Flagstaff, AZ – On a recent Sunday the salesmen at McCoy Motors tied dozens of colorful helium-filled balloons to their cars to get passers by to notice their latest promotion. The following morning the balloons lay on the ground a bit deflated. That's how many local businesses, especially auto dealers like Levelle McCoy, are feeling these days.
MCCOY: Let's be realistic we're in a very tough time right now.
As food and as sacred symbol, corn has long served as the staff of life for Native southwesterners. Now archaeologists have found that this grain has been around this part of the world for a very long time indeed.
Phoenix, AZ – The question of how many new seats the state gets in Congress after 2010 could depends on immigration officials. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.
John Trasvina is the head of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. One of his interests is getting as many Hispanics counted in the 2010 Census as possible. But he said there's a hurdle to that.
Ah, fall apples are ripe, the air is crisp, and it's time to rake the fallen leaves from the yard. Or is it? Some experts say the American obsession with cleaning up the yard may be a good idea that often goes too far.
Phoenix, AZ – A federal judge refused today to block a provision in the Clean Elections law that gives matching funds to publicly financed candidates when their privately financed foes spend more. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano said today she wants more than half of the state's school districts to explain why they're not spending more money in the classroom. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.
For those living in the American southwest, dust is as much a part of the environment as dryness and sunshine. Tiny particles seem to get into everything.
While dust can be annoying, scientists believe it plays a vital role in the region's ecology. It appears to provide essential minerals and chemical compounds to high mountain ecosystems, just as sea faring salmon bring ocean nutrients high up into freshwater streams.
Phoenix, AZ – The U-S Supreme Court today wiped out the last legal hurdle for anti-abortion groups to get their own special state license plates to put on their cars and trucks. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Native American Guides
Rafting a river in the desert Southwest provides more than just thrills. Floating between million-year-old canyon walls is a rich experience, steeped in chances to learn about wildlife, history and culture.
The National Park Service recognized this in 2006. That year it began requiring river guides who take passengers through the Grand Canyon to be able to describe cultural perspectives of the Native American tribes who have long called the canyon region home.