and they've just released their draft report. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker spoke with two of the report's authors.


Candidates Vie for CD-1 Seat (2007-05-11)
It's more than a year and a half before the next election but several candidates have announced their interest in running for the Congressional District-One seat. The vast district spans from Casa Grande to the Navajo Nation. Although they may not admit it, the investigation of current C-D-1 Representative Rick Renzi may have something to do with their eagerness. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has the story.


Reggae in Hopiland (2007-05-10)
Over the past two decades, more than 50 international reggae acts have performed on the Hopi reservation, far off the beaten track in northeastern Arizona. Daniel Kraker with KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau explores the long connection between reggae and Hopiland.


Flagstaff Community Land Trust (2007-05-04)
City of Flagstaff Housing Officials have plan to provide more affordable housing.


Flagstaff Housing (2007-05-03)
Flagstaff's Housing Market remains strong because the city is landlocked.


Students Protest Prop 300 (2007-05-01)
Some Arizona high school and college students are boycotting school to protest Proposition 300. The demonstration is part of a nationwide effort to call attention to immigration reform. Arizona's Prop 300, which voters approved last November, requires students who are not in the country legally to pay out of state tuition at state universities and colleges. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this report.


The Raven in Northern Arizona (2007-04-27)
There's a bird in northern Arizona that has long been associated with evil tidings, doom, even death. It's a bird found all over the region in increasing numbers. It's a bird that's probably common in your neighborhood, or coming to your neighborhood soon...


Ann Cummins Writes to Understand (2007-04-21)
In Ann Cummins debut novel Yellowcake we get to know two families - one white and one Navajo - three decades after the closing of a uranium mill that had a big impact on their lives. The title yellowcake is another word for processed uranium ore. Cummins spent much of her childhood on the Navajo reservation. And her father worked in the uranium mills. She told Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales it was his subsequent illness and death that prompted the book.


Saul Williams Believes in the Power of Words (2007-04-20)
Poet and hip hop artist Saul Williams believes there's power in words. In his most recent book The Dead Emcee Scrolls he writes about taking control of one's fate. This theme resonates in much of his work. In his critically acclaimed film Slam, Williams portrays a drug dealer who uses his poetry to change his fate and influence others caught in the cycle of crime. He recently told Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales growing up in Newburgh, New York, prepared him for the role.


Zero at the Bone: Rewriting Life After a Snakebite (2007-04-19)
Being bitten by a rattlesnake is a common fear among many Arizonans. Writer Erec Toso experienced the trauma first-hand, and lived to write about it in his new book, Zero at the Bone: Rewriting Life After a Snakebite.


Northern Arizona Book Festival Struggles (2007-04-19)
Northern Arizona Book Festival officials say they just squeaked by with enough money this year to put on their event. Two months ago they only had a quarter of what they needed to pull it off. Experts say the book festival isn't alone; non profits across the country are struggling. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this story.


Middle School Mystery (2007-04-11)
More than 200 families have pulled their kids out of the mainstream public schools and enrolled them in Flagstaff's charter middle schools. This comes at a time when educators across the country are rethinking how best to teach adolescents. The Flagstaff Unified School District governing board recently reviewed a proposal to improve the middle schools. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this story.


Tom Russell's songs tell stories (2007-04-05)
Tom Russell is the kind of songwriter who makes you want to start bad habits. His lyrics are bold and irreverent. He started his music career in the bars of Vancouver's skid row. Tonight, instead of a seedy smoke-filled bar, he's performing at the Cline Library auditorium at Northern Arizona University. Russell recently talked to Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales from his home in El Paso. Living so close to the border inspired his recent provocative song Whose Gonna Build Your Wall.


Body Worlds: Science or Art? (2007-03-28)
About 150,000 people so far have visited the Body Worlds exhibit at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. Scientists have skinned human bodies then posed and preserved them with plastic. They're called plastinates and they've caused quite a stir around the world. Northland Preparatory Academy science teachers recently took a group of students from Flagstaff to the traveling exhibit. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales went along on the class trip and has this story.


Narcissism at NAU (2007-03-27)
Today's college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than ever. That's according to a recent study published by five psychologists, who worry the trend could be harmful to the students' personal relationships and American society as a whole. They trace the phenomenon back to what they call the "self-esteem movement" of the 1980s. But as Arizona Public Radio's Megan Hollingsworth reports, there are also more modern forces creating this ego-inflated generation.


Flagstaff Rallies for Peace and for the Troops (2007-03-26)
This past weekend, hundreds of people marched through downtown Flagstaff calling for an end to the war in Iraq. The following day, hundreds more rallied to welcome home the troops. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl and Daniel Kraker have audio postcards from both events.


Teen pregnancy has financial impact (2007-03-23)
Teen pregnancy can be a very complicated and personal issue for young mothers. But there are also financial consequences to the taxpayer. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Arizona taxpayers pay more than $250 million a year in costs associated with teen child bearing. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has part two of her series on teen pregnancy.


Prescott Retiree Heads to Prison for Protest (2007-03-21)
Philip Gates is not your stereotypical prison inmate. He's seventy, for one. And he's the former superintendent of the Scottsdale school district. He retired in Prescott three years ago. But today he begins a two month sentence at a federal prison in Los Angeles, for trespassing on a military base during a political protest. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker explains how he got there.


Poets spark memories with Alzheimer's patients (2007-03-16)
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more ... Many of you may know the end of that line. It may even bring back a memory or two. And that's exactly the idea behind the Alzheimer's Poetry Project. Northern Arizona poets are performing classical poetry to people with Alzheimer's to spark memories. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has the story.


Court Rejects Snowmaking Plan (2007-03-12)
The 9th circuit court of appeals in San Francisco has reversed a decision that would have allowed the Arizona Snowbowl to use treated wastewater to make artificial snow. The decision came one day after warm weather and a lack of snow on the San Francisco Peaks forced the ski area to close. As Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports, the decision could have ramifications far beyond the southwest.


Indian Time (2007-03-09)
It's not spring yet, but Sunday morning most of the country will be springing its clocks forward an hour. But not in most of Arizona, where the last thing most people want in the summer is another hour of sunshine. Things get a lot more complicated, though, in parts of the Navajo and Hopi reservations, where, come Sunday, a lot of people will be wondering what time it is.


Water -- a global crisis (2007-03-09)
Every 15 seconds a child dies due to a lack of clean drinking water. That's one of the more startling facts in the documentary film Running Dry. The film is based on former Senator Paul Simon's book Tapped Out. Simon found water shortages and contamination at a crisis stage in several parts of the world. Filmmaker Jim Thebaut told Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales world leaders hope water shortages might compel warring factions to put aside their differences.


Richard Thompson (2007-03-07)
British songwriter Richard Thompson visited Flagstaff for the first time in March, 2007. He spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Geoff Norcross about acoustic guitar technique, songwriting, and his most-requested song.


Dimock debunks the "grand old man" (2007-03-06)
What start as ghost stories around the campfire Brad Dimock has turned into award-winning works of non fiction. Author of Sunk Without a Sound: The Tragic Colorado River Honeymoon of Glen and Bessie Hyde and The Doing of the Thing: The Brief Brilliant Whitewater Career of Buzz Holmstrom Dimock has a new book The Very Hard Way: Bert Loper and the Colorado River. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales talked with Dimock about Bert Loper, otherwise known as "the grand old man of the Colorado."


Stealing Art for Copper (2007-03-06)
The past several years have seen a sharp rise in a kind of crime known as industrial looting. Thieves rip out aluminum bleachers, copper plumbing, and other metal objects and sell them to recyclers for the value of their metal. More recently emboldened thieves have targeted massive bronze sculptures, including those of some world renowned artists. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.


Pregnant teen program expands (2007-03-02)
Arizona has the fifth highest teen pregnancy rate in the country. Nationwide the number of teen pregnancies is gradually decreasing. But Flagstaff's public high school program for teen moms has had to expand in the last couple years to meet the growing demand, and it still has a waiting list. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this report.


Renzi Speaks Out Against Iraq Resolution (2007-02-15)
This week the House of Representatives debated a resolution disapproving of President Bush's plan to increase US troops in Iraq. Each member was given five minutes to speak on the resolution. As Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports, northern Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi spoke out fiercely against it.


Valentine's Day Chocolate (2007-02-14)
On this Valentine's Day American's will spend billions of dollars on billions of pounds of chocolate. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.


Valentine's Day Chocolate (2007-02-14)
On this Valentine's Day American's will spend billions of dollars on billions of pounds of chocolate. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.


A New Chief takes over the Forest Service (2007-02-12)
Gail Kimbell is the new Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. She is the first woman in the history of the agency to ever hold the position. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.


Experimental Wildlife Crosswalk (2007-02-08)
Why did the elk cross the road? Because it had a brand new crosswalk to use. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports from Payson on an experimental wildlife crosswalk aimed at reducing accidents between animals and cars.


New Grand Canyon Superintendent (2007-02-06)
Grand Canyon National Park has announced that Steve Martin will take over as superintendent. Martin started his National Park Service career at Grand Canyon in 1975.


Legislature Considers Change to Self Defense Law (2007-02-04)
A Coconino County jury found Harold Fish guilty murder last year. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports state lawmakers are now moving to overturn the conviction.


Adding to the State's 9/11 Memorial (2007-02-02)
Members of the state's 9/11 Memorial Commission took the first steps today to adding at least some explanatory panels to the controversial monument. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


Northern Arizona plans for growth (2007-01-31)
At a time when Arizona is considered the fastest growing state in the country Governor Napolitano is asking the legislature to pass laws giving counties and cities the authority to limit development based on the availability of water. Even if legislators give rural leaders more tools, officials say that's not enough to sustain growth. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.


Navajo Marine Granted Conscientious Objector Status (2007-01-25)
A 19 year old Navajo marine from Tuba City has been granted conscientious objector status. As Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports, the decision is a reversal for the Marine Corps.


Grand Canyon superintendent retires (2007-01-25)
Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Joe Alston is retiring Feb. 2. Alston has spent more than three decades with the National Park Service and six years at Grand Canyon. The Park Service asked him to move to a position in Washington D.C. But Alston has decided to make the Grand Canyon his last stop. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales talked to him about his tenure at the park and what it was like to be asked to leave.


Dismantling Phoenix (2007-01-23)
Illegal immigration is often tabbed as Arizona's biggest problem. But to commentator Gary Nabhan, it's the legal immigration we should be concerned about.


Mozart and the Whale: An Asperger's Love Story (2007-01-19)
The true story of how autism inspired a love affair. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl profiles Jerry and Mary Newport.


Renzi on Iraq (2007-01-10)
President Bush plans to outline a new strategy in Iraq in a nationally broadcast speech tonight. Northern Arizona congressman Rick Renzi just returned from a three-day visit to Iraq Sunday. He spoke to Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker about his trip, the ongoing violence, and a possible troop surge.


Response to Governor's State of the State (2007-01-09)
Governor Janet Napolitano outlined a host of proposals in her 2007 State of the State Address, from increasing teacher salaries to increasing the length of transportation bonds to pay for road construction. Napolitano didn't say how much her proposals would cost; but she did say they could be accomplished without raising taxes by "one thin dime." Not everyone, though, agrees with that assesment. Daniel Kraker reports.


Governor's State of the State Address (2007-01-08)
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano delivered a wide-ranging, 45 minute state of the state speech Monday in Phoenix. She offered a host of education proposals, as well as ways the state can deal with its exploding growth. Here is the Governor's entire speech.