Flagstaff, AZ – This month, Dale Bosworth, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, retired after 41 years with the agency. That's almost half of the Forest Service's 100 years of existence. His successor is Gail Kimbell, a forester from Montana. Kimbell is the 16th chief and the first woman to ever hold the job. On the phone from her new office in Washington, D.C., she told Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl, it's an honor she acknowledges, but is not overly preoccupied with.
Payson, AZ – Arizona is now the fastest growing state in the country. More people means more...everything, including encounters between humans and wildlife. Sometimes those come in the form of car versus animal collisions. In Payson, state officials have created an innovative wildlife crosswalk to try and reduce those types of accidents. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.
Phoenix, AZ – One big complaint about the memorial is lack of context. There are 54 sayings etched into its surface to reflect the events around the day of the terrorist attacks. Several mention planes flying into the two towers of the World Trade Center. But nowhere is there any explanation that the planes had been hijacked. Shelley Cohn, a member of the commission that designed the memorial, said something needs to be added.
Flagstaff,AZ – Bundled in insulated overalls a construction worker kneels on the roof of a new Flagstaff town home hammering shingles. Jean Richmond-Bowman (BO-man) is the executive vice president of the Northern Arizona Building Association. She says the winter weather doesn't slow Flagstaff developers but new water standards might.
BOWMAN: They're concerned that they're going to make it even more difficult and costly to develop here in already pretty restrictive conditions.
Flagstaff, AZ – Ronnie Tallman filed for conscientious objector status, or CO status, about a year ago. While on a trip home to the reservation, he discovered he's a hand trembler, a kind of medicine man who can diagnose afflictions and often restore well being. But according to Navajo belief, Tallman would lose the gift if he killed someone.
Flagstaff, AZ – Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Joe Alston is retiring Feb. 2. Alston has spent more than three decades with the National Park Service and six years at Grand Canyon. The Park Service asked him to move to a position in Washington D.C. But Alston has decided to make the Grand Canyon his last stop. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales talked to him about his tenure at the park and what it was like to be asked to leave.
The Census Bureau recently named Arizona the fastest growing state in the nation. Many of the more than 200 thousand people who moved here last year settled in the fringes of metro Phoenix. That's something commentator Gary Nabhan says needs to change.