Flagstaff, AZ – The Twin Fire began as a controlled fire about three miles southwest of Williams. But it turned into a wildfire after shifting winds caused spot fires to ignite outside the project's initial boundaries.
Eventually, 64 homes were evacuated, and more than 400 personnel were called in to fight the blaze. It's now over 90 percent contained, but has cost over two million dollars to fight.
Flagstaff, AZ – We all learned in elementary school that evergreen trees don't lose their leaves. Most conifers, including majestic ponderosa pines, are evergreens. By staying green all year long, these trees can photosynthesize anytime conditions are good. They don't have to spend valuable energy adding leaves once the weather warms.
Flagstaff, AZ – Members of the Obama Administration are looking for economic solutions in Flagstaff. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
Representatives from the White House, the Department of Energy and the Department of Housing and Urban Development visited Southwest Wind Power, the Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies and Northern Arizona University's Applied Research Center. Adolfo Carrion directs the White House Office of Urban Affairs.
Phoenix, AZ – A new study by the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation finds that, on average, the cost of food is 20 percent less now than it was a year ago. The organization's Peggy Jo Goodfellow said that historically prices have gone up when the cost of raw commodities and fuel go up.
(So naturally when things start coming down we're seeing a decrease in fuel pricing. Commodity prices have gone down. We all know that right now in the grocery store we can buy eggs, milk and cheese for a lot less than we were paying one year go.)
Phoenix, AZ – The governor said the latest official prediction of $1.5 billion in red ink is no surprise. She said that's why she directed state agencies last month to detail what they would eliminate if their budgets got slashed by 15 percent. But Brewer said that, unlike prior spending reductions, the next cuts are unlikey to be across the board.
(It will be horizontal cuts. It will not be vertical cuts any longer. There will be probably a lot of programs that will have to be done away with.)
Phoenix, AZ – David Jones of the Arizona Contractors Association said the problem with the current system is that when a governor quits, dies or is forced out of office, the job goes to the secretary of state. But that person is elected independent of the governor and may not share the same philosophy.