The Rodeo-Chediski Fire scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of the White Mountains in central Arizona in 2002. After the fire crews and camera crews left, fire managers worked to stop blackened hillsides from sliding into streams and lakes.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: After the Fire Part I
Forest fires blaze across the Southwest's headlines every year. They're dramatic and dangerous. Ecologically, though, conditions on the ground after a fire are often more important than what happens while the flames flicker. Throughout the next month, Earth Notes will look at what happens . . . after the fire.
A ponderosa pine snag near Camp Navajo, west of Flagstaff. Standing dead trees, or snags, are considered an integral habitat component of cavity-nesting birds and other wildlife in the coniferous forests of the southwestern United States.
Phoenix, AZ – The top Republican legislators met this morning with Governor Janet Napolitano in efforts to finally enact a new state budget. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.
There are now less than five weeks until the new budget year begins with no agreement between the Republican-controlled Legislature and the Democrat governor. Senate President Tim Bee said after the meeting he recognizes the time constraints.
It's one of the most time-honored steps to good health: washing your hands. When you soap up, foam made up of fatty acids and sodium hydroxide sticks to dirt, oil and bacteria, allowing them to be rinsed away. But these days many soaps contain other, more problematic ingredients.