KNAU and Arizona News

KNAU and Arizona News
4:02 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Brain Food: Souvenir Research...Why Do We Buy Them?

Arizona souvenirs.
Credit Musings by Maravin

Travelers love souvenirs, and now research being done at Northern Arizona University proves that.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

An Update On The Monsoon Season With KNAU Meteorlogist Lee Born

A monsoon storm opens up over the red rocks of Sedona.
Credit Al Comello/The Sedona Eye

KNAU's Morning Edition host Aaron Granillo talks monsoon activity with meteorlogist Lee Born.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:13 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Navajos Born At Home Find It Hard To Get Delayed Birth Certificates

Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler offers help to Navajos applying for delayed birth certificates 2 days a month. On those days, a line usually forms outside before her office on the Navajo Nation opens. And the waiting room is always crowded.
Credit Cindy Carpien/NPR

Most Americans born in this country have a birth certificate issued from a hospital. But, for a lot of Navajos born in remote areas of the Navajo Nation before the 1970's, it was common to be born at home. So, getting a birth certificate later - otherwise known as a "delayed birth certificate" - can be very difficult. That's especially true in Arizona because of its strict regulations.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:52 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Coconino National Forest Managing Four Lightning-Caused Wildfires

Coconino National Forest officials are actively managing four lightning-caused fires. All are burning at a low intensity on the forest floor. As on the Kaibab National Forest, these fires are being used to increase safety, reduce fuels and for vegetation and wildlife habitat restoration.

The 300-acre Willard Fire is burning south of Flagstaff between Oak Creek Canyon and I-17 near the Willard Springs Interchange. Smoke may be visible from Kachina Village, Mountainaire, Munds Park and Sedona.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:24 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Crews Manage Three Fires on the Kaibab National Forest Ahead of Drier Weather

The Sitgreaves Fire burning near Parks on Wed, July 16.
Credit Kaibab National Forest

Managers on the Kaibab National Forest have been taking advantage of wetter conditions by allowing multiple wildfires to burn. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, with drier weather on the way, crews are preparing for more unpredictable fire activity.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:01 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Post-Wildfire Bacteria Levels in Oak Creek Heightened After Monsoon Flooding

A badly scorched area just above Oak Creek north of Slide Rock State Park.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Officials in Coconino County are advising the public not to drink from or swim in Oak Creek. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, recent water contamination is yet another consequence of the Slide Fire.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Brain Food: The Active Seismic Zone of Northern Arizona

Northern Arizona University professor Dave Brumbaugh is the director of the Arizona Earthquake Information Center.
Credit Bonnie Stevens

Earthquakes can’t be predicted, but Professor Dave Brumbaugh says Northern Arizona can expect seismic activity simply because there are a number of faults here. Brumbaugh is the director of the Arizona Earthquake Information Center on the Northern Arizona University Campus. He says the Earth’s crust in the region is expanding.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:59 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Defeated Texas State Senator Aiding Gov. Brewer’s PAC

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

A Texas state senator defeated in his bid for reelection earlier this year is now helping Gov. Jan Brewer elect candidates she likes to Congress. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Rebuild of Collapsed Section of 89A to Wrap Up Before Summer 2015

Crew members examine the collapsed section of U.S. 89A south of Page soon after the February 2013 landslide.
Credit ADOT

Construction is set to begin on a section of U.S. 89A south of Page that collapsed last year during a landslide. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials say the roadway will reopen by next year’s summer travel season.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Brain Food: Understanding the Land’s Role in a Changing Climate

Much of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from human activities — like burning fossil fuel — is taken up as plant food. Northern Arizona University’s Debbie Huntzinger, a researcher of climate change models, says the land’s surface is currently storing more of the greenhouse gas than it’s giving off. 

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