Flagstaff, AZ – SFX: ATVs racing across Cinder Hills.
On a recent Saturday Cinder Hills, the designated ATV area just east of Flagstaff, is crawling with all types of off road vehicles. Dune buggies, quads and motor bikes, big and small, race across the rocky landscape in every direction. All of them loud and all of them fast. (spike tape of ATV) People drive from all over the region to ride up and down the foothills of the San Francisco Peaks.
The 9th circuit court of appeals has ruled to allow the use of treated wastewater to make artificial snow at the Arizona Snowbowl ski area. It's the latest decision in a see-saw legal battle over Native American religious freedoms on the San Francisco Peaks. From KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau, Daniel Kraker reports.
It was a humid August day when scientist Rafael Zon stood in the Coconino National Forest and said, Here we shall plant the tree of research. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Fort Valley Experimental Forest, which sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff. It was the first of its kind outdoor laboratory in the country. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales took a tour and has this report.
Camp Verde, AZ – Long-time Arizonan Darol Kubacz is on his way up Mt. Kilimanjaro. At nearly 20,000 feet, it's often referred to as the "Roof of Africa." Like many climbers, Kubacz is doing it, in part, just to see if he can. But if he does reach the summit, he'll set a unique world record. Darol Kubacz will become the first paraplegic climber to do so.Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports. You can read Darol Kubacz's blog and see photos of the expedition at www.fflfoundation.org.
Flagstaff, AZ – NAU President John Haeger explains that essentially a student who walks through the doors at CCC this fall will also be a student at NAU. The program is called CCC2NAU. It responds to calls from several state officials to double the number of bachelor's degrees awarded in the state by 2020.
Flagstaff, AZ – Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an air permit for the proposed Desert Rock Power Plant in northwest New Mexico on the Navajo Nation. From KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau, Daniel Kraker reports.
Johnny Peltier turns off his chainsaw to take a break. Dressed in fire retardant wool in the middle of the summer, sweat drips from his forehead. The work is hard but Peltier says it's better than making license plates and it makes him feel something he hasn't felt in a while - proud.