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KNAU and Arizona News
12:07 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Congress Moves to Block Proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument

The proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument would encompass 1.7 million acres surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.
Credit Jim Dougherty

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment to a bill that would limit the president’s ability to set aside federal lands for conservation. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move is aimed in part at preventing the possible designation of a Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:14 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Arizona GOP Lawmaker To Announce She'll Take On McCain

State Sen. Kelli Ward

  A Republican Arizona lawmaker who has been exploring a challenge to longtime U.S. Sen. John McCain is set to reveal her decision at a Lake Havasu City news conference.

State Sen. Kelli Ward announced in April she was considering taking on the five-term incumbent in next year's Republican primary. She's scheduled a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce her decision.

McCain announced in April that he'll seek to extend his nearly three-decade career in the Senate by running for a sixth term.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Flagstaff Artists Inspired by New Horizons Mission to Pluto

NASA received this image of Pluto from New Horizons on July 8.
Credit NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute.

Tomorrow NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will make its closest approach to Pluto and collect the first-ever close-up images of the dwarf planet. In Flagstaff, where Pluto was discovered, scientists will be waiting to analyze those photographs and other data. But they’re not the only ones. Artists are creating their own interpretations of Pluto, and they’ll use New Horizons for inspiration. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:31 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Utah Hunter Who Killed Gray Wolf Won't Be Charged

No charges will be brought against the hunter who killed this wolf, which roamed from Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon.

 

A Utah hunter who killed the first gray wolf seen near the Grand Canyon in seven decades won't face criminal charges because he thought he was shooting a coyote, U.S. Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday.

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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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