KNAU and Arizona News

KNAU and Arizona News
12:42 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Illegal Pot Farm Cleaned Up After Nearly A Decade

Credit Wikimedia Commons

More than a ton of trash has been removed from the site of an illegal pot farm in the Fossil Springs Wilderness Area. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, it took almost 10 years for funding to come through for the clean-up.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Brain Food: Living Soil

NAU biologist Egbert Schwartz conducting research in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys
Credit Egbert Schwartz

Biologist Egbert Schwartz has developed a technique to identify whether micro-organisms can grow in places where no other signs of life can be found, like the rocky, icy region of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Bill Protects Cities from Settlements After Deaths of Safety Personnel

A firefighter sets a backburn during a 2011 eastern Arizona wildfire.
Credit AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Gov. Brewer has signed a bill shielding cities and towns from large settlements relating to death or serious injury of public safety employees. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the bill was inspired by the deaths of 19 firefighters last summer during the Yarnell Hill Fire.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Officials Investigate Death of Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf in Arizona

A Mexican grey wolf at Wolf Haven International in Washington State.
Credit wolfhaven.org, Julie Lawrence

Wildlife managers are investigating the death of an endangered Mexican grey wolf in the White Mountains. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the announcement comes soon after unsuccessful moves in the state to halt the reintroduction of the animals in the Southwest.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:24 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Brain Food: Micro Wind Turbine Competition

The NAU Wind Turbine Team
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A team of Northern Arizona University students has built a portable wind turbine that can power small electronic devices - like cell phones - in an emergency. Karin Wadsack is the project director at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Solutions.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:03 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to Start on the Coronado National Forest

Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect Thursday for the Coronado National Forest and several other sites in southern Arizona. The same restrictions are currently in place in many other parts of the state including the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:47 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Wind Advisory in Effect for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 5 p.m. today for much of northern Arizona. This includes the cities of Flagstaff, Prescott, Payson and Sedona. Expect sustained winds of 20 – 35 miles per hour and gusts of 40 – 45 miles per hour. Winds should gradually decrease throughout the day. Drivers on I-40 and I-17 may experience difficulty due to the wind.

KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Park Officials Seek Public Input in Grand Canyon Bison Management

Bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Credit AP/Kaibab National Forest

The National Park Service is holding a public comment period regarding the management of a bison herd on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, some wildlife advocacy groups are pushing for the animals to remain in the park.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:26 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Despite Recent Moisture, Fire Restrictions Remain on National Forests

Officials with northern Arizona’s national forests are reminding the public that despite the recent moisture across the region, Stage 1 fire restrictions are still in place. This applies to the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests. Also, Coconino County as well as the cities of Flagstaff and Prescott are still implementing their own fire restrictions.

This week’s weather forecasts are calling for warm, dry and windy conditions, which officials say will dry our forest fuels and return the area to high fire danger.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:41 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Wildfire Preparedness Meeting Set for Tuesday in Eager

A wildfire information preparedness meeting will be held at the Eager Town Hall Tue, April 29 at 6 p.m. It will be hosted by local fire departments, the U.S. Forest Service, emergency preparedness, public health, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and managers of the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grant Program.

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