Polacca, AZ – Host Intro: You've probably heard of the Navajo code talkers more than 400 marines who used their native language to develop an unbreakable code during World War II. They received Congressional Medals of Honor for their service. Five years ago even Hollywood paid tribute with the movie Windtalkers.
SFX1: bring up sound from movie The Japanese have busted pretty much every code we've thrown at them, the Corps has developed a new code based on the Navajo language
Prescott Valley, AZ – Investors and developers will place their bids on a one hundred year supply of about 27-hundred acre feet of water. Half an acre foot is enough water for a typical home in a year. The Department of Water Resources came up with that amount based on how much water the town was recharging at its waste water treatment plant.
Flagstaff, AZ – Carolyn Brown has spent the last two years or so following the Minutemen to film a documentary about the vigilante group that patrols the border. The film On the Line premieres Oct. 27-28 at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Brown recently talked to Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales about the Minutemen.
Flagstaff, AZ – The statistics from the southern California wildfires are staggering: 7 people dead, more than 700 square miles burned, nearly two thousand homes destroyed. What lessons can we take away from the devastation here in northern Arizona? To answer that question, Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker spoke with Wally Covington; Covington directs Northern Arizona University's Ecological Restoration Institute, and is a nationally recognized expert on forest health and restoration.
When Donna Lay takes a shower, she's helping the environment.
LAY: I just turned on the water and it's going down the drain. My husband has cut into the plumbing and we've got two mulch basins outside our home and when we take a shower we're watering our plants (turns off shower).
She takes comfort in knowing that she's reusing her water on her yard instead of tapping into her drinking water source.
At Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, a fleet of bright yellow bikes is now zipping around campus, as part of a new program geared toward reducing traffic, and helping the environment. The Yellow Bike Project has already distributed 50 bikes across campus, with plans to nearly triple that number. Arizona Public Radio's Katelyn Seabury reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – As Yavapai County continues to grow, so does its need for more water. Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley plan to build pipelines to the Big Chino Aquifer. And pumping the Big Chino has many concerned about the Verde River. We'll discuss those concerns and other issues surrounding water in Yavapai County with a panel of experts and take your calls too on 928 on KNAU Arizona Public Radio.
Winslow, AZ – About one out of every four Native American adults suffers from diabetes that's nearly three times the average of the rest of the U.S. The problem can seem especially daunting on the Navajo Nation, the country's largest reservation. Diabetes rates there are skyrocketing, even among kids. In one town that borders the reservation, two outspoken sisters are trying to change that. Daniel Kraker reports from KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau.