This month is the 25 year anniversary of one of the most epic journeys ever attempted. Two men crisscrossed the country in canoes, covering 28 thousand miles, including paddling UPRIVER through the Grand Canyon with its 165 rapids. Commentator Scott Thybony has their remarkable tale.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Energy Conservation III: Pressure Cookers
This week Earth Notes continues its energy conservation series in the kitchen. Pressure cookers fell out of vogue there decades ago, their reputations tainted by a tendency to spit, hiss, rattle, wobble and blow their tops off. But they're making a comeback, thanks to improved safety features and a new awareness that they can dramatically cut time and energy in the kitchen.
Flagstaff, AZ – A Flagstaff butcher has donated thousands of pounds of elk, deer and buffalo meat to the Northern Arizona Food Bank. This Thanksgiving he'll give six deer and an elk to the hungry. That's about 14 hundred meals. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales says Dennis Champagne is not what you'd expect.
Dennis Champagne is a paradox. He's a butcher and a hunter and a sentimental animal lover.
CHAMPAGNE: I have three cats, three dogs, bird, couple fish, I love em.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Energy Conservation II: Solar Water Heating
This week Earth Notes continues its series on energy conservation with a look at a technology perfectly suited to the Southwest, with its abundance of sunny days. One relatively easy way to take advantage of that free energy is to install a solar water heater.
Solar water heaters replace conventional gas or electric heaters in supplying hot water for showers, washing dishes and doing laundry.
Flagstaff, AZ – Demand at food banks is up dramatically across the country. In northern Arizona the emergency food need has more than tripled since the beginning of the year. Local food banks say people who once donated food are now in line to receive food boxes. And as Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports there are first timers at the soup kitchen as well.
Flagstaff, AZ – When you mix together rising rates in unemployment and foreclosure, you get a recipe for homelessness. As the economic crisis worsens in Arizona, emergency shelters across the state are overflowing. And officials say they're desperate for help. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.