KNAU and Arizona News
4:06 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Compromises Clear the Way for Council Passage of Regional Plan

Credit Northern Arizona University

Last night, the Flagstaff City Council unanimously voted to send its Regional Plan to voters. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the plan contained some last-minute compromises.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:22 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

New State Law Raises Math Bar


Beginning this year, high school seniors in Arizona will have to clear another hurdle before winning their diplomas.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:38 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Despite Heavier Monsoons, Flagstaff's Water Supply is Still Low.

Monsoon Clouds in Arizona

Despite a wet monsoon season, Flagstaff is still in a drought.

The low water level has the city water department waiting for next spring.

Brad Hill, Director of Utilities for the City of Flagstaff reports that Upper Lake Mary is currently at 23% of its full capacity.

Hill says the 5-year-average at this time of year is 49%.

Lake Mary supplies about half of Flagstaff’s water supply, the other half coming from aquifers.

Hill says the lake isn’t filling because the forests soak up the water.  

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:43 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Flagstaff Turns on Huge Solar Array

Solar Array at the Wildcat Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant in Flagstaff, AZ
McKenzie Jones

Flagstaff officials fired up a new solar panel installation on Tuesday.

The city has installed 2,000 solar panels spanning 4.3 acres, and has plans for more.

A celebratory crowd gathered to flip the switch on a new solar installation.

The array,  out at the Wildcat Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant will provide 21% of the facility’s needs.

The city is working with an energy developer to offset the high energy costs of running the plant.

This is the first of three planned installations.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:26 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Flagstaff Snow Park Sent Back to the Drawing Board

Developers have proposed setting up a sledding and tubing area on the south side of McMillan Mesa.

But on Tuesday, the Flagstaff city council voted to postpone a decision on leasing the land to the developers.

Cries of “Read it! Read it” from members of the public who gathered at City Hall have sent the Flagstaff City Council back to the books.

Their summer reading?

A proposal that would lease city property to developers of a SnoPark.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:48 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Transit Watchers Flock to the US Naval Observatory

Brian Sanders KNAU

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.

KNAU and Arizona News
10:01 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Loss of Students in N. AZ Public Schools May be Slowing

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.”

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:53 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Dew Downtown Divides Downtown Merchants

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.

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