Phoenix, AZ – The state transportation department closed down 13 of the state's 18 rest areas last fall because of budget problems. That left long stretches of interstate with not much other than a few bushes. ADOT's Doug Nintzel said things have changed since then.
(Our operating budget has stabilized at least enough so we can say that it's leveled off. We're ready to reopen five rest areas next month and four others this fall. So that'll mean nine of the 13 closed rest areas will be back open again.
Flagstaff, AZ – Residents of some Flagstaff neighborhoods who were evacuated Saturday because of the Hardy Fire have been allowed to return home. Firefighters gained the upper hand on the 300 acre blaze that burned close to Butler Avenue in east Flagstaff. Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – The Schultz Fire burning about five miles north of Flagstaff has forced the evacuation of about 750 homes in the Timberline Estates and Wupatki Trails neighborhoods. One of the biggest challenges is evacuating all the animals in the area. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.
Coconino County Sheriff Bill Pribl is coordinating the evacuation effort. He says evacuating animals has been complicated by a lot of people not being home.
Flagstaff, AZ – Coconino County law enforcement is responsible for evacuating areas because of wildfire. Sheriff Bill Pribl says it's sometimes a challenge to convince people to leave their homes behind.
Flagstaff, AZ – About nine hundred homes have been evacuated in the Flagstaff area since the first fire broke out Saturday. More than 200 people have registered with the American Red Cross shelter. And fewer than a dozen were planning to sleep there Sunday night. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
Phoenix, AZ – The first is over what exactly Barack Obama told Jan Brewer when they met on June 3 in the Oval Office. Both agree the president promised to provide her information about his plans to put 12- hundred National Guard soldiers along the border and how he intends to use an extra $500 million he wants from Congress. But Brewer insisted he promised to get her that information in two weeks -- two weeks that were up Thursday.
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. This is the latest installment of Surviving Cancer an ongoing series.
Parks, AZ – People in the community of Parks worry about their homes as firefighters work to suppress a wildfire that continues to devour the forest nearby. The so-called Eagle Rock fire has burned more than a thousand acres of steep, dense forest about 11 miles northeast of Williams. With calm winds Thursday fire crews were expected to get a better handle on the blaze. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.