Some of the fruits and vegetables we eat travel thousands of miles to reach our kitchen tables. Shipping food from such distant sources costs fuel and money. So why not raise food closer to home?
It's not a new idea. The Hopi people of northern Arizona are experts at growing food in a tough environment. For centuries farmers have raised beans, squash, and other crops including the famous Hopi blue corn on three arid, windswept mesas that are the tribe's ancestral homeland.
Flagstaff, AZ – As Arizona legislators work out a plan for next fiscal year, universities are preparing for big cuts. And that's led to a sometimes fierce debate over which university programs are most essential to students. At Northern Arizona University some have proposed cutting counseling, at a time when those services have never been more in demand. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this report.
Flagstaff/Prescott, AZ – It's a quiet afternoon at the Prescott Honda Dealership with a few customers looking at cars. The dealership is still located on Iron Springs road One of the owners, Gary Young, says he's glad they didn't move forward with plans to build a new facility because he says Prescott is feeling the recession.
Phoenix, AZ – A new report today shows that the percentage of tax dollars that wound up in the classroom was lower in last school year than at any time since the state began studying the issue seven years earlier.
Phoenix, AZ – State officials have found a loophole in the new federal stimulus bill that will keep the working poor parents of 15,000 children from losing their subsized child care. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.
Flagstaff, AZ – Across the country college enrollment numbers are way up. In northern Arizona, Coconino, Mohave and Yavapai community colleges are all experiencing record breaking semesters. School administrators say they attribute their success to the unsuccessful economy, and a new breed of students they call "retrainers." Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has the story.
Phoenix, AZ – The House Health Committee voted this morning to approve new restrictions on abortion. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains what's in the bill -- and why the vote was unanimous.