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KNAU and Arizona News
10:04 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Coconino National Forest Wildfires Fully Contained

According to officials with the Coconino National Forest, three recent wildfires have been totally suppressed.

The Junipine Fire, which began in Oak Creek Canyon Monday, was fully contained as of Tuesday evening. An infrared flyover determined that the fire never grew beyond seven acres.

The Whip Fire, which ignited Tuesday afternoon at the base of Mt. Elden in Flagstaff, was also fully contained Tuesday. It measured only 1/5 of an acre.

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Earth Notes
8:43 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Earth Notes: Watering Fields with the Sun

Solar-powered automated headgates on the Verde River.
Credit Courtesy photo

The Verde Valley, watered by the Verde River, is named for the ultra-green cast it gives to central Arizona’s desert.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Gov. Brewer Mulls an Anti-Gay Discrimination Law

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Gov. Jan Brewer said Tuesday it may be time to consider whether the state should ban discrimination against gays. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:52 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Oak Creek Canyon Switchbacks Open Between Flagstaff and Sedona

The switchbacks of SR 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff before the Slide Fire.
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The Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks between Flagstaff and Sedona are now completely open. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, this comes on the heels of closures that resulted from wildfire and a major construction project.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:20 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Fire Ignites at the Base of Mt. Elden

According to officials with the Coconino National Forest, crews are responding to a small fire at the southeast base of Mt. Elden in Flagstaff. Currently, it's less than one acre in size and is burning north of the Flagstaff Ranger District office on Highway 89. Smoke will likely be noticeable from town. KNAU will report more information as it becomes available.

KNAU and Arizona News
11:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Junipine Fire Starts in Oak Creek Canyon

Junipine Fire Evening Update, Mon June 16:

According to the Coconino National Forest, the Junipine Fire is 12 acres and 25 percent contained. It has been moving toward the Slide Fire burn area, but also south in an area that had not previously burned. About 60 to 70 personnel are on scene.

The fire was reported at 3:15 p.m. on Monday and its cause is thought to have been a downed power line, though that's not confirmed yet. Officials are cautiously optimistic that the fire will be contained by the end of the day Tuesday.

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State Capitol News
9:25 am
Mon June 16, 2014

State Legislator Pushes Plan on Out-of-State Migrants

Sen. Kelli Ward speaks during a committee meeting earlier this year.
Credit Cheryl Evans/The Republic

A state lawmaker has come up with her own plan to deal with migrants being shipped here from Texas. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:00 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Jack Fire Updates

A map of the Jack Fire as of noon on Sun, June 15
Credit Courtesy

Update, 10:34 p.m., Sun, June 15:

The Jack Fire is 90 percent contained and 1,175 acres. There are 151 personnel on scene battling the blaze. The fire is smoldering and no further movement is predicted.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:02 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

NAU Presidental Finalist Visits Flagstaff's Mountain Campus

Rita Cheng (second from left) speaks with the media Thursday afternoon on the NAU campus. Also pictured are Arizona Board of Regents members: Chair Rick Myers (left), Treasurer LuAnn Leonard (second from right), and Vice Chair Mark Killian.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Yesterday, Rita Cheng, the finalist to become the next president of Northern Arizona University visited the Flagstaff mountain campus. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, she addressed the challenges of an expanding higher education environment.

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State Capitol News
8:52 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Homeland Security Head Defends the Department’s Child Welfare Policies

Credit Department of Homeland Security

The head of Homeland Security denied Thursday that what his agency is doing with children flooding into this country illegally is only encouraging more to come. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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