Air Force helicopters, search dogs and ground crews are looking for a 5-year-old boy who wandered off from a northern Arizona forest campsite while chasing grasshoppers.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said the search began late Thursday after relatives of Jerald Joseph Williams reported he’d been missing for about four hours. Friends and family members hadn’t been able to find him.
Musician Michael Franti has built a career on blending catchy tunes with socially conscious lyrics. He’s currently touring the world with his band Spearhead, and tonight they perform in Flagstaff. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius caught up with Franti by a scratchy phone connection while he waited for his plane to take off from the Calgary International Airport.
Canyon Lands National Park in southern Utah is a preserve for countless archaeological and cultural artifacts. It also sits atop highly sought after oil deposits. That dichotomy is the focus of a new documentary by Flagstaff filmmaker Justin Clifton. Our Canyon Lands explores the history and current challenges of land management near the park. Thursday night is the Flagstaff premiere of Clifton's film. He spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo about the documentary.
An Arizona state lawmaker says the U.S. Forest Service has agreed not to immediately remove and possibly auction up to 100 wild horses from the Tonto National Forest along the Salt River northeast of Phoenix.
KNAU will go off the air tonight (Wednesday) at 9 PM to allow electrical crews to make improvements to the service on NAU's South Campus. Our backup generator will also be off-line in order to tie it in to the new, larger-capacity power system. The outage will cause all the stations of Arizona Public Radio to go silent overnight, as well as our online streaming at knau.org. We plan to return to the air by 5 AM on Thursday morning in time for NPR's Morning Edition. Thanks for your patience!
The U.S. Forest Service now has a better view of wildfires from space, thanks to a new agreement with NASA.
The agreement gives wildland fire managers access to data from a satellite imaging system called VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite). In the daytime, VIIRS can theoretically detect a flaming fire just 50 square meters—about the size of a small house. At night, VIIRS can detect a fire five times smaller. That’s an improvement on current technology, called MODIS, which routinely detects wildfires about 1,000 square meters in size.
Some environmental and public-health groups are applauding President Obama’s Clean Power Plan designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from U-S power plants. But some Arizona politicians say it’ll have a negative economic impact on the state. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to ask the federal government to approve major changes to the state's Medicaid insurance plan designed to encourage recipients to better utilize services and possibly cut state costs.
The plan to be formally announced Monday applies to able-bodied adults who don't provide care for small children, about a quarter of the state's 1.7 million Medicaid recipients. They would be charged co-pays for some services and required to pay 2 percent of their income into a health savings account.