Flagstaff, AZ – When foster children reach the age of 18, many leave the experience with just a suitcase and very little support on the outside. That's a big part of the reason why so few of these kids make it through college. Nationwide, less than two percent of former foster care youth graduate with a four year degree. But a new scholarship at Northern Arizona University is aimed at changing that. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.
Phoenix, AZ – Democrat Felecia Rotellini said the best way voters have to compare her and Republican Tom Horne is by their track records.
(I've prosecuted securities fraud. He's committed it. I've cracked down on border crimes. He just talks about it. I'm a career prosecutor whose dedicated my life to protecting Arizona. He's a career politician and he's looking for a stepping stone to the governor's office.)
The attack in the first two minutes of the half-hour debate appeared to catch Horne off guard.
Phoenix, AZ – It turns out that the percentage of people who either cast an early ballot or went to the polls on Aug. 24 is higher than its been in any primary since 1990. Two years ago the turnout was just 22.8 percent. And two years before that -- the last time most statewide offices were up for grabs -- it barely managed to crack 23 percent. Secretary of State Ken Bennett said there could be several reasons for that.
Phoenix, AZ – By Brewer's own assessment, her opening statement during the debate wasn't her finest moment.
(I have .... done so much. And I cannot believe that we have changed everything since I have become your governor in the last 600 days. Arizona has been brought back from its abyss. We have cut the budget. We have balanced the budget. And we are moving forward. We have done everything we could possibly do. ......... (laugh). We have did what was right for Arizona.)
They're the American West's most enduring symbols of open lonely spaces and of the pioneer urge to wander restlessly and, like many such symbols, they're fairly new here. In fall and winter the dried-up, skeletal remains of tumbleweeds can be spotted rolling across highways and piling up along fencelines throughout the West's arid regions, reminding residents and visitors alike of the iconic images that have appeared in countless movies.
Flagstaff, AZ – Northern Arizona children's book author Monica Brown has just released a new bilingual book called Side By Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez. Huerta and Chavez played a major role in the labor movement. On this Labor Day Monica Brown tells Arizona Public Radio the perception of the labor movement hasn't been very positive.
Flagstaff, AZ – Photographer Raechel Running now has two places she calls home - Flagstaff and Chihuahua, Mexico. In her three years in Mexico she became fascinated with the connections she made to northern Arizona. She has put them together in an exhibit now on display at the Flagstaff Photography Center. She tells Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales about the ties she made between American Indian migrations and today's immigrants.
Flagstaff, AZ – This year's monsoon season is beginning to wind down. But, the storms certainly left their mark on northern Arizona this summer with record breaking rainfall and damaging flooding in some areas. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl gets the details from Flagstaff meteorologist Lee Born.
Flagstaff, AZ – The Flagstaff City Council reached their decision after four hours of debate yesterday. that followed a public meeting that went past midnight Monday night.
The original contract calls for 1.5 million gallons of treated wastewater per day to go to the ski resort just outside Flagstaff from November through February. Several council members, including Vice Mayor Celia Barrotz, objected to the idea of using potable water for snowmaking in an arid region.