For decades trading posts were the centers of Navajo communities. They served as grocery stores, banks, and bustling social hubs. Now many of their historic functions have been replaced by modern supermarkets and Wal Mart. But places like Hubbell Trading Post the longest continuously operating post on the reservation are still vital to the preservation of Navajo culture. Rose Houk has the latest story in our week-long series "America's Best Idea."
Flagstaff, AZ – Today marks the official end of the monsoon season. And this summer's was one of the driest on record. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl sat down with Flagstaff-based meteorologist, Lee Born, for a monsoon season wrap-up.
Flagstaff, AZ – Perhaps the most famous cliff dwellings in Arizona Keet Seel, Betatakin, and Inscription House are protected in Navajo National Monument. During the Great Depression, a government program put a crew to work excavating Keet Seel. Little was known about that expedition until recently, when a diary was discovered detailing the story of three generations of archaeologists and local Navajos who worked at the monument. Rose Houk has the fourth installment in KNAU's series "America's Best Idea."
Chinle, AZ – Canyon de Chelly National Monument on the Navajo Nation is the only national park in the country entirely on tribal land. It's also the only "living" national park. Several Navajo people still live deep in the canyon, and they have no intention of leaving. Rose Houk has the first story in our series on national monuments in northern Arizona, "America's Best Idea."
Flagstaff, AZ – Community health centers have long filled in the gaps of the health care system. North Country Community Health Center serves people with or without insurance at eleven clinics throughout northern Arizona. They offer primary care -- things like children's vaccinations, check ups, and prenatal visits. Their clinics are bursting at the seams now. And if Congress passes a health care reform bill they could become even busier. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.