Islamic State militants claim that an aid worker from northern Arizona, held hostage by the group, has been killed in a Jordanian airstrike in Syria. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, ISIS released a statement today claiming the victim is 26 year old Kayla Mueller, a Prescott native and graduate of Northern Arizona University.
It's been just over a month since Flagstaff police officer Tyler Stewart was killed in the line of duty. The rookie officer was shot to death while following up on a domestic violence case. As investigators continue to search for a motive, Stewart's fellow officers - and the community - are trying to make sense of the tragedy. So is a group of Flagstaff middle school students. They're responding to Stewart's death by showing compassion and respect for law enforcement.
Every year, generations of classic car enthusiasts flock to sunny Phoenix for the Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction. It's the essence of automobile artistry, power and engineering. And that's a perfect combination for Jerry McGlothin, a retired engineering professor at Northern Arizona University, and an antique car junkie.
For wildlife biologists, animal droppings are like nuggets of gold, packed with what they value most: information. Rather than spending weeks lurking in bushes hoping to dart an elusive animal with a tranquilizer gun, setting traps, or trying to catch it in a net, researchers have become poop detectives.
Arizona wolf biologists have even used specially trained tracking dogs to sniff out the information left behind by these secretive animals.
On Tuesday night, the Flagstaff City Council voted four to three not to revisit an ordinance contained in the city’s water policy having to do with the renewal of reclaimed water sales contracts. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, some in the community have been calling on the council to reinstate its authority over those contracts.
Lawyers representing ten children have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against two Arizona state agencies. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the lawsuit charges the state with having a “deficient foster care system.”
Folk singer Todd Snider has been on the road for nearly a quarter century. He’s a prolific songwriter with a penchant for hilarious and poignant storytelling. Snider is on tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of his breakthrough album, East Nashville Skyline, and is performing in Flagstaff tonight. He recently spoke with Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius about the bizarre experiences that inspire many of his songs, and his new memoir, "I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales."
After a measles outbreak at Disneyland in California, there are now seven confirmed cases of the disease in Arizona. Currently, there are no cases in Coconino County, and as Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, officials are urging people to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering an update to the federal Clean Water Act. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, an Arizona congressman is trying to prevent that change from going into effect.
Many visitors discover Goblin Valley by chance on their way between marquee national parks like Capitol Reef and Canyonlands. But this Utah state park received unwanted publicity in 2013 when two men were caught on video toppling rocks off the weirdly rounded hoodoos that give the park its name.
That act of vandalism spurred a big idea: why not expand the park? Goblin Valley currently consists of about 3,500 acres of outlandish geology. But that may soon grow to about 10,000 acres under a State Parks plan.