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10:09 pm
Thu May 24, 2007

A Stunt Rider Remembers The Duke

Springerville, AZ – This weekend marks the centennial of John Wayne's birth. The legendary actor made nearly 200 westerns during his movie career, some of them near the small town of Springerville. Local cowboys there were used as stunt riders, including one young cowgirl, P.J. Murphey. Now 71, P.J. is a feisty, tiny woman. From her home in Springerville, she shared some memories of The Duke with Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl.

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10:15 pm
Wed May 23, 2007

Arizona Celebrates John Wayne's 100th Birthday

Springerville, AZ – This weekend, Hollywood will celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of one of its biggest stars...John Wayne. But, there will also be a 3-day party right here in northern Arizona in the twin towns of Springerville and Eager. That's where The Duke spent many of his later years and where he maintained one of the largest Hereford cattle ranches in the country. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.

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9:11 pm
Wed May 23, 2007

Arizona Celebrates John Wayne's 100th Birthday

Springerville, AZ – This weekend, Hollywood will celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of one of its biggest stars...John Wayne. But, there will also be a 3-day party right here in northern Arizona in the twin towns of Springerville and Eager. That's where The Duke spent many of his later years and where he maintained one of the largest Hereford cattle ranches in the country. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.

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Earth Notes
7:46 am
Wed May 23, 2007

ELL Challenges Unique to Northern Arizona

Flagstaff, AZ – AMBY: Changing classes, lockers, chatter, laughter

It's just before lunchtime at Coconino High School. Students walk in packs gabbing all the way. If you listen closely, you'll hear a few different languages spoken - English, Spanish, Navajo and Hopi.

About half the students here are considered language minority students. For them a language other than English is spoken at home. There are 5-thousand language minority students in the entire Flagstaff school district.

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3:16 am
Fri May 18, 2007

Local Caves May Hold Martian Life Secrets

Scientist J. Judson Wynne examines a cave dwelling salamander.
Photo: caveexplorer.org

Flagstaff, AZ – Some of the Earth's most ancient creatures have been discovered deep in caves. They have survived there for centuries, protected from climate changes on the surface. Now a team of scientists from the USGS, Northern Arizona University, and NASA are trying to find out if caves on other planets could provide a similar refuge. Arizona Public Radio's Kevin Elston reports.

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Earth Notes
12:17 am
Thu May 17, 2007

Arizona's forest health strategy

Earth Notes
4:33 am
Fri May 11, 2007

Candidates Vie for CD-1 Seat

Flagstaff, AZ – Five democrats and at least one republican have expressed interest in running for the CD-1 seat.

SHANKER: I think most of them would do a better job than Renzi as far as the democrats are concerned. Is it opportunistic? I don't know.

That's attorney Howard Shenker who declared his candidacy at the end of last month.

SHANKER: Whether he was indicted, whether he steps down, whether he runs I'm in this.

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8:45 am
Thu May 10, 2007

Reggae in Hopiland

Kykotsmovi, AZ – Reggae music was born on the tropical island of Jamaica. But it's found an unlikely home away from home on the high desert mesas of the Hopi reservation. Over the past two decades more than 50 international reggae acts have made the long trek to Hopiland. The latest? Stephen Marley and Junior Gong, sons of the legendary Bob Marley. Daniel Kraker with KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau was there, and has this story on the long connection between the Hopi and reggae.

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2:47 am
Fri May 4, 2007

Flagstaff Community Land Trust

Flagstaff, AZ (2007-05-04 –
Flagstaff housing prices are increasing more quickly than in almost any other city in the country. The median price for a home is now over 400 thousand dollars. In part 2 of her series on the cost of housing, Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer examines one option the city of Flagstaff is pursuing to make at least some houses more affordable.


On this cold evening in downtown Flagstaff Allen Sclerf is saying goodbye.

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2:51 am
Thu May 3, 2007

Flagstaff Housing

Flagstaff, AZ –
It's not news to most people that housing prices in Flagstaff and other parts of Arizona are skyrocketing. According to Zillow dot com, Flagstaff and Yuma are in the top five cities in the nation when it comes to housing appreciation. So why are prices in Flagstaff still going through the roof, at a time when the real estate frenzy has subsided in other parts of the country? Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer explores that question in part one of her series on housing in northern Arizona.

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