When two medical helicopters collided low in the sky over Flagstaff nearly two weeks ago, seven people were killed; including pilots, paramedics, and flight nurses. For commentator Scott Thybony, it made clear a painful fact: it's easy to take emergency responders for granted, until you're the one who needs help.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: After the Fire V (Fire and Elk)
In this last installment of our After the Fire series, we'll look again at the Rodeo-Chediski Fire. It was the largest wildfire in modern Arizona's history. But the fire didn't burn the forest evenly. Its temperature varied with the terrain and the time of day, leaving behind an intricate mosaic of trees and other vegetation.
Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports on a real life School of Rock in Flagstaff where kids learn to play electric guitars and pay homage to the rock legends who came before them.
When two helicopters collided in mid air over Flagstaff last Sunday, the deafening boom of the crash echoed like a cannon shot across town. It was followed by shock and sorrow. Some of the six victims rescue workers pulled from the burning wreckage were people they knew and worked with. As Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports, the crash has raised wider concerns here and elsewhere about the dangers of emergency flights.
Phoenix, AZ – Backers of a plan to hike state sales taxes for new roads and transit improvements have filed their signatures to get the question on the November ballot. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: After the Fire IV (Native Seeds)
After a wildfire passes, it's natural to want to replace the plants that have burned. But unprecedented wildfires in recent years have provoked an unnaturally high demand for plants to stabilize soils.
Land management agencies do their best to use native plants for reseeding. But in the rush to prevent erosion, they have at times grabbed for whatever's available even short-lived cereal crops from the central United States.