It was a humid August day when scientist Rafael Zon stood in the Coconino National Forest and said, Here we shall plant the tree of research. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Fort Valley Experimental Forest, which sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff. It was the first of its kind outdoor laboratory in the country. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales took a tour and has this report.
Camp Verde, AZ – Long-time Arizonan Darol Kubacz is on his way up Mt. Kilimanjaro. At nearly 20,000 feet, it's often referred to as the "Roof of Africa." Like many climbers, Kubacz is doing it, in part, just to see if he can. But if he does reach the summit, he'll set a unique world record. Darol Kubacz will become the first paraplegic climber to do so.Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports. You can read Darol Kubacz's blog and see photos of the expedition at www.fflfoundation.org.
Some of the Southwest's prickliest residents are also some of its most desirable. No, they're not people, but cacti, drought-loving succulents. Lots of people admire cacti wherever they grow, whether they're tiny hedgehogs or giant saguaros. But quite a few of these southwestern natives are even more popular out of place.
Three of the four Democrats running for state Corporation Commission said today they believe Gov. Janet Napolitano cannot enter into a regional agreement to cap greenhouse gases on her own. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – NAU President John Haeger explains that essentially a student who walks through the doors at CCC this fall will also be a student at NAU. The program is called CCC2NAU. It responds to calls from several state officials to double the number of bachelor's degrees awarded in the state by 2020.
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.
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.