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.
Flagstaff, AZ – Memorial services will be held this Sunday at the Grand Canyon for Laurent and Shirley Gaudreau. The couple, ages 82 and 73, was found dead last week at their home inside Grand Canyon National Park. An investigation is underway, but officials say it appears to be a murder/suicide. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Northern Arizona has been slammed this week with powerful winter storms. On Tuesday, heavy snow forced the closure of roads, highways and schools across the region, including Northern Arizona University. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl sat down with Flagstaff meteorologist, Lee Born, to talk about all this snow.
Leupp, AZ – The massive federal economic stimulus bill includes nearly three billion dollars for Indian tribes; that's more than the entire budget of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. A good chunk of that will likely go to the Navajo Nation, the largest reservation in the country. Tribal leaders there are desperate for jobs and for basic infrastructure. Nearly half of Navajos still live without running water and electricity.
Flagstaff, AZ – Flagstaff city manager Kevin Burke returned from Washington, D.C. yesterday, where he made his pitch for Flagstaff's inclusion in the giant federal stimulus package. He told Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker he was there to make sure Flagstaff "got a piece of the pie."
Flagstaff, AZ – Host intro: One of the most common injuries seen at Flagstaff Medical Center's Emergency Department right now is a spinal cord fracture. People are breaking their backs sledding. FMC has already seen more than 80 sledding related injuries this winter. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.