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.
Flagstaff, AZ – Almost two weeks ago the Flagstaff community was flanked by fire. But now the major threat is water. Although the Schultz fire is contained, the monsoon rains have started, and there's potential for mudslides. A team is assessing the Schultz fire damage and coming up with a plan to try to prevent flooding. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales took a tour of the burned area and reports they don't have much time.
Flagstaff, AZ – For the past several months the US Department of Agriculture has tried to reach a compromise between the ski area and tribes that oppose the use of reclaimed wastewater to make artificial snow on the Peaks. The original plan called for Snowbowl to use water directly from the city of Flagstaff's treated wastewater plant.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer says she wasn't impressed with President Barack Obama's speech this morning on immigration.
The president called for overhauling the country's immigration laws during his address at American University in Washington .and said it would take a bipartisan effort to make it happen. But Governor Brewer says she was hoping for more.