Flagstaff, AZ – Walk through the forests of Northern Arizona, and signs of trouble are everywhere. Start with the ground below your feet.
Taylor McKinnon, with the Center for Biological Diversity, says "the floor of this forest is composed of several inches of pine needles that have accumulated over a century. You have to work your way down before you even get to the soil."
Phoenix, AZ – The issue is whether children should be allowed to ride in the back of open pickup trucks. Right now that practice remains legal. Rep. Dorris Goodale of Kingman said she agreed to co- sponsor the legislation at the request of a constituent whose son made, in her words, a bad decision, and now is dead.
(It's kind of an anomoly that if you move a refrigerator or you move a couch, you have to restrain that for the safety of the surrounding public. But you don't have to restrain a child.)
Flagstaff, AZ – Stretched across the Hopi reservation in far northeast Arizona are 12 villages perched high atop steep, sandstone mesas. These are ancient places, considered to be among the longest continually inhabited villages in North America. For centuries they've largely governed themselves, many still led by religious leaders known as kikmongwes. But some Hopi, including former tribal chairman Ben Nuvamsa, fear that a new constitution could change that.
Nadine Rodriquez – There are 10 students in Erin Sandoval's English Language Learners class.
The students are working on pronunciation, vocabulary and critical thinking. After their work is complete and graded, the students review their data folder to monitor their progress. This is Sandoval's teaching method at Goldwater High School in north Phoenix.
"We really use the idea of on going assessment. Knowing where they're going, where they're at where they need to be."
Phoenix, AZ – Proposition 203, approved by voters in November, allows those with a doctor's recommendation to purchase up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks from state-regulated dispensaries. Attorney General Tom Horne acknowledged that prescriptions are generally exempt from the 6.6 percent state levy.
For as long as there have been Hopi people, Hopi youth have been learning about their history, customs, and culture from Hopi elders. But as modern technology and economic pressures have proliferated in recent decades, passing stories on in traditional ways has become more difficult.