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.
Commentator Scott Thybony once carried a 100 pound boat down the Grand Canyon to the Colorado River. But he says that doesn't even come close to the heaviest item ever lugged down to the bottom of the Canyon.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: After the Fire Part II
This month Earth Notes is looking at what happens after forest fires. Many people look at a patch of severely burned forest and think disaster. But for one unique woodpecker big swaths of charred trees are home and a feeding bonanza.
The three-toed woodpecker is a forest bird that ranges through the northern boreal forest and southward down the length of the Rocky Mountains. It reaches the southernmost limit of its distribution in the White Mountains and Mogollon Rim region.
Grand Canyon, AZ – AMBY: chatter, birds and wind at the rim MORALES: I'm standing at Yavapai Point near the Yavapai Observation Station looking out across to the north rim which I believe is 24 miles from where I'm standing and I can see several mesas and buttes and spires, which I don't know the names of I probably should...
Remember those teenage years of cliques, bullying and gossiping behind your friends backs? Rosalind Wiseman deconstructs the treacherous terrain of middle school in her bestselling book "Queen Bees and Wannabes" the basis for the hit movie "Mean Girls." Wiseman told Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker that learning to navigate girl world teaches lessons that last far beyond adolescence.