The Nature Conservancy's Dan Campbell drives down a dirt road through high desert ranchland a few miles north of Chino Valley. Many of the ranchers have subdivided their land into two-acre lots. Several residents have landscaped their yards with grass and trees. There's even a small pond here and there.
What would happen to the earth if human beings simply vanished one day? That's the question journalist Alan Weisman asks in his new book, The World Without Us. Weisman will discuss many of the remarkable answers he uncovered tonight in Flagstaff and Wednesday in Prescott. He spoke about the book with Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker.
Flagstaff, AZ – Over the decades the majesty of the Grand Canyon has inspired art and photography, music, and of course myriad books. Now, you can add The Grand Canyon Adventure Board Game to that list. for Flagstaff river guide Bronze Black, it began with a sketch on a bar napkin now after more than 2000 hours of work and 30 thousand dollars in seed money from the Grand Canyon Association, the game hit store shelves on September 7th.
Flagstaff, AZ – In their new book, Grand Obsession: Harvey Butchart and the Exploration of Grand Canyon, co-authors Tom Myers and Elias Butler talk about Butchart's motivation for exploring more of Grand Canyon on foot than anyone else.
Flagstaff, AZ – SFX: patrol car scanner cars whizzing by
Cars steadily slow down as they spot Department of Public Safety officer Matt Bratz' patrol car on the Interstate 17 median near Kachina Village south of Flagstaff. Bratz listens to his scanner that makes an annoying high pitched beeping sound when a car drives by him over the speed limit.
SFX: high pitched beeping
He says he sees an average of two to three vehicles an hour that he suspects are smuggling illegal immigrants.