Ryan Heinsius

Executive Producer/Local Content Manager

Ryan was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But after a family trip to the Grand Canyon as a child, he became entranced with the Southwest and has now lived in Flagstaff for more than a decade and a half. Before joining the KNAU newsroom as local content manger, Ryan was the editor for the local weekly paper, Flag Live, for 10 years. The experience helped him become deeply embedded in the Flagstaff community. As a longtime local musician Ryan has performed, recorded and hit the road with several bands over the years. He can currently be seen playing regular gigs with the Voluntary String Band around Flagstaff and many other Southwestern live-music locales. Ryan also spends many hours riding his mountain bike on dusty trails attempting to keep up with his wife.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:08 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Area National Forests to Implement Campfire Restrictions Friday

Smoke from the Schultz Fire in 2010
Credit Coconino National Forest

On Friday, four area national forests will implement Stage 1 campfire and smoking restrictions in an attempt to lessen the danger of human-caused wildfire. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s the earliest the bans have gone into effect in almost 10 years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Arizona's U.S. Senators Request Wildfire Help from Federal Government

A downed tree burns during the Fisher Fire on April 12 as crews were gridding and mopping up. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest.
Credit Mike Elson, District Ranger, Flagstaff Ranger District

Over the weekend, crews battled the first major wildfire of the year in northern Arizona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, just days before the fire broke out both of the state’s U.S. senators urged the federal government to fast-track thinning projects.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Despite Dry Conditions, No Campfire Ban on National Forests

Credit scoutfitters.org

Extremely dry conditions have pushed up fire season by about a month on northern Arizona’s forests. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the Flagstaff community is already taking precautions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Sedona Company Fined for Damage to Secret Mountain Wilderness Area

Illusions Canyon near Sedona
Credit canyonchronicles.com

A Sedona business owner has agreed to pay fines for damaging a wilderness area near Oak Creek as well as operating without a permit. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the incident occurred while conducting search and rescue instruction.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

State Legislature Attempts to Limit Federal Wolf Reintroduction

Credit Southwest Wildlife

Last week, two Mexican gray wolves were released in Arizona. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, a simultaneous effort is underway in the state Legislature to let ranchers kill the endangered animals in defense of livestock.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Flagstaff Group to Protest Immigrant Deportation Milestone

The wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Credit vassar.edu

A Flagstaff group will protest what they say is the 2 millionth immigrant deportation under the Obama Administration. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the rally is part of a nationwide day of action.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Navajo Nation Financial Advisor Charged in Fund-Misuse Case

Council Speaker Johnny Naize pleaded not guilty last month to involvement in the scheme.
Credit navajopost.org

A former financial adviser for the Navajo Nation has been charged with several counts of conflict of interest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s part of a case that involves several current and former lawmakers of the tribe.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

New 4FRI Thinning Project Begins on the Apache-Sitgreaves

Ponderosa pine trees prior to being thinned
Credit grandcanyontrust.org

Major thinning is ramping up on northern Arizona’s national forests. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the work represents the early stages of the biggest-ever U.S. forest restoration project.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

A Pair of Wildfires on the Coconino Keeps Forest Officials Alert

A stump burns in Paradise Canyon on the Boulder Fire.
Credit By Jon Tepley, Flagstaff Ranger District. Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest

This past weekend, two wildfires ignited near Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, though crews responded quickly, both fires are burning in remote, hard-to-reach areas.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:16 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Tusayan Town Council Considers a Name Change

Credit azcentral.com

The Town of Tusayan near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is considering changing its name. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the driving force behind the plan is marketing the town to tourists.

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