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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Hualapai Mexican Vole May Lose Endangered Species Status

The Hualapai Mexican Vole.
Credit G. Andrejko, Arizona Game and Fish Department

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing the Hualapai Mexican Vole from the list of endangered species. Genetic evidence suggests their numbers are more widespread in Arizona than previously believed.

The Hualapai Mexican Vole was originally listed in 1987 as a subspecies confined mainly to the Hualapai Mountains in the northwestern corner of Arizona. Now researchers question whether that designation is correct.   

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:54 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Bill Gives Seasonal Workers A Chance For Full-Time Employment

Credit themash.com

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that paves the way for thousands of seasonal federal employees to be considered for full-time merit-based jobs. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, the measure applies to land management workers, including wildland firefighters.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:02 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Feds Installing $40M Replacement Of Glen Canyon Dam Turbines

Glen Canyon Dam just outside of Page, Arizona

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is wrapping up a project to replace the giant turbine runners that produce electricity at Glen Canyon Dam.

Rick Clayton works in the bureau's Upper Colorado Region power office. He says energy production from the dam near the Arizona-Utah border is expected to increase by 3 percent when the work is done this year.

The dam that holds back Lake Powell produces enough energy to power about 600,000 households annually.

The price tag for replacing the eight turbines is almost $40 million.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:19 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Dark Chocolate Is The New Brain Food

It's official: dark chocolate is good for us! That's according to the first-ever chocolate study to measure brain waves. It was conducted by Larry Stevens, a clinical psychologist and professor at Northern Arizona University.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:32 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

U.S. And Navajo Nation EPA Reach Historic Settlement Regarding Wastewater Pollution

NTUA's wastewater treatment plant in Window Rock
Credit Navajo Nation EPA

The U.S. and Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agencies have entered into an historic agreement aimed at reducing pollution at a tribal wastewater treatment facility. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, the settlement marks the first time a tribally-owned entity has paid a penalty for violating the Navajo Nation Clean Water Act.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:54 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Governor Ducey Calls For Probe Of Private Prison Unrest

Rioting inmates at the privately run prison in Kingman trashed housing units.
Credit AZ. Department of Corrections

  The governor of Arizona is calling for an investigation into unrest at a privately run state prison that left the facility heavily damaged and led to the transfer of more than 1,000 inmates.

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday also ordered prisons Director Charles Ryan to offer recommendations on how to prevent future problems.

Unrest at Arizona State Prison-Kingman began Wednesday in a minimum security unit.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Lowell Astronomers Study Pluto’s Atmosphere during Celestial Event

The Discovery Channel Telescope tracked Pluto's position to help SOFIA get into position for the occultation event.
Credit Lowell Observatory

A celestial event last week is helping astronomers from Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff study Pluto’s atmosphere. The ground-based data gives a clearer picture of the ninth classical planet.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Geology Complicates Search for Groundwater in Williams

The view from the Sweetwater drilling platform, looking toward Interstate 40 and the City of Williams.
Credit Melissa Sevigny

The City of Williams west of Flagstaff is in the process of drilling a new well. Like many places in the Southwest, it’s facing drought and rising demand. But there’s another reason water supply is a challenge in Williams.  A fluke of geology has forced the city to take the lead in the hunt for groundwater on the Colorado Plateau.    

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:15 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Forest Service Releases Details of Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project

About 5,700 acres in the Dry Lake Hills near Flagstaff will be thinned as part of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. Work will begin in 2016, but steep-slope treatments including helicopter and cable logging could begin as soon as 2017.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

After an environmental analysis and a public comment period, Coconino National Forest managers have outlined the details of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s designed to prevent the effects of wildfire and flooding from threatening the city’s water supply.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:36 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Prescott Fire Marshall: 'We Are Healing But Not Yet Healed'

Hundreds gathered below the stairs of an Arizona courthouse Tuesday to remember 19 wildland firefighters on the second anniversary of their deaths.

The Granite Mountain Hotshots has become a name that forever will be linked with the city of Prescott. Fire Marshal Don Devendorf told the crowd that the community is recovering and healing but not yet healed.

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