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.

Flagstaff – When most people think about the Civil War, they think about Gettysburg, Bull Run, Appomatox: battles that took place in the east. Few people realize the westernmost battle in the war took place in the stark deserts of what is now Arizona. Andrew Masich has written the first book-length account of the civil war in Arizona. He spoke to Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker.

Ph – Organizers of the march said they want a path to
citizenship for the estimated half-million people in
Arizona -- and more than 11 million nationwide -- who
are here illegally. But Lydia Guzman said there's
another goal.

(One of our sayings today is today we march, tomorrow
we vote. And we're hoping that we accomplished just
that -- registerd so many people to register to vote.)

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, Joe Day interviews his 69 year old Hopi friend Jerry Honawa (HON-awa), who grew up in Hotevilla on 3rd Mesa, but was sent away to high school in Utah.

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.

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