Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Apache Trout

The state fish of Arizona, the Apache trout, was on the verge of extinction five decades ago. It was one of the first fish placed on the nation's endangered species list.

But now, having made a successful comeback, it may be one of the first to be removed. It's a demotion any species would happily accept.

Phoenix, AZ – A new proposal unveiled today is designed to cut greenhouse gas
emissions here and elsewhere in the region. Arizona Public
Radio's Howard Fischer explains what the program does.

Phoenix, AZ – The top Republican budget crafters in the Senate is warning the
state needs to cut spending -- and soon -- to avoid disaster.
Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

Lawmakers adopted a $9.9 billion spending plan for the new fiscal
year that began July 1. But Sen. Bob Burns said the taxes to
support that budget already are running $180 million less than
anticipated. He wants Gov. Janet Napolitano to call a special

Phoenix, AZ – A federal appeals court ruled today that the state's nearly 9-
month-old employer sanctions law is legal. Arizona Public Radio's
Howard Fischer reports.

Phoenix, AZ – State health officials are trying to convince rural hospitals to
become trauma centers -- and not just because it will save lives.
Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Entropy Happens

The Moab region is famous for its natural arches, which open like windows into the geological past. About 2,000 of these quirks grace Arches National Park, the result of ancient seas and their salt deposits.

Superimposed sandstone layers slipped, buckled, and cracked; weathering widened the gaps. Frost, water, and heat kept at their work. They enlarged hairline fractures, wrenched away supportive rock, and collapsed the center of some fins, eventually freeing arches from their surroundings.

Phoenix, AZ – The November election could determine whether more nuclear power
plants are in the state's future. Arizona Public Radio's Howard
Fischer explains.

At a debate Monday the three Republican candidates for the
Arizona Corporation Commission said the state will continue to
need a lot more power to meet future needs. Barry Wong said he
along with Marian McClure and Bob Stump do not want to place
artificial constraints on any source.

Flagstaff, AZ – The five blonds sit in their log cabin living room in Doney Park on a recent stormy evening.

BURNETT FAMILY: I'm Jessie. I'm 20 years old and I play mandolin. I'm Connie. I'm mom. I play stand up bass. I'm Rachel. I'm 22 and I play violin. I'm Ryan. I'm 18 years old and I've been playing banjo for eight years. And I'm Brian. I'm the dad and I play guitar sometimes mandolin and sing too.

Their four large dogs, three cats and cockatoo don't like to feel left out.

Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Mai Richie Reed's Arizona Adventures

Just over a century ago an adventurous young woman from Philadelphia took the railroad west to the country's hot new tourist attraction, the Grand Canyon. The recent discovery of Mai (PR: My ) Richie Reed's travel journal by historian Erik Berg provides a fascinating new window into a time when southwestern tourism was young.

Flagstaff, AZ – HOST INTRO:

It's been a tumultuous few years, to say the least, in Arizona's housing market. Two years ago housing prices here appreciated faster than in any other state. But over the past year values have decreased by more than five percent. Only Florida, Nevada and California have seen prices decline by more.