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KNAU and Arizona News
5:01 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Brain Food: Monitoring Hand Sanitizer Use In Hospitals

Credit infectioncontroltoday.com

Hospitals are places where people go to get well. But, they're also places where people can get sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2,000,000 people contract hospital-borne infections in the U.S. each year, like MRSA, Staph and C-dif. Omar Badreddin - a computer scientist at Northern Arizona University - believes that's because people don't clean their hands often enough. So he's developed a smart device that can track the number of times hospital staff use hand sanitizer.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Local Realtors Welcome Loosening of Federal Mortgage Standards

President Obama will speak this morning in Phoenix. One topic he’s expected to cover is the federal government’s easing of some mortgage restrictions in order to boost the nation’s housing market. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, northern Arizona has seen a healthy increase in recent years in home buying.

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Earth Notes
9:59 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Earth Notes: Miss Eastwood, a pioneering lover of plants

Credit California Academy of Sciences

  In the late nineteenth century, it would have been a brave undertaking for a woman to tromp around the wilds of the Colorado Plateau. But that is what Alice Eastwood did, in long skirt and fine flowered hat, following her passion for plants.

Born in Canada in 1859, Eastwood grew up in Denver and was a high school teacher there for a time. Armed with field guides and a plant press, she spent vacations exploring all over the West. An energetic woman, she traveled by foot, horse, and rail, and eventually won welcome to an all-male hiking club.

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Weather
7:35 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

2014, A Climatologically Bad Year

The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has compiled 2014 weather statistics for much of northern Arizona and the numbers aren't very good. Flagstaff recorded it 3rd warmest year since 1898 while Prescott recorded it's 1st warmest since 1948. It was also the 1st warmest year recorded for Winslow and 2nd warmest in Page. Flagstaff ended up with 20.67" of precipitation which is 95% of the yearly average. This is largely due to a wet monsoon.

KNAU and Arizona News
2:14 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Flagstaff Remembers Fallen Police Officer Tyler Stewart

The memorial service of slain Flagstaff Police Officer, Tyler Jacob Stewart. (Christ's Church, Flagstaff, AZ)
Credit azcentral.com

Today in Flagstaff, hundreds of mourners gathered along the funeral procession route of fallen police officer Tyler Jacob Stewart. Stewart was killed in the line of duty last Saturday while following-up on a domestic violence incident. He was a rookie officer, just 24 years old. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, Stewart's family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers remembered him as compassionate and loyal.

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Earth Notes
10:33 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Earth Notes: Photographing Climate Change

The historical photo collection at Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library will be a key tool in answering a very modern question over the coming months. Dating back to the late 1800s, the images will be used like a visual time machine to reveal the effects of changing climate – and land management – on northern Arizona’s plant communities.

Principal investigator Professor Tom Whitham says that comparing historical and contemporary photos will allow us to literally see how vegetation has changed over time.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:04 am
Mon December 22, 2014

KNAU's Southwest Book Review: NAU Grad Students Review 3 AZ Authors

Zoologies, by Tucson-based writer Alison Hawthorne Deming
Credit alisonhawthornedeming.com

If you have readers on your holiday gift giving list, you might consider something written by an Arizona author. In the latest installment of KNAU's Southwest Book Reviews, 3 graduate students in Northern Arizona's creative writing program review the latest works from 3 local authors.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:10 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

As Annual Count Begins, Officials Expect Population Growth Among Mexican Wolves

A Mexican gray wolf at the Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico in 2011.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Arizona Game and Fish Department this month will begin its annual count of Mexican gray wolves. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency anticipates a growth in the population of the endangered animals.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:02 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Chanukah and the Growth of the NOAZ Jewish Community

This Menorah is made out of cans that will be donated to local food banks.
Credit Justin Regan

Tonight is the fourth night of Chanukah, a Jewish celebration commemorating Freedom from oppression. Millions of people around the world will celebrate by lighting menorahs and eating traditional foods. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, it wasn’t until the last few decades that Jews in Northern Arizona had a place to celebrate Chanukah together.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

AZGFD to Manage Bighorn Sheep by Helicopter in Tonto NF Wilderness Areas

Credit Arizona Game and Fish Department

The Arizona Game and Fish Department may soon have the ability to land helicopters in wilderness areas within the Tonto National Forest. The aim is to manage populations of bighorn sheep. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, several conservation groups say the move will violate federal law.

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