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.

1/20/06 – As in a blue screen, when viewers in Prescott, Page, Cottonwood, the White Mountains and Winslow tune into channel 2 or channel 12. On the screen, instead of the Tonight Show or local news, Phoenix-based Cable One offers a simple printed message. Julie Laulis, vice president of operations for Cable One's southwest division, summarizes.

Flagstaff, AZ – The first real snow of the winter is falling outside the Flagstaff Family Food Center. A man who simply calls himself, Davis, hunkers in next to the building and smokes hand-rolled cigarettes down to his fingertips. Davis says he knows snow makes a lot of people happy, but to him and his friends, it only brings worry.

1/1:35 it's too cold now 1/ 4:28 I don't know where they're gonna be sleeping at now


George Winston demonstrates how he adapts the technique of two harmonica masters.

Flagstaff, AZ – George Winston is best-known for his piano playing prowess. But in this KNAU web exclusive, Winston speaks with Arizona Public Radio's Mitch Teich about how he adapts the harmonica techniques of two of his mentors to a unique George Winston style.

1/13/06 – Indian tribes and environmental groups announced this Thursday they will appeal the recent federal court decision to allow snowmaking at the Arizona Snowbowl ski area. They also hinted at a more local strategy to prevent snowmaking using reclaimed wastewater on the San Francisco Peaks, held sacred by many area tribes. Daniel Kraker reports from KNAU's Indian country news bureau.

Yuma, AZ – In cold winter months we often take the vast supply of fresh fruits and vegetables at the supermarket for granted. Much of that produce comes from an area just a few hours south. But the harvest of crops such as lettuce and broccoli is in jeopardy, in part because of new restrictions placed on immigration in the post 9-11 climate. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Druley reports that Congress is currently considering immigration reform that may - or may not - alleviate the situation.

Flagstaff, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano vowed Monday to be fiscally responsible with the budget surplus but to also cut taxes, get tough with border security and give both state employees and teachers a pay raise. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Druley reports.