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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project Awarded $25,000

The Dry Lake Hills near Flagstaff will receive some of the thinning treatments prescribed by the U.S. Forest Service.
Credit chollaball.net

The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project will be awarded $25,000 after receiving the most votes in an online contest held by a Washington D.C.-based conservation group.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:22 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Game and Fish Suing Over Mexican Grey Wolves

Credit KTAR

 The Arizona Game and Fish Department is suing the federal government to force it to develop an updated recovery plan for endangered Mexican grey wolves.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:49 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Kaibab Paiute Nation Named a Dark Sky Community

Homes on the Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation, with Thunder Mountain in the background.
Credit Kaibab Paiute Nation

Northern Arizona is now home to the world’s first "dark sky nation." As Arizona Public Radio’s Melissa Sevigny reports, the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians has been recognized for its efforts to preserve the night sky.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:05 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Simulated Floods Succeed in Restoring Colorado River Sandbars

A restored sandbar on the Colorado River.
Credit Mat Kaplinsky/Northern Arizona University

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey finds that a project to rebuild sandbars along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon appears to be a success. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials say simulated floods have been effective in redistributing sand.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:17 am
Mon June 8, 2015

No Election For Navajo Candidates With Ethics Violations

Navajo Nation president Russell Begaye

Candidates seeking office in a Navajo election won't be able to proceed if they have an outstanding ethics violation.

President Russell Begaye on Friday signed into law a resolution that prevents candidates with any outstanding ethics judgments, including orders of restitution, from running.

The measure won unanimous approval from the Navajo Nation Council last month.

According to the law, elected officials who are in violation can face disqualification from an election. Current tribal officials could be removed.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Heber Wild Horses: Legendary Or Problematic?

One of the Heber Wild Horses roams on the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, near Brooks Bank.
Credit Aaron Granillo/KNAU

Federal officials are in the process of deciding how to manage a population of horses running wild on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests near the White Mountains. Some cattle ranchers in the area say they’re overgrazing range land, and want them removed. Others say they could be descendants of mustangs brought here by Spanish conquistadors, and deserve extra federal protection. Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:56 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Sunset Crater Still 'Extinct,' Despite Internet Rumors

Sunset Crater Volcano, aerial news.
Credit National Park Service

Rumors of a steam plume coming from Sunset Crater near Flagstaff have been making a buzz on the Internet. But as Arizona Public Radio’s Melissa Sevigny reports, officials with the national monument say there’s no sign of geologic activity.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:19 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Brain Food: The Octocopter Helps Monitor Forest Health

NAU Remote Sensing Ecologist Teki Sankey with the Octocopter
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

An 8-armed drone that looks like a robotic black spider will soon be hovering over northern Arizona's ponderosa pine forests.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:12 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Navajo Election On Fluency Requirement To Be Held July 21

Former Navajo Nation presidential candidate Chris Deschene. He was disqualified from the race as a result of the tribe's language requirement.
Credit AP

A vote on whether Navajo Nation presidential candidates must speak the tribe’s language fluently has been set for next month. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, the issue arose after one of the candidates was disqualified last year.


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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Passive Solar Home Design Hindered by Mountain Views

Ron Hubert enjoys mountain views from his home near Baderville.
Credit Cindy Carpien/NPR

Chilly winters and sunny skies make Flagstaff an ideal place for passive solar construction. A house with the right orientation and south-facing windows can collect free energy from the sun—no solar panels required. But one thing stands in the way of Flagstaff becoming a model for passive solar home design: the beauty of a mountain.

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