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, 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.

Flagstaff, AZ – Northern Arizona is a photographer's Eden. But as commentator Scott Thybony tells us, what goes on behind the lens is often just as interesting.

Commentator Scott Thybony is a writer based in Flagstaff. This commentary was funded with a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.

Colorado City, AZ – The streets of Colorado City, Arizona, are lined with especially large two- and three-story houses. But even the giant homes are dwarfed by the snow speckled cliffs of Zion National Park.

WYLER: That's the ugly side of Zions and that's pretty (laughter). So it's a beautiful place around here.

Colorado City, AZ – The streets of Colorado City are lined with especially large two- and three-story houses. But even the giant homes are dwarfed by the snow speckled cliffs of Zion National Park.

WYLER: That's the ugly side of Zions and that's pretty (laughter). So it's a beautiful place around here.

Isaac Wyler is accustomed to the view. He has lived here all of his life. Sitting in a park in the middle of town Wyler says the children with the disorder are virtually helpless. (Park amby under next graf)

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