Flagstaff, AZ – It's a mile deep. Nearly 300 miles long by one measure. And 4 and a half million people visit every year. But numbers can never do the Grand Canyon justice. Here's Flagstaff writer and commentator Scott Thybony.
Scott Thybony is a Flagstaff based writer. His Grand Canyon commentaries are funded by the Grand Canyon Association, supporting education and scientific research for Grand Canyon National Park since 1932. On the web at Grand Canyon dot org.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: Pasture Restoration Project
A thousand years ago, Sinagua farmers channeled water from Montezuma Well onto their fields of corn, beans, and squash. Nineteenth-century Anglo farmers enlarged the fields, improved the irrigation ditches, and tapped into the same spring. In 1943, the Well became part of Montezuma Castle National Monument. Yet cattle grazed the land around the Well into the 1990s.
Flagstaff, AZ – People in the southwest love their chili peppers. And now they can rest assured that they will be preserved forever. A delegation from Congress recently delivered the seeds of several chili varieties to a sub-zero Arctic Seed Vault at the North Pole. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales talked with Cary Fowler, the executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust about the idea behind the vault.
Phoenix, AZ – The quarterly survey done by the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation shows the cost of 16 basic items in the last quarter was $48.84. That is a 6 percent hike from the first quarter of the year. The organization's Peggy Jo Goodfellow said a big component of that is energy costs -- specifically gasoline.
(Fuel is a production cost, especially on a farm or an ranch. They have to factor that in when they figure prices, too. And, I'm sure, the retailers also are figuring energy costs in.)
Flagstaff, AZ – Grand Canyon West is the Hualapai tribe's tourist development on the far western side of the Grand Canyon. The big attraction is the Skywalk, a glass bottomed walkway that juts out four thousand feet above the Colorado River.
Flagstaff, AZ – Last week the federal government sued the state of Arizona over its controversial new immigration law. That makes six lawsuits now that have been filed seeking to prevent the law from going into effect July 29th. The first court hearing in those cases will be held later this week in Phoenix. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker spoke with KNAU's capitol correspondent Howard Fischer about what to expect in court over the next two weeks.