Sierra Eckert en Virtual Agent Screens Travelers on the Border <p>In Nogales Arizona, the latest news on the US/Mexico border is&hellip; robotic.</p><p>The National Center for Border Security and Immigration has a new virtual border patrol agent.</p><p>Meet the AVATAR, or Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time.</p><p>(Sound of AVATAR greeting: &quot;Hello, I am AVATAR&quot;)</p><p>He&rsquo;s bilingual, friendly, professional, and a computer.</p><p>His face smiles at you from a touch-screen kiosk.</p><p>Travelers who frequently cross the border can apply for something called the Trusted Travelers program.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 11:18:32 +0000 Sierra Eckert 18656 at Virtual Agent Screens Travelers on the Border Despite Heavier Monsoons, Flagstaff's Water Supply is Still Low. <p>Despite a wet monsoon season, Flagstaff is still in a drought.</p><p>The low water level has the city water department waiting for next spring.</p><p>Brad Hill,&nbsp;Director of Utilities for the City of Flagstaff reports that&nbsp;Upper Lake Mary is currently at 23% of its full capacity.</p><p>Hill says the 5-year-average at this time of year is 49%.</p><p>Lake Mary supplies about half of Flagstaff&rsquo;s water supply, the other half coming from aquifers.</p><p>Hill says the lake isn&rsquo;t filling because the forests soak up the water. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:38:39 +0000 Sierra Eckert 18652 at Despite Heavier Monsoons, Flagstaff's Water Supply is Still Low. Composing with the Canyon <p><span lang="EN">The last time you visited the Grand Canyon, what did you take away?</span></p><p><span lang="EN">Photographs? An appreciation of natural beauty? </span></p><p><span lang="EN">Certainly memories.</span></p><p><span lang="EN">Composer Erik DeLuca is taking away sound.</span></p><p><span lang="EN">As the Park&#39;s most recent artist in residence, DeLuca&#39;s using the sounds of the Grand Canyon to create music.</span></p><p>What do you hear when you go to the Grand Canyon?</p><p>Recent park visitors said, &ldquo;You could hear the wind rustling.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:53:56 +0000 Sierra Eckert 18378 at Composing with the Canyon Flagstaff Turns on Huge Solar Array <p>Flagstaff officials fired up a new solar panel installation on Tuesday.</p><p>The city has installed 2,000 solar panels spanning 4.3 acres, and has plans for more.</p><p>A celebratory crowd gathered to flip the switch on a new solar installation.</p><p>The array, &nbsp;out at the Wildcat Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant will provide 21% of the facility&rsquo;s needs.</p><p>The city is working with an energy developer to offset the high energy costs of running the plant.</p><p>This is the first of three planned installations.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 22:43:15 +0000 Sierra Eckert 18223 at Flagstaff Turns on Huge Solar Array Clinic Brings Schools Healthcare on Wheels <p></p><p>As students head back to school, yellow buses are going to become a common sight again. But this fall, buses won&rsquo;t be ferrying just students.</p><p>North Country Healthcare has just launched a new mobile clinic in a bus.</p><p>The clinic will bring primary healthcare to elementary schools in Flagstaff.&nbsp;</p><p>Arizona Public Radio&rsquo;s Sierra Eckert has this story&hellip;</p><p><br />A bright orange Frelightner bus sits outside Killip Elementary school in Flagstaff.</p><p>But, it&rsquo;s not full of backpacks and lunchboxes.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a mobile health clinic.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 05:59:00 +0000 Sierra Eckert 17927 at Clinic Brings Schools Healthcare on Wheels Flagstaff Snow Park Sent Back to the Drawing Board <p>Developers have proposed setting up a sledding and tubing area on the south side of McMillan Mesa.</p><p>But on Tuesday, the Flagstaff city council voted to postpone a decision on leasing the land to the developers.</p><p>Cries of &ldquo;Read it! Read it&rdquo; from members of the public who gathered at City Hall have sent the Flagstaff City Council back to the books.</p><p>Their summer reading?</p><p>A proposal that would lease city property to developers of a SnoPark.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:26:34 +0000 Sierra Eckert 17208 at Timberline Residents Hold Their Breath and Try to Work Together to Deal with Future Flooding <p>As much of Northern Arizona holds its breath waiting for rain, residents in the Timberline neighborhood are not as hopeful.</p><p>This summer&rsquo;s monsoon season could bring more devastating floods.</p><p>Coconino County and the Forest Service have plans to build channels to keep mud and floodwaters from damaging homes.</p><p>But, these plans depend on approval of all homeowners, and not everyone is falling in line.</p><p>After the 2010 Schultz Fire burned 15,000 hillside &nbsp;acres northeast of Flagstaff, residents in Timberline are all too familiar with summer flooding.</p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 01:02:54 +0000 Sierra Eckert 16447 at Timberline Residents Hold Their Breath and Try to Work Together to Deal with Future Flooding AZ Gun Deaths Among Highest in Nation <p>You are twice as likely to die from a gunshot in Arizona as in New York City or in Los Angeles.</p><p>According to recent research from the <a href="">Violence Policy Center</a>, Arizona&rsquo;s gun death rate is among the highest in the nation. &nbsp;</p><p>The Center reports Arizona has a rate of 13 gun deaths for every hundred thousand people.</p><p>That may not sound like a lot, but Houston&rsquo;s rate is 13. And Chicago&rsquo;s is 15</p><p>Among states, Arizona ranks 15<sup>th</sup> highest in per capita gun deaths.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:12:27 +0000 Sierra Eckert 16093 at AZ Gun Deaths Among Highest in Nation