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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

AZGFD to Manage Bighorn Sheep by Helicopter in Tonto NF Wilderness Areas

Credit Arizona Game and Fish Department

The Arizona Game and Fish Department may soon have the ability to land helicopters in wilderness areas within the Tonto National Forest. The aim is to manage populations of bighorn sheep. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, several conservation groups say the move will violate federal law.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:05 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Brain Food: Designing A Test To Identify H1N1 Flu Strain

Credit h1n1.net

It's flu season, and of all the different strains out there H1N1 - of Swine Flu - is the most dominant and contagious.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Congressional Reps Want Investigation into Possible Solar Leasing Deceptions

Workers installing solar panels on a Cave Creek home.
Credit Michael Schennum/The Republic

A bipartisan group of Arizona Congressional representatives is calling on two federal agencies to look into rooftop solar system leasing. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the representatives say the industry may be using deceptive marketing techniques.

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Earth Notes
2:48 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Earth Notes: Nature’s Pesky Gardener

Credit National Park Service

  They’re an animal many gardeners love to hate, though they’re rarely seen. Ribbons of dirt strung across the ground, and sometimes disappearing plants, are the only sign most people will see of pocket gophers, rodents that themselves are very active gardeners.

The dirt trails are created as these small animals excavate underground tunnels where they live, store food, and bear young.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:47 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Navajo Officials Purchase Ceremonial Masks from Paris Auction House

Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim outside the Drouot auction house in Paris before the sale of the seven Navajo masks. The tribe purchased the ceremonial items for about $7,600. The entire sale of hundreds of Native American items, including Hopi masks and figurines, netted about $1.12 million.
Credit AP Photo/Francois Mori

Officials from the Navajo Nation have purchased seven sacred masks from a Paris auction house. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the masks are from the early 1900s and are used for wintertime healing ceremonies by the tribe.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

A Final Tribute to Veteran Flagstaff Guitarist Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds performing at the Simple Farm in Scottsdale in February 2014.
Credit Jill Richards of Jill Richards Photography

Last month, the Flagstaff music community lost one of its most skilled and influential members to cancer. Steve Reynolds, 66, was a veteran guitarist, singer and songwriter who combined elements of folk, blues, jazz and rock to create a singular style. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Reynolds’ family and friends are paying tribute by putting the finishing touches on an unreleased album he left behind.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:37 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Brain Food: The Relationship Between Pine Forests In Greece And The Southwestern U.S.

A section of coastal black pine forest in Greece
Credit wikipedia.org

The black pine forests of the Mediterranean are ecologically similar to the ponderosa pine forests of the Southwest...right down to their susceptibility to massive forest fires.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:38 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Arizona Campaign Finance Law

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett
Credit AZ Capitol Times

A federal district court judge has struck down part of an Arizona campaign finance law. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, if the ruling stands, some political donors will not have to identify themselves for the time being.

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Earth Notes
10:23 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Earth Notes: A New Window into the Verde Valley’s Past

Credit Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

 Archaeologists have long appreciated that the Southwest’s dry climate is ideal for preserving perishable goods left by past people. Cloth, basketry, wood, or plant and animal materials that have survived for nearly a thousand years are rare, exciting finds.

Such a discovery was made on a ranch near Montezuma Castle in central Arizona, and the entire collection was recently donated to the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Reps Kirkpatrick and Gosar Discuss Economy and Forest Health at Rural Roundtable

CD-4 Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and CD-1 Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick field audience questions at the rural roundtable in Flagstaff last week.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Fourth Congressional District Republican Representative Paul Gosar and Democratic First District Representative Ann Kirkpatrick last week hosted a public discussion about local rural issues. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, forest health and the economy topped the list of subjects.

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