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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Flagstaff Artists Inspired by New Horizons Mission to Pluto

NASA received this image of Pluto from New Horizons on July 8.
Credit NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute.

Tomorrow NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will make its closest approach to Pluto and collect the first-ever close-up images of the dwarf planet. In Flagstaff, where Pluto was discovered, scientists will be waiting to analyze those photographs and other data. But they’re not the only ones. Artists are creating their own interpretations of Pluto, and they’ll use New Horizons for inspiration. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:31 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Utah Hunter Who Killed Gray Wolf Won't Be Charged

No charges will be brought against the hunter who killed this wolf, which roamed from Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon.

 

A Utah hunter who killed the first gray wolf seen near the Grand Canyon in seven decades won't face criminal charges because he thought he was shooting a coyote, U.S. Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Hualapai Mexican Vole May Lose Endangered Species Status

The Hualapai Mexican Vole.
Credit G. Andrejko, Arizona Game and Fish Department

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing the Hualapai Mexican Vole from the list of endangered species. Genetic evidence suggests their numbers are more widespread in Arizona than previously believed.

The Hualapai Mexican Vole was originally listed in 1987 as a subspecies confined mainly to the Hualapai Mountains in the northwestern corner of Arizona. Now researchers question whether that designation is correct.   

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:54 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Bill Gives Seasonal Workers A Chance For Full-Time Employment

Credit themash.com

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that paves the way for thousands of seasonal federal employees to be considered for full-time merit-based jobs. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, the measure applies to land management workers, including wildland firefighters.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:02 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Feds Installing $40M Replacement Of Glen Canyon Dam Turbines

Glen Canyon Dam just outside of Page, Arizona

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is wrapping up a project to replace the giant turbine runners that produce electricity at Glen Canyon Dam.

Rick Clayton works in the bureau's Upper Colorado Region power office. He says energy production from the dam near the Arizona-Utah border is expected to increase by 3 percent when the work is done this year.

The dam that holds back Lake Powell produces enough energy to power about 600,000 households annually.

The price tag for replacing the eight turbines is almost $40 million.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:19 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Dark Chocolate Is The New Brain Food

It's official: dark chocolate is good for us! That's according to the first-ever chocolate study to measure brain waves. It was conducted by Larry Stevens, a clinical psychologist and professor at Northern Arizona University.

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Earth Notes
4:08 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Earth Notes: A Tiger Of An Amphibian

Tiger Salamander
Credit wikipedia

It's a good thing most inhabitants of the Colorado Plateau don't turn to the same strategy in dealing with a tough climate as tiger salamanders do. When they're so inclined, these big amphibians sometimes react to food shortages by eating each other.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:32 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

U.S. And Navajo Nation EPA Reach Historic Settlement Regarding Wastewater Pollution

NTUA's wastewater treatment plant in Window Rock
Credit Navajo Nation EPA

The U.S. and Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agencies have entered into an historic agreement aimed at reducing pollution at a tribal wastewater treatment facility. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, the settlement marks the first time a tribally-owned entity has paid a penalty for violating the Navajo Nation Clean Water Act.

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
8:28 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain
Credit Scott Thybony

Commentator Scott Thybony is no stranger to grueling desert hikes. He's trudged up and down many canyons and mountains in the Southwest, including one that "wasn't really there". In his latest Canyon Commentary, Thybony explains his journey to Spirit Mountain in the Mojave Desert.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:54 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Governor Ducey Calls For Probe Of Private Prison Unrest

Rioting inmates at the privately run prison in Kingman trashed housing units.
Credit AZ. Department of Corrections

  The governor of Arizona is calling for an investigation into unrest at a privately run state prison that left the facility heavily damaged and led to the transfer of more than 1,000 inmates.

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday also ordered prisons Director Charles Ryan to offer recommendations on how to prevent future problems.

Unrest at Arizona State Prison-Kingman began Wednesday in a minimum security unit.

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