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KNAU and Arizona News
3:44 am
Thu July 31, 2008

Navajo Nation One Step Closer to New Coal Plant

Flagstaff, AZ – Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an air permit for the proposed Desert Rock Power Plant in northwest New Mexico on the Navajo Nation. From KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau, Daniel Kraker reports.

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Earth Notes
5:35 am
Wed July 30, 2008

Earth Notes: Better Beef

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Better Beef


Carnivores, take heart. If your idea of a real meal includes a grilled steak or burger, you may now enjoy a healthier version while helping family ranchers stay in business and protecting the wide-open spaces of the Southwest.

With profit margins down to the bone, more small ranchers are producing natural beef to fill a specialized niche market. And rather than going it alone, some have joined forces in cooperatives such as Country Natural Beef.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:16 am
Tue July 29, 2008

Preston Korn Drops Out of CD1 Race

Preston Korn

Flagstaff, AZ – The Republicans have one fewer candidate in the Congressional District One race. Flagstaff business-owner Preston Korn has ended his candidacy.

Korn's decision is partly a financial one. In the last eight months, he was able to raise around 25-thousand dollars. Korn says that's about a quarter of what he needed to mount a viable campaign.

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Earth Notes
5:28 am
Wed July 23, 2008

Earth Notes: Mary Austin

Mary Austin in a photo taken in 1929 by Ansel Adams.

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Mary Austin


For author Mary Austin, the drylands of the Southwest were a lush wellspring. The spirit of the place inspired her early writings, and later reinvigorated her literary career and her imagination.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:54 pm
Tue July 22, 2008

Arizona Prison Inmates Fight Fires

Flagstaff, AZ – AMBY: Buzz of chainsaws

Johnny Peltier turns off his chainsaw to take a break. Dressed in fire retardant wool in the middle of the summer, sweat drips from his forehead. The work is hard but Peltier says it's better than making license plates and it makes him feel something he hasn't felt in a while - proud.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:37 pm
Wed July 16, 2008

FMC Bans Formula Samples to New Moms

Flagstaff, AZ – Andy Thode and Heath Norton had their baby at FMC before the hospital stopped giving out free formula samples. So they came home with a tote bag full of formula powder and coupons. Andy decided before they had their daughter Zylie that she would breastfeed.

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Earth Notes
5:19 am
Wed July 16, 2008

Earth Notes: Solar Power

Ancient doorways at Chaco Canyon's Pueblo Bonito.

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Solar Power


Centuries ago, the builders of Chaco Canyon's Pueblo Bonito knew the secrets of solar heating and air conditioning without complicated equipment, fuel, or electricity.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:31 am
Mon July 14, 2008

Uranium mining near GCNP

Grand Canyon, AZ – To understand what's behind the recent boom in uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon, you just have to look at the numbers.

In the last few years the price of uranium has jumped from about 10 dollars per pound to more than a hundred dollars per pound. Today it's at about 60 dollars (CHK) BUT speculators project it to increase again as demand for uranium grows.

SFX: screeching of scintillometer

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
11:27 pm
Wed July 9, 2008

Rescue Flight

Commentator and author Scott Thybony at Comanche Point, overlooking the Grand Canyon.
Elias Butler

Flagstaff, AZ – HOST INTRO:

When two medical helicopters collided low in the sky over Flagstaff nearly two weeks ago, seven people were killed; including pilots, paramedics, and flight nurses. For commentator Scott Thybony, it made clear a painful fact: it's easy to take emergency responders for granted, until you're the one who needs help.

HOST OUTRO:

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Earth Notes
4:57 am
Wed July 9, 2008

Earth Notes: After the Fire Part V (Fire and Elk)

Two elk flee a wildfire in California

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: After the Fire V (Fire and Elk)


In this last installment of our After the Fire series, we'll look again at the Rodeo-Chediski Fire. It was the largest wildfire in modern Arizona's history. But the fire didn't burn the forest evenly. Its temperature varied with the terrain and the time of day, leaving behind an intricate mosaic of trees and other vegetation.

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