Flagstaff, AZ – Guarded by frigid water, giant mosquito swarms and hungry grizzly bears. . .is a terrestrial journal dating back thousands of years. Recorded in the layers of Arctic lake mud is information about changes in lake water temperature, runoff from melting glaciers, and the frequency of ash fall from volcanic eruptions.
From the depths of Alaskan lakes Kaufman is hauling out 20-foot-long tubes of mud, a treasure trove of information about past environmental changes.
Flagstaff, AZ – The Collingwood Magpies sprint around the field inside the Skydome on NAU's campus, barking out instructions to one another. Australian Rules football, or footie, is sort of a cross between soccer, football and rugby. The players tackle hard without any helmets or pads they run fast, and they run really far as much as twelve miles in a single game.
Star player Scott Pendlebury says training at seven thousand feet has really paid off.
Flagstaff, AZ – 17 years ago this month, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy became law - gay men and women could only serve in the military if they kept their sexual orientation quiet. Shortly after, Dan Begay joined the US Navy. Begay grew up in Chinle, on the Navajo Nation, but now lives in Flagstaff. As Congress debates whether to repeal the controversial policy, Begay spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker about his experience as a gay man in the armed services.
Phoenix, AZ – The groups wants the locations of where wolves had attacked cattle. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which works with ranchers to kill or remove wolves, has that data. Michael Robinson of the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity said this information is necessary to preserve the wolves which were reintroduced to Eastern Arizona in 1998. He said there were only 42 animals at the beginning of this year, down 19 percent from a year earlier.
Phoenix, AZ – The issue came up Tuesday when Brewer announced that Don Cardon will head the new Arizona Commerce Authority. Cardon took the opportunity to talk about economic development. He said one key is for the state to reconsider how it treats its universities.
Phoenix, AZ – A panel of economists concluded Arizona is likely to add only 40 to 50 thousand jobs in 2011. But Joel Naroff said what's also needed for recovery is for consumers to start spending money.
The Dugout Ranch sprawls at the door to Canyonlands National Park in southern Utah. One of the oldest cattle ranches in the state, it's now headquarters for The Nature Conservancy's Canyonlands Research Center.