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9:23 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Yarnell Lessons Slow To Emerge

P.J. Pickett teaches a wildfire basics class.
Credit Laurel Morales

For this story I assumed there were lessons to be learned from the Yarnell Hill Fire. But when I called Stephen Pyne, a fire historian at Arizona State University, he said, “for all of the sort of graphic and horrible qualities of the fire that made it so compelling to the general public, I don’t think it taught the fire community anything.”

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8:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Pipe Dreams Part 3: Indirectly Exporting U.S. Water Overseas

David Sharp and his brother grow 2,400 acres of alfalfa, wheat and cotton. He says alfalfa is a good rotation crop because it puts nitrogen back in the soil. There's also a big market for it in the U.S. and overseas.
Credit Photo by Laurel Morales

Federal officials are cutting off water to some California farms stuck in the worst drought on record. At the same time Arizona farmers are irrigating their fields with the diminishing Colorado River. They’re using the water to grow most of the country’s winter vegetables, and even shipping some crops to China. In the final part of the series Pipe Dreams, a look at the controversy of indirectly exporting water overseas.

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10:49 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Pipe Dreams Part 2: The Future of Recycled Drinking Water

The treated water is disinfected under ultra-violet light bulbs in the final phase of reclamation.
Credit Laurel Morales

Most people are squeamish about the notion of consuming recycled wastewater. But experts say we might have to get used to the idea, given our current drought and the growing population in the Southwest. How does that water get clean enough to drink?

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9:02 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Pipe Dreams Part 1: Water Czar Leaves Big Legacy and Lessons for Dry Southwest

Pat Mulroy is retiring after 25 years of changing people's perceptions about water in the Southwest.
Credit Photo by Laurel Morales

California is coping with the worst drought in recorded history. California’s governor has asked state residents to cut back water use by 20 percent. The rest of the Southwest is also experiencing extreme to severe drought. In the first part of a water series we’re calling Pipe Dreams, Laurel Morales of our Changing America Desk went to Las Vegas to talk to a woman who has redefined water management in the west — outgoing water czar Pat Mulroy.

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10:42 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Impact of the Long Walk Still Felt 150 Years Later

Shonto Begay's large mural commemorating the Long Walk hangs in Ft. Sumner, N.M.
Credit Courtesy of The Bosque Redondo Memorial and Shonto Begay

It’s been 150 years since the U.S. Army forced the Navajo and Mescalero Apache to walk 400 miles to a prison camp in eastern New Mexico in an attempt to wipe out their culture.

“Just to walk the grounds a lump in your throat like something bursting forth and I felt all the anguish of the ancestors,” says artist Shonto Begay.

The impacts of the Long Walk are still felt today.

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