Waste from the Gold King Mine in Southwest Colorado continues to flow nearly two months after millions of gallons of the toxic material were released into local waterways. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a new plan to help clean it up, by installing a water treatment system near the mouth of the mine. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Earth Notes: The Four Corners’ Methane Problem

Sep 30, 2015

The San Juan River Basin has a rich human history, visible in places like the ancient pueblo ruins of Chaco Canyon. But it is different relict of a much older history, rooted late in the Age of Dinosaurs, that is drawing attention to the basin these days: methane gas. 

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An important type of soil fungi took a Flagstaff researcher by surprise with its ability to migrate around the world.


State lawmakers are considering a special legislative session next month to address funding Arizona’s K-12 public education. A recently released plan by Democrats in the legislature would use the state’s $325 million budget surplus to increase funding. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.

Health officials say four people are recovering from the first confirmed flu cases of the season in Coconino County. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s an early start for the spread of the potentially dangerous virus.

Democrats in the Arizona Legislature are set to roll out a school funding plan to compete with proposals from Republicans in the Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey.

Tuesday morning's planned announcement from the minority party comes as GOP leaders in the Legislature work on proposals that could be taken up in a possible special legislative session in October.


The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs recently awarded the Navajo Nation $150,000 to support a project for students to learn about and adapt to climate change. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


Republican members of the Arizona House are being summoned to briefings by their leaders on ongoing discussions to boost funding for K-12 schools.

The meetings set for Monday through Wednesday come as Republican Gov. Doug Ducey presses his plan to tap the state's permanent land trust fund to add more than $320 million a year to school funding. Republicans who control the Legislature have a competing plan.

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The authors of a new commentary in Science magazine say forest managers should allow more naturally-ignited wildfires to burn. That’s already part of forest management in northern Arizona.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will award more than a quarter-million dollars to Arizona and New Mexico wildlife agencies. The grant is designed to develop nonlethal methods of protection of Mexican gray wolves and livestock. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.