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12:56 am
Wed February 13, 2008

Earth Notes - Wallace Stegner

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Wallace Stegner

Something will have gone out of us as a people, Wallace Stegner famously wrote, if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed.

The historian and novelist, who died at age 84 in 1993, may have been referring to the Colorado Plateau, a place he dearly loved. But Stegner is often labeled the dean of western writers for good reason. He was raised in Montana, Utah, and Saskatchewan, and taught creative writing at Stanford University.

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Earth Notes
2:32 am
Wed February 6, 2008

Earth Notes - Vanishing Silence

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Vanishing Silence

Have you noticed the world getting noisier? Even in wild places the sound of silence is becoming scarce.

People who record natural environments for a living lament the intrusion of noise from airplanes, gunfire, all-terrain vehicles, and distant highway traffic. The result, says recordist Gordon Hempton, is that quiet is going extinct.

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Earth Notes
12:24 am
Wed January 30, 2008

Earth Notes - Utah's Dinosaur Tracks

Therapod dinosaur tracks, Copper Ridge, Utah

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Utah's Dinosaur Tracks

190 million years ago a carnivorous dinosaur no larger than a robin hopped across a patch of damp earth in what would eventually become southern Utah. Its tracks were buried and eventually turned to stone. Today, thanks to a lucky discovery, they've turned up again near Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park west of Kanab.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:54 am
Fri January 25, 2008

Surgical Robot at FMC

Flagstaff, AZ – Surgeons at Flagstaff medical center have a new tool called the da Vinci Surgical System. One week ago it was used to perform the first robotic surgery in the region. Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer has the story.

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Earth Notes
2:11 am
Wed January 23, 2008

Earth Notes - Forests and CO2

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Forests and Carbon Dioxide


People have long looked to forests as our allies in the effort against climate change. Trees and other plants live by absorbing carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that's produced by the burning of fossil fuels. If more trees grow in more forests, then, they absorb more carbon, right?

They do but only up to a point. That's because most forests burn at some time. When they do, they release much of that trapped carbon back into the atmosphere.

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Earth Notes
2:16 am
Wed January 16, 2008

Earth Notes - Fossil Creek Revisited

Flagstaff, AZ – Almost three years after Arizona Public Service decommissioned the Childs and Irving power plants on Fossil Creek, a restoration success story has blossomed.

Fossil Creek starts from springs below the Mogollon Rim in central Arizona. It's one of just a few streams in the Southwest with the chemistry to produce travertine, which can form beige dams and pale blue pools that look like paradise. But its waters had been diverted for hydroelectricity for nearly a century.

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State Capitol News
1:14 am
Thu January 10, 2008

NAU President lobbies against funding cut

Phoenix, AZ – The presidents of the state universities came to the
Capitol Wednesday to plead against drastic mid-year
budget cuts. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer was
there.

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Earth Notes
2:08 am
Wed January 9, 2008

EarthNotes - Tamarisk Control

Tamarisk trees grow in thick stands along the Little Colorado River near Cameron, Arizona.
John Grahame

Flagstaff, AZ – Many land managers are combating unwanted invasive species. On the Colorado Plateau, they decided to fight one of them by introducing another new species.

The unwanted plant, in this case, is tamarisk, the thirsty plant that crowds out willows and cottonwoods along southwestern watercourses. Entomologists went to its native land - China - to find a bug that eats these brushy shrubs.

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State Capitol News
1:19 am
Tue January 8, 2008

Flagstaff family pushes for boat safety law

Phoenix, AZ – A Flagstaff couple is hoping to
translate their personal tragedy
into legislation to protect others.
Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
12:03 am
Tue January 8, 2008

Study suggests legal workers harmed by immigration

Phoenix, AZ – A new study suggests that legal workers
in this state are being harmed by those
who entered the country illegally.
Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer
reports.

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