Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Restoring Lonely Dell Ranch
Lonely Dell Ranch was established in 1872 as a home for the families who operated Lees Ferry, the main Colorado River crossing for people who came from Utah to settle in Arizona. First John and Emma Lee, followed by Warren Johnson and his family, diverted the stream flowing down Paria Canyon. They planted alfalfa, sorghum, fruit trees and vegetables.
Colorado Plateau wildlife is adapted to a dry climate but when there's water, many animals take advantage of it, including the region's amphibians.
They can be noisy. Chorus and canyon tree frogs seek clear meltwater pools for breeding in March and April. Singing males set up small territories on poolside rocks or sticks, sometimes pushing each other like tiny sumo wrestlers. At elevations where ice forms on the water at night, the early spring breeders will sing during bright, sunny days.
Phoenix, AZ – The Governor's Regulatory Review Council has voted unanimously to extend health and other benefits to the domestic partners of state and university employees. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, the testimony, unlike the vote, was divided.
State Sen. Ken Cheuvront said the move is simply a recognition that many private companies already offer such benefits, as do several Arizona cities. That fact, he said, is well known by state employees.
Flagstaff, AZ – One of Sedona's famous energy vortexes has recently been discovered in Flagstaff. Scientists are speculating that climate change and warming temperatures have caused the vortex to move northward. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker, um, reports.
Phoenix, AZ – The state House has agreed to let Williams keep pumping water it gets from an illegally drilled well. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports some lawmakers are not happy about it.