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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

EPA’s Proposed Waterways Rule Draws Ire of Arizona’s Senators

The Environmental Protection Agency is revising the Clean Water Act to clarify which waters are protected. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, both of Arizona’s U.S. senators see the agency’s move as an expansion of federal environmental regulation that could harm the state’s economy.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

First Confirmed Flu Case for Coconino County

Credit National Geographic

Coconino County health officials have confirmed the first local case of the flu this season. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, they’re urging people to get vaccinated despite claims it’s not as effective as in past years.

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Earth Notes
10:40 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Earth Note: Storing the Wind

Credit Bureau of Land Management

Electricity-generating wind turbines are a common sight these days. Yet their popularity is limited by the fact that the wind stops blowing from time to time, even on the breezy western plains. But a planned wind farm, and a set of caves, in the interior West may represent a creative solution to this problem.

The Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy project is the name for a proposed utility-scale facility that would provide Southern California with over two gigawatts of green power. That’s double the amount produced by Hoover Dam, and enough to serve over a million homes.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:12 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Brain Food: Turkey Safety For Everyone At - And Under - The Table

Millions of Americans are already in the kitchen this morning preparing Thanksgiving dinner. It's a big production that takes a lot of planning and timing to pull off gracefully. And if anything stands to mess things up, it's probably the turkey. From not being completely defrosted, to forgetting to remove the plastic pouch of giblets, mishandling the turkey can - not only delay dinner - it can also create health hazards. In this special holiday edition of KNAU's series Brain Food, Bonnie Stevens reports on the safest ways to serve Thanksgiving dinner to everyone at - and under - the table.

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Earth Notes
12:02 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Earth Note: Yelping Gobblers

Arizona Game and Fish Department

What yelps, purrs, cackles putts, kee-kees, and gobbles? Yes, your teenagers might do all of these things, but we’re talking turkey. Turkeys yelp to call their children, while lost youngsters kee-kee piteously. Like cats, turkeys purr when they’re content. In early spring toms gobble and strut to attract hens.

After mating, the hen scratches a nest under a big pine or in a brush pile, laying one speckled egg a day until she has a clutch of ten to twelve. She’ll incubate them alone for nearly a month. Chicks are out of the nest and following mom within 24 hours of hatching.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:15 am
Wed November 26, 2014

NFL Not The Only League Using The "R-Word"

The Red Mesa High School "Redskins" warm-up before their last game of the season.
Credit KNAU/Aaron Granillo

There's a growing controversy playing out in the National Football League surrounding one of the team's names. For more than 80 years, Washington's football team has been called the "Redskins", a term many feel is derogatory towards Native Americans. But for one tiny high school on the Navajo Nation, nearly everyone - from students to faculty - embraces the name. Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo reports.

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Weather
11:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Northern AZ Earthquakes

Here is an image of the earthquake recorded at station X16A located near Pine, AZ

Yet another earthquake was felt across the region on Sunday December 1st at 11:58 pm local time. The quake was centered 12 km north of Sedona and was a 4.7  magnitude. 

Below is the information on the preceding earthquake.

Check out the USGS Arizona Earthquake History page.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:41 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Gray Wolf Near Grand Canyon’s North Rim Endured Long, Harrowing Journey

The howling Rocky Mountain gray wolf near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Credit Arizona Game and Fish Department

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have confirmed that the animal spotted near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a gray wolf. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s the first of its kind to be seen in the area in more than 70 years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:49 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

USDA Awards Nutrition Grant to Diné College on the Navajo Nation

Farming on the Navajo Nation
Credit Arizona Farm Bureau

Diné College on the Navajo Nation will receive a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of a tribal nutrition program. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the project is designed to combat high rates of diabetes and other health problems.

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
5:02 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Commentator Scott Thybony Honors The 50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act...Grand Canyon-Style

Grand Canyon commentator Scott Thybony's version of texting while driving.
Credit Scott Thybony

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. It was a landmark conservation law that gave new protections to more than 100,000,000 acres of wilderness across the country. To celebrate the milestone, commentator Scott Thybony shares the story of his first wilderness experience in the Grand Canyon.

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