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3:31 am
Sat January 31, 2009

State Parks threatened by budget cuts

Riordan Mansion state historic park in Flagstaff

Phoenix, AZ – The director of the state parks system said today he will have to
close parks if lawmakers adopt the budget they are considering.

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State Capitol News
3:20 am
Sat January 31, 2009

Legislature finalizes controversial budget deal

Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers early this morning finally approved a revised
budget to deal with the deficit.

Adoption came after the Republican-controlled Legislature beat
back efforts by Democrats to reverse proposed cuts for several
programs, especially funds for public schools, community colleges
and universities. One amendment by Rep. David Schapira
specifically sought to restore the $142 million in cuts to the
university system.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:35 am
Fri January 30, 2009

Lawmakers hammer out budget deal

Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers are poised to cut $1.1 billion from the state
budget today. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


The plan adopted late Thursday by House and Senate Appropriations
committees reduces state aid to public schools by about $130
million, take $142 million from universities and $9 million from
community colleges.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:44 am
Thu January 29, 2009

Arizona Students Protest Budget Cuts At State Capitol

Phoenix, AZ – Students from around the state came together at the state capitol Wednesday to protest what some are calling "the death of Arizona's education system."

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:46 am
Thu January 29, 2009

Remembering Frank Protiva and Tom Moody

Flagstaff, AZ – Friday, January 23rd, two friends from Flagstaff died when their small plane crashed.

Frank Protiva and Tom Moody were engineers, pilots, and river runners. I talked to some of their many friends for this remembrance.

Guillermo Cortes, an engineer and Vice President at Frank Protiva's engineering firm, Shephard-Wesnitzer, met him about 12 years ago.

"We became friends right away," Cortes said. "He welcomed anybody in right away."

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:45 am
Wed January 28, 2009

Winter Weather Update With Flagstaff Meteorologist Lee Born

The San Francisco Peaks in winter

Flagstaff, AZ – After a few weeks' hiatus, winter returned to northern Arizona this week. The snowfall wasn't huge, but it was enough to cause icy road conditions and some school delays. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl spoke with Flagstaff meteorologist, Lee Born, about this week's blast of winter weather.

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State Capitol News
1:23 am
Wed January 28, 2009

University presidents call for vote on education tax

Phoenix, AZ – The presidents of the three state universities said today Arizona
residents should be given the opportunity to raise taxes to avoid
further cuts in education spending.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:37 pm
Tue January 27, 2009

Grand Canyon Officials Question High Flow Plan

The March, 2008 \"High Flow Experiment\" at Glen Canyon Dam to rebuild beaches and create wildlife habitat in the Grand Canyon.
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Earth Notes
5:22 am
Tue January 27, 2009

Earth Notes - Cross Quarters

The main ruin at Wupatki National Monument, where archaeoastronomers have found that solar markers are combined with certain phases of the Moon in an intricate system of sky-watching
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Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Cross Quarters Days


Many different cultures throughout the world mark the solstices and equinoxes with holidays. But the times midway between these well-known celestial events have also been important, not least among the Southwest's Pueblo people.

These cross quarters days, as they're called, occur in early February and in May, August, and November.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:53 am
Tue January 27, 2009

Navajo Students Write Letters to Obama

Margaret Erhart and some of her creative writing students at Eagles' Nest Intermediate School in Tuba City, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation.
Daniel Kraker

Tuba City, AZ – When President Barack Obama was elected, a group of middle school students on the Navajo Nation wrote him letters telling him about life on the reservation. Many write honestly about the poverty they live in, but also dispense advice, and offer lots of invitations to their homes.

The project was the idea of Margaret Erhart, who teaches creative writing at Eagle's Nest Intermediate School in Tuba City, on the western edge of the Navajo reservation.

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