North of the Grand Canyon, the Kaibab Plateau is a world unto itself. It rises from desert on all sides to 9,000 feet, where you can find both deep conifer forest and open meadows. This island in the sky hosts a number of unusual species.
The rare Kaibab form of the Abert Squirrel is perhaps the best known. But several unique plants grow there too. Among them is the namesake Kaibab paintbrush, also known by the common name Indian paintbrush.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Hilltopping Butterflies
It's easy to see butterflies. They're big, colorful, and conspicuous. But consider how they might see each other. Those tiny insect eyes don't produce very good vision, making it extremely difficult for butterflies to stumble across suitable mates. Imagine trying to find someone a mile off when you can't see details even a few feet away!
As a result, butterflies have come up with an ingenious system that improves the odds of finding each other. They all head uphill.
A few drops of water can mean the difference between life and death when hiking in 100 degree heat. Here, commentator Scott Thybony brings us a remarkable tale of thirst, survival and fate in the Grand Canyon.
April 18, 2008 – Candidates for Flagstaff City Council and Mayor agree affordable housing is an important issue for the community. They agreed the city should take a role to increase affordable housing options but candidates had widely differing views on how to create that change.
The forum was sponsored by Both Hands, a not for profit agency working to help families achieve home ownership.
It's tough to miss a century plant in full bloom. The plant's base of wide, pointed leaves sends up an enormously tall stalk that blooms brilliantly in spring. Also called agave or mescal, it's a plant that's common throughout the desert Southwest.
Native people once made use of agaves for fenceposts, needles and thread, soap, durable fibers and probably even paper. And wherever the plants grow, remains of pits used to cook them are sure to be found.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano has agreed to let the state provide another 40-point-6 million dollars to schools to help teach English. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports she's not convinced the problem is solved.