Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona has never had so many residents without jobs. And many Arizonans who apply for unemployment insurance benefits are waiting several weeks and sometimes months to receive money. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales spoke with Pat Harrington at the Department of Economic Security. He admits the agency's struggling to keep up with the demand.
Flagstaff, AZ – Grad student Valerie Kurth pulls a handful of dried grass out of a paper bag and puts it on a scale. She's studying the amount of carbon in the environment.
She usually talks over her progress with her advisor. But he's left NAU for a job in California. The forestry department decided not to fill his position to save money. So Kurth and five other students are left without an advisor.
Flagstaff, AZ – TB) On this cold December afternoon at Sinagua High school Students are walking home .others are climbing on school buses or walking toward their cars. ..and while the parking lot is full of activity enrollment is down . Superintendent Kevin Brown says by closing one of Flagstaff's high schools, overhead could be reduced and more programs could be offered at the 2 remaining schools.
This month is the 25 year anniversary of one of the most epic journeys ever attempted. Two men crisscrossed the country in canoes, covering 28 thousand miles, including paddling UPRIVER through the Grand Canyon with its 165 rapids. Commentator Scott Thybony has their remarkable tale.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Energy Conservation III: Pressure Cookers
This week Earth Notes continues its energy conservation series in the kitchen. Pressure cookers fell out of vogue there decades ago, their reputations tainted by a tendency to spit, hiss, rattle, wobble and blow their tops off. But they're making a comeback, thanks to improved safety features and a new awareness that they can dramatically cut time and energy in the kitchen.
Flagstaff, AZ – A Flagstaff butcher has donated thousands of pounds of elk, deer and buffalo meat to the Northern Arizona Food Bank. This Thanksgiving he'll give six deer and an elk to the hungry. That's about 14 hundred meals. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales says Dennis Champagne is not what you'd expect.
Dennis Champagne is a paradox. He's a butcher and a hunter and a sentimental animal lover.
CHAMPAGNE: I have three cats, three dogs, bird, couple fish, I love em.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Energy Conservation II: Solar Water Heating
This week Earth Notes continues its series on energy conservation with a look at a technology perfectly suited to the Southwest, with its abundance of sunny days. One relatively easy way to take advantage of that free energy is to install a solar water heater.
Solar water heaters replace conventional gas or electric heaters in supplying hot water for showers, washing dishes and doing laundry.