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KNAU and Arizona News
12:05 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Navajo VP Addresses Suicide on Native Nations

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez
Credit Navajo Times

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez is addressing the rising suicide rate in Indian Country. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, as part of the effort, he’s making a call for the preservation of the Navajo language. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:43 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Arizona Ranks as the Strictest State for Drunk-Driving Enforcement

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A recent study ranked Arizona as the strictest state in the nation for drunk-driving enforcement. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it has the longest minimum jail sentence for first-time offenders.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:38 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Arizona's 'Abortion Reversal' Law On Hold For Now

Arizona's attorney general, Mark Brnovich, won't enforce a disputed section of a new law requiring abortion providers to tell women they can reverse drug-induced abortions until the matter can be sorted in court.

The decision made public Tuesday comes as the state prepares to defend itself in a lawsuit filed by abortion providers.

Critics have said there's no science that shows drug-induced abortions can be reversed, and abortion providers argue it's unconstitutional to require doctors to say something that goes against their medical judgment.

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Earth Notes
5:00 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Earth Notes: Returning Grass to the Grasslands

The back of its wings glinting rust-red in the sun, a ferruginous hawk scans the grasslands below for ground squirrels and jackrabbits, two choice meals. These hawks rely on broad vistas to catch prey. But shrubs and juniper trees have steadily invaded many of their hunting grounds in the Southwest.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:26 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Coconino and Kaibab National Forests Managing Lightning-Caused Fires

Flames from the Horse Tank Fire move slowly on the forest floor near Pine and Strawberry. Crews are letting the fire burn to rid the area of dry fuels that could potentially feed future wildfires.
Credit Payson Roundup

Multiple, low-intensity lightning-caused wildfires are currently burning on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. In each case, managers are allowing them to continue to burn in order to rid the areas of dry fuels and enhance plant and animal habitat. All three fires are expected to increase in size, but not necessarily in severity. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:57 am
Tue June 16, 2015

City of Flagstaff, Hopi Tribe Work Toward Settlement Of Lawsuit

Ski runs on the San Francisco Peaks at the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort in Flagstaff.
Credit Courtesy

The City of Flagstaff and the Hopi Tribe are working to resolve a lawsuit over selling reclaimed wastewater to Arizona Snowbowl ski resort to make snow. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the Hopis claim snowmaking using the reclaimed water is a public nuisance.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:23 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Park Service Opposing Bill to Cull Grand Canyon Bison Herd

Bison within Grand Canyon National Park are destroying vegetation, tainting water supplies and trampling archaeological sites. A U.S. Senate bill would allow hunting of the animals within near the North Rim, but the Park Service says the legislation would interfere with its own ongoing internal bison management study.
Credit AP Photo/The Avalanche-Journal, Josie Musico

The National Park Service is opposing a U.S. Senate bill designed to reduce the number of bison at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, park officials say it would interfere with their own bison management study currently in the works.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:46 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Federal Water Managers To Release Water Level Projections At Lake Mead

Lake Mead from the Hoover Dam

Federal water managers are due to release a monthly projection of water levels at Lake Mead on Monday, and the rain in May might change what they say.

Last month, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reported that the Colorado River reservoir behind Hoover Dam could reach a low point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.

Officials heading water agencies in the two states and California took a wait-and-see approach, and pointed to fluctuations in regional precipitation since January.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:52 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Coconino National Forest Names New Supervisor

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A longtime U.S. Forest Service employee has been named as supervisor of the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona.

Laura Jo West reports for the job on Aug. 3. She replaces Earl Stewart, who left the post last month to work for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.

West's career with the Forest Service spans 26 years and includes a stint as a district ranger on the Prescott National Forest. She'll be leaving the Colville National Forest in Washington to take the job in northern Arizona.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Verde Valley Archaeology Center Receives Local Artifacts

A pit house at the Grey Fox Ridge excavation.
Credit The Verde Valley Archeology Center

A collection of Native American artifacts from an excavation in Cottonwood inspired the creation of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. As Arizona Public Radio’s Melissa Sevigny reports, that collection has come home to the Verde Valley.

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