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.
Flagstaff, AZ – The United States Mint recently issued a new coin honoring Grand Canyon National Park. The scene depicted on the quarter shows the greatest river of the West, sunk deep within its greatest canyon. Scott Thybony has this commentary.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: The Old Spanish Trail Stewardship Program
In the first half of the 19th century, the Old Spanish Trail traversed the Southwest as it linked two far-flung Mexican outposts: Santa Fe and Los Angeles. Mule trains transported surplus blankets and other woolen goods west, where they were traded for horses and mules.
Phoenix, AZ – The 1998 law allows candidates for statewide and legislative office who do not take private dollars to get public financing for their campaigns. They get set amounts depending on the office sought. The law also provides a dollar-for-dollar match when privately funded foes spend more. But Todd Lang, the commission's executive director, said it never got to give out those extra dollars this year.