The Flagstaff Family Food Center served more than 80,000 free meals last year. Most of the food was donated by local restaurants. Feeding anyone who comes through the door has been the Center’s mission for the past 22 years. And they haven’t missed a day since the Center opened on Christmas Day, 1991.
A more recent goal is making sure that – of the tons of food that comes through the Center in a given year, none is wasted. Arizona Public Radio’s Terry Ward reports on this model for sustainability…
Some 400 firefighters are on the scene of the Yarnell Hill Fire burning about 30 miles southwest of Prescott. The blaze killed 19 firefighters on Sunday afternoon. It also has forced the evacuation of hundreds of people. An unknown number of homes have been lost. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales is in Prescott. She spoke live on All Things Considered with KNAU's Terry Ward...
The Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew is shown in this undated handout photo provided by the city of Prescott, Ariz. The elite team of 19 firemen were killed on Sunday in one of the deadliest U.S. firefighting disasters in decades.
Credit Arizona State Forestry Division
Firefighters are seen working on the Yarnell Hill fire, in this photograph from this weekend provided by the Arizona State Forestry Division. Officials say 19 firefighters died battling the blaze Sunday.
In what is being called the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least 30 years, an out-of-control blaze trapped and killed 19 firefighters Sunday in central Arizona. They had been forced to use temporary shelters in an attempt to survive.
All of those killed were part of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group based in Prescott, Ariz., that uses rigorous training to prepare for fighting wildfires. They are frequently deployed to the front lines of firefighting efforts against such blazes.
Arizona's First Things First program was created in 2006 after voters passed Proposition 203, a citizen's initiative to fund a quality early childhood development and health system that would prepare children for kindergarten. Rhian Evans Allvin helped draft that initiative and is executive director of First Things First. After nearly 20 years of working to improve early childhood education in Arizona, Evans Allvin is moving to Washington, D.C. to put the issue on the national agenda. She spoke with KNAU's Gillian Ferris about the move.
KNAU News/Talk in the Flagstaff area on 91.7 will be intermittently off the air today for transmitter work. The reason is to protect the safety of workers doing maintenance at the site. We do not know how much time they will take to complete their work. Thank you for your patience.
This weekend, Northern Arizona University will host an international conference on stabilizing indigenous languages. Language experts estimate that hundreds - if not thousands - of native languages have been lost worldwide over the last century, mainly due to the influence of outside cultures and ideologies. Jon Reyhner teaches bi-lingual multicultural education at NAU. He spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris about what it means to stabilize these languages.