Earth Notes: Juniper and Ash

Nov 24, 2016
Jim Harrigan

Nine hundred years ago the eruption of Sunset Crater volcano must have been a brilliant spectacle. Ultimately, nearly 750 square miles of northern Arizona were blanketed in cinders and ash. After the destruction, life slowly returned. 

Melissa Sevigny

There’s a map on the wall of the Cameron community center on the Navajo Nation with nearly one hundred red dots scattered all over it. They mark abandoned uranium mines. More than 500 of these mines exist on the reservation. They’re linked to cancer and other potentially deadly illnesses. But nobody knows the extent of the emotional trauma of living on land that’s contaminated. That’s the focus of a new project to raise awareness and bring healing through art.

Dry and mild weather is forecast for Arizona this Thanksgiving Day into Saturday. Sunday a strong, winter type storm will begin to bear down on the region with much colder temperatures and increasing wind as the storm approaches. Sunday afternoon and especially evening snow is forecast to fly across the high country. There is potential for snow and blowing snow to become heavy Sunday night into Monday morning down to 3500' in elevation, making travel difficult across northern and central Arizona. If you have travel plans Sunday, earlier is better!

Adrian Manygoats

Thousands of people have gathered at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, trying to stop construction of a massive oil pipeline. The Dakota Access Pipeline would carry 500,000 barrels of oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois. "Water Protectors" are concerned it will destroy sacred tribal land and contaminate drinking water. This weekend, they were subjected to water cannons at the hands of police. Dr. Michael Lerma is a professor of Native American politics at Northern Arizona University.

Tom Tingle / AZ Central

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey says his confidence in Department of Economic Security Director Tim Jeffries has been "shaken" by recent reports of drinking at a DES event.