Flagstaff, AZ – New residents of the Four Corners region quickly become hobby geographers. Where Earth's bones erode into shapes too bizarre to imagine, where the planet's history dwarfs our own, curiosity stirs. Within a few seasons newcomers learn to tell arroyos from acequias, comb ridges from flatirons, and mesas from buttes.
Flagstaff, AZ – Pinyon jays have developed a special relationship with their namesake, pinyon pines. For the last 40 years scientists at Northern Arizona University have studied more than 25 hundred birds to find out exactly how this relationship works.
Flagstaff, AZ – The snow arrived in Flagstaff this year right on schedule-for a normal year. A Pacific storm system dumped 17 inches at the airport and more than 3 feet on the nearby San Francisco Peaks. But it took us by surprise, since normal years have become so rare. Just when we've learned to expect long, dry winters, it snows enough to give us hope. And if you're looking for snow in Arizona, you live on hope...
Opponents of snowmaking marched to the federal courthouse in Pasadena, California, where the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reheard arguments in the legal battle over a plan to use treated wastewater to make snow on the San Francisco Peaks.
The Arizona Snowbowl opens tomorrow after being blanketed with several feet of natural snow. Yesterday, in Pasadena, the 9th circuit court of appeals heard arguments in the latest chapter in the ski area's longstanding legal effort to make artificial snow using reclaimed wastewater. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.