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KNAU and Arizona News
8:16 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Arizona Republicans Urge Against Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument

The Grand Canyon viewed from the North Rim.
Credit NPS

Twenty five members of Congress, including four Arizona Republicans, are urging President Obama not to designate nearly 2 million acres near the Grand Canyon as a national monument. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the representatives say such a move would be an overreach by the president.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:38 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Tonto NF Supervisor Meets with Native Americans Protesting Resolution Copper Mine

Credit Jennifer Johnson

Earlier this week, the supervisor of the Tonto National Forest met with a group of Native Americans hoping to prevent copper mining at a sacred site east of Phoenix. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, recent federal legislation cleared the way for the Oak Flat area to become part of North America’s largest copper mine.

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
5:58 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: The Oar Maker

River guide and boat builder Brad Dimock on the oars in the Grand Canyon
Credit Catherine Zuzii Ryan

Making oars for whitewater boats is a functional art form that not many people know how to do. But, Flagstaff river guide Brad Dimock does. He's been making - and rowing - boats in the Grand Canyon for decades, and long ago, even trained KNAU commentator Scott Thybony when he was a fledgling river guide. In his latest Grand Canyon Commentary, Thybony takes us to Brad Dimock's boathouse to learn more about his quest to build the perfect oar.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:06 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Brain Food: NAU Physicist Creates Nanorobots That Could Fight Cancer

NAU physicist, John Gibbs
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

Tiny nanorobots may be the next big breakthrough in fighting cancer. About the size of a virus, the magnetic, metal machines could be used to detect and treat tumors from inside malfunctioning cells. John Gibbs is a physicist at Northern Arizona University and makes these microscopic nanomachines.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:34 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Bill Allowing More Private Meetings for Lawmakers Off the Table, For Now

Republican State Senator for Legislative District 6 Sylvia Allen. Her bill, SB 1435, would have allowed lawmakers and public officials to meet behind closed doors unless a vote was being held. It did not receive a committee hearing, which takes the bill off the table.
Credit Photo by Kylee Gauna

A state senate bill that would have allowed lawmakers expanded ability to meet in private, outside the public eye, did not receive a committee hearing. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s uncertain whether the bill’s sponsors will try again.

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Earth Notes
8:00 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Earth Notes: Seeding the Clouds

Credit National Center for Atmospheric Research

  For generations western farmers have worried about getting enough water from the sky to nourish their crops. Some have tried to do something about it.

A century ago farmers in places like the Great Plains and California hired specialists who claimed they could water the land by shooting explosives into the sky or by releasing secret mixtures of chemicals. Sometimes it did rain then. Sometimes it didn’t—in which case the would-be rainmakers typically left town fast.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:28 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Native American Birth Certificate Bill Unanimously Passes House Committee

Helene Nockideneh outside a Tuba City office last fall after completing her application for a delayed birth certificate.
Credit AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca

On Thursday, a state house bill that would simplify the process for Native Americans seeking delayed birth certificates passed a key legislative committee. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if ultimately passed by the legislature, the bill is expected to ease many hardships encountered by tribal members.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:22 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Ahead of Signup Deadline, Arizona Affordable Care Act Enrollments Up

Open enrollment for health insurance through the federal government’s Affordable Care Act Marketplace ends Sunday. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, this year in Arizona there’s been a significant increase in those purchasing insurance through the program.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:30 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Brain Food: Studying Pluto's Ice

NAU's ice lab
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

Pluto has a surface of nitrogen and methane ice. Scientists know this from telescope observations. But, when the New Horizons spacecraft flies by the dwarf planet in July, they hope to know far more about its icy composition. Flagstaff astronomer Stephen Tegler will be analyzing the data.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:36 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

DNA Test Confirms Death of Gray Wolf Seen Near the Grand Canyon

The dispersed female Rocky Mountain gray wolf photographed near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on Oct. 27, 2014, traveled from Wyoming, more than 450 miles.
Credit Arizona Game and Fish Department

Federal wildlife officials have confirmed that an endangered gray wolf mistaken for a coyote and killed by a hunter was the same one recently seen near the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Echo — as the wolf had been unofficially named — was the first of its species known to roam the area near the national park in more than 70 years.

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