Flagstaff, AZ – Gail Santilli was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. One year after completing her treatment, she was told that it had spread, or "metastasized", to her liver, lungs, and bones. It's not curable, but it is manageable. Santilli is keeping a radio diary for KNAU. In this installment we'll listen to two excerpts: first, she goes in for a test to find out if the chemo is working, and a week later she finds out the results.
Phoenix, AZ – The governor set up the fund last month to solicit contributions to help her defend SB 1070 from the lawsuits already filed. There was an initial spurt and then donations leveled off. That was, however, until the Department of Justice filed its own challenge Tuesday. That brought in $150,000 that day alone with a nearly identical amount Wednesday. And only about one dollar out of every five is from Arizonans. Thomas Chaput of Georgia said he had a good reason for sending his $20.
Flagstaff, AZ – It's early in the morning, but the Camp Navajo Veterans Clinic just outside Flagstaff already has a crowded waiting room. There's a 100-year old man who fought in World War II, and a 23-year old soldier who served in 2007 in Afghanistan, who's leaving soon for another deployment with his National Guard unit.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Ken Shinseki works the room and hands out commemorative gold coins.
Flagstaff, AZ – Just a couple weeks ago people evacuated because of a fire. Now they have to be on alert for a potential flood. The Schultz Fire -- one of Flagstaff's largest and most severe fires -- left a lot of unstable soil. And with monsoon season upon us that means possible debris flows. About two hundred people gathered Wednesday to find out what to expect and how to prepare for the storms. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
Living conditions are harsh among the cinders in the volcanic terrain that spreads northeast of Flagstaff. But for one plant they're an irreplaceable home. The Sunset Crater penstemon, or Penstemon clutei (pron. cloo-tee-eye), lives nowhere else.
That selectivity has made the plant rare only 36 wild clumps are known to exist. The Center for Plant Conservation has made it an officially "sponsored species" with its own endowment.
Phoenix, AZ – The annual conference rotates among the six Mexican and four U.S. border states. This year was Arizona's turn, with Brewer to host. But the Mexican governors wrote to Brewer saying they won't come to Arizona in the wake of her decision to sign a tough new immigration law. Now, some of her domestic counterparts are planning to move it. That includes fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. Francisco Castillo, his press aide, explains.
Flagstaff, AZ – Last week firefighter Robert Bolina took a break from mopping up the smoldering remains of the Schultz Fire. Gazing at a charred mountainside, he said this blaze is another example of good intentions gone awry.