Coffee has been called, the most grateful lubricant known to the human machine, and the most delightful taste in all nature. That morning cup could be even more important when you're in the backcountry. But as commentator Scott Thybony tells us, good trail coffee can prove elusive.
Arroyos are a common sight on the Colorado Plateau. Most flow only briefly, carrying moisture from springtime snowmelt and summer monsoon storms. Yet even when dry they bear witness to very specific places and times.
Phoenix, AZ – The House voted this afternoon to ask state residents whether they want to constitutionally ban gays from marrying. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.
State law already limits marriage to one man and one woman. That statute has been upheld by the state Court of Appeals, a ruling the Supreme Court refused to disturb. But Rep. Steve Yarbrough said there's a good reason to put the language in the constitution.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano is defending plans to hike the state sales tax rate to among the highest in the nation to fund transit improvements. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.
Phoenix, AZ – State senators agreed this morning to let Williams continue pumping water from an illegally drilled well. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, they want to be sure this kind of thing does not happen again.
Like wheat and rice, potatoes are among the world's most important food crops. The tubers were domesticated millennia ago in Peru, where thousands of varieties occur.
But edible potatoes also grow in the Southwest. Archaeological evidence shows that potatoes have been used here for centuries. The Hopi and Navajo, for example, ate potatoes made in special clay dishes that neutralized the plants' bitter taste. Ancient members of the Zuni and Pueblo tribes also collected and cooked the vegetables.
Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers are debating whether to allow companies to import foreign workers to fill some jobs. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that one state senator has a different idea.
Jack Harper said he hears the complaints of businesses that they can not fill certain jobs.
Phoenix, AZ – A state panel gave final approval today to letting the Department of Environmental Quality enact new greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and trucks. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.