KNAU and Arizona News

KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Congressional Reps Want Investigation into Possible Solar Leasing Deceptions

Workers installing solar panels on a Cave Creek home.
Credit Michael Schennum/The Republic

A bipartisan group of Arizona Congressional representatives is calling on two federal agencies to look into rooftop solar system leasing. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the representatives say the industry may be using deceptive marketing techniques.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:47 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Navajo Officials Purchase Ceremonial Masks from Paris Auction House

Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim outside the Drouot auction house in Paris before the sale of the seven Navajo masks. The tribe purchased the ceremonial items for about $7,600. The entire sale of hundreds of Native American items, including Hopi masks and figurines, netted about $1.12 million.
Credit AP Photo/Francois Mori

Officials from the Navajo Nation have purchased seven sacred masks from a Paris auction house. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the masks are from the early 1900s and are used for wintertime healing ceremonies by the tribe.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

A Final Tribute to Veteran Flagstaff Guitarist Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds performing at the Simple Farm in Scottsdale in February 2014.
Credit Jill Richards of Jill Richards Photography

Last month, the Flagstaff music community lost one of its most skilled and influential members to cancer. Steve Reynolds, 66, was a veteran guitarist, singer and songwriter who combined elements of folk, blues, jazz and rock to create a singular style. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Reynolds’ family and friends are paying tribute by putting the finishing touches on an unreleased album he left behind.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:37 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Brain Food: The Relationship Between Pine Forests In Greece And The Southwestern U.S.

A section of coastal black pine forest in Greece
Credit wikipedia.org

The black pine forests of the Mediterranean are ecologically similar to the ponderosa pine forests of the Southwest...right down to their susceptibility to massive forest fires.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:38 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Arizona Campaign Finance Law

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett
Credit AZ Capitol Times

A federal district court judge has struck down part of an Arizona campaign finance law. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, if the ruling stands, some political donors will not have to identify themselves for the time being.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Reps Kirkpatrick and Gosar Discuss Economy and Forest Health at Rural Roundtable

CD-4 Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and CD-1 Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick field audience questions at the rural roundtable in Flagstaff last week.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Fourth Congressional District Republican Representative Paul Gosar and Democratic First District Representative Ann Kirkpatrick last week hosted a public discussion about local rural issues. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, forest health and the economy topped the list of subjects.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

EPA’s Proposed Waterways Rule Draws Ire of Arizona’s Senators

The Environmental Protection Agency is revising the Clean Water Act to clarify which waters are protected. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, both of Arizona’s U.S. senators see the agency’s move as an expansion of federal environmental regulation that could harm the state’s economy.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

First Confirmed Flu Case for Coconino County

Credit National Geographic

Coconino County health officials have confirmed the first local case of the flu this season. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, they’re urging people to get vaccinated despite claims it’s not as effective as in past years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:12 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Brain Food: Turkey Safety For Everyone At - And Under - The Table

Millions of Americans are already in the kitchen this morning preparing Thanksgiving dinner. It's a big production that takes a lot of planning and timing to pull off gracefully. And if anything stands to mess things up, it's probably the turkey. From not being completely defrosted, to forgetting to remove the plastic pouch of giblets, mishandling the turkey can - not only delay dinner - it can also create health hazards. In this special holiday edition of KNAU's series Brain Food, Bonnie Stevens reports on the safest ways to serve Thanksgiving dinner to everyone at - and under - the table.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:15 am
Wed November 26, 2014

NFL Not The Only League Using The "R-Word"

The Red Mesa High School "Redskins" warm-up before their last game of the season.
Credit KNAU/Aaron Granillo

There's a growing controversy playing out in the National Football League surrounding one of the team's names. For more than 80 years, Washington's football team has been called the "Redskins", a term many feel is derogatory towards Native Americans. But for one tiny high school on the Navajo Nation, nearly everyone - from students to faculty - embraces the name. Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo reports.

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