Holbrook, AZ – Most people agree the health care system is broken. The hot debate is over how to fix it. Two Arizona lawmakers attempted to answer that question at recent town halls in northern Arizona. The first took place in Flagstaff. People both inside and outside the event had strong opinions about the issue. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this story.
Flagstaff, AZ – Grand Canyon tour bus driver Dick Lott is taking a photo for a couple posed against the Mohave Point overlook. Beyond them, abrupt slopes and impossible cliffs descend almost a mile to an aquamarine ribbon that is the Colorado River.
Lott has been showing people the Canyon for four years. He says he has seen some drop in visitors.
"The whole park, the whole area, has been a little lower," Lott says. "Visitation's been a little lower, because of the economy I imagine."
Flagstaff, AZ – The first rays of sunrise burst over the red cliffs of Sedona, and Holly McGhee, of Carrollton, Georgia is on a hilltop, watching in awe.
"Oh my gosh," McGhee says. "That is unbelievable. Wow."
McGhee is travelling with her husband and her two sisters. They're staying a few days in Sedona before heading off to the Grand Canyon. There, the four of them will share one room for one night. In these lean times they are making do with less.
Flagstaff, AZ – The northern Arizona town of Prescott claims to be home to the world's oldest rodeo, founded 122 years ago. The event takes place over a week-long celebration known as Frontier Days. In a summer-long tourist season, it's Prescott's main event, drawing in almost 27,000 visitors over the week surrounding the Fourth of July.
This year, despite one of the worst economic slumps in decades, the attendance numbers were strong. A couple performances had standing room only.
Flagstaff, AZ – People started flocking to Flagstaff, Arizona in the 1890s when the small timber town began to provide stagecoach rides to the Grand Canyon. The trip required patience. The 70-mile ride took most of the day. Eventually a train to the canyon and the invention of the automobile made the trip a lot easier.
Flagstaff historian Richard Mangum says the first car trip was attempted in 1902.