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.

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.

01/09/06 – 2/15:32 Bring up forklift sound

On the shores of Lake Havasu at Partner's Point, two men work under the winter sun, loading an Army-green forklift with Christmas trees. It's an odd sight in a desert landscape virtually devoid of trees. It's also unusual because the trees are being loaded onto, of all things, a boat.

More forklift sound. Fade under sound bite.

Flagstaff, AZ – "Wow man this is so cool!"

NAU special collections librarian Richard Quartaroli shows the class several Powell related primary documents and maps.

Kykotsmovi, AZ – To Vernon Maseyesva, this coming New Year's Day is like another holiday for Hopi people.

AX: This is Independence Day. Independence Day. We cut the umbilical cord to the company store, that has bought out our soul.

Coconino County Sheriff's Office

Flagstaff, AZ – William Rogers was found unresponsive early Thursday morning in his cell at the Coconino County Detention Center. He was pronounced dead a short time later by the county medical examiner, who also determined the cause of death was from asphyxiation, or suffication by a plastic bag. Charlie Wong is a lieutenant at the detention facility. Wong said Rogers, who had been held at the jail since December 7, was not considered a suicide risk.

photo courtesy Brian Cass

Escalante River, Utah – When I first inquired about running the Escalante River, I was sent a small booklet put out by the Bureau of Land Management titled Floating the Escalante River: Or Pushing, Pulling, Towing, and Portaging Your Boat Down the Escalante River.