A sun-gazer views today's Venus transit through the Naval Observatory's historic Clark telescope. The instrument is the oldest telescope west of the Mississippi to have observed this the Venus transit over a century ago.
The scene today at the US Naval Observatory in Flagstaff as the planet Venus appears to move across the disc of the sun. Among the dozen or so telescopes set up by amateur astronomers to view the event was the Naval Observatory's 19th century vintage Clark telescope (foreground). This same instrument was used to view earlier Venus Transits in 1874 and 1882 when it helped define the actual distance the Earth is from the Sun.
The sound of school buses is familiar during the school year.
But residents of Chino Valley now hear those sounds only four days a week.
Jon Scholl, with the Chino Valley Unified School District, says cutting back on bus service saved the district money.
“We go to school Monday through Thursday," Scholl said. "It did not decrease the minimum number of minutes that we still need. Whether you’re on a five-day week or a four-day week, it’s the same. Our students just go to school a little bit longer to make up for that fifth day.”
Downtown Flagstaff businesses are divided over the street closures accompanying the Dew Downtown Urban Skiing and Snowboarding Festival this weekend. While the city and some businesses say the event will give downtown a much-needed economic boost during its slowest economic month, other property owners say closing a vital street hurts their businesses in a variety of ways.
The festival will close N. San Francisco Street between Birch and Dale Avenues so that snow can be trucked in for participants to use.