Phoenix, AZ – Backers of a plan to hike state sales taxes for new roads and transit improvements have filed their signatures to get the question on the November ballot. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: After the Fire IV (Native Seeds)
After a wildfire passes, it's natural to want to replace the plants that have burned. But unprecedented wildfires in recent years have provoked an unnaturally high demand for plants to stabilize soils.
Land management agencies do their best to use native plants for reseeding. But in the rush to prevent erosion, they have at times grabbed for whatever's available even short-lived cereal crops from the central United States.
Phoenix, AZ – Voters are likely going to get a chance to do what lawmakers and a federal judges have so far rejected: dilute the state's new employer sanctions law. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains the initiative petitions which were filed today.
The National Transportation Safety Board arrived in Flagstaff this morning to investigate yesterday's mid-air collision of two medical transport helicopters. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales was one of a handful of reporters allowed to visit the crash site. She spoke with All Things Considered Host Geoff Norcross.
Flagstaff officials this morning are preparing to announce the names of the victims of yesterday's tragic midair helicopter collision. As Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer reports, 6 people died and others were injured.
Flagstaff, AZ – Last week's swearing-in ceremony for Flagstaff's new mayor was one for the history books. It officially made Sara Presler the city's first female mayor AND the youngest person to ever hold the office. And, at 28 years old, she is currently the second youngest female mayor in the country. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl caught up with Mayor Presler at City Hall during her first week in office.
Three Navajo candidates for the state legislature are in danger of being thrown off the ballot for the September Democratic Primary election. A judge today will decide whether to allow signatures they gathered for their nominating petitions that include PO Boxes rather than actual street addresses. From KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau, Daniel Kraker reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: After the Fire III (Fire and Plants)
This month Earth Notes looks at what happens in forests after fire. In 2002, the largest wildfire in Arizona's history singed nearly half a million acres. The Rodeo-Chediski Fire, son the Mogollon Rim, has since given scientists a case study of succession in other words, seeing how plants recolonize disturbed ground.