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KNAU and Arizona News
2:42 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

More neighbors to renewable energy projects mean more complaints

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:06 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Navajo look to sun to help power the rez

Tuba City, AZ – On the Navajo Nation, nearly 20,000 households still live without electricity. And small scale solar and wind systems are often their only option. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker looks at a Navajo program trying to power the remote corners of the reservation.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:39 pm
Mon September 7, 2009

Arizonans debate health care reform

Holbrook, AZ – Most people agree the health care system is broken. The hot debate is over how to fix it. Two Arizona lawmakers attempted to answer that question at recent town halls in northern Arizona. The first took place in Flagstaff. People both inside and outside the event had strong opinions about the issue. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this story.

SFX: traffic, honking

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:05 am
Mon September 7, 2009

"Going Solar" at Home

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:53 am
Fri August 28, 2009

Hopi Try to Create Culturally Compatible Tourism

Flagstaff, AZ – When you go on a vacation, chances are the first thing you pack is your camera. But be careful if you're visiting the Hopi reservation.

"I've confiscated cameras," recalls Micah Lomaomvaya. "I've taken out rolls of film, because I knew they were doing something they weren't supposed to do."

Lomaomvaya remembers tourists driving through his village of Shongopavi. They'd often take pictures of his clan's eagles, which are used in some Hopi religious ceremonies.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:36 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

In the Midst of Recession, Grand Canyon still a Grand Attraction

Mohave Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon
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Flagstaff, AZ – Grand Canyon tour bus driver Dick Lott is taking a photo for a couple posed against the Mohave Point overlook. Beyond them, abrupt slopes and impossible cliffs descend almost a mile to an aquamarine ribbon that is the Colorado River.

Lott has been showing people the Canyon for four years. He says he has seen some drop in visitors.

"The whole park, the whole area, has been a little lower," Lott says. "Visitation's been a little lower, because of the economy I imagine."

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:30 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

Sedona Tourism Industry Feeling Recession's Pinch

Flagstaff, AZ – The first rays of sunrise burst over the red cliffs of Sedona, and Holly McGhee, of Carrollton, Georgia is on a hilltop, watching in awe.

"Oh my gosh," McGhee says. "That is unbelievable. Wow."

McGhee is travelling with her husband and her two sisters. They're staying a few days in Sedona before heading off to the Grand Canyon. There, the four of them will share one room for one night. In these lean times they are making do with less.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:15 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

Recession Hits Home in Prescott

Flagstaff, AZ – The northern Arizona town of Prescott claims to be home to the world's oldest rodeo, founded 122 years ago. The event takes place over a week-long celebration known as Frontier Days. In a summer-long tourist season, it's Prescott's main event, drawing in almost 27,000 visitors over the week surrounding the Fourth of July.

This year, despite one of the worst economic slumps in decades, the attendance numbers were strong. A couple performances had standing room only.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:02 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

Flagstaff Moves from Tourist Way Station to Destination

Flagstaff, AZ – People started flocking to Flagstaff, Arizona in the 1890s when the small timber town began to provide stagecoach rides to the Grand Canyon. The trip required patience. The 70-mile ride took most of the day. Eventually a train to the canyon and the invention of the automobile made the trip a lot easier.

Flagstaff historian Richard Mangum says the first car trip was attempted in 1902.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:55 am
Mon August 24, 2009

McCain, Salazar and Udall plan to reach park compromise

Grand Canyon, AZ – Arizona Senator John McCain met with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Colorado Representative Mark Udall at the Grand Canyon Friday (8/21/09) to discuss protecting the national parks. But some might argue that the three men have different ideas of what protection means. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.

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