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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.

KNAU and Arizona News
4:21 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Settlement Reached Between Arizona and Hotshot Families

The Granite Mountain Hotshots
Credit KPHO

A dozen families who lost members when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell have settled a suit they filed against the state of Arizona.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:31 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Justices Uphold Arizona's System For Redistricting

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission and rejected a constitutional challenge from Republican lawmakers.

The 5-4 outcome preserves efforts in 13 states to limit partisan influence in redistricting. Most notably, California uses an independent commission to draw electoral boundaries for its largest-in-the-nation congressional delegation.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:37 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Inventory of Native Pollinators Aids Climate Change Research

A pan trap at the mixed conifer site below the San Francisco Peaks.
Credit Melissa Sevigny

Honeybees have been in the news lately because they’re disappearing. They’re crucial to food production, but they’re not native to North America. Now some scientists are turning their attention to the importance and health of native pollinators. Researchers are using the elevation of the San Francisco Peaks to study how local insects might respond to a warming global climate.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:55 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Auction Date set, Name Picked For Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial

A flag flies at half mast at the location where the 19 firefighter lost their lives battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Credit David Wallace / The Arizona Republic

The state Land Department will auction the site where 19 firefighters died two years ago on the June 30 anniversary of their deaths.

The state Parks Department is hoping to be the winning bidder for the 320-acre site outside the small community of Yarnell.

Parks Director Sue Black said Thursday the site will become a memorial to 19 Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished battling a wildfire that was threatening Yarnell.

The Legislature appropriated $500,000 to buy the site last year.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:02 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Online Tool Reveals Environmentally Vulnerable Communities

Demographic data compiled by EJSCREEN shows northeastern Arizona as an area of concern.
Credit U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has created a new online tool that identifies communities facing environmental health risks. Parts of northern Arizona are among the nation’s most vulnerable regions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:39 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Affordable Care Act Ruling: Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies

Credit AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.

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