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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Dry, Warm Conditions Set the Stage for 2015 Fire Season

The Schultz Fire broke out north of Flagstaff on the Coconino National Forest in June 2010.
Credit Brady Smith/Coconino National Forest

With warming spring temperatures and dry conditions, wildfire danger in northern Arizona is increasing. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, forest managers are gearing up for what could be an active year for firefighters.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:39 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Forest Service Eyes Development Of Improved Fire Shelter

Deploying fire shelter
Credit goheroes.usa

The U.S. Forest Service says it's picking up the pace on developing a new fire shelter after the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona where officials say flames and heat went beyond the current shelter's protective capabilities.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:54 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Flagstaff Doctors Discuss Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Rodney Engel, Northern Arizona Gastroenterology

All month long, doctors across the country have been urging their patients over the age of 50 to get tested for colorectal cancer. March is not only colon cancer awareness month; it’s also part of the “80-percent by 2018 initiative.” It’s a movement aimed at getting 80-percent of the population screened for colorectal cancer in the next three-years. Flagstaff Dr. Peter Mathern with Arizona Oncology and Dr. Rodney Engel with Northern Arizona Gastroenterologist joined Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo to talk about the initiative. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:55 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Funeral For Slain Navajo Police Officer To Be Held Today

Officer Alex Yazzie
Credit Courtesy

  New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff until sunset Friday in honor of a Navajo Nation police officer killed in a shootout with a gunman.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:01 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Brain Food: NAU Invention May Help Solve Gun Crimes Faster

Christopher Mann's laboratory at Northern Arizona University is strewn with bullet cartridges. He's an optical research scientist working on an invention to help detectives solve gun-related crimes more quickly, accurately and affordably. In his ballistics forensics lab, Mann is testing his 3-D imager - a camera system that uses light waves to record microscopic details found in shell casings.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Coconino NF Timber Sale and Thinning Project to Begin Next Month

Priest Draw on the Coconino National Forest is a popular rock climbing and outdoor recreation spot east of Mountainaire.
Credit Mare Czinar/The Republic

Next month, a logging project will resume on the Coconino National Forest south of Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s is designed to decrease fire danger in an area adjacent to neighborhoods outside the city.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:36 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Link Up Gets Kids Moving With the Symphony

Students dance with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Justin Regan

It’s probably safe to assume that when it comes to music, most elementary school kids are more familiar with Bieber than Beethoven. But, an education program run by Carnegie Hall aims to change that. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Link Up not only teaches kids about orchestral music, it gets them out of the classroom and performing with their local symphonies.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:58 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Groups Threaten To Sue Over Mexican Wolf Protections

  A coalition of environmental groups is threatening to sue the federal government over protections for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals warned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of their intent to sue Tuesday.

It would mark just the latest legal challenge over changes to the wolf reintroduction program that were announced in January. Under the changes, wolves will be able to roam a greater expanse of Arizona and New Mexico and will be released at more sites.

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8:19 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Flagstaff Average Hourly Wages Lowest in the U.S.

The San Francisco Peaks viewed from Northern Arizona University's Mountain Campus in Flagstaff. NAU is one of the region's largest employers and a primary economic driver.
Credit NAU

A recent study ranked Flagstaff as having the lowest private-sector wages in the nation when adjusted for cost of living. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, a low-paying tourism economy and costly real estate contribute to the ranking. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:49 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Arizona House Passes Bill On Abortion Restrictions

The Arizona state capitol building
Credit azlibrary.gov

The Arizona House has approved a bill barring women from buying any health care plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage.

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