The University of New Mexico, along with the federal and Navajo government have launched a health study 30 years after uranium mines were shut down on the Navajo Nation. Researchers plan to determine whether ongoing exposure to contaminated sites may be affecting pregnant women and children.
Across the Southwest more and more bears have shown up in people’s kitchens, garages and flower beds. Wildlife officials in Colorado say in that state alone they had to euthanize 133 “problem bears” last year. And in Arizona at least a dozen bears have been euthanized, and scores of sightings have many people rattled.
A controversial study that questions decades of forest ecology research has made headlines across the country. The study -- published earlier this year -- raised eyebrows especially in the west where forest managers have been trying to prevent severe wildfires for decades.
Flagstaff kids used to call it "Dropout High". Its real name is Ponderosa High and it's where at-risk kids are given one last chance to graduate. From the Changing America Desk in Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports.
Jonathan Bronston would probably make a good linebacker. He's big...and intimidating. He's got a long rap sheet: drugs, gangbanging, grand theft auto. That's the one that landed him in jail. But at 20, this young Navajo man says he's changed. After seven years in the Crops gang, he quit this year.