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KNAU and Arizona News
8:53 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Debate Continues Over Proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument

Forest and meadow land along the Kaibab Plateau Trail north of the Grand Canyon. The area includes one of the largest swaths of old-growth ponderosa pine trees in the world.
Credit Shane McDermott/Arizona Highways

The most recent group to enter the debate surrounding the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument is the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The proposal is designed to protect nearly 2 million acres of old-growth forest and other land near the national park. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency says the plan would involve too much federal regulation.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:35 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Arizona Officials: Key Commerce Routes Have $20B In Needs

Credit Arizona Department of Transportation

State highway officials say key commerce routes in Arizona will require $20 billion in improvements over the next two decades, but revenue from the current gasoline tax won't meet that need.

Arizona State Engineer Dallas Hammit says the current gas tax generates only about one-half of the revenue needed to deal with the state's burgeoning highway and interstate needs.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Officials Preparing for Oak Creek Emergencies

Credit U.S. Forest Service

As a result of last year’s slide fire, the threat of flooding in Oak Creek canyon remains high during monsoon season. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Coconino County officials are using an emergency siren system and short-range radio transmitters to communicate potential threats to the public.  

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Earth Notes
5:00 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Earth Notes: Blitzing Biotic Diversity

How do we know who lives where? Increasingly, land managers are turning to a fun and educational event to find out: the bioblitz.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:29 am
Tue June 23, 2015

ADOT Asks For Extension To Meet REAL ID Requirements

Arizona driver's licenses do not comply with the federal Real ID Act.
Credit Arizona Department of Transportation

The Arizona Department of Transportation has asked the federal government for an extension to develop a REAL ID compliant license before a January 1 deadline.

Arizona passed a law in April allowing the state to provide optional REAL-ID licenses to help residents meet new federal identification standards in airports and federal buildings.

Arizona's law also forced the state to ask for a waiver from participating in the REAL ID act. Last week the Department of Homeland Security denied that waiver and the state has since begun developing the new license.

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Southwest Book Reviews
4:23 am
Tue June 23, 2015

KNAU's Southwest Book Review: Denice Turner's "Worthy"

Denice Turner's new memoir "Worthy" (2015)
Credit University of Nevada Press

The premise of Denice Turner's new memoir Worthy is about being raised in a Mormon household in suburban Utah, trying to find her place in the Church. But it's also about Turner's struggle to win the love and acceptance of her mother: a woman whose severe bipolar disorder was repeatedly misdiagnosed throughout her lifetime. That theme is what caught the interest of KNAU's Southwest Book Reviewer Mary Sojourner, and it ended up bringing the two writers together in a very cathartic way.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:28 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Registration For Navajo Language Referendum Closes Monday

Navajos who want a say in changing the language requirements for anyone seeking the tribe's top two posts have until the close of business Monday to register to vote.

The tribe is holding a referendum election on July 21.

Voters will be asked if they want to determine whether candidates for president and vice president speak and understand Navajo and English well enough to hold office. They currently are required to speak fluent Navajo.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Navajo Nation Zoo Relocates Snakes Out of Cultural Concern

A gopher snake formerly housed at the Navajo Nation Zoo. It, along with another gopher snake, were relocated to an aquarium in Utah in March. A rattlesnake from the zoo was sent to the Staten Island Zoological Society in New York last month.
Credit David Mikesic/AP

For the first time more than 30 years, the Navajo Nation Zoo is not exhibiting snakes. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, zoo officials made the decision to relocate the animals because many Navajos view them with deep suspicion.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:43 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Scientists Call for a Moratorium on Unconventional Oil

A group of scientists is calling for a moratorium on the development of tar sands and oil shale in North America. The Colorado River Basin contains the largest untapped deposits of oil shale in the world.

More than 100 scientists have asked policy leaders to consider the potential global impacts of developing tar sands and oil shale. They say the carbon-intensive extraction process is incompatible with limiting climate change.

Thomas Sisk, an ecology professor at Northern Arizona University, is one of the lead authors.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:43 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Juneteenth Freedom Reflections

"Reading the Emancipation Proclamation", drawing by H.W. Herrick (1864)
Credit Cornell University Library

In a couple of weeks, the country will celebrate Independence Day - the commemoration of freedom from British rule. Today, however, marks the worldwide celebration of another Independence Day, "Juneteenth". It commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 and the nearly 3 year delayed notification to many former slaves that they were, in fact, free. It was a time when rebellious slave holders relocated their operations to more remote parts of the country, including the Southwest, so they could continue to practice slavery illegally. Tomorrow, a group of students and faculty at Northern Arizona University will host a Juneteenth celebration, and in this audio postcard they share with us what freedom means to them.

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