Phoenix, AZ – Some new figures show the state could be in line for more than 4 billion dollars in federal stimulus money. But lawmakers and the governor aren't sure how much the state can afford to take.
Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has been traveling around the first district talking with her constituents about the federal economic stimulus bill that President Obama signed on Wednesday. She stopped by KNAU's studios Feb. 20. During last fall's campaign, Kirkpatrick opposed the Troubled Assets Relief Program but she did vote for the most recent stimulus bill. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales asked Kirkpatrick what was different about this package.
Flagstaff, AZ – Peace Surplus owner Steve Chatinski is very careful with his money.
CHATINSKI: I watch every penny that comes in and every penny that goes out.
He says he's always been that way since he and his dad opened the outdoor clothing and equipment store in the mid 70s. He says that's why his store is doing alright. Last month Peace was down 20 percent from the previous January but it was their second best January on record.
Flagstaff, AZ – Today, President Obama will address a public audience in Mesa. He's expected to discuss the state's budget and foreclosure crisis. Yesterday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was in Flagstaff doing much the same thing. The governor was on somewhat of a fact-finding mission, surveying Arizona's rural communities for solutions to the budget crisis. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl was able to sit down, briefly, with Governor Brewer yesterday to talk about some of those solutions.
Flagstaff, AZ – President Obama unveiled his 75 billion dollar foreclosure prevention plan Wednesday in Mesa. Arizona has been hit especially hard by the housing crunch. And while most of the pain so far has been felt in the Phoenix area, foreclosures are on the rise in northern Arizona. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker spoke with Devonna McGlaughlin, assistant director of the nonprofit affordable housing group Both Hands.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Artificial Lights and Wildlife
If you've ever suffered jet lag, you have an idea how animals can become disoriented when their biological clocks are disrupted by too much light at night.
In a world where true darkness has become rare, biologists are increasingly concerned about the effects of artificial lighting on wildlife. They are finding that hundreds of species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects alter their behavior in the glare of overlit towns and roads.
Phoenix, AZ – Barack Obama will not unveil his plan to fix the housing mess until Wednesday. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that did not stop the state's two U-S senators from commenting today on the plan.
John McCain took the opportunity of a press conference to criticize Obama for not doing more to deal with the housing problem as part of the just-signed stimulus package.
White settlers and northern Arizona's native peoples have had their share of conflicts over the decades. But there have also been times of companionship and laughter. Commentator Scott Thybony has this story of how dancing can lead to common ground among cultures.