Flagstaff, AZ – Last week's swearing-in ceremony for Flagstaff's new mayor was one for the history books. It officially made Sara Presler the city's first female mayor AND the youngest person to ever hold the office. And, at 28 years old, she is currently the second youngest female mayor in the country. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl caught up with Mayor Presler at City Hall during her first week in office.
Three Navajo candidates for the state legislature are in danger of being thrown off the ballot for the September Democratic Primary election. A judge today will decide whether to allow signatures they gathered for their nominating petitions that include PO Boxes rather than actual street addresses. From KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau, Daniel Kraker reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: After the Fire III (Fire and Plants)
This month Earth Notes looks at what happens in forests after fire. In 2002, the largest wildfire in Arizona's history singed nearly half a million acres. The Rodeo-Chediski Fire, son the Mogollon Rim, has since given scientists a case study of succession in other words, seeing how plants recolonize disturbed ground.
For more than a decade, Commentator Kate Watters has worked jobs that can only be done in northern Arizona. She's been a field biologist for Grand Canyon National Park. She met her husband, a seasonal river guide, in his off-season, building hiking trails. Now Watters runs the volunteer program for the Grand Canyon Trust in its efforts to preserve the Colorado Plateau. Months of living on the road have forced Watters to come to terms with the meaning of "home."
Two months ago KNAU aired our series Poverty with a View. That's the phrase many people use to contrast Flagstaff's quality of life with the gap between income and the cost of housing here. During the series we met a number of people who can only do what they do in northern Arizona. Over the next two days, we'll introduce you to a few of them.
Flagstaff, AZ – In 2001 Owen Cargol was president of NAU for just four months before a male colleague's sexual harassment complaint forced him to resign. According to the NAU employee, whose name was never released, Cargol grabbed his testicles in a locker room. Following the incident Cargol sent the employee email messages seeking the same level of what he called playfulness and affection.
Cargol's checkered past was well publicized but apparently not in the Middle East.
June 20, 2008 – Intro) The High Country Conference Center is already doing a brisk business in Flagstaff even though the official ribbon cutting ceremony was just last night. Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer was there and has this report.