KNAU and Arizona News

KNAU and Arizona News
12:49 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Winter Storms Dramatically Increase Flagstaff’s Water Supply

Lake Mary in warmer months. The reservoir is one of Flagstaff's main water sources and is now more than half full after the recent winter storms.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

After the recent snowstorms, water levels have nearly doubled in Lake Mary, one of Flagstaff’s primary water sources. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the reservoir is now nearly 60 percent full.

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5:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Copper Mine Protest on Tonto NF Now in Fourth Week

Vernelda Grant, director of the San Carlos Apache Tribe's Historical Preservation and Archaeology Department, at Oak Fat Campground, the site of a proposed copper mine. The tribe says the project would decimate an area considered sacred by the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

A protest east of Phoenix is in its fourth week as a group of Native Americans has gathered in opposition to a proposed copper mine. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the area of the Tonto National Forest is a burial ground and considered sacred by several tribes throughout the state.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:53 am
Fri February 27, 2015

NAU Professor Examines What Sovereignty Means To Native Nations

Dr. Michael Lerma is an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University. He’s just released his first book, “Indigenous Sovereignty in the 21st Century: Knowledge for the Indigenous Spring.” It examines what sovereignty means to indigenous nations. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo recently sat down with Dr. Lerma to discuss the book.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:31 am
Fri February 27, 2015

County Hosts Job Fair for Walgreens Employees

Job Fair at Little America Hotel.
Credit Justin Regan

This week, over a hundred workers at the Walgreens distribution center in Flagstaff were laid off. The retail chain had announced they were closing their center last July. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Coconino County is trying to find new employment for the workers affected, which involved a job fair.

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9:13 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Brain Food: New Horizon To Study Dwarf Planets In Kuiper Belt

KNAU's Bonnie Stevens interviews planetary scientist Alan Stern at a lecture in Flagstaff. Stern is heading up the New Horizons mission to study Pluto.
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

Eighty-five years ago, almost to the day, astronomers at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff discovered Pluto. It was considered the 9th planet from the sun. But, several decades later, it was demoted to dwarf planet status. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist heading up the New Horizons mission to study its surface. At a recent lecture in Flagstaff he said there are hundreds of dwarf planets in the Kuiper Belt where Pluto lives.

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2:42 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Bill Legalizing Sawed-Off Shotguns, Silencers Headed to State Senate

Lake Havasu City Republican senator Kelli Ward is pushing for the legalization of sawed-off shotguns, silencers and nunchucks as part of an amendment to a bill she authored.
Credit CBS 5 News

Four firearms-related bills have received initial approval this week from the Arizona state legislature. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, one of those bills would legalize some weapons and accessories currently outlawed.

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2:24 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Court Orders Ex-Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi to Prison Friday

A court ordered former Arizona congressman Rick Renzi (left) to report to prison Friday after rejecting his appeal in a federal corruption and money laundering case.
Credit AP file photo

Former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi has been ordered to begin serving a three-year prison sentence for corruption and several other charges. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the Republican waged a six-year court battle since his indictment in an attempt to stay out of prison.

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11:05 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Federal Funds to Benefit Forest Health in the Prescott Basin

Credit azfoo.net

Three-quarters of a million dollars will be spent to thin more than 2,300 acres of forest land near Prescott. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, in recent years the wooded areas surrounding the city have become especially fire-prone. 

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5:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

AZ Restaurants Challenged to use Girl Scout Cookies

Do-si-do peanut butter gooey cake at Lumberyard Brewery
Credit Justin Regan

It’s Girl Scout cookie season, and for the second year in a row, restaurants all over the state are participating in a dessert challenge incorporating the iconic treats. Chefs are re-imaging ways to use Do-si-dos, Samoas and Thin Mints to help benefit a scout camp in Phoenix. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, two Flagstaff restaurants are tossing their recipes in to the ring this year. 

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8:38 am
Fri February 20, 2015

The Reinvention Of Collegiate A cappella

The NAU Highlanders A cappella group
Credit NAU Highlanders

The hit movie "Pitch Perfect" and the soon-to-be-released sequel "Pitch Perfect 2" are helping revive the popularity of A cappella music. The setting for the films is the International Championship of Collegiate A cappella, or ICCA. It's a real event, happening this weekend in Tempe. And this year, all 3 A cappella groups at Northern Arizona University qualified for the first round of competition. Though collegiate A cappella went out of fashion for a few decades, Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, it's reinvented itself to emerge as a creative mish-mash of musical styles.

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