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KNAU and Arizona News
4:29 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Brain Food: Preparing For Fire Season On The Coconino

Wildland fire crews prepare for fire season on the Coconino National Forest
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

More than 100 season firefighters, including 3 Hot Shot crews, 10 tower lookouts and 1 air tanker, are poised and ready for fire season on the Coconino National Forest.

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Earth Notes
8:38 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Earth Notes: In New Mexico, Bighorns Are Back

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Managing wildlife sometimes means weighing the value of one species against another in order for the more threatened of the two to survive. This is the case in New Mexico, where state game managers were able to remove desert bighorn sheep from the state's endangered species list, in part, by reducing a robust mountain lion population.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:52 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Condor in New Mexico First in Recorded History

A California Condor
Credit AZ Public Media

A California Condor showed up in Los Alamos New Mexico on Friday. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, it’s the first confirmed case of a condor in the state in recorded history.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:50 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Kaibab Forest Managers Seeking Public Comment on Tusayan Road Easements

The initial public comment period has begun for a series of road improvements on the Kaibab National Forest in the Town of Tusayan. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius report, if approved it’ll pave the way for a large development project near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:58 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Arizona Sheriff Acknowledges Judge's Wife Was Investigated

A sketch of Sheriff Joe Arpaio testifying in federal court on April 23, 2015
Credit Maggie Keane

A hearing to decide whether to hold Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in contempt of court for violating court orders in a racial-profiling case took a surprising turn when the lawman acknowledged that his office was behind a secret investigation into the judge's wife.

Judge Murray Snow leveled a series of questions at Arpaio after his testimony wrapped up, focusing primarily on whether he or his family was being investigated by the sheriff.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Remembering Former AZ Governor And NAU Alumnus Raul Castro

Former Governor Raul Castro
Credit KPHO

Former Arizona Governor Raul Castro passed away earlier this month, at the age of 98. He was the state’s first Latino governor, a U.S. ambassador to three different countries, a teacher and a lawyer. Castro was also a graduate of the Arizona State Teacher’s College, which would eventually become Northern Arizona University. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Raul Castro’s success was hard fought and won. 

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State Capitol News
2:01 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Senators McCain and Flake Split on Support for Loretta Lynch for AG

After a five-month battle, the U.S. Senate confirmed New York City federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch as the nation's next attorney general.
Credit NBC News

After five months of delay, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Loretta Lynch to serve as attorney general. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the state’s Republican Senators were split on the nominee to lead the Justice Department.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:29 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Arpaio Testifies In Racial-Profiling Case

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

  Sheriff Joe Arpaio has completed his first day of testimony in a hearing to decide whether he should be held in contempt of court for violating orders to stop his immigration patrols.

Arpaio testified for about an hour before the hearing finished for the day. He is expected to be back on the stand Thursday.

The normally defiant and tough-talking sheriff was more mild-mannered and meek than usual as he fielded questions about his immigration efforts. He frequently said "I don't recall" in response to questions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:04 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Brain Food: NAU Forester Looks For 'Survival Gene' In SW White Pine Trees

NAU forester Kristen Waring collects cones and seeds from a SW White Pine.
Credit NAU

The Southwestern White Pine is under attack from a parasite. Almost all the trees infected by the "Blister Rust" fungus die. That's why forester Kristen Waring is searching for the rare genes in the species that can combat the deadly spores.

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State Capitol News
5:27 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Gov. Ducey Appoints Lisa Atkins as Head of State Land Department

Arizona is getting a new chief overseer for its millions of acres of land held in trust to benefits schools and other public institutions.

Gov. Doug Ducey's office on Wednesday announced his appointment of Lisa Atkins as land commissioner, a post that includes heading up the Land Department and its administration of trust land.

Atkins is currently an executive of Greater Phoenix Leadership, a business advocacy group, and she's also a member of the board that oversees the Central Arizona Project aqueduct system.

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