Ryan Heinsius

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service and the City of Flagstaff have signed off on the final draft of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. It’s designed to thin National Forest land surrounding the city and safeguard it from the effects of catastrophic wildfire. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


The first formal results about Pluto from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft appeared in the journal Science last week.


It's only been a few weeks since scientists confirmed there is indeed water on Mars. But they have yet to determine if life exists in the briny water or if that moisture is coming from the atmosphere or from underground.

A college freshman charged in a fatal shooting on the Northern Arizona University campus has pleaded not guilty.

The Fort Valley Art Barn, located just north of the Pioneer Museum on Highway 180 in Flagstaff, has had a long and varied life. Originally constructed in the late 1880s to house cattle, hay and farm equipment, by the 1960s it had fallen into disrepair.

Susan Meyer, USDA Forest Service

Invasive cheatgrass has taken over native desert ecosystems and worsened wildfires across the West. To reverse that trend, researchers are studying the potential of a seed-killing pathogen called “the Black Fingers of Death.”

Governor Doug Ducey recently announced a new water initiative for Arizona. It’s designed to address the possibility of future shortages for the state. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.

The Arizona Republic

The recent rainstorms in northern Arizona have put 2015’s precipitation above the yearly total average for the region. That means this year is close to being one of the 15 wettest on record. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

An international aid worker from Prescott who was killed while being held captive by the Islamic State group will be inducted into her college alma mater's hall of fame.

Northern Arizona University says the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will honor Kayla Mueller during homecoming weekend in a Hall of Fame Ceremony.

Mueller and three other alumni will be recognized during the Saturday ceremony, which is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the Raul H. Castro Social and Behavioral Sciences building.

An NAU scholarship will be created in her name.

Melissa Sevigny

Backyard beekeeping is a dying art in the American Southwest, in large part because of the invasion of Africanized bees. They’re more defensive than European honey bees, and that takes the charm out of the hobby. But they also have more resilient genes. So despite their nasty reputation, some beekeepers want to work with Africanized bees. That’s easier to do in northern Arizona, where cooler temperatures mean calmer bees.