Forest manager across the southwest are in the midst of a week-long campaign, preparing people for wildfire season. “Southwest Wildfire Awareness” runs from Sunday, March 29th through Sunday, April 5th. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo spoke with the deputy fire staff officer on the Kaibab National Forest, Holly Kleindienst, about the campaign.
With warming spring temperatures and dry conditions, wildfire danger in northern Arizona is increasing. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, forest managers are gearing up for what could be an active year for firefighters.
The U.S. Forest Service says it's picking up the pace on developing a new fire shelter after the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona where officials say flames and heat went beyond the current shelter's protective capabilities.
All month long, doctors across the country have been urging their patients over the age of 50 to get tested for colorectal cancer. March is not only colon cancer awareness month; it’s also part of the “80-percent by 2018 initiative.” It’s a movement aimed at getting 80-percent of the population screened for colorectal cancer in the next three-years. Flagstaff Dr. Peter Mathern with Arizona Oncology and Dr. Rodney Engel with Northern Arizona Gastroenterologist joined Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo to talk about the initiative.
Christopher Mann's laboratory at Northern Arizona University is strewn with bullet cartridges. He's an optical research scientist working on an invention to help detectives solve gun-related crimes more quickly, accurately and affordably. In his ballistics forensics lab, Mann is testing his 3-D imager - a camera system that uses light waves to record microscopic details found in shell casings.
Next month, a logging project will resume on the Coconino National Forest south of Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s is designed to decrease fire danger in an area adjacent to neighborhoods outside the city.
It’s probably safe to assume that when it comes to music, most elementary school kids are more familiar with Bieber than Beethoven. But, an education program run by Carnegie Hall aims to change that. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Link Up not only teaches kids about orchestral music, it gets them out of the classroom and performing with their local symphonies.
A coalition of environmental groups is threatening to sue the federal government over protections for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.
The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals warned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of their intent to sue Tuesday.
It would mark just the latest legal challenge over changes to the wolf reintroduction program that were announced in January. Under the changes, wolves will be able to roam a greater expanse of Arizona and New Mexico and will be released at more sites.