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9:55 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Rosie the Rescuer: 911 Dispatcher Saves Pilot's Life

On Nov. 15, 2011 Jeff Boatman's helicopter crashed near Valle, Ariz.
Photo Courtesy of Coconino County Sheriff's Office

Jeff Boatman has been flying helicopters for 40 years. For the past several years,  his route has been taking him into the Grand Canyon, delivering supplies to the Havasupai Tribe.  One morning last November, his transmission froze. He steered the helicopter away from power lines. And as he approached the ground the blades suddenly stopped turning and the helicopter crashed to the ground, trapping Boatman inside. He found his cell phone and dialed 9-1-1. Rosie Rodriquez answered the call.

"Flagstaff 911."

" I’m in a helicopter crash."

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5:00 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

In Contraception Clash, Catholic Latinas Stray From Doctrine

As the Saint Jude Catholic Church's sanctuary reverberated with the tunes of a Spanish language band shortly before mass on Sunday evening, Amparo Gonzalez, 56, sat in a nearby pew, thumbing through this week’s church bulletin.

There, stamped on page two in English and Spanish, was a stern letter from San Diego’s bishop, Robert Brom, calling President Obama's recent rule requiring that religious institutions' health plans cover contraception unjust. He said it violated the collective Catholic conscience.

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8:54 am
Wed February 15, 2012

A Spark of Mormon Dissent in Romney Country

Karen Johnson is a Ron Paul supporter from Linden, Ariz.
Peter O'Dowd

Mitt Romney campaigned in Arizona this week ahead of the state’s Feb. 28 Republican presidential primary. Polls show Romney way ahead in Arizona.

That’s in part because of the state’s large Mormon population.

But there is dissent in a place you might not expect.

In Arizona's White Mountains, an isolated spot between two Indian reservations, Mormon pioneer roots run more than a century deep.

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9:06 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Navajo Struggle With Stigma Of AIDS

Kevan Scott, 22, learned he was HIV-positive two years ago. He moved to Mesa, Ariz. from Page, Ariz. soon after the diagnosis.
Laurel Morales

For people of the Navajo Nation, AIDS has long been thought of as a white man’s disease; an illness that struck others, off of the reservation.

But over the last decade, the number of new HIV infections among Navajos has doubled. And something else that’s new: AIDS is now very much on the reservation itself, which means Navajos are infecting Navajos.

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2:14 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Childhood Obesity Series

PART ONE: In the United States, one out of every three children is overweight. At one Flagstaff school, almost half of the children are considered overweight or obese. For the first time in many generations today's children will have shorter life spans than their parents because they're prone to high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. In the first part of the Changing America Desk childhood obesity series, Laurel Morales looks at the link between culture and obesity.

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2:11 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Childhood Obesity Series

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1:31 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Snow Making Causes Culture Clash

When there’s snow in northern Arizona, people from around the region flock to Flagstaff for a winter wonderland in the middle of the desert. But in the desert, that snow is unpredictable.  And that’s been an ongoing problem for the local ski resort, the Arizona Snowbowl -- until now.

After years of planning and fighting in the courts, the ski resort is finally laying the pipelines to make snow out of reclaimed waste water. But local Native American tribes still bitterly oppose the project, as they believe the mountains are sacred.

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1:31 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Snow Making Causes Culture Clash

When there’s snow in northern Arizona, people from around the region flock to Flagstaff for a winter wonderland in the middle of the desert. But in the desert, that snow is unpredictable.  And that’s been an ongoing problem for the local ski resort, the Arizona Snowbowl -- until now.

After years of planning and fighting in the courts, the ski resort is finally laying the pipelines to make snow out of reclaimed waste water. But local Native American tribes still bitterly oppose the project, as they believe the mountains are sacred.

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1:10 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Blind Youth See the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is perhaps the most visually stunning place on the planet. But does it feel the same if you can’t see? A group of blind teenagers are on a two-week trek and rafting adventure at the bottom.

Near the edge of the Grand Canyon Esha Mehta listens to distant thunder and feels cool rain fall on her face.

“My vision of nature comes from the sounds, then I make up what I imagine it to look like,” Mehta says.

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8:49 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Nation Recognizes Nuclear Test Downwinders

Today is the first National Downwinders Day. They are the folks in Western states who were affected by radiation exposure from nuclear test sites in Nevada. Last year, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to honor downwinders with a special day of recognition.

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