Before becoming a national park, the remote western part of the Grand Canyon was a place where a handful of ranchers - with true grit - struggled to earn a living. To make things a little more comfortable, they opened a winter camp deep within the canyon. It was known as "The Hotel" and remains an occasional refuge for hikers. In his latest Grand Canyon Commentary, Scott Thybony tells us about the night he spent at "The Hotel"
Growing microscopic organisms in a lab to conduct biological warfare might sound like the makings of a science fiction movie. But in the case of the bark beetle, it's real. An entomologist at Northern Arizona University is using a fungus to combat the beetles' deadly attack on forests across the West. As Arizona Public Radio's Bonnie Stevens reports, the fungus is the latest in a string of unconventional methods to stop the bugs' rampage.
This week, the Flagstaff City Council voted to support the conservation of forest land surrounding Walnut Canyon National Monument. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it would ultimately be up to Congress to officially safeguard the land.
No one is neutral about snow. Depending on whether we’re planning to play in it or drive in it, go shopping or skip school, we hope either that it’ll fall or that it won’t.
The higher elevations of the Colorado Plateau can get lots of snow, with more than 200 inches recorded in a single winter at many mountain locations.
Major winter storms can pose big problems for animals such as deer, elk, and pronghorn, which can be trapped by heavy snowfalls and driven to starvation. But for smaller animals snow can be a blessing.
The Verde River runs through north and central Arizona and feeds into the Salt River. In recent years the Verde has seen sharply decreased flows due to prolonged drought in the Southwest as well as outdated, inefficient agricultural practices.
A nearly $3 million grant from the federal government will help restore parts of the Verde River. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the funds will boost a decade-long effort by conservation groups and farmers to increase sustainable water use on the river.
Governor Doug Ducey has submitted his budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year beginning in July. The Governor’s goal is to balance the state budget by the following year, and as Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, that involves a lot of spending cuts.
Governor Doug Ducey’s proposal to cut funding to the state universities is drawing concerns from Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng. In a statement issued to Governor Ducey, Cheng said the proposed $13.1 million funding cut will make it challenging for NAU to operate. Cheng said the university is already working on a reduced budget, citing previous deep cuts during the Great Recession. Cheng added that NAU’s campus community is planning a number of discussions to determine critical priorities and where spending cuts can be made.