Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Hummingbird Monitoring Network
Can you imagine a world without hummingbirds? That central question drives the work of the Hummingbird Monitoring Network, a nonprofit group dedicated to conservation, education, research, and habitat restoration for these jeweled wonders of the bird world.
The monitoring program includes banding studies that generate information about hummingbird diversity and abundance, timing of the birds' movements, and population trends.
Phoenix, AZ – Existing law already allows the governor to establish a state guard any time the Arizona National Guard is deployed on federal duty. This new law permits her to create and call that that state guard for any other reason she believes is necessary. Brewer said while she approved it, she's not exactly sure what good it might do.
Flagstaff, AZ – People who travel to the Grand Canyon rarely regret turning their backs on the outer world and its endless stream of events. But they still pay attention to one event - sunrise at the rim. Before dawn they gather at Hopi Point, or Bright Angel Point on the north side, waiting expectantly with hushed voices. As commentator Scott Thybony describes, they see it through the lens of a camera, and through the eyes of a scientist.
Phoenix, AZ – The legislation said the only way a government building could be made legally off limits to weapons would be to have no-gun signs, storage lockers, security guards and metal detectors. Proponents said existing laws, which require only the first two, really are ineffective as criminals ignore those signs, leaving law-abiding citizens defenseless. Brewer said she believes in the right to bear arm. But she said the provisions in this measure, and another she vetoed to allow guns on public rights of way through college and university campuses, were poorly crafted.
Phoenix, AZ – The Department of Commerce predicts Arizona will add 17,300 jobs this year. While that's not a lot, it has to be taken in context. Last year the state shed nearly 52,000 jobs. And more than 190,000 jobs were lost the year before that. Aruna Murthy said one area of gains will be in the leisure and hospitality sector of the economy -- restaurants, bars, hotels and entertainment.
Phoenix, AZ – One of the bills approved by lawmakers in the just-completed session sought to create a new paid state holiday on February 14th, 2012. That would bring the total to 11. Gubernatorial press aide Matthew Benson said the governor appreciates all the efforts that state employees make, especially now with budget cuts and salary reductions. But he said that Brewer thinks this is inappropriate.