1/13/06 – Indian tribes and environmental groups announced this Thursday they will appeal the recent federal court decision to allow snowmaking at the Arizona Snowbowl ski area. They also hinted at a more local strategy to prevent snowmaking using reclaimed wastewater on the San Francisco Peaks, held sacred by many area tribes. Daniel Kraker reports from KNAU's Indian country news bureau.

1/11/06 – The Supreme Court was not a friendly venue for Indian tribes under former chief justice William Rehnquist. In the last two decades they've lost 80 percent of cases before the Court. University of Arizona law professor Rob Williams has written a new book, Like a Loaded Weapon, on the Rehnquist court and Indian rights. He told Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker many of Rehnquist's opinions were based on 19th century stereotypes.

Yuma, AZ – In cold winter months we often take the vast supply of fresh fruits and vegetables at the supermarket for granted. Much of that produce comes from an area just a few hours south. But the harvest of crops such as lettuce and broccoli is in jeopardy, in part because of new restrictions placed on immigration in the post 9-11 climate. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Druley reports that Congress is currently considering immigration reform that may - or may not - alleviate the situation.

Flagstaff, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano vowed Monday to be fiscally responsible with the budget surplus but to also cut taxes, get tough with border security and give both state employees and teachers a pay raise. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Druley reports.

01/09/06 – 2/15:32 Bring up forklift sound

On the shores of Lake Havasu at Partner's Point, two men work under the winter sun, loading an Army-green forklift with Christmas trees. It's an odd sight in a desert landscape virtually devoid of trees. It's also unusual because the trees are being loaded onto, of all things, a boat.

More forklift sound. Fade under sound bite.

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