Earth Notes

The Colorado Plateau is one of North America’s human and environmental treasures. Ancient cultures have called this land of sun-baked deserts and lush mountain landscapes home for centuries. Earth Notes, KNAU’s weekly environmental series, explores the Plateau by telling stories of the intricate relationships between environmental issues and our daily lives.

Rooted in science and wrapped in human interest, the two minute long segments encourage listeners to think of themselves as part of the solution to environmental problems. Upbeat and informative, the program tries to foster hope and dampen despair about the environment, and motivate listeners to become more conscious and informed stewards of the Colorado Plateau.

Phoenix, AZ – Current law generally requires the state to consider
only the best interests of the child. This measure
would spell out in statute that, everything else being
equal, couples should get first crack. Sen. Robert
Blendu said that makes sense.

(I think that a loving mother and a loving father is
the optimal for an adopted child and a natural child. I
don't think there's a replacement for that. And I think
every study and every fact points that out.)

Flagstaff, AZ – Inside soundproof booths across the country, friends and loved ones are interviewing each other about their lives. The booths belong to StoryCorps, a project that collects the stories of everyday people in order to create an oral history of America. Here, KNAU employee Jim Anderson interviews his 19-year-old daughter Whitney in Flagstaff. Jim is a single parent and primary caregiver. His daughter has recently left home and moved to Phoenix.

Prescott, AZ – SAND TABLE: Engine 6-4 to engine 3-1? Engine 6-4 to 3-1 go ahead. Have you been in contact with IC? Negative

The Arizona Wildfire Academy's tactical decision classroom may sound like adult firefighters handling a real fire. But it looks like a child's game. Instructor Curtis Heaton says it is a game developed by the military to prepare for real life emergencies.

Flagstaff, AZ – At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. A StoryCorps mobile booth is parked at Flagstaff's Wheeler Park through April 2nd. Here, Karen Washabau (Wash-a-baw) of Flagstaff speaks with her husband Dave about her late aunt Mary Elizabeth Ford, who she called simply MEF. Many of Karen's most precious memories are captured in hundreds of letters she exchanged with her aunt.

Phoenix, AZ – On Tuesday the House voted to spend $50 million to buy
or lease a ground radar system. That vote on the
Republican proposal came over the objections of several
Democrats who said it is wrong to use state tax dollars
on something that should be a federal responsibility.
But Napolitano said Wednesday she sees the issue from a
somewhat different perspective.

Phoenix, AZ – A similar measure adopted in 1988 was declared
unconstitutional because it prevented public officials
and employees from communicating with customers and
constituents. This proposal gets around that by
spelling out that unofficial communications can be
conducted in any language as long as all official
actions are in English. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema said the
move ignores the changes occurring in the state.

Flagstaff, AZ – Nelson Hochberg of Flagstaff tells his daughter, Monite Vergel de Dios, about lessons she taught him, and his father, as a young girl.