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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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State Capitol News
3:46 am
Tue July 8, 2008

Lawmakers' Salaries Go to Ballot

Phoenix, AZ – Host Intro:

So what is a state lawmaker worth? Voters will get to decide. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:49 am
Tue July 8, 2008

Many remember crash victims

Flagstaff, AZ –
AMBY: Bagpipes

It was a day very much like the day the helicopters crashed more than a week ago - clear sky, calm breeze.

Blue flight suits, red scrubs, park service green, Hot Shot yellow and almost all of the other uniform colors were represented.

AMBY: sound of bagpipes and guard marching onto stage

Bagpipes played as the Honor Guard marched to the stage. They formed a uniform V around the speakers.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:20 am
Tue July 8, 2008

Grand Canyon mourns losses

Grand Canyon, AZ – It was a calm, clear day when Grand Canyon back country ranger Bill Vandergraff got the call from dispatch to contact the helibase.

VANDERGRAFF: I asked him over the phone was Clausing on board?' He didn't say anything and I sort of barked was clausing on board?' And he said yes. It was just like getting punched in the stomach.

Vandergraff says in his eighteen years at the park he's usually the one delivering the bad news. He's not prepared to receive it.

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State Capitol News
3:49 am
Mon July 7, 2008

Napolitano Vetoes Gun Bills

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano vetoed two bills Monday aimed at easing laws on carrying concealed weapons. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:45 am
Fri July 4, 2008

Flagstaff's Real Life School of Rock!

Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports on a real life School of Rock in Flagstaff where kids learn to play electric guitars and pay homage to the rock legends who came before them.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:25 am
Fri July 4, 2008

Flagstaff Helicopter Crash Sparks Concerns About EMS Flights

A fire broke out after two medical helicopters collided in Flagstaff, killing seven people. Seventeen people have died this year in ten medical aircraft crashes.

Flagstaff, AZ – Host Intro:

When two helicopters collided in mid air over Flagstaff last Sunday, the deafening boom of the crash echoed like a cannon shot across town. It was followed by shock and sorrow. Some of the six victims rescue workers pulled from the burning wreckage were people they knew and worked with. As Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports, the crash has raised wider concerns here and elsewhere about the dangers of emergency flights.

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State Capitol News
3:55 am
Thu July 3, 2008

New Road Tax on Ballot

Phoenix, AZ – Backers of a plan to hike state sales taxes for new roads and transit improvements have filed their signatures to get the question on the November ballot. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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Earth Notes
4:12 am
Wed July 2, 2008

Earth Notes - After the Fire IV (Native Seeds)

Part of the burn area of the Rodeo Chediski Fire

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: After the Fire IV (Native Seeds)


After a wildfire passes, it's natural to want to replace the plants that have burned. But unprecedented wildfires in recent years have provoked an unnaturally high demand for plants to stabilize soils.

Land management agencies do their best to use native plants for reseeding. But in the rush to prevent erosion, they have at times grabbed for whatever's available even short-lived cereal crops from the central United States.

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State Capitol News
3:58 am
Tue July 1, 2008

Employer Sanctions Law Could be Diluted by Voters

Phoenix, AZ – Voters are likely going to get a chance to do what lawmakers and a federal judges have so far rejected: dilute the state's new employer sanctions law. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains the initiative petitions which were filed today.

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