Shelley Smithson

Freelance Reporter

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Documentary on PBS highlights pioneering research by NAU ecology team

NAU biology professor Tom Whitham describes cottonwood cuttings in the greenhouse at Northern Arizona University.
Shelley Smithson

A documentary airing on public television stations around the country this month will feature a team of researchers from Northern Arizona University.

Their pioneering work is changing the way scientists understand relationships in nature. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

More parents reject vaccines in Coconino County as kids head back to school

Moran Henn picks tomatoes with her 5-year-old daughter. Henn chose not to vaccinate her children against chickenpox, whooping cough and hepatitis.
Shelley Smithson

With school starting this month, nurses in Flagstaff have been busy giving students their shots.  But a growing number of parents in Coconino County are opting not to immunize their children.   Public-health officials fear this could mean the resurgence of diseases that were disappearing.  

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Study raises questions about Arizona immigration law and public health

By Stethoscopes

Arizona’s controversial immigration law could go into effect soon now that the Supreme Court has upheld parts of Senate Bill 1070.

And that has many undocumented immigrants in Northern Arizona feeling anxious.

But some health-care providers in Flagstaff are also worried.

They’re concerned the law could keep immigrants away from the doctor’s office and jeopardize public health.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Grand Canyon airport expansion could increase jet service, but area businesses wary

The terminal at the Grand Canyon National Park Airport is 13,000 square feet and was opened in 1967.
Shelley Smithson

The Arizona Department of Transportation  wants to see more business at the Grand Canyon National Park Airport.  

They’re planning a multi-million dollar expansion that includes a new, larger terminal that will be able to handle commercial jets.

And that expansion has some business owners in other parts of Arizona worried that Grand Canyon tourists – and their money – will fly right over the rest of Northern Arizona.

Arizona Public Radio’s Shelley Smithson has the story…

Helicopters take off all day, every day at the Grand Canyon airport.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:01 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

NAU reports case of suspected TB

Doctors are treating a Northern Arizona University student for a suspected case of tuberculosis.

Ten other students who were in close contact with the student are also being tested for TB.

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that usually attacks the lungs.

The university health center says the student was enrolled in a summer intensive English language program that is offered to international students.  

TB is not spread by touch or by kissing or sharing eating utensils.

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:58 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Lowell Observatory leaders describe risky journey in building new Discovery Channel Telescope

Leaders of Lowell Observatory recalled the risk involved in building the new Discovery Channel Telescope at a gala Saturday.
Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory celebrated the completion of a risky journey Saturday with a special guest, Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

Lowell Observatory board member John Giovale quoted Neil Armstrong as he described why the observatory sought to build a $53 million state-of-the-art telescope.

“After a Nobel laureate in physics advised John F. Kennedy that we shouldn’t go to the moon, Neil is quoted as saying, ‘there can be no great accomplishment without risk.’”

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:34 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Neil Armstrong helps Lowell celebrate new Discovery Channel Telescope

Neil Armstrong shared memories of landing on the moon at a gala for Lowell Observatory's new Discovery Channel Telescope Saturday in Flagstaff.
Chris Strobel, NAU-TV

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, capped Lowell Observatory’s celebration of its newest telescope Saturday in Flagstaff.

Most Americans old enough to remember can tell you where they were and what they were doing the moment Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

At a gala for Lowell Observatory Saturday, guests were once again transfixed as they heard the American legend recap his harrowing lunar expedition 43 years ago.    

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Lowell commemorates new telescope with Neil Armstrong at first-light gala

On July 21, 1969, NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon.
NASA photo

Lowell Observatory will commission its newest, largest and most advanced telescope Saturday.

And a special guest at the telescope’s gala celebration will be astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.

Lowell astronomers hope the new telescope will spark the scientific imaginations of a new generation, just as Armstrong’s moonwalk did 43 years ago.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:58 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Hopi Tribal Council says yes to water settlement, no to Kyl's bill

Hopi lawmakers narrowly endorsed a controversial water settlement today, the latest in a heated dispute over the future of the Little Colorado River.

Hopi Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa broke a tie in favor of the water agreement, which will settle Hopi and Navajo claims to the Little Colorado.

He says the settlement will manage the Navajo aquifer, the Hopis current source of water.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Hopi lawmakers to vote on water settlement -- again

Another contentious meeting over water is planned on the Hopi Reservation Thursday.

The Little Colorado River settlement was supposed to settle claims by the Hopi and Navajo over the muddy tributary that both tribes historically used. 

Instead it has caused a schism on both reservations that is near a boiling point.

Part of the opposition is because Arizona’s U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl introduced the water settlement in the Senate before lawmakers in either tribe had presented it to their people or voted on it.

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