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.
Flagstaff, AZ – Demand at food banks is up dramatically across the country. In northern Arizona the emergency food need has more than tripled since the beginning of the year. Local food banks say people who once donated food are now in line to receive food boxes. And as Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports there are first timers at the soup kitchen as well.
Flagstaff, AZ – When you mix together rising rates in unemployment and foreclosure, you get a recipe for homelessness. As the economic crisis worsens in Arizona, emergency shelters across the state are overflowing. And officials say they're desperate for help. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Energy Conservation I: Weather Stripping
With energy costs on the rise, it's clear that cutting energy needs is good for both the wallet and the planet. For the next few weeks, Earth Notes will look at simple ways to save energy, both at home and on the road.
Most homes built prior to 1990 were built without weather stripping, which can close the small cracks and crevices around windows and doors. Up to 10 to 15 percent of a home's heat can be lost through such gaps.
Flagstaff, AZ – INTRO) A new facility is open for business in Flagstaff. The Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies held a grand opening today (yesterday) to highlight the partnerships which made the incubator possible. Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer has more.
Phoenix, AZ – The speculation continues that Janet Napolitano will take a job in the new Obama administration. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer said that was further stoked by the president-elect's decision Wednesday to name her to his transition team.