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9:40 pm
Mon July 17, 2006

Dems for Education Super

Phoenix, AZ – In fact, Slade Mead and Jason Williams found a lot of
common ground. For example, both oppose the use of the
AIMS test as a graduation requirement -- something
pushed by incumbent Republican Tom Horne to ensure a
diploma means students have learned what they were
supposed to learn. Mead called the whole thing a
charade.

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3:29 am
Mon July 17, 2006

Hot Zone

Flagstaff, AZ – Some of us have to learn hard lessons the hard way. Take the heat. I was warned it gets hot enough in the desert to fry an egg on the sidewalk. I'm not sure about sidewalks, but I did manage to fry one on the hood of a car. During canyon hikes I've seen creeks dry up in the heat of the day, only to run again at night. I've watched ravens pant and lizards sprint across hot sand on their hind legs.

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11:36 pm
Sun July 16, 2006

Oak Creek Canyon prepares for landslide

The Brins Fire

Sedona, AZ – The Burned Area Emergency Response or BAER Team has developed a plan to help alleviate a potential catastrophic landslide.

BAER hydrologist Jack Norman stands near the Encinoso picnic area in Oak Creek Canyon.

He says his team is planting native grass seeds to hold the soil in place.

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Earth Notes
5:04 am
Wed July 12, 2006

Gay Marriage Ban Lawsuit

Phoenix, AZ – Attorney Chuck Blanchard said his client, Arizona
Together, has no problem with voters deciding whether
marriage should be constitutionally defined as being
between one man and one woman. But Blanchard said the
proposal also would bar civil unions as an alternative
to marriage, and would outlaw the benefits that some
cities and at least one county provide to the domestic
partners of their employees.

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3:37 am
Tue July 11, 2006

Jim Simmerman leaves mark

Flagstaff, AZ – Jim Simmerman will be remembered for many things - his passion, his love of stray dogs, music and beer, his teaching style.
But mostly Simmerman will be remembered for his poetry and the way he delivered it.

He gave this reading about two years ago at the University of Arizona.

SIMMERMAN: Huddled inside the birdhouse of the bottle meet me?

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9:31 pm
Mon July 10, 2006

Judge Removed from Indian Trust Case

Flagstaff, AZ – The federal judge overseeing the decade-long Indian trust fund lawsuit was removed from the case today. From KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau, Daniel Kraker reports.

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12:04 am
Fri July 7, 2006

Senator Kyl Visits Northern Arizona Forests

Flagstaff – SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, MIKE JOHANNS WALKED THROUGH THE FOREST WITH BLACK COWBOY BOOTS.

HE WORE A DENIM SHIRT EMBROIDERED WITH THE ICON OF FOREST FIRE PREVENTION: SMOKEY BEAR.

SOT: It is just so beautiful.

SENATOR JOHN KYL INVITED THE CABINET MEMBER TO SEE WHAT ARIZONA IS DOING TO AVOID CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES.

THEY TOURED THE GUS PEARSON NATURAL AREA.

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4:56 am
Sun July 2, 2006

Biodiesel comes to Flagstaff

Flagstaff – DAVID SPENCE PARKED HIS FUEL DELIVERY TRUCK IN DOWNTOWN FLAGSTAFF MONDAY MORNING.

SPENCE AND HIST PARTNER ARE TELLING PASSERSBY HOW THEY CAN START RUNNING THEIR CARS ON BIODIESEL.

THE FUEL IS MADE FROM CORN OR SOY BEAN OIL OR EVEN USED RESTAURANT GREASE.
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DS Put one of these tanks at your home and we'll keep it full of biodiesel

THE RED AND WHITE TRUCK SERVES AS THEIR MOBILE GAS STATION.

MOUNTAIN BIOFUEL CAN'T AFFORD A PERMANENT LOCATION, YET.

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3:44 am
Fri June 30, 2006

Looking Back at the Canyon Crash

The Grand Canyon

Tusayan, AZ – 50 years ago today, two airliners crashed over the Grand Canyon. One of the airplanes was flying to Chicago, the other to Kansas City --- All 128 people on board the planes were killed. At the time it was the worst commercial aviation disaster in history. And as Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports, it still has an impact on local pilots.

SFX1: sneak up background intercom ambi under track

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8:32 am
Fri June 23, 2006

Firefighters make progress battling Brins

Sedona, AZ – Air tankers dropped fire retardant over the north part of the blaze while hot shot crews used axes and shovels to build fire lines to keep it from burning any more of Oak Creek Canyon, its homes and tourist-driven businesses.

Firefighter Chris Ader takes a break from mopping up hot spots above the Slide Rock picnic area. His blue eyes appear especially bright on his ash darkened face.

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