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
2:00 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Arizona One of the Country’s Most At-Risk States Due to Natural Disaster

Flames from the Wallow Fire — Arizona's largest-ever wildfire — consume pine trees in 2011.
Credit Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

A personal finance website has ranked Arizona as the 10th most at-risk state for natural disaster. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, major wildfires caused by persistent drought contributed to the Grand Canyon State making the list.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Sedona Becomes the Newest International Dark Sky Community

Sedona's nighttime skyline.
Credit world-wire.com

Sedona has become the newest International Dark Sky Community. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s one of only eight cities in the world to achieve the designation, and the second in northern Arizona.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Kirkpatrick Introduces Legislation Designed to Boost Economic Development on Navajo Nation

For more than 40 years, 1.6 million acres known as the Bennett Freeze were off limits to development. Rep. Kirkpatrick's new bill would encourage development there and make other changes to the laws regulating the area.
Credit Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times

In early July, Democratic Representative Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona’s First Congressional District introduced a bill designed to spur economic development on the Navajo Nation. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it would affect some of the reservation’s poorest areas.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:43 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

EPA Announces Emission Cuts for Navajo Generating Station

The Navajo Generating Station near Page on the Navajo Nation and is owned by the federal government's Bureau of Reclamation, as well as regional utilities like the Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service Co., Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Tucson Electric Power Co., and NV Energy.
Credit usu.edu

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued new rules designed to reduce pollution at the Navajo Generating Station near Page. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the regulations are an attempt to enforce the federal Clean Air Act.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:24 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Crews Manage Three Fires on the Kaibab National Forest Ahead of Drier Weather

The Sitgreaves Fire burning near Parks on Wed, July 16.
Credit Kaibab National Forest

Managers on the Kaibab National Forest have been taking advantage of wetter conditions by allowing multiple wildfires to burn. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, with drier weather on the way, crews are preparing for more unpredictable fire activity.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:01 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Post-Wildfire Bacteria Levels in Oak Creek Heightened After Monsoon Flooding

A badly scorched area just above Oak Creek north of Slide Rock State Park.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Officials in Coconino County are advising the public not to drink from or swim in Oak Creek. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, recent water contamination is yet another consequence of the Slide Fire.

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

Rebuild of Collapsed Section of 89A to Wrap Up Before Summer 2015

Crew members examine the collapsed section of U.S. 89A south of Page soon after the February 2013 landslide.
Credit ADOT

Construction is set to begin on a section of U.S. 89A south of Page that collapsed last year during a landslide. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials say the roadway will reopen by next year’s summer travel season.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:22 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Gunshots, Whistles and Cellphones: Age-Old Challenges in Emergency Communication

The Slide Fire started in Oak Creek Canyon and quickly spread north toward Flagstaff. This photo was taken on the second day of the fire when it was still only a couple hundred acres in size.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Slide Fire burned more than 21,000 acres in Oak Creek Canyon and forced hundreds of people to evacuate. For more than a week in May, the fire even threatened Flagstaff, the most populous city in northern Arizona. So the folks at Arizona Public Radio wondered, “What is the city’s emergency plan, and how has it changed from its early pioneer days?”

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

With Rain on the Way, Oak Creek Canyon Forest Land to Close Thursday

A severely burned area in Oak Creek Canyon as a result of the Slide Fire, just north of Slide Rock State Park.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Recently, Coconino National Forest officials announced that all forest lands in Oak Creek Canyon will close due to high flooding danger. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, with rain predicted later in the week, the start date of the closure has been moved up.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Aggressive Treatments Underway for Slide Fire Burn Areas

A helicopter drops straw mulch on a severely burned area north of Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

This week, the Coconino National Forest began an aggressive treatment of Oak Creek Canyon’s most severely burned areas from the Slide Fire. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, one part of that process is so-called heli-mulching.

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