Multiple, low-intensity lightning-caused wildfires are currently burning on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. In each case, managers are allowing them to continue to burn in order to rid the areas of dry fuels and enhance plant and animal habitat. All three fires are expected to increase in size, but not necessarily in severity.
The City of Flagstaff and the Hopi Tribe are working to resolve a lawsuit over selling reclaimed wastewater to Arizona Snowbowl ski resort to make snow. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the Hopis claim snowmaking using the reclaimed water is a public nuisance.
Bison within Grand Canyon National Park are destroying vegetation, tainting water supplies and trampling archaeological sites. A U.S. Senate bill would allow hunting of the animals within near the North Rim, but the Park Service says the legislation would interfere with its own ongoing internal bison management study.
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The National Park Service is opposing a U.S. Senate bill designed to reduce the number of bison at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, park officials say it would interfere with their own bison management study currently in the works.
A longtime U.S. Forest Service employee has been named as supervisor of the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona.
Laura Jo West reports for the job on Aug. 3. She replaces Earl Stewart, who left the post last month to work for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
West's career with the Forest Service spans 26 years and includes a stint as a district ranger on the Prescott National Forest. She'll be leaving the Colville National Forest in Washington to take the job in northern Arizona.
Coconino County Health Officials and the National Park Service are monitoring for plague at the Grand Canyon this summer. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the disease remains a small threat to humans.
A collection of Native American artifacts from an excavation in Cottonwood inspired the creation of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. As Arizona Public Radio’s Melissa Sevigny reports, that collection has come home to the Verde Valley.
A U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding redistricting is expected to be announced this month. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it has many in Arizona looking ahead to the 2016 general election.
Military officials regularly run safety tests for on-base Anthrax detectors. Normally, they use "dead" samples of the dangerous bacteria - deactivated by massive doses of radiation, but recently it was discovered there were some live spores within batches of Anthrax shipped by the Pentagon. Flagstaff geneticist Paul Keim suspects the microorganisms might be able to bring themselves back from the dead.
A small lightning-caused fire is burning on the Coconino National Forest near Strawberry. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, authorities are letting the blaze, that started Saturday, burn to benefit forest health.