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KNAU and Arizona News
3:07 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Federal Rule Expanding Range of Mexican Gray Wolves Finalized

An endangered Mexican gray wolf. The new rule allows the animals to roam from I-40 south to the U.S-Mexico border, but also clarifies circumstances under which the animals could be killed.
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Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have finalized a new rule concerning the reintroduction of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move broadens the endangered animal’s territory but also expands the circumstances under which they could be killed.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:00 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Flagstaff Carryout Plastic Bag Ban Gaining Momentum

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A move to ban single-use plastic carryout bags in Flagstaff is gaining momentum. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, at Tuesday’s city council meeting the public will have a chance to voice opinions about the proposed ban.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:51 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

On Arizona Visit, Obama Announces Lower Mortgage Insurance Rates

Obama speaks Thursday at Central High School in Phoenix about the nation's recovering housing market.
Credit Carolyn Kaster/AP

During his visit to Arizona this week President Obama announced the lowering of federal mortgage insurance rates. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move is designed to boost the housing market by helping first-time home buyers.

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Weather
11:37 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Where's El Nino?

There has been some hope for a wetter than average winter due to the potential of El Nino establishing itself in the Pacific Ocean. Well, it still has not happened and the West has been under the influence of strong Pacific high pressure since 2015 began. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center tracks ENSO ( El Nino Southern Oscillation) and discusses it's progress in a monthly technical discussion. It was released on January 8th and you just have to look out the window to conclude that it hasn't come to fruition. The warm water is there but the atmospheric pattern has not latched on.

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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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