Flagstaff, AZ – Republicans need to pick up 39 seats in order to control the US House of Representatives. And Arizona's Congressional District One seat is a top target. The campaign between incumbent Representative Ann Kirkpatrick and Flagstaff dentist Paul Gosar reflects that tension. Northern Arizona University political scientist Fred Solop recently sat down with KNAU's Laurel Morales to talk campaign strategy and break down some of the ads.
Phoenix, AZ – The governor has joined with prosecutors and police in opposing Proposition 203. She said medical marijuana laws are ripe for abuse.
(And almost all marijuana recommendations come from a few doctors (who) for, say, $150, will prescribe pot to nearly anyone. Most marijuana cardholders are under the age of 40. And a large percentage are teenagers. I will tell you, compassion will quickly turn to capitalism.)
Flagstaff, AZ – Bruce Aiken is perched on a rock, sketchbook in hand his long, grey hair pulled back under a yellow bandana. Just a few feet in front of him, the Grand Canyon plummets four thousand feet to the Colorado River. He's taking part in a quick draw event, where artists have only two hours to complete a piece. Visitors look over his shoulder as he sketches a giant rock formation called Isis Temple.
Phoenix, AZ – Health Director Will Humble said about 2,000 Arizonans die each year from what are called healthcare-associated infections. That's more people than are killed in automobile accidents. A committee his department formed to seek solutions came up with some ideas. But Kris Korte, a member of that panel and a nurse in charge of infection control at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, said that didn't include telling prospective patients about each hospital's infection rate.
Phoenix, AZ – Arizonans agreed four years ago to hike tobacco taxes by 80 cents a pack to fund programs for early childhood health and education. Proposition 302 asks voters to overturn that decision -- at least partly. It would kill the programs but keep the tax proceeds. Only thing is, the current $9.1 billion budget is built on the assumption the measure will pass. But Brewer won't campaign for it and instead is taking a wait-and-see attitude.
Boulder City, NV – Two weeks ago western water officials gathered at Hoover Dam to celebrate its 75th anniversary. It was hard to ignore the irony as water levels at Lake Mead are nearing an all-time low. If the lake drops much lower, it will trigger water shortages in Arizona and Nevada. In part two of a three-part-series on Hoover Dam's legacy Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports on the receding water levels and what they mean for the southwest.
As resource managers work to stem the tide of dying aspen trees across the West, they may do well to look at a small grove tucked away at Navajo National Monument, a remote park on the Navajo Nation about 30 miles west of Kayenta.
The grove is only about four acres in size, nestled under red sandstone cliffs in the back of Betatakin (Beh-TOT-a-kin) Canyon. The aspens are rare for such low elevations, unique relicts of a cooler and perhaps wetter climate.
Phoenix, AZ – It started with a blog posting last week by former Democratic Senate candidate John Dougherty who cited unnamed sources saying Brewer is ill and is keeping it a secret until she wins the election when she plans to quit. That would allow Ken Bennett to become governor if he wins his race as secretary of state; if she quits now, the line of succession goes to attorney general Terry Goddard who happens to be her Democratic gubernatorial foe. Brewer said there's no truth to any of that.